March Bellyqueen 40 Hr Teacher Training

Friday, March 6-15, 2015

The Module 1 March 40-hr Bellyqueen teacher training course is ideal for serious students, current and aspiring teachers. Participants who pass the written and practical exam and practice teach a minimum of 20 hours outside of the training will be awarded a Bellyqueen Teacher Training certificate of completion, others will receive a certificate of attendance. Deepen your bellydance practice and understanding of teaching tools, anatomy, history, culture, music, business and dance composition with this training.

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40-Hour Course $695 adv, $750
1 Hour Workshop $20 adv, $25
1.5 Hour Workshop $30 adv, $40
2 Hour History Lecture $30 adv, $40
2 Hour Workshop $40 adv, $50
Hafla $10, free to full course attendees

Register by Feb 27 to save. (We will honor the early bird rate for anyone registering for 2 or more a la carte workshops. Please call 917-515-0168 or e-mail

Friday March 6th (3 hours)

7.00-8.00pm: Overview and Teaching Tools with Kaeshi
8.00-10.00pm: History and Culture Lecture with Morocco

Saturday March 7th (9 hours)
10.00-11.30am: Universal Curriculum with Kaeshi Chai
11.30-1.30pm: Teaching Tools & Practice Teaching with Kaeshi & Elisheva
1.30-2.30pm: Lunch
2.30-4.30pm: The Science of Great Dance Composition with Mariano Parra
4.30-6.30pm: Upper Torso Anatomy with Lissa Michalak
6.30-8.00pm: Melodies & Maqams with Brad MacDonald and Carmine

Sunday March 8th (8 hours)
10.00-11.30pm: Isis Curriculum & Combos with Kaeshi
11.30-1.30pm: Teaching Tools & Practice Teaching with Kaeshi & Irina
1.30-2.30pm: Lunch
2.30-4.30pm: Business of Bellydance with Myra Krien
4.30-5.30pm: Teaching Special Populations with Kaeshi
5.30-7.00pm: Poses Galore (38 arms, 18 leg positions) with Kaeshi

Friday March 13th (3 hours)
7.00-8.30pm: Bastet Curriculum & Combos with Kaeshi
8.30-10.00pm: Teaching Tools & Practice Teaching

Saturday March 14th (9 hours)
10.00-11.30pm: Hathor Curriculum & Combos with Kaeshi Chai
11.30-1.30pm: Teaching Tools & Practice Teaching
1.30-2.30pm: Lunch
2.30-4.30pm: Lower Torso Anatomy with Lissa Michalak
4.30-6.30pm: Common Injuries and Prevention with Lissa
6.30-8.00pm: Essential Rhythms with Brad MacDonald

Sunday March 15th (8 hours)
10.00-11.30pm: Curriculum & Combo Review with Kaeshi Chai
11.30-1.30pm: Teaching Tools & Practice Teaching
1.30-2.30pm: Lunch
2.30-3.30pm: History and Culture Review with Nancy Eder
3.30-4.30pm: General Review and Q&A
4:30-5.30pm: Written Exam
5.30-6:30pm: Practical Exam
6.30-7.00pm: Close
8.00-10.00pm: Hafla / Party at Jebon

NOLA Studios, 244 West 54th St, 11th Floor, Studio B, New York, NY 10019
Jebon, 15 Saint Marks Place, lower level, New York, NY 10003

Topic Breakdown

  • 10.5 hours Teaching Tools (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Classroom organization, Playlists, Communication), Practice Teaching with Feedback
  • 7.5 hours Bellyquen Curriculum & Combos
  • 4 hours Upper and Lower Torso Anatomy
  • 3 hours History, Culture and Review
  • 3 hours Music (Melodies, Maqams and Essential Rhythms)
  • 2 hours Science of Great Dance Composition
  • 2 hours Common Injuries & Prevention
  • 2 hours Business of Bellydance (Budgets, Marketing, Grants)
  • 1.5 hours Poses Galore (38 Arm & 18 Leg Positions)
  • 1 hour Teaching Special Populations
  • 1 hours Review and Q&A
  • 1 hour Written Exam
  • 1 hour Practical Exam
  • 0.5 hour Close


  • Kaeshi Chai (Teaching Tools, Curriculum)
  • Morocco (History & Culture)
  • Lissa Michalak (Anatomy & Common Injuries)
  • Brad MacDonald (Music)
  • Carmine Guida (Music)
  • Mariano Parra (Science of Dance Composition)
  • Myra Krien (Business)
  • Nancy Eder (History & Culture Review)
  • Irina Akulenko (Teaching Coach)
  • Elisheva (Teaching Coach)
  • Danielle Hutton (Teaching Coach)
  • Maki Moves (Teaching Coach in Japanese)

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KaeshiKaeshi Chai is a world-fusion bellydancer who co-founded the professional dance company Bellyqueen and PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), an international community of artists who create positive change through dance and music. Kaeshi has performed and taught internationally, and is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, and Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution. She curates the weekly Djam NYC event showcasing dancers and musicians, and teaches at the Bellyqueen School of Dance and Steps on Broadway. Her mission is to develop bellydance as a stage art and explore it’s powerful, healing properties. She has hosted Tamaly’s Dallal’s Teachers Training for over a decade in NYC, is a 200-hr yoga certified instructor through Yogaworks and has undergone intensives through ACHPER (Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation), AFAA (Aerobic & Fitness Association of America), SEEDs (Self Esteem and Empowerment through Dance) with Myra Krien, Dancing through Pregnancy, Dances of Oneness with Banefsheh Sayyad, Sacred Circle Dance with Laura Shannon, People’s Improv Theater, ATS General Skills with Carolena Nericcio, Level 1 training with Suhaila Salimpour and is currently undergoing a 9-month ASFYT anatomy course, and studying drama therapy at the New School.

