The Magic of Belly Dance

I began my belly dance journey as many women do—as a fun way to exercise while safely exploring the concept of “goddess” and the exotic “other” of the Oriental fantasy to satisfy an innate curiosity I had about how this ancient art is applicable to modern women.

What I didn’t know is that belly dance would become a lifelong love affair!

In experiencing the fascinating movements, intoxicating rhythms, and unique sisterhood that this enchanting dance gifted me, I fell under its spell. Before I knew it, I was harnessing its transformative power to heal myself from the inside out while embodying a new way of being. 

From unlocking my body to translate the deeper feelings in the music to accentuating these undulating movements with sensual costuming, belly dance has given me the tools to transform into an everyday goddess while becoming a better dancer and performer in the process.

It has also helped me get more comfortable with owning my femininity and just being around sensually-awakened women and men in general.

Through this art, I have been supported and inspired by many beautiful and brazen dancers, and because of these connections, I have ultimately forged a more authentic relationship with my true self as I have been challenged to rise to the occasion and become more confident with my own expression. 

Here lies the true magic that belly dance offers: discovering that the exotic “other” lives inside of every one of us and is just waiting to come out and play!

Each time I enter into this magical ritual of self-empowerment by surrendering to the dance and its many expressions, I grow stronger through the divine inspiration and emotional release it provides me.

For many years, this metamorphosed me into a feminine archetype of my choosing, and I became free to express her as myself. Over time, though, this “other” alchemically became “me” as my femininity grew stronger and had a desire to be its own archetype. 

By reconnecting to my sensuality and experiencing the true freedom of expressing it, my life has been transformed beyond words.

Because of this, I live my life less fragmented and more in alignment with my femininity and womanliness than ever before. But this has been and continues to be a journey, not a destination, and one from which I am still learning!

This is the part that continues to excite me, though, and is why I am also here to support you on your journey. If you are feeling a disconnect between yourself and your own sensuality, I invite you to give belly dance a try and let it work its magic on you!

 

~Michelle Leigh

Each time I enter into this magical ritual of self-empowerment by surrendering to the dance and its many expressions, I grow stronger through the divine inspiration and emotional release it provides me.

Classes

Want to learn how to belly dance or deepen your practice?
I offer private lessons and small group classes in my home studio in Kailua-Kona as well as mobile belly dance classes and playshops for special events.

Workshops

Interested in hosting or attending a belly dance workshop?
I am available to teach workshops on Egyptian-style belly dance in Hawaii and on the mainland. I also sponsor workshop teachers on occasion to produce day workshops and weekend long belly dance intensives.

Performances

Looking to feature belly dancing at your next event?
I can be hired to dance for celebrations, parties or ongoing events, either as a solo artist or as a group performer. I also host haflas and student showcases to create performance opportunities for my students.   

Events

Want to stay informed of all belly dance happenings?
My events calendar features my current productions and performance schedule as well as other interesting belly dance events on the Big Island and around Hawaii.

What Are You Waiting For?

Start belly dancing and get in touch with your inner goddess today!