(Individual classes are listed below)
Register by showing up twenty minutes early to your first class; no preregistration is necessary. You will be asked to sign a waiver, which will complete your registration. Your punch card (Groupon, LivingSocial, etc., 4 class punch card, unlimited month) is good for all classes offered at Dance Life.
Drop in: $10
4 Class Pass: $39
8 Class Pass: $72
16 Class Pass: $136
Unlimited Month: $69
Key for classes:
(B+) All Levels Welcome
All classes are 1 hour long
To find a class at the right intensity level for you, check our class coding: The code is the letter in brackets next to a class. (B) is for a beginning level class if it is dance-focused, or a low intensity class if it is fitness-focused. (B+) is the “begintermediate” level class for dance, or the mild intensity level class for fitness. (I) is for the intermediate level for dance, and the moderate intensity level for fitness. (A) denotes an advanced level class, or a high-intensity fitness class.
Bellydance Fundamentals (B)
Instructor: Arielle and Kathy, Maureen or VictoriaBellydance Fundamentals is offered four times a week: Monday at 6PM and Wednesday at 6PM (offered by Arielle and Mama K), Saturday at 9AM (offered by Maureen), Sunday at 10AM (offered by Victoria)
This class is a perfect choice for adults who are looking for a beginning level dance class, or for those who want to work their way up to a fitness class. Throughout the course, we break down Middle Eastern belly dance to its main components. Students will gain body awareness while learning the foundational moves. Short combinations will be introduced with emphasis on having fun while feeling the deep connection between the music and the movement.
Bellydance Fundamentals is offered in 8-week cycles. 2014 new cycle start dates: week of October 20th. 2015 new cycle start dates: week of Jan 5th, week of March 3rd, week of April 27th.This class is intended to be taken once a week for 8 weeks, though latecomers to the session are always welcome; if you start late, just be sure to take the class for 8 weeks in a row, and you will have covered all of the material for this level.
Please note: You do not need to attend all classes held in one week; we suggest one class a week (or more if your schedule allows, extra practice is always helpful!) and you may jump between the classes as you see fit. Monday and Wednesday's classes are duplicates of each other, while the Saturday and Sunday classes cover material at different rates. However, no matter which class you attend, you will learn the same material over the course of 8 weeks.
Intermediate Bellydance (I)
Instructor: Arielle, Kathy, Maureen
In Intermediate Bellydance, basic concepts are expanded upon, and the dancer's vocabulary of movement is greatly increased. Core technique skills are refined and combinations become longer. Students are encouraged to repeat this level to build the strongest foundation. All classes cover the same material, however each class covers dance movements and concepts at a different pace. We recommend trying out as many teachers as possible!
Unlike Fundamentals, Intermediate Belly Dance does not run on sessions; whenever you feel ready to move on, we encourage you to jump in. Our best recommendation: continue taking Fundamentals after you begin Intermediate to gain the best understanding of the dance form.
Continuing Bellydance (A)
Suggested: Previous Experience or Intermediate Bellydance.
In Continuing Bellydance, basic concepts are further expanded upon, and the dancer's vocabulary of movement continues to be greatly increased. Core technique skills are refined and combinations become longer. Students are encouraged to repeat this level as many times as possible. At 8pm, the class becomes ADVANCED BELLY DANCE CONCEPTS EXPRESS. You may join this class without having taken the previous hour's class if you would like, but we recommend taking Continuing Belly Dance in addition to this class. Advanced Belly Dance Concepts Express will cover techniques to take your dancing from amateur to professional!
Performance Class (I)
A whole room of people, clapping and cheering for you... Who doesn't want to experience that? Get a slice of the limelight in our student troupe performance class! This class is a low-pressure opportunity for students who would like to perform in a group onstage. This class will learn a choreography based in belly dance together, and perform in haflas here in Madison. Purchase or acquisition basic costuming will be required, not exceeding a maximum cost of $50. Have fun dancing with other ladies from the studio!
Tribal Belly Dance Fusion (I)
Ayperi's class will focus on technique, drills, and conditioning in tribal fusion bellydance style. The class will start incorporating yoga, strengthening, and drills with shimmies, footwork combinations, and isolation-layers to build our tribal fusion bellydance vocabularies and start to string together sentences (combinations) with unique and strong movements. This is a technique & combinations class that will build movements and concepts to enrich your dance practice in any style.
Ayperi is an award-winning professional Tribal bellydancer, fire performer, and costumer. She has performed locally and across the midwest at restaurants, renaissance festivals, seasonal fairs, and night clubs as a soloist (2005 - present), part of the male/female bellydance duet "Ayperi & Misha" (2006 - present), with Vertigo Belly Dance Project (2012 - present), as a member of Ashar Dance Company (2007-20011), as the founder of "El Genneyya" and "Weno Gypsies" (2005-2007), and as a governing council member of the Bellydance UW club (2002 - 2005). Her innovative and epressive dance style incorporates traditional with modern seamlessly. For more information, please check out www.ayperibellydance.com and friend her on Facebook. You can catch her performing monthly at Mediterranean Hookah Lounge.
