Earth energy helps us to anchor our feet into the ground with stability. Our knees provide the leverage for living energy to ascend and descend the spine. Water energy helps us to understand our emotional flow as we respond to the music and to our feelings and thoughts. Fire energy illuminates our confidence and fires up our shimmies. Fire motivates the will to get up and dance in the first place. Air carries our veils, symbolising the doors to spiritual realms. Air energy transmits the music to our inner world via the ears, lungs and heart. It connects us to our dance troupe and to the outer world as we breathe the air shared by all.
But there's more...
Next term I am presenting the '7 Circles Majickal Bellydance Course.' Dancers will still learn the basics from the ground up, like the 'Elements' course, but with the addition of some deeper dimensions of bellydance. Many movements will be presented and repeated using a system of metaphors to assist learning and the retaining of knowledge. Dancers will receive a whole body workout as well as a clearing and balancing of the energy body. The 7 Circles course involves a greater range of head, neck and hand movements. We will also play with spinning, so find your twirly skirts girls. It's a lot of fun.
This is spiritual bellydance. We are not working toward performance and require no special costuming. We are working toward the development of good self care. Majickal Bellydance is a system of movement therapy that can be taken home where it's full power can be realised.
As a sufferer of PTSD, I have developed Majickal Bellydance with the needs of trauma survivors in mind. This means dancers learn a style that promotes loving kindness toward the body and mind. Dance drills are designed to mobilise the entire body with lots of arm movements to heal and balance the heart chakra. Trauma survivors often detach from their bodies. Majickal Bellydance gradually brings mind and body into cohesion where innate healing can take place.
Majickal Bellydance is great for people with minor mobility issues too. The gradual circling of the joints of the body promote circulation and proper alignment for good healing.
Majickal Bellydance is also great for people with the kind of social anxiety that makes it hard to learn and retain choreography in class. We use dance drills in repeating patterns that need only be performed in your own lounge room.
All shapes and sizes are welcome to bellydance. You don't need to have a 'belly' to be a bellydancer. I don't fit the stereotype of a bellydancer, so don't worry if you think you don't either. All shapes have their signature movements.
So if you can get to Seville, Yarra Valley, Victoria in May 2017, check out my classes.