Genesee Community College Offers Free Belly Dancing Classes

Genesee Community College is swinging into the fall semester with free Belly Dancing lessons. Offered on Sundays, starting October 4 and running through December 19, the classes are free and open to the public. Belly Dancing classes are sponsored by the Global Education Committee and the Student Government Association of Genesee Community College.

Belly Dancing classes are offered in the Stuart Steiner Theatre, Dance Studio Room E214 at the Batavia Campus. Beginner’s lessons run Sundays, from 2:00-3:00PM, while Advanced lessons run 3:00-4:00PM. Previous belly dancing experience is suggested for those attending the Advanced Lessons. Beginner’s lessons teach the basic steps and how to combine them, while Advanced classes focus more on choreography. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing. Classes are open enrollment; participants can start at any time and do not need to sign up.

Belly Dancing classes are taught by Genesee instructor and Director of Human Services, Connie Boyd. Connie has been dancing for about 34 years and has taught lessons on and off throughout that time. Connie reviews steps each week, therefore if a participant misses a class, they can pick up where they left off.

“There are many health benefits that can result from Belly Dancing,” Connie Boyd said. “It is great exercise; it’s very aerobic and works your abdominal muscles. Besides having healthy outcomes, Belly Dancing is beautiful to watch, very self-expressive and there is great costuming! I encourage anyone to gather together a group of friends and attend a lesson to see what Belly Dancing is all about.”

Classes start this Sunday October 4 and continue until December 19, with no class on Sunday November 29. For further information please contact Nina Mortellaro at 585-343-0055 ext. 6228.