Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone has questions to ask. If there’s anything you’d like to know, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Below are some questions we are commonly asked.
What do I wear to dance class?
Be comfortable. Wear shorts or pants and a T-shirt. Whatever you would wear to the gym or a yoga class is perfect. A hip scarf or a strip of fabric tied around the hip will highlight movement.
How do I register or pay for classes?
You can either pre-register via phone or email and pay by cash or cheque the first day of class, or, use our "BOOK NOW" button on the class you desire to register and pay via paypal
How do I know when to go to the next level?
The decision is up to you. Often dependent on previous dance and bellydance training, it takes most students a minimum of three months to be comfortable with the movements of each level. Ideally, you should be very comfortable with all or most of the movements before you move to the next level as the movements are often layered at higher levels. For example, in Beginner 1 you would learn shimmy and walking hip circles, while in Beginner 2 you learn to add the shimmy to the walking hip circle. If you are not sure whether your skills are honed enough to progress, please ask the instructor for guidance.
I have been dancing for some time. Can I take your intermediate or advanced class?
Every student with previous bellydancing experience is required to either take a private or semi private session for a skill evaluation or attend a 14 week session of Beginner II class. As each instructor teaches different technique and movements, this ensures a foundation and proper technique required for Intermediate I and II.
What music do you recommend?
The answer depends largely on your own musical tastes and what you will be using the music for. For practicing basic steps arabic pop is excellent. Artists such as Tarkan, Amr Diab and Hakim are a good start. When focussing on musicality and the intricacy of bellydancing, traditional or contemporary bellydance music is suggested. Examples include Jalilah or Samir Seroor. To understand the passion and beauty of Arabic music, it is essential to listen to some of the classic musicians such as Oum Kalthoum, Abdel Halim Hafez, Fairuz, and Farid El Atrache.