Class Descriptions **Click here for the schedule**
Classic and Fusion Bellydance
Learn muscle control and fluidity while toning the core, encouraging good posture, improving flexibility, and gaining body confidence. In this class you will learn the basic movements and isolations as well as the posture and styling of bellydance. Have fun and discover muscles you never knew you had! No previous dance experience necessary.
All of Serpentine Studios' Beginner Bellydance classes cover the same core technique, regardless of the instructor. This way everyone starts with the same strong foundation, and can move up to any style of bellydance afterwards.
Wondering what order to take our bellydance classes in? We've designed our curriculum as follows:
1. Bellydance 1
2. Bellydance 2
Either Egyptian, Tribal Fusion, or American Tribal Style
3. Bellydance 3
Either Egyptian, Tribal Fusion, or American Tribal Style continuing in the same style you completed for Level 2.
From here, your instructor will be able to direct you to the appropriate classes, or you can go back to Level 2 in a a different style and try something new!
Generally we recommend spending a number of sessions in each level in order to master the technique and concepts. Try a technique class, a drills class, or a choreography at each level to facilitate muscle memory and keep it interesting!
and Monique Ryan
Laura Selenzi is currently on maternity leave, returning in the July/August session.
Egyptian Bellydance - an overview
Classic Egyptian bellydance (also called Raqs Sharqi or Oriental Dance) is taught by Laura in her signature fun and dramatic style. Modern Egyptian bellydance shows influences of Middle Eastern folkloric and social dance, ballet, and an aesthetic from golden-era movies in both Cairo and Hollywood. Expressive, sensual, playful and flirtatious, this dance encourages you to embrace your femininity while learning muscle control, grace, and poise. These classes introduce authentic and traditional Middle Eastern dance and music; solid, safe technique and an understanding of cultural folklore and Arabic music.
Egyptian Bellydance Veil Choreography (Level 2+) with Tina Afsana
The next level after beginner, delve deeper into Egyptian bellydance. In this class you will start to feel like a dancer as the movements become part of your muscle memory. We will learn a choreography using moves from Beginner, putting it all together to strengthen our transitions, musicality, and nuance. In this choreography you will discover a beautiful new prop, the veil! (available to borrow at the studio)
Egyptian Bellydance Baladi Choreography (Level 3/Intermetiate) with Tina Afsana
An intermediate to advanced choreo. Bring your emotions to tell the story. A Baladi is delicious, sensational, and full of feelings... and slow at times. This is the type of choreo where you need to work to keep your audience involved! This is a great song to learn how to bring it!
Bellydance Drum Solo Choreography with Monique Ryan
Wednesdays (Level 2+) or Fridays (Intermediate/Advanced)
This class focuses on strengthening and improving the ever-elusive shimmy, sharp isolations, co-ordination and a dose of sassy attitude in a drum solo choreography, perfectly matched to the music! This choreography will be taught as Level 2/3 on Wednesdays, and a more advanced version will be taught on Fridays.
Serpentine Egyptian Troupe (Intermediate - Advanced - Pro) with Monique Ryan
For our student troupe and semi-professional dancers (by invite only - let us know if you are interested!), this class is designed to help you move from a student to a dancer. We will work on polishing our choreographies, stage presence, working as a group, refining technique, drilling essential movements, and more.
with Monique Ryan
Tribal Fusion Bellydance - an overview
Combining the ancient roots of bellydance with a modern twist, Tribal Fusion incorporates elements of other dance forms such as Indian, hip-hop, flamenco, and vaudeville. Earthy and snake-like yet fun and cheeky, music ranges from world to electronic to contemporary. This class teaches you how move fluidly and how to control your body parts independently, while toning the abdominals, encouraging good posture, improving flexibility, and inspiring you to find beauty and power within your body.
Bellydance: Ramalama Choreography (Level 3/Intermediate)
Ramalama is a sassy hat and cane bellydance fusion choreography. Fun and upbeat, this choreo involves cane twirling and balancing.
