Bellydance Essentials Course

Corona virus update

Sadly, we have cancelled all live studio classes in line with the new government guidelines. Everyone who has booked on for next term will be given the opportunity to transfer their course place to next term, which will hopefully be September. If you don’t wish to join us for the course, please let me know by email and we will issue a refund.

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 delivered to you in a compact, manageable 6 weeks where we give you all the building blocks you need to start bellydancing quickly. Once you’ve completed the course and got to grips with the basic moves, you have the option to take our 6 week follow-on course (Bellydance Essentials 2) and learn a whole 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!

Nervous about coming to class? Don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal. Why not get a peak of how we roll in our FREE online class, you can make a start in the privacy of your own home!

Got a question? Wondering what to wear to class? Would you like to try before you buy? No problem, Click here for our comprehensive faq page.

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s a sneak peek at some of the teaching in our classes!

Beginner Belly dance Taster Class

We run taster sessions at various times throughout the year, check back soon to see if we have one coming up.

6 week Bellydance Essentials – Central Reading

Corona virus update

Sadly, we have cancelled all live studio classes in line with the new government guidelines. Everyone who has booked on for next term will be given the opportunity to transfer their course place to next term, which will hopefully be September. If you don’t wish to join us for the course, please let me know by email and we will issue a refund.

 

Day: Tuesdays starting 21st April 2020 (no class half term week 26th May)
Time: 7.30-8.30pm
Venue: Read Dance and Theatre College, St Bart’s Theatre, St Bartholomew’s Road, Reading, RG1 3QA (map below) the course will take place virtually by livestream, details TBA
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: 21st April 2020 (no class half term week 26th May)
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.
6 week Course fee*: £54 Early bird price until 31st March! £49.50!
Availability: Postponed until September 2020

 
*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

 

Your next steps after Bellydance Essentials … Bellydance Essentials 2!

Once you’ve completed Bellydance Essentials (or at least 6 weeks of beginner level classes with your current teacher) you are invited to take the next step. Perhaps you started bellydance some time ago and would like to pick it up again? Then this class could be perfect for you.

This is where you’ll join us to refine what you’ve learned and add more bellydance moves and techniques. For BDE2 we teach you an exciting and fun choreography and encourage you to really start rockin’ the moves. All our coaches are seasoned performers and have tons of hot tips on how to make the moves sizzle – we want you to shine like a gorgeous goddess! (in the Summer and Autumn terms you can even perform the routine in our end of term show if you wish!)

Here’s a taste of some SMBA students rocking the routine you’ll be learning soon:

 

Bellydance Essentials 2 Reading

Day: Tuesdays starting 25th February 2020
Time: 7.30-8.30pm
Venue: Read Dance and Theatre College, St Bart’s Theatre, St Bartholomew’s Road, Reading, RG1 3QA
Starts: Tuesday 24th February 2020
Course syllabus: Now you’ve had a taste of the moves, it’s time to really start rocking them! We’ll continue to refine and strengthen your technique as well as introduce you to your next moves. You’ll do this by learning your very first, complete bellydance routine! BDE 2 is a really fun course where you start to feel like you’re doing it “properly”. We think you’ll absolutely LOVE what we have in store!
Coach: Helen
6 week Course fee: £54
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

Got a question? No problem, Click here for our comprehensive faq page.