Home & + | Search
Featured Categories: Special Focus | Performance Reviews | Previews | DanceSpots | Arts and Education | Press Releases
Join ExploreDance.com's email list | Mission Statement | Copyright notice | The Store | Calendar | User survey | Advertise
Click here to take the ExploreDance.com user survey.
Your anonymous feedback will help us continue to bring you coverage of more dance.
SPOTLIGHT:
DANCE CLASS SPOTLIGHT
ExploreDance.com is sponsored by
ExploreDance.com Kickstarter Campaign

The ExploreDance.com Kickstarter campaign is live! Please consider backing our campaign to help us expand our coverage of dance.
www.kickstarter.com/projects/1306220552/exploredancecom
ExploreDance.com (Magazine)
Web
Other Search Options
Alma Zeno
Dance Class Spotlight
Dance Teacher Profiles
Bellydance
Snug Harbor Cultural Center
United States
New York City
New York
Staten Island, NY
ExploreDance.com is sponsored by
******* ** **
exploredance.com

Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center

by Alma Zeno
March 23, 2009
Snug Harbor Cultural Center
1000 Richmond Terrace
G Building, 2nd Floor, Room 202
Staten Island, NY 10314
718-874-6576
With popular music artists, such as Shakira and Britney Spears, incorporating hip and stomach moves into their dance routines, the ancient art of belly dance has lost the misconception of it being a hootchy-kootchy dance performed by women in revealing attire, performing the dance of the seven veils for their sultan. The once considered risqué belly dance has shimmied its way into dance studios and health clubs across the U.S., where women of all ages are coming in droves to learn the exotic dance form.

One place is the Staten Island Snug Harbor Cultural Center, where dance instructor Joanna Sabatowicz teaches a weekly belly dance class on Sundays to women of various ages, experience levels and sizes. With nearly 30 years experience under her bedleh, she exudes confidence and a no-nonsense attitude through her demeanor and movements. While some students have been studying with Joanna for years, others have only recently started taking her class. Experienced or not, Joanna takes the time to work with each woman as needed, making everyone feel relaxed and comfortable.

"Belly dancing, like any other dance, takes time to learn. You have to have the desire to learn, and not be intimidated by the fact that you will not just get up on the floor and start dancing." She says. She also states that belly dancing "Gives many women more confidence in themselves, and a much needed appreciation of their bodies, no matter what size or shape. In a world where thin is so important, this is not so in belly dance. Anyone can do this dance, and look great."

As the dance studio fills with Middle Eastern music, Joanna leads the class in a series of head and shoulder warm-ups, gradually easing her students into a number of intricate hip movements, first starting with an up and down hip motion, then a series of figure eight hip action. Wearing coin scarves that jingle with every hip thrust, the ladies practice their moves, as well as some shimmies and twirls until they have the basics down.

Circling around the room, checking each student's progress with each new acquired action, Joanna gently corrects movements as needed, offering advice and encouragement and reminding each lady to go at their own pace. Once she's satisfied that everyone has the basics down, she leads the class in a dance routine combining the movements learned throughout the class repetitiously until each woman can perform the dance with little or no error.

For more info and class schedules, visit http://www.joannabellydance.citymax.com/page/page/2851506.htm
or email classes@joannabellydance.citymax.com .
Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Photo © & courtesy of Alma Zeno


Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Photo © & courtesy of Alma Zeno


Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Photo © & courtesy of Alma Zeno


Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Photo © & courtesy of Alma Zeno


Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Photo © & courtesy of Alma Zeno


Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Photo © & courtesy of Alma Zeno


Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Photo © & courtesy of Alma Zeno


Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Joanna Sabatowicz's Belly Dance Class

Photo © & courtesy of Alma Zeno

ExploreDance.com is sponsored by
* **** ****


ExploreDance.com
ExploreDance.com is sponsored by
******* ******
exploredance.com


home || view our calendar || the store || copyright information || join our mailing list || mission statement
Search for articles by
Performance Reviews, Places to Dance, Fashion, Photography, Auditions, Politics, Health