Late Summer Schedule


Happy Flip the Calendar Day, my friends!

As we look at the end of summer and start planning, please make note of the following classes dates, times, and locations.

  • Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 PM in Agoura Hills: Classes will be held on: August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, August 31, September 7, September 14, September 21, and September 28.
  • Fridays 7:30-8:30 PM in Oxnard: Classes will be held on: August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26, September 2, September 9, September 16, September 23, and September 30.
  • Sundays 2-3 PM in North Hollywood: Classes will be held on: August 7 (in Studio D), August 14 (in Studio C), August 21 (in Studio D), August 28 (in Studio D), September 4 (in Studio D), September 11 (in Studio C), NO CLASS on September 18, and September 25 (in Studio D).
Possible Change in Time

We have the opportunity to shift our Friday classes earlier by 30 minutes (to 7-8 PM) if we would like, with the long-term goal to eventually have TWO CLASSES (level 1 and then level 2) back to back some day. I know there is at least one dancer ready for this immediately, and I would like to encourage additional dancers to set this as a goal.

Labor Day Weekend

I would also love to hear from folks about your Labor Day weekend plans. Are you available for class in Oxnard on Friday, September 2 and/or in North Hollywood on Sunday, September 4? Please let me know right away if you can be there or if we have so few dancers that we should cancel.

Thanks everyone!

Summer Schedule

The Summer is upon us and have I got a wonderful schedule of classes available for you!

Are you looking for a chance to unwind after the work day, shake those hips, and get those arms moving in majestic and ethereal ways? There are two possibilities you could embrace. On Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30 pm, join us in Agoura Hills at Wild Card Dance Studios on Roadside near Kanan Road and the 101 Freeway. Or come out to Club NEMA in Oxnard on Friday nights from 7:30-8:30 pm, on Oxnard Blvd. at Five Points (next to the CVS).

If Sunday afternoons are more your style, join us in North Hollywood from 2-3 pm at the Madilyn Clark Studios on Burbank Rd (the little studio with the fairytale carriages out front and on the roof).

All the classes are available for the same tuition price: $15 for a single class drop-in or $50/5-class dance card (which makes each class $10). Your dance cards are good at all three locations, so you can take class more than once a week on the same card. Each class is geared toward the skill level of those who come to class. Nearly all the students are Level One dancers, studying Fundamentals. Come join us to build your Fundamentals ATS bellydance skills.

Are you interested in processing into Level Two? I am available for private lessons and custom workshops  for several dancers together. Do you have aspirations to dance with props? Let’s talk about ATS with Props and how to start building your skills for these additional challenges.

In all things, I ask for just two key rules in my classrooms: (1) No Pressure , No Shame — and (2) This Body, This Day.

Sundays in North Hollywood, 2-3 PM

June 12, June 19, June 26 NO CLASS, July 3, July 10, July 17 NO CLASS, July 24, and July 31. (August dates not yet confirmed.)

Wednesdays in Agoura Hills, 7:30-8:30 PM

June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, and July 27. (August dates not yet confirmed.)

Fridays in Oxnard, 7:30-8:30 PM

June 10, June 17, June 24 NO CLASS, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19, and August 26.

I look forward to dancing with you soon!


May and June Class Schedules

Quick glance at all the dance times and dates for May and June, 2016. Remember: Tuition cards are good at any location, any date. If you normally attend the Friday class in Oxnard and you’d like to drop in at either of the locations, bring your dance card. Your tuition is transferable to any class.

Madilyn Clark Studios, North HollywoodLevels 1 and 1.5

  • May
    • Sunday May 8 – NO CLASS
    • Sunday May 15, 2-3 pm, Studio D
    • Sunday May 22, 2-3 pm, Studio D
    • Sunday May 29 – NO CLASS
  • June
    • Sunday June 5, 2-3 pm, Studio D
    • Sunday June 12, 2-3 pm, Studio E
    • Sunday June 19, 2-3 pm, Studio D
    • Sunday June 25 – NO CLASS

Wild Card Studios, Agoura Hills Level 1

  • May
    • Wednesday May 4, 7:30-8:30 pm
    • Wednesday May 11, 7:30-8:30 pm
    • Wednesday May 18, 7:30-8:30 pm
    • Wednesday May 25, 7:30-8:30 pm
  • June
    • Wednesday June 1, 7:30-8:30 pm
    • Wednesday June 8, 7:30-8:30 pm
    • Wednesday June 15, 7:30-8:30 pm
    • Wednesday June 22, 7:30-8:30 pm
    • Wednesday June 29, 7:30-8:30 pm

Club NEMA Studios, Oxnard Level 1, soon adding Level 1.5

  • May
    • Friday May 6, 7:30-8:30 pm
    • Friday May 13, 7:30-8:30 pm
    • Friday May 20, 7:30-8:30 pm
    • Friday May 27 – NO CLASS
  • June
    • Friday June 3, 7:30-8:30 pm
    • Friday June 10, 7:30-8:30 pm
    • Friday June 17, 7:30-8:30 pm
    • Friday June 24 – NO CLASS


Leveling Up: Achievement Unlocked

While I haven’t written much about my dancing and teaching in the past year, things have continued to progress at an exciting and wonderful pace. In January 2015, I attended the first ever ATS Homecoming in San Francisco, put on by the amazing folks at FatChanceBellyDance®. My classes were challenging and exciting, I made several really fantastic new friends, and reconnected with old friends. In March, I spent a day at the workshops in San Diego at Tribal Trove. In May, my annual trek to Sebastapol for Tribal Fest included not only amazing workshops and performances, but a fun way to give back to the community. I headed up the painting detail for the metal-work art sculpture of the festival mascot and was thrilled as festival goers took selfies with Maverick all week. I also performed with one of the workshops and had an amazing time. Then in July, workshops here in Los Angeles with two of the men of ATS®, Valizan and Yuska, followed by a second day of more Valizan dance goodness.

But what I’m most excited about have been some of the exciting steps I’ve been able to take with my own teaching. In August, I’ve launched my first ever Advanced class, also called Level 3, with a set of students who drive almost an hour to dance with my on Sundays. Since they drive so far, I wanted to offer them two hours of instruction and really make the drive worth it. In preparing the syllabus for our five Sundays in August, I decided to condense the material for the first class and the second class so that both of them are a “Summer Boot Camp” experience. And I couldn’t be prouder of the dancers who gave it their all and really stepped up to the challenge. As a teacher, I was kept on my toes, studying, researching, preparing materials, and ensuring we had everything we needed in place. As a fellow dancers, I haven’t had to sweat that much or that hard since some of those workshops I took earlier in the year at the various festivals. It feels like an awesome “leveling up” achievement for myself, and I’m humbled and honored to have students willing to take on this level of work.

My weekly open-dance format in the park continues to grow and develop. The park group gives me a chance to slow down and be more thorough, stressing our fundamentals in drills and gentle correction. And now my studio students get to “crank it up to eleven” with me. I love that we have a chance to work through this together.

Finally, I did a professional photo shoot for bellydance and narrowed down 340 proofs to the 25 images I’m purchasing. The photographer is also an ATS instructor, the same Yuska I mentioned above, and working with a dancing photographer makes all the difference in the world. I’m excited to finally have business cards and class postcards to put out at the studio.