Belly dancing class at John Larmonie Center

POSTED: 10/12/12 1:14 PM

St. Maarten – The Motiance Dance school will start will belly dancing classes on Tuesday at the John Larmonie Center on the Longwall Road. Classes will be given by Okama Ekpe Brook a teacher who was born in Ekori, Nigeria, and recently moved to St. Maarten with her family.

Okama grew up with the essence of community music and dance and developed a natural affinity for the art form. As an international instructor, her passion has enabled her to use it as a medium for intercultural communication, peace-building, and connecting people. Her specialty in belly dance helps to empower women by rebuilding their confidence through realignment of the body, mind and spirit. The melodic, rhythmic nature of the movements rendered in an ambience of free space often combine to produce an amazing change in people who become truly alive after the experience.

The women become reawakened individuals, and combined with a willingness to work hard; women can rise to a full partnership with their male counterparts and take on more active leadership roles in society. Once this empowerment is embedded in the inner and outer-self, women are more likely to help release the full potential of men by allowing them to become the poetry of art, enabling new transformations to take place.

Okama started to belly dance in 2001 after giving birth to her first son through caesarian section. Having always been physically fit, she was a bit unhappy with her new body structure. After researching about various exercise routines and finally being convinced about the transformational nature of belly dance by her good friend and mentor, Ms. Bouthena, a professional Moroccan belly dancer, she took up the dance 11 years ago and the rest is history. She has performed and taught in Lao DPR, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Canada, and Curacao.

Okama won the intermediate level competition at the Asia Pacific Dance explosion 2008 context in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has trained students for participation in various contests, hosted performances and shows to raise funds for charities in Laos, Sri Lanka, and Canada and she has performed at motivational events. She founded her ‘Empower Dance Ensemble’ in 2008.

For information about the class call 543 06 00.

 

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