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Restaurant offers a belly good way to burn calories.

BELLY dancing is on the menu for a Cardiff restaurant promoting healthy living.

Lebanese and Moroccan eatery Mezza Luna, City Road, is pioneering the innovative keep fit sessions.

The traditional Middle Eastern classes, devised with a personal fitness trainer, take place on Mondays from 7pm to 8pm, when the restaurant is closed to diners.

Restaurant owner Nawfal Kelaby, who came to Cardiff in 1984 from Iraq and opened Mezza Luna in 2006, said: "People love to join in our Friday and Saturday evening dance displays, so we thought we would turn them into organised fitness events and consulted a personal trainer for advice on putting a programme together.

"Combined with healthy eating options on our menu, we feel this is an enjoyable combination of healthy dance and food."

Belly dancing is claimed to burn as many calories as cycling and swimming, while offering an enjoyable way to keep fit.

Italian-born belly dance instructor Valeria Lo Iacono, who is taking the classes, said: "Belly-dancing is great for people of all ages, shapes and sizes and really focuses on strengthening the core muscles and toning the hips, waist and thighs as well as playing a key role in improving people's emotional health. It can even help people deal with stress and boost self confidence."

Classes can be booked on 07595 723444.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 17, 2009
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