Calendars >>
 

Browse by Class

Bellydance BasicsBellydance and Beyond | Bellydance Cardio and Combos |
Bollywood Fitness | Dark Fusion Bellydance  |
Egyptian Bellydance - All Levels
 |  Egyptian Bellydance Drills & Tech - Int/Adv  | Egyptian Bellydance - Choreography |
Fusion Bellydance Drills & Technique
| Karate Training | Middle Eastern Music Ensemble |
Middle Eastern Percussion
 | Persian Dance for Kids |
Raqs Sharqi (Bellydance) Technique & Choreography
| Sunday Morning Flow | Zumba

Browse by Teacher

Alma | Amanda | Ankita | Bharat | Elias  | Eme | Hala | Haydeh | Jill  | Kelly | Lizzy


Ongoing Classes
Class Teachers

Raqs Sharqi Technique & Choreography

Spirit, love, and life - these three things a dancer must bring to class! ‘Raqs sharqi with Alma’ is designed to foster students’ raqs sharqi performance via expression, technique, and narrative. Each week, we learn and mindfully drill technique, bringing awareness to how your body interprets movements within the raqs sharqi dance vocabulary. Students explore isolations, bringing depth, breath, and joy to raqs sharqi choreographies! Combinations explore raqs sharqi from different eras and dancers. Be prepared for challenging your mind, your body, and most importantly, to open your heart and have fun!

Props: Be ready to love your zills and melt into your veil. If you don’t own any or can’t find yours, Alma always has plenty zills and veils with her!

Attire: Dance pants, leggings, or shorts. Barefoot, ballet slippers, or footundeez/lyrical shoes. No street clothing or heavy jewlery please

All levels are welcome.
There is a Student Portal for enrolled students on her website!

Times:

Tuesdays 7:15pm - 8:30pm

Fees:

$17 drop-in
$60 for 4-class card
$85 for 6-class card

Register:

Click here to register
Pay in class, payable to instructor

Return to Top of this Page

Alma

Alma

Alma is an award-winning and internationally performing Bellydancer, instructor, and choreographer. She began her dance career in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she currently resides, teaches, and performs. She was a featured soloist at the acclaimed 2016 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in collaboration with the Georges Lammam Ensemble featuring Susu Pampanin. This summer, she premiered a feature show in South America titled, “Una Historia de Amor”. Known for her musicality and stage presence, Alma conveys a story with each performance that leaves the public captivated. She draws on her 15+ years of theater and music. Alma has performed in four different languages on stage and on film. Of Peruvian and Algerian descent, Alma was born in Perú, where she was first introduced to the West African rhythms that also influence raqs sharqi. Alma strongly believes in the uniting force of music and dance. To her, the drums are like a heartbeat that transcends notions of any borders. She has had the joy and absolute pleasure to learn from and collaborate with many musicians and master teachers. She is constantly inspired by life and those around her. Once a medical student at Stanford University, Alma has retired from academia with a Masters in Medicine to devote her life entirely to dance. She finds that dance has been a healing source for her and others.

For more information, please visit AlmaBellydance.com

Bellydance Basics 

Learn and master basic moves for the beautiful artform of Bellydance. We will break down new movements each class and practice them in combinations. Each class begins with a thorough warm-up and workout to prepare the body for dance, as well as drills to improve isolations. Throughout class, Amanda emphasizes proper posture and mindful movement to execute moves correctly and to avoid injury.

Perfect for Beginners to Bellydance, as well as Intermediate students who want to improve dance technique. No prior dance experience needed. Each session lasts two months, with topics rotating each session. Students may join any time during a session.
Current session dates and topics listed on AmandaDancer.com.

Class is offered on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Students can attend either or both Basics classes; weekly class topics will be roughly the same in each class.

