Belly dances have persisted through the ages, unlike Jelly Belly dances, which were abolished long ago by dieting sultans. Celebrate belly dancing's rhythmic perseverance with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a Learn to Belly Dance Gift Package, with shipping included, from Bellydance Superstars (a $75.89 value).
Bellydance Superstars, the traveling troubadours of midsectional movements whose wiggling prowess garnered attention from OrangeCounty.com and KPBS, deliver international belly dancing instruction to the living rooms of aspiring shimmiers and shakers via DVD lessons, music, and a hip-hugging accessory. Newbies begin with the Introduction to Bellydance DVD (a $19.98 value), which teaches the fundamentals, including rhythm, motion, and not standing too close to the TV. Bellydance Superstars' Live in Paris DVD (a $19.98 value) gives students an up-close view of a belly dance performance at the Folies Bergere, a legendary French music hall, while the Bellydance Superstars: Volume 1 (a $15.98 value) swells with instrumental covers of 16 belly-bumping tracks from Middle Eastern music stars. A sequined velvet belly dance hip scarf (a $14.95 value), dotted with three rows of shiny double coins and flail-able beads, completes homeschoolers' transformations from armchair amateurs into jewel-bedecked belly dancers. Shipping is included for the entire instructional package (a $5 value), minimizing the old-world dangers of shipping dancers in the cargo hold while their bellies flew first class.