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Fundamentals of Belly Dance begins the week of May 1st- join us Sundays at 10am, Mondays at 6pm, Wednesdays at 6pm, and Saturdays at 9am.

CLOSURES: Piloxing will be closed on Wednesday, May 4th. Beginning Friday May 5th, Body Buster will be closed for the summer, and will reopen (and rebrand!) in September. Hip Hop will be closed on Sunday May 8th.

CHANGES: Masala Bhangra will be covered by Zumba with Jen on Tuesday, May 3rd. CIZE will be covered by Zumba with Jen on Thursday, May 5th. Zumba will be covered by Piloxing on Saturday, May 7th. OULA will be covered by a different class on Sunday May 15th and 22nd, please stay tuned.

Memorial Day Weekend Schedule
Saturday, May 28th: all classes closed
Sunday, May 29th: PiYo, Fundamentals of Belly Dance, Intermediate Belly Dance and Intermediate Ballet will be open, all other classes will be closed
Monday, May 30th: Ballet and Zumba will be closed, Fundamentals of Belly Dance, the Burlesque Troupe and Kellie’s Tone and Tease ISN Special will be open.

$5 Drop In for the month of May: Hula Hoop Fitness Saturdays at 10am, CIZE on Thursdays at 6pm, and Burlesque Fitness Saturdays at 10am


 Tone and Tease- ISN Special:  Come join Kellie to for a little bit of toning and a whole lot of teasing as preparations for the most anticipated event of the season begin!  Class begins with some stretching and conditioning to get your body ready for some bump and grind choreography.  Performing at Inappropriate Song Night is not required, but is strongly encouraged.  Spoiler alert: we’re doing “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande.

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!
May: drum solos are an essential part of your dance tool kit as they are short, spunky, and sure to please any audience. They’re great for showing off to family and friends! During May we will learn an easy routine to “Saida Drums” by Mario Kirlis. Begins May 3rd.
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: Friday April 29th, 2016 and Saturday May 21st, 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: May 13th, 2016
Held at Dance Life from 6-8pm
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…

  • Recommended to bring:
    Button up shirt
    Hair tie (if you have long hair)
    High heels (optional)
    Layer to wear underneath (i.e. camisole or bra, booty shorts or leggings)

Email us with your name letting us know you would like to attend.


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!

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.