CLEARFIELD -- The colorful silk veils fluttered, encasing Mikalyn Anderson's body as she spun in place, creating the motion of a windmill.
She was showcasing how the fabric can be used in belly dancing. Anderson had her students attempt to use the veils in a walking motion as the material was moved from behind the body and over their head to the front of their body.
As the class progressed, people learned about not just the movements of the hips and torso, but the soft and slow movements of the arms to accompany the dance.
Anderson, who has been involved with belly dancing since her grandmother taught her the art form 33 years ago when she was 2 years old, is now sharing her knowledge with others.
She is teaching a six-week class every Wednesday at Clearfield Aquatic Center. The first session runs through Oct. 10, and a second session runs from Nov. 7 to Dec. 19.
Each week, there is a basic class at 6 p.m. and a beyond-basic class at 7 p.m.
Penny Olsen, a Hooper resident, was one of the students in the first basic class. She said it was a fun way to get exercise while learning a little rhythm.
"I'll come back," she said. "It is fun to try. Everyone should try new things."
Anderson said people often enjoy the classes not just because of the movements, but because it's a fun way to interact with others. She said people develop relationships.
"There is camaraderie to it," she said.
The class is focused on the practice of belly dancing for both the beginning and more advanced student. Anderson said it's something anyone can do if they want to, whether they are a novice or pursue belly dancing as a hobby.
"I want people to have fun with it," Anderson said. "I want them to get out and be more comfortable with the way their body moves. You do not have to be trapped in your regular motions."
Jasmine King, a Clearfield resident, has been involved with belly dancing since she was 12. She was one of the students in the advanced class taught by Anderson.
"There are such fluid movements," she said. "There is so much beauty in it."
Plus, she said, it's a workout.
"It gives you a workout without your realizing it," she said. "It looks very easy, but it is difficult. It takes a lot of practice."
Beginner Christie Juber, of Brigham City, agrees with that. She recently took the first beginner class.
"I had no idea what to expect," she said. "But it was a lot of fun."
She wanted to do something unique while exercising, and she said this class fit the bill.
"It worked muscles that I didn't think it would, especially in the arms," Juber said. "I thought it would mostly be on the hips, but that was not the case."
The class is open to anyone 12 or older.
For more information on the class, call 801-525-2790 or 801-525-2641. Cost is $40 for residents and $45 for nonresidents, or $7 per class to drop in.