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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):

Masala Bhangra will be covered by Zumba on Tuesday, June 28th. Burlesque Fitness on Saturdays at 10am will be closed on June 25th.

Our next round of Belly Dance Fundamentals begins: Sunday, July 3rd, Monday July 4th, Wednesday July 6th, and Saturday July 9th.

4th of July: Zumba, Fundamentals of Belly Dance and the Burlesque Troupe will all be open, Sexy Jazz will be closed.

NEW CLASSES! Beginning Monday, June 6th at 7pm, try out “Sexy Jazz” (B+)- Join Courtney for an hours worth of feeling sexy and getting sweaty. Sexy Jazz is a twist of jazz and burlesque styles of dance in a Zumba like fashion. Some songs include “Cant Keep My Hands to Myself”, “Partition”, “Work From Home”, and “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” No dance experience is necessary to follow along and get your sexy on!

Offered Tuesdays at 7pm from June 7th through August 22nd, try World Folk Dance. Come and enjoy learning synchronous dances to beautiful music from all over the globe in a friendly, relaxed environment.  From Russian Troika to Italian Tarantella to Israeli Hora, you can try out various circle dances from multiple locales each week.  No experience necessary!

SUMMER CHANGES: Taste of India on Wednesdays at 6pm will be closed for the summer. In its place, Kellie will be offering a summertime special of Tone and Tease.
Beginning Friday May 5th, Body Buster will be closed for the summer, and will reopen (and rebrand!) in September.  Hula Hoop Fitness on Saturdays at 11am will be closed for the summer after June 12th.

$5 Drop In for the month of June: Sexy Jazz Mondays at 7pm, World Folk Dance Tuesdays at 7pm

 

 Specialty Class Continues Tuesday at 7pm:
Starting in May, this class will spend one month each working on a different style or genre of belly dance. Come away with an entire routine! This may sound intimidating, but we promise you, once you’ve tried it, you’ll be hooked! Do you have a style or song you would like to study? Request it by emailing us!
June: Middle Eastern music has a rich tradition of grand orchestras and several key instruments, including the accordion, flute,and kanoun, a type of zither. Explore these three instruments in depth to a beautiful orchestral piece entitled “Sunrise”. Begins June 7th.

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events

 Arielle Performs at the Mediterranean Hookah Lounge and Cafe

Date: June 24th 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.

 

 

Inappropriate Song Night

Date: June 3rd, 2016
Held at Dance Life from 7-10pm
Cost: Suggested $10 donation
Cis and trans women 18+ only, join us on June 3rd for an outrageous night of fun.
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.
If you have any passing interest in performing, we highly, highly encourage you to do so. There’s nothing quite like a room full of women hooting and hollering for you; give it a try and we assure you, you’ll be hooked! If you want to perform but aren’t sure how to go about doing so, check out the burlesque performance troupe on Monday nights at 7pm, or the belly dance troupe on Thursdays at 6pm. You can also work privately with any of our instructors by hiring them for a private lesson. If you would like to be added to our performance roster, please send us an email!

Burlesque Ladies Night

Date: July 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!

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. Get ready to get sassy…
We’ll have a list of items to bring with you as we get closer to the event. Please stay tuned! 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 include:
  • TWO Burlesque workshops taught by the incomparable Sable Sin Cyr. The first will focus on burlesque technique in bumps, grinds and shimmies and the second will pull it all together for a short and sexy choreography
  • Theatrical Expression and Making Your Performance Pop with Cindy Severt
  • Hip Hop Combos You Can Use to Any Song
  • Drills for Skills- Belly Dance Drills to Take Home and Perfect Your Dance with Arielle
  • Intermediate Skirt Work with Kelly Holder
  • Beautiful Arms through Veil with Arielle
  • A Tribal based workshop TBA
  • Another belly dance workshop by Arielle- we would love your input on what you would like to see Arielle offer at this event. Please email us with your ideas!
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. Registration will open next month, stay tuned for more information on our Shimmy in the Grain website.