Frequently asked questions about belly dancing and belly dancing classes.
- What style of belly dancing is this?
- What do I need to know to start belly dancing?
- Do I need a belly dance costume?
- What do I need to wear for class?
- What are veils and finger cymbals?
- Do I have to be thin to belly dance?
- Can I reduce my belly by belly dancing?
- Are men allowed in class?
- What is the minimum/maximum number of students in class?
- What is the age limit?
- How long does it take to learn to belly dance?
- When do classes start?
- What if I miss a class?
- Where can I get more information about local Belly Dancing classes?
What style of belly dancing is this? Return to questions...Belly dancing is an art form that flourished many centuries ago, although it is unknown how old this dance truly is. It has its roots in Arabic traditions as well as Turkey, Greece, India and many others. Beena’s influences are Egyptian and Lebanese styles influenced by Mahmoud Reda and Ibrahim Farrah and their students and instructors. Beena teaches veil techniques as well as folkloric dances i.e. Saidi/Assaya, Khaliji, 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. Details can be discussed directly with the instructor.
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. NO dresses, skirts or shorts, please.
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. 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...A minimum of 3 is necessary to run the class. Each studio holds between 10 and 15 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 are pregnant or have any pre-existing conditions, consult with your physician 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...Make-up classes need to be made up during the current six-week session. They cannot be carried over to the next session. If you are unable to attend, need to make up or wish to request a leave of absence, please contact Beena directly at 843-906-1610. NO REFUNDS FOR MISSED CLASSES.
Where can I get more information about local Belly Dancing classes? Return to questions...