Belly Dance

Virginia State Belly Dance Classes

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Teacher: Katayon

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  • Location of classes: Reston and Sterling, Virginia (VA), USA.
  • Level taught: Various.
  • Time and cost of lessons: Katayon often teaches 8 week sessions. Fort full details of her lessons please contact Katayon.
  • Types taught: Egyptian oriental and folklore. Persian classical, social and folklore dance. Belly dancing Reston.
  • Telephone contact: 571-283-9494.
  • Other information: Katayoun is an experienced instructor and professional performer of Middle Eastern dances, a leader and respected member of the Middle Eastern dance community for over 20 years.
  • Interesting information: Katayouna’s unique background and fun teaching style set this program apart from any other. Her signature style and technique are derived from the sophisticated concepts and techniques of Egyptian and Persian dances. She places special emphasis on music interpretation and cultural authenticity while encouraging students to develop their own unique style.
  • Her disciplined format is a comprehensive yet specialized program which develops from basic exercises to authentic movements, rhythms and combinations. The curriculum is tailored to the needs of each class as well as individual students, and is rich in technique, cultural information and artistic expression. Students are exposed to Egyptian Oriental and folkloric belly dance music and movements, as well as Classical Persian dance and Iranian folkloric traditions. Katayoun emphasizes good form and strong technique through details that engage the entire body and an awareness of the music that stimulates the imagination.

Teacher: Nadira

  • Location of classes: Dance Studio, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Virginia, USA.
  • Level of lessons: Beginners.
  • Time and cost: Please email Nadira for the latest classes information.
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  • Types taught: American Tribal Style and FatChance bellydance style instruction.
  • Telephone contact: (757)362-4973.
  • Other additional information: Combined 18yrs experience. Clear and easy to learn format, We will have you bellydancing after you first lesson!
  • Interesting information: In 2003 Nadira began to study dance with the Fat Chance Belly Dance video series (you would be amazed how many tribal girls started with Volumes I-V!!). She was hooked. A fortunate meeting with Olivia of Zafira (Zagareet’s magazine Troupe of the Year) garnered a recommendation to study with Taaj Fi Qalbi, The Bellydance Trainer. Nadira then went on to take the General Skills Intensive with Caroleena Nerriccio of FatChance Bellydance and Megha Gavin of Devyani. Nadira performs at restaurants weddings, haflas and continues to support the bellydance community.

Teacher: Anthea (Kawakib).

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  • Location of classes: D. Hart Community Center, Fredericksburg, Virginia (VA), USA.
  • Level of lessons: Basic and intermediate.
  • Time and cost of lessons: Please contact Anthea for class information.
  • Types taught: Oriental Raks Sharki and Improvisation Tribal Style (Tribal Odyssey).
  • Telephone contact: (540)972.0327.
  • Other additional information: Anthea has been a full-time professional teacher and performer for over 20 years, and was a featured dancer at many D.C. venues. She also studied and performed Middle Eastern folkloric dances with the Topkapi Dancers for 10 years.
  • She has developed an original ITS (group improvisation) bellydance format; and she has also composed and released a CD of New Age Bellydance music. She directs the PRISM Dancers, a non-professional performing group in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
  • She has written two instructional booklets: Kawakib’s Dance Tips covers Oriental Dance composition, music interpretation, improvisation, and choreography; while the Guide to Teaching Middle Eastern Dance is for new teachers or teachers who want ideas on planning their class material.
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Valeria is a dance researcher completing a PhD in dance and heritage. Valeria also teaches and performs as a belly dance but also enjoys learning ballet, jazz dance and other dance genres.

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