Welcome to Egyptian Spirit Belly Dance
A big Thank You from Ann Blagden and Egyptian Spirit Belly Dance!
I have been teaching, performing and giving guest speaker talks in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds since 2005 and have decided to take a well-earned sabbatical from running weekly dance classes to explore new horizons.
From January 2019 my classes will be run by Maria Morelli who is a wonderful dancer, teacher and dear friend.
Thank you to all of my students and dance sisters who have brought me so much joy over the past years.
With all my love
Ann Blagden x x x
About Ann Blagden
Hi, I’m Ann Blagden, founder of Egyptian Spirit Belly Dance and I specialise in traditional Egyptian Belly Dance, using both modern western and traditional Arabic music and I’ve been teaching Belly Dance in Cheltenham & Gloucestershire for over 10 years.
Egyptian Belly Dance has many health and wellbeing benefits and I am passionate, not just about the dance moves and techniques but the rich and varied culture and history of Egyptian dance and I really want to share this knowledge with my students. I have become a qualified adult education teacher with a Certificate in Further Education, studied the “Safe teaching of Arabic Dance” with JWAAD Academy of Dance. It is really important to me that my students feel relaxed and comfortable and enjoy the class, to help their confidence grow week by week, so I keep my classes small, friendly, informative and fun. I also enjoy dancing as part of a local co-operative, community dance troupe called Spirit of the East. If you would like to join me on this journey of dance, learning and exploration, I look forward to welcoming you soon at my beginner classes. If you are more experienced and want to take your dancing to the next level, my intermediate/performance classes are for you.
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What My Students Say
Ann always makes me feel special, like I am her only pupil, and her teaching is fun and challenging.
A session with Ann boosts my mood and leaves me feeling elated.
Right from my first class with Ann, I experienced a warm welcome and genuine interest in me and in the development of my dance.
Ann is a capable and gifted teacher; able to explain dance moves and keep all her students engaged in their own dance journey.
Ann’s obvious passion and ability of belly dance comes out in her explanation. She explains both the technical and historical aspects of the dance. Ann creates a loving and happy dance environment; a safe place to learn about the dance and to learn more about yourself.
I’ve been dancing with Ann now for just over two years and during this time I’ve become aware of a new inner confidence and contentment of who I am and how I am, that I’d never really had before. And it’s great! Thank you Ann x
Although I have no coordination, I love to dance. Ann is a patient, friendly, fun teacher whose mantra is “breathe and smile” which always has us laughing.
Ann is very knowledgeable about the history and culture of the dance, the different moves and where they came from, and she can tell you which muscles you are using, and how to stand in the correct posture.
I always enjoy the classes and leave feeling refreshed, knowing that I have had a good workout, both physically and mentally.
I decided to give the over 50s class on Thursday mornings a try. From the first meeting I was made to feel extremely welcome by Ann and the other more experienced students. Ann has a great fun way of describing the moves that anyone can understand and used terms we are familiar with like “close the kitchen drawer with your hip” which has us all giggling.
Ann is very good at giving people alternative moves if they have health problems such as bad knees, hips, shoulders, everyone is made to feel capable and able to enjoy themselves. I am what I would describe as overweight and was made to feel comfortable, I believe anyone of any age and size can enjoy Ann’s belly dance class. I would highly recommend Ann’s class to anyone who wants to try Belly Dance.
I recently moved to Cheltenham from Canada where Belly dance has been part of my life for years. Ann welcomed me to her classes and gave me lots of support in getting involved with the local dance community.
Ann classes are fun and informative, and includes tidbits of historical information while teaching to add depth and interest to the class.
I especially enjoy her Fitness and Fun class, as it is multilevel, which allows for some challenge for the more advanced dancer, but stresses the basics for beginners.
The Benefits of Belly Dance
There are so many different styles of Belly Dance to suit everyone, but I love traditional Egyptian as it is the foundation for all of the other styles, so if you learn the basics of Egyptian you can easily transfer to any of the other styles you discover on your dance journey.
Egyptian Belly Dance is great for our health and wellbeing. Egyptian Belly Dance uses every muscle in a gentle controlled way to help you become more flexible, toned, have better posture, core strength and stability, so even if you feel unfit or have not danced or exercised for a while, it’s a great way to start exercising again.