Self-Care Through Dancing: Nurturing Your Body and Mind


Imagine yourself feeling energized, stress melting away as you lose yourself in the rhythm of the music. This isn’t just a fantasy; it’s your reality when you embrace the power of dance. Dancing is more than just exercise; it’s a celebration of life, a journey of self-discovery, and a potent tool for nurturing your well-being. Join us as we explore the ways in which dance can transform your self-care routine and unlock a happier, healthier you.

Moving as a Form of Self-Care: Honoring Your Body’s Needs

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Dancing is a powerful tool for self-care that allows us to honor our body’s needs

When we dance, we are not only engaging in physical activity, but we are also creating a space for self-expression and self-discovery. The act of dancing allows us to release pent-up emotions, express our creativity, and tap into our innermost thoughts and feelings. It is a form of communication with ourselves, where our bodies become the instruments through which we can express our emotions and connect with our inner selves.

Dancing as a form of self-care is a way to honor and take care of our physical bodies. When we dance, we engage various muscle groups, improve our cardiovascular health, and enhance our flexibility and coordination. The physicality of dance not only keeps us fit, but it also helps us release tension and stress that may have built up in our bodies throughout the day.

Dancing also allows us to become more in tune with our bodies and their needs. As we move and flow through different dance routines, we become more aware of our body’s limitations and capabilities. We learn to listen to what our bodies are telling us and adjust our movements accordingly. This self-awareness and mindfulness fostered through dance can then be carried into our everyday lives, helping us make healthier choices and take better care of ourselves.

Cultivating a Holistic Approach: Nurturing Your Body Beyond Dance

Nurturing our bodies through dance also involves adopting a holistic approach to self-care. This means considering our overall well-being and incorporating other practices that complement our dancing routine. From prioritizing rest to adopting a nourishing diet and practicing mindfulness, taking care of our bodies beyond the dance floor is crucial. By cultivating a holistic approach to self-care, we can create a balanced and sustainable lifestyle that supports our physical and mental health. So let’s explore how we can nurture our bodies beyond dance and cultivate a more holistic approach to self-care. Book Bella Diva dance classes today to start your self-care journey.

Bella Diva World Dance is Expanding!  Join the Movement & Empower Our Community

Owner & founder of Bella Diva World Dance, Caitlin Brozna-Smith, has teamed up with Rachael Harding, owner of Miss Rachael’s Dance, to expand right next door into the space formerly occupied by the beloved Bookies Bookstore. The new space will offer three new beautiful (and larger!) dance studios. 

Construction has already started and we still need help to cross the finish line!

The expansion will be a multi-cultural & multi-generational studio for students to learn dance, take fitness classes, explore world cultures, practice self-care and connect with others through shared experience. 

The expansion will not only allow us to offer new & different classes on different days, there is also a growing need in Denver for affordable and available rehearsal space for artists. Our space will present multi-purpose use opportunities for various artists including dancers, yoga/pilates instructors, visual artists, musicians, actors and digital media.

What We Still Need and What You Get

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Bella Diva team hard at work, shaping the future of dance and community empowerment in our expanded space. Join the movement with Bella Diva!

Due to recent increases in material costs and inflation, the initial savings for the buildout has fallen short of what is needed to complete the project. We still need financial backing in order to purchase & install the dance floors.  Our funding campaign through Indiegogo is aiming to cover the costs of 2,900 square feet of professional, sprung dance flooring that will go into the 3 new studio rooms and become the foundation for our many years of dancing to come!

We will welcome any donations you feel able to give (see the “Huge Thanks” item on the list!). We are also offering perks in return for funding, including entry to our opening weekend gala, limited edition T-Shirts, pre-recorded dance classes in the style of your choice, massage therapy sessions & private lessons with Bella Diva instructors.

Bella Diva: Our Story and Our Impact

After traveling abroad and studying in 35 different countries between 2001-2006 through the Semester at Sea program and the University of Denver, Bella Diva founder, Caitlin, received her Masters in International & Intercultural Communications. Caitlin passionately believed that to in order to expand your personal horizon, stepping out of your own experience was essential to connecting with others. By doing this, one discovers human identity transcends geography and national borders. Connection across cultures can become a crucial component in fostering empathy & cooperation on a global scale, and what better way to connect to another’s life experience than through the universal language of dance and music? 

