Learn Raks Sharqi (belly dance), a dance with roots in the Middle Eastern folklore that includes undulations, vibrations and sharp accents. In this dance, different parts of the body are moved independently and layered to make a unity. Every part of your body will participate, from your toes to your fingertips, your head and also your heart, as you develop body awareness and coordination. Regardless of your age or body type, you can learn something from this dance.


Class Registration

Seyyide is teaching group classes in Cambridge and Arlington MA, and is available for workshops and private lessons by appointment.

Seyyide with students of one of her bellydance classes
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Any class package could also be offered as a gift certificate, should you want to give a loved one the gift of dance. Just purchase the package and send us a note to let us know.

Description of the Different Levels

If you know what your level is, just scroll down to register. Otherwise, here are some guidelines to help you find out.

  • Level 1: For the brand-new student, who’s never taken belly dance or just casually a few classes, or only a long time ago; and to those students with less than 6 months of experience; to learn, to establish and/or to practice the fundamental posture and movements of this dance, including musicality and transitions using basic movements of all categories. You can stay or revisit this level for as long as you wish, and take it as “the barre” of belly dance.
  • Level 2-3: For those with several months of experience, coming from another teacher/location or from my own level 1 classes, only after they have already internalized the fundamentals of belly dance, and a repertoire of basic movements, and are familiar with some rhythms and with combining movements. I recommend taking at least one month of Level 1 with me if you haven’t had experience with another teacher in Egyptian style. The Level 2 class will introduce NEW movements and go further in the combination of steps to produce a dance phrase. We will use veils and might also introduce some simple cane twirling technique and simple movements.
  • Level 3-PRO: For those with at least a few years of experience, including at least some previous exposure to Egyptian style. We will use veils and canes regularly. Basic cane twirling is assumed to be known. Basic veil handling is assumed to be known. These classes include professional dancers among the students, so expect the level to raise significantly compared with the previous level.

If in doubt, please ask! Sometimes I recommend taking two classes for a month, one inferior and one superior level, to fill any gaps while still challenging yourself, or at least to gauge which one is the best level for you to stick with at the present time. Admission to a certain level is ultimately at my (Seyyide’s) discretion (I will certainly make the recommendation that I think works best for YOU, me and your classmates).

FALL 2016 *VIP* MEMBERSHIP

$ 205 USD

WHAT IS A VIP membership?

This membership allows you to take UNLIMITED classes in a limited period (a 14 week period). You can schedule any amount of classes during this period. You will have priority to get class spots at your preferred times.

IF YOU SIGN UP BY AUGUST 15 you also get a GIFT: a COINED HIP SCARF OR A T-SHIRT!

In summary, you get:

  • Unlimited number of classes from September through December
  • Priority to get class spots at your preferred times.
  • FREE GIFT IF YOU SIGN UP BY 8/15
  • There might be discounts in case there are any special events within the membership period

Valid from unlimited number of classes between September 12th and December 20th 2016. No classes on 9/5 and 9/6 (Labor Day week), no classes on 10/31 and 11/1 (Halloween week) and no classes on 12/26 and 12/27 (Holidays week) 

All class times available:

ATTENTION: THE SCHEDULE IS CHANGING THIS FALL

  • Mondays 7:35 pm (LEVEL 2 --intermediate, if you are experienced enough, ask the instructor)
  • Mondays 8:40 pm (LEVEL 1 -- beginner)
  • Tuesdays 7:35 pm (LEVEL 1 -- beginner)
  • Tuesday 8:40 pm (LEVEL 3-PRO, if you are experienced enough, ask the instructor)

Location: 400 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA (Harvard Sq.)

Note: Both classes on 9/12 might start half an hour later, due to Seyyide's travel schedule, we will keep you posted. 

There will be 56 CLASSES TOTAL in the three different levels, which includes 28 BEGINNER CLASSES. If you come twice a week every week, you could take 28 classes with this pass. Then you would be paying $7.32 per class. If you are very enthusiastic and come to every single class I teach within the period of this membership, you would end up getting 56 classes (56!) with this pass, that means that potentially, you could then pay as little as $3.66 per class!!! However, keep in mind that there are two level 1 classes per week, one level 2 class per week, and one level 3-PRO class per week, while you might not be ready to take the higher level/s yet.

