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
Seyyide teaching at the Harvard Belly Dance Colloquium 2013
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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).


DID YOU MISS THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH? Don't want to wait until next month? ARE YOU TRAVELING ON BUSY FOR ONE OF THE CLASS SESSIONS OF THE MONTH? NO PROBLEM, THE CLASSES ARE ONGOING, YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP FOR A FLEXIBLE CLASS CARD AND START ANYTIME (still read below to learn about scheduled times and locations)


AUGUST 2014: Level 1 Beginner Classes (Mondays 7:40 pm)

$ 50.00 USD

MONDAYS at 7:40 pm, IN CAMBRIDGE (starting 8/4). If you want to start sooner, contact us to see your options.

This class is suitable for Novice to Beginners.

4-class PACKAGE for $50 (8/4, 8/11, 8/18 and 8/25). 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).

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.

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 FOUR-class package starting on 8/4/2014, and expiring at the end of August 2014.

- Location: Jose Mateo Ballet Theater. 400 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA.
- Time: MONDAYS 7:40 to 8:40 pm.
- Dates:
8/4, 8/11, 8/18 and 8/25 ONLY. Payment for the session applies to and only to these dates, and is NOT transferable to other dates. Payment is non refundable. 

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).

 

AUGUST 2014: Level 1 Beginner Classes (Mondays 8:45 pm)

$ 50 USD

MONDAYS of July at 8:45 pm, IN CAMBRIDGE (starting 8/4).

NOTE: There are still spots open for the remaining of JULY. Contact Seyyide if interested.

This class is suitable for Novice to Beginners.

4-class PACKAGE for $50 (8/4, 8/11, 8/18 and 8/25). 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).

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.

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 FOUR-class package starting on 8/4/2014 and expiring at the end of August.

- Location: Jose Mateo Ballet Theater. 400 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA.
- Time: MONDAYS 8:45 to 9:45 pm.
- Dates:
8/4, 8/11, 8/18 and 8/25 ONLY. Payment for the session applies to and only to these dates and times, and is NOT transferable to other times. Payment is non refundable. 

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).

 

AUGUST 2014: Level 1 Beginner Classes (Tuesdays at 8:40 pm)

$ 50.00 USD

TUESDAYS at 8:40 pm, IN CAMBRIDGE (starting 8/5/2014).

This class is suitable for Novice to Beginners.

4-class PACKAGE for $50 (8/5, 8/12, 8/19 and 8/26). 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).

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.

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 four-class package starting on 8/4/2014 and expiring at the end of August.

- Location: Jose Mateo Ballet Theater. 400 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA.
- Time: TUESDAYS 8:40 to 9:40 pm.
- Dates:
8/5, 8/12, 8/19 and 8/26 ONLY. Payment for the session applies to and only to these dates, and is NOT transferable to other dates. Payment is non refundable. 

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

AUGUST 2014: Level 2+3 Intermediate Belly Dance Classes

$ 50.00 USD

TUESDAYS at 7:35 pm, in CAMBRIDGE, starting 8/5/14

This class is suitable for Advanced-Beginners through Intermediate students.

4 class-PACKAGE for $50 (8/5, 8/12, 8/19 and 8/26). Alternatively, provided that a spot is available, drop ins are welcome, at the door price of $18/class.

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 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, also known as zills)

- CANE

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 available to purchase from the instructor.

This is a FOUR-class package starting on 8/5/2014 and expiring at the end of August.

- Location: Jose Mateo Ballet Theater. 400 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA.
- Time: TUESDAYS 7:35 to 8:35 pm.
-
Dates: 8/5, 8/12, 8/19 and 8/26 ONLY.

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

Registration for these classes will be accepted on a first come first served basis and limited to a maximum of 16 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).

 

Level 3-PRO Intermediate/Advanced Classes

$ 56 USD

PLEASE CONTACT SEYYIDE IF INTERESTED

This class is suitable for Intermediate Students to professional dancers. As a minimum, you should be an Advanced-Beginner who wants to transition into Intermediate level. Beginners with absolutely no experience will not be prepared for the pace of this class.

We will work 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: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Dates: TBD.

The cost of the 4-class package is $56. 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 16 students, to provide plenty of opportunities to get feedback and individual attention.

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

 
OTHER LOCATIONS

 

Lunch Break Beginner Classes in Arlington

I am also teaching a one-hour class in Arlington Mondays at noon. Register at any time. Drop ins also welcome.


- Location: The Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474.

- Time: Mondays, 12:00n to 1:00 pm

- Dates: WINTER SESSION: January 6 to March 17 (EXCEPT for no class on Jan 20th and Feb. 17)


Online registration is not available for this class. You can register for the season, use your class card or just drop in. Just come 10 minutes prior the start of class to register, you can check The Arlington Center's website for pricing information.

 

WORKSHOP: Introduction to Belly Dance with Seyyide (BURLINGTON, MA)

Seyyide is teaching 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.

Date: June 22, 2013

Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm.

Location: IDanceBoston, 11 Cypress Drive, Burlington, MA

Cost for pre-registered students: $20. Registration for this workshop will be accepted on a first come first served basis and limited to a maximum of 20 students.

This payment CANNOT be applied to other classes in other locations.

ONLINE REGISTRATION:  http://idanceboston.com/

WORKSHOP: Introduction to Belly Dance with Seyyide

$ 22.00 USD

Seyyide is teaching 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.

Date: TBA

Time: TBA.

Location: TBA

Cost for pre-registered students: $22. You have the option to drop in, provided that spots are still available, but the door price will be $27. Call asap to reserve your spot either way!

Registration for these classes will be accepted on a first come first served basis and limited to a maximum of 18 students, to provide plenty of opportunities to get feedback and individual attention.

This payment CANNOT be applied to future classes. Sorry, no reimbursements are possible, unless the event is cancelled by the organizers or you give a 72 hours cancellation notice.

Questions? 774-473-9785 (77-44-SEY-SUL)

 

Let's Dance (Choreography Workshop)

$ 20.00 USD

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 intermediate dancers.

WHEN: TBA

WHERE: TBA

Requires a minimum of one month experience as a student and may be interesting through advanced-beginner or intermediate level.

Deadline to register for this class is TBA.

Drop-ins may be available if the class is not full, the drop-in rate for this class will be $25.

 

 

Stars of Egypt 1940-1960s

$ 20.00 USD

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.

WHEN: TBA

WHERE: TBA

Deadline to register for this class is TBA.

Drop-ins may be available if the class is not full, the drop-in rate for this class will be $30.

 

 
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