Columbia’s premier dance studio dedicated to the art of bellydance and other world dances! Maria’s dedication to this art for is never ending. She has studied and continues to study with the worlds greatest dancers. She travels all over the US to learn from her mentors, including traveling to San Francisco to learn from Carolena (creator of FCBD® Style Bellydance) and the FCBD® instructors. She's studied with Sahra Saeeda under her program “Journey Through Egypt”. She’s also taken from master instructor Suhaila Salimpour and completed Level II Suhaila and Level II Jamila format. Maria is also studying with Rachel Brice through the 8 Elements program and has completed Level II.
Maria’s joy of dance grows as she continues to pursue her education in various styles of dance, from folkloric to fusion, FCBD® Style Bellydance, Datura® Style and Flamenco. Through her you will learn about the various styles, you will be challenged, grow stronger and become the best dancer you can be!
Certified FCBD ® Style Teacher and Sister Studio® since 2011.
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Alegria Bellydance (Sage Studios)
1117 B Avenue
West Columbia, SC 29164
Drop In - $15
6 Class Card - $72
12 Class Card - $120
Level I Monthly Class - Varies
Bellydance Movement Class - 11PM
Level I Bellydance - 12PM
American Fusion Bellydance for Kids - FCBD® Style - 4:30
Level III Bellydance - 6PM
Level II Bellydance - 7PM
Level I Bellydance - 8PM
American Fusion Bellydance - FCBD® Style III - 6PM
Modern Fusion Style Bellydance - Datura® Style - 7PM
American Fusion Bellydance - FCBD® Style - Level II -8PM
Level II Bellydance - 10AM
Multi Level American Fusion Bellydance - FCBD® Style - 11AM
Level I Bellydance - 12PM
Description of Classes
Level I Bellydance (monthly series)
Introduction to bellydance to include a warm up / stretching in the beginning, an introduction to a fundamental movement, and a cool down. This class is perfect for beginners, no experience needed. Price will vary depending on how many classes per month. Check punchless for cost info.
Level II Bellydance
Intermediate bellydance class to include a warm up / stretching in the beginning, reviewing of basic movements with layers, and a cool down. This class is perfect for those that have a basic understanding of core bellydance movements. Brings zills because we may also use zills when we drill the movement for technique. Class will also include basic drills inspired by Suhaila Level 1. Students in this class, at the discretion of the instructor, will have the opportunity to perform in the student troupe.
Level III Bellydance
Advance bellydance class to include a warm up, stretching in the beginning, advance movement and layers. This class will help out with technique that you can use with any dance form (tribal or cabaret). Must been approved to attend this class. Class will include drills inspired by Suhaila ‘s level 2. We will also work with different props, floorwoork, zills and lots of drills. Includes a warm up and cool down.
Level I American Fusion Bellydance (FCBD® Style) – $60 Stay tuned for upcoming session.
Level I basic concepts in FCBD® Style taught in 6 weeks. Bring your finger cymbals! Dress comfortable and with stretchy clothes.
Level II American Fusion Bellydance (FCBD® Style) (must complete level I )
Variations to the basic moves will be taught and drilled with zills. We will discuss formations, chorus, leading and following, and other aspects of FCBD® Style. Last 15 minutes will be used to practice dancing in group formations. Dress comfortable and bring a 25 yards skirt if you have one. Students in this class, with discretion of the instructor, will have the opportunity to dance in the student troupe. This troupe will exclusively use FatChance BellyDance moves and formations.
Level III American Fusion Bellydance (FCBD® Style) (must have approval from instructor to attend)
Advance variations in the FCBD® Style vocabulary plus moves from the Vol. 9 DVD. Dress comfortable and bring finger cymbals.
Multi Level American Fusion Bellydance (FCBD® Style) (must have completed level I)
Variations to the basic moves will be taught and drilled with zills. We will discuss formations, chorus, leading and following, and other aspects of FCBD® Style. Last 15 minutes will be used to practice dancing in group formations. Dress comfortable and bring a 25 yards skirt if you have one. Students in this class, with discretion of the instructor, will have the opportunity to perform in the student troupe. This troupe will exclusively use Fat Chance Belly Dance moves and formations.
Modern Fusion Bellydance - Datura®Style – (must have completed the 101 class and attend the monthly classes)
This class is dedicated to Datura style improvisational bellydance. We will learn, review and drill dancing to Datura style vocabulary. FCBD® Style knowledge is not required but recommended. This class is open to new students at various times of the year. Check back to see when the next session opens.
Privates – $60
Group Instruction/Bachlorette Parties – Price varies. Please contact us for more info.
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