Welcome to Dance Eygptian

Providing Egyptian dance classes and performances in Norwich and Norfolk.

For most people, when they think of Egyptian dance, the first words that spring to mind are 'belly dancing'. This is something of a misnomer, as every part of the body is involved in the dance; the most featured body part is usually the hips.

Belly dancers at a class in Norwich.

Egyptian dance is primarily torso-driven, with an emphasis on the relaxed natural isolations of the torso muscles and articulation of the hips.

Benefits of Egyptian Dance

Movements are centred (although not exclusive) to the lower torso areas so can help to increase core muscle strength; overall flexibility and suppleness comes from the movements of the hips, spine, hand and arms.

Feet do not usually leave the floor so is considered a low-impact form of exercise. It is suitable for ladies of any age, shape and size. You do not need to expose your 'belly' or indeed any part of your body.

Origins of Belly Dancing

The term "belly dance" is a translation of the French term "danse du ventre", which was applied to the dance form in the Victorian era which had a fascination with everything ‘Oriental’.

In Arabic, the dance is known as "Raqs Sharqi" (Eastern Dance) or "Raqs Baladi" (Country Dance). Social dancing in the Middle East is ‘baladi’ ie the dance of the country and is predominantly passed down from mother to daughter. This form of dancing has, however, also been elevated to a highly technical art form by top professional performers.

The captivating melodies and the earthy rhythms of Egyptian and Middle Eastern music are played at class, where graceful and elegant movements are combined with powerful hip movements to create an amazing dance experience.

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Come to a class and let the music and movement capture your heart as well as your imagination -- dancing is good for body and soul!

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Class Schedules

Classes run most weeks. Please check our Facebook page for class closures, especially during the school holidays.

Classes are held at the following times:

  • Tuesdays 19:00 - 20:00
    The Norman Centre, Bignold Road, Norwich, NR3 2QZ
  • Wednesdays 12:00 - 13:00
    The Garage, 14 Chapelfield North, Norwich, NR2 1NY

Each Class is charged at £7.

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