CLASSES: Belly Dance & Qigong

Are 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! Check out the class schedules below!

To start belly dancing right now, you can get my free mini belly dance lesson, Welcome to Your Hips!, delivered to your inbox by putting your name and email in the Subscribe to Annya’s Newsletter box at the bottom of this page. You’ll also get a free Feminine Energy Activation video. Happy dancing!

Belly Dance Classes

Weekly Belly Dance Class

Get your hips warmed up! It’s belly dance time!

Belly dance is more than just exercise for your body. It’s true that it increases strength, flexibility, balance, and burns calories. But even more importantly, it is a way to nourish and develop your whole self, connecting you to your body, your emotions, and your feeling of personal power. Cultivate your feminine mystery and mystique with this ancient women’s dance form from the Middle East!

Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in, and ideally bring a fringed or coin scarf or shawl to tie on your hips so you can see and/or hear your hip movements. No scarf? No problem! Just come as you are.

Bare bellies are welcome, but not required!

  • Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
  • June 3 – 24, 2019
  • at Ballet Taos, 1037 Calle del Sol, Taos, 87571
  • Cost is $40 for all 4 classes. You can try the first class on June 3 only for $13 for the one class. OR pay for the 4 week series at the first class. Cash or check only please! No cards accepted at this time.

Private Lessons

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.


Private Lesson Details

Cost:$55/hour for 1 person in person or by Skype.
Semi-private lessons for 2 people: $85/hour
Private Lesson Package: Save $35 when you pay for 4 private lessons at once. Cost is $185 for 4 private lessons, which means you save over half of the cost of 1 lesson. You have 8 weeks from the time of purchase to complete the lessons.

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 in my studio in Taos, NM or by Skype from the comfort of your own home.

Click here to contact me to schedule your private lessons.

Women’s Qigong

Women’s Qigong Gathering

The Women’s Ceremonial Qigong Meditation gathering is about nurturing our female organs and energies and building healthy yin energy in our women’s bodies through gentle qigong exercises. These include practices which are beneficial for the season of the year that we are in, practices to increase health and circulation in our female organs, as well as exercises to build healthy energy in the dantien and throughout the body. This class encompasses both movement and inner focus. And it is one long, deep, grounding meditative journey to connect with yourself that will leave you feeling radiant and rejuvenated.

This work is highly complimentary to belly dance because it enriches the energy benefits of the belly dance movements in a way that increases your health and enjoyment as you dance – so awesome!

So why a special qigong class just for women? Most qigong is taught in ways that work better for men because this is what most teachers were taught. However, not only do women and men have different bodies, but we have different chi, or life force energy, needs.

In this women’s qigong class, we focus on building yin energy in ways that are particularly nurturing to women’s bodies. As women, we become healthy through nurturing our life force energy slowly and gradually, rather than depleting our female essence through pushing or forcing in the name of health, as so often happens in Western health modalities for women.

Although this work is gentle, it is also deeply powerful in it’s effects on health and in connecting you with your body.

For information about monthly Women’s Qigong Gatherings, put your name and email in the box at the bottom of the page to receive the monthly email with the details.

“I love Annya’s belly dance 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.”
— Carolyn, Taos, NM