Why Belly Dance is a Great Form of Fitness

May 29, 2023

Did you know that Belly Dance is a great form of fitness as well as a an excellent and expressive dance form? It helps women express their sensuality and celebrate the female form by moving their hips and ribs and arms in a way that is natural and fun.


Belly dancing significantly aids muscle toning by using and focusing on small muscle movement and isolations. Movements work on the gluts, obliques and quads. The greatest thing about it is that you can get a full work out and not even notice that you are working out!


Belly dance also works on balance and posture because while you are performing the dance steps you have to stay steady and stand tall while you are performing the isolations. “Snake arms” or any arm isolations use the muscles in the upper arms. The rib cage isolations and movements work the core, back muscles and the obliques. The hip movements use the core, glutes, and thigh muscles. Did you know you can even use the neck muscles by certain head isolations? It is a full body workout!


Belly dance is also a beautiful and elegant dance form that has more to do with sensuality than sexuality, it is more about taking control of one’s sensuality and making it your own. It’s fun and a great work out at the same time!

The Author

Jamie Horban

Jamie Horban, B.A. is a Degreed Dance Professional, Certified Pilates Instructor, and a Certified Yoga Instructor. She has her Bachelors of Science in Dance & Film from Northwestern University. Horban graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in dance and film. She has since traveled around the country choreographing and teaching dance and fitness in several states and cities including Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, LA, and Denver. She currently teaches all levels of ballet, jazz, modern, musical theater, poms, hip hop, and tap. She also has experience teaching salsa, swing, Line dance, acro, Bollywood, Polish dance, disco, belly dance, Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, silver sneakers, Polish Dance, Argentinian tango, as well as many others. She has worked for several companies across the United States including but not limited to Lyric opera of Chicago, Atlanta ballet, Northlight theater, Watertown children’s theater, Jean and Ryan productions, boulder fringe Festival, 24-hour fitness, golds gym, Dance 411, Dance Chicago, Interlochen Arts, and many others. She has a non for profit in the state of Illinois called SoleStance that produces arts/cultural related shows.

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