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Pilates Meets Belly Dance in BellyCore

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on May 01, 2007

Melissa Michalak, a dancer and fitness professional based in New York City, has created BellyCore, a combination of Middle Eastern dance and Pilates exercises. Michalak’s program, offered in a Cardio Bellydance DVD, starts with a Pilates-based warm-up and then incorporates belly dance moves to provide a cardio workout. The goal is to enjoy the flexibility and spinal mobility of belly dance along with the strengthening and stretching effects of Pilates. Michalak’s tag line is “Move like a goddess. Feel like one, too.”

To learn more about BellyCore, go to www.bellycore.com.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in L...