Tag: <span>Learn to dance</span>

About Private Instruction

Private lessons are a wonderful, important, and effective way to hone your dancing skills. Nicola teaches private and semi-private lessons either in a studio space or your home. Share on Facebook Follow me…


About class levels

Levels are rarely consistent from teacher to teacher.  It’s in your best interest to contact any teacher prior to registering if you are coming from another instructor. Share on Facebook Follow me…


How to choose the best type of class for you

A teacher cannot be all things to all students. Nor can a single class. It is important to understand your own reasons for taking classes, in any dance form.  Here are some suggestions to help you pick.  Share on Facebook Follow me…


Q ~ I was at a workshop in Winnipeg. I saw brochures for another workshop, but I don’t know if I should go because I don’t know the dancer. . Advice?

Workshops are a lot of work (pardon the pun) to put on.  If a host is bothering to do make the effort and front all the money required to bring in a guest artist, it’s almost always worth your time.   Share on Facebook Follow me…


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…