Dancing adds richness to everyday life and a touch of excitement to your working week.
If you're in Sydney Australia now is the perfect time to begin because my new Bellydance classes in Pagewood (eastern suburbs) fit everyone’s budget. To make classes affordable for all, I've created a loyalty program which means regular discounts, and will also have half-price specials throughout the year.
And what better way to spend Saturday morning than in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere sharing the joy of dance with other women?
Get an energising, thorough workout while learning to move gracefully to mystical, ancient rhythms. No dance experience at all is required, so take this opportunity to start your weekend off getting fit the fun way!
Enjoy the most fun form of fitness all year round: Bellydance!
All ages are welcome, and the classes are beginner-friendly and non-judgemental.
Start Dates 2013
My Gym Health &
Pagewood is near: Mascot, Botany, Maroubra, Chifley, Malabar, Little Bay, La Perouse, Randwick, Coogee, Kingsford, Kensington, Moore Park, Rosebery, Banksmeadow, Hillsdale, Matraville, Daceyville, Phillip Bay.
The staff at reception will direct you to the fitness studio upstairs where the classes are held. And the room is fabulous! It's spacious, clean, air-conditioned, and has a great sound system.
(Note: you don't need to be a member of the gym to come to the classes. However, you can’t use the gym facilities if you enrol in the Bellydance classes. I’m hiring the room from the gym and so these classes are essentially separate to the rest of the facility. If you want to use the gym you must pay the gym directly.)
Day, Time, And Price
Course details are:
You may choose to attend classes casually. Casual prices are $20 for the 11.45am class, $10 for 12.45pm class, and $10 for 1.15pm class.
THE COURSE STARTING 6 JULY
This means that the fees for 6 classes over 6 weeks are:
Note: the half price special is ONLY valid for the courses stated as being half price. All other courses are full price.
11.45am Beginners Technique Class
This class is suitable for anyone. No experience in any type of dance is required. All you need is a good attitude and the desire to have some fun.
12.45pm Beginners Choreography Class
This class is suitable for anyone enrolled in the beginner technique (11.45am) class. While the choreography itself is beginner level, it's based on the techniques learnt in the 11.45am class. This class strongly consolidates what is learnt in the technique class and you'll therefore improve rapidly doing both classes back to back.
1.15pm Beginners Plus Class
This class is suitable for anyone enrolled in the beginner technique and choreography classes. In this class we further explore and expand upon the moves learnt in the technique class and consolidated in the choreography class. An enjoyable challenge for anyone who loves to dance!
Although new, these classes are popular. To ensure you don’t miss out, reserve your spot by paying for the course/s in full.
No Need For A Gym Membership
Remember, that whether you choose to enrol in a course or come casually, you don't need to be a member of the gym where the classes are held.
There are three basic class rules:
Courses Are Finite
In other words, a 6 week enrolment is not valid forever. The 6 classes are only valid for the duration of the 6 week course you've enrolled into.
If you fall ill and are unable to do the 6 week course you've paid for, your enrolment can be transferred to the following 6 week course. To do this, you must present a medical certificate stating the reason you cannot do the current 6 week course.
If, for medical reasons, you can't do the following 6 week course, you can present a medical certificate stating why so as to pass your enrolment on to a friend.
There are no refunds for class fees.
Course Start Dates For 2013
While all care is taken by the teacher, Despina, it's the student’s responsibility to adjust their level of exercise in accordance with their own limitations to ensure no injury occurs.
Dreaming Of Jeannie Bellydance reserves the right to have a replacement teacher instruct if Despina (the regular teacher) is unwell, or cancel if no replacement teacher is available. All effort will be made to avoid cancellations, but if the occasion does arise, as much warning as possible will be given.
Wear comfortable exercise clothes.
None - just bring yourself and a smile!
Reserve Your Place!
These classes are new but already extremely popular. To ensure you don’t miss out on the fun, reserve your spot by paying for the course/s in full.
Quite simply: because Bellydancing is the most fun way to get fit!
Bellydance is suitable for any age, shape and fitness level. Being low impact means it's great for toning and strengthening your whole body. Also, you'll find that Bellydancing is fun but challenging, and kind to the body while still giving you an awesome workout.
How Will Bellydance Benefit Me?
Overall you’ll look and feel better, and the long-term benefit of that is an increase in self-esteem. But the best thing about Bellydance is that it’s 100% fun.
What Are The Bellydance Classes Like?
My Bellydance classes are fun and there is no pressure to compete with anyone else but yourself. I work you hard to help you increase your fitness, but you can reduce the intensity to suit you.
What Experience Do I Need To Do A Bellydance Class?
None. Just bring yourself and a smile!
What you’ll discover quickly is that Bellydance isn’t quite as easy as it looks. But there's no need to ’t worry if you don’t get it right immediately - like anything new it can be a little daunting at first, but with persistence you will most certainly learn and improve.
