​​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)