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Free belly dance classes at the community center

By Carla Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Sharon Parker Hannah Murrey is one of many local dancers, of all ages, who have learned the art of belly dance at a free class offered at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

Photo courtesy Sharon Parker
Hannah Murrey is one of many local dancers, of all ages, who have learned the art of belly dance at a free class offered at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

The Ross Aragon Community Center offers a free belly dance class on Wednesday afternoons.

It is geared towards the beginning dancer amd is taught by instructor and choreographer Carla Roberts.

Class is held 3:30- 4:45 p.m. each Wednesday.

No previous dance experience is necessary for this class. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a coin hip scarf if you have one, or use scarves and skirts available during the class.

Each class begins with thorough stretching and toning, building the strength and balance needed to be a strong dancer. Introduction to veil work, shimmies, fast and slow hips and much more is covered in a gentle, supportive manner.

During weekly practice, students develop muscle control and isolation, graceful arms and body conditioning from head to toe while having a lot of fun. The emphasis on rhythm and balance stimulates and activates the brain.

Because a woman is on her feet, moving during the dance, it is considered a weight-bearing exercise. Weight-bearing exercise can prevent osteoporosis and strengthen bones, and overall toning can lead to an improved self-image, as the dancer becomes more balanced and poised.

Belly dance is a fun, healthy way to exercise and can burn up to 300 calories per hour. It is considered a low-impact exercise, meaning the risk of injury is minimal when movements are done correctly. Improved hip flexibility can lead to improved balance when walking as well. It can be a creative outlet that conditions, tones, and allows a woman to tune into the natural movements of her body.

Join in at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Ross Aragon Community Center. Classes are ongoing. The center located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd.

For further information, call Carla Roberts at (907) 903-6478.

This story was posted on November 21, 2013.