Stay with it and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see your dancing evolve. And most importantly, please don’t judge yourself during class - you’re there to have fun, not to be perfect.
What Can I Expect In A Bellydance Class?
It really depends on the class. Here's a quick rundown:
11.45am Beginners Technique Class: This class is suitable for anyone. No experience in any type of dance is required. All you need is a good attitude and the desire to have some fun.
12.45pm Beginners Choreography Class: This class is suitable for anyone enrolled in the beginner technique (11.45am) class. While the choreography itself is beginner level, it's based on the techniques learnt in the 11.45am class. This class strongly consolidates what is learnt in the technique class and you'll therefore improve rapidly doing both classes back to back.
1.15pm Beginners Plus Class: This class is suitable for anyone enrolled in the beginner technique and choreography classes. In this class we further explore and expand upon the moves learnt in the technique class and consolidated in the choreography class. An enjoyable challenge for anyone who loves to dance!
Should I Be Fashionably Late To Bellydance Class?
In one word: no. This is for two reasons. Firstly, it’s courteous to be on time - both to your teacher and your fellow students.
Secondly, being late means that you miss out on some or all of the warm up and that’s not a safe way to Bellydance. Preparing the body for dance is all-important to reduce the risk of injury, so do your best to be there for the start of every Bellydancing class.
What Should I Wear To A Bellydance Class?
NOTE: The preference for fitted clothes is for safety reasons, because it's easy for me to clearly see what you’re doing and fix incorrect technique. And for the feet, wearing some type of footwear means you can avoid getting dirty feet and it’s warmer for winter not to be barefoot.
Can I Still Do Bellydance If I'm Uncoordinated?
Nobody expects you to be coordinated as soon as you walk through the door, so don’t worry if you’ve got two left feet - with practice anyone can learn to Bellydance.
Your coordination will increase with persistence and patience. Just give yourself a chance, do your best, and you’ll improve as the weeks go by.
Can I Still Do Bellydance If I'm Overweight?
People of all shapes and sizes attend Bellydancing classes.
Some are slim, others are curvy, some are tall, others are small. There are students who are chubby, slender, pear-shaped, ironingboard-shaped, full-figured, slight-figured, and everything in between.
So don’t be worried about looking a certain way to be able to come to Bellydance class - no one will judge you on your body shape. My classes are very friendly and you’ll be greeted with smiles from everyone no matter what you look like.
Can I Still Do Bellydancing If I’m A Late Starter?
It’s never too early or too late to start Bellydancing and enjoying this beautiful dance. Come one, come all - it doesn't matter what age you are.
Can I Still Do Bellydance If I Have An Injury?
Sure you can. As long as your health professional gives you the go-ahead, you are most welcome to come to Bellydance class, injuries and all.
On the topic of safety, you - as the participant - are responsible for ensuring that you are physically and medically fit for the class, and during class you must at all times take care of your own personal safety, and that includes listening carefully to my instructions. Note also that Bellydance classes - like any physical pursuit - do involve some risk of personal injury, and while I take all reasonable care in the conduct of my classes, I can’t accept responsibility for injury caused during class.
Can I Still Do Bellydancing If I'm Pregnant?
If you were Bellydancing before you got pregnant and your doctor says you can continue your regular activities, then you should have no problem dancing all the way through your pregnancy. What you must do, however, is let me know that you are pregnant, as there are some moves that should be done gently if you have a bun in the oven.
On the other hand, if you haven’t Bellydanced before, it’s probably best to wait until after the baby comes to start. Even if you're active in other forms of exercise, starting something completely new is not advisable when you’re in a delicate state such as pregnancy. While it’s unlikely that anything bad will happen, it’s best not to take the risk.
What If I Hate Exercise? Should I Even Bother With Bellydance?
Bellydance classes tend to have a large population of exercise-hating individuals. Students find that they enjoy Bellydancing immensely because it doesn’t really feel like exercise because it's so much fun.
So, yes, do bother coming to Bellydance class if you hate exercise. You'll not only be in good company, but you'll no doubt find that you love Bellydancing despite the fact that it's exercise.
I hope to shimmy with you some time soon!
You can really fast track your Bellydancing by taking some private lessons.
For private classes at your home, fees start from $100.
For private classes in my home it's $50 for one or two people.
What Fees Depend On
Besides private classes in my home which are always the same rate, fees for private classes in your home depend on: the day of the week, whether it's night or day, and travel time.
To get a quote get in touch with Despina via the Contact page.
Cancellation Fee For All Classes
If I turn up and class is cancelled, the cancellation fee is half of the agreed price.
A Note About Private Classes
Private lessons really is a great way to fast track your learning. One hour of private tuition is the equivalent of doing four group classes because you advance much more quickly than in a group class.
And remember you don't have to do private classes every week - you can do them fortnightly or monthly. As long as you're diligent in practising at home, private tuition is definitely worth the time and money for successful fast track learning.
Private tuition is most suitable if:
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi:
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
"To my mind, the life of
a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being."
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