You can be any age, shape or size to shake your hips. But can you do it the way women over the centuries have performed and shared this intriguing dance? At the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology try it out for yourself under the guidance of belly dance star Habiba on Saturday, March 20. Sign up for one of three "pay-what-you-want" introductory sessions that day-12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm.
Habiba is an internationally recognized performer, choreographer, teacher, and authority on dances of the Middle East, and has performed on concert stages throughout the United States. In these introductory workshops, Habiba teaches core basics used in the art of belly dance, explains the dance's history and cultural significance, and performs this ancient dance which originated in Egypt.
A subtle but effective way to exercise and burn calories, belly dancing, according to Habiba, helps its practitioners feel empowered physically and emotionally. "Traditionally, belly dance has been a welcome outlet for women whose opportunities for personal expression are limited. Now it has attracted adherents around the globe because it is a perfect vehicle for women to express their femininity and their strength."
March is a good month to learn belly dance as it is Women's History Month, a time to recognize the diverse accomplishments of women throughout history. The Museum's belly dance workshops and course celebrate the sisterhood of women who have passed down this dance through the ages.
Workshop and course information:
Belly Dance Introductory Workshops
Saturday, March 20, 2010
12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm
Advance registration for each course required.
Six-Week Belly Dance Course
March 30 - May 4, 2010
6:30 - 7:45 pm
$100 general public, $80 Museum members and full-time students
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.
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