Times:

Saturdays 9:30am - 10:30am AND
Wednesdays 7pm - 8pm (starts Mar 8)

Fees:

$14/class, single class 
$12/class for 4-7 classes pre-paid,
$10/class for 8+ classes pre-paid,
All payments valid for 6 months from purchase date
Cash or check only

Register:

Click here to register
Pay in class, payable to instructor


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Bellydance and Beyond - Mixed Level

Expand your knowledge of Bellydance... and Beyond! 

"Bellydance & Beyond" aims to deepen each student's understanding of Near Eastern dance, improve each student's technical abilities, and train dancers who are excellent performers as well as knowledgable students of Near Eastern dance.

This class takes students to the next level with layering of movements, incorporating finger cymbals when appropriate, emphasizing presentational skills, and working towards making the student comfortable with dancing improvisationally. Amanda also explores topics with a wider geographical and musical breadth, including brief discussions of cultural context when relevant. In addition, Amanda teaches a new choreography each session, relevant to the session topic; performance opportunities will be available for interested students (performing is optional).

New sessions begin every three months. Students may join any time during a session, although early and regular attendance is encouraged in order to progress in each subject and choreography. Current session dates and topics listed on AmandaDancer.com

Times:

Saturdays 10:30am - 12pm

Fees:

$14/class, single class 
$12/class for 4-7 classes pre-paid, $10/class for 8+ classes pre-paid,
All payments valid for 6 months from purchase date
Cash or check only

Register:

Click here to register
Pay in class, payable to instructor


Return to Top of this Page

Amanda

Amanda

Amanda has over 20 years experience studying and performing Near Eastern Dance, as well as 19 years studying Classical Ballet. She was a member of Alexandra King's Seher Dance Ensemble for five years, and performed extensively throughout California as a Folkloric Dancer with the UCSB Middle East Ensemble, a 60-member university music ensemble under the direction of Dr. Scott Marcus. Amanda has been a member of San Francisco's Hahbi'Ru Dance Ensemble since 1999. She also performed Turkish folk dance with the Yore Folk Dance Ensemble from 2003 through 2006, Algerian dance with Danse Mahgreb in 2004 and 2005, and Bollywood Dance with Naach Duniya from 2006 to 2008. Since 2005, she has performed extensively as a soloist throughout the Bay Area. In 2008, Amanda formed her own troupe, Karavansaray Dance Company, to present folkloric dances of the Near East. 

Amanda specializes in Oriental dance (Bellydance) and Turkish dance styles, including Turkish Oryantal, Folk, and Romani Dance. She is accomplished in Oriental, folkloric, and classical dance styles from throughout the Near Eastern world -- from North Africa to the Levant, and from Turkey to Central Asia. Although her dance style is traditional, it often includes modern music, and always a sense of fun.

For more information, please visit Amanda's website: AmandaDancer.com

Bollywood Dance Fitness with Ankita

XTRIM Bollywood is Fusionbeatz's fitness class. It is an intense workout program inspired by Bollywood music that is dynamic, energizing, infectious and effective. It grew out of the scientific health education of a medical doctor, who discovered the amazing health benefits from this “fusion” of a disciplined fitness program with dance. You will have fun, fitness, and happiness all at the same time. Check out Fusion Beatz Website

Times:

Sundays 10:30am - 11:30am

Fees:

$15 drop in OR $50 for 10 classes. Pay in class or online HERE!

Register:

Click here to register
Pay in class, payable to instructor

Return to Top of this Page

Ankita:

Ankita has always been passionate about dance since her childhood. She has been actively participating and performing on various dance forms as part of different events and competitions hosted in the school as well as in graduation, post graduation while in college. She is an expert in Bollywood dance forms and famous Gujarati folk dance form called “Garba” and “Dandiya”. She is also trained in the Indian classical dance form “Kathak”. Being a part of XTRIM Bollywood fitness she is actively pursuing and promoting Bollywood Dance fitness. She has a strong belief that dancing helps and encourages an individual to share his/her happiness and showcase their internal beauty to the external world with elegance. Contact info on Fusion Beatz Website

Karate Training

Details soon...

Times:

Saturdays 6:30am - 8:30am

Fees:

Details soon...

