Tampa, FL (August 12, 2013) –When most people think of classes at a martial arts school, they envision kids practicing spin kicks, loud shouts of “Kii-Ya!” and gi-clad people tossing each other on rubberized mats with a loud thump. But with the addition of Bellydance with Sadira to its roster of classes, the Tampa Martial Arts & Wellness Center has shattered that stereotype by adding the shimmy of coin sashes, graceful hip and arm movements and the allure of traditional Mediterranean music.
Bellydance with Sadira (www.sadirabellydance.com) is a class designed to teach the ancient art of belly dancing with an emphasis on personal fitness, fun, self-confidence and promoting an attitude of positive body image – especially in a culture with wildly skewed standards of beauty.
This class is ideal for those with little or no experience in dance, giving students the opportunity to learn basic belly dance moves, developing fluidity of movement, toning core muscles and working aerobically in a fun, friendly, supportive environment. At the same time that Sadira’s students become more familiar with belly dance techniques and choreography, they become more comfortable with their body image, and confident in their innate grace and sensuality.
According to the program’s instructor, Jessica Bullock (who goes by the performance name Sadira), “I’m very passionate about teaching the basics of belly dance. Not only does it tone the body by isolating certain muscles, but the basics alone of is the foundation for confidence, something that all bellydancers seem to gain as they continue to grow in the art form.”
Sadira began belly dancing in 2005, studying Middle Eastern, Polynesian and Indian dance in her home town of Wichita, Kansas. Since relocating to Tampa in 2007, she has studied different styles of Middle Eastern dance with teachers and groups across the Bay Area. She also teaches Middle Eastern, Polynesian and Indian dance via the student organization that she founded at the University of Tampa, the UT World Dance Organization.
So, how exactly does a belly dancing class fit in at a martial arts center that hosts classes in Aikido, Karate, Medieval Weapons, Tai-Chi, Iaido and Archery? According to Gina Boccolucci, Owner of Tampa Martial Arts & Wellness Center, “Women come to a dojo looking for a lot of things: strength, discipline, fitness, self-defense…but they also look for grace, beauty, balance, rhythm and self-confidence. Belly dancing helps develop all of these, and it demands as much focus and dedication as any martial art. I am excited to have Bellydance with Sadira as part of our Center, and I invite anybody interested to come down and give it a try.”
Belly dance (or Bellydance) is the Western name given to an art form with origins in the Middle East and Central Asia. Belly dance takes many different forms – both in costume and dance techniques – depending on the country and region it originates from. Most belly dancing taught in America is heavily influenced by Mediterranean (Egyptian, Lebanese, Turkish, Moroccan), Persian or Indian styles, but some elements of Polynesian traditional dance and Spanish flamenco can also be seen. Belly dance is a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is suitable for women and girls of all ages and body types. Many of the moves involve isolations, which improve the strength and flexibility of the torso. Additionally, the legs, lower back and thighs are strengthened by hip movements and long poses.
About Tampa Martial Arts & Wellness Center
More than a dojo, a fitness studio or a gym, Tampa Martial Arts & Wellness Center (TMAC) is an inclusive community brought together to provide our members with a place to train, learn, grow and achieve great things. Unlike some martial arts studios that focus on building “fighters,” the atmosphere at Tampa Martial Arts & Wellness Center is friendly, accepting and ego-free, allowing students can better focus on attaining their specific goals – self-defense, personal growth, physical fitness, individual achievement, discovery or everyday stress relief. Tampa Martial Arts & Wellness Center offers programs in Aikido, Archery, Seidokan Karate, Tai-Chi, Iaido, Cardio Kickboxing, Belly Dance and more. It is located at 4405 W. South Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614. For more information, please visit http://www.tpamartialarts.com.