Blue Hill YMCA offers Essentials of Belly Dance Class

Intro to Belly Dance Class

Learn and explore the vocabulary, layering and improvisational skills of this core-strengthening dance.

Join instructor, Heléna Melone, for and Introduction to Belly Dancing!

Not only is belly dancing a fun and highly expressive dance form, but it promotes balance, strength, digestion, coordination and confidence.

Classes will be held Mondays at 6:30 through April 1st.

About Heléna

Heléna Melone (MA, Interdisciplinary Studies from Lesley University & MA, English Literature; BA, Studio Art & English from UNH) has been teaching and performing dance for over 25 years. She danced ’til dawn with the “gypsies” in their caves in Granada, Spain, and has taught and performed internationally. In 2010, she was selected to participate in the American Top Belly Dancer competition as well as for the prestigious New York Theatrical Belly Dance Show in 2011. She has trained extensively, both in many styles of “belly” dance, including Turkish Roman, as well as in Flamenco, studying throughout the U.S. and in Egypt, Turkey and Spain. Interviewed for her knowledge of flamenco for the novel “Flamenco Academy,” as well as for Oprah magazine, she is an arts educator with an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies/Dance Therapy from Lesley University.

In addition to teaching for 17 years at the Belfast Dance Studio, Heléna was a dance instructor and choreographer at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH for 16 years and was a juried arts educator for the Maine Arts Commission. Her work in schools focused on teaching both Andalusian and Middle Eastern dance, music, and culture, as well as helping Maine’s 4th-graders learn the hard science of local ecosystems through “Dancescapes,” an intellectual, imaginative, and movement-based interactive process she created for children to experience and learn from both their own bodies and the environment.

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