Register:

Click here to register
Pay in class, payable to instructor

Return to Top of this Page

Bharat

Details soon...

Middle Eastern Music Ensemble 

Middle Eastern Music Ensemble Class
with master musician Elias Lammam of Lebanon

This class is for singers and musicians who are already proficient on their instruments but with little to no experience with Middle Eastern music. Learn to play the music of the “Golden Age” of Egyptian popular music, from the 1930’s to the 1970’s, including the legendary music of Oum Kolthoum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, and the Egyptian “Elvis,” Abdel Halim Hafez. This class will teach the musical modes (maqam), melodies, rhythms and arrangements to play these classic popular songs of Egypt and Lebanon, including the music of Fairuz and the Rahbani brothers. Bring your instrument, an audio recording device, notepad, and pen. Western string instruments such as guitar, bass, violin, and cello can easily play Arabic music, as well as typical Middle Eastern instruments such as oud, qanun, nay (flute), accordion, saz, keyboards with Arabic tuning, and percussion such as tambourine, tabla and frame drums.

Please contact Elias with any questions about your instrument(s).

Times:

Sundays 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Fees:

$95 for 5 weeks
Drop-in: $20 per class

Register:

Please contact Elias via the contact page on his website.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Middle Eastern Percussion 

Middle Eastern Percussion Class Levels 1-2
with master musician Elias Lammam of Lebanon

Learn to play all the major rhythms used in traditional Arabic music, from 2/4 to 10/8 meters, on tambourine (riqq), tabla (doumbek), various frame drums or even a Western-style drum kit. This class is for absolute beginners through advanced beginning students (1 to 5 years' experience) or more advanced students who would like to improve their technique and expand their repertoire. You will learn the correct techniques for getting the best sounds out of your instrument, how to count properly and play the basic rhythm at different tempos, and how to make variations and add improvisation to the basic rhythms. We will also cover how to combine rhythms in a series and play different rhythms at the same time as a group. As students progress, they may be able to participate in performance opportunities.

A minimum of 8 students is needed for each 5-week session. Maximum class size: 20

Times:

Sundays 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Fees:

5-weeks session: $95
Drop-in: $20 per class

Register:

Please pay in class or send payment via PayPal to Elias (elias AT baymoon DOT com) [please include 4% PayPal fees] or contact Elias via the contact page on his website.


Return to Top of this Page

Elias Lammam 

Elias

Elias Lammam is a world-renowned scholar and performer of Arabic music, best known as a master microtonal accordionist. He completed his music studies at the Lebanese Conservatory of Music and has performed professionally as a soloist since he was 13 years old in Dubai and Lebanon. Elias performed with many notable musicians of the Middle East, from popular Shaabi singer Ahmed Adeweya to members of Oum Kholtoum's orchestra. He toured extensively through Europe, North Africa and the Middle East as lead soloist with the band of Rageb Aleme and worked as composer for Dubai TV for many years. Elias led the popular “Escoba Nightclub Big Band” in Dubai for 10 years, and his own big band in Beirut for several years before coming to the U.S. in 1998. He has taught Middle Eastern ensemble classes since that time at U.C. Berkeley, Mid-East Music & Dance Camp in Mendocino, and in Santa Cruz. He worked as composer/arranger and soloist for Amani of Lebanon. Since arriving in the U.S. in 1998, he has taught and performed at various venues and institutions, including U.C. Berkeley, the Michigan Arabic Orchestra, a number of accordion festivals, the MidEast Music and Dance Camp in Mendocino and is currently teaching at Capitola Recreation.

For more information, please visit eliaslammam.org

Sunday Morning Flow

Vinyasa is a sanskrit word meaning "to place" (nyasa) "in a special way" (vi). Vinyasa flow is a style of yoga in which movement is linked to breath, and a sequence of poses is linked together to create a dance-like flow. Bring some movement into your morning with this dynamic, warming practice. Beginners welcome, donations appreciated. 

