- DROP IN - You are welcome to drop into a beginning class for free to see
if you are interested, but you will be asked to try to participate because
watching makes the current students uncomfortable. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
in advance as space is limited.
- EXPERIENCE - You do not have to have previous dance experience.
- SAFETY - This style of dance is safe for all ages and sizes. Men can and
do do this dance, too. As there are no specifically required movements to
perform this dance correctly you are able to work within your own abilities
and range, even with previous injury to knees, neck or back. I am often referred
patients by Chiropractors and other medical specialists for rehabilitation.
- AGE LIMIT - There is no age limit in any class. We have had beginning students
from 5 to 72. We do ask that children have a reasonable attention span to avoid disturbing the other
students or disrupting the class. Mothers, please be prepared with toys
or books for your child so you can still complete
your own class if this is "just not [the child's]
- WORKOUT - This dance form is excellent for all-over body toning and increasing
range of motion. Similar to Yoga or Tai Chi. At the higher levels this dance
can become quite a workout. The beginning levels are usually more gentle
but still accesses and works muscles you may not know you have.
- STYLE - I teach a style that I (rather inaccurately) term "pan-Arabic." The
beginning class material encompasses modern and traditional steps from Egypt,
Turkey, India, Persia and other coutries of influence on this dance style,
and will leave you with the ability to safely and correctly execute ANY style
you eventually decide is your interest, whether you are looking to dance
in a nightclub, around a campfire, or in the bathroom for your cat. The
beginning classes do tend to move a little slowly
because it is essential you learn correct movement
for safety... you want to dance forever, not for
a year, right? Don't worry.. once you are through
Beginning the Intermediate and Advanced classes
are KILLERS if you do everything full out, and often
a Cardio segment suitable for all levels!
- AGE/SIZE RESTRICTIONS (UPPER ENDS) -Who does this? Okay, I just had
another woman FINALLY show up who had been afraid the class would be filled
with skinny 20-somethings, so I'm gonna take the time to tell you.... the
average student is a woman 25-55 and ranges from about 140-250lbs. Some of
the extremes have included 6 & 87 year olds, Bulimic eating disordered
(trying to improve her self image during recovery) to 350+lbs (this is a
relatively gentle but thorough form of exercise). Men also do this (though
there are many more women than men). Sometimes there are gorgeous young ladies,
usually there are the rest of us! "SeaFATtle" recognizes us as a fat-friendly
thing to do (check out their website from our links -- really neat ladies) AND I am an
international level competition coach and competitor (and I'm personally
not "fat," "skinny," "young" OR "old"). Trust it. Come and see you DO fit
in. ... We also aren't a bunch of bimbos. You'll see.
- WEAR something you are comfortable moving in. Leggings and a T-shirt, leotards,
harem pants & sports bras, or full costume... all are okay. No jeans
or tight pants as it makes it hard to bend. We are usually barefoot, but
if you prefer shoes that is fine. You might bring a shawl or scarf to tie
around your hips... it makes it much easier to focus your attention, but it isn't
- BUY nothing. You need nothing additional for this class. We will have everything
available you need for class.
We also have a full shop if you DO want to buy something!
SPACE RESERVATIONS/REGISTRATION: Several of the evening classes
also offered through Kent Parks and Rec and sometimes fill rapidly, so
you may want to pre-register. You may call 253-813-8580, email email@example.com
or stop in during our regular studio hours to pre-register to
reserve your spot. I would also recommend pre-registration to avoid disappointment....
but if you didn't do it, you can choose to come the day or
night the class begins and SEE
if there is space! There is always enough space for everyone the first night
because we work through body isolations and don't travel around the room
so much, so you are welcome to stay and participate that first night even
if there is no space in the class.
- TIME SHIFTING: Do notice that you can attend
whichever class that shares the same title as yours
on the schedule in any given week. You do not have
to let us know you are going to time shift.
- POST BEGINNER FAQ:
to go after 1 & A... best choice would be between:
"Intermediate Basics" is a 6 week session-based class that begins March
18 & 19... or.... "Int/Adv" is an ongoing workshop-style multi-level class that can be joined
any time. It is all drop in. Topic for the week is listed on the Monthly
4:30 live music is drop in, but most folks find it really intimidating because
it is a performance class.
Please, no refunds on class fees, and we reserve the right to refuse service
Got a question we missed? email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253-813-8580
Middle Eastern Drumming class available. Snake & Sword dancing classes
available. Private lessons in all the topics listed in her workshop offerings
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