Belly Dance Lessons

Regular Belly Dance classes & workshops in Sheffield, UK.


Weekly classes;

Class location; The Kettle Club Gym
90 Harwood Street, S2 4SE Sheffield

Every Monday 7.00PM – 8.00PM  Integrated dance class.
(Mixed level belly dance fusion; beginners welcome)

Every Friday* 6.45PM – 8.15PM  Mixed Level Choreography class for Belly dance  *until March 22nd.

(put the moves you learnt in the technique class to good use!  this is still a beginners class, but it would really help if you have taken the first 8 weeks of the beginners classes at least once before joining this class, as we will be looking at choreography and stage presence and not breaking down the moves)

Pricing options;

£6.50 per class =  drop in when you like. 

£5.50 per class = Buy 10 classes upfront and then use your ‘Class Card’ (£55) to drop in when you like, whilst still getting a discount! Great for those who want to commit to classes but still have flexibility and a discount

There are many different styles of belly dance. This class will fuse together concepts from oriental style belly dance, tribal style belly dance, hip hop, body popping and waving, some influences also come from vogue arm patterns and flamenco posturing and movement. We take our favourite parts from all these styles and blend it into something incredibly beautiful, sometimes powerful, often fierce.

We will begin each class on a yoga / Pilates mat and do some awesome conditioning warm up exercises.
These will tone your muscles, give you a great little workout, warm up your abdominal muscles for class and help to protect your body in the long term to prevent any dance related injuries. (these are also excellent for any low back pain!)
After our short cross training section, we begin dance technique drills to learn how to perform the moves. We’ll have a shimmy drill (which is always fun!) and then each week we use the moves we learnt in the drill section to put these to use in a little combo of moves which we’ll breakdown and then practice a few times over so you can take it away and put it in your dance pocket to add to your own dance choreography one day.
We end each class with a short relaxing yoga inspired cool down.
Each class integrates Pilates, dance and yoga so you can feel like you’re getting a full body workout in a controlled gentle way. Its always up to you how hard you push yourself in the exercises, I want everyone to feel welcome and happy.
The moves and focus and combos change each week so if you miss a week or just want to drop in when you can, you won’t be left behind.

Monthly workshops;

Monthly 2 hour workshops in Tribal fusion technique
4PM – 6.00PM
Intermediate / improvers Belly dance workshop. 

Investment; £15 for 2 hours
Dates;  More dates TBC…

Dancers who have at least a little experience in belly dance can feel free to join in as well as those who attend my beginners class and feel like they’d like to take their dance technique up a level.
If you know and practice one dance style – say, oriental belly dance or flamenco or hip hop, etc and you feel like you can at least move your body to a beat; if you’re enthusiastic and learn fast – come have fun with us!

Basic beginners belly dance moves will be drilled at the beginning as a warm up but we wont spend time breaking these moves down (that’s what beginners classes are for). Instead we will be working on piecing moves together to create more complicated layers (don’t worry – these will be explained fully!) and then we’ll create some cool combos to drill together so you can take these new moves into your dances.

Class location; The Kettle Club Gym
90 Harwood Street, S2 4SE Sheffield

About your Teacher; 

Ferret started Belly Dance in 2009 and has studied oriental style, Classic FCBD® ATS® Tribal style, Tribal fusion style belly dance and taken several workshops a year in different dance style to learn how to fuse these with belly dance. Too many teachers to name, Ferret’s main influences are Alexis Southall (UK) and Ashley Lopez (USA) and Philippa Moirai (UK)

Ferret is a fully certified FCBD® ATS® Sister Studio teacher, a YMCAFit Level3 Diploma Yoga Instructor, a crazy zill lover (finger cymbals FTW!) and a certified Integrated Dance Instructor with Ashley Lopez. Ferret never stops learning, cross-training and seeking out new teachers (and she doesn’t think you should either) 

FAQ

Q: What should I wear to class?

Wear clothes you can move in comfortably. We usually dance bare foot but some people do like to wear dance shoes (really not necessary, the floor is a good dance floor and it really helps to feeeel the floor with your feet).  Often, I just wear leggings and a comfy top. Think what you’d wear to a yoga class. 
Note; you are not required to own any special costume to come to class and I don’t usually like the classic “shimmy belts” (coin belts) of some oriental style belly dance classes, I just tie a nice scarf / shawl around my waist when I dance but this isn’t necessary. 

