"All of your students exhibited good stage presence and I felt they had a nice grasp of stage dynamics as well..." - Certification Board Judge
"From Raks Sharqi to Tribal Fusion to zills, veils, sword and cane it is obvious that you know your material very well and that you have an excellent ability to communicate this to your students." - Certification Board Judge
I've been teaching and performing
professionally since 1988 and have become a leading
instructor, well known because of my booklets, articles,
and videos. And I still enjoy teaching new students!
All of my classes follow a typical dance studio format,
including warmup, drills, combinations and/or
I welcome everyone regardless of background; and actively promote an accepting community of students. Here's my Code of Conduct.My longest-running classes are in downtown Fredericksburg:
If you're just starting, I think you'll enjoy trying belly dance with me - I have thousands of hours experience in teaching beginners, and I really enjoy introducing people to the wonderful world of belly dance! Feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions. With advanced students, I'm well known for my ability to teach the "hidden secrets" of improvising, and how to create choreography as well.
In my classes I teach two styles:
RAKS SHARKI (classic and modern bellydance), and TRIBAL
ODYSSEY (follow-the-leader). They share the same
foundation but are used in different ways, and each styles
offers unique benefits.
A special message from me to you:
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 bellydance, and develop a depth of appreciation and understanding of the finer points of our art.
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 bellydancing 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 dancing!
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 world.
My unique and effective teaching method was reviewed and certified by the National Association for Teacher Certification in Middle Eastern Dance in 2008. Click here to read comments from the review board. My holistic approach 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 Bellydance