CLASSES

Flagstaff Belly Dance is a Partner Studio of Fat Chance Belly Dance® (FCBD). 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 ONE

Dance Fundamentals

You'll be dancing in your very first class! Experience the magic Fat Chance Belly Dance® style while learning  how to use the basic steps to dance in duet, trio and quartet formations. Level 1 is a six-week series — you can start this ongoing 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!   

What's Needed

Wear clothes that do not restrict your movements in any way. Clothing can be fitted and stretchy or loose and comfortable. Dance shoes are 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 are useful, as well as a dance bag to keep everything collected.

 

LEVEL TWO

Dance Combinations

After you get acquainted with the Fat Chance Belly Dance® Fundamentals style in Level 1, it's time to build up your movement vocabulary with Fat Chance Belly Dance® Combinations. In this 12-week course, you'll learn a new step each week and challenge yourself with teacher-guided combinations in duet, trio and quartet formations. 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.

What's Needed

A tank top or other form-fitting shirt, 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 also 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 well as a dance bag to keep everything. 

 

LEVEL THREE

Advanced Dance

After you get acquainted with the Fat Chance Belly Dance® Fundamentals and Combinations styles in Levels 1 and 2, students who are well-versed will learn advanced FCBD steps and combinations each week, so pack your bag and be ready for a challenge! As well as continuing the skills learned in Levels 1 and 2, performances are possible!

What's Needed

A tank top or other form-fitting shirt, stretchy exercise pants, along with more elaborate, jingley hip scarves are allowed. Level 3 students are expected to practice in skirts and cholis. Zils are also 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 well as a dance bag to keep everything. 

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.

Class Policies

  • Payments are expected by the first day of a new session or the first of the month. Payment can be made by cash (exact amount appreciated), check (payable to Jennifer V Jones) or Paypal (to jvjones.jones@gmail.com; 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.

Class Forms

Before you start your amazing experience in Belly Dance, forms need to be filled out completely. Please read/sign the forms below and bring to your first class.