Student FAQ’s

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Email me or call me at (802) 44-ZILLS

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[dt_sc_toggle title=”What do I wear to class?“]
The most important thing is to wear something comfortable that makes it easy to move. Your standard workout clothing or yoga attire is fine. Please wear either stretchy leggings or slacks (no skirts!) so I can see your leg movements. You’re welcome to show your belly with a cut-off top, but you don’t have to. Be prepared to dance in soft-soled shoes or barefoot. Dancing in socks is not recommended. Oh, and ladies, wear a good sports bra!
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[dt_sc_toggle title=”What should I bring to class?“]
Please bring water and any other things you may require for a light workout. Bring a hipscarf if you have one. Veils and other props may also be used, but plenty of notification will be given before you are required to bring one to class.
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[dt_sc_toggle title=”Do I need to buy one of those coin belts?“]
We do use hipscarves (with either coins or fringe) in class. It does help you learn the movements, and who doesn’t like to have a little extra bling? You don’t have to buy your own as I have several for people to borrow in class. I also have some that I sell at cost ($25) as a convenience for my students. There are some great online retailers, too. Again, you don’t have to buy one from me, you don’t have to buy one at all. It’s up to you!
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[dt_sc_toggle title=”How old do I have to be to attend classes?“]
You must be 16 years of age to attend classes without a supervising adult present. All participants under the age of 18 must have a parent register for them and sign a waiver. There is no upper age limit to classes. I’ve had students in their 90’s!
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[dt_sc_toggle title=”Can men take classes?“]
Men actually do perform belly dance professionally all over the country and the world. Men are welcome to register and participate. Please no male class observers who are not registered.
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[dt_sc_toggle title=”Can I bring my (kids, dog, Uncle Norm, etc.) with me?“]
I’m happy to have you bring people with you to class so long as they are registered participants. For safety reasons, there are no class observers. There is also no childcare available.
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[dt_sc_toggle title=”What style of belly dance do you teach?“]
My style reflects that of my teachers which is largely influenced by American, Egyptian, and Persian forms. I consider myself to be an American Cabaret artist. I do not teach Tribal belly dance as I have no training in this form.
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[dt_sc_toggle title=”What if I miss a class?“]
Please notify me that you intend to miss a class before your absence if at all possible. Generally, I arrange for students to make up classes they miss during another scheduled class. There are no guarantees and no refunds for missed classes. If I have to cancel a class due to an emergency, a make-up date or session extension will be arranged where possible (or a refund will be issued if this cannot be arranged).
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[dt_sc_toggle title=”What about inclement weather?“]
In the event of bad weather and potentially unsafe driving conditions, we will generally follow the public school system for closing. Cancellations will be posted on this website, sent out through email, and updated on the Ananke Dance Facebook page. You can also call me if you are unsure (802) 44-ZILLS.
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[dt_sc_toggle title=”Can I still participate if I have an injury of health condition?“]
I can’t replace your doctor when it comes to giving you medical advice. If you have any concerns, you should consult your doctor before undertaking any intensive aerobic or dance class. For the most part, belly dance is a very safe form of physical art that is generally kind to the limbs and joints. Many dancers with physical limitations still enjoy participation.
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[dt_sc_toggle title=”What if I’m pregnant?“]
Again, I can’t replace your doctor when it comes to giving you medical advice. I can say I often have had pregnant women participate as part of their daily recommended light aerobic exercise. Talk to your doctor!
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[dt_sc_toggle title=”Will belly dance make me (thin, fat, have superpowers, etc.)?“]
Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths about the purpose and benefits of belly dancing. Belly dance is just like any other form of exercise that works to burn calories and condition muscles. With consistent and regular practice you may lose weight, improve your cardiovascular fitness, or tone muscles. If you’re interested or concerned about this I have written plenty of articles on my blog.
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