Weekly Studio Classes

I offer weekly Body Awareness, Belly Dance and Bollywood 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 or Bollywood, 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

Schedule


Open Level Class

TUESDAYS 8:00-9:30pm, Farnborough

Current term: 5 September – 12 December (no class 26/9, 10/10, 17/10, 24/10 & 7/11)

Theme: Cheeky Saggat 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: £70 pre-paid (10 classes), block book 5 classes for £40, or pay as you go £12.Unused class do not rollover.

Register and pay on-line here.


Beginner & Improver Class: Belly Dance, Bollywood & Fusion Technique

THURSDAYS 8:20-9:20pm in the Cleves School Dance Studio, Weybridge

New term: 2 November – 7 December (Read more about the Christmas Class on the 14 December here)

Theme: Bellydance & Fusion Fun

This 6 week course is aimed at beginners, as well as more experienced students, who would like to develop their technique and movement vocabulary. Tuition is differentiated to ensure all students can develop their dance no matter what their level and dance experience is. We learn a variety of dance technique including Bollywood and Fusion styles, but the main focus will be on belly dance moves and combinations.

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

Price: £60 pre-paid (6 classes) or pay as you go £12. Unused classes do not rollover.

Register and pay online here.


Intermediate Class: Belly Dance, Bollywood & Fusion Technique 

THURSDAYS 7:00-8:00pm at the Cleves School Dance Studio, Weybridge

New term: 2 November – 7 December (Read more about the Christmas Class on the 14 December here)

Theme: Introduction to Isis Wings & Egyptian Dance Technique

This 6 week course is aimed at students, who already mastered basic belly dance moves and who have danced for at least 6-12 months. We work on more challenging technique, dance flow and choreographies. We will incorporate a wide range of dance techniques but the core focus will be on belly dance.

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

Price: £60 pre-paid (6 classes) or pay as you go £12. Unused classes do not rollover.

Register and pay online here.


Dance Development Clinic

THURSDAYS 8:00-8:20pm, at the Cleves School Dance Studio, Weybridge 

Every Thursday from the 2 November to the 7 December.

These sessions are aimed at dancers who want to work on specific technique including turns, travelling steps, stage presence etc. You are welcome to come see me in the studio and make use of our amazing mirrored facility. These sessions work on a drop in basis, and I will aim to give everyone who askes for it individual feedback. If you’re not a student taking part in either my beginner/improver or intermediate class, which take place on the same evening, there will be a charge of £2 to attend.

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

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


Advance Your Dance Workshop Classes

SUNDAYS 11:30am-1:00pm, River Bourne Club, Chertsey

Autumn course dates: 3 September, 17 September, 8 October, 29 October & 26 November.

Aimed at intermediate to advanced dancers of various disciplines, who would like to develop their technique, core strength and dance flow. These 90 minute workshop classes contain a thorough warm up, stretching session, technique drills, dance combinations, individual feedback and a cool down.

Find out more here.

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

Price: £80 Pre-paid (5 sessions), or pay as you go £20.Unused session do not rollover.

Register and pay online here.


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.

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