Register by showing up ten minutes early to your first class; no preregistration is necessary. You will be asked to sign a waiver, which will complete your registration. Your punch card (Groupon, LivingSocial, etc., 4 class punch card, unlimited month) is good for all classes offered at Dance Life.

See the main Class Info page for cost information.

Key for classes:

(B) Beginner
(I) Intermediate
(A) Advanced
(B+) All Levels Welcome

All classes are 1 hour long unless otherwise noted.

To find a class at the right intensity level for you, check our class coding: The code is the letter in brackets next to a class. (B) is for a beginning level class if it is dance-focused, or a low to no intensity (such as Stretch) class if it is fitness-focused. (B+) is the “begintermediate” level class for dance, or the mild intensity level class for fitness. (I) is for the intermediate level for dance, and the moderate intensity level for fitness. (A) denotes an advanced level class, or a high-intensity fitness class.

Dance studio

Bellydance Fundamentals (B)

Instructor: Arielle and Kathy, Reenah or Sarah

Bellydance Fundamentals is offered: Monday at 6PM and Wednesday at 6PM (offered by Arielle and Mama K), Sunday at 10AM (offered by Sarah)

This class is a perfect choice for adults who are looking for a beginning level dance class, or for those who want to work their way up to a fitness class. Throughout the course, we break down Middle Eastern belly dance to its main components. Students will gain body awareness while learning the foundational moves. Short combinations will be introduced with emphasis on having fun while feeling the deep connection between the music and the movement.

Bellydance Fundamentals is offered in 8 or 9-week cycles.  2017 new cycle start dates: week of January 1st, week of March 5th, week of April 30th, week of July 2nd, week of September 3rd, week of October 29th.

This class is intended to be taken once a week for 8 weeks, though latecomers to the session are always welcome; if you start late, just be sure to take the class for 8 weeks in a row, and you will have covered all of the material for this level.

Please note: You do not need to attend all classes held in one week; we suggest one class a week (or more if your schedule allows, extra practice is always helpful!) and you may jump between the classes as you see fit. All the classes cover one move each week (IE- Week 4 is flat figure 8 week). No matter which class you attend, you will learn the same material over the course of 8 weeks. Each week the same move is covered in the Monday, Wednesday and Sunday classes, and Sunday begins a new week/new move.

Watch a snippet of a Fundamentals class in action, being taught by Mama K and Arielle:

Intermediate Bellydance (I)

Instructor: Arielle, Kathy or Sarah

Intermediate Bellydance is offered: Tuesdays at 6PM (offered by Arielle and Mama K) Mondays at 7pm and Sundays at 11am (offered by Sarah)

Suggested: Previous Experience or Bellydance Fundamentals

In Intermediate Bellydance, basic concepts are expanded upon, and the dancer’s vocabulary of movement is greatly increased. Core technique skills are refined and combinations become longer. Students are encouraged to repeat this level to build the strongest foundation. All classes cover the same material, however each class covers dance movements and concepts at a different pace. We recommend trying out as many teachers as possible!

Unlike Fundamentals, Intermediate Belly Dance does not run on sessions; whenever you feel ready to move on, we encourage you to jump in. Our best recommendation: continue taking Fundamentals after you begin Intermediate to gain the best understanding of the dance form.


Bellydance Intensive (B+)

Instructor: Reenah

Bellydance Intensive is offered Saturdays at 10a and Thursdays at 7p 

On Saturday mornings, finish that second cup of coffee, put on your sparklies, and head over to Dance Life to shimmy the morning away. We will work up a sweat with drills, then work through real dances to real songs. Learn by doing.and doing again! We will stick with one song for 4-5 weeks, so everyone can learn. Newer dancers can put their moves into action. Experienced dancers can master the music. Dance. Then dance some more!

Captain and Choreo (I)

Instructor: Arielle

Captain and Choreo is offered Tuesdays at 7p

Suggested: Fundamentals of Belly Dance

Learn an easy to follow belly dance routine in only three to four weeks! For those who have experienced our “Fundamentals of Belly Dance” class, you’ll know that we do a portion at the end called “follow the bouncing butt”- this class breaks down those “follow the bouncing butt” routines with the option to add modifications for those who are ready for a greater challenge. This class is BYOB so bring something to drink if you’d like!


