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Class descriptions

Level 1 : Beginner Bellydance

This course is designed for students new to belly dance or seeking a belly dance refresher, no dance experience necessary.  In this class, students learn good dance posture, basic body isolations, undulations, shimmies, graceful arm movements, bellydance moves and traveling steps.  Get ready to get in touch with your body in a new way using and discovering muscles that may have never been used before. A fun choreography will be taught in this class. The use of the veil is introduced at this level.

Level 2 : Advanced Beginner through intermediate Bellydance (Permission required)

Students will work on more challenging body isolations, shimmy layering, improvisation skills explores more complicated basic bellydance movements and refines, combines and layers the fundamentals from the previous level with shimmies and footwork.  Egyptian folkloric techniques and basic Arabic rhythms are introduced along with the use of finger cymbals (zills) and cane.  Veil continues to be taught.  

What to wear to class

Wear clothing appropriate for dance class, such as dance pants, jogging pants, leotards and tights with sports bras, tank tops and t-shirts. Bring your own hip scarves, I have a few that you can borrow, but there might not be enough. You can get them inexpensively on ebay or Amazon:

You’ll need to bring your own finger cymbals and cane.

Do I need dance shoes?

Bare feet, ballet slippers will work too. 

Do I need any supplies?

You’ll need veils, which we can provide. You might also bring a yoga mat for the warm-up and a water bottle.



Saeda started her dance journey in 2008 when she first came in contact with this beautiful dance form, bellydance (or raks sharki in Arabic). She soon fell in love with it has been committed ever since. 

Saeda has studied with many famous bellydancers throughout New England and worldwide. She has trained primarily in Egyptian style but has studied Grego and Turkish styles as well.

Saeda is currently training Kalashetra style Bharatanatyam and has participated in Bollywood and Bhangra troupes as well. 

About raks sharqi : Rak sharki is the classical Egyptian style of belly dance that developed during the first half of the 20th century. Based on the traditional ghawazi and other folk styles and formed by western influences such as marching bands, the Russian balletLatin dance, etc., this hybrid style was performed in the cabarets of interbellum period Egypt and in early Egyptian cinema.

The style is often considered the classical style of belly dance, although that term historically referred to the ghawazi style, and today covers a much wider range of Middle Eastern dance as well as Western styles developed from them.

Payment and Missed Class Policy:

Training requires consistency in order to achieve the most benefit. However, we understand that students may occasionally need to miss a class. Use the following guidelines to ensure that you get the most out of your classes at The Academy of Creative Arts. 

  1. Your fees are due on or before the first class in a month

  2. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card

  3. If you pay for several months in advance and cannot complete all months, we will refund months not used when notice is received before the beginning of the month

  4. If you or your child plan to miss a class - 48 hour advance notice is required - so another student can be accommodated - if the student does not provide 48 hour notice, student can coordinate the make-up class with the instructor.

  5. Your monthly fee pays for your space in class for the month. It is your responsibility to make up classes if you or your child miss the class.

  6. One makeup class will be offered each month. During any month that you are enrolled, you may make up a class by attending any other appropriate session (please coordinate with the instructor for scheduling the make up class). Make up classes should be completed within 60 days of missing the class. Fees for missed classes are not refundable.

  7. If you are having trouble scheduling a make up class, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you

  8. Class timings and schedule are subject to change

We wish you a wonderful learning experience - these policies are required so that we can be respectful of the instructors time and commitment.