Class Information for 2013

There are several options for taking belly dance classes in the New Haven area. We try to keep the list below as current as possible, but we recommend getting in touch with the instructor or studio in advance to be sure that the class is still in session. If you are an instructor and would like us to list your class information on this page, please contact our webmaster Stacy. Also be sure to check our Events page for workshops and mini-lessons.

Class in the Gym

Classes and Workshops at Yale

Full Day Belly Dance Intensive:
Sunday April 7th. Never belly danced before, and want to push your body and mind to do things you never thought possible? Want to expand your current belly dance skills? This full day of workshops will get you hooked to belly dance! Harkness Auditorium, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven CT.

10-11 AM Introduction to Belly Dance and Beginner Moves ($10). Taught by Nicole of Yale Belly Dance Society. We will teach basic belly dance moves, including hip and chest isolations, shimmies, and whole-body moves, along with a short beginner choreography. 

11:20 AM-2 pm Classic Egyptian Belly Dance with internationally recognized belly dance star and Yale alumna Ranya Renee ($40). Ranya will work with steps and styling made popular by such famous names of the black-and-white "Golden Age" of Egyptian cinema, stars such as Samia Gamal, Naima
Akef, and Tahia Karioka, as well as their lesser known contemporaries, using an interactive multi-media platform. More information about Ranya at

2:20-3:30 pm dance philosophy and body awareness with Prof Susanne Claxton of Green Mountain College ($10). Susanne will explore the metaphysics and practical application of improvisational art as manifestation of divinity by means of the daimonic through the medium of the flesh. Students will engage in excercises aimed at facilitating understanding of these challenging but fun topics. 

$50 for the whole day of workshops! Email Nicole for more info, payment, and registration, as well as special deals for Yale students/faculty. 



Class at Berkeley

Other Belly Dance Classes in Connecticut

Please check with the instructors for updated information.

Mini session of America Tribal Style classes
January 6, 13, and 27 - ATS® Fundamentals Intensive (3 2-hour classes)
February 10 - ATS® Laboratory: Zils Lab - Hands On (1.5 hours)
February 24 - ATS® Laboratory: Cues and Transitions Lab - Connecting the Dots (1.5 hours)
Regular weekly classes will resume in March. Please email Diana at for registration info.

Belly Dance Classes with Safiya: Safiya teaches at The Fitness Haven. More information visit and to sign up visit The Fitness Haven

Belly Dance Classes with Joy: More information at Tribal style.

Belly Dance Classes with Adina: Adina, who teaches the class at PWG, also has other classes. More information at

Belly Dance Classes with Aleenah: Belly dance class at Dance In Rhythm Studio, 19 South Main St., Branford, CT, with Aleenah. Wednesdays at 7:30 PM. Classes also offered in West Haven, Wallingoford, North Haven, Old Saybrook, East Haven, Guilford, and Cheshire. For a complete list of classes and stuido locations, plus info on private classes and gift certificates, visit

Belly Dance Classes with Shalimar: Belly Dance Connecticut Studio, 485 Hartford Road, Manchester, CT 06040. Beginners classes: Sundays 5:45-6:45 pm, Wednesdays 10-11 am, Mondays 7:15-8:15 pm. Advanced beginners: Tuesdays 7:15-8:15 pm. Intermediates: Sundays 4:30-5:30 pm. For more information, visit, email, or call 860-985-2583 (leave a message).

Belly Dance Classes with Lauren Grover: Cheshire on Thursday nights and Durham on Monday mornings, with a possible Tuesday night in Hartford being considered. Lauren has been dancing for 19 years and doing henna for 18, and teaching both for 17. See or contact for more information. 

Belly Dance Classes with Tava:

A list of dance teachers in Connecticut can be found here (though please note that some instructor information on this list is out of date).


Photos by the Yale Bulletin & Calendar and by Philip Rucker of The Yale Daily News.