Shimmy and undulate your way through the basics of this gorgeous Middle Eastern art with award winning dancer Helena. Get dancing fast and boost your fitness and posture in a fun, friendly course. No experience needed, two left feet warmly welcomed! Shimmy belts available to borrow.

Next Dates:

  • Spring Term: 8th April – 10th June 2024 (8 weeks)
  • Taster Session: 17th June 2024
  • Taster Session: 24th June 2024
  • Summer Term: 1st July – 19th August (8 weeks)
  • Taster Session: 2nd September 2024
  • Taster Session: 9th September 2024
  • Autumn Term: 30th September – 18th November 2024 (8 weeks)

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Additional Info Dates: Mondays Age Group: Adults (min. 16 yrs) Level: Beginner What to bring: Coined hip scarves provided so you can really get into it! Socks or suitable dance shoes (Ballet shoes). Wear comfortable clothing that we can move around in easily like leggings and a vest top or t-shirt. No need to show your belly!! Some light warm layers can be a good idea to wear during warm up/cool down. Do I need to book? Yes
Tutor Bio Award-winning Oriental dance artist Helena is known for her vivacious elegance, infectious enthusiasm....and earthshaking shimmies! Specialising in both authentic Egyptian Oriental dance and its glamorous westernised cousin, belly dance, Helena has more than ten years experience under her shimmy belt. Her expressive style makes her especially popular with Arab audiences, who delight in finding a Western dancer with such a genuine connection to the soul of their dance. An ever-popular instructor, Helena's enthusiasm and joy in dance are equally apparent in the classroom. Don't be fooled - her humorous, easy-going style belies the serious amount of technique and detail she packs in. In addition to her solo work Helena is director and choreographer of Orientale Dance Company and is also a qualified yoga instructor. Helena has collaborated with Dance Studio Leeds since its inception, offering courses in Beginner Belly Dance, workshops, one to ones and hen party tasters.