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Schedule Changes and Announcements

Closures, Additions, Changes (please always be sure to check our Facebook as well, you don’t need to have an account to see our posts):

-Fall lineup class changes and additions: Zumba with Lisa opens Tuesdays at 6pm beginning 8/16, and Masala Bhangra moves to Wednesday nights at 6pm beginning 8/17. Caitlin and Marta will be reopening Burlesque Fitness Tuesdays at 7pm on 8/30. Captain and Choreo, our new easy-to-follow choreography class for beginners opens Tuesday 9/6 at 7pm and Lisa’s Saudi Arabian Dance class opens Wednesday 9/7 at 7pm. Piloxing and Hula Hoop Fitness reopen at 11am on Saturdays beginning 9/10. Twerk Fitness with Kellie at 7pm on Thursdays is coming soon, please stay tuned for the final open date!

-LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Saturday 9/3, all classes will be closed. On Sunday 9/4, Hip Hop and Indian Classical Fusion will be closed, Fundamentals, Intermediate, PiYo and Adult Ballet will all be open. On Monday 9/5, Zumba and Sexy Jazz will be closed, and Fundamentals of Belly Dance and the Burlesque Troupe will be open.


Belly Dance Drills for Skills Video: The Drills for Skills video is now available for purchase!
Designed to be done daily in a four-by-eight foot space or less, this intermediate set of drills covers many of the main movement categories of belly dance to help you gain precision in your movement and execution. This DVD consists of a warm up, a set of drills that you can do on one or both sides, a “follow the bouncing butt” freestyle dance segment of all of the drills in order, plus explanations at the end to help you get the most out of the drills. Spend ten, twenty or thirty minutes a day with this DVD depending on how long you have working all the following categories and more:
– Undulations
– Shimmies
– Snake arms and basic hand movements
– Stationary and moving turns
– Muscular vs skeletal and isolated vs organic mayas and vertical figure 8s
– Abdominal accents
Follow the links below to preorder a DVD for $25+tax; there is also an option to have one shipped to you if you live out of town.
This DVD can be done on its own but was made to be accompanied by the workshop Arielle will be holding from 1:30-3:30p during Shimmy in the Grain on Saturday, September 24th. If you’re interested in this DVD, Arielle highly recommends attending the workshop, where all the material will be covered in greater detail and you’ll have an opportunity to ask her questions on the spot. See more or register at

$5 Drop In for the month of August: Zumba with Lisa Tuesdays at 6pm, Saudi Arabian Dance with Lisa Wednesdays at 7pm, Masala Bhangra on Wednesdays at 6pm, World Folk Dance, Tuesdays at 7pm


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Upcoming Events

 Arielle Performs at the Mediterranean Hookah Lounge and Cafe

Date: TBA, 2016
Held at the Mediterranean Hookah Lounge and Cafe, 77 Sirloin Strip; two fifteen minute shows at 8 and 9:30pm
Cost: —
Join Arielle as she dances at the local hookah lounge; enjoy a performance or two while you eat dinner or dessert, sip beverages or smoke a hookah! The first set is usually “traditional cabaret” belly dance- the style we learn in classes, while the second show usually features a fusion performance- tribal, hip hop, Latin, just to name a few.


Strip Tease Ladies Night

Date: August 26th, 2016 from 6-8pm
Held at Dance Life
Cost: $25
 Learn how to take it all off with confidence and style at our Strip Tease Workshop! Kellie will teach you how to gracefully undress and release your inner-seductress with an easy-to-follow choreography to Warrant’s “Cherry Pie”. Get ready to get sassy…
What to bring and wear:
t-shirt or tank top
shorts or skirt
a hair tie (if you have long hair)
a base layer (camisole or bra, leggings or booty shorts, etc).
Email us with your name letting us know you would like to attend.

Shimmy in the Grain 2016

Date: September 23rd, 24th, and 25th
Our 6th annual Shimmy in the Grain is back! We’ve moved our biggest event of the year to the end of summer- and the end of vacation season- to give you more opportunities to sample the awesomeness.
Workshop topics this year:
  • THREE workshops offered by Arielle- Belly Dance Drills to Take Home and Perfect Your Dance, Beautiful Arms through Veil, and Hip Hop Combos You Can Use to Any Song
  • TWO Burlesque workshops taught by the incomparable Jeez Loueez. The first will focus on burlesque technique in the art of the tease and the second will pull it all together for a short and sexy choreography
  • Theatrical Expression and Making Your Performance Pop with Cindy Severt
  • Basics of Poi Spinning with Tashar
  • Intermediate Skirt Work with Kelly Holder
  • Dramatic Tribal Fusion with Adara
Workshops are not only fun but are an excellent way to take your dancing to the next level in just one weekend. Take one workshop or up to five, the choice is yours with flexible pricing options for all budget levels.
See more information on all our workshops and instructors and register at

Gala and World Dance Shows

Saturday Show held at Longfellow Auditorium at 7pm (doors at 6:30p), $15
Sunday Show held at Dance Life at 6pm (doors at 5:30p), $8
Get both for $20
Sunday’s show features professional and amateur dancers alike on the main stage at Dance Life. This show tends to have a wider variety of dance styles, so you won’t want to miss this one either!
Our shows are known throughout the Midwest for featuring an amazing array of talented dancers. Saturday’s show will feature professionals and advanced students on the historic Longfellow stage; you’ll be blown away by their grace, talent and energy! This family-friendly show will leave you breathless until next year.
Both shows feature completely different acts and styles, so get the best deal by buying our gala show package.
Buy tickets here.

Burlesque Ladies Night

Date: October 28th, 2016
Held at Dance Life from 6-8PM
Cost: $25

Song: Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen
Learn a sultry routine to perform for someone else, or just for you!
Get loose, have fun, and make some new friends. Adult beverages provided.
Email us with your name letting us know you would like to attend. Cis and trans women welcome, and participating men too!

Inappropriate Song Night

Date: December 2nd, 2016
Held at Dance Life from 7-10pm
Cost: Suggested $10 donation
Cis and trans women 18+ only, join us for an outrageous night of hilarity and liberation going down December 2nd.
If you haven’t heard of Inappropriate Song Night yet, get ready to have your mind blown because there’s nothing like it anywhere else!
Arielle’s personal favorite event of the year, ISN is a safe and silly space for women to be whatever they want to be; some people come dressed to the nines, some people come to bring something to the stage, and some come just to let their hair down and have fun.
Audience members are encouraged to wear that outfit you don’t have enough excuses to wear anywhere else, and to bring drinks and snacks- this event is BYOB. We will socialize until 8:30pm, where those who have signed up to do so will take to the stage to perform whatever they feel like performing, ranging from burlesque to comedy pieces to class choreographies. Some will dance to inappropriate songs, some will give a performance in an inappropriate outfit, some will do inappropriate dances, and some will do all of the above! Courtesy panties are required, and otherwise no holds are barred. You’ve never been to an event like this!