All of my classes follow a typical dance
studio format featuring warmup, drills, combinations
and/or choreography. Each class covers elements of both
Oriental "Raks Sharki" and Tribal Odyssey bellydance. I've
taught in Fredericksburg since 2000, and everyone is welcome
(ages 12 and up) because we are always family-friendly. I hold
Certification from NATCMED (read
more); and I promote a Code of Conduct.
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Classes are 90 minutes;
first-time students may try one class for $15; this can be
applied to the monthly registration if you wish to continue.
All students must register in advance prior to each monthly
My student-centered instruction
presents a wealth of material on this beautiful art form.
You get more than just steps and combinations - you see the
"big picture" of belly dance, and develop a depth of
appreciation and understanding of the finer points of our
Our foundation is
Egyptian-style Oriental Dance, including Middle Eastern
folkloric dances such as cane (Raks Assaya). We also feature
American belly dance specialties with props, such as Veil,
Sword, Candles, Fan Veils, and more. My skill with finger
cymbals or zills is well-known: see my famous Finger
Cymbal Solo video (courtesy of Serpentine
Communications channel) or my "how to play zills" videos and
more on YouTube: Dance
Eternal. I've taught this skill to many students
in classes and workshops and my Intermediate students all
learn how to play zills (or finger cymbals) as well.
Our "follow the leader"
group belly dancing is called Tribal Odyssey.
Students benefit by developing focus, awareness, and
graceful transitions while dancing. This structured format
will help you easily learn to play finger cymbals while
I also offer private and
semi-private lessons, workshops, and professional coaching
for individuals and groups at my lovely home dance studio. I
can help you become a professional if that's your goal. My
background as a featured performer in DC area restaurants
for 20 years helps me prepare students for the professional
My unique and effective
teaching method was reviewed and certified by the National
Association for Teacher Certification in Middle Eastern
Dance in 2008. My holistic approach to Middle Eastern
"belly" Dance will help you explore your abilities to the
fullest, and develop an inner strength that enriches your
life even outside the classroom.
I believe my 25 years as a full-time professional dancer and instructor reflects my serious commitment to the dance. I love helping dancers reach their dreams in dance! Come join us - we welcome new students from all walks of life!
Egyptian Folkloric Dance
photo by S. Dodd
Raks Sharki modern Egyptian Pop
photo by Anne Savedge
Tribal Veil Improvisation
American ITS Belly Dance
Tribal Fusion Belly dance