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ERIC Number: EJ1076245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Shake It Out! Belly Dance in Physical Education
Marquis, Jenée; Gurvitch, Rachel
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, v86 n8 p14-21 2015
Belly dance is a folk dance with a history that can be traced back to the beginnings of civilization. It is a form of expression and movement that has been used for hundreds of years in religious ceremonies, birthing rituals, and social and familial gatherings in the Middle East. Students of belly dance can increase their muscular strength and endurance through the muscle isolations and contractions that are characteristic of this dance form. They can also learn rhythm and movement patterns, respect for self and others in dance and performance settings, and can discover a new form of self-expression and creativity. Therefore, belly dance could be a welcome addition to the physical education curriculum. The purpose of this article is to share the fundamentals of a beginner-level belly dance unit for inclusion in a recreation, dance or physical education setting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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