Sara Shrapnell is happy to teach men in any of her classes. Email her direct if
you would like to find out more-
The idea that men do not do "Bellydance" is a load of rubbish and has long meant
that half the population have been kept out of these fun classes. Middle Eastern
Men have always danced, and continue to do so today-
Men learn exactly the same moves, use exactly the same muscles and dance in exactly the same way as women, certainly to begin with. After a year or two all dancers learn more about self expression and start to develop a "dance persona". This is when the differences may start to come out, but it's a natural process and should not be forced. You will find dancers who are flirty, strong, meek, some who travel, others who stay self contained, some who will look through to the hearts of the audience, and others who dance for the elements. For every dancer there is a different balance of all these things and more. This is exactly the same for men in Middle Eastern Dance !!
Men who love this dance need to look a little further for inspiration and role models.
I hope to collect some web site and your tube links here for you to surf in your
own time. You will notice that many men dance very differently depending on the
music and the style-
Zorba : www.doubleveil.net
Zaza Hassan : www.zaza-
Tarik Sultan ; www.tariksultan.com
There really shouldn't be anything holding you back from coming to class, but if you know more about what to expect you will enjoy your first lesson more.
It is realistic to expect to be the only man in any class you attend, but all my
students know that men are part of ME Dance and you should be made to feel welcome.
If you would like to come as part of a group of all men then let me know and I will
warn the class-
Many students change in the room we dance in, which is a habit they soon lose when
a man joins their group, but if you would be kind enough to knock before coming in
and be prepared to be chased out if someone is changing-
You will need to wear something comfortable that you can move easily in-
Do not judge yourself by others in your class, everyone learns at different rates
and you will find your strengths and weaknesses given time. Men tend (being very
general here !) to find the side to side move particularly un-
I use touch as a teaching method-
The Eonist group
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to teach at an Eonist weekend, which was great fun ! If you have links to the Eonists, or the Beaumont society and you would like to come to class, you will be most welcome. Email me direct if you would like to find out more or discuss further.
Hafla and other events
Unless otherwise stated (which means I'm not organising it), all Mersin events are open to men. If you dance with another teacher, you dance a different style or you are a partner or friend of a bellydancer then please feel welcome to come along to our events and have an enjoyable time.
Finding a teacher elsewhere
For some reason men have been excluded from some bellydance and middle eastern dance classes for many years. I'm afraid that you can not assume that you will be welcome at classes everywhere. The wonderful HelenW keeps a list of teachers in the UK who welcome men in class and I am happy to contact her for you. Taqasim magazine also has a list of teachers throughout the UK The situation is improving with many teachers having never really thought about it before, but now enjoying teaching everyone in a mixed class. As I understand it all ASMED and JWAAD teachers are happy to teach men, but you may want to contact a teacher direct before going to a class. If you can't find a local teacher then please come along to some of our events and enjoy a party while you wait !