Classes FAQ

Here is a list of Frequently asked questions about bellydance classes with Emily. If you still have any further questions feel free to contact us

What do I wear? We recommend wearing comfortable clothing that won’t restrict or hide your movements. Gym clothes, yoga pants and a not too lose fitting shirt are perfect for classes. It is important that your teacher can see your movement and give you immediate feedback on your technique, so you can progress with your dancing. Wearing clothes that are too loose or restrictive can affect your teacher’s ability to see the mechanics of your movements. If you are not comfortable with this though, it’s no major issue! Your comfort is our first priority. You don’t have to show your belly if you don’t want to.

I’ve never danced before, can I still join classes? Yes of course! Our 6 weeks introductory class doesn’t require you to have any dance experience at all! 

I have an injury, can I still take classes? Bellydance is a low-impact style of dancing however, if you have an injury, we always recommend having a chat to your doctor before starting classes. If any pain occurs during the class, please stop immediately and notify your teacher. Minor muscle pain is normal after dance/fitness classes however if the pain is unbearable or unusual for you, notify your teacher and consult a doctor. 

How much are the classes? If you are starting at the beginning of the 10-week term, classes cost $160.00 per term. Anyone who joins a class after the term has already started will be charged $16.00 x the number of weeks left in term.  Term fees must be paid in full before the 3rdweek of starting classes. We also have a casual flat rate of $20.00 per class available for anyone who prefers this method of payment. There is also an annual registration fee of $35.00, which can be paid in full or split into multiple payments.

How do I pay for classes? Payments can be made through a direct bank transfer, paypal or cash on the night. Please note, if you are wanting to do the 6 week introductory course, you will need to make a payment before the course starts so you can secures your spot.

What if I can’t make the full-term fee payment? There is a 3 week time frame to have the full term fee paid. If however, you can’t make this payment before then, that is no problem, please talk to your teacher about split term fee payments or alternatively you can pay the casual flat rate fee per class. 

Are term payments like a contract? No, definitely not! If you pay the full term payment and then for some reason cannot attend the whole term, your remaining classes will be credited for you to use at a later date. 

What should I bring to class? We recommend bringing a water bottle, towel, socks/dance shoes and small snack if you need. 

I’m pregnant - can I still do classes? Although bellydance is low-impact activity, we always recommend consulting your doctor before starting classes or new activities while being pregnant. Every women and their pregnancy journey is different so it’s hard to generalise recommendations.  

How long are classes? The classes are 1 hour long. Some classes are 1.5 hours depending on the level of the class.

What happens in the classes? Generally, each class starts with a warm up before revising the previous weeks content. New technique, exercises and drills are then covered before continuing with the terms choreography. Class is then finished with a cool down. Sometimes class lessons will need to be altered depending on the size of the class or if performance events are close. 

What happens if I can’t make a lesson? If you can’t make a class, make sure you contact your teacher as soon as possible so that she has time to modify her class lesson. In the event that multiple students can’t attend classes, the teacher will cancel the class (e.g. weather conditions aren’t safe for driving)

What if the teacher cancels the class? If the class is cancelled due to unforeseen reasons, your teacher will provide a make-up lesson at a later time or deduct the class off your next term fee payment.

What shoes should I wear? If you are just starting off, you are welcome to wear socks for the time being. As you progress with your commitment to dance we recommend investing in pair of jiffies, ballet, jazz or dance shoes. Dancing barefoot for a prolonged period of time can eventually lead to muscular and joint problems in your legs. 

How do I enrol into a class? Simply head over to the enrolment page and fill out the form. Once the form is received, details of how to make payments will be sent to you.

Can I bring my child(ren) with me? You are welcome to bring your children with you to classes. We have some seating provided at the back. We recommend bringing an activity for them to do for the duration of the class. If you are wanting your child to participate in the class with you and will be paying for them as well, you will receive 50% off their term payment. 

Will I have to perform? We encourage all our students to give performing a go however, we will never force anyone to do something they aren’t comfortable with. We try to build up experience of performing through splitting up the groups during the class and getting you to perform the routine or drills in front of each other. We also have regular smalls gathering such as mini dance shows at the studio to help build up courage. We have our annual end of year Gala as well which all of our students are invited to perform at. All of our students and even your teacher were once beginners too. We understand the uncontrollable nerves about performing in front of people. As audience members we are always so thrilled when beginners step up on stage and perform!

When should I arrive for class? Please arrive at least 5-10minutes before and stay for the duration of the whole class. It is very important that all students participate in both the warm-up and cool down to prevent the likelihood of any injuries occurring. Failure to participate in this is at your own risk. 

ALBION CLASSES: Brisbane Dance Centre, 1-33 Collingwood St, Albion QLD 4010

PETRIE CLASSES: Soul Dance Studio, 901 Dayboro Road, Whiteside, QLD 4503

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