RiRi takes up belly dancing to stay in shape

Updated: Jul 08, 2011, 17:07 PM IST

Washington: In a bid to stay in shape before the European leg of her ‘Loud’ tour begins in September, Rihanna has taken up a new dance form-belly dancing.

The `California King Bed` hitmaker is being given lessons in the exotic art by a professional dancer from.

"She loves belly dancing and has been getting all her dancers to join in. They’ve even had a few private Arabian-themed parties,” Contactmusic quoted her pal as telling the Daily Mirror newspaper.

"We shouldn’t be surprised to see a little of this influence when Rihanna goes on tour later this year,” the pal added.