Performance Class (B to A)

Instructor: Arielle, Alex and Donna

Performance Classes currently offered:
Experimental Burlesque Student Troupe (I) Mondays at 7pm (offered by Arielle)
Semi-Pro Burlesque Troupe (A) Mondays at 8pm (offered by Arielle) OPENS 4/10
Bellyesque Dance Student Troupe (B+) Thursdays at 6pm (offered by Arielle)
Beginner Bellydance & Student Troupe (B) Sundays at noon (offered by Donna)
Indian Classical Fusion Troupe (I) Sundays at 1pm (offered by Alex)

A whole room full of people, clapping and cheering for you… Who doesn’t want to experience that? Get a slice of the limelight in our student troupe performance classes! These classes are a low-pressure opportunity for students who would like to perform in a group onstage. The troupes are also highly recommended for those who are new to town or who are looking to make new friends. Please note that these aren’t drop in classes; if you would like to find out where we are in a routine, please send us an email and we will gladly assist you!


Experimental Burlesque (I)

This experimental burlesque student troupe likes to get weird and sexual! Have a veritable boatload of fun with other ladies from the studio and learn a variety of burlesque routines from sexy chair dances, raunchy floorwork routines to funny routines as male strippers, drag queens and more. This troupe mostly performs for our thrice-annual, just-for-women event called Inappropriate Song Night, and occasionally learns a few family-friendly routines as well. Purchase or acquisition of a basic costume will be required, between $10 and $50 per performance. We strongly recommend a round of Fundamentals of Belly Dance followed by a round of Burlesque Fundamentals before attending this class.


Semi-Pro Burlesque Troupe (A)

This class will learn classic burlesque-based choreographies- think pasties and thongs- with the intention of taking them on the road to public gatherings such as the Wisconsin Burlesque Festival and more. This class is for those who are ready to take their burlesque dancing to the next level and make dat money, honey!
Prerequisites: at least one 8 week session each of Fundamentals of Belly Dance and Burlesque, with a continued attendance at a technique class (belly dance, ballet, or burlesque) suggested.


Beginner Bellydance & Student Troupe (B)

Instructor: Donna

Explore fundamental through “begintermediate” bellydance moves and use them in a choreography (dance routine). Donna will break down each move to its foundation and then add “decoration” on top. You’ll learn how to transition between steps and gain confidence in your dancing skills!

Each session is oriented around learning a complete dance routine to perform at an upcoming event. We’ll discuss each event during class, and the complexity of the choreography will depend on how many weeks we have to prepare for the performance. Performing with the troupe Shiek Cakes is highly encouraged, but not required–all are welcome to learn the routine regardless if you’ll perform.

Familiarity with Fundamentals of Bellydance is recommended but not required for this class.


Bellyesque (B+)

This class will learn a choreography based usually in either belly dance or burlesque together, and perform in Inappropriate Song Night, family friendly events and occasionally outside gigs here in Madison. Purchase or acquisition basic costuming will be required, not exceeding a maximum cost of $50 per performance. We recommend a round of Fundamentals of Belly Dance before taking this class, and Burlesque Fundamentals is suggested as well but not required.


Indian Classical Fusion Troupe (I)

Indian Classical dance is defined by rigorous rhythms and the dancers ability to convey their feelings to the audience. This Indian Classical Fusion Troupe will combine the earthy footwork and emotive facial expressions of Classical Indian dance with the energy and joy of Bollywood style dancing. Students will begin by learning Classical Indian dance moves explicitly featured in the piece. To aid in learning, all troupe members will initially learn the piece as a solo. Once all members are ready, the dance will be reformatted into a group piece that incorporates aspects of other dance styles, with the goal of performing at one of Dance Life’s events. Moves will build on each other, but there will always be a review of older moves as a refresher.

