Benefits of Belly Dancing
- Low impact form of exercise
- Back and Joint Pain can be relieved
- Bone density increases
- Helps to prepare for childbirth
- Reduces stress levels
- Helps alleviate PMS symptoms
- Boosts self esteem
- Weight loss
REGISTER FOR A BELLY DANCE CLASSES STARTING APRIL 2018
Joany Gauvreau, Founder of Feminicity & Dance Instructor
I was overweight, depressed, broke, had a office job that I absolutely hated, was raising a daughter by myself, and just could not get a grip of my life. Then one day I discovered the most unorthodox solution to all my problems….I discovered a book on Belly Dancing, yes, a book on Belly dancing changed my life and what I’m about to share may do the same for you too!
Once I started reading the benefits of Belly Dancing, I got more and more interested in learning it. I found time in the early morning at home to watch Belly Dance DVDs to do it before heading off for work. I realized quickly that the benefits I’d only read about were starting to take effect in my mind, body and soul.
Something amazing happened in the next few months. I started feeling better in my skin, and even though I wasn’t at my dream weight yet, I still started feeling beautiful and worthy. The movements of this feminine dance made me feel connected to myself and connected as a woman.
Soon, my life began to change. Opportunities started showing up. I was becoming a strong independent woman who didn’t need a man to make me happy. I relished being a role model for my daughter, and most of all, I felt like I was finally on the right path to happiness.
Yes, I lost over 70lbs dancing my butt off (literally)! Yes, I was
becoming thin. But the weight loss was not all that made me happy. It was the sense of femininity that pulsed through me when I Belly Danced. It was the sense of accomplishment I felt when I committed to doing it everyday and it was the overall spiritual connection to me.
Let’s get real. The gym could never do this for me. Fitness classes couldn’t do this for me, but dancing did.
If you’re willing to try something different for yourself, this might be a life changer.
” I met Joany about 6 years ago at an Empowering Woman’s workshop set up by my work. She was putting on a beginner’s belly dance workshop. No matter what my size I have always loved music and dancing. I have always been the girl who is first up on a dance floor at weddings and last to leave the floor at the end of the night. So I figured I would enjoy the workshop.
Of course I loved the workshop, but what I wasn’t prepared for was the way belly dance made me feel mentally. It wasn’t just about rhythm and steps, it was about embracing your curves and confidence. Having always lacked confidence in my body it was very difficult for me to feel ok with moving my hips and “shaking the girls”. I watched Joany, and I was completely mesmerized by her beauty and confidence and I knew then and there that I was hooked.
I signed up for her class and started once a week. As the weeks went on I noticed more flexibility and more comfort. I felt beautiful when I belly danced!
My confidence grew, and I branched out into her other classes throughout the years. Bollywood, disco, salsa, cowboy ugly, hula, and of course burlesque.
I have been part of the burlesque group for a few years now. Yes I have lost weight, yes I have tightened muscles, but more than that I walk taller, speak up louder, laugh more, and feel beautiful each and every time I dance in the studio or out in public. I’m not afraid to say “I need dance class”. I take time for myself and put my dance on the calendar as “Me Time”. My family knows that I am a much happier wife and mommy if I dance regularly and I hope that by seeing me make health important, my children will follow as they grow up.
In the end, thank you Joany Gauvreau. I cannot ever begin to tell you how much you have changed my life for the better. You allow me to challenge myself, grow in character and SHINE in so many wonderful ways. You are truly inspiring and I love you for it.”
“Joany’s approach to body movement and dance is beautifully unique. It’s not about following her moves, but about finding the rhythm within. From this space and place of self love, body confidence, and freedom, women shift from dimming their light to lighting the world on fire.”
“When I started to plan in bringing Joany up to Kirkland Lake to offer “The Art of Belly Dancing” workshops, little did I know I was starting a craze! In no time we had two levels going and due to the interest, we have expanded by offering the workshops in two other communities in the Temiskaming area. Comments from students’ evaluations ranges from “Belly Dancing is like doing exercise but not knowing it, since Joany makes it so much fun”, to “Since I have started to Belly Dance with Joany, I find that I have improved my physical and neurological functions. I can do things I wasn’t able to do physically and I have a better self-image of myself” and furthermore “I did not realize how much I hid away my feminine side. I feel I have found a part of myself I hadn’t seen in a while”. All in all, we are very proud in having Joany part of our team of professional trainers and are looking forward in offering more of these workshops in the future.”
” Early last fall, I noticed that my aunt had lost a lot of weight. When I asked her how she did it, I was stunned to hear that she was attending belly-dancing classes with Joany. She went on to explain that the dance was a lot of fun and did wonders not only for her weight problem but also for her overall wellbeing. Wanting to lose weight myself since my husband and I were trying to conceive for the past year, I signed up for the next session. I wondered if it would work: I had tried so many programs and gyms, but nothing worked. I could not lose any weight. I started dancing in early November. By the end of December, I had lost 15 pounds. By the end of January, I found out that I was pregnant. I feel fantastic! Not only do I look great, but my self-esteem has improved. Thank you, Joany, for helping me reach a few of my goals.”
All classes are currently hosted at our Feminicity Studio, located in the North Bay Mall. 300 Lakeshore Drive.
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