All live classes are running online in 2021 via zoom until
it is safe to dance in person together again.

Join us for a free class on Thursday, April 8th at 6pm on zoom!

Raq On Calendar

Note: Depending on how the pandemic evolves in 2021, we may add or subtract courses. All workshops & classes are available online via zoom, and in person when permitted.

 

Learn by Level

12 week class sessions from January 11th - March 29th, 2021
Pre-registration is required by January 7th. Email raqondance@gmail.com

Join a 1 hour class per week over a 12 week session.$180 / $60 per month.
 

Belly Dance Level 1 with Amity (Thursdays 5:45-6:45 pm)
Foundational movements.

In this class you will:

  • explore a variety of fun Belly Dance moves.
  • strengthen your arms, core, and entire body.
  • correct your posture and develop better balance and coordination.

 

Belly Dance Level 2 with Amity
Advanced foundational movements.

In this class you will:

  • learn and drill new movements to develop your muscle memory.
  • learn to dance with props like the veil and finger cymbals (sagat/zills).
  • learn new combinations, isolations and layering.


 

SharQui Belly Dance Fitness with Lilya

Learn new combinations each week and sweat!

 

Belly Dance Level 3 with Amity
Intermediate movements.

In this class you will:

  • learn new variations of the foundational movements.
  • develop better transition between movements and explore travel steps.
  • work with new props like the assaya (cane) and sword.



 

Belly Dance Level 4 with Amity
Advanced movements.

In this class you will:

  • learn new advanced techniques and drills.
  • explore different dance styles from across the Middle East.
  • discover more about the history of Belly Dance.
     



 

Belly Dance Level 5 with Amity

Budding performers.

In this class you will:

  • receive detailed and personalized feedback for your growth.
  • learn to positively represent this cultural dance form.
  • deliver performances while improvising and following choreography.

 

 

Mix & Match class schedule & pricing:                                 


    $180 / $60 per month

    $300 / $100 per month

    $450 / $150 per month, includes the winter/spring workshops with Christine Yaven, Amity, Shining, and Siouxsie

  $480 / $160 per month, includes the winter/spring workshops Christine Yaven, and Siouxsie.


SharQui Fitness classes are separate from the packages above. Raq-On Dance has a scholarship fund available for dancers who need a little help (email us raqondance@gmail.com).

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

ME...BELLYDANCE?

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

AND THEN READ THIS: People 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.  People 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 people 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.