..and now for the science bit!

Posted by +Bellydancingbarbie on February 18th, 2010

Throughout my studies of Middle Eastern dance and Health, Fitness and Exercise I’ve come to notice a significant lack of scientific research available on the effects of Bellydance. Most teachers of the dance will make claim to certain health benefits, the majority of which can therefore only be surmised, nothing more than guess work, passed on from teacher to student – teacher to student and so forth. This lack of accuracy and reliability will perhaps not aid the preservation of a dance so historic, it certainly won’t  help those who dance it today for a plethora of reasons.

..and so, I seek to find the facts, for myself and my teachings and also for others who will find the results very valuable.

Having, conducted my own research over the past 2 years, my recent research proposal has been accepted and given the go ahead and over the next 4 months I will undertake a project of scientific study to ascertain “DOES BELLYDANCE IMPROVE MOTORSKILLS IN ADULT FEMALES”?

Here is an excerpt from my proposal:


The ancient dance-form, today named Bellydance passed skills on to our children and we obtained its health benefits. As daily lives changed emphasis placed on dance in society dropped. (Stewart 2000)

The project aims to determine if motor skills can be improved in adult women through the medium of Bellydancing, it also seeks to explore the widely considered view that motor skills are learned during childhood and adolescent years and then stabilise at a certain level unable to rise beyond this during adulthood.

Motor skills are actions that involve the movement of muscles in the body. They are divided into two groups; gross motor skills which include larger movements of arms, legs, feet, or the entire body (crawling, running, and jumping); and fine motor skills, defined as a skill requiring delicate muscular control and in which certain parts of the body move within a limited area in order to produce accurate responses (pincer grip with fingers)(answers.com) Both types of motor skills usually develop together, because many activities depend on the coordination of gross and fine motor skills. (answers.com)

For this I will test a range of women over 21 years old, who have minimal or no experience of bellydancing, the tests will be mostly coordination based, I will then deliver a series of 8 classes, spread over 8 weeks before retesting the women and recording the results. Results will be analysed and sent for a second opinion.

The question I ask you is ..do you fancy being a guinea pig?

For being a guinea pig you will benefit from:

  • A FREE 1hour bellydance class per week for 8 weeks (valued at £50-£70)
  • A fun information pack on the project
  • A benchmark of your current motorskills
  • Knowledge that you wouldn’t otherwise have
  • The opportunity to take part in an exciting study of value to thousands of people throughout the world!

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in taking part in please get in touch either leave a comment below, email me or call me on my mobile for a chat about it. I’d love to have you on board!

I am against animal testing. I am crazy for clip art!

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