New to Bellydance?

First Visit Advice

Please arrive 10 minutes early. We have some simple paperwork to complete and you can speak with the instructor about any special needs you may have.

Wear comfortable clothing  that allows for a full range of motion.

Don’t eat for an hour before your class. Shimmying and undulating on a full stomach is uncomfortable.


What Type of Class Should I Take?

The first place to start is to check out our class levels and look at the monthly topic of focus. Read these to find classes that appeal to you.  Then look at our class schedule to see when the classes are available.  Each class has a link to the teacher. You can read the teacher’s bio to understand their training and style.

If you need advice or have questions, please feel free to contact us and we can help to point you in the right direction.


In Class

Bellydance practice typically involves dancing through a series of foundation moves coordinated with music, breath and mental focus on the present moment.  It is a lifelong practice so there’s no need to do it all on the first try. There are many modifications available to make them more or less challenging depending on your needs.

Remember it is not a competition with others or yourself. Challenge yourself but don’t push too hard – bellydance should never be painful. Always listen to and trust the signals from your body.

Don’t eat for an hour before your class. Shimmying and undulating on a full stomach is uncomfortable.


FAQs

1. What is bellydance?

Bellydance is one of the world’s oldest dance forms. It originally came from the Middle East and is now practiced by many enthusiasts on all continents. It is a great way to make new friends, become healthier and learn a new skill.

2. Do I have to show my belly to practice bellydance?

It is up to the individual whether or not they want to show their belly. Everyone is welcome.

3. How many times per week should I practice?

Bellydance is amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience a lot of benefits including relaxation, muscle toning and stress release. If you can do more than that, you will progress much faster and start to master the movements. We suggest starting with two or three times a week, for an hour or two each time. Don’t let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle—do what you can and don’t worry about it. You will likely find that after awhile your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself falling in love with it and doing more and more.

4. How is bellydance different from other kinds of fitness?

Unlike fitness where the main focus is usually losing weight, bellydance is focused on learning a fun new set of skills in a safe, supportive environment.

Yoga practice helps you build strength, increase flexibility, and develop greater mental focus. This guide gives you the basic information to get started. Remember, the hardest part is walking through the studio’s front door! Try different classes and talk with your teachers (they like questions). Over time, you can tailor an individualized practice that emphasizes exactly what you need.