Expiration dates are firm and passes cannot be transfered to a different month. Nonrefundable. Nontransferable. Although all efforts will be made to keep schedule and location as promised, Seyyide reserves the right to make some changes to the exact schedule of the lessons and exact location (within same area). The size of the classes is limited by studio capacity so a spot cannot be 100% guaranteed at certain times in high demand unless a reservation was made in advance. Contact us if you have any questions. By clicking Add to Cart and submitting your payment you agree to all the conditions above.

 

FALL 2016 REGULAR MEMBERSHIP

$ 175 USD

This membership allows you to take up to 21 classes out of the 56 classes offered between September 12th and the end of December 2016. You can schedule any amount of classes during this period, up to a maximum of 21 classes (reservations much appreciated, since some class times are in higher demand)

Valid for 21 classes between September 12th and December 20th 2016. No classes on 9/5 and 9/6 (Labor Day week), no classes on 10/31 and 11/1 (Halloween week) and no classes on 12/26 and 12/27 (Holidays week) 

All class times available:

ATTENTION: THE SCHEDULE IS CHANGING THIS FALL

  • Mondays 7:35 pm (LEVEL 2 --intermediate, if you are experienced enough, ask the instructor)
  • Mondays 8:40 pm (LEVEL 1 -- beginner)
  • Tuesdays 7:35 pm (LEVEL 1 -- beginner)
  • Tuesday 8:40 pm (LEVEL 3-PRO, if experienced enough, ask the instructor)

Location: 400 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA (Harvard Sq.)

Note: Both classes on 9/12 might start half an hour later, due to Seyyide's travel schedule, we will keep you posted.

If you are very enthusiastic and exceed the 21 classes within the period of validity of this package, you can still add more classes as you go, by paying on a per-class basis at the same reduced rate that you locked in with the pass ($175/21 classes ~ $8/class, compare with $18/class drop in fee). To continue after the end of December 2016, you will need to sign up again with a new pass, or whichever other method of your choice at that time, and the rates will correspond to the method chosen for that new registration.

Expiration dates are firm and passes cannot be transfered to a different month. Nonrefundable. Nontransferable. 

Although all efforts will be made to keep schedule and location as promised, Seyyide reserves the right to make some changes to the exact schedule of the lessons and exact location (within same area). Contact us if you have any questions.

By clicking Add to Cart and submitting your payment you agree to all the conditions above.

 

SEP-OCT 2016: LEVEL 1 Beginner Classes (Mondays 8:40 pm)

$ 90 USD

MONDAYS at 8:40 pm (NEW SCHEDULE!), in CAMBRIDGE, starting on 9/12/2016 and ending on 10/24/2016 (7 classes). No classes on 9/5 (Labor Day) nor on 10/31 (Halloween).

This class is suitable for Novice to Beginners.

7-class PACKAGE for $90 (9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 and 10/24/2016 ONLY).

Alternatively, provided that a spot is available, drop ins are welcome, on a first-come first-served basis, at the door price of $18/class. Class cards are also welcome.

Seyyide specializes in Egyptian style and we'll work on the fundamentals of this dance as well as combining, movements, transitions, musicality, of course, as always, taking special attention to posture and stage presence (whether you aspire to perform or not).

Wear comfortable clothes as you would for a yoga class. Barefoot, ballet slippers or dance shoes (street shoes not allowed in the studio). A scarf to tie at your hips is optional.

This is an SEVEN-class package starting on 9/12/2016, and expiring on 10/24/2016.

- Location: Jose Mateo Ballet Theater. 400 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA.
- Time: MONDAYS 8:40 to 9:40 pm.
- Dates: 
9/12*, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 and 10/24/2016 ONLY.

(*) Class on 9/12 might start and finish a little later due to Seyyide's travel schedule

 

Payment for this session applies to and only to these dates and cannot be carried over. Nontransferable to other persons. Payment is nonrefundable. 

Registration for these classes will be accepted on a first come first served basis and limited to a maximum of 17 students, due to studio capacity and to provide plenty of opportunities to get feedback and individual attention.

By submitting your payment you accept all conditions established above.

For questions, go to our contact page or call 774-473-9785 (7744-SEY-SUL).

 

SEP-OCT 2016: LEVEL 1 Beginner Classes (Tuesdays at 7:35 pm)

$ 90 USD

TUESDAYS at 7:35 pm (NEW SCHEDULE!), in CAMBRIDGE, starting 9/13/2016 and until 10/25/2016.

