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Fill your belly-dance tool box full of fun, calorie-burning wrenches and thumb tacks with today's side deal. For $34, you get six consecutive weeks of belly-dance classes from the talented Mhairi Krause at Baltimore Yoga Village in Mount Washington, a $69 value. Build your repertoire of hip-drops, snake arms, and exotically named moves, such as the Arabian horse and Turkish figure-eight. Each week, you'll cover a new set of moves, poses, and techniques. Classes are offered Friday night from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and open to all levels of experience.
Instead of trying out a couple of classes, overcome your lingering fear of commitment with a six-week course. Though one or two sessions will give you a great workout and a lot of fun, six consecutive weeks of class will immerse you in a new art form and help you build your dance skills. You'll gain confidence and proficiency as you move from week to week, and the friends you make while belly dancing will become friends for life, your respective bellies uniting through a psychic umbilical bond that's unbreakable, though eminently shakable.
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.