Weekly Studio Classes

I offer weekly Body Awareness, Belly Dance, Bollywood and Latin fusion classes in Weybridge, Surrey and Farnborough, Hampshire.

If you’re not sure which level is right for you then please see the FAQ. You can also learn from the comfort of your own home, with my new online course.

What to expect

“What I like best about Ishtar’s lessons is the incredible variety – from choreographies to drilling movements then layering techniques, and yet always keeping her class fun and relaxed,” Yoshiko Nakayama, Hampshire

My aim is to convey the art of graceful movement, whether it’s through Body Awareness, Belly Dance, Bollywood or Fusion dance, in a safe and fun environment. I don’t just teach dance moves, I also explain their cultural context and strive for my students to understand the technique they are learning instead of simply following.

Each class starts with a gentle warm up followed by lessons in dance technique. Depending on the level, choreographies may be taught, or the moves will be combined in an end of class dance. Each session finishes with a cool down and gentle stretching.

Please wear clothes that allow you to move freely, such as gym wear or leggings and a t-shirt. Soft non-slip shoes are best and plimsolls are a great first choice, but any shoe that will allow you to feel the floor and stay on your feet when moving will do. No trainers please, as these just don’t work for dancing. A limited number of hip scarves will be available to borrow in class. Please do also bring a bottle of water with you so you can stay hydrated throughout the class.

“I would highly recommend Ishtar’s teaching skills and classes, you won’t regret it – Ishtar will show you that there is a dancer in us all,” Kathy Moriarty, Hampshire


Flamenco Arab (Open Level Class)

TUESDAYS 8:00-9:30pm, Farnborough

Current term: 29 May – 18 September, 2018 (no class 19/6, 26/6, 10/7, 17/7, 7/8, 21/8 & 28/8)

Theme: Flamenco Fusion Choreography

In this 10 week course you will learn a challenging choreography and work on the technique and combinations which shape it. The lesson is 90 minutes long, which allows us to work on more complex choreographies, intricate technique and performance skills.

Location:  Mayfield Road, Farnborough, GU14 8LH.

Price: £75 pre-paid (10 classes), block book 5 classes for £45, or pay as you go £12.Unused class do not rollover.

Register and pay on-line here.

Oriental Belly Dance (Open Level Class)

THURSDAYS 7:30-8:30pm at the Cleves School Dance Studio, Weybridge

New term: 6 September – 25 October, 2018 (no class 20/9).

Theme: Egyptian Oriental Belly Dance

Join us for a 7 week intensive belly dance course open to all levels. We work on basic technique and how to develop it, dance flow and choreographies.

Location: Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge, KT13 9TS How to find us

Price: £70 pre-paid (7 classes) or pay as you go £12. Unused classes do not rollover.

Register and pay online here.

Just Dance: Bollywood (Open Level Class)

THURSDAYS 8:30-9:00pm, at the Cleves School Dance Studio, Weybridge 

New 7 week term: 6 September – 25 October, 2018 (no class 20/9).

Want to dance yourself happy and fit? Then join these drop in dance sessions aimed to  get your body moving whilst bringing a smile to your face. This term we’ll learn some fun and fast Bollywood routines. The sessions work on a drop in basis, and no dance experience is necessary. If you want to learn some of the moves and the technique used in greater detail, then join the open level belly dance class, which is on just before the ‘Just Dance’ class.

Location: Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge, KT13 9TS How to find us

Price: £5 for non students, to be paid in cash on the night. £2 for students attending other classes on the night.

Advance Your Dance Workshop Classes (Improver/Advanced Class)

SUNDAYS 11:30am-1:30pm, River Bourne Club, Chertsey

30 September and 25 November, 2018

Aimed at improver to advanced bellydancers, who would like to develop their technique, core strength, performance skills and dance flow. These 2 hour workshops contain a thorough warm up, stretching session, technique drills, dance combinations, individual feedback and a cool down.

Read more and register here.

Location: River Bourne Club, Heriot Road, Chertsey, KT16 9DR How to find us

Price: £25 per workshop.

Read more about the workshop topics and register here (you will need to pre-register in order to attend).

Private Lessons & Mentoring (online)

If you can’t make it to one of my studio classes, or if you’d like to work on specific elements of your dance, private lessons are the perfect solution. Due to my busy schedule I only work with a few students on a 121 level at any one time.

Price: £50 per hour, or £225 for a package of 5 (excluding transport and studio hirer costs).

Email for more information and to schedule your lesson.