Our belly dancing class is taught by instructor Ginger Gossman, who began studying Middle Eastern Dance (aka belly dancing) in 2001 with local dance darling, Jeanette. Her dance name is Zanjabil, which Arabic for ginger (the spice). Formerly of Troupe Mirage, Zanjabil now dances with Baharat Belly Dance Ensemble and is a regular dancer at Café Shimmy, which takes place the first Saturday of every month and is currently housed at Casa de Luz in Austin. She has taken workshops with nationally and internationally known instructors, including Ahmed Hussien, Angelika Nemeth, Artemis Mourat, Elena Lentini, and Suhaila Salimpour. Her dance style is American Cabaret and she is versed in floor work, sword, finger cymbals (zils), veil, fan veil, and cane. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- What should I wear? Appropriate attire for a belly dance class would be similar to what you would wear for a yoga class or to a gym. Breathable and flexible materials are suggested. Yoga pants, sweat pants, shorts or skirts work well. Leotards, tank tops or t-shirts work well, too. Be sure to wear a supportive bra.
- Do I have to show my stomach? No. Most dancers I know don’t practice with their stomachs exposed. It just doesn’t matter. If you want to, though, you can show your belly to the world, and we’ll make it dance!
- Do I need special shoes? Most people start barefoot. No socks-to-floor or sneakers for your safety. If you’d rather wear shoes and you have a pair of dance shoes, you can bring them (i.e., ballet slippers, or jazz, half-soles, ballroom shoes).