Intro to Belly Dance

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Event Category

Fitness & Wellness

Event Overview

Oriental Dance, Raqs Sharqi, or Belly Dancing is one of the oldest and most powerful forms of dance from a rich cultural background. The natural movements of bellydance can be enjoyed by all people, regardless of age or size. Previous dance experience is NOT necessary. Come dance with Phaedra and feel great about your body and enjoy this workout while learning something new!

  • ABOUT THE CLASS: This 1 hr class will cover some of the fundamental moves of Middle Eastern belly dance such as hip lifts, hip drops, posture, and shimmy. Coin skirts will be provided for use in the class.

  • WHAT TO WEAR: Wear comfortable clothing to move in. Street shoes are not allowed on the dance floor. Participants have the option of bare feet or dance shoes for class. 

  • WHAT TO BRING: Vaccination cards will be checked at the door, and masks are to be worn at all times. 

*Bellydance with Phaedra is offered every week both online and in-person. See for details.* 

What to Bring

Stretchy workout clothing which hugs the body is preferred. No need to show your belly! Bare feet or dance shoes are acceptable. Vaccination cards will be checked at the door, and participants are required to wear masks the entire time.

Minimum age

All ages welcome

What's Provided

Instructor will provide coin skirts for use during class.

What You Can Expect From This Experience
  • Dance
  • Belly Dancing
  • fun
  • Confidence
Cancellation Policy

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Coming from a background in instrumental and vocal music and musical theatre, Phaedra was mesmerized by Arabic dance and music after studying different types of dance from around the world. She feels that these art forms are beautiful ways to share the culture of her heritage. Phaedra has been performing and teaching workshops and classes in Chicago and throughout the US for the past 14 years, as well as producing and taking part in cultural events, community fundraisers, and dance festivals as both a musician and dancer. Through active engagement, maintaining a high standard of execution, and participation in quality programming, Phaedra hopes to spread enthusiasm and respect for Middle Eastern dance as more and more people get acquainted with its health benefits and enchanted by its beauty. With its lively music and rich historic tradition, oriental dance, or raqs sharqi, brings with it more than just dance moves. By examining the music, regions, and cultural aspects behind the movement in her classes and performing Arabic dance at a professional level both inside and outside of its traditional environment, Phaedra seeks to fulfill her mission as an artist: to increase cultural awareness, appreciation, and understanding by sharing the dances of her heritage with as large a population as possible.