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Belly Dancing with Claire
Enumclaw. WA

Mother, wife and library assistant at the Enumclaw King County Library, Claire is known by many who have taken her classes and others locally.  

A Dance Form Open to Improvisation

"Belly dance in modern day is an art form in that the performer is using an established technique and dance vocabulary to express  his (yes, men do belly dance) or herself. Constantly evolving, it is a form of dance that is open to improvisation, often giving a visual interpretation to the music. Belly dance is best performed to live music, an experience in which the dance informs the music, and the music inspires the dancer"

Claire's deep appreciation for the dance began at age 16 and she has been studying ever since. She started formal lessons in Seattle when she was 20, from many nationally acclaimed instructors, who came from all over the country and abroad to the Northwest. 

In her wishing to share what she knew and the benefits that dance offers, Claire offered to teach. "Even though belly dance is a performing art, one need not have to perform to reap the benefits and joy of this dance form,".
"There is a deep sense of community and involvement from dancing together, that is shared in classes and workshops."

"I've been teaching and performing in the area for over 20 years. And my performance group is called "Troupe Ziyahdah," .

"It was formed five years ago, and it is a great source of pride that we've been able to perform at festivals, shows and parties. The emotional and reflective aspects of belly dance provide endless satisfaction, just as the exuberance of the dance reinforces a love for life and fun"

Origins of Bellydance

Although the origins of this dance form are unclear, many believing that the dance originated in Egypt and was started to help prepare women for childbirth. The muscle control needed for belly dancing is useful in child birth, allowing the mother to give birth with less pain and more ease. Probably the greatest misconception about belly dance is that it is intended to entertain men. Because segregation of the sexes was common in the Middle East, men were often not allowed to be present, according to Wikipedia.com.  The dancing was for groups of woman only to practice, for love of music, dance and self expression.

For more information about belly dancing with Claire call 360-886-2053 or email- bellydancingwithclaire@gmail.com.

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