Seraka Studios

Helpful Information

Studios & Class Locations

Our classes lead a nomadic lifestyle – we do not have our very own space. We have been able to partner with some great local studios, which means our classes are offered all throughout St. John’s and Mount Pearl.   Each session could be a at a new location! Be sure to check the description to see where your classes are held.  Here are some of our favourite spaces;

 

What to Wear

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You should wear form fitted clothing to classes, something that you’re comfortable sweating in. Please do not wear jeans or “restrictive noisy” pants.  No need to show your belly, but some dancers find it helpful.

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If you would like to wear a scarf tied at the hips it can be helpful to show movement. It is optional however.   You do not need to buy a coin belt or hip scarf to take part in the classes.

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Bellydance is done barefoot, however if you wish to wear light dance slippers or Dance Paws you are welcome to do so.

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It helps to keep the hair off the face and neck while dancing both for heat and for ‘nuisance’ control.

 

 

What to Bring

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Be sure to come to class well nourished and well hydrated. Bring along a water bottle to sip on during breaks. It gets sweaty and you’ll get thirsty!

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It’s rough trying to remember what you learned in class… the next day. Bring something to jot drills or concepts in, doodle pictures and make notes.

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In Technique classes, we do some strengthening and exercises at the start of lesson to help with conditioning. It’s nice to have some cushioning under the back for floor work and to help with grip.

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For Technique classes you’ll need a set of 4 finger cymbals. Size and metal of your choosing, though a 2.25″ to 2.50″ diameter is recommended. Cymbals should have 2 slots for threading the elastics (not 1 hole).

 

We recommend Saroyan Cymbals for all dancers:

 

What to Expect

  • Class will start on time. Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time to get changes and ready to dance. You can also use this time to complete your registration, and to meet your fellow dancers.
  • Class will begin with a gentle warmup to get you moving and ready to dance. Warming up is essential for safe participation, so if you arrive late then please take a few minutes get warmed up before joining the class.
  • In each class previous material will be reviewed, and new material will be introduced.  Material may be a combination of technique breakdown, travelling or turns, combinations, concepts, and group discussion.
  • Class will end with a cool down with some stretching, both to increase flexibility and for your to be calm and relaxed after your lesson.
  • Your instructor may give you feedback during the class. This is done in an encouraging way and is intended to help you. Please consider applying the corrections given, so that you can improve as a dancer. Sometimes feedback and corrections are challenging to apply, but with focus and dedication, it will come.
  • Class is and will always be a non-competitive, positive, and encouraging environment. All dancers are welcome, regardless of dance background, fitness or mobility levels, size or age.

 

Class Etiquette

1Be on Time: It is recommended to arrive 10 minutes before your class start time, or 20 minutes if you need to pay and complete your registration papers. If you arrive after the warm up portion of the class you may be asked to sit and observe. Participation without warm up may lead to injury.

2Open Mind: It’s so important to come with a positive attitude, an open mind and a willingness to try new things. If you do not understand a concept or movement please talk to the instructor. Do not let it be a stressor and please do not be afraid to ask a question because there is likely another student with the same concern.

3Focus & Respect: This is your time, so respect yourself and your efforts by being present and engaged. While it’s meant to be fun and laugher is encouraged, excessive chatter to your neighbour while the instructor is giving breakdowns can be distracting and disruptive.
4Cell Phones Off: Unless absolutely necessary, please make sure that your phone is turned off or in silent mode before class begins.

5Belongings: Water bottles, notebooks and other items that you bring into the studio should be kept at the edges of the room, not on the dance floor.  Please take all your belongings with you when you leave. If you lose beads or coins from your hip scarf or jewelry while dancing, please pick these up right away – they can be hazardous to feet.

6Note Taking: Taking notes is welcomed and encouraged.  If you take notes during class please remove step to the side or back of the room. If you tend to take many note-breaks, please consider positioning yourself near the edge of the dance floor as to not disturb your fellow dancers.