Pittsburgh Bellydance Academy

Introducing the Pittsburgh Bellydance Academy!

Located in a historic renovated theatre turned studio in the heart of the city, the Pittsburgh Bellydance Academy offers a comprehensive training program for amateur and aspiring professional bellydancers. The class program includes flexibility and strength training, toning, head to toe technique, combinations and choreography. Classes also include training in musicality, interpretation, improvisation, and performance skills. Prop classes include single and double veil, cane, zills, and fan veils. We strive to offer high quality instruction and to create beautiful dancers. Students are encouraged to participate in biannual showcase performance opportunities.


Classes at the Pittsburgh Bellydance Academy

Monday 6-7 pm Technique and Training
Monday 7-8 pm Combos and Choreography

Thursday 6-7 pm American Tribal Style or ATS® Bellydance- Level 1

Friday 6-7pm FitBody: Conditioning Class for Dancers, starting in January

Saturday 10-11 am Hipcurve Mixed Levels

Saturday  9-10 am Advanced class rehearsals, invite only

Saturday, 11-12 pm, Belly Samba for youth!  (Ages 8-15)

Classes available on a drop in or class card basis.

Hip Curve BellydanceSATURDAYS, 10:00-11:00 am: Hip Curve Bellydance Foundations (Levels 1 and 2) with Janim, ongoing

at the Pittsburgh Dance Center 4765 Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield, 2nd Floor

This class is well organized into warm-ups (toning and stretching exercises to prepare the body for dance), technique (posture and alignment, shimmies, and head to toe technique), and dynamic bellydance combinations and choreography (learning actual performance quality dance numbers and combinations that may be interspersed when improvising).  Students will also learn to work with finger cymbals and veils.

MASTER CLASS SATURDAYS – WORKSHOP SERIES, 9-10AM (select Saturdays) | Invite only with Janim: at the Pittsburgh Dance Center | 4765 Liberty Avenue Bloomfield, Second Floor (above Starbucks).

Mondays, 6:00-7:00 pm Beginning Technique and Training with Kate

This class begins with an intense strength training regimen, targeting and toning the muscle groups needed to implement proper bellydance posture and movements. A series of drills is used to train dancers in basic techniques, isolations, and appliations. The class also includes improvisational work. Classes are suitable for absolute beginners or students and performers interested in refining their technique.

Mondays, 7:00-8:00 pm Level 2 Bellydance: Combos and Choreography with Janim

Building on Beginning Technique and Training, this class takes the basics and turns them into exciting combinations and choreography. Students will learn to play finger cymbals, basic veil technique, and musicality. Some experience recommended! We will often feature a guest musician to play along with us in class!

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, these classes will strengthen and tone your muscles, tighten your technique, and expand your skills! Need more reasons? Read Janim’s “Why Bellydance?” post!

Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 pm Beginning American Tribal Style or ATS® Belly dance with Jenn Senn

American Tribal Style or ATS® Belly dance is an improvisational form of bellydance that focuses on a community or a tribe of dancers of all shapes, sizes or age versus the soloist. The dance is created “in the moment” by a group of dancers. Level One ATS® will focus on beginner basic move vocabulary, the concept of lead and follow in a group, drills and an introduction to zills (finger cymbals). Class format follows the Fat Chance format. Wear comfortable clothing or your fancy 10 yard plus skirt. Zills if you have them!

Fridays, 6-7 pm FitBody with Maqui

FitbodyStrength, stamina and flexibility for dancers.
The secret to graceful dancing is not just technique, it’s also the underlying physical strength of the dancer. This strengthening intensive class will help dancers to develop the type of elegance enabled by powerful arms, legs, and abs by guiding participants through a challenging sequence of exercises while emphasizing proper posture and technique.  More than a fitness class, the anatomy and physiology-based instruction will enable participants to safely increase their overall health, strength and poise both on and off the dance floor.

Class will begin with dynamic stretches to safely warm the body and improve balance, move on to explosive cardio for strength and stamina, then to an intensive strengthening section that focuses on large muscle groups. Class winds down with muscle-lengthening stretches and cool down.

*Recent research has shown that in order to build muscle, protein should be ingested with half an hour of exercising (in fact, participants who waited 2 hours to eat after a strengthening session LOST muscle). For this reason it’s recommended that you eat, drink milk or drink a protein shake 30 minutes – an hour after class. 


Saturdays 11 -12 pm: Belly Samba for Youth Ages 8-15

This Class is FUN, and ACTIVE  for the younger dancers. Wear your comfy clothes; bring water to drink, and your smile! In this class we will learn basic bellydance and samba techniques, as well as learn to play finger cymbals and dance with veils and other bellydance and samba props! Short choreographies will be taught. Nothing builds confidence and poise like a strong foundation in movement. BEGINNING JANUARY 2014 – SAT 12-1 pm, 1/4/14


janim 2 Janim is also available to teach a variety of workshops including zill drills, classic cabaret combinations, double veil, intro to single veil, and fun with the four yard veil. She has also taught Dancing with a Live Band in conjunction with her friends of Pittsburgh’s Bellydance Band, ISHTAR!