Common Questions

What do I wear to dance class?
Be comfortable. Wear shorts or pants and a T-shirt. A hip scarf or a strip of fabric tied around the hip will highlight movement.

How do I know when to go to the next level?
The decision is up to you. Often dependent on previous dance and bellydance training, it takes most students a minimum of three months to be comfortable with the movements of each level. Ideally, you should be very comfortable with all or most of the movements before you move to the next level as the movements are often layered at higher levels. For example, in Beginner 1 you would learn shimmy and walking hip circles, while in Beginner 2 you learn to add the shimmy to the walking hip circle. If you are not sure whether your skills are honed enough to progress, please ask the instructor for guidance.

I have been dancing for some time. Can I take your intermediate or advanced class?
Every student with previous bellydancing experience is required to either take a private or semi private session for a skill evaluation or attend a 10 week session of technique class. As each instructor teaches different technique and movements, this ensures a foundation and proper technique required for Intermediate I and II.

Where and when do you perform?
Performance schedules are always changing. Please see the performance page for updates.

Is it hard?
Bellydance is one of the most gentle, safe, and ancient forms of dance. Anyone at any age can take bellydance to gain strength, flexibility, coordination, confidence, and grace. That being said, it's not as simple as it can appear to be, so have patience when you first start taking lessons.

What music do you recommend?
One of the most difficult but important questions, the answer depends largely on your own musical tastes and what you will be using the music for. For practicing basic steps arabic pop is excellent. Artists such as Tarkan, Amr Diab and Hakim are a good start. When focussing on musicality and the intricacy of bellydancing, traditional or contemporary bellydance music is suggested. Examples include Jalilah or Samir Seroor. To understand the passion and beauty of Arabic music, it is essential to listen to some of the classic musicians such as Oum Kalthoum, Abdel Halim Hafez, Fairuz, and Farid El Atrache to name a few. For great music selection visit Cleopatra's Bazaar.

What does Egyptian style bellydance mean?
As bellydancing is such an old art form, different styles of dance have developed from different regions, such as Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon. There are also different styles of folklore, which are designed to represent different regions of the Middle East. Different styles can be differentiated by the music, dance movements and costumes. Egyptian costumes are often worn lower on the hip to accent the movments of the hips and belly, and the most typical rhythmic beats follow a 4/4 count. In terms of dancing, Egyptian movments are often more subtle and controlled compared to the more lively and acrobatic movements of other styles.