Belly dance is a beautiful and ancient art form that is thousands of years old. There are many theories as to how it started, but the truth is that no one really knows as it predates written history. "Raks Sharki" (the authentic Arabic name for belly dance) is a folk dance of the Middle East, which stretches from Morocco to Syria, Persia (Iran) and some elements even originate from Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.
Belly dance is not stripping or erotic dancing. Belly dance is a folk dance, so it is done by men, women and children in their respective countries and cultures. As we like to say in our San Antonio area community, "There's no pole in belly dance!"
GROUP CLASSES: Join Serafina at her private dance space, Studio Maliha, for weekly group bellydance classes on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings.
PRIVATE LESSONS: One-on-one private lessons are great for taking your dance skills to a new level. Students finish the private lesson feeling a heightened sense of confidence in their own dance ability, talent and skill. This is a great way to fine-tune a choreography or perfect your technique.
NEW! Skype classes! Are you far away from San Antonio, TX, but still want to take private lessons with Serafina? Skype classes are available! Contact Serafina to get more information about pricing and availability.
FAQ: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I've never taken a dance class before. Can I still learn how to belly dance?
Yes! Previous dance experience is not required. The sooner you start, the sooner you'll get familiar and comfortable with the moves!
But I'm overweight! Don't I need to be "skinny" to start belly dancing?
Absolutely not! Belly dancing is actually easier for girls with curves, especially in the beginning. Plus, you'll be burning up to 500 calories per class which, with a sensible diet, will put you on a path to healthy weight loss.
Do I have to perform?
Performing is entirely optional. If you don't want to perform you are welcome to attend events and support your classmates.
Isn't belly dance like stripping?
Let me ask you a question... is ballet like pole dancing? It's ridiculous, I know. Belly dance has been around for thousands of years and is performed by men, women and children all over the Middle East and beyond. What we're doing is a "glamourized" version of a folk dance, in sparkly costumes.
What days/times are the classes?
Currently, group classes are on Monday evenings at 7:30pm and Saturday mornings at 10:30am. All classes are located at Serafina's private studio in Schertz, TX.
How much does it cost, and what are the accepted forms of payment?
5-class punchcards are $75 and 10-class punchcards are $130.00 They expire 12 weeks from the date of purchase. Private lessons are $50.00. Each class and/or private lesson is 75 minutes long.
REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY:
5-class punchcards have an 8 week expiration date from the date of purchase. 10-class punchcards have a 12 week expiration date from the date of purchase. There are no refunds.