Bellydance classes

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are thinking of coming along to bellydancing classes for the first time you probably have a whole host of questions. This section deals with many of the questions we are regularly asked. Do bear in mind though that the answers relate to hipsinc classes - other teachers may well run things differently.

For more information call Charlotte on 01342 850423 or 07802 499728, or email

How do I join and how do I pay?

All our weekly classes are drop in and you just pay as you go. You don't need to be a member and you don’t need to book up in advance — just turn up and join in!

We also have a popular voucher scheme which you can take advantage of. You pay for five classes in advance and you get an extra class free. You just need to use the voucher within two months.

I can’t make every class, will that matter?

Not at all - in fact you can drop in and out of classes as much as you like or swap between different classes on different days. And you don’t have to worry about being new, new people are starting the beginners classes all the time and the atmosphere is very supportive and welcoming.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothes you can move easily in. A loose top with tracksuit bottoms or leggings or a flowing skirt with elasticated waist is ideal. You should also bring along a scarf to tie around your hips to help you get into the mood. In addition, we always have a range of lovely coin hip scarves to buy at the lessons at very reasonable prices.

Are there men in class?

Hipsinc classes are almost always women-only. This is important as it helps many women feel more comfortable and enables them to move without embarrasment. We also have Muslim women in many of our classes and they would not be able to attend if the classes were mixed. However, we do occasionally have men in class, especially in our theatrical dance classes, so do check first if it is important to you to be in a women only environment.

I have a bad back, is it safe for me to do bellydancing?

Bellydancing is a very safe form of exercise which has the reputation for helping back problems. However, the movements of the spine can ocassionally aggravate certain conditions. So talk to your back specialist if you have one and always check with your doctor if you have any medical problems to check that it is safe for you to exercise.

And do let your teacher know if there is any medical condition she should be aware of and if you suffer from any joint problems.

What are the benefits of bellydancing?

Bellydancing is great for your figure and it’s a really enjoyable way to get fit. But the women who come to our classes get so much more than that. They find it improves their self-esteem, lifts their spirits, they make new friends and they learn so much more than just how to dance. It’s a continuous learning process too. Unlike some forms of exercise, you never get bored with a bellydancing class!

But don’t just take our word for it! See what our students have to say about bellydancing here.

Do you have to be young and slim to do it?

Absolutely not! This is one of the great things about bellydance. It is perfect for all figures and some of the best dancers are the largest. And we have all ages in our classes, from 9 to 90!

I’ve put on loads of weight -
I won’t be able to move my belly!

In fact bellydancing is a misnomer, you hardly move the tummy at all. The movements, which are mainly focussed on the hips and arms, are wonderful for reshaping the waistline and the aerobic nature of the dance helps burn calories.