Belly dance: Come on guys, shake that belly | Chennai News
Do not entertain men
It is widely believed that belly dancing is a form of erotic dance used to seduce men. But Bindu says it’s just a misconception, adding, âBelly dancing isn’t meant to entertain men. This perception is the reason why people hesitate to take the first step and learn dance. But once you start learning it, you become confident in your body and the state of mind changes. In fact, I have done several shows at family reunions, birthday parties, corporate functions, and weddings, and people accept the dance form. It gives the dancer a feeling of autonomy.
It is also believed that belly dancing is reserved for people who have a slim figure. “Who said that?” she asks, âWomen of different sizes come to me to learn. According to folklore, belly dancing was performed only by pregnant women. And this was done most often in front of the fertility goddess. We Indians love boxing stuff. This is something that I realized in my students, that once they start dancing they become very confident in their body, they have a feeling of contentment. But she doesn’t fully blame the media and movies for these misconceptions. She believes that a lot of baggage is on people’s minds.
Belly dancing, according to Bindu, originated in the Middle East. âBelly dancing is said to be a very ancient form of dance that began almost 5,000 years ago. Another story is that it originated in India and was executed by nomads. And the third story is that the dance was an offering to the fertility goddess, âshares Bindu, who has been learning it since 2000.â My first teacher who taught me classical oriental style was Anna Olkinuora. I learned tribal fusion belly dance with Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes and American style with Carolena Nerricio. My first workshop in Chennai was in 2015, âshe says.
Like any other form of dancing, does belly dancing help reduce weight? Bindu says, âYou don’t have to lose weight; it’s not zumba or aerobics. But it is a form of physical exercise and can help tone your body. The effects of oriental dance are different for different people. Some say their posture improves, their back pain decreases, their digestion improves, and overall it feels good. So depending on the body type, the dance form can help you achieve what you want. I have had pregnant women who asked if they could register. But they should see a doctor before enrolling and learn only from certified teachers. It will not be as intensive as for the other dancers.
Choose music wisely
The kind of music you can belly dance to varies. Bindu says, âIf you are doing ballet dancing, then you have to select tunes accordingly. You also need music and traditional costumes. But if not, you can go for anything from Bollywood to hip-hop to techno. You can have any kind of music for the western style.