Aimee Machiels dedicates her life to dance
Aimee (Machiels) who on stage uses only her first name, is a belly dancer born in Hawaii. Her great-grandfather was Yuko Majikina, a renown choreographer and performer of Okinawan Kumiodori.
From and early age Aimee decided to dedicate her life to dance, a decision her family always supported and understood. She now lives in Naha, Okinawa, where she teaches and performs Belly Dance.
She has studied many styles of dance throughout her life including Hula, Ryukyu Dance, Classical Odissi Dance, Salsa, and Belly Dance. She has traveled to many countries including India, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Costa Rica, Canada, USA, and Japan to perform and share her love of dance.
Belly dance that originated in the Middle East became popular in the West during the 18th and 19th centuries, when dancers from Middle Eastern countries began to perform at various World Fairs and other events drawing crowds that rivaled those for the science and technology exhibits.
Belly dance is good exercise and suitable for people of all age. It prevents osteoporosis in older people. Many of the moves involve isolations, which improves flexibility of the torso. Belly dance moves are beneficial to the spine, as the full-body undulation moves lengthens and strengthens the entire column of spinal and abdominal muscles in a gentle way.
Beginning in the late 1990s, belly dance became mainstream with fitness videos and DVDs, which are still popular throughout the world and have been credited with opening a new market of belly dance fitness classes throughout the world.
For more information on Aimee’s belly dance classes, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org