"What if I miss a class while enrolled in a session?"
(applicable classes: Bellydance, ITS, & Percussion)
Enrolled students may arrange to make-up absences by taking another class within the same session as the absences. Please notify your teacher in advance, via email, to let them know 1) the date of the missed class & 2) the date and class title of your desired make-up class. Because all classes build over the course of the session, we encourage students to limit their absences as much as possible. When a foreseen absence is unavoidable, please let us know ASAP so we can notify the relevant teachers. Thank you.
Dress Code & Props
"What should I wear to class? Should I bring anything special?"
Bellydance & ITS:
Wear tighter-fitting, comfortable clothing so the teacher can observe your movement. We enjoy wearing a sash or belt around our hips for added weight and to highlight hip movements. You can purchase a hip-scarf at the studio, wear any old piece of material around your hips, or even a regular trousers belt! It is helpful to show your belly in order to practice many of the core movements but a tight shirt will work just fine if you are not comfortable dancing in your sports bra. We like to dance barefoot but dance shoes are allowed if you prefer. We suggest bringing socks in case we practice spinning and you don't have callouses on the balls of your feet yet.
Please bring: finger cymbals (to Bellydance Stage 2 & 3 class)
You might also want: socks, hip sash, note-taking materials, water bottle
Comfortable clothing & sneakers.
Please bring: water bottle
Please bring a percussion instrument (doumbek, frame drum, riq, finger cymbals, djembe). We do have some extra instruments, so if you don't have an instrument yet, you can borrow one of our's.
You might also want: note-taking materials, water bottle
Progress & Performance
"How long does it take to become amazing at bellydance once I start?"
The real answer is 10 years, but no one wants to hear that and you CAN BE GREAT in one year, with dedicated practice.
Bellydance Stage 1 can be completed in a single 8-week session, though we typically recommend 2 sessions or 2 classes per week. We recommend sticking with Stage 1 until you have learned and retained the technique, instrumentation, rhythms, and history lessons.
Bellydance Stage 2 Technique & Stage 2 Combos can be completed in a single 8-week session, if enrolled concurrently, or in 2 sessions if enrolled sequentially. We recommend sticking with Stage 2 until you have mastered the technique, finger cymbals, combos, & "Love" choreography.
Bellydance Stage 3 Technique & Stage 3 Combos can be completed in a single 8-week session, if enrolled concurrently, or in 2 sessions if enrolled sequentially. We recommend sticking with Stage 3 until you have mastered the technique, finger cymbals, combos, & "Delight" choreography.
One reason we love ITS (Improvisational Tribal Style) so much is the focus and precision it requires! There is no better exercise than ITS in order to learn to train your body and mind toward becoming an amazing dancer in any style. We can't recommend this class enough.
Enrolling or dropping in to our Bellydance Conditioning class is a great way to amp up your practice each week!
Here are some tips:
Practice at home between classes
Come to class fed, awake, and emotionally present
Take notes and video
Practice things slowly before speeding them up
Remember your breath and body posture as you learn each new lesson
Only practice the number of layers you can do correctly
Leave your ego at the door!
"When do I start performing?"
Studio performance opportunities are available to students in intermediate-level classes (Stage 2-3 & ITS 2-4).
Did you know that Rose Movement Studio has two bellydance companies? Our professional dance company is internally called Perennial and our apprentice troupe is internally called Wild Vine. (You may not know that because when we perform in the world we usually just call ourselves Rose Movement Studio). Membership in these companies is totally attainable. This is not a hand-picked exclusive group, this is a group of dancers who all worked hard to complete ITS 2 and Bellydance Stage 2 material with good attendance, team spirit, and reliability. Once dancers have completed level 2 material, they are eligible to join Wild Vine. The choreographies taught in Stage 2 & Stage 3 (Love and Delight) are the repertoire choreographies for the dance companies and percussion ensemble. We use ITS a lot in our performances, as well. These are the reasons why dancers must demonstrate proficiency in ITS 2 and Bellydance Stage 2 material before joining Wild Vine. No one has ever made themselves eligible and not received an invitation to join. If you want to join a dance company, you know what to do. (Members of Perennial have served as members of Wild Vine for at least one year before they were accepted into Perennial). It may seem like a hierarchy from the outside, but it is highly inclusive, totally merit based, and an option for anyone who works for it.
I usually send invitations in Fall & Winter for membership in the following year. (Company contracts are one-year contracts, not lifetime contracts). Please don’t hesitate to ask me questions or let me know that this is your goal, so that I can help you work toward it.