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Bellydance BaseFusion™

Bellydance BaseFusion™

Start yourself off strong in Bellydance BaseFusion™.

Yes, you CAN bellydance, and this class is designed to show you how. Zero experience required, you can wear whatever is comfortable, and the pace is just right for learning new things. We focus on individual moves in this class (we leave the layering for Bellydance TechFusion™!) and play with simple traveling patterns so you can gain mastery of the basics.

ALL dancers, regardless of how long you’ve been bellydancing, are encouraged to spend time in Bellydance BaseFusion™. It is a great foundation for CardioBelly™, Bellydance FlairFusion™, and Bellydance TechFusion™, as well as being a place where dancers with more experience can focus back in on the key elements to keep their technique solid.

We dance barefoot in this class. You can bring your own hip scarf/coin belt or borrow one of ours. You are welcome to show your belly or keep it covered – whatever feels right for you on any given day. This class is open to women of all ages and girls 12 and up can come on their own (girls under 12 are welcome to attend with a parent/guardian participating in the class alongside them).

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Strengthen your bellydance skills AND your muscles in this all-levels bellydance class. We’ll split our time between muscle groups to be sure to provide a balanced workout, both in terms of the conditioning and the dancing.

Each class will incorporate yoga, studies, and mat work in addition to dance drills. You are welcome to bring your own mat or borrow one of ours.

Dig deeper into your bellydance practice in Bellydance TechFusion™.

Master techniques, explore props, and focus on developing in-class proficiency and your personal dance practice. Each class will include drills, skill development, and improv in addition to the focus of the week. Dancers should bring their zills to each class.

This is our intermediate/advanced class and is geared towards dancers with the basics fully under their coin-belts. Beginning Bellydance (workshop), Bellydance BaseFusion™ (class), Bellydance FlairFusion™ (workshop) and CardioBelly™ (class) are recommended prerequisites for Bellydance TechFusion™.

Taking your basic bellydance knowledge (gained in Bellydance BaseFusion™, for example) and apply it to a piece of choreography - that's what Bellydance FlairFusion™ is all about! Open to dancers of all levels. This is a workshop - attendance at all sessions is included in your registration. This is free to all Full & Half Circle members.

Shimmy up a storm! Using bellydance moves and combinations we’ll work up a “glisten” in this fun-for-all-levels bellydance class.

No experience necessary just bring a beginner’s mind and a go-with-the-flow attitude! Get out of your head and into your body in this fun and easy to follow class.

Basic Bellydance moves are used in the combos so this is a great opportunity for all dancers to drill and boost core skills.

Since fun is the focus you’re welcome to wear leggings/yoga pants or a skirt and whatever you’d like on top. Coin belts and hip scarves are welcome, we also have plenty to share! Bare feet are recommended, but you can wear ballet slippers or a similar foot-cover if you’re more comfortable. Also, be sure to wear a smile or we’ll help you find one while you’re here!

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Learn, drill, and explore Datura Style group improv in our eight-week Datura Style Bellydance workshop. These are best suited to dancers with 1 year of ellydance class experience or those who are on the 8 Elements intensive path. With a focus on fun and building community, classes will consist of a breakdown of the vocabulary in focus, time for drilling, and time for playing with leading and following in Datura Style.
This is a great way to start creating an active lifestyle for your family, and is fun to boot! You and your toddler will have the opportunity to explore the movements inherent to dance, creating muscle tone and awareness. Your toddler will have the freedom to follow the ebb and flow of their interest. Suggestions for toddler-friendly props (things you're likely to have on hand at home) will be introduced throughout the series. There is no maximum age for the adult, but the tot should be between 1—3 (big siblings are welcome to join in)!

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Share bellydance with your daughter(s)! Bellydance is a wonderful art form to share with our daughters. Open to moms with daughters 4 and up, this class focuses on gaining comfort in your body and boosting self-esteem through dance. Each class will feature a warm-up, some simple drills, a dance game, small combinations, and a full cool-down/stretch. Come every week or pop in and out as your schedule permits. No experience necessary, and belly-baring is totally up to you and your daughter. 🙂 Mom registers for the class and can bring her daughters along (no extra charge for the kids). We are a trans-friendly space and welcome all who identify as women/girls to this class.

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Come together for a dance party! Open to all who identify as a woman, this unstructured dance time facilitated by Clover brings the club into your living space. Shake your groove thang to a playlist cultivated by the change instigators at Hip Circle (and feel free to suggest additional tracks) and move your body in community.

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Normally offered as a 6-week workshop, while we're all sheltering in place we are offering this as a drop-in friendly workshop. YDM will combine yoga, dance, and meditation with a focus on celebrating what every body can do. Designed for moms and their elementary school-aged kids of all genders, this workshop will start with a brief yoga sequence, fuse into transnational dance, incorporate some movement games, and finish with guided meditation, all around the theme of the week. $20 per mom (no extra cost for the kids) per session with sliding scale pricing enthusiastically available. Space is limited to 8 households, and registration closes 15 minutes before class start time.

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