Have you always dreamed of learning the beautiful art of belly dance but don’t know where to begin?
Are you tired of sorting through random videos on YouTube from dancers who may or may not know what they are doing?
Are you ready to create a solid foundation of the most quintessential movements while at the same time gaining grace, confidence and a re-energized connection with your body?
Whether you are brand new to the dance or a dance veteran wanting to hone the ever-important basics, this course is for you!
Welcome to the Beginner Technique Toolkit – an 8-week course that will teach you the basic isolations and many of the most important movements used in Middle Eastern Dance.
This course is designed for people with little to no dance experience, so you can be confident to get all the explanation and breakdown you need to succeed.
"This is just what I needed - Attention to detail with graceful instruction. I need to improve my foundation to continue dancing as I'm getting a little older. Yesterday I practiced hip slides twice and of course while doing dishes. This morning, chest slides and the day is young. I'm really enjoying the videos! Thanks for the boost in enthusiasm!"
- Dey Lynn
Each week we will walk through 3-4 foundation movements of the dance in great detail, drill them for strength and muscle memory and then dance them with music.
Watch as you build your strength, grace and confidence week by week. Once you’ve completed all seven weeks you will have more than enough movements to put together a great combination you can dance to just about any music you like to groove to.
I’d love to share this dance with you and invite you to join me on the dance floor. I keep class accessible and fun…and sometimes just a little bit ridiculous. (I believe that we all learn faster when we are smiling.)
Ready to become a belly dancer? Start here!
Sahira is a lifelong performer and has studied music, drama and dance since the age of two. She has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to the art of belly dance and her favorite thing in the world is to share the dance with others. She has trained in both Egyptian and Tribal style belly dance as well as Modern and West African and loves to incorporate all of these influences in her art. Sahira is a lifelong musician and head over heels crazy about the zills. She is known for her warm and inviting energy and her tendency towards the ridiculous.
In 2005, Sahira released her first instructional DVD, ”Arabian Spices“ and has since then been invited to teach and perform across the USA as well as Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Canada, and Taiwan. In 2006 she had the honor of being the first tribal instructor ever invited to teach at the largest belly dance festival in the world: Ahlan We Sahlan, in Cairo, Egypt. In 2007 Sahira released two more instructional DVDs: ”Ali“ and ”Bella Donna Ya Helwa.” In 2011 she teamed up with Silvia Salamanca to release the DVD “Spanish Gypsy Passion“ and “Folkloric Combinations” was released in the Summer of 2013.
When in Houston, Sahira directs BellaDonna Dance Company, voted Houston ’s Best Belly Dancers by the Houston Press. She is also founder and director of Houston’s premiere Tribal Style troupe, Urban Hips.
“I love belly dancing! Seriously… I did not ever set out to be a professional belly dancer, but since dedicating the last 20 years of my life to it, I cannot imagine doing anything else. I was an engineer by training before starting my first belly dance class – which just goes to show that anyone can learn this beautiful dance!
What I love best about teaching – and I’ve had the opportunity to work with students all over the world – is watching a student grow into their dance – from that first “ah-ha” moment, to seeing them dance with a confidence that they never thought they had. This dance is so wonderfully empowering and can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life. I’ve gained balance, confidence, poise, and come to appreciate my body and who I am… and you can too!
People have described my classes as “clear and easy to follow”, “approachable”, “a fabulous workout”. My science background comes out in my attention to detail and the way I break the movements down into their smallest component parts.
I look forward to helping others all over the world to learn and love this dance that means so much to me.
See you on the dance floor!”