Frequently asked questions about belly dancing and belly dancing classes.
  • What style of belly dancing is this? Return to questions...
    Belly dancing is one of the world's oldest dance art forms that flourished in Arabic countries as well as Turkey, Greece, India and many, many others. Beena’s influences are Egyptian and Lebanese ""classical" styles that involves veil work set to orchestrated music. She also focuses on folkloric dances with earthy and bouncy movements using Assaya sticks, Melaya Leff and Zagat finger cymbals.

    Click here for an external link with more information on Egyptian Style.
  • What do I need to know to start belly dancing? Return to questions...
    No previous dance experience necessary. All you need is passion to learn.
  • Do I need a belly dance costume? Return to questions...
    No belly dance costume necessary for class. If you wish to perform a solo dance in the annual Student Showcase, then a costume will be necessary.
  • What do I need to wear for class? Return to questions...
    Dance/yoga/workout pants with fitted top — to allow the instructor to see your lower back, hip and knee positions.

    Footwear: Ballet slippers or bare feet. No street shoes, please.

    Hip scarf: Hip scarves are available to borrow. You can always wear a shawl/wrap, traditional scarf or belly dance coin-beaded hip scarf.

    Veil: Veils are available to borrow for beginners.

    Finger cymbals: Not necessary for beginners.
  • What are veils and finger cymbals? Return to questions...
    The basic veil is a light, flowing fabric rectangular in shape, 3 yards long by 45 inches wide (or less in width so it hangs just below the knee.) The edges can be hemmed or serged. The best fabric is silk but chiffon is more affordable. Avoid beads, coins and sparkles. Click for an external link with more information on veils.
    Finger cymbals are known as Zils in Turkey or Sagat in Egypt. When you purchase a SET of finger cymbals, it’s better to start with something small. Select ones with two slits in the top rather than a single hole. Click for an external link with more information on cymbals and rhythms.
  • Do I have to be thin to belly dance? Return to questions...
    Everyone is welcome! One of the advantages of belly dancing is to become more comfortable with your body, no matter your age, shape or size. As a matter of fact, belly dance movements look better on curves.
  • Can I reduce my belly by belly dancing? Return to questions...
    Classes are geared towards total body workout. From head slides, shoulder rolls, chest circles, snake arms, abdominal undulations to hip drops; classes focus on isolation and step-by-step breakdown of techniques. The key is to tone the entire body and stay fit.
  • Are men allowed in class? Return to questions...
    If you are interested, please contact Beena directly at (843) 906-1610.
  • What is the minimum/maximum number of students in class? Return to questions...
    At least three people are necessary to run the class. Each studio holds between 15 and 20 students.
  • What is the age limit? Return to questions...
    Dance is for every age. Under 18 requires parent or guardian approval. All you need is passion to learn. Listen to your body and work with your range of motion. If you find that you are in pain during or after class, please notify the instructor immediately. If you have any pre-existing conditions consult with your doctor before attending classes.
  • How long does it take to learn to belly dance? Return to questions...
    Similar to any activity, it varies by person. It’s a matter of making a commitment to yourself. Keep in mind that you will see a personal transformation of your body that will lend itself to building self-confidence. You couldn’t ask for a better result.
  • When do classes start? Return to questions...
    Daytime, evening and weekend classes are available. At some venues they are ongoing, at other studios the classes are in six-week sessions. Please check the class schedule page for more information.
  • What if I miss a class? Return to questions...
    If you are unable to attend, need to make up or wish to request a leave of absence, please contact Beena directly at (843) 906-1690. Make-up classes need to be made up during the current 6-week session. They cannot be carried over to the next session.
  • Where can I get more contact information about Belly Dancing? Return to questions...
    Shira has the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about Belly Dancing.
    http://shira.net/index.html
  • Where can I buy dance attire locally? Return to questions...
    Mister Don
    (843) 766-5841
    84 Folly Road Blvd in West Ashley
    Charleston, SC 29407

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    Mellow Mood
    (843) 849-8393
    1256F Ben Sawyer Blvd
    Mt Pleasant, SC 29464