Admit it. That one time you went to the restaurant where they had live belly dancing you were totally into it, weren’t you? Her sensuous, languid movements, those colourful gauzy costumes, and the clink of golden coins went down pretty well with dinner.

Good news: You don’t need an appetizer to get your fix. Toronto houses a vibrant, accomplished belly-dancing scene with numerous classes, workshops and live shows. Arabesque Academy’s Yasmina Ramzy has been alternately punishing and enlightening abdominals for over 20 years at her Gloucester St. studio.

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