New belly dance troupe to offer classes in Bryson City

Belly dancing group Smoky Mountain Shimmy will teach its first “Introduction to Belly Dance” class from 10 a.m. to noon, June 2, at the Bryson City Health and Fitness Center on Rector Street.

The cost is $20 for the two-hour class, which includes a practice CD for each participant. No prior experience necessary.

A “Cardio Belly Dance” class will be taught from 10-11 a.m. every Saturday morning, from June 9 – August 25, at the center. Cost is $8 per class or $35 for a five-week pass. Comfortable work out clothing and tennis shoes are encouraged, midriff exposure optional. Jingles are provided.

Belly dance is a dance style that originated in the Middle East involving muscle control and isolation, especially in the torso. All belly dancing, regardless of style, is an excellent workout that uses muscles that may not be used on a daily basis. It’s also a social event bringing together women of all ages, sizes and backgrounds, and it’s a form of self-expression.

Laura Plantenburg and Sarah Hofecker will teach the classes.

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