changing lives through dance

Bellydancing has a powerful ability to promote physical and mental wellbeing, particularly among women, for whom it can help tap into their sensual, feminine side.

Bellydance appeals to women of all ages and backgrounds and is possibly uniquely forgiving of larger body types. Through our sister organisation Hipsinc, Charlotte and her team have taught literally thousands of women to bellydance over the years. Teaching a woman to shimmy for the first time in her life is one of the most joyful things a teacher can experience, but even more profound is hearing stories of how bellydance has so often changed lives – in terms of improved self esteem, positive body image, increased self confidence and friendships.

In particular, women who have suffered in abusive relationships, those who have self harmed through various means, or who are living with radical surgery from cancer often benefit in profound ways from learning to bellydance and over the years all our teachers have helped many women overcome major challenges and traumas through their dance classes

In 2017 Company of Dreams will begin offering specialist classes and workshops to vulnerable women in special need. We will be partnering with women’s refuges, hospitals and specialist support groups to bring the benefits of bellydance to women in particular need of the uplifting, empowering and life affirming results of bellydance. If you would like to know more, or would like us to bring our classes to your organisation, please email charlotte@companyofdreams.net

To find out about Hipsinc’s bellydance classes throughout the south east please visit www.hipsinc.com

“Taking bellydance classes is the best decision I’ve ever made.  I had major body and self-confidence issues that were impacting on my day-to-day life. Learning to bellydance has made me realise that womanly curves should be celebrated and it has boosted my self-confidence. It’s connected my mind with my body, in a positive way, for the first time.  The classes also helped me to cope with a recent bereavement, it gave me a focus and the ‘feel good’ factor of the classes, and bellydance itself, helped me through an extremely tough time.”

“After surgery for a double mastectomy I felt very angry with my body for letting me down and viewed it as ugly and disfigured. It’s easy to disassociate yourself from your body in those circumstances but bellydance helped me to reconnect with my body through the movements, which felt so good to do. This helped to restore my confidence and self esteem.”

“For me, bellydance taps into a part of me that is feminine, fluid and sensual. When I dance, I love my body and the way it moves and from that, I’ve gained in confidence about my body generally.”

“Bellydancing has tremendously helped me mentally, physically, medically, socially and every other way, shape and form you can think of.”

“It has helped so much with my confidence about my body shape, I now appreciate my womanly curves, it seems this is what they were made for, and I’m quite happy to show them off!”

“In some ways I feel as if my self esteem has improved so much that I feel guilty for allowing myself this happiness.”