Enjoy the skill and mastery of fire, zills, veil, candles, fans, the mesmerizing wings of Isis and balancing sword put to exotic Arabic, Turkish and Egyptian music!
Improved posture and muscle toning
Our spinal column contains more bones and ligaments than any other part of the body. Its 33 vertebrae are stacked together in a column joined together by cartilage and ligaments, and almost every movement of the torso depends upon its flexibility and function.
Muscle groups that attach to the ligaments and vertebrae create movement in the trunk and pelvis areas. Raks sharki tones these muscles and maintains flexibility in a safe and effective manner.
During the dance, the movements of hip drops, circles, figure eights, and shimmies put the joints and ligaments in the lower back and hip through a full range of gentle, repetitive motion. This movement helps increase the flow of synovial fluid (nature’s lubricant) in these joints. When movements are done properly, the pelvis is tipped forward, or tucked somewhat; a neutral position that can help prevent lower back problems. Raks sharki can help relieve stress to the back, counteracting the almost constant compression of the disks that occurs from sitting and a sedentary lifestyle.
These toned muscles improve posture and help prevent back pain that can be caused by the unnatural curving forward of the spine that occurs when muscle groups are weak (lordosis). Small muscle groups deep in the back that are normally under-exercised are used and strengthened. The muscles surrounding the hip, the largest joint in the body, are used and exercised during hip drops, and figure eights, enhancing flexibility and suppleness. Improved hip flexibility can lead to improved balance when walking as well.
Oriental Fire Belly Dance Classes are open to new students!
About Hannah Pheebs:
Originally from Denmark, Hannah, with her Humanitarian Aid Worker/Missionary parents, relocated to South Africa in 1995.
Learning a variety of dance forms from a very young age, Hannah finally found her passion in Oriental Dance
in 2001. From 2001-2004 Hannah learned and performed Bollywood with Action in Focus, in Mombassa Kenya. They performed for numerous benefit concerts, corporate functions, pageants, and fashion shows including Action in Focus.
In 2004 Hannah returned to South Africa, and began focusing on Belly Dancing.
Working with Oriental Fire Entertainment, based in Johannesburg, South Africa,
she completed Oriental Fire Teachers Course in Mideastern and Arabic Dance in 2009. From 2009-2011 she has had the privilege of working with many wonderful dancers, and sharing her skills and passion through classes and workshops in Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa.
Hannah has studied the styles of Ansuya, Amira Mor, Jillina, Delilah, Carrie, Katia, Dondi, Sonia, Leyla Jouvana, Dolphina,
Anaheed, Rania and Bozenka.
Hannah has performed for South African celebrities, and at numerous corporate events and fashion shows. Hannah loves performing with fire, veil, candles, fans, Isis Wings and swords to add variety and drama to a beautiful art form.
Hannah is married to a Swiss/Spanish man, and has 2 beautiful daughters, aged 6 and 4, and one son, aged 2.
Hannah, along with her family, have recently moved to Switzerland. Hannah looks forward to learning the languages and
cultures that make up this beautiful country.
Through the therapeutic and empowering avenue of dance orientale, Hannah hopes to influence the women in her area to better their health and confidence, thus changing their communities positively, and celebrate womanhood together!