Instructor: Arielle or Kellie
Mondays at 7PM: Learn a Choreography Routine (offered by Arielle)
Wednesdays at 7PM: Sassy Burlesque Fitness (offered by Arielle and Mama K)
Tuesdays at 5PM: Tone and Tease Burlesque, a hybrid of the two above (offered by Kellie)
PLEASE NOTE: You must be 18+ to attend this class, or have a parent's permission
Monday night Choreography: Learn to embrace your sexy side in a sassy, classy way! Gain confidence and have fun as you learn burlesque-inspired choreographies. Be comfortable in your own skin! Classes focus on learning an entire choreography over the course of 6-10 weeks, but newcomers are encouraged to join at any time. The material is presented in a fashion that you can jump in and learn a chunk of a dance at any point. Routines are mainly broadway jazz and belly dance inspired, with the occasional dip into other styles including hip hop and prop work. Email us at email@example.com if you want to know what routine we are currently working on!
Wednesday night Fitness: Follow along to popular burlesque music, including songs like, "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Why Don't You Do Right", "All That Jazz", "Superfreak" and more. Follow the instructor in a zumba-like fashion, and dance an hour away without having to learn a routine. So much fun, you won't know you're exercising!
Tuesday Night Tone and Tease: Looking for a fun and sassy way to get your sweat on and learn some new moves for the dance floor? Come join Kellie for a half hour of stretching and sculpting followed by a half hour of saucy burlesque choreo designed to work you out and bring out your inner diva. Drop ins always welcome, and please bring a yoga mat!
Bollywood Troupe (I)
Bollywood is the upbeat dance style performed in many Indian musicals. It's a combination of many classical and folk Indian dance, with Latin, Arabic and Western moves thrown in for some spice. It's incredibly fun and very expressive, and there's a lot of deep meaning behind music in the films. Learn how to express what the music means and tell the story of the song through the graceful movements of the body. No previous dance experience is required- just arrive ready to enjoy the beats! Have fun in an adult beginner dance class where you learn a whole routine. This class is specifically geared towards performance, so please join if you feel you can commit to attending most classes.
Bollywood Fitness (I)
Bollywood is the upbeat dance style performed in many Indian musicals. It's a combination of many classical and folk Indian dance, with Latin, Arabic and Western moves thrown in for some spice. It's incredibly fun and very expressive, and there's a lot of deep meaning behind music in the films. Learn how to express what the music means and tell the story of the song through the graceful movements of the body, and get a great workout while you are at it! No previous dance experience is required- just arrive ready to enjoy the beats! Have fun in an adult beginner dance class. Drop-ins welcome!
Hula Hoop Fitness Express (B+)
**Please note this is a half an hour class**
**Rent a weighted hoop at the studio for $1 or bring your own**
Researchers at the Exercise and Health Program at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse conducted a study; to their amazement, hula hooping expended similar calorie rates and raised heart rates to cardio kickboxing, step aerobics and boot camp classes. The Hula hoop Fitness Workout incorporates FUN, technique, and weight-loss. There is also evidence that this fat-burning workout, with the rhythmic motion of hooping, can also bring about beneficial changes in brainwave activity. Come burn approx. 360-600 calories in an hour of low-impact, high energy fun!
Hip Hop Hustle (B+)
If you love to dance, but find most hip hop and dance workouts too complicated to get a good workout, then you have found your solution! We funk-da-fy simple to follow, easy to learn dance steps that allow you to really burn fat and calories! This workout feels more like a night on the town than exercise! No dance experience required!
Instructor: Melissa, Jen, or Dana
This fitness sensation combines Latin and international rhythms to produce a workout that is both fun and effective! The easy to follow steps and upbeat music might even make you forget that you are exercising! More a party than a chore, getting in shape with Zumba is appropriate for individuals at all levels of fitness.
Belly Dance Fitness (B+)Instructor: Sarah
Belly Dance Fitness is offered as an express class (30 min) on Sundays at 11:30AM
Get your sweat on belly dance style in this Zumba-esque, follow the bouncing butt fitness class; spend a half an hour dancing, not thinking, and burn some calories while you're at it. This class uses basic belly dance movements, and it's recommended if you've never done a fitness or dance class before that you start with Fundamentals of Belly Dance.
This is a high-intensity kickboxing class that uses fun choreographies and great music to torch major calories while toning those muscles and having a great time. Although there is a warning, you may become a Turbo addict!!
PiYo - Pilates-Yoga Fusion (I)
**Rent a mat at the studio for $2/hr or bring your own**
PiYo Strength is a fusion class that brings together Pilates, yoga, and bodyweight strength training. It is set to fun music that keeps the pace of the class, and your heart rate, elevated. What is unique about PiYo Strength is that you can improve your strength, flexibility, and balance all within one workout. All fitness levels are welcome to come connect mind and body through this dynamic class!
**Rent a mat at the studio for $2/hr or bring your own**
Work through a variety of stretches that targets all of the major areas of the body including the hamstrings, hips/quads/glutes, arms and shoulders, back stretches and more. You'll find yourself working your way up to the splits in no time.
This is a beginner's class for those looking to increase their strength and flexibility. Socks are highly recommended, and feel free to bring a mat. Being able to touch your toes not required!
Dance-Yoga Express (B+)
Dance-Yoga Express is a half an hour class offered on Saturdays at 8:30AM (beginning September 6th)
**Rent a mat at the studio for $2/hr or bring your own**
Learn and practice a flowing routine to improve focus, flexibility and balance that is designed to energize you for the rest of the day. Yoga mat required.