A dance teacher from Newcastle is helping women find their inner beauty using self confidence classes.
Ellouise Hempstead, director of dance school Etrois, is teaching people how to 'think themselves beautiful' from the comfort of a tea room in Heaton.
The six-week Body Beautiful courses help people struggling with low self esteem or a lack of body confidence.
Participants are taught how to address a number of confidence issues, looking at techniques such as posture and eye contact.
Challenging the 21st century perception of beauty, the courses teach people how to develop what Ellouise describes as "inner beauty."
She says: "It's not about beauty in the magazine sense. It's not a course for ugly people, it is about being beautiful on the inside.
"Particularly for women, we have a lot of weight on our shoulders to look beautiful and be confident a lot of the time.
"It's really important to realise it's okay and we can get support from each other."
Ellouise, who also runs a series of dance fitness classes, started the Body Beautiful courses to deal with the confidence problems that exercise could not solve.
The course starts at Teasy Does It on 6th July 2012, and runs between 6 and 7pm.
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