Belly good show

Belly dancers on the seafront at Seaburn on Easter Sunday.

Belly dancers on the seafront at Seaburn on Easter Sunday.

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BELLY dancers took over the seafront in a bid to get wobbly Wearsiders fit for summer.

The first free class for members of the public raised sizzling temperatures even further when it took place at Seaburn.

Belly dancers on the beach at Seaburn on Easter Sunday. Pictured l-r areKatanya harris, Dee Ryan, Sara Smith, Brogan Smith and Demi Laws.

Belly dancers on the beach at Seaburn on Easter Sunday. Pictured l-r areKatanya harris, Dee Ryan, Sara Smith, Brogan Smith and Demi Laws.

Dance teacher Sarah Smith and 20 volunteers turned heads in their belts, bangles and earrings as they sashayed across the sand.

The 43-year-old, who runs dance business Bellydance Moves, said: “I am teaching so many classes at the moment and it’s so warm indoors.

“I used to joke about taking classes to the beach and then I thought, why not?

“If it gets too hot, we can jump in the sea.”

There are many different levels of belly dance.

With both high and low intensity routines, there is something for everyone.

Sarah, who has arthritis, says that the exercise is a gentle way to get people moving again and can help keep your joints loose.

Her oldest pupil is 79 years old.

“People often think that belly dancing is for slim young girls but it’s not like that at all,” she said.

“It’s a real chill-out and you come out of it feeling much better.”

Sarah, of Doxford Park, added: “You don’t feel like you’re exercising because we all have a laugh, dressing up and carrying on.

“You can feel it the next day, but don’t realise what hard work it is at the time.”

Anybody can join in the classes or can go along and watch.

Sarah believes that belly dancing is totally different to other types of dancing classes, and the relaxed atmosphere means people can exercise at their own pace.

“Some people are frightened to come to a fitness class where it is hard to keep up or keep going, but with belly dancing, people can join in and give it a go, even if it’s just for 10 minutes.”

Classes will be held on the beach, opposite Santini’s, each Sunday during summer at 1pm if interest continues.