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    Default Belly Fit Certification: what do you guys think?

    Hello chaps! Long time, no post- I've been busy dancing and running and cycling despite Halifax's poopy weather.

    I had an interesting conversation with my Monday night belly dance teacher and thought, "who better to ask for advice than strangers on the internets?". So, people of the internets, riddle me this- on Victoria Day weekend, my instructor included me in an electronic mailout to relevant persons (including people in the local belly dance community who I hold in high esteem). She wanted to tip us off that there's going to be a Belly Fit certification session here in Halifax. It's 2 days, about 300 bucks, and at the end, you can call yourself a bellyfit instructor (after you pay the licensing fee every month, I suppose). My instructor is one of three here in Halifax who teaches. Tonight in class, she told me she thought I had a good base for bellyfit- I've been belly dancing for years, am a lifelong ballerina, recent studier of African dance, and on-again off-again yogi.

    That said, I've never done belly fit before. My first step here is to try out a class or two and research the heck out of it to see if it's something I'd like to spend 300 bucks on at all. But honestly? The idea of supplementing my income doing something belly-dance based sounds pretty wicked, and there aren't a lot of instructors here yet. A "instructor" discount at Lululemon would be pretty wicked.

    Bellyfit website: Home ~ Bellyfit :: Moving Women

    Some people doing Belly Fit: (LINK)

    So, what do you guys think about Bellyfit in general? If you're familiar with Bellyfit or an instructor, did you like the certification course? I'm looking for any and all discussion about bellyfit, if you're a student or a instructor, what do you like, what do you not like, what's the deal with Bellyfit?
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    I've never heard of it. Is it just a Canadian thing?

    Seems to me like this bellyfit is to belly dance what zumba is to latin dances. If you're into that kind of thing, it could be a nice opportunity. I have to say it's not my thing, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yame View Post
    I've never heard of it. Is it just a Canadian thing?

    Seems to me like this bellyfit is to belly dance what zumba is to latin dances. If you're into that kind of thing, it could be a nice opportunity. I have to say it's not my thing, though.
    Yeah, seems like it's based out of BC, and in my googling, Americans never seem to be talking about it.

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    Is your instructor only 1 of 3 in Halifax who teach this bellyfit class? I have not heard of it but I can ask my other friends in Halifax who teach bellydance what they know of this program.

    I would be very wary about spending that much money on a program that even local people don't know about or on something that does not seem that popular in your area yet. Also are you planning on becoming an instructor for it? That would be the only reason I can see on spending that much money. Zumba was popular here in my area at the gyms but it seems to have lost it interest now. I only know one gym of 3 that still has zumba classes.

    Also check out how much they want for licensing fees every month/year, if you have to do continual refresher courses/training yearly, and where & how often you have to travel for that. Always check out the fine print.
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    Yes, the implication is that I would teach after certification. At 300 bucks it's actually a little more affordable than some of the "intensive" style workshops that have been/are coming to town (Colleena Shakti was just here, and Mira Betz is coming to town Canada Day weekend- Cheart, were you in town for Shakti, or are you coming to see Mira?) and I'm not currently performing, so it's hard for me to justify the expenses for those workshops on that basis- on the other hand, might be not too hard to get in to a gym to teach a fitness class (I'll admit part of my motivation is to try and get on the payroll at the gym on the base where I already work- I'd love to have the perk of access to the CF gyms!), or I can rent a room pretty low-cost at the local rec centre and do my own thing. I am generally interested in teaching experience- I'm a museo so I'm already distributing knowledge.

    My instructor who suggested it to me is also trying to secure additional funding from the province to reduce the cost so if she does that then a 2-day training programme where I don't have to travel or do 500 hours is a lot more appealing. Even if it is a fad, if I get about a year or two worth of teaching it, I've more than made back my investment. And honestly, I don't mind spending money on dance/fitness anyway. My instructor is one of 3 who has certification in Halifax, and I do hear a lot of chatter about belly fit from non-dancers (a lady in my Samba band loves her bellyfit class she goes to).

    PS: Edited to add: Yeah, definitely reading the fine print. That's part of what this digging around is about- I wanna know if anybody's discovered anything of a fine-print nature they didn't find out until after certification. Looks like a monthly fee of 21 bucks for licensing, haven't found anything else. (Chi Running has lots of re-training thingies, and you have to train far away- I would have loved to certify to teach that!)
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    The bottom line is that anyone can teach a fitness class with "belly dance" as the core element. Zumba instructors teach 'latin rock' classes when they don't want to pay certification or licensing fees.
    What do you get besides permission to teach their format? Can you come up with your own fitness format and teach that instead? Most gyms that teach 'belly dance' are really just dance excerise classes with the basic shimmy, snake arms and hip circles thrown in for good measure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gia al Qamar View Post
    The bottom line is that anyone can teach a fitness class with "belly dance" as the core element. Zumba instructors teach 'latin rock' classes when they don't want to pay certification or licensing fees.
    What do you get besides permission to teach their format? Can you come up with your own fitness format and teach that instead? Most gyms that teach 'belly dance' are really just dance excerise classes with the basic shimmy, snake arms and hip circles thrown in for good measure...
    They give you the official Bellyfit music and a course outline (I don't mind it teaching somebody else's stuff, sounds like a good "first time teaching fitness" course of action) and some other instruction material, like online reference/continuing ed material. And "CEC's" (I have no idea what they are, I think it's some sort of points-system for fitness instruction in Canada? I'm still trying to figure out what this is?).

    My co-worker teaches skating here at the base and says she'll hire me to do her older kid's off-ice program. Honestly, if I made my course fee back and enough scratch to fund workshops and whatnot that I want to do next year, I'd consider it successful.

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    Sadly I'll in in Halifax later in july but not during the mira time slot. I couldn't afford to fly in for the shakti workshop
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheart View Post
    Sadly I'll in in Halifax later in july but not during the mira time slot. I couldn't afford to fly in for the shakti workshop
    I didn't go to the Shakti workshops (couldn't budget the money or the time for it- I was in high demand for Samba and bike week stuff) but I did go to the show- WOW! I don't know you well but I feel like I have a pretty good read on what kind of dance would be your thing and I know you would have *loved* it. I'm probably only going to Betz's 2-hour intro workshop, don't think I can spend the time needed for the whole intensive away from the museum on a summertime holiday weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onela View Post
    My co-worker teaches skating here at the base and says she'll hire me to do her older kid's off-ice program. Honestly, if I made my course fee back and enough scratch to fund workshops and whatnot that I want to do next year, I'd consider it successful.
    Will she only hire you if you're bellyfit certified? Wouldn't it be more cost-effective to start teaching without this certification?

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