NEW online belly dance classes with Rosa start week of May 10, 2021.
Save $10 only till April 30! Reserve your spot below.
All classes are currently online for everyone's health and safety. Class recordings available!
Bright Star World Dance - 108 High Street, Portland ME - Corner of High & Spring
Your enthusiasm and openness really impacted me. For some reason, I was able to see how beautiful we all are — and it helped me feel even more powerful to show my belly and understand how it was moving. It was HUGE that I showed my belly. It is why I wanted to take the class and even today I’m feeling so different about my body. — Emily S, student (belly baring not required) :)
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Dance is the only time I focus entirely on the moment. It's challenging, beautiful, and has changed my life in all the right ways. Rosa is such a wonderful teacher. Come dance with us! — Janice P., student
Learn about the movements, rhythms, and cultural context of Egyptian dance in this friendly and supportive belly dance class with Rosa.
All classes are online through Zoom this season. Live attendance is encouraged, but class recordings are sent to all registered students after each class to stream till a week after the final class of the session, so you can make your own schedule!
Level 1: Intro to Belly Dance
This class is created for total beginners who are curious about belly dance. You can start with any 4-week module. Each module will introduce you to new movements, rhythms, and combinations, plus cultural context and understanding.
You don't need to lose or gain weight. You don't need to be flexible or have rhythm. You are already perfect for belly dance, right now. This type of dance is done by grandmothers and kids alike, people of all ages and stages!
People of all genders, ages 18+, are welcomed and affirmed in Rosa's classes. Please note: Refunds are not available. Registration can be transferred to another attendee before the module begins by emailing Rosa.
Save $10 on the rates below--only till April 30 with code RAQSMAY .Sign up for Intro to Belly Dance!
Level 2: Continuing Belly Dance
This class for folks who have gained confidence in the foundation movements and are ready for the next challenge. In this session, dancers will learn about rhythms and melody, improvisation and developing combinations, gaining the skills to dance to a full song! People of all genders, ages 18+, are welcomed and affirmed in this class.
Level 3: Intermed./Adv. Belly Dance
This class for folks who are fluent in the foundations, have practiced traveling steps and layering movements, and have a familiarity with rhythms. In this session, dancers will do a deep dive into a classic song, exploring rhythm and melody transitions, improvisation and "signpost" choreography, gaining the skills to dance to a full song with their own choice of movements! People of all genders, ages 18+, are welcomed and affirmed in this class.
All classes are currently online through Zoom. Live attendance is encouraged, but class recordings will be available to stream for the full week afer each class so you can make your own schedule.
Reserve your spot today!
"I leave my beginner class with huge amounts of joy and happiness after diving into a different culture, success at even baby steps toward being able to shimmy and swirl and play zills with a wonderful group of new friends." — Cathy R., student
Bright Star World Dance is located in the Arts District at 108 High Street, Portland ME, at the corner of High and Spring. Look for the dark green door set back from the street next to the Little Tap House Restaurant. Get directions here.
NOTE: All class are currently online through Zoom for the health and safety of everyone in our community.
Join Rosa's belly dance class and delve into movement, musicality and tradition in a warm and supportive environment. Students will also be introduced to the movements and rhythms of Middle Eastern dance and music.
You'll improve your posture and balance, develop flexibility safely, and strengthen your entire body. Warm up from the inside out through movement!
You'll also learn about cultural context. What we commonly call belly dance comes from the Middle East and North Africa. Once you start to learn about the roots of belly dance, its history, and how dance fits into many different parts of life, you'll be even more intrigued! In the cultures of origin, belly dance is primarily a social, celebratory dance form, done by regular people with their friends for enjoyment and expression, as well as by professionals for entertainment at all different types of events. In this class, there is never any pressure to dance in performance. While you'll have the option to join a student recital, this dance is first for you.
Rosa's primary experience is with Egyptian style belly dance. She has visited Cairo numerous times to study, and she loves to share her knowlege to help students gain a deeper understanding of this dance form. You'll learn to move in a whole new way, appreciating your body for all that it does for you both in class and in life.
These classes run in multi-week sessions, developing community in a safe space. Each week builds on the last, so you'll build your skills and familiarity with movement as the class continues.
NOTE: All classes are currently online through Zoom. Live attendance is encouraged, but class recordings are available stream for a full week after each class you can make your own schedule.
People of all genders, backgrounds, and body types are welcome, ages 18+. Students currently range in age from their teens into their 70s. Come learn to move in a wonderful new way!
Level 1 welcomes complete beginners. You'll learn the fundamentals of belly dance, musicality, and finger cymbals through muscle-driven movement with a focus on alignment and elegance that will carry over into your daily life.
Level 2 is open to students who have graduated from Level 1. Each session will introduce a new skill and style of belly dance, increasing zill skills and layering abilities. Join the class with permission from Rosa.
Level 3 takes your belly dance skills to the next level, delving into more complicated combinations, layering skills, and footwork. Join the class with permission from Rosa.
Yoga or exercise clothing is best. Bare feet or indoor-only dance shoes like ballet or jazz shoes.
Want a jingly hip scarf? Check out Turquoise International, based in California, for quality, ethically-made Egyptian beaded and coin hip scarves. A winter scarf also works great!
Class recordings will be available to stream for a full week after each class. Live attendance is encouraged, but we all know life happens. You can take class on your own schedule!
Reserve your spot today!
Signing up for this class acknowledges that you have read and understand the registration policy above. Email Rosa with any questions at all!
Save $10 with early bird registration! See the code on the registration page at the link below.Sign up for Intro to Belly Dance!
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