Category: <span>FAQs</span>

Q ~ Do I have to show my navel?

No!  Not at all, not ever if you don’t want to.   Nor do you have to show your cleavage. There are no costume must-do’s for beginners. You should feel quite accepted in class in a unitard or other leotard that covers the belly. Most students wear stretchy pants and a stretchy, snug t-shirt. Most…


Q ~ Do I have to buy a costume right away?

NO! I generally recommend that students wear a shawl of some kind at the hips. It is helpful that it be a coin or bead  scarf made for bellydance, as these have movement and sound that helps focus, guide, and motivate. Share on Facebook Follow me…


Q ~ I am pregnant. I heard that bellydance will be good for me. Is this true?

NO! Not necessarily. Starting ANY new physical activity when pregnant is a potential risk. Your body undergoes immediate, important, unexpected changes while pregnant.  Your health status and the needs of your body can change quickly.   Check with your caregiver that you are in a general state of fitness.  You should ALWAYS fill out the…


Q ~ I have no rhythm. Will bellydance classes help?

The very first sound we hear is our mother’s heartbeat. Your own heart, lungs, and blood keep a steady rhythm. Your whole body is based on rhythms. You have rhythm. Share on Facebook Follow me…


Q ~ Why do I need to learn finger cymbals right away?

Not every teacher chooses to teach zills in beginner levels, but I recently became convinced by this approach by Cassandra.  The zills are a beautiful, underrated instrument, and being able to accompany yourself or other dancers is really wonderful.   They don’t have to be onerous–after all, they are members of the bell family.  …


Q – I saw a dancer once in a restaurant. I thought bellydance was cheesy and dumb. Why should I bother taking a class or going to another show?

Unfortunately, not every dancer out there is good at performing or teaching. Any one can “hang their shingle” out there. Not all dancers understand that what they do reflects upon every other dancer. Come to a class, come to a show, and allow those of us who really care about the art form to change…


Q – There are so many classes advertised. How do I know who is a good teacher?

Read some of the articles I have posted. Check out some of the links. Call or email teachers and ask them lots of questions. Understand your reasons for taking the class and be clear about that with any potential teacher. Share on Facebook Follow me…


Q – I have a beginner video. Can I take intermediate class?

No, I would not recommend it. There is no substitute for a great teacher, live and in the flesh! You need to make sure you are doing the basic movements safely and correctly Share on Facebook Follow me


Q – I am changing to a new teacher. What level should I take?

Generally, it is always a good idea to talk to the new teacher beforehand and ask. She will probably want to know who you have taken with and for how long. Share on Facebook Follow me…