NEW! Open Enrollment for Beginner Classes Every Saturday at 12:00pm (Call to Confirm Attendance Space)
At Bellydance Merced, we believe that it is fundamental to teach beginning students the basic dance technique of traditional Middle-Eastern bellydance, where bellydance originates. This allows for dance students to develop and implement their own dance styles, while still retaining a deep understanding of this ancient and beautiful dance form.
BASICS LEVEL I: Recommended for those who have never taken a dance class. Basic body isolations are emphasized, and a slow to moderate speed choreography will be practiced using a veil, silk fans or wings.
BASICS LEVEL II: Recommended for those who have taken any kind of dance class before. A moderate to fast speed choreography will be practiced, using sword, jug, candles and/or finger cymbals.
Classes consist of a warm up, basic belly dance technique, repertoire drills, across the floor patterns and routines, choreography development and practice, cool down, weekly discussion topic, questions and comments.
FITNESS GOALS: Increase flexibility especially in the spinal column, improve stamina, balance and posture.
PERFORMANCE GOALS (optional): Perform a 4 minute belly dance choreography using veil, finger cymbals or sword.
WHAT TO WEAR: Typical belly dance work-out gear includes: a hip scarf with or without coins/beads/fringe, worn over a comfortable skirt or leggings.
REQUIRED FOR CLASSES: Level I- A sheer veil (approx. 3 1/4 yards long, by approx. 45 inches wide). Level II- finger cymbals, wings, jug and sword is optional.
ALLOWED ANYTIME: Any costuming, hair and make up that makes you feel beautiful, confident and exotic!
Level I - Bellydance Basics: Saturdays 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Level II - Intermediate Drills & Combos: Saturdays 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Level III - Choreography: Tuesdays 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
*Bellydance Magique Dance Company Rehearsals*
*Saturdays By appointment*
$12. per Class or
$40. per month for Level I (4 classes)
$60 per month for Level I & II (8 classes)
$80. per month for Level I & II & III (12 classes)