Bellydance Essentials Course

Autumn term sold out. Bookings now open for January 2022!

Thank you for visiting our Beginners page! If you’re looking to get started learning bellydance then you’re in the right place.

Designed for complete beginners like you, our Bellydance Essentials (BDE) course is where we give you all the building blocks you need to start bellydancing quickly. The first 6 weeks focuses on key moves and technique, like hip drops, shimmies undulations and snake arms. Then, after half term, we teach you your very first bellydance routine!

If you like the idea of a fun and lively class which challenges you to embrace your body like never before, then our class is for you. Places are limited and we generally sell out, so snap up your spot by booking below and we’ll see you in class!

Our beginner classes are held in gorgeous mirrored studios. Here’s  our central Reading venue at Read Performing Arts College, it’s a lovely converted church.

Feeling shy? Try the moves a home first!

You can also have a go at Helen’s free 7 day Bellydance Project here:


12 week Bellydance Essentials –  Reading

Autumn term sold out. Bookings now open for January 2022!

Day: Tuesdays for 12 weeks starting 11th January (no class half term 22nd February)
Time: 7.30-8.25pm
Venue: Read Dance and Theatre College, St Bart’s Theatre, St Bartholomew’s Road, Reading, RG1 3QA (map below). The studio is in the church with the entrance at the front to the left, the door is under a porch.
Parking: Some parking in the small car park directly in front of the church and on St. Bartholomew’s Road. There is also parking at Palmer Park Stadium close by.
Starts: Tuesday 11th January 2022
Coach: Helen Santa Maria




What to wear:
The kind of thing you would wear to a yoga or exercise class, nothing too restrictive. No footwear is required as we dance in bare feet! If you wish to wear some thin soled shoes that’s fine. A scarf or pashmina to tie round your hips can be useful too.
Booking*: £105 early bird £98.50 until 24th December!
Availability: Places available

*Kindly note that by making this booking you understand that course places are non-transferable and non-refundable regardless of student circumstances, e.g. illness, injury, holiday, pregnancy. Go here to see full Ts and Cs