Redhill classes - Hipsinc bellydance classes

Our classes in Redhill

Every Wednesday in Redhill
Friendly, welcoming classes in the heart of Redhill – right opposite the train station.

6.45-7.30pm Beginners
You’ll learn all the core bellydance moves in this great approachable class for complete beginners.
Class fee £6

7.30-9pm Bellydance and Beyond
A brilliant, longstanding class for more experienced dancers, teaching you routines, different styles and props and giving loads of performance opportunities. The home of the Habibi Belles – a great troupe which performs regularly at local events.
Class fee £12

Class Venue
The Harlequin Centre,
Warwick Rd,
Redhill RH1 1NN.

Your questions answered.

What should I wear?

What to wear
Just wear comfortable clothes you can move easily in and soft dance shoes or bare feet (lots of people come straight from work and just kick off their shoes and join in!)

Do I need to book in advance?

All our classes are drop in and pay-as-you-go. So you can just turn up on the day and join in! Lea also has vouchers so you can buy, which give you six weeks of classes for the price of five.

What’s your upper age limit?

None! We have all ages in our classes – from youngsters in their 20s through to women in their 70s and above!

What’s your lower age limit?

Lea is happy to welcome girls from the age of 10 upwards in her classes, if they come with an adult. And she gives a special mother/daughter price of £10 for the two of you!

I’m overweight, does that matter?

Absolutely not! One of the most wonderful things about bellydance is that you don’t have to be young and skinny – it’s perfect for all figures and some of the best dancers are the largest. But if you are slender then bellydance is beautiful on you too – bellydance is for all women, whatever your shape, size or age.

Are your classes women-only?

Yes, these classes are just for women, or anyone identifying as a woman. If you are a man wanting to learn to bellydance, our South Croydon classes accept male students.

I can’t make every class, is that a problem?

Not at all – our classes are drop in, pay as you go. You can join any time and it doesn’t matter if you can’t come every week. 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 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 in the next column!

I’ve got a back back. Is it OK for me to come to class?

Bellydancing is a very safe form of exercise which has the reputation for helping back problems. However, the movements of the spine can occasionally 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.

I’m pregnant. Is it safe for me to bellydance?

If you are generally fit, then it’s perfectly safe for you to come to bellydance classes. Indeed, bellydance has a reputation for being really helpful in pregnancy and childbirth.

However, if you are more than six months pregnant then it’s not advisable to start a completely new form of exercise. In addition, as you get closer to term, your ligaments will start to become softer and more stretchy in preparation for childbirth, so you have to be far more careful as you get closer to your due date.

Most importantly, let your teacher know that you are pregnant so she can advise you and give you modifications if necessary.

Why people love their bellydance classes

Bellydance is for all ages, shapes and sizes

“The thing that stands out most in the classes is that bellydancing is for everyone — teenagers, young women, mature women. You don’t need to be slim with a perfect figure to be a good bellydancer. In fact, I know that I’m not overweight but like most women I have bits of my body I don’t like, particularly my tummy which up until a few years ago was flat as a pancake but now permanently sticks out. But going to the classes made me appreciate my wobbly belly a little bit more as I realised you need a bum, hips and thighs to wiggle!”

Make new friends

“Through the dance classes, I have made a wonderful new friend, taken part in shows and other social events, and have mixed with many other lovely people along the way. I love my classes, they always cheer me up if I am down, they are great exercise and I get to hear music and rhythms I would never have known about before. And best of all, I can wear as many sequins as I like!”

Improve self esteem and body image

“After surgery for a double mastectomy I felt very angry with my body for letting me down and viewed it as ugly and disfigured. It’s easy to disassociate yourself from your body in those circumstances but bellydance helped me to reconnect with my body through the movements, which felt so good to do. This helped to restore my confidence and self esteem.”

Lose weight, gain confidence

“Belly dancing is great, it has helped me lose weight and gain confidence and has also helped me make friends. Belly dancing shows that anyone fat or thin tall or small can still dance and show others how great they are.”

I can’t imagine my life without bellydance!

“I can’t imagine my life without bellydance! For me, bellydance taps into a part of me that is feminine, fluid and sensual. When I dance, I love my body and the way it moves and from that, I’ve gained in confidence about my body generally. I started dancing when my daughter was 6 months old and it’s definitely helped me tone up and increase my flexibility. It’s also my “me” time every week and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I urge any woman to try it as it comes naturally to most and at the very least, is great fun and a great workout. Plus you get to wear some amazing outfits and what woman doesn’t love to dress up!”

Your teacher, Lea Smith

The popularity of Lea Smith’s classes in East Grinstead and Redhill are down to her warm, welcoming personality and sense of fun. At Lea’s classes you will learn loads in a safe environment, have enormous fun, discover music from the other side of the world and meet lovely new friends.

As well as introducing beginners to this ancient art form Lea loves working with her students supporting  local community events and bringing joy to adults with learning difficulties as well as residents in care homes. She has also been fortunate to teach at a local women’s refuge and hospice in support of The Company of Dreams.

Lea tends to focus on Egyptian style bellydance to music from the Middle East but is also happy to fuse it with western dance styles. She also loves to use props such as the veil, Isis wings and fan veils to add to the dance and reflect the complexities of the music.

Lea also organises our very popular Bellydance Saturday Club at Edenbridge Leisure Centre. This started as a non scary way to encourage her own students to try new teachers and styles but is now delighted to welcome dancers of all levels from all over the South East.