Middle Eastern dance, more popularly known as belly dance, is a beautiful and expressive art form that has been passed from mother to daughter and woman to woman for a thousand generations. Not only can it help you burn calories (up to 350 calories per hour) and tone muscle, it is also a wonderful activity for developing fitness, grace, a sense of timing and self-esteem.
Colleen has been belly dancing for over 15 years. She performs with her troupe, Cairo Mystique, in various locations throughout the Miami Valley. She has studied Middle Eastern dance, also known as Raqs Sharqi, in classes held by various local artists like Kira (of Kira’s Oasis) and Zattana Al-Naseem (of Troupe Roja) and in workshops from national artists including Aziza, Bozenka, Karim Nagi and many more. Her dance is heavily influenced by the Egyptian Cabaret style and fuses elements of tribal and modern dance to create unique and fun choreographies and performances.
Colleen began teaching beginner belly dance classes at a studio in Centerville, OH, in 2012. She brought her class to Salsa City Fitness in 2014. In Colleen’s class, students will learn basic belly dance moves, proper posture, and some stretching techniques. She will provide structured drills of foundational movements to help students develop good form and technique as well as creative dance combinations to use for practice or performances. Colleen’s friendly and upbeat instruction fuses traditional Middle Eastern music with more contemporary songs to create an atmosphere that is casual and fun. All levels and background of dance are welcome, even those with no experience at all!
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