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 is adding an annual student show! Samira’s Student Celebration is December 8th at Cazbar. 316 North Charles st.
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.
Learn and empower the beauty of the dance, the cultures and yourself!
A minimum of 4 registered students is required to run classes
DATES: There are 8 sessions a year. Drop ins are allowed.
Sign up for Fall Session A with buttons below:
The sessions and classes are as follows:
Fall Session B November 6th – December 12th. 6 weeks. Register now!
Make up classes are encouraged and must be made up within the same session.
Tuesday: in Catonsville, MD
Basics and Drills 1: 5:30-6:30
Choreography Class: 6:30-7:00 *
Basics and Drills 2: 7:00-8:00
*one must sign up for Basics and Drills 1 or Basics and Drills 2 in order to do the Choreography Class.
Wednesday: in Columbia, MD
Technique and Performance Skills: 8:00-9:30
PRICES per 6 week session:
Basics and Drills 1: $102
Basics and Drills 2: $102
Basics and Drills 1 with Choreography Class: $138
Basics and Drills 2 with Choreography Class: $138
Technique and Performance Skills: $138
... I even got to take a private with her and I learned so much from her it was fantastic. Samira thank you so much, I only hope I get to see you perform again...~Andrea (Indiana)
...I feel, at last, that I am no longer learning a series of moves, but rather, I am learning how to Dance. ~ ~Nazirah
As a teacher, Samira not only presents a very detailed break-down of technique, but also covers the musicality, history and the cultures that one needs to understand to reach that 'next level' in one's dance studies. ~ ~Nazirah
I just started taking the Wednesday morning Raqfit class at the yoga center with Samira and she is an fun and excellent teacher! She does an fantastic job of breaking down the dance moves so that you can understand them. But the point of the class is to have fun and get your heart racing! It's so much fun, I strongly recommend this class with Samira as your teacher.~Michelle Sumpter
Thanks for a great class, Samira. The kids had a fabulous experience. Your sensitivity, resourcefulness, and professionalism are of the highest caliber and we hope you'll agree to conduct the same workshop for our program next year.~George and Noel Miller
Basics and Drills 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. 6 weeks. $102. Location: Dance and Artistic Expression Studio. 6350 Frederick Rd. Suite C. Catonsville, MD 21228. Directly behind the 7-11
Basics and Drills 2 is a multi level class. With warm up, posture, isolations, arms, travel steps, shimmies, culture, musicality, layers and more we will learn and refine techniques, movement quality and expression. This is the perfect companion class to Wednesdays class, and also the place to be if you’ve taken from other teachers but are new to Samira’s techniques. We incorporate more independent guided movement in this class to foster the dancer’s ability to access their own knowledge and translate that with music. 6 weeks. $102. Location: Dance and Artistic Expression Studio. 6350 Frederick Rd. Suite C. Catonsville, MD 21228. Directly behind the 7-11
Choreography Class is a supplement to Basics and Drills 1 or Basics and Drills 2 and will be preparing you for our winter show! Learn a simple choreography to Egyptian pop music and perform it in the student show December 8th. Samira’s Student Celebration participation has requirements that include attendance, community event support, simple budget friendly costume and more. There is ONE payment button to sign up for your Basics and Drills class plus the choreography class (do not also pay above). 6 weeks. $138. Location: Dance and Artistic Expression Studio. 6350 Frederick Rd. Suite C. Catonsville, MD 21228. Directly behind the 7-11
This option must be also combined with private classes in order to make up the attendance requirement.
Wednesdays 8:00-9:30 pm
Technique and Performance Skills- 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. We incorporate video critiques each session. Technique and Performance Skills Belly Dance 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 fall we are doing silk veil and also preparing for a student show scheduled December 8th.
Location: Central Maryland Youth ballet. 9570 Berger Rd ste A. Columbia, MD. 21046
Call or email Samira with questions
*Tuesday Basics and Drills 1 or 2 Drop in: $20
* 6 week session Basics and Drills 1: $102
* 6 week Basics and Drills 2: $102
* 6 week Basics and Drills 1 with Choreography Class: $138
* 6 week Basics and Drills 2 with Choreography Class: $138
* Wednesday Technique and Performance Skills Drop in: $28
* 6 week Technique and Performance Skills: $138
Want to start next session? Sign up for the email list and click the “classes” option!
*if you miss a class during the session ask Samira about making up on the other day.
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.