Today's Groupon gives your abdominal muscles the ability to form a smile under their own power. For $16, you get two 90-minute belly-dancing lessons at the Cassandra School of Belly Dance (a $32 value). It's perfect for all ages, skill levels, and body types, including average, non-average, semi-average, or tall.
As part of the Jawaahir Dance Company's mission to present traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern dance at its highest level of artistry, instructors for all tummy-undulating tutorials have learned to shimmy at the feet of master instructor Cassandra Shore. After years of her own apprenticeship with the finest teachers and choreographers in Beirut, Cairo, Turkey, and Greece, Cassandra conducts workshops, intensives, and master classes from Helsinki to Vienna to London to Houston to Calgary. Cassandra has also earned acclaim all over the world for the intensity, musicality, and lyrical technique of her performances. In 1996, she was the only non-Arab dancer to perform at New York's annual Maharajan al-Fan festival. She makes sure all the instructors at the Cassandra School bring the same talent and dedication to the art.
The Cassandra School starts all dancers off in the level-one classes of its weekly classes. Classes begin with warm-ups and conditioning exercises, where you'll learn how to isolate key muscle groups and quell the anger that turns you into an incredible sort of hulking monster (wear comfortable clothes). Next, you'll learn the sensuous twists, ripples, and gyrations of belly dancing, and how you use them to embody and interpret the rhythmic and emotional qualities of Arabic music. You'll also get to groove with zills (finger cymbals). Class closes with stretches and cool-down exercises.
Belly dancing blasts your core and burns off stubborn belly pudge behind the serpentine rhythms and arabesques of Arabic music. You'll also gain the confidence that comes with knowing that you have hips.
- I took the beginning belly dance class, and it was fantastic! It is a great inner core strengthening workout, toning abs and back. More importantly, it is just really really fun. Great for oosening [sic] up hips and body. – M J., Judy's Book
- The teaching is absolutely top-notch and professional, and while I have only taken Kathy's classes thus far, she makes everyone feel welcome regardless of experience, talent, fitness level or even body size. – Katie B., Yelp
I Dream of TV Shows Featuring Witches
You don’t need to dress like Jeannie from the popular I Dream of Jeannie television program to take advantage of today’s Groupon, but it would help to know that I Dream of Jeannie, along with Bewitched, proved so popular that many magic-wife sitcoms appeared soon after. Here are some of their other imitators:
My Wife’s A Witch! (6 episodes): Meek accountant Phil Moser thinks he’s found the woman of his dreams. She’s smart, lovely, and, unfortunately for Phil, a witch! Meddling wife Esmerelda frequently gets Phil into trouble due to mix-ups involving magic powers and a lack of understanding of middle-class mores. The groundbreaking “calf giving birth” episode remains a classic.
The Janitor and the Genie (13 episodes): Unlucky-in-love janitor Steve Tedman finds an old lamp while cleaning the Occult Department of Fairfield Community College. When he cleans it, a beautiful genie pops out; to thank him, she marries him, though they frequently squabble due to Steve’s desire to play league bowling and scream in the house.
Genie, P.I. (2 episodes): Bumbling private eye Marshall “Marsh” Kent can’t seem to crack the cases he gets—until he meets, then marries, beautiful genie Cassandra. Using her magic powers, Marsh simply wishes to know who committed the crimes he’s investigating. Audiences quickly became tired of a detective show in which no actual detective work was done.
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