All Classes are currently held at:
First City Arts Center
1060 N Guillemard St.
Pensacola, FL 32501
*Parking is available on E. Desoto Street.
Please note that class fees are not refundable.
"Everyone is uniquely beautiful and immediately powerful.
Inside each of our hearts lies a unique set of gifts we yearn to use." ~Shemiran Ibrahim
Performer, Director, Choreographer, Instructor, Sahdia began Belly Dancing like many students, as something she did once a week, for Fun and Fitness. However, she soon became enchanted by the power and passion of Oriental Dance (Belly Dance). She began performing locally at area Haflas and in 2006, she began performing professionally with her teacher, Rajaa. In 2008, Sahdia began teaching at local dance studios and community centers. She has completed the comprehensive Belly Dance Teacher Training Course based on award winning teacher Shemiran Ibrahim's "Belly Dancing from the Heart" Method. Sahdia currently offers classes through First City Arts Center.
Always a student, Sahdia has continued her studies through workshops with world-reknown dancers such as Suhaila Salimpour, Saqra, Petite Jamila, Nath Keo, Willow Chang, Dalia Carella, Sonia Ochoa, Karen Barbee, Raluca Ghiban, Alexandra King, Tamalyn Dallal and more.
Belly Dance for Fun and Fitness
January 9 - February 27
5:30 - 6:45 pm
This course is for those new to Belly Dance or those who wish to continue their personal Belly Dance Journey. It is designed to be a fun and joyous way to learn the basics of Middle Eastern Belly Dance through low-impact fitness.
Students will learn basic Belly Dance technique, including Posture, Shimmies, Isolations, Undulations and Traveling Steps. Class will include a brief introduction to the History, Context, and Philosophy of Belly Dance, as well as an Introduction to Eastern and Middle Eastern Music and Musical Theory.
Come celebrate this Ancient, Life-Embracing Art with us!
Belly Dance for Precision and Performance
(Intermediate and Advanced) $68
(Instructor approval required)
January 9 - February 27
7:00 - 8:30 pm
This course is for those who wish to take their Belly Dance to the next level. It is designed for those who have mastered the Basic Techniques to work on Precision in isolation and fluidity and the skills necessary for Performance.
Students will learn Layering and Advanced Belly Dance Techniques. We will continue to learn Musical Theory and Appreciation, which will include a variety of music from multiple Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures. Students will work on mastering the art of playing Finger Cymbals (Sagat, Zagat, Zills). We will develop Performance skills through Choreography and Improv exercises. We will explore the use of props such as Canes, Veils, Candles, as well as the Art of Balancing.