Morocco is considered a leader in the field of Middle Eastern dance, is an internationally renown dancer, instructor and author. Since 1964, Morocco has written for several publications in her field and been reprinted in dance, medical and feminist publications internationally. A true pioneer in the field, she taught a 3-credit course in Middle Eastern Dance & Culture at the State Univerity of New York (Purchase, NY) in the mid 1970s. Her recently published 424-page reference book, “You Asked Aunt Rocky: Answers & Advice About RaqsSharqi & Raqs Shaabi” has received numerous 5-star reviews and is fast becoming the go-to book in the field. It has been translated into Chinese and German.

Lissa Michalak has been teaching movement for more than 23 years and is a confirmed anatomy nerd. She is a Middle Eastern dancer and is certified in both mat and equipment through IM=X Pilates, Pilates Institute of America, and the Kane School of Core Integration. Lissa taught teacher trainings at the Kane School before getting certified as a Dynamic Embodiment® practitioner. She is now a practicing Somatic Movement Therapist specializing in musculoskeletal injuries.

Brad MacDonald aka BradMack has been playing darbuka since 1999 and music professionally since 2007. He is featured on two CDs, The Middle East Side and The Silent D with his NY-based band, Djinn and he performs regularly with the Turkish fusion band, Carmine & Friends. He has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Morocco, China and Japan and he has taught throughout the United States, New Zealand and China.

Carmine is an accomplished instructor, teaching doumbek both nationally and internationally. His students compliment his lively and engaging teaching style and his ability to make complex technique and intricate rhythms easy to learn. Located in New York City, Carmine is a member of several music ensembles including Middle Eastern fusion group “Djinn.” Carmine’s music has been featured on several CDs and DVDs as well as prime time T.V. shows.

Mariano Parra is the protege of La Meri, one of the world’s authorities on ethnic dance, he has been called, “Mystic grace” (New York Times), “A Spanish treasure” (Profile), and “Purist” (Miami Herald). Throughout his years of teaching and choreography, he is fondly called the “Dance Doctor”, “Dance Wizard” and “Dance Philosopher.” As a choreographer, Mariano has been much sought after by professional dance and theatre companies. He has choreographed for numerous opera companies including: Houston Opera’s production of Carmen, Washington Opera’s productions of Carman and La Traviata, New York City Opera’s production of The Gondolier and the Philadelphia Opera Company.

150MyraKrienMyra Krien is a renowned Middle Eastern dance artist, an international performer, choreographer and teacher of belly dance. Myra has performed on some of Americas most prestigious stages, toured internationally, performed for PBS and Japanese television and been reviewed by national publications such as Dance Magazine, Bliss and the Santa Fean. After returning to her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico she opened her school of dance, Pomegranate Studios, founded Pomegranate SEEDs (Self-esteem, Empowerment and Education through Dance) a non-profit youth mentorship program and her state-of-the-art fitness program Funk-Ex.

150NancyEderNancy Eder has been bellydancing for 20 years and is an adjunct professor at the City College of New York from August 1999 through December 2009, teaching western art history surveys, Indian and Southeast Asia art history as well as the Art of China and Japan. Starting in March 2000, Ms. Eder is a contractual lecturer in the education department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she gives tours for adult groups, presents gallery talks and also teaches for family programs.

Irina AkulenkoIrina Akulenko tours nationally and internationally as a soloist and as member of various stellar projects. She released two instructional DVDs with World Dance New York and two instructional series of videos with the popular website “”. Irina is one of the principal dancers and instructors with Bellyqueen, is a choreographer and performer for Project “Bella Gaia” and is an alumni member of Alchemy Dance Theater. She loves collaborating with other artists and has completed projects with Jillina (Bellydance Evolution project), Dalia Carella, BALAM Dance Theater and many others.


Elisheva is a a fusion choreographer, performer, and teacher based out of New York City. She draws from her life long journey through music, theater and extensive dance training in contemporary, bellydance, jazz and street dances to express movement in a unique style. Her BFA included practical and physical studies in choreography, Dance Labanotion(c), music studies, lighting design and movement theories such as the Alexander Tehcnique (c), Pilates (c), and Bartinieff Fundamentals (c).


Danielle Hutton is a New York City-based fusion belly dance performer, choreographer, and teacher. Known for her powerful stage presence and musicality, Danielle views her dance performances as an intimate conversation with her audience. Drawn to dance and movement, Danielle discovered belly dance at the age of 17 when she saw a live performance in a local restaurant. From there, she found her joy in Egyptian style belly dance, and eventually, tribal fusion.

150MakiMovesMaki Moves is a professional dancer from Nagoya Japan where she was one of the principal dancers and instructors of Sahara Layla from the Hermes School of Dance. She has trained in the Bellyqueen style with Amar Gamal and Kaeshi Chai since 2005, is a Bellydance Evolution competition winner and was selected to present her work at the prestigious 2014 Choreographer’s Canvas.

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Refund Policy
All payments must be paid when due.
Refunds for cancellations up to two weeks prior to date of teacher training, minus processing fee of $30. Only credit to a future teacher training is given less than seven (7) days of teacher training.

If Bellyqueen cancels the teacher training, a full refund will be issued.
Payments made are transferable if the student can find someone else to replace their spot before the training begins.
Bellyqueen reserves the right to amend this policy at its sole discretion.