Spend an Hour a Week on You!

LIVE AND ONLINE STREAMED BELLY DANCE CLASSES AT RAQ-ON DANCE

 

"I truly enjoyed last night's Belly Dancing class!!  It was the first time I felt comfortable with my body in front of others while doing dancing/exercise." -New Dancer

"Raq-On was a solution to a problem I've had: I needed a place to fit in, to feel comfortable to be myself (as a dancer and yes maybe in certain ways as a person). I initially was terribly intimidated, nervous, afraid I wasn’t good enough and then after the first class, I realized that everyone had their own strengths and weaknesses and once you had us open up we all realized that we were the “same”. Everyone made me feel comfortable and yet all of our differences (age, background, etc) we all care about each other. I’ve never felt so encouraged not only by you but by others to be my dance self" -Student of Raq-On Dance

Dancing at Raq-On Dance Studio has provided me with the following: physical fitness, stress reduction, camaraderie, knowledge, support, encouragement, fun and total JOY!  Freedom of expression through the ability to perform improvisationally as well as in group performances has given me confidence as well.  I cannot imagine not having this outlet in my life, and I highly encourage others to try it!!!  Fitness & Fun in one place." -Student of Raq-On Dance

 

WHAT DO I RECEIVE FOR BEING PART OF THE RAQ-ON DANCE FAMILY?

* A healthy, non-judgmental way to reconnect with your body. Enjoy being just the way you are!

* Better balance, core and upper body strength, and coordination

*Weekly laughs with a supportive group of women of all ages.  The average age of our dancers ranges from 20's to 60's.

*Amity Alize's Student Handbook, including a study guide, technique library by level, and dance resources.

* Access to Raq-On's private student Facebook group with weekly postings of resources, videos, New England dance events, field trip opportunities, and more!

 

FREE BEGINNER BELLY DANCE FOUNDATION CLASSES THE FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH AS PART OF WRJ FIRST FRIDAY EVENTS (No classes June & July).

 NEXT FREE CLASS: Open house week! July 31st-August 5th! Email us to try a free class during regular classes (raqondance@gmail.com).

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July 31st-August 4th: Open House Week @ Raq-On! Join us for free classes, dance parties, and performances!

Raq-On Dance has been fostering fearless curves in the Upper Valley for over a decade! Come check out our studio space, try a free class open to all ages, shapes, levels and abilities, or grab your friends for a ladie's night and join us for a once in a lifetime show!

Raq-On Dance Studio
58 Bridge Street, Suite 5 (Entrance is on the back side of the Main St Museum). White River Junction, VT 05001


Free classes are limited to 12 people per class,first come first serve, and registration is required in advance. All class participants will receive a $25 gift certificate to Raq-On for Fall Classes!


Monday, July 31st:

5:30-6 P.M: Free Introduction to Belly Dancing for Girls, Ages 5-9

6:15-7:15 P.M: Free Beginner Belly Dance Foundations



Tuesday, August 1st:

5:30-6 P.M: Free Introduction to Belly Dancing for Girls, Ages 10-13

6:15-7:15 P.M: Free Beginner Belly Dance Foundations



Wednesday, August 2nd:

5:30-6:30: Free Beginner Belly Dance Foundations

6:30-7:00 Benefits of Belly Dance: building a positive body image, gaining self-esteem, and making time for your own self-care: A presentation by the Raq-ettes, the student performing arm of Raq-On



Friday, August 4th:

Dance Party at Lake Morey Resort, Lake Morey Room, 8 p.m. Join us along with 75+ Belly Dancers from all over the country attending our weekend retreat and dance party! $10 at the door.



Friday-Sunday, August 4-6th:

Raq-On Retreat at Lake Morey Resort

18 Workshops with international stars: Leila Farid, Tamalyn Dallal, and Sahra Saeeda

Saturday, August 5th:

Performance by International States Leila Farid (Egypt), Tamalyn Dallal (New Orleans) and Sahra Saeeda (Egypt/California), The Raq-ettes, Amity Alize, and Professional Dancers and Troupes from Canada & United States. Lake More Resort, 7 P.M. Tickets $25 in advance below, $30 at the door (space permitting). Only 50 tickets available.

 

UPCOMING REGISTRATION DEADLINE: New 7 week session starts the week of May 1st-June 12th (7 weeks, $100 for all 7, $20 drop-in)
 

LIVE CLASS SCHEDULE (ONLINE AND IN-PERSON) & CLASS LEVELS

 

HOW DO THE SESSIONS WORK AND HOW LONG ARE THEY?

Raq-On Dance provides classes on  simple, short commitments of 7 week sessions. Once you are comfortable with our foundation classes, most dancers chose to move up to level II or any of our special topic courses.

2017 7-Week Sessions:

Session 1: January 9th-February 27th (no classes the week of Feb 6th)         Session 2: March 6th-April 17th         

Session 3: May 1st-June 12th          Session 4: August 7th-September 18th          Session 5: September 25th-November 6th

 

I WANT TO DANCE! HOW DO I REGISTSER AND HOW MUCH IS IT?  

 

7-Week Session paid in advance: $100. Drop-ins: $20per single class, or purchase a 7 class drop in pass (good for 6 months) for $100 

A confirmation email with dancer handbook and directions will be sent to you within 24 hours. All classes are non-refundable and non-transferable. Makeup classes are allowed by attending another class time within the same session. Scholarships are available to anyone in need- complete our scholarship request form by clicking here.

Like a majority of dance studios in the area, Raq-On Dance uses Mindbody, an industry-wide and secure portal for registration management and payment. It is more secure than paypal. Once registered, you can also use the Mindbody Connect App on your phone for future and quicker registration for any classes, events, purchases, etc. Your information is secure and will never be sold.