Bella Diva World Dance was born in 2010 with Caitlin teaching one weekly belly dance & samba class, with the intention and mission to create a safe space for women and girls to enjoy moving in their bodies while learning about various cultures outside their own.

Over the past 14 years, Bella Diva has continued to grow, building out the first Glendale location in 2014 with Communitas Movement which consists of 2 dance studios. Today, Bella Diva not only offers weekly Belly Dance & Samba classes, but also offer Bollywood, Bhangra, Polynesian, Persian-Iranian, Hip Hop, Adult Ballet, Brazilian & Middle Eastern Drumming, Tai Chi/Pilates and Kids’ World Dance.

Energetic renovation at Bella Diva's expanded space, blending creativity and dedication to build a vibrant hub for dance and community empowerment
Transformative moments at Bella Diva’s new space – where passion meets progress. Join the movement and witness the evolution with Bella Diva World Dance!

Bella Diva is now home to 16 faculty members and 150 weekly students from over 25 different countries and it is this community we are MOST proud of. Our students are the daily proof our vision has come to life!

Bella Diva’s Studio Showcase opportunities, which often feature over 100 students hailing from over 25 different countries, are a microcosm of what the world could possibly look like if we came together to embrace our uniqueness as strengths: a community that exemplifies what it means to be a global citizen. Through global learning, we are able to effect meaningful change on both a small & large scale. At Bella Diva we want to continue being the change we want to see in the world!


Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you are unable to contribute financially, that doesn’t mean you can’t help!

Please help us get the word out and make some noise about our campaign, forwarding our campaign to friends, family, and lovers of the arts.

Discover The Top Dance Classes for 2024

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Are you looking to improve your dance skills or try out a new style this year? The world of dance classes is constantly evolving and expanding, offering an abundance of options for dancers of all levels and interests. From traditional ballet to modern hip-hop, there is a class for every type of dancer. Let’s explore the top dance classes that are predicted to make a splash in 2024.

Top Dance Classes to Try in 2024

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Explore the top dance classes that are predicted to make a splash in 2024

One of the hottest dance classes to try in 2024 is contemporary dance. With its fusion of ballet, jazz, and modern dance, contemporary dance allows dancers to express themselves freely and creatively. The fluidity and grace of this dance style are truly mesmerizing, and it offers a unique opportunity to explore movement in a whole new way.

If you’re looking for a high-energy and dynamic dance class, then hip-hop is the way to go. This popular street dance style is all about the beats, rhythm, and attitude. You’ll learn impressive footwork, body isolations, and killer dance routines that will make you feel like you’re in a music video. Get ready to let loose, groove to the music, and break a sweat in this exciting dance class.

For those who are interested in a dance style that is both elegant and fun, ballroom dance may be just the thing for you. From the waltz to the cha-cha, ballroom dance offers a variety of styles that are sure to get your heart racing and your feet moving. Not only is it a great form of exercise, but it’s also a great way to socialize and meet new people.

Dance Benefits

Dance is much more than just a rhythmic movement to music. It’s a powerful tool for unlocking a wealth of benefits for your mind, body, and soul. Let’s explore the key reasons why you should lace up your dancing shoes and embrace the magic of movement:

1. Unleash the Happy Hormones: Dancing is a natural mood booster. As you move to the rhythm, your body releases a surge of endorphins, those feel-good chemicals that combat stress, anxiety, and depression. It’s like a built-in happiness potion, leaving you feeling energized and optimistic.

2. From Stiff to Superbly Agile: Dance isn’t just fun, it’s also a fantastic way to improve your physical fitness. It naturally enhances your coordination, balance, and flexibility, allowing you to move with greater ease and grace. Whether you’re mastering intricate footwork or simply swaying with the music, you’ll be strengthening your muscles and increasing your range of motion, making you feel more confident and empowered in your body.

3. Connect, Belong, and Flourish: Dancing is a social activity that brings people together. Joining a dance class or community allows you to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for movement. You’ll forge new friendships, build a support system, and create lasting memories. Dancing becomes a shared experience, fostering a sense of belonging and community that enriches your life beyond the dance floor.

Dance is a vibrant tapestry woven with the threads of joy, fitness, and connection. It’s an invitation to embrace your inner rhythm, discover new possibilities within your body, and connect with others in a meaningful way. So why wait? Sign up to start dancing today and unlock the treasure chest of benefits that await you!