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Description of Middle East Instruments
Before there was electrical music, there were simple instruments that created such beautiful sounds. Many of the known instruments today come from the Middle East.

The Great Debate
The question, "where did belly dance come from?", is much like asking "what came first, the chicken or the egg?". So many theories, so many answers, but nothing is concrete. Nevertheless, the question alone creates such an exciting debate.

The Sensual Belly Dancer
The art of belly dance is sensual. Some may confuse belly dance as being sexual, but it is not. There is a difference. Belly dancers have the right to express the feminine spirit through dance.

The Right Attitude in Class
Just like any dance class, there is a certain attitude one should have while in class. Stay focused, learn, and ask questions. Remember to respect the instructor and others who are in class.

Choosing a Belly Dance Class
The first question when choosing a belly dance class starts with you. Ask yourself why you have decided to take a class. Class fees, size, and distance are important factors when considering what class to take. Instructors should stress technique and provide feedback.

Posture Talk
Posture is key when it comes to performing. A bellydancer who stands tall and proud, reveals elegance. Not only is posture important for peformance reasons, but correct posture prevents injury.

That One Special Gift
There is no need to stress yourself out at the last minute. The best gift to give is time. A few ideas for fellow belly dancers who have no idea what to give this year.

Weekend Choreography
It is that song that you want to dance to, but somehow put if off. Hearing it over and over, you have imagined yourself performing to it. Donīt put it off any longer. In one weekend, you can choreograph a routine to your desired piece of music!

The Hip Shimmy Burns Calories and is an Exciting Belly Dance Move
Looking for a great cardio? The hip shimmy is the answer. Done correctly, this movement raises the heart rate. In dance, the hip shimmy "wows" just about anyone.

Belly Dancing Goes to the Core
The focus of belly dance is at the core, the abdominal muscle. From the core, come sensuous movements of the chest and hips. There are several movements that srengthen this area of the body.

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