While modern forms of dance have favored the subtle ear-wiggle and chin-quiver, traditional dances focusing on larger body parts such as shoulders, bellies, and hips burn more calories and move on-lookers to ebullient cartwheels. Today's Groupon gets you two belly-dance classes from the talented Mhairi at Baltimore Yoga Village in Mount Washington for $10, a $23 value. Classes are offered Friday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The friendly and talented Mhairi Krause will be your expert guide into the world of this Middle Eastern folk dance. She'll break down the moves, making it easy to put the steps together and end up accidentally hypnotizing your cable guy, cat, or passersby. Mhairi's classes are great for people of all levels of fitness and experience, whether you want to brush up on your already-practiced technique or start from your two left feet.
Celebrate the power of undulation and siphon that power into your body for enhanced posture, endurance, and core muscle strength. Like the waves of the ocean or silk bloomers billowing on the clothes line, so will your body ripple and roll in the ecstatic freedom of undulation. Though the sensuous belly rolls, hip drops, and shoulder shimmies appear effortless, you'll isolate core muscles to perform each gesture with precision and hone your body into lean, serpentine shape that's perfect for catching field mice or navigating gutters.
Grab a group of friends for a belly-dance class to kick off girls' night out, or get your shimmy on to build confidence before a hot dinner date at O'Shimmy's.
Most belly dancers have yet to twist and twirl towards their computer to write reviews of Baltimore Yoga Village's classes. However, this Google Maps user did choose to type it out:
- The instructor, Mhairi, is very friendly and approachable and makes you feel like you're experiencing a dance education. I've never tried bellydance but I learned the movements quite quickly and fluidly through her instruction. – Michaela
Baltimore Yoga Village
At the age of 14, Baltimore Yoga Village founder Anjali Sunita traveled to India, where she discovered the joys of simple living mixed with the sorrows of yearning for a greater purpose. After years of expanding her education and worldview through reading and the guidance of a college mentor, Anjali found peace within the rigid discipline and spiritual focus of a South Indian ashram. Soon setting her mind to sharing the physical and mental benefits of yoga with others, she taught in private homes and underserved schools before opening her own pair of studios known collectively as Baltimore Yoga Village.
There, a team of certified yoga instructors oversees a supportive community dedicated to peace, health, and spiritual growth. Whereas many studios’ teachers spend too much time teaching students to knit their own mats, Baltimore Yoga Village’s programs focus on the ancient practice of Hatha yoga, which includes deep breathing techniques, yoga postures with attention to physical alignment, and guided relaxation. The staff also leads regular workshops in a variety of topics, from Thai-yoga bodywork to meditation through devotional songs.