(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 to no intensity (such as Stretch) 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. 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. 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 (B+ to I)
Instructor: Arielle, Ayperi, Alex
Belly Dance/Burlesque Student Troupe (B+) Mondays at 7pm (offered by Arielle, opens January 5th)
American Tribal Style Student Troupe (I) Wednesdays at 7pm (offered by Ayperi, opens January 7th)
Belly Dance Student Troupe (I) Thursdays at 6pm (offered by Arielle)
Bollywood Troupe (B+) Sundays at noon (offered by Anjali)
A whole room full 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 classes! These classes are a low-pressure opportunity for students who would like to perform in a group onstage. Please note that these aren't drop in classes; if you would like to find out where we are in a routine, please send us an email and we will gladly assist you!
This student troupe is geared towards those who are brand new to performing and just want to have some fun with other ladies from the studio. This troupe will perform in Dance Life's semi annual haflas, and our biannual Inappropriate Song Night. Purchase or acquisition of a basic costume will be required, not to exceed $50 per costume. We recommend a round or two of our 8 week Fundamentals sessions before attending this class.
American Tribal Style
This class is perfect for adults who are interested in belly dance with a rebellious spirit & a bad a$$ vibe. This troupe class is open to adventurous beginners (who are prepared to be immersed into the wonderful world of ATS belly dance) and continuing/intermediate dancers alike who want to learn about and incorporate elements of this fusion style of dance into their own practice.
American Tribal Style belly dance is a modern take on the movements, aesthetics, and dynamics of traditional Middle Eastern dance, with an emphasis on a structured improvisational system that creates a supported, fun, and joyful performance. During the first six weeks of each session, Ayperi will teach American Tribal Style movements, techniques, and group dynamics through an upbeat choreography; during the 7th and 8th week, class will be focused on how to utilize the movements taught in class in structured improvisation. At the end of the session, the troupe will have a performance opportunity, showcasing what the troupe has learned.
The troupe will be supported by a Facebook group with videos, choreography notes, costuming ideas, and a discussion forum for students. The first session will start on Wednesday, 1/7, and run through 2/25, with a performance opportunity on 2/28 at A Perfect Knot's Bellydance Hafla.
This class will learn a choreography based in belly dance together, and perform in haflas, professional shows and outside gigs here in Madison. Purchase or acquisition basic costuming will be required, not exceeding a maximum cost of $50. We recommend at least 16 weeks of Intermediate Belly Dance before attending this class.
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.
All these classes are specifically geared towards performance, so please join if you feel you can commit to attending most classes. We don't recommend dropping in on these classes as they will often contain material not relevant to those who aren't a part of the performance. Contact us to find out where we are in a routine and join one of our performance classes to be a part of the fun!
Instructor: Arielle or Kellie
Wednesdays at 7PM: Sassy Burlesque Fitness (offered by Arielle and Mama K)
Tuesdays at 5PM: Tone and Tease Burlesque (offered by Kellie)
PLEASE NOTE: You must be 18+ to attend this class, or have a parent's permission
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 routine designed to work you out and bring out your inner diva. Drop ins always welcome, and please bring a yoga mat!
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!
Sundays at noon (opens January 4th)
Tuesdays at 7pm (opens January 6th)
A non-stop, cardio fusion of standing pilates, boxing and dance that will bring out a sleek, sexy, powerful you! Piloxing will help you burn maximum calories, build lean muscles, and increase stamina.
The Piloxing program uniquely blends the power, speed, and agility of boxing with exhilarating dance moves and targeted sculpting and flexibility of pilates. Put it all together, and you have a muscle-toning, fat-burning workout that will make you feel physically and mentally empowered!
Training in barefeet is encouraged, but not required. You also have the option to wear 1/2 pound weighted gloves to increase the intensity of the class.
Check out a video here!
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 twice weekly:
Sundays at 9am (opens January 4th)
Mondays at 7pm (opens January 5th)
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.
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.