Free Intro Classes in May 2018

May 2018
Free Intro Classes in ATS® Fundamentals
American Tribal Style® Bellydance

  • Wed, May 2 – Agoura Hills – 7 PM
  • Sun, May 6 – North Hollywood – 2 PM
  • Mon, May 7 – Oxnard – 7 PM

Are You Excited to Dance?

See Instruction for street addresses, directions, parking instructions, and studio information.

RSVP by email, Facebook, Meetup, or private message to Cat Ellen.

Come experience the Joy of Dance, in a classroom where the first rule is, “No Pressure, No Shame.”

Class Dates for Sessions 3 and 4 (May-Aug 2018)

Register Now


Session 3 – May and June 2018

Sundays in North Hollywood, CA, 2-3 PM
Madilyn Clark Studios, 10852 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

  • 2018 Session 3: May 13-e, May 20-d, Jun 3-d, Jun 10-c, Jun 17-d, Jun 24-d (No class May 27) – 6 week session Plus, Bonus Free class on May 6!
  • Classes are held in either Studio C, D, or E. Check the Studio letter for each date.

Mondays in Oxnard, CA 7-8 PM
NEMA Bellydance, 1230 Saviers Road, Unit R, Oxnard, CA 93033

  • 2018 Session 3: May 14, May 21, Jun 4, Jun 11, Jun 18, Jun 25 (No class May 28) – 6 week session – Plus, Bonus Free class on May 7!

Wednesdays in Agoura Hills, CA 7-8 PM
Wild Card Dance Company Studios, 28854 Road Side Drive, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

  • Classes are held in the Green studio
  • 2018 Session 3: May 9, May 16, May 23, Jun 6, Jun 13, Jun 20, Jun 27 (No class May 30) – 7 week session Plus, Bonus Free class on May 2!

Session 4 – July and August 2018

Sundays in North Hollywood, CA, 2-3 PM
Madilyn Clark Studios, 10852 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

  • 2018 Session 4: Jul 15-c, Jul 22-d, Jul 29-e, Aug 5-e, Aug 12-c, Aug 19-e, Aug 26-e Halfa (No class Jul 8) – 6 week session Plus, Bonus Free class on July 1 (Studio E)!

Mondays in Oxnard, CA 7-8 PM
NEMA Bellydance, 1230 Saviers Road, Unit R, Oxnard, CA 93033

  • 2018 Session 4: Jul 9, Jul 16, Jul 23, Jul 30, Aug 6, Aug 13, Aug 20, Aug 27 Hafla – 7 week session – Plus, Bonus Free class on Jul 2!

Wednesdays in Agoura Hills, CA 7-8 PM
Wild Card Dance Company Studios, 28854 Road Side Drive, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

  • 2018 Session 4: Jul 18, Jul 25, Aug 1, Aug 8, Aug 15, Aug 22, Aug 29 Hafla (No class Jul 4) – 6 week session – Plus, Bonus Free class on Jul 11!

Tuition Options

There are three different ways to purchase tuition for any of my classes.

  1. Session Dance card = $10 per class (6-week sessions $60, 7-week sessions $70) 
    BEST VALUE! Buy the whole session for only $10 per class, when you buy all six or seven classes together.
  2. Part-Time Dance card = $12 per class, for 5 classes over the span of 2 sessions ($60)
    FLEXIBLE class scheduling! Buy 5 classes for any week during two sessions. Most similar to the old tuition cards.
  3. One-class Drop-in = $15 per class, same as before

If you have an old tuition card, you can either use it for one-class drop ins as needed (until the old card expiration date) or you can convert the value remaining on the card for a Session Dance Card or a Part-Time Dance card. You choose which works best for you.

As before, all tuition cards can be used at all three class locations. For example, if you cannot attend week 2 during a session in Agoura Hills but you can make it to North Hollywood, bring your card to class.

What are we studying?

  • When are you offering Session 1 again?
  • What are we studying this week? What did I miss last week?
  • Do I have to learn zills?
  • When can I advance to Level 2?

Good news! I have the answers to these and other questions!


When are you offering Session 1 again?

Actually, the Session number only refers to a set of classes that covers everything in the Level Syllabus. Session 1 will start with week one and go through all the weeks. Session 2 starts at week one again and repeats the moves. 

What are we studying this week? What did I miss last week?

By looking at this grid, you’ll see which moves are the key focus for each week. But you will still integrate various moves nearly every week. For example, in week two we will focus on the Choo-Choo during the fast music section. However, since it is in the Pivot Bump family, you will be certain to work on all sorts of Pivot Bump techniques. And because you will need to know how to start from another move and transition into a different move, all the Level 1 fast moves will be part of your experience.

Do I have to learn Zills?

Certainly no one can make you learn anything. [Insert big grin here] But Zills (or finger cymbals) are not required in class until at least week three. It is requested that you do your best to try. Remember: My first rule in class is still “No Pressure, No Shame.” So let that be an encouragement to you. And my hope is to make the experience both fun and structured in a way to build your skills for your best success.

When can I advance to Level 2?

The minimum requirement for Level 2 is that you can (a) dance all the Level 1 moves, (b) you can zill through the Level 1 fast moves and wear your zills but not play during the slow moves, and (c) you can lead all the Level 1 moves. (Level 1+ is optional, and it’s okay if you never studied Level 1+. All those moves will be additionally focused on in Level 2.)

The other key to studying Level 2 is simply having enough students to launch an additional class. With a minimum of 4 students, a new Level 2 course can be added to the schedule. If there are fewer than 4 but someone wants to do independent study, we can talk about private or semi-private lessons for fewer than 4 students.

Calendar and Syllabus for Sessions 1 and 2 in 2018

You can download the Calendar for Sessions 1 and 2 for January-April 2018 as a PDF.

NOTE: Session One at Wild Card Studios in Agoura Hills has been cancelled. No Wednesday classes for January-February.

Syllabus Breakdown by Specific Weeks

Session: Week 1

  • Level 1: Posture, Graditude Meditation (Slow) Taxim, Hand Floreo, (Fast) Pivot Bump (with turns)
  • Level 1+ (for returning Level 1 students): (Slow) Corkscrew Turn, (Fast) Box Step

Session: Week 2

  • Level 1: Duets, (Slow) Arm Undulations (w/lvl), (Fast) Egyptian, Choo-Choo
  • Level 1+ (for returning Level 1 students): (Slow) Propeller Turn, (Fast) Reach and Sit

Session: Week 3

  • Level 1: (Slow) Floreo Combo, Sweep, (Fast) Zills, Shimmy Step
  • Level 1+ (for returning Level 1 students): (Slow) Reverse Turn, (Fast) Double Bump (w/tu)

Session: Week 4

  • Level 1: Trios, (Slow) Body Wave (w/level), (Fast) Arabic (w/turns, arms)
  • Level 1+ (for returning Level 1 students): (Slow) Review 3 Turns, (Fast) Single Bump [no turn]

Session: Week 5

  • Level 1: Quartets, (Slow) Torso Twist, (Fast) Egyptian Half Turn
  • Level 1+ (for returning Level 1 students): (Slow) Torso Twist, (Fast) Chico Four Corners

Session: Week 6

  • Level 1: (Slow) Circle Step, (Fast) Review
  • Level 1+ (for returning Level 1 students): (Slow) Circle Step, (Fast) Review