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Keeping fit: belly dancing!
Dougie with belly dance teacher Annette
Dougie - shaking his stuff!

Forget the gym and mindless hours on the treadmill, there's a far raunchier way to keep in shape - belly dancing!

BBC Radio York's Dougie Weake took the plunge and had a go!

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Up and down the country, more and more people are taking up belly dancing as a way of keeping fit. In North Yorkshire, there are classes all over the county where you can shimmy into shape!

When Dougie Weake met Annette Egerton, who's been teaching belly dancing for eight years, he couldn't resist trying it out - and took to it surprisingly well!

» Listen to Dougie belly dancing

Annette, who's based in West Heslerton, thinks that belly dancing's current surge in popularity is down to people holidaying in Turkey.

Dougie and Annette
Dougie dancing with Annette

"They're seeing belly dancers undulating in a most alluring way. It is a very accessible dance to most women, irrespective of their age or size."

However, it seems that belly dancing is not just for women! As Annette fills us in, it seems that men have played a major part in belly dancing's development.

"In medieval Egypt, men took over from women in belly dancing, on religious grounds. But men still do dance, they can undulate their stomachs, they can dance in a very alluring and sexy way - just like women."

Perhaps Dougie is evidence that not all men are capable of this!

» Listen to the full interview

If you're appetite for belly dancing has been whetted, we've gathered information on where you can learn in North Yorkshire.

Belly dancing classes in North Yorkshire

Knaresborough
Beginners class, Tuesdays, Studio 3, Finkle Street (above Spar Shop), 2000 - 2130, £5 per class
Contact: 01423 510199, cathy2dance@yahoo.co.uk

Knaresborough
Improvers class, Thursdays, Studio 3, Finkle Stree (above Spar Shop), 2000 - 2130, £5 per class
Contact: 01423 510199, cathy2dance@yahoo.co.uk

Ripon
Beginners class, Thursdays, Ripon Tennis Centre, Park Lane off Palace Rd, 1030 - 1200, £35 for 8 classes
Contact: 01423 510199, cathy2dance@yahoo.co.uk

Scarborough
All comers class, Tuesdays, Scarborough YMCA, 1900 - 2100, 6 week courses for £45
Contact: 01944 710136

Selby
Beginners class, Wednesdays, Selby Town Hall, 1930 - 2100, cost not known
Contact: 01757 228469, zara.key@btinternet.com

Skipton
Beginners class, Wednesdays, Otley Street Youth Centre, 1800 - 1930, £21 for 7 week course
Contact: 01756 791411, enquiries@craven.college.ac.uk

Skipton
Improvers class, Wednesdays, Otley Street Youth Centre, 1930 - 2100, £21 for 7 week course
Contact: 01756 791411, enquiries@craven.college.ac.uk

York
Future Prospects have details of three Arabic belly dancing courses run in York. These include classes at 1000 on Saturdays, 1900 on Tuesdays and 1900 on Mondays.
Contact: 01904 634 748 http://www.futureprospects.org.uk/

If you know of a class that we haven't listed, send us an email to northyorkshire@bbc.co.uk with the location, cost, day and time and we'll add it to the list above.

 

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