Tuesdays 7:30 - 8:30 Beginning level class, focusing on the fundamentals and basics of belly dancing. You will learn many different steps, body isolations, shimmies and much more. May also touch on veil and finger cymbals from time to time.
Intermediate Belly Dance Technique
Tuesdays 6:15 - 7:15 This is an intermediate level class, focusing on more advanced fundamentals and technique. Combinations will be used to work on isolations, steps and traveling moves. In this class you will learn finger cymbals and veil.
Thursday 6:15pm-7:15pm This is a belly dance fitness class designed for all levels of dancers, from brand new students to advanced performers. We will focus on cardio, strength training and flexibility to improve endurance, coordination and balance. We will target a different area of the body each week, not only by working out, but with belly dance moves! Let’s have fun while we get our sweat on. Shimmy, stretch, & strengthen all in 60min, with this fast paced, easy to follow class. Join in for a slightly different workout each week.
Advanced Belly Dance Technique
Thursdays 7:30 - 8:30 This is an advanced level class that focuses on strong technique, playing finger cymbals, and finding your own personal style in belly dance. You will learn about many different cultural dances and rhythms from the Middle East. Finger cymbals will be played, and from time to time veil, floor work and sword may be taught.
Things you need to know
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE? Being on time is important. Try to arrive to class about 5 to 10 minutes early. This allows you time to sign in, wash your hands, find a place, and speak with your instructor if you need to. Additionally, the building will be locked. Enter through the glass doors on State Street. Someone will be there to let you in. It is important that you do your best to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes in order for someone to let you in. If you do not arrive on time, someone will be up about 10 minutes after class begins to let anyone who is late into the building. If you more than 10 minutes late, there is no guarantee that someone will be upstairs to let you in. I apologize for any inconvenience
WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS A CLASS? You are allowed to make up a missed class within 1 month of missing it. You also have the options of Zoom live stream or emailed a video recording
WHAT DO I WEAR TO CLASS? Wear comfortable workout clothes. Something that's a little more snug so I can see your movements. Some students wear hip scarves. We recommend ballet flats or other lyrical dance footwear.
WHEN SHOULD I START A CLASS? You'll want to try and start a class at the beginning of the session. By doing this, you will ensure that you receive all of the material that is given during the month and you won't be behind for any of the classes. Of course, you are always welcome to drop into a class if this is what works for your schedule, but be aware that if you are dropping in in the 2nd week (for example) you will have missed what was taught in the 1st week. I always do my best to do a review of the prior weeks lesson, but it's usually short and sweet and not as detailed as the week prior.
WHAT DO I BRING TO CLASS? Water! It's important to keep yourself hydrated for any type of physical activity. For more advanced classes you'll want to make sure you bring any props necessary for class.
AM I TOO YOUNG OR OLD? Belly dance is great for ages 13 and up. Come join us!
AM I TOO HEAVY? Absolutely not! Belly dance is acceptable for any size dancer.
WHAT IF I'M INJURED? First, make sure you have clearance to dance from your doctor. You must be responsible for your own health. Once you have clearance, please just remind me that you are injured and make any necessary adjustments to movements.
Bellywood Dance Studio 495 State street, Basement suite Salem OR 97301
*All photos provided courtesy of Scott Degenhardt*