YOGA & BELLYDANCE CLASSES:
YOU READY TO FIND FITNESS, FRIENDSHIP AND FUN..... ALL IN ONE
PLACE?? TRY A BELLY DANCE CLASS WITH ONE OF THE MOST EXPERIENCED AND
CREATIVE BELLY DANCE TEACHERS TODAY!
WE'VE JUST MOVED!!! Come to
our private studio in La Center, WA and see what our belly dance
classes have for you!
Class schedules being set up now. Call
360-263-5800 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for class information.
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**Not in the area?
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that allow you to learn how to bellydance no matter WHERE you live.
Candlelit Gentle Yoga
Whether to supplement your dance workout or just on it's
own, yoga is one of the single healthiest choices you can make
for your workout time, and working with a certified yoga
instructor ensures you can learn safely. Yoga has many health
benefits, calms the mind and stretches the body.
If you are a first timer to yoga, try the candlelit or
beginners class. For the more experienced, we have all kinds
of different workouts. If you don't see the class you want on
the schedule, call or email - I'm adding classes as demand
For a class in your own home, try our new
Mat Yoga DVD.
walked into my first belly dance class with Amira in October
of 2003. I was an astonishing 62 pounds heavier then. I felt
awkward and out of place as I stood waiting for the class to
begin. I just knew in my heart that I wouldn't be very good
at this but I had to try.
From the moment she took her place
at the head of the class she had my undivided attention. She
never made me feel awkward even when it was hopelessly
obvious that I didn't know what I was doing. She just
encouraged me to keep going. Never apologize for being who
you are. Embrace it and dance. Since then my waistline has
dropped and my confidence has risen. She helped me to
remember what it was like to feel strong and sexy at the
I have had many opportunities to
watch Amira belly dance and she never ceases to absolutely
captivate me. She is as knowledgeable in technique as she is
passionate about her art form. She is a capable yet patient
teacher and a mesmerizing performer. She possesses an inner
strength that is both calming and empowering. "
Sheryl Ison-Student, Windsor,
CA - Essence of Egypt Dance Company Member and Performer
will these classes do for you?
You’ll be SHOCKED to find out!
If you are a beginner, I will take
you through the basics of belly dancing from the ground up. With
over 30 years of belly dance teaching experience, I can help you
work through anything! You don't need any experience - I'll take you
through it step by step:
Stretching, toning and strengthening, and how to protect your body
from injury - great for the newly active too!
Discovering and correcting posture issues effortlessly so you'll
look better all the time
Egyptian posture for belly dance
isolations and body control
movements, walking steps, and basic combinations
Discovering your body's own unique flow of movement
Understanding Middle Eastern music and culture
that's just for starters!
"As a trained
teacher, I know that the best teachers are the ones that
touch all three primary learning bases in a student's
repertoire. These three are audio, visual, and hands on. But
while many teachers are trained to do this, few are actually
able to accomplish this in real life teaching situations.
Jana/Amira is one of the few that can and does.
As far as dance
teachers go, Jana/Amira, is by far the best I've ever seen or
had the opportunity to learn from. She is very patient and
understands her student's needs. At the same time she is able
to relate to them and tell stories from her own life that
makes her down to earth, reachable, and shows that she really
does understand the struggles of every student attempting to
learn and/or master the art of belly dance. Her ability to
access her student's skill level and taylor the lessons to
each one's skill is truly amazing.
There is an old
saying: Many are called but few are chosen. Jana/Amira is
definitely one of the chosen and I can't think of any other
dance class where I have had such a wonderful teacher. She is
not just a great dance teacher though she is also a terrific
belly dancer. While many dancers are great dancers they are
hard put to be able to break down steps and explain them to
where a novice can understand them. Jana/Amira is not only
able to do that and do it well but she also makes learning
fun. Her comments on the customs, culture, and history of the
origins of belly dance are intriguing and fascinating adding a
certain pizzazz to an already fabulous class.
that I really like and appreciate about Jana's belly dance
classes is that if a student has a difficult time learning a
particular step she is more than willing to take extra time
and go over that step with the student until they have a firm
grasp on how to do it.
If you are
thinking of taking a belly dance class I can't recommend this
one enough. Take it. I promise you you won't be sorry."
Yvonne Keiser, belly dance class student -
you've ever pictured yourself becoming a belly dancer (or improving
as one) and possibly performing, you've got to check out these
an exercise form, belly dance works every muscle in your body and is
extremely healthful, energizing and is a great tool for toning your
body and losing weight.
It's easy! Just email me at
email@example.com and request directions to the
studio, and let me know which class you're interested in. I'll
confirm we have space and answer any questions. Then, just come on
WHAT KIND OF BELLYDANCE
STYLE IS IT??
With all the dance styles out there, that's a very legitimate
concern these days.
classes are based on traditional Egyptian Cabaret style,
the glitzy style
you'd see in
a Cairo nightclub
today. From there, we build with all the other classical styles:
Folkloric, American Tribal, East Indian,
Goddess Dance, Persian
and also fusion...
just about anything that can add to the dance form.
