Hip Fusion was born in 2009 and offers both top class performers and professional tuition.
The studio is well known for its fresh, funky style and inventive choreography and consists of a passionate teacher and a amazing group of dynamic women whose main focus is on having fun whilst sharing the delight, passion and uplifting energy they have for the dance.
Hip Fusion Belly Dance School is a registered Non Profit Organisation (127-159) whose main purpose is to share the healing qualities of this dance with as many women as possible.  As women of all ages, shapes and sizes have found that belly dancing is a useful way of improving ones creativity, femininity and self esteem.  For some women It has also acted as therapy in helping them deal with various health and emotional issues.

We aim to touch, heal, inspire and change lives one hip at a time...
We are women in dance for the love of dance!

History of Belly Dance

Many historians believe that belly dancing, is the oldest form of dance. The name "Belly Dance" was coined in America in 1893 from the French name, "dance du ventre" which translates literally as "dance of the stomach".  Some historians have found evidence that it may have begun as early as 4000BC. While it was practiced in Greece, Turkey and India, it is generally thought to have begun in Egypt.

The greatest misconception about belly dancing is that it is intended to entertain men but in history this dance was usually performed by women for other women.  Several theories exist about belly dance and its origins. One of which is that belly dance is an ancient form of goddess worship used by women for women as it was used as a means of preparing a pregnant woman for labour.  Several women would gather with a laboring woman and dance with her doing movements that would help ease her labor pains and stretch her ligaments and muscles to allow for safe birthing. From there belly dance found its way to spiritual rituals, celebrations, and family entertainment.

Belly dancing is natural to a woman’s structure and the dance often focuses upon isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in sensuous patterns. Belly dancing is generally performed barefoot, thought by many to emphasise the intimate physical connection between the dancer, her expression and Mother Earth.

Belly dancing was revived when a dancer performed at a Fair in 1893. Americans found themselves fascinated by the exotic body rhythms and music, and including them in many silent films. Costumes and dancing styles were given a Hollywood flavor and, in turn, influenced dancers in the Middle East, thus evolving the art form to a new level. Since the turn of the century belly dancing has grown enormously in popularity worldwide.

This form of dance and its body movements can promote dynamic wellbeing, create good body image, increase self-confidence and self-worth. It can encourage the individual to feel grounded and truly joyful. For many women, learning to belly dance has been both liberating and life changing, helping them to experience their inner Goddess.

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