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What Do I Wear?
You DO NOT have to show your belly
if you don't want too.
The revealing cabaret costume of bra, belt and skirt that most people
think of when "Belly Dance" is mentioned, is but a very small,
and recent addition to the identity of this dance. There are so many costuming
tradition's related to "belly dance" that there is one to suit
every body shape, every personality and all degrees of modesty. So bare
your midriff only if you are happy and comfortable in doing so.
When you come to a class you need to bear in mind that you will need free
range of movement for every part of your body! So don't wear anything
to tight - leggings or a long skirt are ideal. You are welcome to come
along wearing as little or as much sparkly stuff as you like, so do dress
up if you want to! Dressing up is always optional though - so don't feel
you have to if you don't want to. For the first few weeks of any new beginners
class people tend to come along quite conservatively dressed, but as soon
as they realize they can dress up in pretty or sparkly things, the local
charity shops are soon ransacked for such items!
Feet / Footwear
You will need to bring some light pumps or dance shoes
(Ballet or Jazz shoes are ideal) or socks with grips on. I don't allow
students to dance in normal socks because of the risk of slipping. Trainers
tend to be to heavy and cumbersome to dance in - think light and flexible
but with good grips.
Due to variety of reasons I now state that dancing in bare feet is done
so at your own risk. It is the preferred state of many dancers (including
myself, I find dancing in shoes near impossible) but you must except the
risks involved, I do not have the control over the environment needed
to make this absolutely safe.
Other than that the only thing you will need is a light
scarf to tie around your hips, but I always bring a huge bag full along
to class, so you are always welcome to borrow one of mine.
But you will probably soon become addicted to the lovely sound of a coinbelt
or chain. These represent a dancers dowry - before there were bank
accounts dancers used to sew the coins they were thrown for their art
onto their clothes for safe keeping, when a dancer was rich enough she
could take a husband.
The weight of the coins helps you to locate your hips to shimmy and move
them better. - I have a few to lend out so that you can get the feel of
them, but they do get rather heavy in mass quantity so I don't carry too
many spares. You can find plenty of places on the net to buy them, or
you can view our own selection here. I'm happy
to bring a selection along to class for students to buy, if you request
What Happens In A Belly Dance
So who does Belly Dancing?