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

Schedule


Salsa Fusion (Open Level Class)

TUESDAYS 8:00-9:30pm, Farnborough

New term: 9 January – 8 May, 2018 (no class 16/1, 30/1, 13/2, 27/2, 13/3, 3/4, 10/4 & 1/5)

Theme: Salsa 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.


Dance Technique & Core Conditioning (Beginner/Improver Class)

THURSDAYS 8:35-9:35pm in the Cleves School Dance Studio, Weybridge

New term: 29 March – 7 June, 2018 (no class 3rd May)

This 10 week course is aimed at beginners, as well as more experienced students, who would like to develop their technique and movement vocabulary across different dance styles. Think of it as a moving pilates class, where we are aiming to wake up and isolate the use of our muscles. Apart from working your core, you can also expect to improve your balance and coordination, as well as having fun dancing! 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, Belly Dance and Fusion styles.

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

Price: £90 pre-paid (10 classes), block book 5 for £50 or pay as you go £12. Unused classes do not rollover.

Register and pay online here.


Oriental Belly Dance (Improver/Intermediate Class)

THURSDAYS 6:55-7:55pm at the Cleves School Dance Studio, Weybridge

New term: 29 March – 7 June, 2018 (no class 3rd May)

Theme: Turkish Style Belly Dance

This 10 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: £90 pre-paid (10 classes), block book 5 classes for £50 or pay as you go £12. Unused classes do not rollover.

Register and pay online here.


Just Dance: Latin Fusion Fun (Open Level Class)

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

Every Thursday from the 29 March – 7 June, 2018 (no class 3rd May)

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 Latin dance routines including Salsa, Samba and Cha cha cha. The sessions work on a drop in basis, and no dance experience is necessary. If you want to learn the moves and the technique used in greater detail, then join the ‘Dance Basics and Beyond’ class, which is on straight after 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

Spring dates: 29/4, 13/5 and 10/6

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: £99 Pre-paid (5 sessions), or pay as you go £25.Unused session do not rollover.

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.

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