Times:

Sundays 9:30am - 10:30am

Fees:

Donation based. Suggested donation: $10-$15/class

Register:

Click here to register
Pay in class, payable to instructor


Return to Top of this Page

Eme Akpabio

NPA

Eme has been practicing yoga for six years and recently earned her teaching certification through the Frog Lotus Yoga Training program.  For more information please email Eme: eme<AT>emeflow<DOT>com 

Egyptian Bellydance

All Levels
Hala's approach to dance teaching, which has been highly praised by her students, offers the unique opportunity for people of all ages, genders, and skill levels to learn together in the same class. A dance routine blending the basics with more layered moves offers each student a chance to hone skills they already have, perfect the right posture and attitude, and learn new moves as well as new ways of combining moves. Hala explains the meanings of songs and stresses the emotional and spiritual aspects of using the body as a musical instrument to complement the music. Since dance is an expressive art, Hala encourages students to develop their own unique style and dance personality. Her teaching method is based on Eastern traditions, blending in her martial arts training to foster a healthy posture, technique, and form. Hala stresses valuable health tips that are crucial to using this dance as a healthy physical exercise without any long-term strain on the body. 

Times:

Mondays 7pm - 8pm

Fees:

$16/class, drop-in
$13/class for multiple classes

Register:

Click here to register
Pay in class, payable to instructor

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Intermediate/Advanced Technique: Combinations and Drills 
Hala's authentic Middle Eastern Dance for Intermediate and Advanced dancers explores different Egyptian, Arabic and other Middle Eastern regional styles including Saidi, Alexandrian, Haggala, Khaliji, Dabke, Persian as well as using props (cane, sagat/zills, melaya, veils, baskets, etc.). We cover a wide variety of topics including:

The subtleties of the Egyptian Oriental Dance form.
How to choreograph your dances.
How to respond to different musical instruments.
Dos and Don'ts in the Egyptian dance style.
Entrances & finales.
Posture, rhythm & attitude, attitude, attitude.
Hala's combinations & techniques.
Drum solos
Arabic Rhythms & musicality for dancers.
and more.

Current session topics are on HalaDance.com.
Open to Intermediate and Advanced dancers only. 

Times:

Mondays 8pm - 9pm

Fees:

$18/class, drop-in
$15/class, multiple classes

if taken with 9pm class:
both classes: $30/week, drop-in
both classes: $25/week, multiple classes

Register:

Click here to register
Pay in class, payable to instructor

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Choreography and Performance: 
For Intermediate/Advanced students who are interested in performing.

In this class, we learn a full Egyptian dance routine and perform it.  We learn and practice the art of performing and experiment in casual, friendly venues to hone our craft. This class is perfect for students who want to experiment with performing without the demands of being in a professional dance company as well as dancers who would like to start a performance career. Performing opportunities included!

Times:

Mondays 9pm - 10pm

Fees:

$18/class, drop-in
$15/class, multiple classes

if taken with 8pm class:
both classes: $30/week, drop-in
both classes: $25/week, multiple classes

Register:

Click here to register
Pay in class, payable to instructor


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hala Dance Troupe Rehearsal

Class and rehearsal for the Hala Dance Professional Troupe. Under her direction, the Hala Dance Troupe studies and performs dances from Egypt, the Arab world and the Middle East. They perform at cultural, international and Arabic festivals all over the Bay Area and were selected from over 115 dance companies to represent Middle Eastern dance at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in 2004. The Hala Dance Troupe welcomes all serious dancers interested in performing and authentically representing Middle Eastern dances and cultures. No one will be put on stage until they are 100% ready mentally and physically. No previous performance experience required. For details please contact Hala though her Web site (link below).

