THIS IS A SET OF TWO CLASSES, 2.5 HOURS EACH:
Monday Aug 6, 6:30 - 9pm AND Monday Aug 13, 6:30 - 9pm
All bodies, all genders, all ages! Sure, you COULD sign up for traditional series, 1 hour a week for 6 weeks... but let's be honest - you're not going to! Come and get immersed in bellydance basics, in just two sessions.
Have you tried a bellydance class somewhere else? Was the class almost exclusively thin, white, cis, straight, women? Yeah... That happens a lot, even in the Bay Area. Like learning a foreign language, Middle Eastern movement can be for everyone. Including YOU. You should come.
Bellydance is an expression and celebration of feminine strength, power, spirit, and form, passed through 100's of generations. Safe and welcoming for first time dancers but still challenging for experienced dancers, yoga practitioners, and athletes alike, bellydance is low or no impact and builds stamina, flexibility, and musical timing. This class will improve your posture and build strength.
At Click Your Heels we teach ONLY what we perform ourselves, a blend of Raqs sharqi (Arabic style), modern Turkish, and classic American Cabaret. We honor the tradition of bellydance as a solo improvisational dance style, grounding you in alignment and community so that you can find your own personal expression.
YOUTH? There is no official age limit to this class, and there is also no child care provided. We trust your good judgement to bring the only the children in your life who will enjoy and get value from participating in the class, or who will independently slumber/read/color through it. Teens always welcome. WEAR? layers. more for warm up, less for dancing.
top half of body: not TOO baggy please. need to check alignment of your hips and ribs. t-shirts, hoodies, sweaters, tank tops, crop tops, sports bras, braletts, swim tops, etc.
bottom half of body: not TOO baggy please. need to check alignment of your hips and knees: shorts, leggings, yoga pants, etc.
FEET? barefoot is ideal. if you don't want to be barefoot, socks are fine. IF you already own dance shoes for bellydance, you are welcome to bring them, but they are never required (suede, open-toed, flat specialty sandles sold by dancewear shops).
BRING? water bottle. OPTIONAL ITEMS: yoga mat, scarf or other narrow fabric that is large enough to tie around your hips and still hang down some. Please no coin belts or other noise makers!
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
This venue is three blocks from Civic Center BART. After 6pm there is fairly easy street parking (for SF) on 9th Street, Howard St., and sometimes even on Market St. or Grace Alley if you're lucky.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Feel free to email [email protected]
or DM Click Your Heels Movement on instagram/facebook
What's the refund policy?
If the event is canceled by the organizer, all payments will be refunded automatically, through eventbrite, immediately BEFORE the cancelation is announced. If you cannot attend class, you may transfer your registration to a friend (see below) or donate it to a low/no income student by emailing [email protected]
with "DONATION" in the subject title.
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Yes, to give your space to a friend, email [email protected]
, CC your friend, and put "REG TRANSFER" in the subject of your email.
Is it ok if the name on my registration is different from my everyday name?
Yes, everyone will be asked to state their name and pronoun during introductions.
About the Teacher:
Alexandria Nichandros (Facebook and Instagram ClickYourHeelsMovement) is a body-positive, queer, leather, poly, switch, flirt femme-nomenon. Some of her favorite things include polka-dots, teaching private lessons, and Sade. You can find her kicking dust off hearts on both sides of the bay. She performs regularly at The White Horse (Oakland) and teaches regularly at The Center for Sex and Culture. Her repertoire includes east coast swing, salsa, bellydance, flexibility, pole dancing, floorwork, go-go dancing, how to walk, flirt, and dance in high heels, non-verbal communication for D/s, specialty work with so-called “no-rhythm/two-left-feet” types, and much more. She has been teaching dance since 1998. Whether teaching couples at home or hundreds in a nightclub, she believes the joy of dance is a natural human experience for everyone.