Belly dancing is traditionally performed as a solo dance that demonstrates emphasized abdominal and hip movements. The movements found in belly dancing can be characterized as percussive staccato movements, fluid movements, and shimmies, shivers and vibrations. The dance isolates and uses large muscle groups of the abdomen, pelvis, trunk, spine and neck. Belly dancing is traditionally performed to Middle Eastern music, however other forms of music are acceptable as well. Belly dancing is performed wearing fitted top or bra, a fitted hip belt, veils, full-length skirts, or harem pants. The costumes worn are heavily embellished with generous amount of coins, sequins, beads, fringe and embroidery. The exposure of the mid-drift is typically desired in order to accentuate the hip movements.
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Om Laila Bellydance; Dragonfly Bellydance; Habeeba’s Dance Studio; Egyptian Dance Acadamy; Dark Side Studio; Arabesque Academy
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Om Laila Bellydance64 Henry St.Toronto, ON M5T 1X2
Dragonfly Bellydance559 Bloor St WToronto, ON M5S 1Y6
Habeeba’s Dance Studio179 Dundas St. E.Toronto, ON M5A 1Z4
Egyptian Dance Academy211 Danforth AveToronto, ON M4K 1N2
The Dark Side Studio244 Augusta Ave.Toronto, ON M5T 2L7
Arabesque Academy1397 Yonge StToronto, ON M4T 1Y5
Stephen Leacock Seniors' Community Centre2520 Birchmount RdScarborough, ON M1T 2M5http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/1873/index.htm
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