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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):

-ALL CLASSES CLOSED ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 9/24 AND 9/25- join us instead for workshops during Shimmy in the Grain, and then come watch our gala shows on Saturday and Sunday evening! Scroll down to learn more or visit

-New classes for October: Saudi Arabian Dance Miniseries on Wednesdays at 7pm beginning Oct 5th, Hula Hoop Fitness on Saturdays at 11am. Indian Classical Fusion begins a beginner routine on Oct 2nd, and will be closed Oct 16th.

-Line Dancing will be closed on Wed, Oct 5.

-Fall lineup class changes and additions:
TUES- Zumba at 6p, Burlesque Fitness at 7p, and Captain and Choreo (the most fun way to learn an easy belly dance routine for beginners plus mods for more advanced dancers) at 7p, Tone and Tease at 8p.
WEDS- Brand new to Dance Life, Line Dancing now open at 6pm
THURS- Twerk Fitness at 7p
SAT- Piloxing opens 9/10 at 11a
SUN- Brand new to Dance Life, XaBeat Dance Fitness opens on 9/11 at 1p



$5 Drop In for the month of September: Zumba Tuesdays at 6pm, Burlesque Fitness Tuesdays at 7pm, Captain and Choreo Tuesdays at 7pm (plus an additional $5, $5 discount if you BYO), Tone and Tease Tuesdays at 8pm, Line Dancing Wednesdays at 6pm, Twerk Fitness Thursdays at 7pm, Piloxing Saturdays at 11am

$5 Drop In for the month of October: Captain and Choreo Tuesdays at 7pm (plus an additional $5, $5 discount if you BYO), Tone and Tease Tuesdays at 8pm, Line Dancing Wednesdays at 6pm, Twerk Fitness Thursdays at 7pm, Piloxing Saturdays at 11am, Hula Hoop Fitness Saturdays at 11am, Saudi Arabian Dance Wednesdays at 7pm

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Upcoming Events

 Arielle Performs at the Mediterranean Hookah Lounge and Cafe

Date: Friday September 16th 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.


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

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. The Longfellow auditorium is located at 1013 Mound St, on the corner of Mound and Brooks St and the entrance to the theater faces Meriter hospital. Please note that street parking is very limited; we suggest to carpool and park in the Meriter parking ramp. Look for the SITG signs!
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.
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: Vote on a Halloween favorite!
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!