While beginners are welcome to join, the class will be an intensive learning environment geared towards students who are familiar with Bollywood and Classical Indian dance styles. Even if you do not wish to perform you are encouraged to stop in and try it out! Please note that this class is aimed and fusing several dance motifs and not intended to replace the training of a guru for any classical dance forms.

See a preview of this class here:

All these classes are specifically geared towards performance, so please join if you feel you can commit to attending most classes. We don’t recommend dropping in on these classes as they will often contain material not relevant to those who aren’t a part of the performance. Contact us to find out where we are in a routine and join one of our performance classes to be a part of the fun!


Burlesque Fitness (B to B+)

Instructor: Arielle, Mama K, Caitlin, Marta

Burlesque is offered by Arielle and Mama K on Wednesdays at 7PM (B+), ando ffered by Marta and Caitlin on Tuesdays at 7pm (B)

PLEASE NOTE: You must be 18+ to attend these classes, or have a parent’s permission

Burlesque Fitness: Follow along to popular burlesque music, including songs like, “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “Why Don’t You Do Right”, “All That Jazz”, “Superfreak” and more. Follow the instructor in a zumba-like fashion, and dance an hour away without having to learn a routine. So much fun, you won’t know you’re exercising! Wednesday’s class is the most vigorous cardio-wise, and Tuesday is a little easier. We suggest you try them both!

See Arielle and Kathy in action here:



See Marta’s Burlesque Fitness class here:


Burlesque Fundamentals (I)

Instructor: Arielle

Burlesque Fundamentals (I) is offered Thursdays at 7pm

Learn the secret to a perfect burlesque grind, bump and shimmy in this 8 week Burlesque Fundamentals series. This class is structured similarly to our Fundamentals of Belly Dance class, with a different move being introduced each week. This class covers grinds, body rolls, all types of shimmies and shakes, hair-ography, level changes, walking, posing, posture and more. Get your dance lookin’ right! This class is also a great option for those looking to get the most from our burlesque fitness-based classes.

We recommend a round of Fundamentals of Belly Dance before taking this class to give you the necessary body awareness to properly and safely execute burlesque moves, though anyone may give it a try.


Tone and Tease (I)

Instructor: Kellie

Tone and Tease (I) is offered Tuesdays at 8pm 

Looking for a fun and sassy way to get your sweat on and learn some new moves for the dance floor?  Come join Kellie for a half hour of stretching and sculpting followed by a half hour of saucy burlesque choreo designed to work you out and bring out your inner diva.  Bring a yoga mat if you have one.


Adult Hip Hop (B+)

Instructor: Tzeitel

Adult Hip Hop (B+) is offered Wednesdays at 6pm OPENS 5/3 

This Wednesday night hip hop class is gonna be filled with Attitude and Sass! The class will start with more beginner steps/moves and then if the class is doing well, it will become intermediate level after a few weeks.
Beginning with a warm­up of isolations and stretching, we’ll do some across the floor work or center of the floor work before we jump into a combo/routine. 
Please dress comfortably in either clean tennis shoes or hip hop dance shoes.


Adult Beginner Ballet (B)

Instructor: Andrea

Beginner Ballet (B) is offered Wednesdays at 7pm by Andrea 

Adult Beginner Ballet is designed with the complete novice dancer in mind, but those with experience will still find it a useful tool for refining technique. We’ll cover basic foot and arm positions as well as correct body alignment starting at the barre and then moving to center floor exercises. Students will also be introduced to basic ballet terminology. Through the study of ballet, the student can improve foot and leg strength, speed, and agility, and learn how to use those dangly bits attached to your torso (talking about your arms here!) gracefully. Whether you want to improve your technique in other dance forms, improve posture and strength, or take your ballet experience to the next level (see Kya on Sundays at noon for intermediate ballet!), beginner ballet will help you achieve these goals. Ballet slippers (any color/style) are recommended.