Rehearsal Times:

Wednesdays 8pm - 9:30pm

Rehearsal Fees:

Membership by audition.
$20/week

Click here to register
Pay in class, payable to instructor



Return to Top of this Page

Hala

Hala

Hala has been dancing to the rhythms and melodies of the Middle East since she was a child in Alexandria, Egypt. She has been praised for her authentic form, elegant style and immaculate rhythms. Captivating audiences with her passion and energy, Hala performs solo and with her troupe. Hala teaches and performs her native dance all over the world. Her dance troupe was selected from over 115 dance companies to represent Middle Eastern dance at the prestigious San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in 2004. In 2005, she performed with master percussionist Hossam Ramzy in London, England and presented her native art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts in celebration of the King Tut exhibit. In 2006, she was elected the Vice President of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of MECDA (Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Association). In addition to performing and teaching, Hala leads dance tours to Egypt, hosts dance workshops and shows with Master Egyptian and international teachers, conducts teachers training seminars and provides information, performances and assistance to schools, cultural institutions, and magazines on the origin and survival of this beautiful art form.

For more information, please visit Hala's website: HalaDance.com

Persian Dance for Kids

Ages 4-10
Hear classical fairy tales from around the world and then use imagination and movement to bring them to life while learning the basics of dance and theatrical role-playing. Creative movement games, including parachute play, finger play, scarves, and musical instruments are also incorporated. This class provides a fun introduction to a structured dance class, coordination exercises and is good preparation for children who would like to receive more formal dance training in the future.

An exciting way for kids aged 4-10 years to keep fit and energized, make new friends, improve confidence, and develop their cultural awareness!

Please contact the instructor regarding registration.

Times:

Mondays 4pm - 5pm

Fees:

$20 /class drop-in
$60 /4-weeks if paid in advance at the beginning of the month ($15/class)

Return to Top of this Page

Haydeh Keramat

Farima

Born in Iran, Haydeh is infused with an interest to learn her own country’s rich culture and history. Aside from her engineering background, she always had a passion for dance and poetry, which has led her to learn the historic beauty and richness of Persian culture through dance — the perfect combination to satisfy her passion. Haydeh continues her love of dance by teaching various dance styles. Her professional dance training includes classical Persian dance, folk dances of Persia and Central Asia, and Persian and Middle Eastern sacred and spiritual dance. Haydeh is currently a performer and an instructor of the Farima Dance Company.

For more information, please contact Haydeh at (408) 914-1459 or email haydehkeramat<at>yahoo<dot>com

Bellydance Combos Level 1

For dancers of all skill levels, this class is designed to improve your stamina, work your curves, and provide combinations of many styles to add to your repertoire. 

Class begins with a warm-up followed by stretching and strength exercises.  Students can expect to refine technique and raise heart rates through repetition.  A minimum of three combinations will be visited during each class.

Bellydance Cardio and Combos will close with a gentle cool down and stretching.

Times:

Thursdays 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Fees:

$15 drop in/ $48 for 4 classes/ $99 for 9 classes

Register:

Click here to register
Pay in class, payable to instructor

 

 

 

 

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Bellydance Combos & Choreography Level 2

Bellydance Combos and Choreography Level 2 is designed for intermediate dancers looking to improve technique and build layering skills. Students will learn traveling drills and dancing with props. The class will end with a short combination that may be used later in troupe choreography. Open to Intermediate and Advanced dancers only. Contact Jill for approval. 

Times:

Thursdays 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Fees:

$15 drop in/ $48 for 4 classes/ $99 for 9 classes

Register:

Click here to register
Pay in class, payable to instructor

Return to Top of this Page

Jill Baker

Jill Baker

Jill is a Bay Area Bellydancer who has been active in the community from San Francisco, CA to Madrid, Spain. She is a passionate dancer with a deeply-rooted love for the art, embracing multiple forms of the dance from traditional Egyptian and Cabaret to Tribal and Fusion. She took her first class over 10 years ago and has been promoting Bellydance since.
 
A long time student of Crystal Silmi and a member of the dance troupe RaksArabi, Jill has performed at a variety of venues from large stage competitions to intimate restaurant settings​ and cultural functions.
 
For more information visit BellydanceByJill.com

Zumba & Zumba Toning: Get down to get fit!