Bellydance Drills and Shimmies (2+)
Be prepared to sweat! This upbeat multi-level bellydance class is for students who already have some bellydance experience. This is a bellydance technique class where movements are drilled to increase muscle memory so you can dance fluid and snake-like, or sharp and powerful with ease. Fun combinations as well as a great shimmy and layering section each class will ensure that all levels are challenged.
"Ancient Ruins" Sword Choreography (3+)
This session we will learn a brand new circus-y sword balancing choreography. Balancing technique will be covered for sword, however, some previous experience with balancing is preferred. This choreography will involve dancing with the sword, balancing on the head, hip and knee, as well as spinning with the sword on the head.
Tribal Fusion Troupe
This class is reserved for students who have been practicing with Monique for a number of years. Watch for upcoming performances at haflas!
with Elinor Crosby
Diamond Dogs Choreography - Level 2
Learn a sassy Tribal Fusion-style cane dance to Bowie's Diamond Dogs as performed by Beck. Suitable for levels 2+, all styles. watch an older rehearsal video of this piece here: Diamond Dogs
Bellydance: Slow by Beats Antique Choreography (2+)
Learn a slinky and slow dance to Beats Antique’s “Slow.” Explore undulations while becoming familiar with the Chiftitelli rhythm. Build fluidity, balance, and grace as you build on your bellydance skills and vocabulary.
Bellydance: Intro to Finger Cymbals (2+)
Learn how to play finger cymbals, also known as Zills or Sagat, while learning about Middle Eastern rhythms. Deepen your musicality and begin dancing while playing in this fun step-by-step class. No previous musical training required!
Bellydance: Beautiful Hands & Arms (2+)
Struggling with what to do with your hands and arms while you dance? Having a hard time holding your arms up in graceful curves? This class is for you! Gain strength and control with conditioning drills, develop more flexibility with stretching, and help build a short choreography focusing on fun arm formations. We will also explore arm and hand movements from different cultures, including Middle Eastern, Spanish Flamenco, and Indian.
American Tribal Style - an overview
ATS is an improvised group belly dance style that relies on Middle Eastern dance technique and a vocabulary of cues, transitions, and combinations to form a cohesive dance. Each performance is unique, making it dynamic and entertaining for both the audience and the dancers. Every dancer also leads and follows, performing in large groups, duets, trios, and more.
Started in the 1980s by Carolena Nericcio of FatChanceBellydance, ATS quickly spread across the United States and Canada. Many other innovators branched out from FCBD, including Gypsy Caravan and Black Sheep Belly Dance, who are also considered to be "grandmothers" of Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS) dancing along with FCBD. UberWench Tribal focuses on having a strong base in the original FCBD style while adding combinations and cues from other improvisational tribal belly dance styles, and occasionally inventing their own.
Bellydance 2: Intro to American Tribal Style
Prerequisite: Bellydance 1 (Beginner)
This introduction to American Tribal Style (ATS) introduces students to the basic vocabulary of movements, combinations and cues of American Tribal Style belly dance. Each class students will continue to learn new dance vocabulary with cues, work on developing good core strength and dance posture, review previous class materials, as well as practice group improvisational dancing. All students will learn to both lead and follow, gaining confidence through practice and the support of their fellow dancers. 1 hour
Bellydance 3: American Tribal Style Bellydance
Prerequisite: ATS 1
Level 3 ATS requires experience with ATS taught by UberWench Tribal or the equivalent experience at another studio. (Introductory workshops, intro classes, etc.) New variations on the basic vocabulary of movements, combinations and cues of ATS will be introduced and work will begin on dancing in duets as well as more complex formations. Each class students will continue to learn new dance vocabulary with cues, work on developing good core strength and dance posture, review previous class materials, as well as practice group improvisational dancing. 1 hour
American Tribal Style Bellydance 3+
