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Schedule Changes and Announcements

Don’t miss Ballaret, our Midseason event! Featuring a ballet- cabaret- tribal belly dance fusion choreography on the morning of March 5th, and a family-friendly gala show in the evening. See below for details!

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):

-Masala Bhangra will be covered by “Taste of India” on 2/16, 2/23 and 3/1.

-Tribal Fusion for beginners becomes a 1 hour class beginning 2/7.

-New classes! Twerk Fitness opens on Thursdays at 7pm as of February 4th. Latin Dance Fitness opens on Thursdays at 6pm also as of February 4th.

-Our regularly scheduled classes will be closed on Saturday, March 5th while we hold Ballaret.


$5 Drop In for the month of February: Twerk Fitness, Latin Dance Fitness, and Taste of India


Join us for a free taste of our classes!  Dance Life is filming snippets of our classes to add to the website. Join us to get a free sampler of several different classes that we offer. We need as many extras as possible- please feel free to bring friends or family! We ask that you wear black pants, and bring a change of shirt or two if possible. Coin belts or other class accoutrements are more than welcome too, as is flailing in the back of the class! No need to register, just show up on Sunday, March 13th from 4-5:30p. Dance Life thanks you for your assistance with rolling out this new feature on our website!
PLEASE NOTE: filming went much faster than anticipated and we have ended up only needing two filming dates instead of three. We have closed the date scheduled for 2/21 and are going with 3/13 only. Thank you!


Specialty Prop Class Tuesdays at 7pm! Back by popular request! Tuesdays at 7pm, we will be continuing our props series. Spend four weeks exploring some of the main props of belly dance- come away with a new routine each month! We recommend some intermediate level dance experience, though anyone is welcome to come try it out regardless.
-February: Finger Cymbals/ Zils / Raks El Zagat Learn a different routine from November’s class! The studio has a limited set of zils to borrow, if you would like to buy your own we recommend Saroyan– which, in addition to being available on Amazon, are available in many online retailers. A word of caution- you get what you pay for with zils, Arielle’s recommendation is to aim for the $35 range at the minimum.
-March: Canes / Raks Assaya borrow a cane from the studio or buy one on your own here. Check out Hadia giving a superb cane dance!
-April: Skirtwork- See Kelly Holder, a teacher from our most recent Shimmy in the Grain, rocking some skirtwork here. We have a very limited supply to borrow, otherwise we recommend these skirts or these skirts, with the second variety being Arielle’s favorite. To get the fullest experience, we recommend at least 25 yards.




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Upcoming Events


Arielle Performs at the Mediterranean Hookah Lounge and Cafe

Date: Friday February 26th, 2016
Held at the Mediterranean Hookah Lounge and Cafe; 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.

Special: The Art of Pasties Plus Lap Dancing

Date: Saturday, February 6th, 2016
Held at Dance Life from 6-9pm
Cost: $35
Mark your calendars for a night of fun and silly sexiness! Join us for adult beverages, then up your skills just in time for Valentine’s Day (you can celebrate yourself for Valentine’s Day too!). Lights snacks and beverages will be served; be prepared for 30 minutes of socializing, followed by an hour of workshop, followed by another 30 minutes of relaxation and socialization, and finish up with another hour long workshop.
The Art of Pasties
Offered by Alex W

As a burlesque enthusiast and 4-time veteran of Dance Life’s Inappropriate Song Night, our instructor Alex has spent a considerable amount of time around half-naked ladies 😛 During this time, she has learned the ins and outs of an essential striptease prop: pasties. In her first ever workshop, The Art of Pasties, she’s going to give you the down and dirty (pun intended) basics on how to make and twirl your very own pair of pasties.
The first half of the workshop is a simple arts and crafts session. You will learn how to construct pasties to fit your own size, add tassels, and decorate them to fit your personal style or routine. No sewing experience is necessary.
In the second half of class, you will learn how to stick them on and twirl them. Don’t want to bare it all in front of the class? That’s okay.  We will provide fabric safe double sided tape that you can wear over your clothes.

Lap Dancing
Offered by Kellie
A great way to get in touch with your inner sex kitten, this workshop will teach you the art of the lap dance through an easy-to-follow routine.  Learn how to tease and tantalize your partner; building anticipation with a sassy approach, seductive floor work, and sensual lap dance.  You will leave feeling sexy and confident, and your audience will be begging for an encore.
Bollywood Ladies Night
Date: February 26th, 2016
Held at Dance Life from 6-8pm
Cost: $15
Join instructor phenomenon Anjali on Friday, February 26th to learn a Bollywood choreography!
Snacks and adult beverages will be served followed by Open Dance.
Reserve your place or ask any questions you may have about the event by emailing


Date: March 5th, 2016
Workshop held at Dance Life from 11-3:30pm, show details below
Cost: $55 for workshop, $5 for show
Offered by Dance Life instructors Laurin and Arielle
Dance Life’s midseason event is here! “Ballaret” will feature a unique blend of ballet, cabaret and tribal belly dance, and even a dash of hip hop.
From 11-1pm, dancers will spend an hour each with Arielle and Laurin learning techniques and combinations that will be applied to the choreography session in the afternoon. Laurin’s session will feature fundamental ballet techniques to take your skills in graceful movement to the next level. If you’re looking to add polish to your dance and a vocabulary of movement that is recognized the world round as one of THE standards of dance, this is the workshop you have been looking for. It’s never too late to learn a little ballet! Arielle’s session will feature a range of different styles including the expansive and dramatic cabaret style of belly dance, the tight and precise style of tribal fusion belly dance, plus a hint of popping and locking courtesy of hip hop animation dance. In the afternoon, all of these technique’s will combine for a unique choreography to Lindsey Stirling’s song “Elements”. Not only will you come away with technique and choreography in an array of styles, but this workshop will also help you to be more flexible and able to switch between dance genres with more ease. Add a little more smoothness and a little more sharpness to what you already know, and up your polish!

New to dance and not sure if you can handle four hours of dancing or choreography? No problem! You can attend just the morning portion for $30.

No props needed, though ballet slippers or foot coverage of some sort (even socks) recommended.
To register for Ballaret, please send us an email with “Ballaret Registration” in the subject. Please send us your full name, whether you would like to attend a full or a half day, and whether or not you would like show tickets.
Then, join us in the evening of March 5th for a glitter-filled show at Heritage Congregational Church! The theme of the show is “Dances from Around the World”. Performers are welcome to interpret the theme if they would like, or not at all. Performances are all family-friendly, so bring friends, family, coworkers, children, etc. and don’t miss our second biggest show of the year :-) If you’re interested in performing, please send us an email and we will add you to our roster.
Heritage Congregational Church
3102 Prairie Rd, Madison, WI 53719
Doors open at 5:30p, show begins at 6p

Burlesque Ladies Night

Date: April 22nd, 2016
Held at Dance Life from 6-8PM
Cost: $25
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!