Power Belly
New format
6:45 Is our Power Belly Drum Solo Hour 
with live music accompaniment by Erik Brown. 
A bit of change is store for this class session. The first 40 minutes will be a belly dance work out with your Power Belly weighted belts, but not it’s not mandatory to use one. It just adds to your workout (See more  below). The last 20 minutes will be specific live drum solo instruction and drills. You will be given choreographed phrase segments to learn and copy. Each week familiarizing your self to be improvisational and fluid in developing live drum solo skills.
About weighted belts: 
I call my weighted belts for belly dance training, The Power Belly Belts. They weigh 10-12 pounds and are equally distributed snuggly around your hips, close to your core. They make you work a little bit harder in all efforts. This helps you develop stronger core body balance, endurance, and agility. You learn belly dance skills faster. How? When ever you learn something new physically it takes time before you really own it (actual days and sleep cycles) you know, before it feels totally natural. Different people register at different speeds. You are developing the neural pathways by repetition of the movement. Then you add the extra weight and this adds more dynamic muscle tension than your ordinary body weight avails. When you take the belt off the move or combination seems easy and transition a piece of cake!

Other benefits:
Your heart rate goes up, you sweat, build bone density and can lose weight. When you take the belt off, you will feel a rush of energy like you’ve been given a shot of vitamin B. The weight belt is my secret strategy when I first learned to dance. I was working professionally after 1 year of dance training and all through my career I have used my belt for staying fit as learning new techniques. Locally Bella Jovan, Brigitte Samson, Kalara and most of my proteges understand and are all big fan of the weight belt, Rachel Brice and many other top professional dancers across the globe own them.

My weight belts are reasonably priced but not cheep. They are hand made in America and not made in China. They are of special materials. If you mention this post you can get a 20% discount for your belt and it will be waiting for you at class. oxox D. More on Power Belly Belts here>>

Session dates:Feb 23 Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Next Session: Apr 5, 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10
Time: 6:45pm – 7:45pm
Cost: $75 with 5 Day Advance Registration, $85 at the door
Pay online anytime $78 Sorry No Refunds. We plan our time upon your commitment to attend class.

How to register

Please download and print our registration form, fill it out and send it in with a check if you didn’t pay online (send it or bring it to class if you paid online. We also have a mail box at the Home Studio.

Lets have Fun!

What should you wear? What ever you feel comfortable in. Yoga pants, sweats, sports bras, skirts, hip scarves, or costumes are fine. It’s up to you.

Power Belly Weight Belts: Weight belts are a element of the Power Belly format but not mandatory.

Power Belly The Class History

The summer of 2003 the first Power Belly Course was offered for 4 weeks before Delilah went on her 40 Days and 40 Nights East Coast Tour. Dancers loved it with or without weight belts, but for those who used weight belts, the results were amazing! We saw waistlines manifest. Dancers lost weight, inches, and got incredibly strong. So, we are going to do it again. Now we are proud to announce that the Power Belly Class is one of our most popular classes we offer.

When we opened VDP Studio in 2004 we added the element of live music by Erik Brown: percussion, bass, cumbus, samples and found sounds as accompaniment to our courses. The live element gives us an added dimension to the total feeling of involvement in the dance. This is also the goal of Power Belly–– to move from the gut! We strive to engage the dancer emotionally through the discovery of the power in her belly!


Delilah Gold Photo by http://www.jenniferrichardphotography.com/

Delilah Gold Photo by http://www.jenniferrichardphotography.com/

Delilah is an internationally acclaimed belly dance performer and instructor. She was the first dancer to receive the Dancer of the Year Award from the International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance in Hollywood, California 1997. Delilah grew up in Southern California, learning the dance form as it was passed on and popularized in this country by first and second generation immigrants from Lebanon, Armenia, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Morocco and Greece. Her years of devoted study and practice have led her to become one of the foremost teachers and innovators in the field of bellydance today.  More >>

ErikErik Brown
Erik Brown began his musical career with the bass guitar in the mid 1980’s performing and recording in Washington DC. After he moved to Seattle, Erik began to seriously study Arabic percussion in 2003 after a ground breaking lesson with master percussionist Souhail Kaspar. As an eternal student he has continued to study with many master percussionists including Faisel Zedan, Karim Nagi, Uncle Mafufo, Issam Houshan, Said El Artist and Tobias Roberson to name a few. Today, Erik is one of the most sought-after players in the northwest, and he’s renowned for his ability to connect with dancers during live performances. More >>

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