Belly Dance Class Descriptions

Brand New to Belly Dance (start here) In this 8 week course, you will learn the fundamental shapes, shimmies, and steps for belly dance.  Designed for absolute beginners with no prior belly dance (or other dance) training, this course is also great for more advanced students who wish to freshen up their basic technique.  We will also begin to delve into the cultural context of the dance.  Dancers who complete this series are welcome to attend Multi-Level Belly Dance or repeat the Brand New to Belly Dance series.
Multi-Level Belly Dance After dancers are comfortable with the basic technique learned in the Brand New to Belly Dance series, this class provides a practice that expands upon and reinforces strong technique.  This class is 1.5 hours long to allow for stretching, conditioning, and drills to guide students toward effortless and elegant dancing.  In addition to movement technique, the music of Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and other Middle Eastern countries is explored and demystified to encourage students to become truly immersed in the music made for bellydance.

In the next 8 week series, each Multi-Level Belly Dance class will be learning a different choreography.
You’ll learn the technique that is required to dance the piece through drills, music study, and learning the choreography piece by piece.
You can perform this dance as part of a group on May 22nd at the Raqs Ayana Student Showcase!
Performing is always optional and will require 3 to 4 rehearsals outside of class.

Class times and music is listed below.

Thursday 11:00 – 12:30pm
3/3/16 to 4/28/16 – NO CLASS 3/24/16

Choreography to the song “Bahlam Beek”
Artist: Ya Salam Orchestra
Album: “Belly Dance Mirage”

Thursday 7:00 – 8:30pm
3/24/16 to 5/26/16 – NO CLASS on 4/7 or 5/5

Artist: The Cairo Orchestra
Album: “Aziza Raks”
* Please bring FINGER CYMBALS * or purchase a pair from me in class

Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30pm
Next Session: 3/1/16 to 4/19/16

“Wishful Thinking”
Artist: Raul Ferrando
* please bring a SILK VEIL * or borrow one from me

Sundays 11:00 – 12:30pm
3/20/16 to 5/22/16 – NO CLASS 3/27 or 5/8

“Tales of the Sahara”
Ihsan Al-Mounzer
Album: “Jalilah’s Raks Sharki Stage Cuts”
* please bring a SILK VEIL * or borrow one from me

Throughout the 8 week session, you’ll learn the technique required to dance this choreography.  If you choose, you can participate in performing this choreography at the Raqs Ayana Student Showcase on May 22nd!

Register $130

Learning to belly dance is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in a whole new world.  The rhythms, music, culture, and dance of the Middle East continues to enchant me, now fourteen years into my dance career.  One of my favorite aspects of belly dance is that it is based in folkloric dance, meaning that it is meant to be done by everyone – regardless of age, size, and shape.  Whether you are new to belly dance or you are an advanced student looking to refine your dance, I offer a class to suit your needs.


What sets Henna’s classes apart from the rest?

Structured Curriculum. As a trained educator, I bring goal setting and structure to each and every class.  By building on your previous learning and watching carefully for the needs of each student in the class, the content is often tweaked in the moment to suit you.  A solid foundation of movement vocabulary is the key to beautiful dancing.  By breaking down movements specifically and in various ways, every dancer will find his or her voice in my classes.  Of course one of the main goals is to have fun!

Cultural. One of the most fascinating and rewarding aspects of studying belly dance is the opportunity to learn about another culture.  I study and teach primarily Egyptian raqs sharki (the mother of all forms of belly dance), and American Cabaret style.  Every class is steeped in the gorgeous music of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and some American fusions of music.  Not only will you learn the moves, but you will learn the WHYs behind the steps.

Supportive. I consider myself a student as well, and you will find that I am often bringing you the latest information, moves, or things that I am excited about.  While MY passion is in Egyptian raqs sharki style, I am always pulling inspiration from other dance forms, other teaching methods, and always striving to find better ways to communicate in your learning style.  As you grow as a dancer, you may find that you are interested in other styles or that you want to explore something I do not offer.  Consider me your ally, and will guide you as best I can for you to pursue your passion.  I also aim to create a supportive group in class, not a competitive one.  As often as possible, I organize student showcases and provide optional performance opportunities for my students.

Specialty Series that focus on a specific topic or choreography for performance are sometimes offered as well.  If this is of interest to you, you can always request a private lesson to work on specifics in your dance.