This class is suitable for Novice to Beginners.

7-class PACKAGE for $90  (9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18 and 10/25/2016 ONLY).

Alternatively, provided that a spot is available, drop ins are welcome, on a first-come first-served basis, at the door price of $18/class. Class cards are also welcome.

Seyyide specializes in Egyptian style and you will work on the fundamentals of this dance as well as combining, movements, transitions, musicality, and of course, as always, taking special attention to posture and stage presence (whether you aspire to perform or not).

Wear comfortable clothes as you would for a yoga class. Barefoot, ballet slippers or dance shoes (street shoes not allowed in the studio). A scarf to tie at your hips is optional.

This is a seven-class package starting on 9/13/2016 and expiring on 10/25/2016.

- Location: Jose Mateo Ballet Theater. 400 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA. STUDIO 2 (downstairs).
- Time: TUESDAYS 7:35 to 8:35 pm.
- Dates: 
9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18 and 10/25/2016 ONLY. 

Payment for the session applies to and only to these dates, it cannot be carried over. Nontransferable to other person/s. Payment is nonrefundable. 

Registration for these classes will be accepted on a first come first served basis and limited to a maximum of 20 students, to provide plenty of opportunities to get feedback and individual attention.
 
By submitting your payment you accept all the conditions established above.
 
For questions, go to our contact page or call 774-473-9785 (7744-SEY-SUL).
 

SEP-OCT 2016: LEVELS 2+3 Intermediate Belly Dance Classes *** NOW ON MONDAYS AT 7:35 PM

$ 90 USD

MONDAYS at 7:35 pm (NEW SCHEDULE!), in CAMBRIDGE, starting 9/12 and until 10/25/2016.

This class is an intermediate level, and suitable for Advanced-Beginners through Intermediate students.

7 class-PACKAGE for $90, valid for the following dates ONLY:  9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 and 10/24/2016.

Alternatively, provided that a spot is available, drop ins are welcome, at the door price of $18/class, provided there is space available.

Seyyide specializes in Egyptian style and we'll work on movements of intermediate complexity, as well as combinations, with emphasis in transitions, musicality, of course, as always, taking special attention to posture and stage presence.

Elements that will be used in class:

- VEIL: a piece of chiffon or silk about 3 yards long, it should be floaty and have no heavy hemming. Bring always. Some available for purchase from instructor.

- FINGER CYMBALS (sagat, also known as zills). Bring always.

Wear comfortable clothes as you would for a yoga class. Barefoot, ballet slippers or dance shoes (street shoes not allowed in the studio). A scarf to tie at your hips is optional. Some hip scarves and veils might be available to purchase from the instructor.

This is a SEVEN-class package starting on 9/12/2016 and expiring on 10/25/2016.

- Location: JMBT, 400 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA.
- Time: MONDAYS 7:35 to 8:35 pm.
-
Dates:  9/12*, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 and 10/24/2016 ONLY.

(*) Class on 9/12 might start and end a little later due to Seyyide's travel schedule

Payment for the session applies to and only to these dates, is nontransferable to other dates, and cannot be carried over. Payment is nonrefundable.

Registration for these classes will be accepted on a first come first served basis and limited to a maximum of 16 students, due to studio capacity and to provide plenty of opportunities to get feedback and individual attention.

By submitting your payment you accept all the conditions established above.

For questions, go to our contact page or call 774-473-9785 (7744-SEY-SUL).

 

SEP-OCT 2016: Level 3-PRO Advanced Classes ***NEW SCHEDULE: Tuesdays 8:40 pm)

$ 95 USD

This class is suitable for Intermediate Students to professional dancers. As a minimum, you should be comfortable with my current Intermediate level classes. Beginners with absolutely no experience will NOT be prepared for the pace of this class.

TUESDAYS at 8:40 pm (NEW SCHEDULE!), IN CAMBRIDGE, starting 9/13/2016 and until 10/25, for a total of SEVEN (7) classes (no classes on Labor Day's week 9/6 and on Halloween's week 11/1). 

SEVEN class package for $95, valid for 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18 and 10/25/2016 ONLY

We will work mostly on Egyptian style of Raks sharqi and Raqs baladi. Technique and choreography will be covered, including feedback and insights about posture, poise, musicality and stage presence.

Elements that might be used in class:
- VEIL: a piece of chiffon or silk about 3 yards long, it should be floaty and have no heavy hemming.

