Dianna DwyerDianna started studying the beautiful art form of middle eastern dance in 1994 and made her first stage appearance in 1996. She has participated in professional shows in Honolulu, New York City as well as Baltimore. She performs five nights a week at Casablanca restaurant in Old Town Alexandria and also at La Kasbah in Reston. Thursday nights she teaches at Fitness First in Tyson's Corner. One of the highlights in her career was winning the title of the duchess of dance and Peoples Choice winner in the 2003 East Coast belly dance classic competition. In 2006 she was selected to attend Hadias 10 day professional training program in Montreal Canada. In 2007 she traveled to Cairo to further her studies. She has also traveled to her home in New Zealand and taught workshops at the annual middle eastern festival. In August 2007 she was on the cover of the Northern Virginia magazine.
Diana: Hi! My name is Diana. I am a Middle Eastern Dance Instructor and Performer and I work in the Northern Virginia area. I've been doing this beautiful ancient art form for the last ten years and I am here today to share some of the knowledge of belly dancing that I have accumulated over these years with you.
With any exercise it's important that you consult your doctor first and check that you are physically able to do this, and the other thing is that any of these movements when you are doing them nothing should really hit, and should feel good. If something is hitting then it means you are doing it wrong.
The other thing I want to emphasize is there is no substitute for a good teacher or a coach and in this country there are many wonderful teachers and coaches and I want to urge you to go out and find someone who can help you and critique you and check that you are doing the dance movements correctly.
Belly dance is a wonderful ancient art form that's been going on for many centuries, and been passed through many generations and it's a wonderful way of keeping fit, keeping your mind healthy. Belly dance is all about isolating different parts of your body and expressing yourself through movement.