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Reviews for Belly Dance! Studio
"Excellent class for both beginners and mid-levels! Detailed breakdown, easy to follow. Mid-levels can drill on particular moves at a slower pace. We also danced with a drum solo with all the moves learned today. "
"I have been here twice and both classes were taught by Tabitha. I used to take belly dance classes for a while back in NYC and always enjoyed its movement, sexiness and fun. I am so glad to find this studio close to my house and offers such fun and neighborhood based feel. All the girls here seem to have been long time members.
I had a lot of fun and Tabitha broke it down so all levels can enjoy the workout and the movement easily. I would love to come back to take more classes. It is always nice to feel sexy and work out at the same time!"
"The best studio in the east bay! Amazing instructors, very welcoming environment and fun classes"
"I've been going to Tabitha's class on Wednesday nights for a few months now. I like this studio, and I love the class. Price per class seems very reasonable. Teacher Tabitha is always encouraging, never singles anyone out, and simply makes me feel GOOD about dancing. I am a shy dancer, but this class is making me more confident about moving my body. Belly Dance! is giving me a wonderful dance tool-kit, and making my dance more joyful. Thanks!"
Belly Dance! Studio
Belly Dance Class FAQ
-Am I too _____ to belly dance?
No! Belly dancing is an art for all bodies and abilities, it is a dance that encourages healthy body image and femininity.
-What do I wear to class? Do I have to show my belly?
Please wear clothes that are comfortable to dance in and where the instructor can see your knees and feet. That is the only requirement. Showing your belly is optional but can also help build self esteem. A hip scarf is also encouraged.
-When and where are the performance opportunities?
We offer two types of performance opportunities. For beginning students, we have a “Community Service”, which is where students of the Belly Dance! studio perform at assisted living centers. This is a great way to practice what you’ve learned in class and also a way to make some people very happy! The other performance opportunity is called “Student Night”, which is held quarterly. These are usually held at the El Morocco Restaurant in Pleasant Hill and are either to your own recorded music or to a live Arabic band. Please inquire at the studio or contact us for more info.
-Do I have to perform?
Though we will always encourage students to perform, and offer monthly performance opportunities, it is never a requirement.
-Are there belly dancing troupe opportunities?
Yes! We have professional and student troupes. We will also be putting a choreography class on our schedule soon!
-I'm ready to take class! But which class is right for me?
The full class descriptions are on the Classes page, but there are some differences in the beginning levels. Lailas class on Tuesdays is ideal for the very, very beginner, or dancers who prefer a lower impact and gentle dance class. The Saturdays and Wednesday beginning classes are mixed level, and all are welcome. The Monday and Thursday intermediate classes have advanced finger cymbals or advanced technique so it is best to contact us before dropping in to see if this class is right for you.
Check out Tabatha performing while pregnant!