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Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter, Longer.

Written By: Richard Powers


"A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one's mind by dancing can ward off Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit.  Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages." 




Intermediate Bellydance Choreography    

Students will have proper bellydance posture reinforced and will learn how to do more advanced bellydance moves such as layering, utilizing muscle movement and isolations, while

learning a fun intermediate level-friendly choreography in a supportive environment.  Props, such as swords, veils,

baskets, etc. are often incorporated into the choreographies.  

Intermediate bellydance is suitable for those with at least

3-4 years of beginner bellydance experience, a strong understanding & application of all bellydance moves and technique, and who are ready for more advanced techniques

& choreographies.

**If you are not a current student of this class but are interested in taking it and already have bellydance experience, please contact us first so we can assess your experience level.

This class is not open to those with little or no

bellydance experience

**This class level is NOT drop in friendly**

Sept 13 - Oct 25

Nov 8 - Dec 20

(Class Recital Session - you are not required to perform if you do not wish to)

View Class Recital Example Here



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Bellydance Basic Moves  

Students will learn proper bellydance posture while utilizing muscle movement and isolations to learn and practice core bellydance moves.  These moves when drilled can be a great part of your regular fitness program and can help improve and maintain muscle strength.  This class is provided

in a relaxed, fun and supportive environment.  The Basic Moves level is suitable for all body types and will help improve one's every-day posture, flexibility, balance and self-esteem.  The

moves you learn in the Basic Moves class are incorporated in

a fun dance routine in the Beginner Level Bellydance Choreography class.  Bellydance Basic Moves and the Beginner Level Bellydance Choreography classes may be taken simultaneously.  This is a multi-level class. Students with

previous bellydance experience will learn more advanced

moves as well as layering.

No dance experience required. 


**NEW - THIS CLASS IS NOW DROP IN FRIENDLY**

The drop in rate is $8.00 per class & payable at the

Deer Valley Community Center.


Sept 13 - Oct 25

Nov 8 - Dec 20

(Class Recital Session - you are not required to perform if you do not wish to)


View Basic Moves Drill Recital Example Here


Student Quotes:


It's a great activity mom and teen daughter can enjoy together! It helped my girl to learn to love her body.  I can see a very big difference in my daughter after one class! Kitty

 You feel accomplished after each session. There is not only room for improvement but also for growth and advancement whether that means selecting the class next up when you’re comfortable or becoming a member of Jewels or Dancers of DeNile. You won’t find another class for that price in which the instructor puts so much effort into each session as well as in each individual.  Erika

Her choreography is creative and fun. She's an excellent teacher.  Marion

I love belly dancing because it's a great way to exercise without feeling like you are exercising.  The classes are great because you can be at any level and fit in. There are all shapes and sizes that are accepted into the dance community and they make you feel beautiful no matter your level of expertise!  Michelle
 
What I like about the classes is that by the end of the session you have an entire choreography learned, along with all the moves.  I adore the choice of music - always something that is so much fun to learn and has a great beat that makes it easy to follow.  Everyone is welcomed into class, and each person is given individual attention.  Mary

The most fun you will ever have in yoga pants.  Linda

Learning to belly dance it a lot of fun. I moved here and   had difficulty finding a class. As an experienced dancer this one is perfect for me.  Since there are several classes offered you can continue your belly dance journey from beginner to intermediate without interruption and with opportunities to perform. It's great fun, join us.  Lise​



Registration opens August 2nd!

Classes start Thursday, September 13, 2018.  

AFFORDABLE session fees plus the cost of a City of Phoenix Parks & Recs

pass (good for 1 year & at any City of Phoenix Parks & Recs facility).


To view the cost of each session, please click on the links

below for the class you are interested in taking.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 1 WEEK BEFORE THE START DATE OF EACH SESSION

Classes are held at Deer Valley Community Center

2001 W. Wahalla Ln., Phx, AZ 85027. 

Class size limit is 15. All genders welcome and safe in all classes. 

Register in person at DVCC or use the online links below.


Phx Parks  Recs Pass Cost (good for 1 year & at any City of Phoenix Parks & Recs facility:

(Click the above link to be taken to the Parks & Recs Pass page)

Adult Phx Resident $20;   Adult Non-Phx resident $40

Child Phx Resident $5;   Child Non-Phx Resident $10​


CLASSES ARE HELD ON THURSDAYS FOR AGES 13 AND UP:

Basic Moves: 5:45 - 6:45 PM

Beginner Choreography: 6:45 - 7:45 PM

Intermediate Choreography: 7:45 - 8:45 PM


Health Benefits of Dancing

From: Better Health Channel


Dancing can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes.  It has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including:

  • improved condition of your heart and lungs
  • increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
  • increased aerobic fitness
  • improved muscle tone and strength
  • weight management
  • stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • better coordination, agility and flexibility
  • improved balance and spatial awareness
  • increased physical confidence
  • improved mental functioning
  • improved general and psychological well-being
  • greater self-confidence and self-esteem
  • better social skills


Beginner Bellydance Choreography  

​Students will learn proper bellydance posture and how to break down and do bellydance moves, utilizing muscle movement and isolations, while learning a fun, short and beginner-friendly choreography in a relaxed, fun and supportive environment.  This level is suitable for all body types, and will help improve one's posture, flexibility, balance and 

self-esteem.  This class and the Bellydance Basic Moves class 

may be taken simultaneously.  No dance experience required.

If you have no dance experience of any kind we HIGHLY recommend you start in the Basic Moves class so you can learn the moves and their names on more of a one on one basis.

This class may be a multi level class as students may be at this level until they are approved to move into the Intermediate level. Typical dance level experience is 0 to 4 years of bellydance.

**This class level is NOT drop in friendly**

Sept 13 - Oct 25

Nov 8 - Dec 20

(Class Recital Session - you are not required to perform if you do not wish to)

View Class Recital Example Here