Find the fun in movement through bellydance fitness classes and movement arts events
Serving Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Morrisville, Cary, Apex, and more
SharQui - The Bellydance Workout is what happens when authentic bellydance meets high energy fitness. SharQui workouts don’t just get you sweating, they teach classic bellydance moves in flow. You’ll gradually build up to more complex movements starting with the very basics – your feet!
Try a 15 minute sample of a SharQui - The Bellydance Workout class. It's beginner-friendly and a ton of fun!
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Catch me dancing at events in the Triangle, NC area or online. I also partner with local instructors and professional performers to bring you the kind of events I love going to myself. Got questions about an event or want to co-organize something with me? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday May 12th from 12-2pm, Boxyard RTP
World Bellydance Day celebration supporting the Durham Crisis Response center. Includes performances from Shimmy Mob and other local dancers, mini lessons in bellydance and folk dance, and a drum circle.
Wednesday, May 31st from 7:45-8:45 pm EST, Online via Zoom
Add skirt work to a classic SharQui class for an elegant and effective upper body workout. You’ll be surprised how much resistance a seemingly lightweight skirt adds to your workout! You’ll need a full skirt for this class. A double circle skirt, separated panel circle skirt, or 25 yard circle skirt are all great options.
$20. Register through the SharQui Virtual Studio (link below).
Tuesday, May 30th from 8-10 pm EST, Fortnight Brewing (Cary NC)
Enjoy live music by the Lost Nomads, performances by local dancers, and lots of time for social dancing at this "open mic" style community event.
Dance doesn't have to be about "doing it right". When you hyperfocus on perfection, it's easy to get caught in a spiral of negativity that makes it hard to find enjoyment in movement. My classes are designed to keep you constantly in motion and out of your own head.
Sure, you can cram a max-intensity full body workout into 20 minutes. But if that's not what you're into, it does matter how short it is - you're still going to be miserable. I believe consistent movement you actually enjoy is a heck of a lot more important than max workout efficiency, and my classes reflect that.
Accept and respect your body, even if it isn't the way you'd prefer it to be. You don't have to look a certain way or have certain abilities to enjoy fitness, dance, or other movement arts. I want you to find motivation in the way movement feels, not the way you think it will make you look.
Everyone is welcome, regardless of dance/fitness level, age, gender, appearance, disability, sexuality, or anything else. Just don't be a jerk, ok? As long as you genuinely respect others in the class, you're cool with me.
Raqs sharqi (more commonly known as bellydance) is a globally beloved art form with roots in the folk dances of the Middle Eastern, North African, Hellenic, and Turkish regions. It's not a divine dance of ancient goddesses or mystical women's circles. Replacing the history of this dance with fantasy erases the contributions of the cultures from which it was born. I encourage you to ditch the fantasy for facts and seek out sources of origin (which I am not) to continue learning.