About Us

Dance & Movement for Every Body

Are You Looking For Inspiration And Motivation? A Way To Make Your Life More Fulfilling, With People Who Share Your Desire For Health And Happiness?

Join us and check out our fresh approach to a more fulfilling life through dance, fitness, and self-expression!

Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio is a movement, a community, a collaboration - dancers, musicians, artists, yogis, students, professionals, and supporters, of all ages, shapes and sizes... all united around a commitment to community, wellness, and art.

It's never too late to start movement as joy... What are you waiting for?

Join us!

Our Mission:

To Nurture A Joyful, Creative Community, Welcoming Every Body, inspiring Exploration & Self-Development Through Movement Arts.

By graceful alignment of mind, body, and heart, we cultivate friendliness, compassion, inspiration, and equanimity. We promise a creative experience for every spirit. Our classes, performances, and events, invite well-being, cultivate self-expression, and encourage personal fulfillment. Come deepen your connection to bliss, release stress, and connect with others who value these same principles!

Welcome to the family

Hip Expressions was founded in 2004 by Johanna ‘Xenobia’ and Karen Sun Ray, as a belly dance collective, dedicated to creating and sustaining a community of dancers. This started with weekly dance classes, and monthly showcases 'haflas', as a place for dancers to share their art and their passion.

In 2008 we opened our first studio on 62nd Ave. N, consolidating from classes taught in St Pete, Seminole, Tampa, and at USF, and adding regular Polynesian, Jazz, and Burlesque classes.

In 2011, Johanna took the helm as Director, as the Studio expanded into our new Center on 54th Ave nearly four times the size. Now we could serve even a wider variety of movement forms including being an expanding center for Nia in Tampa Bay!

We welcome you as a participant in the evolution of our amazing community!

Stop by & Chat

  • Monday: 5:30pm8:30pm
  • Tuesday: 5:30pm8:30pm
  • Wednesday: 5:30pm8:30pm
  • Thursday: 5:30pm8:30pm
  • Friday: 11:30am1:30pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am12pm
  • Sunday: 12pm3:30pm

...or more times for special classes, events. 3rd Friday - 1001 Nights Show doors open at 7pm. 4th Fridays - Swing Dance 8pm - Midnight


We have *unlimited* parking! If our lot is full, park at the school next door.

Please do not park in front of the handicapped railing, down the neighborhood street, or at the brick building next door. At the school, you may have to enter through the 'out' driveway right next to our fence. Or, enter at the light and come through their lot.

2033 54th Ave N, Suite B
Saint Petersburg, FL 33714

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Need a place to stay?

There are two hotels just one block from the Studio, next to Cracker Barrel & 275:

  • Holiday Inn Express, 2171 54th Ave. N, St Pete, 33714, 727.520.7800
  • (same side of our street)
  • Comfort Inn North, 2260 54th Ave. N, St Pete, 33714, 727.362.0075
  • (opposite side)

We are 5 minutes from downtown St Pete, and 20 min from the Gulf Beaches, both places have great hotels if you want a treat!

Sometimes the Studio is open for overnight guests (we have a shower too) please ask!

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Studio Rental

The Studio is available for rent; beautiful hard wood floors, natural light, unlimited parking, convenient location, and three different spaces to choose from (small, medium, and large!). Perfect for rehearsals, private lessons, meetings, and more.

From lectures, classes, private lessons, workshops, and programs to birthday parties and even performances, our Studio is an inviting welcoming space for all. We are proud that our facility is clean, inspirational, motivational, and comfortable! You'll feel right at home in our 2nd-floor Oasis!

Please call 727.251.5241 for an appointment to see the spaces available. Studio A ~ 35x27=1215 sq ft, Studio B ~ 31x22=682 sq ft, Studio C ~ 27x13=351 sq ft. Plus Lounge Area & Spa Treatment Room.

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