Zumba feels like a party, but it’s a calorie-blasting, cardio dance class set to Latin and world rhythms! It’s the most fun you’ll have working out, because it’s exercise IN DISGUISE! You can expect to enjoy a variety of music, from Salsa and Cumbia to Hip Hop and Bhangra. All the while you’ll be introduced to movement options that work for your level of conditioning. And don’t worry—even if you have no dance experience—I promise you will have FUN and break a huge sweat every time!

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we do Zumba Toning: In Zumba Toning, we use small hand weights or Zumba Toning Sticks to add additional sculpting to targeted muscle groups. Using the weights is OPTIONAL. Please bring your own to class, 1-2 lbs. maximum.

Note: For maximum Zumba happiness, please arrive EARLY to sign in and bring a towel, water bottle, and good exercise shoes.

See you on the dance floor!

Times:

Sundays 8pm - 9pm
Tuesdays 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Wednesdays AND Thursdays 11:15am - 12:15pm

Fees:

$10 drop-in or
$35/5-class punch card or
$60/10-class punch card!

Register:

Click here to register
Pay in class, payable to instructor

Return to Top of this Page

Kelly Spivey

Jill Baker

I'm Kelly and I love Zumba! I took my first Zumba class in 2009 and I was hooked. (As a person with a checkered exercise history and a nearly unused gym membership, this was no small miracle!) I became a licensed Zumba instructor in 2010 and later added Zumba Toning with small weights. I am a mom of 3 little boys, and besides losing my baby weight with Zumba, I have so much more energy. I feel great! What makes a Zumba class so fun? Personally, I love the variety of music, the diversity of people, and the high energy of a Zumba class. It's NEVER boring--every class feels like a party! Zumba with me and you'll see what I mean. You don't even have to know how to dance. Just move your body and follow my lead.

For class updates as well as Zumba information and inspiration, please LIKE my page on facebook: “Zumba with Kelly” (San Jose) or check: KellySpivey.Zumba.com

Fusion Bellydance Drills and Technique

Whether you’re an experienced dancer or totally new to the world of bellydance, there is nothing as important as learning and refining the fundamentals of our art. Each class consists of a warm-up, stretching and just a bit of conditioning, followed by movement drills. Students are instructed in basic isolations and given the opportunity to include elements of layering and footwork. Although the emphasis of this class is Fusion technique, the skills taught here can be applied to a myriad of dance styles.

ALL LEVELS WELCOME!

Times:

Saturdays 12pm - 1pm

Fees:

$13 drop-in
$40 for 4 classes, good for 3 months
$75 for 8 classes, good for 6 months

Register:

Click here to register
Pay in class, payable to instructor

Dark Fusion Bellydance

Come discover the dark side of bellydance. 

In this class, Lizzy emphasizes self expression and the incorporation of a “dark” aesthetic onto strong fusion technique. If you are looking to add more intensity and theatricality to your dancing or are working on developing your own personal style, this is the place for you. Each class begins with a warm-up, stretching and drills. Then we unleash our inner spookiness through a variety of improvisational exercises and choreography. Performance opportunities will be available for interested students.

Some Bellydance experience recommended.

Times:

Saturdays 1pm - 2pm

Fees:

$13 drop-in
$40 for 4 classes, good for 3 months
$75 for 8 classes, good for 6 months

Register:

Click here to register
Pay in class, payable to instructor

Return to Top of this Page

Lizzy

Lizzy Gucker

Lizzy performs and studies a number of Bellydance styles, but Dark Fusion is the one closest to her slightly twisted heart. Her personal style contrasts hard hitting movement with fluid grace, and balances powerful intensity with mischievous humor. As a teacher, Lizzy’s philosophy is to encourage each student to develop an individualized style, and to aid students to challenge themselves and personalize their own learning experience. Lizzy is a founding member and the choreographer of the Dark Fusion trio Dark Heart Dance.

For more information, please visit DarkHeartDance