Belly Dance Classes

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Belly Dance Classes

Inhabit your hips! Feel like a goddess when you take belly dance class with Annya Ishtara!

At this time I am not teaching classes; however, if you would like to be notified of  classes in the future, the best way to stay informed is to Subscribe to Annya Ishtara’s newsletter.

“I love Annya’s belly dance class!”

Carolyn, Taos, NM

“Annya’s classes have had a very positive, life-giving effect on me.”
Anne, New Mexico


Private Lessons

“We met for an hour and I learned so much! While we danced together, Annya observed my style and was the first teacher to ever help me figure out what my strengths and weaknesses were! … Her comments were thought provoking and positive – not in a false, cheerleader way – but in a way that led me to believe that she really understood the mechanics of dancing.”

-Pat Spark, Spark Fiber Arts, Albany, Oregon

Annya Ishtara offers private lessons in person and on Skype in Belly Dance and Rajasthani Gypsy/Kalbelia Dance.  In the focused time of your private lesson, we can really delve into the nitty-gritty of what will help you the most at this time in your belly dance evolution. In private lessons, all levels of students have gained great benefit from my personalized instruction in the areas of:

  • in-depth understanding of movements
  • perfecting technique
  • feeling more confident with improvisation
  • developing emotional expression in belly dance
  • personal study in areas of belly dance outside the scope of regular class
  • perfecting their mastery of props such as veil, double veil, and sword
  • preparing for performances and other special dance projects

I find that private lessons are more successful when students are clear on the topic(s) they want to work on, so please come prepared. If I have not met you before your private lesson, I will ask you what you want to work on and possibly to see a video of you dancing before we meet. This is to insure that you and I make the most of our time together.

How to Schedule Your Private Lesson

If this sounds like what you are wanting in your belly dance training at this time, or if you have other belly dance topics in mind for a private lesson, please contact me to schedule your private lesson:

Private lessons take place at Qigong Academy in downtown Taos, NM (see below for address) or by Skype from the comfort of your own home.

  • Cost is $40/hour for 1 person in person or by Skype.
  • Semi-private lessons for 2 people are $60/hour.
  • Private Lesson Package: Save $30 when you pay for 4 private lessons at once. Cost is $130, which means you save $30 (almost the cost of 1 lesson). You have 8 weeks from the time of purchase to complete the lessons.
  • Please e-mail Annya Ishtara to set up your private lesson: annyaish(at)Annya-Ishtara-dance(dot)com.


Group  Belly Dance Classes

*Please note that weekly Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Belly Dance Classes are on a temporary break.


Annya Ishtara's Belly Dance Student PerformanceBeginning Belly Dance Class

Beginning Belly Dance Class is temporarily on break.

  • Mondays, 5 – 6:30 PM
  • Cost: $35 for a 3 week month, $45 for a 4 week month or $56 for a 5 week month, starting at the beginning of each month or $14 per single class.

Get fit and strong while learning to move like a sensual goddess! You will increase strength, flexibility, and coordination by learning the fundamental movements and isolations of belly dance, which we put together in short combinations and choreographies. You’ll practice your dance in fun group games! This class has a strong focus on body awareness. A great class for fun and basic conditioning. See “Why Belly Dance?” on the Articles page for more great reasons to come to belly dance class!

“Learning belly dance with Annya Ishtara has made disciplined muscle toning fun and inspirational, and as well, has helped me find great joy in the embodiment of the feminine through graceful rhythmic movement. Annya is a highly skilled dancer and teacher!”

Julia Ruth Claus, LMT  Taos, NM


Intermediate Belly Dance Class

Intermediate Belly Dance Class is temporarily on break.

  • Thursdays, 5 – 6:3o PM
  • Cost: $35 for a 3 week month, $45 for a four week  month, or $56 for a 5 week month starting at the beginning of each month, or $14 per single class.

Enhance your belly dance skills and understanding in the Intermediate Belly Dance Class where you will work with more complex movements, concepts, and choreographies. You’ll refine your sense of rhythm and timing to increase your musical expression through dance, and discover your personal belly dance style. This class also has a periodic focus on finger cymbals. If you do not already have finger cymbals, I can help you order some.  You do not need to have them for the first class.


Advanced Belly Dance Class

Advanced Belly Dance Class is temporarily on break.

  • Tuesdays, 3:15-5 PM.
  • Cost: $35 for a 3 week month, or $45 for a 4 week month, or $56 for a 5 week month, starting at the beginning of the month or $14 per single class.
  • Do to its focused nature, attendance in this class is by permission. Please contact Annya Ishtara for specific requirements if you wish to be considered for this class:

Take your belly dance to a high level of skill, grace, and expression in the Advanced Belly Dance Class. In this class, there is a rotating focus on the following topics: complex layering, choreography and improvisation skills, veilwork, floorwork, finger cymbals, dancing to 9/8 rhythm, performance preparation and more. Please bring a veil and finger cymbals.


Class Location

All classes are held at Qigong Academy, inside Yucca Plaza, 216 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Suite H, Taos, NM. Yucca Plaza is across from the north end of Kit Carson Park in downtown Taos, NM. Enter through the double glass doors facing the parking lot.


What to Wear to Belly Dance ClassBelly dance hips

Students wear yoga pants or tights or other stretchy, comfortable pants and a close fitting top that allows range of motion to be seen. Bare bellies are not required! It is highly recommended that you bring a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips so that you can feel where your hips are and so that when you look in the mirror you can clearly see your hip movements. I also have coin hipscarves for sale in class. In addition to being fun, many students find the auditory feedback of the coins with their hip movements to be helpful in their learning.


Payment and Refund Policy

All classes are ongoing month by month. Pay by the month to help yourself make the commitment to come to class and for the best price. Or you can drop in for more flexibility at the price listed for each class.

Payment is due at or before the first class of a series unless other arrangements are made prior to class. Drop-in classes are paid in full at the time of class. If you know in advance that you will miss a class, or classes, in a series, let me know when you pay for the month, and I will prorate the cost for you.

There are no refunds unless I cancel the class, and there are no make-up classes.

Payment may be made in cash or check. No credit cards accepted at this time.

There is a “no observers” policy; however, you are welcome to try out a class at the drop-in price listed for each one.


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