Learn the art of sword, fan, and skirt dancing thru the lens of Belly dance fusion.
Mission: To create a group of community minded Belly dance enthusiasts.
If you enjoy learning, crafting, dancing, music, books, travel, and building friendships... (Belly Dance has it all)... then I want to meet you!
Originally from Nashville, TN, I have been a student Belly Dance for 10 years, performing with bands, at conventions, in festivals and music videos. I have studied a variety of styles and consider myself a fusion artist. Through weaving my love of Tribal Fusion, Folkloric, Romani Gypsy, and Latin dances, I strive to inspire students to explore the creativity within themselves and to build the confidence to share it.
In addition, I own an Etsy shop selling LeoToes dance footies. I travel the country selling my footies at Belly dance festivals and I travel regularly to Orlando and Gainesville to study with the best teachers central Florida has to offer, but alas it is not enough. I want to have a local group to share it all with. I'm not looking to create copycat minions of myself but strong creative independent women with their own style. There are so many styles and teachers of Belly dance to experience. I can teach you the basics but the rest is up to you. I believe that through Belly dance women can learn to accept and love themselves no matter their size, shape, or age. Come learn to love yourself with me.
New dancers, experienced dancers, non dancers, bad dancers, shy dancers, geeky dancers... All are welcome!
Note: Classes are subject to change. Please contact me if you plan on attending a class.
Soul Essentials - 805 E. Fort King St. Ocala, FL (Pink Victorian House)
7:00 pm to 8:oo pm - Drill Class
For each class we will break down essential moves and then drill in a short combo to help sync with your muscle memory so you can begin to develop your shimmy and shake.
Tuscawilla Park - Ocala, FL
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Meet and Greet Jam Session
Come meet the BellyArtist studio. Each Friday we will focus on a handful of moves to break down and then drill the heck out of them to our favorite jams. Bring your water and a towel because we are going to sweat our cares away! Rain or Shine. Jam Session canceled if lightning. See the FB group page for updates.
Monthly Choreography Meetup
Each month, we will meet on a Saturday for 2-3hrs and learn/work on choreography for upcoming events. Our choreographies combine interests in martial arts, geek media culture, world fusion, and modern flow/tribal belly dance. Meetups will begin with a belly dance drill-of-the-day that will last 30 minutes so we can keep our basics maintained. Then on to the new choreography. We will end with costuming and a quick review of old choreographies to keep them in our rotation.
New students are welcome to join in on monthly meetups but must complete two Friday Jam cards to be eligible.
For Students Only
Join the Student FB group BellyArtist Dance Studio for up-to-date class schedule, times, and cancelations. (Note: Only students will be approved. Our FB group is for students of BellyArtist Studio in Marion County and surrounding areas to post videos and ask questions in a safe and uplifing environment.
You can like the Studio page below to keep up with upcoming events.
Facebook: Abby Sue (Dance Profile)
Public Studio Facebook: BellyArtist Dance
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Petite Jamil, Egyptian - Facebook
Millie Blonder, Oriental and Folkloric - Facebook
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Najmah Nour, Egyptian and Flamenco Fusion - Facebook
Oralia Kolaczkowski, Egyptian - Facebook
Ethnic Dance Expressions Studio - Facebook
Karina Dance, Tribal Fusion - Facebook