Winter 2016-2017 Schedules

Winter Classes at CaySwann Dance
December 2016, January and February 2017
American Tribal Style® Bellydance
ATS® Levels 1, 1+, and 2

just_catIt’s that time again: Time to look at our calendars and make plans for regular classes and weeks when you get the chance to rehearse at home instead (insert very big grin here).

Any dancer may start on any week at any location. Class syllabus content is geared toward the dancers in each class. Fundamentals (Level 1) are appropriate for every dancer, every week. As these fundamentals become more familar, I can expand the coursework to Level 1+ (from the 2015 FatChanceBellyDance syllabus) and then to Level 2. Brand new dancers are requested to start using finger cymbals (also known as zills) starting on their third week in class. Don’t worry: There are drills to teach your fundamentals in zills, too.

Tuition is $15 for a single-class drop-in or $50 for a five-class dance card (good for one year from purchase). Dance cards are applicable at all three locations. [NEMA members receive a discount for the courses in Oxnard.] Payment is accepted by cash, Square, check, or PayPal.

If you have any questions, please contact me anytime.

Sundays in North Hollywood, CA

  • Dec 4 – NO CLASS
    Dec 11 – NO CLASS
    Dec 18 – 2-3 PM
    Dec 25 – NO CLASS
  • Jan 1 – NO CLASS
    Jan 8 – 2-3 PM
    Jan 15 – 2-3 PM
    Jan 22 – NO CLASS
    Jan 29 – 2-3 PM
  • Feb 5 – 2-3 PM
    Feb 12 – 2-3 PM
    Feb 19 – 2-3 PM
    Feb 26 – 2-3 PM

Wednesdays in Agoura Hills, CA

  • Dec 7 – 7-8 PM
    Dec 14 – 7-8 PM
    Dec 21 – 7-8 PM
    Dec 28 – NO CLASS
  • Jan 4 – 7-8 PM
    Jan 11 – 7-8 PM
    Jan 18 – NO CLASS
    Jan 25 – 7-8 PM
  • Feb 1 – 7-8 PM
    Feb 8 – 7-8 PM
    Feb 15 – 7-8 PM
    Feb 22 – 7-8 PM

Fridays in Oxnard, CA

  • Dec 2 – 7-8 PM
    Dec 9 – 7-8 PM
    Dec 16 – 7-8 PM
    Dec 23 – NO CLASS
    Dec 30 – NO CLASS
  • Jan 6 – 7-8 PM
    Jan 13 – 7-8 PM
    Jan 20 – NO CLASS
    Jan 27 – 7-8 PM
  • Feb 3 – 7-8 PM
    Feb 10 – 7-8 PM
    Feb 17 – 7-8 PM
    Feb 24 – 7-8 PM
No Pressure, No Shame – Philosophy for Dance and for Life

Embrace movement without shame, fitness for all sizes, and the joy and beauty in the community we build

Fall 2016 Schedule

October and November 2016 (updated)
October and November 2016 (updated)

ATS® Fundamentals

October and November 2016

  • Agoura Hills, Wednesdays 7-8 PM: Oct 12, Oct 19, and Oct 26; Nov 2, UPDATE, Nov 16, and Nov 30. (NO CLASS on Oct 5, Nov 9, or Nov 23.)
  • Oxnard, Fridays 7-8 PM:  Sep 30; Oct 14, Oct 21, and Oct 28; Nov 4, and Nov 18. (NO CLASS Oct 7, Nov 11, or Nov 25.)
  • North Hollywood, Sundays 2-3 PM: Oct 2 (Studio C), 16 (Studio D), Oct 23 (Studio D), and Oct 30 (Studio D); Nov 6 (Studio C), Nov 20 (Studio C), and Nov 27 (Studio D). (NO CLASS Oct 9 or Nov 13.)

Friday Classes: New Time!

We had the opportunity to move our Friday night classes in Oxnard, CA at the Club NEMA studio thirty minutes earlier. Now Level 1: ATS® Fundamentals will be from 7-8 PM.

My goal is to open a second class from 8-9 as soon as there are enough students ready to study Level 2: Tribal Combinations. We have one solid dancer ready now, so if this is a goal of yours, please let me know.

Post performance glow with Cat, Alysia, and Deborah (September 20, 2015)
Post performance glow with Cat, Alysia, and Deborah (September 20, 2015)

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!