We signed the typical waiver/information sheet and made our way into the dance studio. We were introduced to Laura our instructor. We started with a warmup influenced by yoga poses and went into the basic principles of tribal belly dance. I've taken Cabaret Egyptian classes, but the nuances of tribal are much more subtle. More fluid, more serpentine, very very sexy when Laura did it. When I tried to emulate it not so much. Most important thing was to keep the proper form. Well I failed at that miserably. Weight on your heels? Check! Back straight? Check! I'm thinking I got this! Bended soft knees? Hells to the no. Bikram/Hot yoga drives in the point of LOCK YOUR KNEES at least 85 times per class...so to go from that to slight bend to the knee was too much for my little Saturday brain to handle. Yes, I do indeed turn off my brain to "sleep" mode if you will on Saturdays so it was not on optimal performance.
The fundamental tribal basic class runs on a 6 week schedule, but is designed where new students can drop in at any time. It was very detailed and very easy to follow the instructions, just getting the body to comply with the instruction for me was a bit harder. However, it was FANTASTIC! Lots of fun and definitely recommend giving it a try!
In the meantime, check out Lacey..and yes she makes it look easy.