Adult Intermediate Ballet (I)

Instructor: Kya

Intermediate Ballet (I) is offered Sundays at noon by Kya

Interrmediate Ballet will focus on Barre exercises and basic ballet floor movements. With this class your flexibility and body awareness will grow. This is a beginner intermediate level dance, we’ll work on everything from feet to hands. If you are new to dance, we recommend you take at least 8 weeks of Fundamentals of Belly Dance or any of our other technique classes. If you already have dance experience, we recommend you give it a try!

See this class happening here:


Zumba (B+)

Instructor: Melissa, Nita or Lisa

Zumba is offered Mondays at 6PM by Melissa, Saturdays at 9AM by Nita, and by Lisa on Tuesdays at 6pm 

Zumba: This fitness sensation combines Latin and international rhythms to produce a workout that is both fun and effective! The easy to follow steps and upbeat music might even make you forget that you are exercising! More a party than a chore, getting in shape with Zumba is appropriate for individuals at all levels of fitness.

If you like Zumba, be sure to check out our many other dance fitness classes which are a lot like Zumba: Burlesque Fitness, OULA,  Piloxing, CIZE and XaBeat

See a Dance Life Zumba class by Melissa in action here:


XaBeat Fitness (B+)

Instructor: Min

XaBeat is offered Thursdays at 6pm CLOSED  6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7/17

XaBeat is a dance-fitness program that provides high intensity cardio and toning in party-like atmosphere. The routines are fun, and simple and easy to follow so you can concentrate on enjoining the music, having fun, and getting a fantastic workout!

See a snippet of a XaBeat class happening here:


PiYo – Pilates-Yoga Fusion (I)

Instructor: Kate and Lora

PiYo is offered Sundays at 10AM

**Borrow a mat from the studio or bring your own**

PiYo Strength is a fusion class that brings together Pilates, yoga, and bodyweight strength training. It is set to fun music that keeps the pace of the class, and your heart rate, elevated. What is unique about PiYo Strength is that you can improve your strength, flexibility, and balance all within one workout. All fitness levels are welcome to come connect mind and body through this dynamic class!


Cize is offered Wednesdays at 6pm

Instructor: Lora

CIZE™ is professional dance for everyday people. This isn’t one of those dance workouts where you just shuffle your feet to the beat. Created by Shaun T, world- famous choreographer and fitness trainer, CIZE breaks down professionally choreographed dance routines, step-by-step, so that anyone can dance! It’s so fun, so exciting, it doesn’t feel like a workout-but it will burn serious calories like one.From your first class, you’ll be bustin’ out moves you can take anywhere! It’s so fun, so exciting, you’ll forget you’re actually working out!
Check out a Dance Life CIZE class here:

Piloxing – Pilates-Boxing Fusion (I)

Instructor: Kate 

Piloxing is offered Saturdays at 10am

**Borrow a mat from the studio or bring your own**

A non-stop, cardio fusion of standing pilates, boxing and dance that will bring out a sleek, sexy, powerful you! Piloxing will help you burn maximum calories, build lean muscles, and increase stamina.

The Piloxing program uniquely blends the power, speed, and agility of boxing with exhilarating dance moves and targeted sculpting and flexibility of pilates. Put it all together, and you have a muscle-toning, fat-burning workout that will make you feel physically and mentally empowered!

Training in barefeet is encouraged, but not required. You also have the option to wear 1/2 pound weighted gloves to increase the intensity of the class.
Watch a class in action here:

Hula Hoop Fitness (B+)

Hoop Fitness is offered Saturdays at 9am

Instructor:  Karin

Hula hoop fitness is a fun and high energy class to get your sweat on with fun music and some awesome people! Low impact but definitely an accessible full body workout for people of all fitness levels.

See a video of a Hula Hoop Fitness class in action here:


OULA Dance Fitness (I)

OULA is offered on Sundays at 11am 

Instructor: Jeanette

Looking for a fun high energy dance fitness workout or another genre to mix into your existing Zumba regime? This is the class for you! A great aerobic workout driven by the upbeat tempo of the charts top pop & top 40 jams. Brand new class & instructor for dance life, stop on in and check it out and see why Oula Dance Fitness is sweeping the nation!