- FINGER CYMBALS (SAGAT)
- CANE: for Saidi style (Raks al Assaya)

  • Location: Jose Mateo Ballet Theater. 400 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA.
  • Time: TUESDAYS 8:40 to 9:40 pm.
  • Dates: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18 and 10/25/2016 ONLY.

Payment applies to and only to the dates described above, nottransferrable to future dates. Alternatively, you have the options to drop in, provided that a spot is available, and paying the door price which is $18/class.

Registration for these classes will be accepted on a first come first served basis, and limited to a maximum of 15 students, due to studio capacity and to provide plenty of opportunities to get feedback and individual attention.  

Payment for the session applies to and only to the dates above and cannot be carried over. Nontransferable to other persons. Payment is nonrefundable. 

By submitting your payment you accept all conditions established above.

For questions, go to our contact page or call 774-473-9785 (7744-SEY-SUL).

 

 

JUL-AUG 2016: LEVEL 1 Beginner Classes (Mondays 7:35 pm)

$ 100 USD

MONDAYS at 7:35 pm, IN CAMBRIDGE,starting on 7/11/2016 and ending at the end of August 2016 (8 classes). No class on 7/4 (Independence Day).

This class is suitable for Novice to Beginners.

8-class PACKAGE for $100 (7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22 and 8/29/2016 ONLY).

Alternatively, provided that a spot is available, drop ins are welcome, on a first-come first-served basis, at the door price of $18/class. Class cards are also welcome.

Seyyide specializes in Egyptian style and we'll work on the fundamentals of this dance as well as combining, movements, transitions, musicality, of course, as always, taking special attention to posture and stage presence (whether you aspire to perform or not).

Wear comfortable clothes as you would for a yoga class. Barefoot, ballet slippers or dance shoes (street shoes not allowed in the studio). A scarf to tie at your hips is optional.

This is an EIGHT-class package starting on 7/11/2016, and expiring on 8/30/2016.

- Location: Jose Mateo Ballet Theater. 400 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA.
- Time: MONDAYS 7:35 to 8:35 pm.
- Dates: 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22 and 8/29/2016 ONLY. 

Payment for this session applies to and only to these dates and cannot be carried over. Nontransferable to other persons. Payment is nonrefundable.  

Registration for these classes will be accepted on a first come first served basis and limited to a maximum of 17 students, to provide plenty of opportunities to get feedback and individual attention.

By submitting your payment you accept all conditions established above.

For questions, go to our contact page or call 774-473-9785 (7744-SEY-SUL).

 

JUL-AUG 2016: LEVEL 1 Beginner Classes (Tuesdays at 8:40 pm)

$ 100 USD

TUESDAYS at 8:40 pm, IN CAMBRIDGE,starting on 7/12/2016 and ending at the end of August 2016 (8 classes).

This class is suitable for Novice to Beginners.

8-class PACKAGE for $100 (7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23 and 8/30/2016 ONLY).

Alternatively, provided that a spot is available, drop ins are welcome, on a first-come first-served basis, at the door price of $18/class. Class cards are also welcome.

Seyyide specializes in Egyptian style and we'll work on the fundamentals of this dance as well as combining, movements, transitions, musicality, of course, as always, taking special attention to posture and stage presence (whether you aspire to perform or not).

Wear comfortable clothes as you would for a yoga class. Barefoot, ballet slippers or dance shoes (street shoes not allowed in the studio). A scarf to tie at your hips is optional.

This is an EIGHT-class package starting on 7/12/2016, and expiring on 8/30/2016.

- Location: Jose Mateo Ballet Theater. 400 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA.
- Time: TUESDAYS 8:40 to 8:50 pm.
- Dates: 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23 and 8/30/2016 ONLY. 

Payment for this session applies to and only to these dates and cannot be carried over. Nontransferable to other persons. Payment is nonrefundable.  

Registration for these classes will be accepted on a first come first served basis and limited to a maximum of 17 students, to provide plenty of opportunities to get feedback and individual attention.

By submitting your payment you accept all conditions established above.

For questions, go to our contact page or call 774-473-9785 (7744-SEY-SUL).

 

JUL-AUG 2016: LEVELS 2+3 Intermediate Belly Dance Classes

$ 100 USD

TUESDAYS at 7:35 pm, in CAMBRIDGE, starting 7/12 and until 8/30/2016.

