When does the next block start?

Dates are detailed on this page but please read below

When’s the best time to start?

Don’t wait! Come along anytime. The syllabus is designed as a rolling programme, so you can start anytime. Anything you miss one term you cover in the next term

What should I wear?

You don't need to buy anything special to start dancing. Wear something lightweight, loose and comfortable. Clothes you can layer are good. You can adjust them according to how warm/cool you feel. This could be a full skirt or yoga type trousers with a t-shirt, cropped top or leotard. Jeans are not suitable. A scarf tied at the hips will help to accentuate movement.

We usually dance in bare feet, but if you prefer you could wear soft-soled shoes, e.g. ballet/jazz shoes or the elastic stretch type.

There's no need to show your tummy if you don't want to. If you're wearing a skirt you might like to bring some jogging bottoms to change into for the cool-down and stretch.

Do I need to bring anything else?

You might want to bring a towel or yoga mat for floor work. Also bring a bottle of water and stop for a drink whenever you need to. A small notebook might be useful for writing down moves or notes on music.

I haven’t done thing like this before. Will I feel out of my depth?

The classes are mixed ability and mixed experience level. You’ll learn at your own pace. Dancers are friendly and welcoming & you’ll feel at ease.

How long does it take to learn?

The more you learn the more you’ll want to learn. Belly dance takes time and practice. Everybody learns at their own speed and it depends on how many lessons you take, how much you practice, etc. Be kind to yourself. Don’t be too impatient and enjoy the learning.

Will belly dance make me lose weight?

Belly dance is a wonderful exercise for the whole body. It’s great for balance and co-ordination and especially good for toning. As a beginner you probably won’t be “working out” like you would in an aerobics class (More advanced dancers may do) but you’ll be amazed at the changes you can achieve, through improved posture, core strength and muscle tone. Belly dance is a great activity to incorporate weight loss or lifestyle programme.

I too old to belly dance? I’m skinny - will I have a big enough belly? I’m too fat to do belly dance - should I wait until I have lost weight?

I hear these questions a lot. Belly dance is suitable for old and young alike. We have mums and daughters who share this great hobby. You don’t need to be any size or shape in particular. Belly dance is a celebration of our bodies, whatever shape or size.

Can I find out more?

Sara Shrapnell, teaching in the Basingstoke area, has written an excellent article entitled Your First Class. Rather than re-invent the wheel, here's a link to it www.letsbellydance.co.uk