Level 3+ ATS requires some experience with basic ATS or Improv Tribal dance vocabulary either as taught by UberWench Tribal or the equivalent experience at another studio. (Introductory workshops, intro classes, etc.) Variations on the basic vocabulary of movements, combinations and cues of ATS and ITS will be introduced, and work will begin on dancing in duets as well as more complex formations. Each class students will continue to learn new dance vocabulary with cues, work on developing good core strength and dance posture, review previous class materials, as well as practice group improvisational dancing. 1 hour and 15 mins
American Tribal Style Bellydance 4
Prerequisite: ATS 3 & permission of instructor
ATS 4 requires experience with basic ATS dance vocabulary either as taught by UberWench Tribal or the equivalent experience at another studio. It is an ongoing, challenging, fast-paced class exploring advanced movements, combinations and formations for improvised group belly dance. More challenging isolations will be taught, different rhythms will be utilized, as well as more intricate ATS formations, cues, and transitions. Zills will be used and other props may be introduced such as skirts or swords. Each class students will continue to learn new dance vocabulary with cues, work on developing good core strength and dance posture, review previous class materials, as well as practice group improvisational dancing.Registration in this class is by instructor permission only. 1 and a half hours
Join Darshini for Bharatnatyam, a classical dance from India. Feel the vibrance of dance, enjoy an energetic workout, and take part in a colorful dance showcase after all the sessions completed! (performance is optional)
Bharatanatyam is a genre of Indian classical dance that has traditionally been a solo dance performed exclusively by women. Quite possibly the oldest classical dance tradition of India; it is noted for its spectacular footwork and sophisticated vocabulary of sign language based on gestures of hands, eyes and face muscles.
with Monique Ryan
Upbeat, colourful and exotic, let us take you on a trip to India and beyond! The highlight of Bollywood (the Indian answer to Hollywood) movies are always the elaborate dance sequences. Bollywood dance combines the rich tapestry of India’s many dance forms fused with elements of Jazz, Hip-Hop, Arabic and Latin.
Dhoom Taana Bollywood Choreography
Monique will be teaching fun and upbeat Bollywood choreography to "Dhoom Tanna" in this high-energy class. This class is open to everyone!
with Kay Licious
Burlesque classes are on a short hiatus for the March/April/May Session
Burlesque, originally all about parody, was popular from the 1860s to the 1940s, often in cabarets and clubs, as well as theatres and featured bawdy comedy and female striptease. In recent decades, there has been a revival of burlesque, sometimes called Neo-burlesque. A new generation, nostalgic for the spectacle and perceived glamour of the classic American burlesque, developed a cult following for the art in the early 1990s. Modern burlesque explores the glamour and tease of classic burlesque with a modern, funny, and original twist.
Explore burlesque with Kay Licious. Learn how to shimmy & shake, bump & grind, and take it off with style! Teasing peels, tantalizing moves, and sassy attitude will all be covered, so that you can get un-covered. No experience or dance background necessary.
Burlesque Act Creation/Performer Development
This class takes burlesque beyond the basics through a variety of topics and is intended for students with some familiarity with burlesque (through taking Burlesque Basics, or other relevant class or performance experience). Students will prepare for performing and creating acts, as well as develop skills with props, costume peels, dance moves, etc.
Hooping is a fun, anti-stress workout that boosts metabolism! Burn 400-600 calories in a one-hour class. Heavy, adult-sized hoops with friction tape help you keep the hoop up. You can order your hoop on the first day of class, or get you hoop in advance so you will have it for the first class. Check out the shop to order your hoop.
Hula Hoop 1 with Monique Ryan, Alix Todd-Morse, or Aly Thompson
For beginner hoopers with little or no experience. Join this energetic class for a great cardio workout and learn some easy tricks to keep it fun and interesting. Hoop 1 is for beginners, and those who have a bit of hooping experience, but may not know a lot of tricks yet, and may still have trouble in the second direction.
Hoop Flow (Level 2+) with Ella Cormier
A playful and dance based flow class with lots of off body moves. Learn how to to move around with your hoop, and how to make moves flow together. This class is multi-level, but you must have some previous experience with a hoop.
