Flagstaff Belly Dance is a Partner Studio of Fat Chance Belly Dance®. Our classes follow the curriculum developed by Carolena Nericcio. FCBD® style, as this dance form is known, is a non verbal language where the vocabulary consists of the moves, the ques act as punctuation, and the formations serve as grammar. By learning this language, a group of dancers can improvise and create art “on the fly”. And in the process have a great deal of fun!
Level 1 – FCBD® Fundamentals
Start at the very beginning! Dance Fundamentals will have you dancing in your very first class! Experience the magic FCBD® Style while learning how to use the basic steps to dance in duet, trio and quartet formations. Level 1 is a six weeks series. You can start this on-going class series at anytime and drop-in for drills and review. No previous dance experience is necessary and all shapes, sizes and abilities are welcome!
Needed for Level 1
Wear clothes that do not restrict your movements in any way. The clothing can be something fitted and stretchy or loose and comfortable. Dance shoes are very nice but bare feet are traditional. Make your feet happy! Please wear your hair up so that your posture is visible. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. If you choose to wear a hip scarf to accentuate your movements, please select a quiet one. A pen and a notebook often prove useful. A dance bag to corral everything is a good investment.
Level 2 – FCBD®Combinations
After you get acquainted with the FCBD® Style in Level 1 – Fundamentals, it is time to build up your movement vocabulary with Level 2 - FCBD® Combinations. In this 12-week course, the students learn a new step each week and challenge themselves with teacher-guided combinations in duet, trio and quartet formations. The learning is maximized by taking a Level 1 class followed by a Level 2 class. Most FCBD® style dancers take Level 1 classes throughout their dance careers. Every FCBD® student must complete one 6-week course of Level 1 – Fundamentals before taking Level 2.
Needed for Level 2
Please wear a tank top or other form fitting shirt and stretchy exercise pants and a quiet hip scarf. Level 2 students are expected to own and bring to class a choli and full skirt. Zils are required. Dance shoes will serve you well. Make your feet happy! Please wear your hair up so that your posture is visible. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. A yoga mat is recommended for warm ups and cool downs. A pen and a notebook are useful as is a dance bag to carry it all.
FCBD® Style - Level 3
By instructor invitation to students who are well versed in the steps and concepts from FCBD® Level 2- Fundamentals and FCBD® Style Combinations. We will present a different advanced step or concept each week, so pack your dance bag and be ready for a challenge! Performances are possible! Level 3 students are expected to continue with their Level 1 and 2 studies.
Needed for Level 3
Please wear a tank top or other form fitting shirt and stretchy exercise pants. More elaborate and jingley hip scarfs and/or belts are allowed. Level 3 students will be expected to practice in skirts and cholis. Zils are required. Dance shoes will serve you well. Make your feet happy! Please wear your hair up so that your posture is visible. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. A yoga mat is recommended for warm ups and cool downs. A pen and a notebook are useful as is a dance bag to carry it all.
Diversity & Inclusion
Flagstaff Belly Dance is an inclusive community and we welcome all dancers regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, lifestyle, age, educational background, national origin, religion or physical ability. We strive to create a safe space for students to learn, and there is zero tolerance for negative, intolerant, or intimidating attitudes of any kind on our studio, classes or workshops.
Payments are expected by the first day of a new session or the first of the month. Payment can be made by cash (exact change appreciated), check (payable to Jennifer V Jones) or Paypal (to ; please use “ friends & family” option).
Prepaid class tuition for session based classes is non-refundable.
Preregistration minimums must be met for session-based classes. If you sign up for a session and it doesn’t run, you will be refunded in full.
You must be 18 years or older to participate.
Class starts promptly. Please be respectful of everyone’s time and show up early to get settled in.
There is no gum chewing in class.
Being intoxicated in class is not allowed.
Children are not allowed in the studio or unattended in the waiting area. We do not provide childcare.
No guests/friends/family are allowed in the studio during class unless they are a paying student.
Photography or video without prior permission is not permitted.
The studio is a safe space. There is zero tolerance for negative or intimidating attitudes of any kind.
If you are having trouble with a fellow student, please tell me in private so that I may address the issue.
In case of class cancellation due to instructor emergency, illness, or extreme weather, notifications will be posted on the Flagstaff Belly Dance Facebook page or sent via email as soon as possible. A makeup class will be scheduled.
Before you start your amazing experience in Belly Dance, forms need to be filled out! Please read and sign the forms below and bring to your first class.