With its sensuous twists and undulating curves, belly dancing can express a wide variety of emotions, from “Look at my belly!” to “See what I just did with my belly?” Learn to shimmy what you’re thinking with today’s Groupon to Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio in St. Petersburg. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get five dance classes, including the $15 registration fee (up to a $65 value).
- For $45, you get a dance-course package (up to a $100 value). The package includes:
- One 30-minute private class (a $40 value)
- Three group dance classes (a $45 value)
- $15 registration fee<p>
Hip Expressions preserves the art of belly dance through weekly classes designed for both performance-minded and beginning dancers. In Belly Basics, students learn the key isolations of belly dancing, a fun and enriching way to shed pounds, gain flexibility, build coordination, and bedazzle mirrors. As they explore the art of the seductive shimmy, dancers discover how to play the zills (available for purchase in the boutique) as well as isolate and control their core muscles, leading to stronger abdomens and better posture. Hip Expressions also teaches hoop dancing—a sweat-inducing cardio workout that upgrades childish hula-hooping endeavors to an ab-, arm-, and thigh-toning session for adults—and an all-levels burlesque class, in which students learn basic steps and arm movements while getting to know their alternate burlesque personas.
For personalized attention and in-depth discussion about belly dance as a metaphor for growing up without a hula hoop, guests can opt for a 30-minute private lesson in which instructor and student work through tricky isolations in order to become performance-ready. A battalion of experienced dancers happily leads the intimate classes designed to foster a dancing community.
Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
Having seen an upswing in interest in one of the world’s oldest dance styles, Johanna and Karen started a belly-dancing collective in 2004 as a way to create a community for both professionals and students and an audience for monthly showcases. They gave these enthusiasts a brick-and-mortar hangout in 2008 when they opened their first center for classes and events, which has since blossomed and moved into a new space nearly four times the size of the old studio.
Today, Hip Expressions offers drop-in and ongoing classes led by seasoned instructors. Classes focus on introducing newcomers to the art form’s fundamental isolation techniques that keep hips and waists from arguing over the remote. In addition to belly dancing, classes include a variety of other dances and fitness crazes such as Non-Impact Aerobics dance, Cardio Samba, Burlesque, Hula & Tahitian, Jazz