Bellydance Essentials Course

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

Would you like to try a one off belly dance taster class to see if you like it? If you’d like to dip your toe in the glittery belly dance waters before signing up for the course, come along to our next fun taster class!

It’s the perfect way to get a flavour of what it’s like to learn how to belly dance. We’ll show you how to gain the posture and poise of a dancer, as well as how to hip drop, hip circle, figure 8 and – of course – shimmy! Bookings are now open for our next taster class, grab your place now!

Day: Tuesday 17th December 2019
Time: 7.30-8.30pm
Venue: Read Dance and Theatre College, St Bart’s Theatre, St Bartholomew’s Road, Reading, RG1 3QA (map below)
Coach: Helen Santa Maria
Booking * £9

The studio building is the church. There is some parking in the car park at the front, as well as on road parking along the park side of the road. Also, the car park at Palmer Park Stadium is close by.

*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

6 week Bellydance Essentials – Central Reading

Day: Tuesdays starting 7th January 2020
Time: 7.30-8.30pm
Venue: Read Dance and Theatre College, St Bart’s Theatre, St Bartholomew’s Road, Reading, RG1 3QA (map below)
Starts: 7th January 2020
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 £49.50 until 1st 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

 

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 22 October 2019 (with a half term break on 29th October)
Time: 7.30-8.30pm
Venue: Kendrick School Sports Center, Dance Studio, East St., Reading, RG1 5BN (click here for map)
Starts: Tuesday 22 October 2019
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: £53
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.