I was aware that belly dancing classes were held on Islay, I wasn't aware that it apparently had become popular, so popular that a leading Scottish Newspaper wrote about belly dancing on Islay on their website. More about this article in the following quote:
It has crept in from the East to almost every big town in mainland Britain and now the countryâ€™s craze for belly dancing has shimmied its way out west, to the Hebrides. The women of Islay and Jura are eagerly embracing the chance to learn the ancient and exotic art. Dance teacher Paula Davidson imported her belly dancing skills to Islay when she moved to the island from Glasgow. And now her classes are so popular that she is holding two a week.
Islay mother Isabel Coughlin, 52, from Bowmore, who is hooked on her new hobby, said: â€œI think itâ€™s better than Highland dancing, that would be out of the question for me because my joints wouldnâ€™t stand up to it. Belly dancing is great for people of a certain age, itâ€™s flexible and itâ€™s a good form of exercise. â€œI go to both classes, to Bowmore on a Tuesday and Port Ellen on Fridays and I have lost inches off my waist.â€
The image is not from the lessons on Islay and is there only for illustration :-)