"Dance your way to Fitness"
By: Jim Hart
Training in Belly Dancing can lead to better physical
fitness, weight loss.
Sedona is not only the best belly dance artist in the
U.S. this year but also her dance troupe has won international
Learning the skills in this ancient art form is available
Sedona who says she is “powered by passion,” uses
her lifetime of theatrical experience to produce dynamic
and dramatic shows for any occasion.
She not only teaches sacred belly dancing to groups
and individuals at studios in West Linn and Lake Oswego,
but also entertains at private parties, birthdays, weddings,
bat mivas, festivals, grand openings, fundraisers, corporate
events and theatrical productions.
Local residents who have visited some local restaurants
and taverns might have seen Sedona on stage. She performs
regularly on certain nights of the week at downtown Portland
venues such as the Greek Cusina, Marrakesh and Alexis.
The classes, which begin Sept 8, are 75 minutes long
and beginning students and those who already have belly
dancing skills are taught in separate sessions.
“I teach all of the basic belly dance isolations,
movements and combinations,: she said. “I call
the class sacred belly dance because at the beginning
of class I do a short meditation. And I teach the history
of belly dancing as well as the music and the style that
I am teaching.”
The drill-oriented isolations involve moving specific
parts of the body independently. Combining the typical
movements and isolations, Sedona says, “feels more
Class members also receive a packet of information about
belly dancing and Middle Eastern music.
Those who enter Sedona’s classes, she says come
for a variety of reasons.
It is a great physical work-out,” she said. “you
are going to sweat in my class. So there are a lot of
health benefits to it. Including increasing stamina and
flexibility, losing weight, developing a creative outlet,
making friends and having fun.”
Since Sedona also is a certified yoga instructor, she
brings some of those skills into her dancing classes.
The rumor around town is that belly dancing keeps a
person young, Sedona said.
Belly dancing also has an effect on a person’s
personality, according to Sedona, who has watched them
change during her classes.
“I really see women grow,” she said. “ I
have seen my students come in and they’re nervous
and shy, but by the end (of a series of classes) they’re
like ‘wow, look at these hips.’ Their confidence
has really grown.”
Since this activity requires strength and flexibility,
Sedona devotes some class time to toning exercises – to
strengthen the parts of the body that are used in dancing.
“A strong and flexible dancer,” she said
is a better dancer. We can’t ignore our bodies.”