Then we go on to pull from ballet, jazz, ethnic dances and yoga.
result? A strong, athletic, creative style of dance that is
constantly changing and growing with you, so you never get bored!
This is NOT a class with a dancer
who's taken a few classes and now wants to make some money. Amira
has studied, performed and taught for 30 years, and is one of the
most competent teachers in the business. Don't trust your body to
someone who doesn't know how it works! Work with an experienced and
capable teacher who can help you learn, grow and excel in belly
find out more about Amira's training and dance background,
These classes are friendly but
structured, with every move explained. We believe the student learns
by understanding how the body works and how to make it move, and the
teacher is obligated to help each student learn the moves correctly,
both for the grace of their dance form and the health of their
bodies. Questions in class are welcomed.
As an example, most of the girls in
the Essence of Egypt Dance Company started in the studio with me as
rank beginners, and within a year were performing with the troupe -
some sooner than that!
Every class includes:
Full stretching and warm up for
muscle elasticity, body flexibility and strengthening
Body isolations - working individual
Introduction to and/or drilling of
basic moves for bellydance
Grace, posture, correction of body
positioning for the best dance posture
Exercises for improving weak body
areas and overall posture
Classes start slow and build as your
body warms up enough to do the next level of movement
Classes may also include:
Various levels of steps,
combinations, walking steps
Layering of movement
Understanding Middle Eastern music
Bellydance Class Schedules coming soon!
360-263-5800 for information.
this program different?
In a very short time -
will gain self confidence through posture, grace, strength and
WILL feel better, look better and DANCE better!
will learn from someone who understands YOUR problems and
roadblocks, having experienced them, who will personally guide you
past those hurdles to the next level and beyond
will come away from each class a stronger and more professional
dancer and feel stronger in your body
do it! You can do what is necessary to achieve AMAZING results –
With this unique instructional belly dance system, you can achieve
the absolute BEST you are capable of as a dancer, whether you’re
just starting out or have been dancing for years.
what your life will be like when...
FINALLY master your body flaws!
completely MASTER your muscles, one at a time!
gain energy and technique in leaps and bounds in the studio!
have complete confidence and true passion in performance!
finally create a career in dance!
move forward with great momentum!
finally experience both personal and creative freedom!
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360-263-5800 for information.
performed and studied with Amira for over 17 years, I can
testify both to her skill and creativity as a dancer and her
dedication to the art form.
Amira’s command of dance technique is
superb and is based upon a dedication to the classical forms
of Egyptian Raqs al Sharki. Her dancing is supported
and enlivened by her deep study of Egyptian culture, both
ancient and modern. In terms of physical preparation and
technique, she demands much of both herself and her students,
but the result is superlative technique in performance. Her
choreography is exciting and creative. Her background as a
professional musician gives her an unsurpassed sense of how to
match movement to music, and this is evident in the sure
artistry with which she creates dances both for herself and
Other things that distinguish her are
her unusually highly developed skill as a drummer, her
professionalism and business experience, and her unselfishness
and openness as a person."
--Kirk Templeton, Wind
Mountain Institute /Martial Arts trainer/ Middle Eastern
What classes do we offer?
What to wear:
Fairly tight fitting, stretchy clothes, dancewear or yoga attire is
fine. Be comfortable. We dance barefoot, and water is available in
class. If you have a scarf or hip belt you can wear around the hips,
What it costs:
$15 / class, 6 classes for $72, or 10 classes for $100. There are
also lots of ways to earn free classes.
*** Our next Student Hafla
(performance day), date TBA, will be happening soon. Call for
details and bring a friend. Dance performances, food and door prizes
are just the start!
here to see our current class schedule - NEW SCHEDULE COMING
SOON, then email Jana at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360/263-5800 to discuss
which class would be best for you and to get directions to the
For more information
about the teacher, Jana (aka 'Amira')
For information on the
Essence of Egypt Dance Company, if you're interested in joining,
professional dancers, you will also have access to:
years of sales and marketing experience
will learn how to get restaurant gigs and negotiate your price
will discover how to market yourself on someone else’s dollar
will see how you can build a costume wardrobe on a budget
will learn how to avoid performance disasters so they NEVER happen
to find all the best: information, supplies, music and so
Professional photography and performance video production
"It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginning belly
dancer wanting to learn RIGHT from the start, or an experienced
dancer wanting to achieve AMAZING improvements in style and body
posture – this format will work for you…. Guaranteed!!"
Try a 6-week session and give it your best, and if
you cannot see any improvement in your posture, dance moves,
endurance or any other aspect of your dance, I
will give you
your money back.
Most of our belly dance classes
are taught in a private studio in La Center, Washington so the
address is not published but complete directions will be provided
after we speak. Or just email me at
here for a DANCE CLASS SCHEDULE - COMING SOON
If you're interested in studying via instructional belly dance video
or DVD, that is also available:
click here for instructional belly dance
videos and DVD's.
Most photos on this site are
courtesy of Michael Puzach, Essence of Egypt Dance Company
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