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

 

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.

 

Mix & Match class schedule & pricing:                                 


   $180 / $60 per month

   $300 / $100 per month

   $480 / $160 per month, includes the winter/spring workshops Amity, Shadia's 4 Week Arabic Zills, Shining, and Sehkmet

Unlimited includes both Monday classes (normally $300) plus veil class with Amity 4/18, 4 week Shadia zill class, Shining 5/2, and Turkish Dance Sehkmet 6/27, (total value $235 which saves you $55). 

$20 drop in  

Mondays

5:45-6:45 P.M. Intermediate/Advanced Belly Dance Technique 

6:45-7:45 P.M. Mixed Level topics & combos  

April 12th Happy Hips: improving mobility and strength with Alison 

April 19th Transitions: how to move effortlessly from one move to another 

April 26th  Breathwork for Belly Dancers with Special Guest Angelica Jordan - Enhance your dance with the breath! Stage fright jitters? Dance procrastination? Tough community interactions? Discover how conscious breathwork can help you to boost your energy and feel calm–in any situation! You’ll learn valuable techniques that’ll empower you to navigate through those stressful moments with ease. Consider this course a soothing journey of pure self-care.

May 3rd Holding accents with tension before release and flow 

May 10th Strike a pose: Body lines and poses 

May 17th Dancing to moods; traveling in a pop song vs Orientale; find a song with different moods and fit the dancing to the moods 

May 24th  Layering and traveling steps 

May 31st Doing less to create more drama 

June 7th Travelling steps with upper body 

June 14th Drum Solo Combinations

June 21st Sharp movements (but in a relaxed way) 

June 28th All the things! Combos 

 

Thursdays:

6:00-7:00 P.M. Special 4 week series on Arabic Zills with Special Guest Shadia Tohme

3-4 rhythms will be taught as well as technique. a brief background into the differences between Turkish, AmCab Turkish and Arabic styles will be given. Drills for practice will be encouraged as well as listening to these rhythms beforehand: Leff/Maalfouf; Masmoundi/Beledi; Maqsoom; Ayoub and to the song Set El Hosen that we will learn to play sagat to.

April 15th Arabic Zills part 1

April 22nd Arabic Zills part 2

April 29th Arabic Zills part 3

May 6th Arabic Zills part 4


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).

SharQui Belly Dance Fitness with Lilya

Learn new combinations each week and sweat!

 

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.