BELLY dancers are taking Sandbach by storm as a new wave of exercise is proving popular.
Classes at Sandbach High on Middlewich Road have been inundated with members wanting to learn the art of Middle East-Teacher Majenta Al Jamilah, from Hightown at Sandbach, has been teaching around the world for five years and now runs classes at venues in South and Mid Cheshire, including two classes in Sandbach on a ern dance. Thursday night.
Majenta, 32, learned the world's oldest dance after falling in love with it while visiting family in Saudi Arabia when she was 19 years old.
She said: 'It's taken off very well and I am teaching somewhere every night. I have students of all ages. I do workshops in primary schools and the oldest person I teach in my classes is 82 years old.'
Majenta said the dance has health benefits as a gentle exercise. She added: 'Dancing itself is a gentle form of exercise so it's great for older people, pregnant women and people suffering from arthritis. It massages internal organs and muscles.
'At the moment I am teaching a lady in Sandbach who is three months pregnant. The dancing originated from a fertility ritual because it helps the move-ment of the baby and eases labour. As long as we are gentle there is no harm.'
* Classes are held at Sandbach High on Thursdays from 7-7.30pm and 7.30- 8pm. For more information on these and other adult education classes, phone Jackie Sample on 01270 765031.