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Classes

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 ATS®) and the FCBD® instructors.  She’s taken workshops with Sandi, Anita, Wendy, Kae and Marsha.   She’s traveled to Arizona, DC and Philadelphia to learn from Sahra Saeeda under her program “Journey Through Egypt”. She’s also taken from master instructor Suhaila Salimpour and completed Level I 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 tribal fusion, ATS 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 ATS ® Teacher and Sister Studio® since 2011. 

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Location

MAC

1117 B Avenue

West Columbia, SC 29164

Cost 

Drop In - $15

6 Class Card - $72

12 Class Card - $120 

Level I Monthly Class - Varies

Current Schedule 

Monday 

Level III Bellydance - 6PM

Level II Bellydance - 7PM

Level I Bellydance - 8PM

Tuesdays 

ATS Level III - 6PM

Datura Bellydance - 7PM

ATS Level II - 7PM

Fridays 

Level II Bellydance - 10AM

Multi Level ATS - 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 Tribal Style® (FCBD® Format) – $60  Stay tuned for upcoming session.  

Level I basic concepts in American Tribal Style® taught in 6 weeks.    Bring your finger cymbals! Dress comfortable and with stretchy clothes.

Level II ATS® (FCBD® Format) (must complete level I ATS)

Variations to the basic moves will be taught and drilled with zills.  We will discuss formations, chorus, leading and following, and other aspects of ATS®.  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 Fat Chance Belly Dance moves and formations.

Level III American Tribal Style® (FCBD® Format)  (must have approval from instructor to attend) 

Advance variations in the ATS vocabulary plus moves from the Vol. 9 DVD.  Dress comfortable and bring finger cymbals.

 

Multi Level American Tribal Style® (FCBD® Format)  (must have completed level I ATS) 

Variations to the basic moves will be taught and drilled with zills.  We will discuss formations, chorus, leading and following, and other aspects of ATS®.  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.

Datura Style Bellydance Improv – (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, ATS knowledge is not required but recommended.  This class is currently only open by invitation to those that completed the 101 class and have been attending the Saturday classes.  Once we finish the rotation, we will open up to new students.  

Privates –  $60
Group Instruction/Bachlorette Parties – Price varies. Please contact us for  more info.

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