Prior dance experience is not needed to attend these bellydance classes. All belly dance students are welcome.


All students are welcome to “drop-in” for a one-time fee of $17.50.  New students and walk-ins are always welcome.

This weekly dance class will focus on growing, relaxing, and layering our gorgeous shimmies! Shake it with shoulder shimmies, three-quarter shimmies, choo-choo shimmies, and other shimmy greats. Special attention will be devoted to creating a loose, even Egyptian shimmy as a stand-alone show-stopper, or as a layer to other great belly dance moves! Students will learn a short choreography to showcase their dance skills.

Shimmy is the oriental dance artists’ most dramatic and thrilling of movements as it can be performed throughout the body and is manipulated to express a wide scale of emotions.  Audiences are enchanted by this signature move which will defiantly in one way or another be incorporated in every performance.  This rhythmic motion will take time to master however through regular attendance of our unique training classes and a personal practice regiment, you will soon develop the muscle memory needed to execute a beautiful relaxed shimmy.

Watch Some of our favorite shimmies.

Fun fact! The world shimmy is a mispronunciation of the French word chemise pronounced shu-meese.

In the late 1920’s when motion pictures had gone from silent to sound Jazz music was popularized in America. Musicians and dancers alike were seen vibrating or shaking in sync to the new and exciting rhythmic sounds.  This vibration was mostly done in the torso section of the body which gives emphasis to the shoulders. Chemise is the French word for a dress shirt.  Just like in the ’20s modern inventions shape our world.  As access to information grows so does our exploration of dance.  So it seems naturally this word would transform as bellydance has become worldwide sensation information became more accessible this word has transformed to be known as something

In conclusion like so many of our dance moves, the words we use to describe most of them are from the point of view of the observer, not performers, they are in another language and poorly pronounced.

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