Belly Dance Classes


belly dance Taos NMAre you ready to have fun and get fit all at the same time time? Belly dance class is the perfect way to do this, all while spicing up your life with sensual movement, exotic music, shiny, jingly, fun stuff to wear, and spending time with a supportive group of awesome women! It’s hard to beat that!

                                                                           

A new Saturday belly dance class session begins on January 30, 2016. To be notified of details and to get the most current details about classes and performances, Subscribe to Annya Ishtara’s newsletter.

 

“I love Annya’s belly dance class!”  Carolyn, Taos, NM

 New! Saturday Belly Dance Class

This is a Beginner and Continuing level class with different material from the Monday class. We’ll be playing with veils part of the time, so if you have your own, please bring it. Otherwise, don’t worry. I have some I’ll loan for class.

  • Dates: Saturdays, January 30 – February 27, 2016
  • Time: 12:30 – 2 PM
  • Location: Qigong Academy  See below for address and directions.
  • Cost: Try out your first class on Saturday, January 30 for  just $13. Or sign up for the full 5 week session, January 30 – February 27, for $65. You can pay at the first day of class with cash or check. No credit cards accepted at this time.
  • You can also sign up on Saturday, February 6 for the remaining 4 weeks for $52. For this option, you’ll still need to pay $13 for the class on January 30 (assuming you attended that class).
  • Please note that January 30 will be the only drop-in class of this session. The regular cost of a single class is $15, so you are saving money on this introductory class.

 

Belly Dance 101: Beginning Belly Dance ClassBelly dance hips

  • Dates: Mondays, January 11 – February 29, 2016
  • Time: 5:45 – 7:15 PM
  • Location: Qigong Academy   See below for address and directions.
  • Cost: Try out your first class on Monday, January 11 for  just $13. Or sign up for the full 8 week session, January 11 – February 29, for $99. You can pay at the first day of class with cash or check. No credit cards accepted at this time.
  • You can also sign up on Monday, January 18 for the remaining 7 weeks for $87. For this option, you’ll still need to pay $13 for the class on January 11 (assuming you attended that class).
  • Please note that January 11 will be the only drop-in class of this session. The regular cost of a single class is $15, so you are saving money on this introductory class.

Learn basic belly dance moves and simple dance combinations to free your hips, rejuvenate your body, and satisfy your soul. This is the perfect class for brand new students and for dancers with some experience who are looking to review and refine belly dance basics.


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

 

Annya Ishtara's Belly Dance Student Performance“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

 

Finger Cymbal Class

Zils, Belly Dance Taos NM, Annya IshtaraWant to learn play those little hand held cymbals that everyone thinks of with bellydance? Then give this class a try! You’ll enjoy learning basic rhythm patterns to play with your cymbals, as well as practicing dancing with them too.

You do not need to have your own finger cymbals (also called zils or sagat) for the first class. I have several sets that I will loan for class time. You may not even need to get your own cymbals at all, unless you want to, if I have enough to loan to everyone.

If you would like to order your own finger cymbals, you can buy a quality set from Saroyan Cymbals. They come in sets of 4 cymbals, 2 for each hand. I recommend getting student cymbals with 2 slots (as opposed to 1 hole) to start, as larger, heavier cymbals or cymbals with only 1 hole each can be difficult in the beginning. You are welcome to order less expensive cymbals somewhere else but I can’t vouch for the quality. They may be fine, you never know.

Saroyan Cymbals: http://saroyancymbals.com/store.html

The finger cymbal class is only 30 minutes long, and it’s held in between the Advanced and Beginning class times so it’s convenient for everyone to attend.

This class is open to all levels and is especially appropriate for newer finger cymbal players or those with more experience who would like to review basics.

  • Dates: Mondays, January 11 – February 29
  • Time: 5 – 5:30 PM
  • Location: Qigong Academy  See below for address and directions.
  • Cost: Try out your first class on Monday, January 11 for just $5. Or sign up for the full 8 week session, January 11 – February 29, for $40. You can pay at the first day of class with cash or check. No credit cards accepted at this time.

 

 

Advanced Belly Dance Repertory ClassAnnya Ishtara Student Belly Dance Benefit Performance for the Taos Feral Feline Friends, Taos, NM Taos, NM

  • Time: Mondays, 3:45 – 5 PM, ongoing
  • Location: Qigong Academy  See below for address and directions.
  • Cost: $52 for 4 weeks, paid at the beginning of each calendar month.
  • This class is by permission only. Please contact Annya Ishtara for specific requirements if you wish to be considered for this class: annyaish@Annya-Ishtara-dance.com.

Students in this class refine their skills in technique, emotional expression, props, and performance presence, as well as rehearsing choreographies for performance preparation in an ongoing format.

 

 

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

I offer private lessons in person and on Skype to personalize your blissful belly dance experience! I also offer private instruction in Rajasthani Gypsy/Kalbelia Dance and Turkish Roman (gypsy) 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.

 

Need help choreographing or refining your troupe or group performance number?

I can help your group with transitions, staging, expression, bringing greater emotional depth and meaning to your piece, and more. Contact me for group rates: annyaish(at)Annya-Ishtara-dance(dot)com. Remember to put in the “at” symbol and “dot” on your own. (Just keeping down the spam!)

 

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 (Remember to put in the “at” symbol and “dot” on your own): annyaish (at) Annya-Ishtara-dance (dot) com.

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 $45/hour for 1 person in person or by Skype.
  • Semi-private lessons for 2 people are $65/hour.
  • Private Lesson Package: Save $31 when you pay for 4 private lessons at once. Cost is $149 for 4 private lessons, which means you save 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.

 

Class LocationQigong Academy, Taos, NM

All classes are held at Qigong Academy, inside Yucca Plaza, 216 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Suite F, Taos, NM.

Yucca Plaza is across from the north end of Kit Carson Park in downtown Taos, NM, on the west side of Paseo del Pueblo Norte, the main street of town.  Enter through the double glass doors facing the parking lot. Qigong Academy is 2 doors to the left down the hallway.

 

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!

I 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

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.

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 the Belly Dance 101 Class for $13  on the first day of each new session.

 

Snow Day and Class Cancellation Policy

If I ever need to cancel class due to snow or for any other reason, I will let students know via email by 2:30 PM on the day of class for Monday classes and by 11:30 AM for Saturday classes.

If possible, I will schedule a class at another time to make up the class I cancel. Otherwise, I will issue credit for the next belly dance session. If the student misses any scheduled class for any reason, there are no make up classes or refunds.

 

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