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Welcome to the Orlando Belly Dance MeetUp Group!

I am Brianna Eden, the new moderator of this group and a representative of Bellywood Studios, host of the Orlando Bellydance Convention. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Melanie LaJoie of A Magi Bellydance for her dedication and leadership as the previous organizer. I am excited to continue fostering the welcoming and inclusive community she has created alongside her.

Stay tuned for Bellydance Activations across Orlando! Our goal is to bring offerings of FREE bellydance classes hosted in various parks and events around the greater Orlando area. We hope to share this wonderful art form with our community.

"We welcome ALL teachers, dancers, and students of all levels, family, and friends to join this ever-evolving community. If you are a beginner, professional, drummer, or enthusiast, we hope you always have fun here with us! Join us for monthly meetups, workshops, and classes.

We are a group FROM and FOR the whole Belly Dance community, allowing them to meet with others who love to explore and learn this beautiful art form while bringing the Belly Dancers in our community together!"

Dance Light, Peace, Love & Joy!
Melanie LaJoie-A Magi
A Magi Belly Dance

More than just physical exercise, belly dancing is a rich, culturally diverse art form from the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, and Greece. Bellydance provides the foundational movements to activate your body in a way that connects the mind to the spirit. This journey has the potential to be profoundly liberating, ignite your inner strength, and foster a sense of community and sisterhood.

In her eloquent and thought-provoking article, Yamê is a Brazilian-American raqs sharqi dancer based out of New Jersey, perfectly encapsulates the essence of the dance I have come to know and love, delving into its rich history, cultural significance, and the transformative power it holds for those who embrace it as a lifelong journey of personal growth and human connection - I invite you to read her words in full at Unpacking the Cultural Baggage & History of “Belly Dance” and experience the depth of this beautiful art form for yourself.

Thank you and happy shimmying!
Many Bright Blessings,

Brianna Eden
Bellywood Studios |
10325 Orangewood Blvd, Suite: 109, Orlando, Florida 32821