Where are you located?
We are just one block off of I-275 and the 54th Ave N Exit. Head East... we're in between Cracker Barrel and the elementary school, across from the graveyard. Our building is a yellow two-story on the corner of 54th Ave N and Urbane St N. If you pass the high school, you've gone too far.
Where do I park?
We have parking around the building; however if our lot is full, please do not park in front of the railing at the main entrance, or in down our residential street. We have nearly UNLIMITED parking at the school next door! You may have to enter through the exit driveway next to our fence if the main school gate is locked.
What do I wear to class?
Wear something you feel comfortable to move in, and something that makes you feel good about your body!
For Belly Dance: Yoga pants and a tank top are common; you can show your belly if you want but you don’t have to! You definitely need something around your hips; coins or fringe, it is a great help for you to both see and feel (and if you have coins, hear!) your moves, and will aid in your learning process. You can dress up more if you like, however it’s important for the instructor to be able to see your feet, knee, and body positions, so something form-fitting but not constrictive is perfect.
For Nia: loose pants and a flowy shirt are fine, but nothing that restricts your movement.
What is Nia?
Nia is a mindful, movement arts workout combining the joy of dance, the power and precision of the martial arts and the mind-body awareness of the healing arts. All movements are adaptable to a variety of fitness levels. It can even be practiced in a chair! Nia is a workout, movement practice and lifestyle and has been reshaping bodies and minds around the world since 1983.
I've never taken belly dance (or dance) before, is it hard to learn?
Many people who come to class have never before tried belly dancing, and you don't need any previous experience in dance to learn. In our classes you’ll learn to get familiar with your body, and your coordination and confidence will improve the more you practice. As with any discipline, the more you practice, the better you will be. But, anyone can start enjoying belly dancing and gaining the benefits, even from the first class!
Do we dance barefoot?
Yes. You can wear something like our LeoToes to protect your feet and for easier turning; or if you need supportive footwear that’s okay too. Sometimes the Burlesque class wears heels... We just ask to keep the ‘street shoes’ out in our lobby so we don’t track dirt in.
Policies & Procedures:
- Well-behaved children are welcome to wait in the Lobby, but we are not a child-sitting service and do not guarantee their supervision
- If you need to leave a class early, if possible let the instructor know ahead of time
- Avoid coming late to a class at all costs. Our classes are crafted to create an entire experience from beginning to end, and you will do yourself and your body the best service by committing to the experience. Many classes move quickly, and by coming in late you will have missed key elements to the rest of the class, and will often feel lost and frustrated, creating a negative experience for yourself and other students. Let's avoid this... be EARLY! ...of course sometimes this cannot be avoided, and we understand, so please warm up on your own and enter as discreetly as possible.
- No street shoes in the Studio: Please leave your shoes outside the studio in our lobby on the shelves provided. However, dance shoes, dance sneakers, LeoToes to protect the balls of your feet, or other supportive footwear are allowed.
- Turn off your cell phone.
- No chewing gum in class (it's a health hazard!)
- No long skirts (unless specified otherwise.)
- No videotaping.
- No talking while the instructor is talking.
- Be conscious of the space around you and place yourself accordingly.
- Pay attention when someone asks a question (you may need to hear the answer too!)
- Do not correct your fellow students (that's the teacher's job, and this is your time to focus on yourself.)
- Only positive comments about yourself and your fellow students.
- Between classes/in the Lobby: speak in quiet tones as there may be a class still going on.
Remember, this is a safe, supportive environment here to nurture everyone's creative growth. Be kind to everyone... especially to yourself!
Try everything! You can do it!