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El Paso Museum of History Announces Continuing Traditional Belly Dancing Classes

Traditional Belly Dancing (photo courtesy of Sonia and Seneé Flores) at the El Paso Museum of History

Traditional Belly Dancing (photo courtesy of Sonia and Seneé Flores)

Beginning on Thursday evening, January 24th to March 14th, from 6 to 7 p.m., the El Paso Museum of History at 510 North Santa Fe Street offers classes in traditional Belly Dance. Taught by Sonia Flores and her daughter Seneé, this is your opportunity to learn the fundamentals of an ancient art. Wear your sweats since this is not about looking pretty. Belly dancing is wonderful exercise and gives you whole body movement. The class is open to all ages and children starting at 9 years of age. Mother/daughter teams are welcome! The class is held in a secluded classroom that is not open to the public.

Middle Eastern influences have been a part of Spanish culture for many centuries. Belly Dance or Raka Sharki is a dance created by women for women. Sonia and Seneé will teach the correct use of muscles for the best technique. They use a co-teaching and small group method to ensure that the participants receive their full attention. The fundamentals that are learned will create a base that can be built on. Students will have a foundation that they can use to create their very own style. Individuality and creativity are encouraged. Come learn, celebrate womanhood and become empowered through dance.

Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended for the class. Class size is limited so register early. Program fee: $20.00 for non-museum members/$10.00 for museum members for the eight week course.

For more information, call Sue Taylor at 351-3588 or email at taylorsl@elpasotexas.gov

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