While modern forms of dance have favored the subtle ear wiggle and chin quiver, traditional dances that focus on larger body parts like shoulders, bellies, and hips burn more calories and move onlookers to ebullient cartwheels. Today's Groupon gets you one drop-in Bellydance Basics class for $6 at Yasmine & the Magic Hips Belly Dance (a $15 value). Creative Loafing featured the studio in an article spotlighting the rising popularity of belly dancing and belly-dancing films like Belly Down and Gyratex: Lord of Curves.
Yasmine or one of the talented protégés in her troupe of hip-swivelers will lead your class. She and her team have spent years studying and performing multiple dance styles, including Middle Eastern dance, ballet, tap, and the safety dance. Women of all fitness levels are welcome to participate in the introductory class. This gently paced lesson imparts the basic twists, turns, and moves that allow dancers to shimmy on stage and out of haunted hedge mazes. Forgo carnation-laden mother-daughter banquets in favor of a heartfelt bonding and hip-shaking session with the masters at Yasmine & Magic Hips. The comfortable atmosphere of the studio is an ideal environment for anyone's initiation into this artful combination of fitness and femininity.
Celebrate the power of undulation and siphon that power into your body for enhanced posture, endurance, and core muscle strength. Like surf crashing down on a family of penguins or silk bloomers billowing on a clothesline, so will your body ripple and roll in the ecstatic freedom of undulation. Though the sensuous belly rolls, hip drops, and shoulder shimmies appear effortless, you'll isolate core muscles to perform each gesture with precision and hone your body into lean, serpentine shape, perfect for catching field mice or navigating gutters.
- Yasmine is a gem of many facets. Ask one of her students, and you'll hear that she's a patient and encouraging teacher, and an advocate of Middle Eastern dance in a part of the country that sometimes doesn't quite get it. Her audiences will say she's a stunning performer who electrifies the stage. Her fans will tell you she's a Superstar, and if you ask a wide-eyed little girl at the Carolina Renaissance faire, she'll tell you Yasmine is a beautiful princess. But if you ask Yasmine, she'll smile her dazzling smile and tell you she's just doing what she always hoped to. – Misty Massey, Zagharett!
- Belly dancing also is making quite an impression in Charlotte. "People think of belly dancing as more of a West Coast thing or something in New York," says Yasmine..."No one thinks of Charlotte as a hotbed for belly dancing, but it's definitely growing." – Sam Boykin, Creative Loafing
- I have been dancing with Yasmine for a little over a year and have learned sooo much. As a dancer she is breathtaking. Watching her dance is like watching music move. As a teacher, she is very patient and good at connecting with students in their learning process. – The Costume Designer, Citysearch