Q: What should I bring?

You could bring your own yoga mat for the conditioning section (though there are a few limited spares available at the studio to use) and your favourite water bottle to stay hydrated. If you bring the right change to class I’ll be wicked grateful and if you can bring a smile too and some enthusiasm then I’ll absolutely adore you! 

Q: What footwear should I wear?

Again – whatever you feel comfortable dancing in, although personally I prefer either barefoot dancing, or using ‘tribal socks’ (basically cutting the toes and sometimes the heels too out of a pair of socks so that you can use the ball of your foot to stop yourself when spinning. I wouldn’t recommend using full socks as these can cause you to slip and fall. You may wear these at your own risk if you’d prefer however.

Some dancers like to wear dance shoes for bellydance and I sometimes do if i am performing on grass / a nightclub floor / a surface i’m unfamiliar with.

Q: Do I have to show my belly?

Not if you do not wish to. I will often wear something that shows my belly as I will need to demonstrate the muscles I am using to power the movements. However you shouldn’t ever feel like you have to. When I was learning I used to wear a cropped top showing my midrift because i felt like it helped me to isolate my hips from my torso. Most of the people I danced with however, would stick to a normal vest top.

Again; I want you to feel comfortable and have fun in my class so please wear whatever makes you feel good.

Q: Does it matter that I have never done any dancing before?

Not at all! I will look after you! Everyone has to learn somewhere and I remember when I started out it took me 6 months just to feel comfortable doing the basic moves…. but I had a really good teacher who was very patient and I will always try to find new ways of explaining something so that you feel you “get it”. I have trained in various styles so have had different teachers explain things to me in different ways, so I can usually find a way of explaining that a student will understand.  

Q: What happens if I get tired / don’t feel up to it?

Sometimes life / stress / illness can get in the way and often coming to a class can be a welcome break from this. However, if in the middle of one of my classes you feel you cannot carry on, don’t feel bad about sitting out for a moment or perhaps for the rest of the class. Sometimes the drills can be energetic and tiresome if you’re just starting out.  Always bring a paper and pen so you can take notes as you’d be surprised how much you can learn from watching. In fact, some people learn better this way, so if you ever want to stop and take notes on a move we’re learning or a drill sequence you’d like to take home – please feel free to do so.

Q:What is a hafla?

“Hafla” pronounced from the Arabic “Khafla” (soft “a” in the word) is a “get-together” ,party,ceremony for a family gathering,clan,religious ceremony which may have an intimate number of friends or many people invited. For instance an Arab Muslim man can do the Commandment of circumscision for his son in a small group, or honour it with a “hafla” (Khaflah).
It is an Arabic word, though the majority of Arabs are Muslims and some Christians, at a Muslim Khaflah you would not find alcoholic drinks. There might be similar smokeable items which are on hand. There might be Belly-Dancing for entertainment, much food for sure,music,dancing , hookah smoking (nargila-waterpipe).
– Thank you Urban Dictionary!
 
For belly dancers a Hafla is usually an end of term party, a chance to get together and celebrate what you have learned with your teacher and a chance to see local and sometimes non-local dancers perform. A good hafla will have a shared buffet so that people can bring and share food, and a ‘free dance’ section at the end for people to get up and party together after watching the performances. 
I will be holding at least 1 Hafla a year to give my students a chance to show off their new moves!
 
Got a question? Email me at; quirkyferret@gmail.com

2 thoughts on “Belly Dance Lessons

  1. Hello,
    I hope you are well 🙂

    I’m interested in attending your dance workshops. Do I need to book a ticket in advance, or should I just pay on the day of the event please ?

    Thank you,
    Veronika

    1. Why hello there! apologies for the late reply – honestly I get sososo much spam on wordpress that i rarely see real comments here. in future; email quirkyferret@gmail.com and you’ll get a reply right away.

      it is definitely best to book in advance so that i save you a space and i know you’re coming.
      send me an email to quirkyferret@gmail.com and i’ll reply with all the details xx

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