Many of the women are living in terror for their lives, having escaped from slavery, violent partners and abusers. Living in secret safe houses in the UK, they are isolated, far from home, and dealing with the long term effects of the abuse they've suffered. Self esteem, body image, self confidence, self belief are all shattered. Many have experienced no simple fun for years, if ever.
Bellydance has a unique ability to help women feel better about themselves and their bodies. The movements feel sensual and womanly and there's enormous joy gained from dancing in a group to pleasurable music. Taught in a safe space, amongst other women like themselves, our classes are helping women accept their bodies, develop confidence and rebuild self esteem through positive feedback. Dancing also takes their minds away from their terrible memories, and enables them to laugh together.
The dance is empowering for women who have had their power taken from them and has great benefits for their physical and mental health and wellbeing. Over time, improved self confidence and self esteem will help them re-integrate successfully into society, and an improved relationship with their bodies will help in raising their children. Dance also has proven benefits for mental health, memory and longevity.
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