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Bellydance Basics

@ the Eco Collective: 2042 W 21st Street, Chicago IL 60608
$5-20 donation
*If you want to be on the workshop email list: PM me with your email! *
other dates: Tuesdays nov 7, 21, dec 5, 12, 21 7:00pm-8:30pm

Some say bellydance is one of the oldest forms of dance - having deep roots in women's circles celebrating life & preparing for marriage or birth, & to strengthen the core and womb postpartum.

The sensuously exotic movements of bellydance (raqs sharqi) are a meditative workout that attunes yourself to your body, while it tones muscles in the torso, arms, and legs. Undulating movements work deep in the core to isolate with both staccato and smoothness. Bellydance is a great way to build confidence, connect to your sacred sensuality, and learn to love your body exactly as it is. We all have beauty and feminine power despite what advertisements and marketing might suggest to us - embracing it is crucial to living a life full of yes and joy. Rooting into the basics of bellydance - for beginners and continuing students alike- will free up your mind & body in new ways to enhance your dance practice, daily movements, sexuality, and thinking!

In this workshop, we'll touch on bellydance history, then draw from our innate movement knowledge to tune into our bodies with a quick stretch & warm up. Basic bellydance isolations will be explained and drilled from the top of the head to the tips of the toes. We might even learn a short combination for you to show off later!

levels: Beginner - Intermediate. ladies & gentlemen, all ages, all welcome
donation $5-$15 sliding scale

about gaea: 
Gaea lady is an enchantress by nature, a force that will make you feel the very earth move. Fusing her 25 years of dance training in forms from classical to modern - neo-vintage to the ethereal, Gaea cultivates an intentional style that is all her own. Integrating dance, art, visuals, costuming, concept, fire, silk fabrics, temple dance, hoops, and deeply seated intention, her inspiring performances mesmerize and deeply touch. She seeks to share knowledge and empower others through her performances and teaching, forging connections and community. 

Gaea was the winner of the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s “Best Debut” and “Most Classic” in 2016 and performed at the “Icons & Allstars” show in 2017. She graces festival stages such as Show Me (St. Louis), Envision (Costa Rica), Electric Forest (Michigan), Symbiosis (California), Oregon Eclipse (Oregon), Burningman (Nevada), and Bhakti Fest (California). In her home base of Chicago, Gaea performs at Unbridled at Untitled, the Kiss Kiss Cabaret, the Naughty Little Cabaret, the Vertical Sideshow, the Drifter, Soho House, with Pyrotechniq Fire Troupe. She also is a vegetarian chef, traveling to teach and nourish for movement and wellness retreats.

Earlier Event: November 21
Bellydance Basics Class
Later Event: December 2
Silk Veil Manipulation