Bellydance Basics

with Gaea Lady

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Arts & DIY

Event Overview

Some say bellydance is one of the oldest forms of dance - having deep roots in women's circles celebrating life & preparing for marriage or birth, & to strengthen the core and womb post-partum.


 The sensuously exotic mevements of bellydance (raqs sharqi) are a meditative workout that attunes yourself to your body, while it tones muscles in the torso, arms, and legs. Undulating movements work deep in the core to isolate with both staccato and smoothness.  Bellydance is a great way to build confidence, connect to your sacred sensuality, and learn to love your body exactly as it is.  We all have beauty and feminine power despite what advertisements and marketing might suggest to us - embracing it is crucial to living a life full of yes and joy.  Rooting into the basics of bellydance - for beginners and continuing students alike- will free up your mind & body in new ways to enhance your dance practice, daily movements, sexuality, and thinking!


 In this workshop, we'll touch on bellydance history, then draw from our innate movement knowledge to tune into our bodies with a quick stretch & warm up.  Basic bellydance isolations will be explained and drilled from the top of the head to the tips of the toes. We might even learn a short combination for you to show off later!


 levels: Beginner - Intermediate. ladies & gentlemen, all ages, all welcome

Minimum age

All ages welcome

What You Can Expect From This Experience
  • stretch & warmup
  • basic bellydance drills
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Gaea Lady

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Andrea, aka Gaea Lady, has been moving in mysterious ways since she was 3 years old and hasn't ever given it up. An enchantress by nature, she sees her body as her instrument to express herself. Studying classical forms to start her career, her attention soon went the way of the ethereal including fire, hoops and hypnotizing fabrics. Dabbling amid any form she can get her toes on, her style borrows from the graceful and energetic mix of all she’s studied in the past. Winner of “Best Debut” & “Most Classic” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame 2016. Featured at Untitled’s Unbridled, The Naughty Little Cabaret, Rouge!, The Drifter, the Chicago Hoop Dancers, in the Kiss Kiss Cabaret, and with Pyrotechniq Fire Troupe, she travels all over the US performing & teaching. www.gaealadychicago.com
follow her in instagram and twitter @gaea_lady
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Andrea is also the manager of Edible Alchemy Foods - a project to create community around food. Through this endeavor, Andrea has her green thumb on the pulse of Chicago’s locavore movement & an avid gardener, herbalist, concotor of tinctures and body care products, and fermentor. Andrea is also a member of the Eco Collective in Pilsen where she manages the rooftop garden, overseeing the building, planning and maintenance of a green urban oasis—not to mention, she leads regular workshops on everything from gardening and composting to cooking.
www.ediblealchemyfoods.com
follow her food projects at @eafoods

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