Belly Dance Performances and Instruction in West Virginia
What should I wear to class? Anything comfortable! Hip scarves or coin belts can help accentuate your movements and help you learn, but they are not required (we have some you can borrow during class). Wearing form fitting clothes allows the instructor to see your movements better and help with posture and technique, but again, is not required. Most people wear workout clothes to class. Things like yoga pants and a tank top or t-shirt are fine. If you have belly dance costumes you are welcome to wear them too! I recommend dancing in bare feet unless you have any foot or ankle problems.
What Level should I sign up for? Level 2 students have taken level 1 classes or have prior belly dance experience. They are comfortable with the basic vocabulary of belly dance moves. If you have no or little experience start with Level 1. E-mail me for any questions.
Do you offer classes for kids? Yes! We now have Little Genies classes for age 6-10 and Junior Jasmine for 11-17. Older teens can take Junior Jasmine or join the adult classes, whichever you prefer.
What if I’m not very coordinated? Belly dance is based on natural movements. It does take some practice, but unlike other dance forms that require acrobatic movements or advanced technical skills, this is a dance that anyone can enjoy regardless of flexibility or coordination. The instructor will always offer different variations of the movements in class, so you can do what feels comfortable. As you progress from week to week, you will be surprised at how much more graceful you become!
I’m shy. Can I still do this? Yes! You are encouraged to bring a friend along if that helps you feel more comfortable. No one will be called out in class or asked to dance in front of the class in the introductory levels. Even in advanced levels this is left up to each dancer to decide when and if they feel ready to perform.
What is HipCurve? HipCurve is an instructional format developed by Sherena, a dancer with over 20 years of performance and 10 years of teaching experience. The format was designed to make belly dance fun to learn and accessible to people of all ages and skill levels.
What style do you teach? There are numerous styles of belly dancing. I am trained in HipCurve method of instruction and the styles that I practice and teach in my classes are Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS), Tribal Fusion and American Cabaret styles.