how long does it take to learn to bellydance?

How long does it take to learn bellydance? That’s probably the first question every potential student asks me. It takes a year or a lifetime…the answer depends entirely on what you want to do with it. 

I have been dancing for over half my life and studying Egyptian bellydance intensively for years. I dance professionally but will always consider myself a student.

Generally, the first time you take a beginner level class, you should treat it as an introduction and not expect yourself to master anything – rather, allow yourself to enjoy the experience of being exposed to something brand new and fun. The second time you take the beginner level class, you’ll know what to expect and can then work on getting the movements past your head and into your body. Thus begins your life as a dancer. First the discovery and introduction, then the journey. Sort of like a marriage. ♥

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