This class is an intermediate level, and suitable for Advanced-Beginners through Intermediate students.

class-PACKAGE for $100, valid for the following dates ONLY: 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23 and 8/30/2016.

Alternatively, provided that a spot is available, drop ins are welcome, at the door price of $18/class, provided there is space available.

Seyyide specializes in Egyptian style and we'll work on movements of intermediate complexity, as well as combinations, with emphasis in transitions, musicality, of course, as always, taking special attention to posture and stage presence.

Elements that will be used in class:

- VEIL: a piece of chiffon or silk about 3 yards long, it should be floaty and have no heavy hemming. Bring always. Some available for purchase from instructor.

- FINGER CYMBALS (sagat, also known as zills). Bring always.

Wear comfortable clothes as you would for a yoga class. Barefoot, ballet slippers or dance shoes (street shoes not allowed in the studio). A scarf to tie at your hips is optional. Some hip scarves and veils might be available to purchase from the instructor.

This is an EIGHT-class package starting on 7/12/2016 and expiring on 8/30/2016. 

- Location: JMBT, 400 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA.
- Time: TUESDAYS 7:35 to 8:35 pm.
- Dates: 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23 and 8/30/2016 ONLY.

Payment for the session applies to and only to these dates, and is NOT transferable to other dates, cannot be carried over. Payment is non refundable.

Registration for these classes will be accepted on a first come first served basis and limited to a maximum of 20 students, to provide plenty of opportunities to get feedback and individual attention.

By submitting your payment you accept all the conditions established above.

For questions, go to our contact page or call 774-473-9785 (7744-SEY-SUL).

 

JUL-AUG 2016: Level 3-PRO Advanced Classes (Mondays 8:40 pm)

$ 105 USD

This class is suitable for Intermediate Students through professional dancers. As a minimum, you should be already comfortable with my current Intermediate level classes. Beginners with absolutely no experience will NOT be prepared for the pace of this class.

MONDAYS at 8:40 pm, IN CAMBRIDGE, starting 7/11/2016 and until the end of August, for a total of EIGHT (8) classes (no class on Independence Day 7/4). 

EIGHT class package for $105, valid for 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22 and 8/29/2016 ONLY

We will work mostly on Egyptian style of Raks sharqi and Raqs baladi. Technique and choreography will be covered, including feedback and insights about posture, poise, musicality and stage presence.

Elements that might be used in class:
- VEIL: a piece of chiffon or silk about 3 yards long, it should be floaty and have no heavy hemming.
- CANE: for Saidi style (Raks al Assaya)

  • Location: Jose Mateo Ballet Theater. 400 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA.
  • Time: MONDAYS 8:40 to 9:40 pm.
  • Dates: 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22 and 8/29/2016 ONLY.

Payment applies to and only to the dates described above, not transferrable to future dates. Alternatively, you have the options to drop in, provided that a spot is available, and paying the door price which is $18/class.

Registration for these classes will be accepted on a first come first served basis, and limited to a maximum of 15 students, to provide plenty of opportunities to get feedback and individual attention.  

Payment for the session applies to and only to the dates above and cannot be carried over. Nontransferable to other persons. Payment is nonrefundable. 

By submitting your payment you accept all conditions established above.

For questions, go to our contact page or call 774-473-9785 (7744-SEY-SUL).

Photo credit: Ashley Young of ashleyelizabeth.org

 
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SPONSOR SEYYIDE TO TEACH A WORKSHOP

Here are some of the WORKSHOPS that can be OFFERED IN YOUR LOCATION

Introduction to Belly Dance with Seyyide

Seyyide will teach an introductory belly dance workshop in BOSTON. The fundamentals of belly dance (Egyptian/Arabic style) will be presented and you will learn many must-have movements. This class will be suitable for novice and beginner students. Two hours.

Let's Dance

For dancers who have already learned/ mastered the fundamental movements of belly dance. How about putting them together in a special way?... Let's dance! We will work on a choreography to a an Arabic-pop song. The emphasis will be on musicality, transitions and use of the space, as well as stage presence. This workshop is multilevel, okay for beginners with at least a few months of experience through advanced dancers.

Stars of Egypt 1940-1960s

We will experiment with a few signature movements of the Stars of Egypt from years 1940 to 1960: Taheyya Carioca, Samia Gamal and Suhair Zaki. This workshop is multilevel, okay for beginners with at least a few months of experience through advanced dancers.


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