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Updates and important news for Seraka Studios classes and workshops.

Classes Cancelled for Sun Apr 17

posted on April 17, 2016 by Vanessa
in: Seraka Studios

Unfortunately, tonight’s classes will have to be cancelled, due to instructor illness. We will see you next week for the last class of the session!

Be well, dancers!

Reminder – No Classes Mar 27 & Apr 3

Reminder – No Classes Mar 27 & Apr 3

posted on March 20, 2016 by Vanessa
in: Performances, Seraka Studios

Vanessa, Karen & Susan are travelling to Toronto to be part of The Lavish Project 2016 – an artist in residency program directed by Audra Simmons & Heather Labonté of The Dark Side Studio.  Working five 10-hour studio days with 12 dancers from across Canada to prepare and create pieces for “harmony/discord” on Sat Apr 2 at ROUND venue in Kensington Market.

Since we’re not in province, make sense that classes will be cancelled. The final classes for this session are: Mar 20, Apr 10, Apr 17 & Apr 24. See you at The Dance Centre!

Summer Classes – Schedule Changes

posted on July 10, 2015 by Vanessa
in: Seraka Studios

Due to this year’s July and August being warm and summer-like, registration numbers are low for a number of classes in the summer schedule.  Sadly, this means some classes will be cancelled, including the following four:

  • Technique L1 (Tuesdays @ 7:45-8:45pm)
  • Technique L2 (Wednesdays @ 6:30-7:30pm)
  • Stagecraft (Wednesdays @ 7:45-8:45pm)
  • Fundamentals (Wednesdays @ 7:45-8:45pm)

We are still taking registrations for VEILS (Tue Aug 18 & Tue Aug 25 @ 7:45-8:45pm) and for FUNDAMENTALS (Tuesdays @ 6:30-7:30pm)

If there is enough interest in occasional workshops, they will be scheduled as requested.  If you have an idea for a class or workshop you’d like to take, we welcome you to contact us with your ideas and belly dance cravings.

Free Class for a Photoshoot

Free Class for a Photoshoot

posted on June 8, 2015 by Vanessa
in: Seraka Studios

It’s a camera! It’s in a studio! With dancers! IT’S A FREE CLASS FOR A PHOTOSHOOT!

Wednesday, June 17 @ 6:30pm – 8:00pm
The Dance Centre (286 Torbay Rd)


Vanessa will be teaching a FREE BELLY DANCE CLASS that’s suitable for all levels from “I’ve never belly danced in my life” to “I belly dance every day” – and inviting our dear friend Jared (of J. Reid Studios) to come take photos throughout the lesson. He’ll be moving in and out of the dancers getting shots as we go through a few exercises, drills & combos.

It’s an IN-CLASS PHOTOSHOOT and we need bodies to fill the beautiful studio. We’re looking for belly dancers, dancers from different genres, non-dancers, wannabe dancers, or really anyone who is willing to come in exercise clothes and smile about it.


What to Wear

Please wear anything you’re comfy in, but might we suggest…

  • fitted exercise pants: yoga, melodia-style, leggings, etc.
  • fitted tank top or sports bra.
What to Bring

If you don’t have anything on this list, don’t worry at all.

  • yoga or pilates mat.
  • water bottle.
  • finger cymbals.
  • coin belt or hip scarf… since it’s belly dance.
How to Look (Hair/Makeup)
  • light and casual, not stage-ready.
  • as you would if you were going to class… in a glamorous way… since it’s a photoshoot.


Grab a friend and signup by emailing

Technique L1 & Creativity L2 Starts THIS WEEK

Technique L1 & Creativity L2 Starts THIS WEEK

posted on April 1, 2015 by Vanessa
in: Seraka Studios

Seraka Studios’ classes for the second half of the Winter 2015 session is happening now! We’ve just finished two great workshops (Top Speed Turns 2, and Choreo KickStart), and this week we’re starting the 5-week series for Creativity L2 and Technique L1.

Classes run on Tuesday evenings @ The Dance Centre (286 Torbay Rd, in Coaker’s Meadow Plaza) with classes on Mar 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, and April 28


Technique L1
Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm @ The Dance Centre with Vanessa

Technique L1 focuses on learning, breaking down, and drilling those essential isolations, steps, shimmies and movements for belly dance. It’s designed for dancers who’ve taken our Tribal Fusion Fundamentals course, or those who have previous experience in belly dance and want some refinement in their technique.  This is a short run, only 5 classes, and is available by full registration ($70), 3-class pass ($45) or drop-in ($15 ea).

Class Dates: Mar 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, and April 28


Creativity L2
Tuesdays from 7:45-8:45pm @ The Dance Centre with Vanessa

Creativity L2 focuses on utilizing your dance technique that you’ve been working on in a tangible way. We work on improvisation exercises and tools for comfort and easing yourself in to free-form dancing (without combinations or choreography).  Then we work through a choreography designed to challenge you with foot patterns, isolations and a smidge of finger cymbals. It’s designed for those who are (or have been) taking Technique L2, or Creativity L1. This 5-week series is available for full registration only ($70).

Class Dates: Mar 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, and April 28


Email for more information, or give us a call!

New Winter Classes!

New Winter Classes!

posted on December 19, 2014 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Seraka Studios

Just in time for Christmas! We’re releasing our new schedule of classes for the new year. We’ve got great series in Creativity and Choreography, your time-favourite Technique classes, and FOUR excellent workshops! These will take place at The Dance Centre (286 Torbay Rd).

Register by emailing Any classes with less than 4 participants will have to be cancelled, so register early. read full post →

ATS Jam Sessions

ATS Jam Sessions

posted on November 6, 2014 by Vanessa
in: Seraka Studios

American Tribal Style has hit St. John’s!

American Tribal Style (ATS for short) is a modern style of belly dance created by FatChanceBellyDance director, Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman. ATS is clearly defined and documented with the primary characteristics being group improvisation, a distinct vocabulary and costume, and specific guidelines for leading and following. Seraka Studios is now offering ATS classes and Jam Sessions! read full post →

Fall Session Classes

Fall Session Classes

posted on October 6, 2014 by Vanessa
in: Seraka Studios

Some say it’s better late than never!  Fall classes with Seraka is finally here!  It’s a short semester with only 6 weeks. Get in the studio and start dancing. All classes will take place at at a location TBD. Register by emailing read full post →

Fluid Extensions & Lyrical Combos Workshop (Post Poned!)

Fluid Extensions & Lyrical Combos Workshop (Post Poned!)

posted on July 30, 2014 by Vanessa
in: Seraka Studios

Heads Up! Vanessa’s “Fluid Extensions and Lyrical Combos” workshop scheduled for tonight (Wednesday, July 30 @ 6:30-8:00pm) will simply be a melted disaster with all this heat.

This class will NOT go ahead tonight, we will postpone and we will reschedule for another Wednesday evening.

Summer Classes Ready To Go!

Summer Classes Ready To Go!

posted on July 12, 2014 by Vanessa
in: Seraka Studios

We know you’ve been anxiously awaiting our schedule announcement, but fear not, the wait is over! Seraka Studios is going to be offering a condensed schedule with some snazzy workshops and lessons to keep you moving and shaking over the summer! Guaranteed to have laughter, new dances, and a handful of really zany sound effects.

All classes will take place at Coastal Dance Company (16 Stavanger Drive). Register by emailing or read full post →

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