Belly Dance Classes | Samira Shuruk | Belly Dancer in Baltimore & Washington, DC

Sign up for belly dance classes with Samira online (below) or in class.
Come for the jingly scarves and exercise. Stay for the friends and culture!
Summer Session information below.

Drop in can pay online here, or in class.
All CLASSES LOCATION: In L’Etoile Ballet School. 9147 Red Branch Road, Suite D, Columbia. 21045
Drop ins welcome.
Learn and empower the beauty of the dance, the cultures and yourself!
Register below for your full session!



Wednesdays, Sept 21-Dec 7, No class November 23. 11 week session.

Belly Dance Level 1 Wednesday 7:00-8:00pm
Sept 21-Dec 7. No class Nov 23.
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. Bring your own towel or mat to stretch on at the end. Samira will provide yoga straps to ease your stretching. Drop ins welcome ($20) Sept 21- Dec 7 (no class Nov 23). 11 week session. $187

Bollywood Blast! Wednesday 8-9pm
September 21-December 7. No class Nov 23.
Dress rehearsal Dec 3 (free)
Show Dec 4

Bollywood Blast! Learn an exciting and dynamic Bollywood dance, rehearse together, and perform it in December at the All Seasons Hafla, December 4th. 
Samira is super stoked to bring her Bollywood style to Columbia.
There will be a costume to purchase, we are aiming for under $100. See Bollywood Blast page for more details and requirements for this class. Bring your own towel or mat to stretch on at the end. Samira will provide yoga straps to ease your stretching.

Both classes!
You get a discount when you sign up for both classes. That’s 22 classes, plus a dress rehearsal for $350.

Belly Dance Level 2 – This class is on hiatus until Winter Sesson. 
This one 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.  Drop ins welcome ($20)


2016 sessions and classes are as follows:
Summer Session: July 11-Sept 5
Fall Session: Sept 21-Dec 7

Make up classes for individuals are encouraged and, they must be made up within two months.

SNOW POLICY! By 2 hours before class time, we will decide the fate of that evening class. If it is cancelled, it will be announced on Facebook. Please text Samira if you need to know individually.
Snow make-up policy: You have 6 months to use a snow makeup day.

Learn and empower the beauty of the dance, the cultures and yourself!

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 DVD, 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. There is an assessment before moving to the next level and Samira provides a clear Levels list, so students know what they can expect and work to improve at their own pace.
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.

Samira also offers private classes to intermediate through professional level students as well as mentoring sessions.
These classes can be in person or via Skype. Call or email for details.

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Samira belly dance at Roxy and Dukes

Questions! Contact Samira 410-977-7978

A minimum of 4 registered students is required to run classes

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For Samira’s Pilates classes and Stretch and Core classes, and other fitness classes which are an excellent supplement for strength, flexibility and balance, please visit The Yoga Center of Columbia.
With over 30 years experience, Samira gets rave reviews from her dedicated students. Join them! The Yoga Center of Columbia has FREE trial classes four times a year.