Testimonials

What Folks Have to Say About Annya Ishtara's Belly Dance Classes.
  • I love Annya’s Bellydance Class!
    "I feel that I can move much more fluidly and easily than when I started 6 months ago, and my stamina has definitely improved. It has gotten me in touch with deep, subtle movements, and it is wonderful to become acquainted with the rich rhythms of Middle Eastern music. “Annya has a great teaching style, very clear and easy to follow. She is in tune with the needs of the student and addresses their concerns. Taking a few private lessons has really helped me focus on ways to get the most out of the experience. I started belly dance mainly for exercise, but I am finding that it has become a great enrichment in my life.”
    Carolyn, Taos, NM
The tone of real joy for dancing and learning was just wonderful.
” I have the unique ability to take belly dance classes all over the US... For me, the way you explained a movement (or dance step) taking place inside the body with energy flowing as well as muscle response to that energy and the mind “seeing” or directing the intent of that movement really made sense. I felt I was internalizing something instead of just trying to copy or mimic you. It made for a deeper learning experience. “It has been my experience to sometimes feel a little bit like the outsider or feel some frustration from continuing students at the repeat of learning steps, but that was not the case with your classes! The tone of real joy for dancing and learning was just wonderful. I hope to be a part of your classes whenever I’m in New Mexico.”   CLICK HERE to see Janet’s COMPLETE TESTIMONIAL
Janet Herring, Angel Fire, NM
Annya’s classes have had a very positive life-giving effect on me.
“Annya’s classes have had a very positive, life-giving effect on me. I first came to class out of shape, stiff, but eager to learn how to dance. Dancing does not come naturally to me, but I knew that the skills and the preparation offered were necessary for me in my quest for self-development and maturity. Not only did it feel that I was receiving a gift every time I would come to class, but it was easier to water positive seeds inside myself so that I could overcome obstacles spiritually and mentally. I feel joy, and it is only the beginning. “Annya is a wonderful teacher, very generous, and very patient. The true value of learning an art for self expression is immeasurable and if everyone had the chance to explore this realm, much potential and peace could be realized. Thank you, Annya!”
Anne, New Mexico
Every student that I have observed flourishes and grows under her gentle, positive, and genuine encouragement; and so do I.
“I have been studying belly dance and Turkish Roman with Annya for a handful of years now, and it is always with joy and anticipation that I make the three hour drive from Albuquerque to Taos to be under her focused and expert tutelage. She has always been great at breaking down both basics and subtleties of movement for me, often fluidly extemporizing sequences to practice that capture the essentials. And she has a superb and keen talent for analyzing problems and giving me the tools I need for their resolution. “In the workshops I have taken from her on improvisation and performance, Annya is passionate, articulate, and fun(!), invariably fashioning the kinds of practice that help us easily draw from our own life experiences and extend the emotional range of our dance well beyond our usual reckoning. Every student that I have observed flourishes and grows under her gentle, positive, and genuine encouragement; and so do I.”
Eric Koenig, Albuquerque, NM

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Learning belly dance with Annya Ishtara …has helped me find great joy in the embodiment of the feminine through graceful, rhythmic movement.
“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
Belly dance is a truly powerful feminine art form.
“I have been dancing Flamenco for over 20 years and decided to try belly dance with Annya, who came overwhelmingly recommended to me by many of my friends and colleagues in the Taos dance community. “I wanted to challenge myself to a classical form that appeared more subtle and gentle than Flamenco, but was equally demanding and steeped in one of the world’s ancient musical and dance arts traditions. I was not disappointed. “As a trained massage therapist and long-time student of movement, Annya’s stretching exercises at the beginning of class were a class in themselves. At first I thought I would never be able to accomplish many of the movements, but slowly over time, I noticed that they became more natural. By the end of our first 8 week session, our group of eight, many of whom started as beginners and strangers, were dancing simple choreographies and thoroughly enjoying our journey together. “Belly dance is a truly powerful feminine art form, not just for women, and taught by a master. Taos is lucky to have you, Annya, and I look forward to joining you again soon.”
Jannet Edminson, Toronto, Canada
I have become a much better dancer over the years because of belly dance, and it has helped me so much in the other kinds of dance that I study.
”I have been taking belly dance with Annya for several years now and I really enjoy it! Annya is a wonderful dancer, she is very clean and precise in her movements and is able to relate that to students in the classroom setting. I have become a much better dancer over the years because of belly dance, and it has helped so much in the other kinds of dance that I study. Because of Annya’s gentle encouragement, I have been in a few performances, which is something I was certain I would NEVER do, but it has been such a huge accomplishment for me!”
Emily Schumacher, Arroyo Seco, NM

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Annya observed my style and was the first teacher to ever help me figure out what my strengths and weaknesses were!
“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.” CLICK HERE to see Pat’s COMPLETE TESTIMONIAL
Pat Spark, Spark Fiber Arts, Albany, Oregon
I have increased my range of motion and have become more flexible, as well as increased the strength in my abs.
“Learning how to Belly Dance has been a great challenge for me. As a male dancer, there are some aspects of Belly Dance that stretch my masculinity. I am so grateful for Annya’s instruction, she puts the whole class at ease and makes belly dance a joy to practice and perform. Her classes are awesome, and I have increased my range of motion and have become more flexible, as well as increased the strength in my abs. Her class is the best.”
Richard Leirer, Taos, New Mexico
Your instruction and style are inspiring and helpful.
“. . . your instruction and style are inspiring and helpful… Thank you for giving of yourself and guiding others to reach out and express themselves.”
Belly dance student, Taos, NM

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The class is as enjoyable as it is practical!
“Annya Ishtara’s belly dance instruction provides students with important techniques and information about various muscles that women need for general health as well as for strength and posture. Not only that, but the class is as enjoyable as it is practical! Annya is an inspired teacher.”
Janet Gabriel, Arroyo Hondo, NM
elementary school teacher, age 59