WHAT: If you have always dreamed of belly dancing, or want a fun and exciting way to get active and meet new people, these courses are the perfect place to take that first step!
Learn bellydance step by step with other absolute beginner adults in a nurturing environment with Bellyqueen instructors. No previous dance experience necessary.
IN-PERSON: Bellyqueen School of Dance, 440 Lafayette St, 4th Floor, Studio 4D, New York, NY 10003
ONLINE: Via Zoom
Tuesdays 7.45-8.45pm July 2-30 – Universal Curriculum with Gabriela Figueroa Sign Up Now!
Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm July 2-30 – Bastet Curriculum with Lexi Sign Up Now!
Thursdays, 5.15-6.15pm June 17-July 15 – Hathor Curriculum with Kaeshi Sign Up Now!
Cost: Sliding scale pay what you can afford
In-Person: $85, $100, $115 (Per Course. First time since the pandemic started! Limited to 10 students.)
Online: $50, $75, $100 (Per Course)
Recordings available for those who cannot make it live.
ABOUT THE TEACHERS:
Gabriela Figueroa’s journey with belly dance began 7 years ago as a self-taught dancer. She began her formal instruction with Natalie el Ghoul; a contemporary dancer and choreographer at La Fábrica in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At La Fabrica Gabriela discovered her passion for Middle Eastern dance and continued her studies in Quito, Ecuador at Frente de Danza Independiente with Carolina Cruz, a professional dancer and certified somatic teacher where she learned how to view movements from the inside. Gabriela teaches belly dance regularly in the New Jersey area focusing her class on creating community and integrating body and mind through dance.
In 2015 Gabriela became a member of Natalia Nazario’s Raks Al Zahra troupe. In 2018, Gabriela took the Bellyqueen Teacher Training Course led by Kaeshi Chai. She continues to grow and improve each day by regularly studying with many renowned teachers.
Lexi is a New York based performer who took a leap into bellydance classes, fell in love, and never turned back. Her journey as a dance instructor and introduction to empowerment through movement began in 2013 when she taught intro to pole dancing classes in Los Angeles. Lexi completed the Bellyqueen Teacher Training course in 2019. She has been featured in Elsten Torres’ music video for his song Girl and performed on a vampire cruise of the Hudson River and in mixed media shows at the Ace Hotel in New York. Her love for dance, body positivity and movement awareness manifests in her work. She believes in the healing power of dance and enjoys the opportunity for physical expression that bellydance provides.
Kaeshi Chai is a NYC-based performer, theatrical director, teacher trainer, and award winning designer. She co-founded the professional dance company and school, Bellyqueen, and PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), a global community focused on healing and social change through dance and music. Kaeshi has extensive training in contemporary dance, physical theatre and Silk Road dances spanning the Middle East to China. She has taught or performed in 47 states and 39 countries.She is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution and Kenji William’s Bella Gaia and curates the Djam NYC event for dancers and musicians to create and play together. Current projects include Ocean Stories, a performance integrating art and science to create more environmental awareness, and Creative Labs in which participants conceptualize, choreograph and mount full-length theatrical dance shows in 3-4 days. www.kaeshi.com | www.pureglobe.org | www.bellyqueen.com | www.naturestories.world