Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions I'm most frequently asked as a belly dance instructor:
How do I join?
An online $25 deposit is required for each session. You may pay with a credit card or PayPal. The deposit is non-refundable and applies towards your first ( 90 minutes) intro and beginner class. Within 24-48 hours after registration you will receive an email confermation. The remaining balance is due at the end of your first class if you wish to continue with the session. If you're joinning in the middle of the seven week session the price is pro- rated.
I don't want to pay online; can I pay before the class?
Yes, make sure to email me to firstname.lastname@example.org or text /call me at 818-943-4499 for availability.
Can I join in the middle of the session? Is the price pro-rated?
Yes, if there is a room in the class off course . Before every beginner class there is an Introductory class for first timers and current students who wish to learn at their own pace.
The price will be pro-rated, however, once you start the course there are no refunds or credits for unused classes.
Do you offer a discount?
- Yes, after your first session the price is only $130 for 7 into class+7 beg class+ workshop.
- 50% off your second session when you sign up for two seven week sessions at the same time.
I've never danced before/ have two left feet/ no sense of rhythm/ How long will it take me to learn to belly dance?
Prior to every beginners class there is a step-by-step, easy to follow introductory which helps tremendously to follow the beginners class.
There are thirty beautiful belly dance moves in the beginners class and we go over the same moves in every class!
So it doesn't take long before you get familiar with the classes’ movements and learn all the basics.
Enhancing the moves, however, and combining them takes more time. It all depends on your level of commitment to the dance form.
Remember, belly dancing should be fun, so allow it to sink in one class at a time, be patient and thoroughly enjoy it!
How long is each session and when does a new one starts?
Each session is seven weeks long with an extra bonus: A 2.5 to 3 hour summery class (workshop) on the last Sunday of the course. The Introductory, Beginners and Intermediate courses start every eight weeks thruoughout the year with a winter and summer break in between. If not enough people register, a course may be postponed for a later date.
What should I wear to class?
Comfortable clothes such as stretchy yoga pants or workout wear. Its important that your instructor can see your knees and feet (since that’s where the hip movements come from).
Dancing in socks or ballet shoes is preferable as we do lots of pivots, however, if you prefer, just plain barefoot is fine too.
Are private lessons available for newbies?
My introductory classes have been designed for students who are absolutely new to belly dancing -- any dancing, in fact!
In this class we will break down the major moves from the beginners class. You may take as many introductory classes as you wish.
If you feel that you need a private class after your first five introductory classes let me know.
I am currently pregnant and I would like to keep exercising. Is it safe?
If you've been exercising before your pregnancy and your doctor has no problem with you exercising I don’t see why not.
In fact, belly dancing is recommended for pregnancy since the abdominal movements (including the belly rolls, figures 8 and Omi movements) strengthen your body in order to be ready for childbirth.
In some Lamas classes in N.Y and Germany belly dance movement are taught to strengthen the muscles that are used in child birth.
I have some experience in belly dancing. Can I start at the intermediate level?
It's best to start at the beginner level. There are a lot of important fundamental skills that are unique to our Egyptian style class which the beginner classes cover.
Having a dance background is definitely a plus and will likely help move you to intermediate level more quickly.
However, please keep in mind that it is very important that you don’t skip ahead until you have a good foundation and have mastered the basics.
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