Hula Hoop 2 with Monique Ryan
For students who have completed Hoop 1 and have a solid grasp of all the tricks from this level. Harder moves will be introduced while strengthening technique from previous levels. Hoop 2 is for people with some experience, and who can knee hoop (a bit), chest hoop (a bit) and do basic isolations and off the body work - all in BOTH directions. We still work on knees and chest - especially knees to waist, and chest variations, as well as introduce foot hooping, body rolls, weaves, elbow hooping, and we start doubles work!
Hula Hoop 3 with Monique Ryan
For students who have completed Hoop 2 and are comfortable with all the tricks up to this point. New, challenging moves will be introduced while strengthening technique from previous levels. Hoop 3 is for those with lots of hooping experience and are proficient at hooping in both directions on the knees, chest, foot hooping, isolations, doubles, etc. We work on advanced off the body tricks, combos, weave variations, and single knee. If you have not taken hoop 2, but are very experienced, you may send a video, to help figure out placement.
Hula Hoop Open Gym
Does your place not exactly have the ceiling height and open space needed to practice hooping well? Let us provide the space for you to do your thing! There is no formal instruction during this time, rather, this is free time to practice your hula hoop skills. Take advantage of our spacious studio to spin and play!
Hoops of all sizes are available to borrow. Only $5 for 90 minutes!
Kids Hula Hoop with Alix Todd-Morse
Kids love this fun and energetic class! They will learn some basic hoop tricks, play games, and get some healthy physical activity, all while having a blast.
Want to get fit...but have fun too? Let us whip you into shape!
Body Bootcamp with Monique Ryan
Get fit and have fun as Monique whips you into shape. Get sweaty while you tone and stretch your entire body with a series of fun exercises in a bootcamp-style class. This class includes a short cardio blast, followed by floor exercises designed for targeting the abs, legs, butt, and arms that change every week. Each section finishes with stretching to help keep your muscles looking and feeling long and lean. All levels are welcome as all exercises have a beginner, intermediate and advanced variation. No experience necessary, drop-ins are welcome.
Flexibility with Monique Ryan
Splits, back bends and more! This fun and challenging class combines technique used in ballet, circus and yoga to lengthen, strengthen and stretch your muscles to their full potential. Great for those that are looking for an alternative to repetitive yoga classes or are simply looking for something new to try! To gain flexibility in a healthy and safe way, students will engage in many stretching and conditioning exercises to gain the power to support their bodies properly.
Cardio Barre with Jessica Goreham-Penney
A fusion of traditional ballet training exercises and modern fitness theory, Cardio Barre is a multi-level fitness class that uses sport training techniques and dance conditioning exercises to strengthen your muscles, increase your endurance, improve balance & posture, and expand your flexibility in this chair-barre and yoga mat workout. Suitable for all fitness levels.
Bellyfit® Flow with Jessica Goreham-Penney
Bellyfit Flow is a mat-based exercise programme designed for women of all ages, abilities, and lifestyles. Flow is an highly effective fusion of Yoga, fitness including Pilates and world dance that will help you find your strength, elegance, and rhythm. Wear comfortable fitness clothes and be prepared to work in your bare feet; you may be more comfortable bringing your own mat to work on every week.
To learn more, check out http://www.bellyfit.com
Acro with Vanessa
Cartwheels, handstands, elbowstands, partner acro, and more! This class will also include an active warm up, conditioning and stretching for you to reach your full potential!
with Rebecca Wilson
Start your day with a fun and energizing yoga practice! A balance of mindful and playful, Rebecca teaches a flow class that is accessible to all, offers many levels of challenge, and will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to embrace the day. Each class has a different focus--for example: hip openers, low back TLC, backbends--so you're always learning something new.
A warming, powerful and dynamic practice, followed by restorative and yin postures to soothe and stretch the mind and body. Come explore the full spectrum of your practice: balancing effort and ease, strength and softness, focus and light-heartedness, creating space to explore challenge, play with movement, and celebrate what your body can do. A great class for anyone who wants to balance strength work with flexibility.