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Free belly dance classes at the community center

By Carla Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Carla Roberts
From left are belly dance students Chanlor Humphrey, Iris Grad and Cindy Shuttler. A free beginner’s class runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Ross Aragon Community Center. No previous dance experience is necessary.

On Wednesday afternoons, join dance instructor and choreographer Carla Roberts for free belly dance classes at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

A beginner’s class starts at noon until 1:30 p.m. each Wednesday. No previous dance experience is necessary.

A pleasant aerobic exercise, dancing brings well-known benefits, such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, weight control and others commonly associated with physical fitness. In addition, a considerable effect of dancing on psychological well being is noted. Belly dance helps to develop muscle control and isolation, graceful arms, and body conditioning from head to toe. The emphasis on rhythm and balance stimulates and activates the brain to “think young.”

Each class begins with a 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.

Celebrate life through dance! Improve mood and physical fitness while having fun. Ladies interested in trying out this exciting dance style can come to the Ross Aragon Community Center on Wednesdays. Classes are ongoing. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a coin hip scarf if you have one, or use scarves and skirts available during the class.

The Ross Aragon Community Center located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd.

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

This story was posted on January 10, 2013.