7 Reasons to Take Belly Dance Classes

Mar 5 - 23, 2014 | Central Maryland Youth Ballet

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1. Your health is worth it. Dance improves posture and flexibility while increasing strength and tone.
2. You’ll feel great!
Raise your serotonin levels, natures feel good hormone.
3. Make your brain strong.
Studies show that mind-body exercises improve your brain and it’s longevity as much as cross words and other puzzles.
4. New friends improve your life.
Samira’s dance classes encourage you to get to know one another as you get to know the dance.
5. Learn about the myriad cultures of belly dance.
Expand your horizons, embark on learning adventures.
6. You can take it at your own pace.
Many people stay in each level for several sessions. This is not a race, but a journey to enjoy.
7. This dance makes you feel great!

Learn and empower the beauty of the dance, the cultures and yourself!
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or in person via cash, check or charge:

Location: Central Maryland Youth Ballet 9570 Berger Rd, Columbia, MD 21046

Winter Session B March 5th-April 9th In Columbia
Make up classes are encouraged and must be made up within the same session.
A minimum of 4 registered students is required to run classes

PRICES per 6 week session:
Belly Dance Level 1: $102
Belly Dance Level 2 Plus: $138
Register online via PayPal.
Or register in person today in class! Check, charge or cash welcome.

Class Descriptions
NEW! Wednesdays 7:15-8:15pm (winter sessionB)
Belly Dance Level 1 is a multi level class geared towards novice dancers as well as those new to Samira’s techniques. Class will include warm up, posture, isolations, arms, traveling steps, shimmies as well as dance basics. Most students stay in this level several sessions before moving up to level 2. 6 weeks. $102.
Location : Central Maryland Youth ballet. 9570 Berger Rd ste A. Columbia, MD. 21046

Wednesdays 8:15-9:45 pm
Belly Dance Level 2 Plus– This one and a half hour class is a multi level class geared towards belly dancers with some class experience that want to brush up on and drill all the basics (and some “not so basic”). We will work on the foundations of belly dance; posture, arms and hands, steps, spins and turns, shimmies traveling and isolations. Bring your sagat or zills!
We will also further develop your dance vocabulary and technique while refining your lines, movements, transitions, musicality, expression and understanding of this beautiful art. Different parts of a dance show will be explored and props will also be covered over different sessions.
Class format will include warm-up and conditioning, arms, sagat drill, stationary drills, across the floor, improvisation follow, concepts of improvisation and choreography and cool down. Belly Dance Level 2 is not for novice dancers. You will be expected to practice at home and do homework. Students also do exercises to learn to access their own movement vocabularies, learn to develop stage presence and develop an understanding of how this dance form expresses the dancer and the music. Each session we have a different focus.
Veil! This winter we are doing silk veil.
Location : Central Maryland Youth ballet. 9570 Berger Rd ste A. Columbia, MD. 21046


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*Level 1. Drop in: $20
* 6 week session Level 1: $102
* Level 2 Plus Drop in: $28
* 6 week Level 2 plus: $138

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*if you miss a class during the session ask Samira about making up in the other class.

Student FAQs


Belly Dance is a beautiful cultural art and you will be learning from a full-time performer who specializes primarily in Arabic style.  Authentic Middle Eastern music will be used and musical expression and understanding will be incorporated throughout. Students are active learners and to this end Samira will provide feedback for improvement along with lots of encouragement. If you’re looking for a dance workout, RaqFit is here!
We will have opportunities for girls night out “field trips” to see shows, discuss dance videos for comparison and contrast and share a wide variety of learning methods for the dance. The classes will develop organically to cover various aspects of the dance to help you take your understanding and skills as far as you like.  Multiple level students will be taught in the same class.  While one may be learning a technique new to them another will be refining and adding layers.
Samira has been teaching fitness and movement since 1986.  This healthy movement background is combined with her knowledge as a dance major in addition to her knowledge and experience as a full time belly dance performer for over a decade. Her unparalleled background combines with her desire to see her students flourish and grow toward their goals.

For Samira’s Pilates classes and Stretch and Core classes, which are an excellent supplement for strength, flexibility and balance, please visit The Yoga Center of Columbia.