Belly Dance Technique - Level 1

Belly Dance with Mahsati
Technique Intensive: Essential Elements Level 1

Winter/Spring Semester January 10-April 18
Thursdays from 7:30 pm- 9 pm

Come learn the beautiful art of belly dance. Beginning with the foundational movement vocabulary, we will work through technique exercises and drills, combinations, and a beginner level choreography over this 12 class semester course. As we work through the skill vocabulary you will need on your dance journey, you will be introduced to some of the different style variations that fall under the belly dance name such as Egyptian Raqs Sharqi, Turkish Oryantal Dans, and American Classic Orientale.

Wear clothes that are comfortable for movement and that allow the teacher to see your body position. You may want to bring a scarf to tie around your hips, but it is not required. You can dance barefoot, in socks, or in dance shoes. If you wear shoes, something with a flexible sole would be best unless you require stiff soles or orthotics for extra support.

Drop-ins are welcome. This Level 1 class is suitable for complete beginners trying belly dance for the first time to advanced students looking to enhance their technique, but is focused on learning starting from the foundational movements of the dance. The 12-class semester runs from January 10-April 17. There will be no class on March 14. The final scheduled class will be April 3 with April 10 and 17 available as potential make-up dates for missed/cancelled classes or recital rehearsals as needed. Class will culminate with an informal showcase on Saturday, April 20th at 7 pm.

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Jessica Brown teaches and performs under the stage name Mahsati Janan and is an instructor, performer, choreographer, and workshop instructor based in Burlington, VT. Since 1996, she has studied and performed throughout the U.S., specializing in the stage and folkloric dances of the Middle East and North Africa. Mahsati is available to teach workshops as well as private or group classes in Egyptian raqs sharqi, Middle Eastern Folkloric, and other related styles derived from the dances of the MENAT region. Mahsati's educational background focuses on cultural traditions. Her anthropology background and research emphases are also strongly represented in her classes and performances honoring the the history and traditions of these dance forms.


  • Thursday Feb 28
  • Thursday Mar 7
  • Thursday Mar 21
  • Thursday Mar 28
  • Thursday Apr 4
  • Thursday Apr 11
  • Thursday Apr 18


$17 drop-in; Swan Dojo Class Cards Accepted


Published December 14, 2018