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: for $35, you get a six-week belly-dancing course from Maya Zahira at Maya's Oasis (a $75 value).
Stomachs swivel and bodies twirl in Maya Zahira's belly-dancing classes, where women of all sizes exude inner beauty while performing cultural dances from around the world. Often cited to have healing powers, belly dancing encourages hip spinners to flex muscles and boost their own body image while making friends and fighting the tyranny of long shirts. Students embark on their dancing odyssey in the Beginning Belly Dance Technique class, learning to isolate hips, rib cages, and arms while mastering the use of finger cymbals and veils. Subsequent sessions build upon the folk dance's foundation, adding in choreography and prop boa constrictors as skills progress. Check the class schedule for more information.
The Maya Zahira School of Belly Dance
Maya Zahira began studying natural therapeutic arts and belly dance in 1999, eventually creating a studio that she dedicated to alternative healing. Both folkloric and fusion belly-dancing classes welcome women of varying skill and fitness levels, promoting physical and mental well-being with empowering dance moves that teach students how to undulate as smoothly as a snake slithering across a waterbed that’s filled with pudding. Outside of the dance studio, Maya fosters a tension-free environment for visitors by offering aromatherapy, drum-therapy, and reiki sessions, which help encourage natural healing by redirecting roadblocked sources of inner energy.