Sway, shimmy and sweat your way to a super-toned core through the ancient art of belly dance.
Join us for an uptempo workout that incorporates a variety of styles of belly dance, from traditional Middle Eastern to earthy folkloric to American fusion. You’ll work your hips, abs, back and arms in all sorts of new ways, while challenging your mind, muscle control, balance and flexibility.
While you’ll practice authentic bellydance moves, the focus is staying in motion rather than perfecting technique. This is a true aerobic workout set to mix of Arabic pop, Middle Eastern dance remixes and modern American hits.
For students who are interested in the more technical nuances of belly dance, we also occasionally offer small-group Belly Dance Technique. In this beginner friendly setting, you’ll learn the basic movements found in Middle Eastern and Turkish folk dances and translate them into a polished repertoire. We’ll break down hip drops, shimmies, undulations and more, then show you how to piece those movements together into short combinations. Special attention will be given to the musicality and stage presence that is particular to belly dance, all while dancing to exciting, beautiful music from the Arabic and Turkish-speaking world.
When offered, enrollment for our technique classes is capped at 8 students to ensure individual attention but you can guarantee your spot — and save off the drop-in price — by purchasing a month discount pass and pre-registering online. Drop-ins are welcome at the regular price ($13) if space allows.
NEW in 2019: If we have enough interest, we’ll offer a small group technique class at 10 a.m. Sunday mornings in Fairmount: January 6, 13 and 20. Only $35 for the full 3-week series! This will be a progressive class and we need a minimum of 4 students to hold it, so please sign up here if you’d like to attend! (*If we do not get enough interest, we will contact you and refund your purchase in full).
No prior dance experience required for either program — just a willingness to shake what you got! A limited quantity of coin belts are available for use during class, or bring you own!
- Cardio Belly Dance: $13 per class, use a class card or FREE for members
- Belly Dance Technique: When offered, about $11 per class for those who pre-register for the month; or drop-in for $13 if space allows (not included in class cards or memberships)
- Wear: Comfortable clothes and dance shoes or bare feet
- Bring: A bottle of water and a hip scarf. (We also have some hip scarves you may borrow during class)
*Low/moderate intensity, low impact
Curious what you’ll be getting into? Check out our highlight reel to get a flavor of the class: