Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I wear to class? - Most students wear workout/exercise clothes, something you can more in, but not too loose that the instructor can't see you move. Wear a hip scarf if you have one--but they are not required. We dance bare footed, so no shoes are required. (no socks please--they increase the chance of you slipping while you move
- Can I change clothes when I get to the studio? - Certainly, we have restrooms and water available at the studio at all times.
- Am I too young, old, fat, skinny, uncoordinated to dance? - A big NO. We have dancers that range in age from 12 yr to 68 yr (students younger than 14 yr need to register for children's class however), from size 0 to size 26, no previous dance experience is required only a desire to dance, meet new people and have fun.
- What if I have bad knees, hips, shoulders, back? - BellyDance is not high impact like other exercise classes, so you will not injure yourself bouncing around. Our studio has a suspended wood floor to absorbs shock so your joints don't have to. Bad knees, hips and shoulders may limit the movements you do or the repetition of those moves, but the isolation exercise will strengthen accessory muscles and improve your range of motion thus strengthening your joints. Proper posture will help those with back problems. And exercise of any kind will improve your body's ability to deal with pain and improve your ability to participate in daily life activities--as well as tone/tighten and compliment weight loss programs. An added benefit of BellyDance is developing graceful movements and balance.
- Are there any physical limitations to BellyDancing? - Starting a BellyDance class is similar to starting a Gym or any other physical activity. Check with your physician first! They will be able to tell you if you are healthy enough to start increasing your physical activity.
- Can I belly dance while pregnant? - certainly, BellyDance at one time was used by mothers to teach daughters exercises to help with birthing. As with any activity-it is wise to talk with your physician when starting a new activity. We have many bellydancers who have danced up to their delivery time safely. See photos of Sanura below.
- Is BellyDance hard to learn? no BellyDance is not hard to learn, neither is an art form that is just "picked up" with a couple of classes. With any dance style, the student must practice and participate in classes. Proper execution of isolations is required before students start combinations and choreography. BellyDance isolations mimic basic range of motions movements of joints--something we are all capable of performing.
- Are there video's to teach me bellydancing? - yes, you can purchase many videos that help teach BellyDance. The American BellyDance Studio recommends that you obtain your basic knowledge of BellyDance through classroom instruction. Video's do not allow the teacher to correct posture or movements performed incorrectly, thus bad habits can be repeated while practicing. (and bad movement habits are harder to re-learn correctly than learning it correctly the first time). Kadayif will be offering a Beginner BellyDance Video to those students who have completed her Basic BellyDance course-to use as a reference.
- Where can I buy hip scarves and other costume items? - the studio has for sale hip scarfs and other costumes either new or experienced. See Kadayif or any teacher if you are interested in purchasing any merchandise at the studio.
- Where can I get music to practice to? - The studio offers a Sampler CD to new students which contains warm up, and performance music for $5.00. CD's may be purchased at the studio.
- Additionally students can obtain music on itunes and amazon as well as many online stores.
- A student audio lending library is being assembled currently and should be ready for establish students to use soon.
- How do I sign up for classes? - Go to the Classes tab, select a class you wish to register for, complete the form (yes I know it is detailed--insurance requires that we collect certain information and your agreement to our policies-no information is EVER shared). You may pay online using your credit card through Paypal (a Paypal account is not required), pay by check, or cash at the first class meeting.
- Do you have an unlimited package so I can attend as many classes as I want in a month? - We do not have an unlimited tuition package because each class is structured so students with like experiences learn together, we do not want our students bored (because they already know the material being covered) or overwhelmed (because they do not have the experience to keep up with the class). We do however, have a multi class discount.
- What if I'm a regular student and not receiving e-mails from you? - log on to the website, make sure our e-mail address is correct. Make sure you haven't checked the "no email" box on your registration form. Check your spam folder, and if not already there, add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book. If you still fail to receive e-mails contact Kadayif.
- What is a typical BellyDance class like? - the class usually begins with some slow stretches and warm ups, followed by basic isolations, combinations and movement steps are added eventually. The classes are very informal and questions are encouraged.
- What if I have to miss a class? - Makeup classes can be scheduled with another class at your level or lower. Contact your teacher to schedule your makeup class.
- Can I observe a class before I sign up? - we do not encourage observation of a class, but you can attend a n Introduction to BellyDance Class for a nominal fee before you enroll in regular classes. This class is an overview of Bellydance. To register go to Classes page and select an Introduction to BellyDance class--register--and come have some fun. Or click the button at the bottom of the page.
- What different styles of BellyDance do you teach? we teach a variety of styles, Egyptian, Tribal, Folkloric, Gypsy..... but our main goal is to give dancers a good basic foundation before they embellish the moves with styles from different regions. Periodic specially classes are offered on props and specialty styles.
- Certification is offered in Level I, II, and III as well as Knowledge Certifications. A Teachers certification is also available, see Kadayif if you are interested.
- I've been taking classes for a while and I feel like I am ready to move into a more advance class, what do I do? - discuss this with your teacher, she will be able to find a class that is suited to your expertise and experience. Communicate--its the key to success.
- When do classes start? with the exception of Level I BellyDance Classes, our classes are ongoing. Level I BellyDance Classes begin periodically as needed. We must have 4 students registered for a class to start.
- If I join a class am I required to perform? - we are a performance driven studio--meaning there are multiple opportunities for our students to perform if they wish; but no student is required to perform.
- What if I do want to perform? after completing your Level I BellyDance course, inform your teacher that you wish to be in a performance class. She will help place you in the appropriate class and get you information about costumes.
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