Belly Dance Class Video
Belly Dance Class

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Belly Dance Class

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A full-length bellydance class with Gillian Cofsky that consists of a low-intensity aerobic warm-up, conditioning and toning exercises targeting the glutes, thighs, core, and upper arm, the breakdown and drilling of dance isolations, and a short combination using the moves you learned throughout the class. Bellydance is great for muscular conditioning and isolation through sensual, feminine movement. The dance encourages participants to be rooted and strong in their femininity (even men have a feminine side), and confident in their bodies. While most bellydance movements are beneficial and gentle for pregnant women, high-speed shimmies are not recommended due to the downward pressure created on the uterus during these movements. The lower back can receive pressure from all of the hip movement, so it's very important to stay connected through the lower abs at all times and draw the tailbone towards that earth so the lower back stays long and safe. Feel free to take a forward fold anytime during the practice, to lengthen and decompress the lumbar spine.


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Vasaart, posted on January 28, 2014

This is such a fun workout. It is hard for me to isolate body parts to shimmy and roll - but doing these classes reminds to to work on fluidity all the time.

Eraines, posted on June 2, 2013

Thank you for bringing us the powerful femininity of belly dance as well as yoga! I love being able to have both with the same subscription. Bring on the belly dance! (And Bhangra if you have access to instructors....)

patterny, posted on February 7, 2013

Fun, challenging and energizing! Too bad about the startling, distracting audio glitch outs around 6:50.

jackieandrea, posted on December 17, 2012

I love this one. I've done the 15 and 30 minute ones, and I def. feel you should do this one first before you do the others. This is one of the best instructions I've found for breaking down bellydancing moves, and I'm finally getting how to do snake arms. Well done!!!

jjfellows, posted on November 18, 2012

This was great fun. Just what I needed to lift my energy. Please make more!!

floating-drumbeat, posted on April 29, 2012

Wow, Gillian, your shorter dance sessions plus all the other classes I take on Myyoga and other download sites, as well as my own yoga don't really cross train me for this one. I have to be doing this one much more frequently.

The lack of melody-music does not bother me; in fact, it inspires me. Maybe some day I will turn down the sound and sync in some Middle Eastern music that fits.

mrenkow, posted on April 24, 2012

Good class, just wish that there was music.

floating-drumbeat, posted on March 11, 2012

Very aerobic and much needed! Despite the fact that I had to do necessary modifications of some of the higher-impact moves, due to my bad feet. This is an experiment: I wonder if there had been mic feedback during part of its recording. So I will download it to see. Anyway, it hiccoughs and stops too much when I stream it, at practically any time I'm normally awake, with my transmission speed.

aceypoo1, posted on February 17, 2012

Absolutely wonderful! I will be happy when I can make it through to the end. What concentration is required!

lavender65, posted on January 9, 2012

This is one very hard workout. I am excited to have joined. By the time I have this class under my belt, I hope that the next one will be upload it!

EbonyC, posted on January 3, 2012

Love this! So I'm now waiting on the next challenge, When will her next class be posted?
I joined because I saw her videos and I would love to do more. I will continue dancing and subscribing to this site but I need variety... Please add more videos. Thanks

elisam, posted on July 19, 2011

I really enjoyed this class! Thanks Gillian, I discovered new muscles in my belly!
Also, I'd love to have more dance classes to learn new dances, it would be great!!

naturalyogini, posted on July 11, 2011

@catemouse. Lyn Simonson jazz arm-up? You must be from NYC. I used to take her slow beg. jazz class on my lunch hour. I absolutely loved her classes. I so wish she would make a dance dvd!! A Horton warm-up would be good too. Great suggestions.

catemuse, posted on July 11, 2011

I'm so happy to see a few dance related classes. I'd love some more! How about ballet barre? Horton warm-up? Lynn Simonson jazz warm-up? thanks for all you do.

LunaH, posted on June 18, 2011

Wow, that was challanging and fun :D Must do it again soon

wimwamwoom, posted on June 13, 2011

I LOVE Gillians belly-dance classes, and was thrilled to see this full lenght version on Myyoga. But I was so disappointed when I saw that the music does not fit the movements at all. This is supposed to be a dance-class..? Please make another one, her classes deserves music that match her lovely moves :-) !

michelletrantina, posted on April 15, 2011

Thanks Jerounds. Yes, we were supposed to have a musician paying live as we filmed this practice, but he called the day before with a wrist injury. So as it stands now we have no choice but to work with what we can in post and attempt to match to the movements on screen, which isn't as easy as it may seem. We did have an artist try, but did not have much luck. Thank-you for your feedback.

Mariram, posted on February 2, 2011

Loved it! I also thought that it was such a great and fun workout, but so beautiful ! I will definitely need to try it a few more times, my hips were ok with the moves, but my upper body didnĀ“t really cooperate! :)

rowdyrooster1984, posted on January 27, 2011

I really enjoyed this longer-length class. I felt like I got a good workout, and the movements were broken down and explained in such a way that when choreography came at the end of the class, I could keep up. I had problems keeping up with the 30 minute class. I think you have to move these movements until your body gets the rhythm--this class gives me hope that eventually I won't be like the rusty middle-aged woman I am :-)

michelletrantina, posted on January 27, 2011

Hi Janice, We actually have a composer working on scoring this class this week. The updated version will be live soon. Thank-you for your feedback. Oms...Michelle

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