Belly Dancing FAQs

Belly Dancing is a feminine art form that increases your fitness levels, tones your whole body, helps improve posture and co-ordination. Not only does belly dancing have many physical benefits but it also reduces stress, increases self-esteem and is fun! You learn to master a new skill, meet new people, feel feminine, dress-up in noisy coinbelts and shimmy till you drop.

Here are useful answers to Frequently Asked Questions:  

 

What do I wear to class?

There are no strict clothing rules but comfortable attire is recommended - clothes you can move and stretch in (i.e. no jeans). Recommended: leggings / tracksuits / long skirt with a coinbelt / hipscarf if you have one, and either a short or long top. Foot-wise, a light slipper (i.e. split sole ballet shoes) or barefoot (for Level 1 or 2 only, not higher levels) is recommended as rubber soled shoes tend to cling to the floor. Changing rooms are available at each of the classes locations.


Do I have to show my belly?

No. It is entirely up to how you feel. Even when performing, many professional dancers keep their belly covered.


How long is each class?

1 hour, unless otherwise stated.


When do the terms start?

We have four terms throughout the year: January - March; April - June; July - August; September - December. We offer a range of 5-week and 10-week courses each term (as well as a variety of one-off workshops), and we hold three end of term Belly Dance Cabaret shows a year (typically in March, June and December).


I want to try one class before I sign up to a course, is this possible?

Yes, there are ongoing weekly beginners classes where you can just drop-in. This is an ideal taster class to see if you like the style of dance and teaching method, you can then decide whether to commit to a course. Our drop-in classes run on Saturdays during term times for beginners, improvers and advanced (£13 per class). Full details of all of our drop-in classes can be found on the following link


Can I drop into any class on a 5-week or 10-week course?

We have firm rules regarding drop-in attendance on 5-week and 10-week courses to ensure that the progress of students who are enrolled on the full course is not disrupted. As a general rule we offer students the opportunity to drop into a class during weeks 1, 2 and 3 of a 10-week course, or 2 sessions of a 5-week course. We do our best to accommodate drop-in requests but please note that we are not able to guarantee that all requests will be granted. If you would like to drop into a class please email us on classes@fleurestelle.com to check if we can accommodate your request.


What will I learn on an intensive 10-week course?

You learn technique following our school's goal orientated syllabus, which includes a range of different movements and breaks down technique from the start. The syllabus you follow depends on which level you are enrolled on. Some of our courses include an optional opportunity to perform, if you are enrolled on one of these then you will also learn a short 3min choreography to a song (for which the audio CD provided free of charge). The performance opportunity is to perform this choreography in front of your friends and family at the end of term show.


What is the difference between a 5-week and 10-week Level 1/2/3/4/5 course?

Essentially the basic syllabus of techniques and movements for a 5-week and 10-week course is the same. A 10-week course will often - but not always - include a choreographed routine which you will work towards in your classes. A 5-week course can offer a good introduction to belly dancing or can be helpful for consolidating techniques you have learned in a previous 5-week or 10-week course. Please note that in order to progress to a higher level you will most often need to have completed at least 10 weeks of the previous level.


The course I want to join has already started - can I still enroll?

You are very welcome to join a course on week 1, 2, 3 (or sometimes 4) - however please note that if you join late in the term you will need to be prepared to catch up with the lessons you have missed. The cost of the course is the same (total fee), and you will be offered credits to make up missed classes, which can be taken during that term on available alternatives provided on our "make-up classes" form.


I recently found out I am pregnant, can I still attend belly dancing classes?

Many women claim belly dancing is beneficial during the latter stages of pregnancy and that it has helped them during birth. If you have previously practiced belly dancing, it is easier to continue after the initial 3 months of pregnancy. If you are new to this type of exercise and pregnant, you should consult your doctor regarding what movements you can do in class. Belly dancing should be treated like any exercise and you should always consult your doctor first before attending class. Please email us if you are pregnant and we can provide you with an information sheet.


Do I have to participate in the end of term show?

No, this is entirely optional. It is a platform for students who wish to gain performance experience, have fun and show to their friends and families what they have learned. Students who have performed in the past have claimed it was a confidence building experience but the decision is yours, if you are not ready or uncomfortable with the idea it is totally OK.


What happens if I am late to a class?

You will be allowed to join the class, but you will have missed the warm up so you should warm-up your body in the corner / corridor before following technique taught in class. This is important for injury prevention.


I am enrolled on a course, what happens if I miss a class?

You should be OK to catch up at the next session as the instructor goes over the movements again. If however you don't understand a particular move please feel free to ask her to break it down again at the next class (during class times). Practising at home will also help. Subject to availability, we may be able to let you join the class of a parallel course to make up for missed time (within the same term). This must be organised with our admin team and confirmed by email classes@fleurestelle.com. Please note classes cannot be transferred to another term nor refunded if missed.


Do you provide a list of the music that is used in the classes?

The music that our instructors use varies from week to week so it is not possible for us to provide a full list of the tracks that will be played. However if you would like to know the name and artist of a particular track please ask your instructor while the song is playing so that she can make a note of it for you after the class. For a general list of recommended music for belly dancing please email classes@fleurestelle.com


Do you offer classes for children?

We currently do not run classes specifically for children, however we can offer private lessons for children aged 4 years - 12 years. For young people who are aged 13, 14 or 15 you would need to check with the class venue directly to find out their regulations regarding the minimum age of attendees. If the venue is happy to allow under-18's to attend then we would be happy for them to join a class. However please note that we are unable to accept responsibility for injury or accidents either during the class or while the student is traveling to or from the class. An adult will be required to sign a disclaimer upon the admission of an under-18 year old.


Do you offer private tuition?

Yes - we have several instructors within the Company who are available for private tuition. Please click here for more information and prices.


I am having a birthday / hen party / special occasion and would like my audience to be taught some moves as part of the event on the night?

We hire out instructors of our school to teach privately at your event for your group of guests. The usual duration is a 1 hour (or 1 hour 30 mins) class and the instructor provides coinbelts for members to wear during the class. Please see more information about this here.


Do you have a question not answered above? Email us at classes@fleurestelle.com