Bellydancer Corrina Beacham is launching a Fire Bellydance Workshop in Byron, making it the first one in Australia. Echonetdaily caught up with this hot-bellied woman to find out what it’s all about.
Tell me – what is Fire Bellydance?
Fire bellydance is bellydancing with a fire belt strapped to your hips. The design of the belt makes it so that belt has the appearance of mobility and can emphasise the subtle movements of bellydance, ie hip flick/drop and shimmy.
How did you first learn to do it?
After many years of bellydance I wanted to add some more bling to the practice, so I created a design and taught myself.
What do participants get out of a practice like this?
For people who like to play with fire, they get something spectacular and new, plus the added bonus of the technique of bellydance to support posture and improve core strength, and those who already bellydance have something to add to their performance range and exciting new pastime.
Is it just for women?
Like all bellydance no, it is not just for women. For example, when I was studying in Turkey I saw more men dancing than women. Male bellydancers are becoming far more popular as performers and teachers in the professional bellydance world.
Is it dangerous?
Like all fire practice there is, of course, the element of danger, but as the belt is strapped to your body (with an easy-release clip) it is a little safer as there are no loose flames flying about. And of course common sense would have you wearing little synthetic.
What would you say to encourage people who were nervous about participating?
I would say give it a go. I have been using the fire belt for eight years and have never once been in danger. It’s exciting and definitely keeps you fit.