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  • How long does it take to learn belly dancing?
    Learning bellydancing is a journey that takes time and dedication. On average it can take between 2 to 4 years for a beginner to become proficient at bellydancing, however it can can vary depending on several factors, such as the dancer's prior experience, level of commitment and practice frequency. At The Bellydance Academy, we recommend taking at least 6 months of classes to gain a solid foundation in bellydancing. If you purely dance for fun, socializing, and fitness, you can expect to learn the basic moves in around 8-10 weeks. However, if your goal is to become a professional belly dancer, it may take you up to 3-5 years to fully master all the skills required.
  • Do you offer classes for beginners?
    Yes, absolutely! Our foundation course is specially for beginners. Our instructors provide a supportive and encouraging learning environment for our students, no matter their ability. At Bellydance Academy, we offer classes for all levels from absolute beginner to professional.
  • Do you offer Private Lessons?
    Yes! We offer private lessons at The Bellydance Academy or at the comfort of your home. One-to-one lessons are tailor made to your needs and goals. Please click here for more info.
  • What should I wear for my first lesson?
    For your first lesson we recommend you wear sport clothes. Comfortable leggings and a top or a fitting t-shirt. We use a hip scarf tie on your hip to highlight the movement. If you don't have one you can buy it in the Academy. Try to avoid loose or oversized clothes and midi dresses with high waistline cut.
  • Can I do bellydance to loose weight?
    Absolutely, we recommend the Freestyle Cardio Bellydancing as a fun workout to get you into shape and loose up to 500 calories in one hour. Book your first class.
  • Can I try one class before I register?
    You can register for a single/trial class at any time.
  • I already know how to dance, can I come for advance classes?
    If you have already done some bellydance lesson in the past you can always join any of our Improver level or freestyle. Please reach to the teacher before class to let her know you come to check your level of experience and she will give you an expertise observation after the class. You can also take an assesstment test which will provide you with valuable feedback on your bellydancing skills and help you assess your current level in bellydancing.
  • Are the classes only for ladies?
    The majority of our classes are exclusively for women. However, we also offer mixed-gender/neutral-gender lessons in bellydancing, folk dance, percussion and more. If you're a hijabi, please refer to the timetable or reach out to us to confirm that the class you're interested in is designated for women only.
  • Can you come to my home for training?
    Absolutely! We provide personalized at-home training in person. For these lessons, please make sure you have ample space and a medium-sized mirror in place for your classes. Contact us to tailor-made your program.
  • Do you offer teacher training?
    Yes! We offer two teacher trainings. Freestyle Instructor & Bellydance Teacher. Check the teacher tab to register
  • I just want to dance for fun. Which class should I join?
    If you know the basics and you just want to dance for fun and entertainment we recommend you to try freestyle Bellydance lessons. This is a fun workout where we dance all kind of arabic music, not only the traditional Egyptian & Lebanese songs, we also do dabke, marrocan, iraqi, khaleegy and pop songs. On the other hand if you haven't learn bellydance before we recommend you to do the foundation course first and then join the freestyle sessions to jam with us.
  • How long does it take to be a Professional Bellydancer?
    Becoming a professional bellydancer can vary greatly depending on several factors, including your starting point, dedication, practice frequency, natural talent, and the quality of training you receive. Generally, it takes several years of consistent and focused practice to reach a professional level in any dance form, including bellydancing. Here's a rough outline of the stages and timeframes involved: Beginner Level (6 months - 1 year): In this stage, you'll be learning the foundational movements, techniques, and basic choreography. You'll start to build muscle memory and become comfortable with the basic bellydancing movements. Intermediate Level (1 - 2 years): During this phase, you'll be refining your techniques, learning more complex movements, and exploring various styles within bellydancing. You'll also begin to develop your own style and expression. Advanced Level (2 - 4 years or more): As you progress, you'll work on mastering intricate movements, combining them seamlessly, and diving deeper into the artistry of bellydancing. You might start performing in more public settings and participating in workshops to enhance your skills. Professional Level (5+ years): Achieving a professional level typically requires years of consistent training, performance experience, and continuous growth. Professionals often have a deep understanding of music, rhythm, cultural context, and advanced choreography. They may also teach or mentor others in bellydancing. Remember that everyone's journey is unique, and these timeframes are approximate. Regular practice, dedicated training, guidance from experienced mentors, and continuous learning are essential components in becoming a professional bellydancer.
  • Do I need any previous experience in dancing?
    No previous experience in dancing is required to start learning. Bellydancing is a dance form that can be enjoyed and learned by individuals with varying levels of dance experience. Whether you're a complete beginner or have some prior dance background, you can start learning bellydancing and gradually build your skills over time. Bellydancing often focuses on fluid movements, isolations, and body control, you might find that some aspects of body awareness and movement control come more naturally to you. What matters most is your enthusiasm, willingness to learn, and consistent practice.
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