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.
Bellydance Mondays, Level 1 Technique and Training, with Jen. Bellydance Level I is perfect for beginners as well as those who want to refine their movements. Students will focus on increasing extension and isolations of basic bellydance moves through conditioning, drills, and combinations. Mondays 6-7pm
Bellydance Mondays, Level 2 Combos and Choreography, with Jen. Bellydance Level 2, a stand alone class or building on the technique covered in Level 1, Technique and Training, develops traveling combos and transitions with and without props as we develop combinations that complete a choreography throughout the session. Jen will include veil and zills, (we have loaners!) as well as other props if the choreography requires. Mondays 7-8pm
Monday night adult classes work together and students are encouraged to try both hours for the best bellydance experience!
Saturday Shimmies! Adult Mixed-levels Bellydance: This mixed levels bellydance class welcomes all ages, levels, and genders. Jen teaches all those who want to dance their hearts out while enjoying an amazing workout. Saturday 10-11am
Classes include a short warm up and stretch, head to toe technique and conditioning, an explanation of what genre we will explore and its cultural/ historical roots, and short combinations that you can take home with you! We will often incorporate zills (finger cymbals) and veils; don’t worry, we have loaners! Class is suitable for ALL levels of experience. Modifications are always offered to accommodate each and every level of dancer. We can’t wait to dance with you!
Adult Bellydance Level 1, with Jeannine: Bellydance Level I is perfect for beginners as well as those who want to refine their movements. Students will focus on increasing extension and isolations of basic bellydance moves through conditioning, drills, and combinations. Props, such as zills (finger cymbals) may be incorporated. Students will also learn to create their own combinations through improvisation.
Youth Bellydance Classes
Bellydance, Ballet & Jazz: ages 6-9 with Jeannine
Students will learn the basics of the bellydance exploring music, movement and rhythms with fun props like finger cymbals, veils and more. This age appropriate class features bellydance and ballet/jazz technique, choreographies, movement games, and an introduction to zilling (finger cymbals).
Bellydance, Ballet & Jazz: Creative Movement Class for ages 3-5 with Jen
In this creative movement class, our young students will learn the basics of ballet, jazz, and bellydance exploring music, movement and rhythms in creative, whimsical ways. We use many props in this class…tutus, fairy wings, veils, finger cymbals, and fans in order to express the joy of dance and movement! This age appropriate class features bellydance and ballet/jazz technique, combinations, movement games, and an introduction to rhythms. Mondays 5pm-5:45 *Please note, drop-ins not accepted. If you plan to use this class for a make-up, please contact us 24 hours prior. Thank you.
Our new schedule can be found here!