BELLY DANCE LEVEL I (BEGINNER FOUNDATION SKILLS)

The Beginner Foundations class provides the basic movements of Belly Dancing as well as an introduction on the everyday benefits of dance: safe stretching, stronger arms and core, correct posture, better balance and coordination, and of course having fun and just enjoying movmenet and dance!

TUESDAYS 7:00-8:15 P.M. (New class! Starting May 2017)

THURSDAYS 5:30-6:45 P.M.

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Looking for a later/different class time? Let us know, we are gathering a waiting list for a later Beginner Class/different days, etc. We can also offer special classes (i.e. children's, special needs, and gentle Belly Dance) based on demand. email raqondance@gmail.com or call/text 603-304-8676.

Downloadable study at home classes: Ongoing downloadable classes click here


BELLY DANCE LEVEL II (ADVANCED BEGINNER)

In this class we continue to work on drilling movements while adding combinations, isolations, layering, and various dance steps in order to build you dance vocabulary. Please bring your zills (finger cymbals) and veil (loaners available at every class). Most people enjoy this level from one year to three. This class is geared to those who have taken Beginner I or have obtained instructor approval to transfer from other studios and instructors.

THURSDAYS 7:00-8:15 P.M. (Currently learning a Saidi Cane Choreography)

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LEVEL III (INTERMEDIATE)

This class is for the serious student who has achieved a level II status. We'll work on individual growth while focusing not just on technique and drills, but different styles, props, history, and performance methods. You must be willing to take constructive criticism from your instructor work as a team player with your peers. Please note, in order to join this class, you must get instructor permission and take level II for at least three semesters. Minimum of 6 students in order to hold class

TUESDAYS 5:30-6:45 (Currently learnding a Classic Orientale Choreography)

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LEVEL IV (ADVANCED)

This class is for the serious student who has achieved a level III status. We'll work on individual growth while focusing not just on technique and drills, but different styles, props, history, and performance methods. All dancers are required to work on solos (whether you perform them out of class is completely up to you). You must be willing to take constructive criticism from your instructor work as a team player with your peers. Please note, in order to join this class, you must get instructor permission and take level III for at least two semesters.

1X A MONTH SUNDAYS 11:00 A.M-1:00 P.M. See Mindbody or student handbook for topics

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LEVEL V (BUDDING PERFORMER)

At this level, dancers are able to execute the dance at a level where they can obtain performance opportunities externally at local venues and are a positive and ever-growing representative of the dance form in the community.

1X A MONTH SUNDAYS 11:00 A.M-1:00 P.M. See Mindbody or student handbook for topics

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SPECIAL TOPIC CLASSES & RECITAL CHOREOGRAPHIES

On an annual basis and from time to time, Raq-On Dance offers special topic classes on various props, folkloric styles, and deep dive topics. These classes are open to all dancers with at least some beginner class experience and above. You do not have to perform to take these classes.


SHARQUI BELLY DANCE FITNESS with LILY

SharQui bellydance fitness classes use bellydance movements and music to strengthen your core, increase your endurance and improve stability.  SharQui is a continuous movement class - your feet will never stop! - taught through short, easy to remember combinations that can be adjusted for beginners through advanced dancers.  Think Zumba, but with a focus on bellydance!  Dancers (and non-dancers) of all ages and abilities are welcome!  http://www.lilyadances.com/

WEDNESDAYS 7:00-8:00 P.M. $15 per class, First Class is free!


PRIVATE LESSONS & SKILL ASSESSMENTS

Gain priceless individual feedback and instruction. Experienced dancers know that you can learn more in an hour of one-on-one with an instructor than you can learn in many group classes. For dancers at any level, take advantage of this time for personal feedback & constructive critique, specific style study, performance dynamics, dance history, and technique cleanup, bringing your dance to the next level.For your benefit, we highly suggest that you complete a private lesson/personal assessment before moving to a new class level. This will help you target your goals, strengths, and weaknesses.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

ME...BELLYDANCE?

FILL IN THE BLANK WITH YOUR EXCUSE: “but I’m too ______ to try Belly Dancing!"

AND THEN READ THIS: Women are often afraid to try Belly Dancing for a variety of reasons: the negative (and incorrect) connotations associated with the dance, there’s nobody to try a class with, or they harbor a negative body image. Throw all of those excuses out the window, and allow yourself to have fun for just an hour a week or 3 nights a week.

Raq-On Dance takes pride in its positive, supportive atmosphere.  Women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities are welcomed into a warm, encouraging environment that promotes higher self-esteem, positive body image, friendship, community, and fun.

Belly Dance is a low impact exercise, great for toning, and a wonderful stress reliever.  Many women come into the studio tired or hardened from a long day at work, and leave smiling, laughing, relaxed, and even a few inches taller.

 

I'm not sure I can afford it...what does it cost?

Cheaper than a gym membership (and you're more likely to go), less than a jar of fancy face cream which doesn't really do anything for you or that name-brand hand bag you'll be sick of in a few months. Spend money on something that never goes out of style; invest in you!

What do I wear? And do I have to show my belly?
Most people start out in comfortable workout/yoga clothes.  But don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking for a coin scarf to coordinate with every outfit; It’s all sequins and rhinestones from there!  Before you know it, you’ll be taking over even more of the closet with shimmering costumes from Egypt and Turkey. It's inevitable; don't fight it.

And no, you never have to show your belly.  This is a common misconception and stereotype about belly dancing, thanks to MTV.

How many people are there in each class?

We max our classes out at 8-10 dancers to ensure you receive a personal experience in an environment that isn't overcrowded. 

Will I be tested or “called on” in class?

At Raq-On Dance, positivity and comfort is a key part of our instruction.  You will receive constructive and kind instruction, and you are never tested or called out in class.  You can be as quiet or inquisitive as you’d like.