$15 for drop-in class: Drop-ins are welcome! If you’d just like to try it or come every once and a while. If you decide to continue with the session, your drop-in payment can be used as credit toward the $80 session fee.
Find joy in dance, music, movement, rhythm, strength and community, and Shimmy To It! Learn, hone and layer your shimmies and isolations; improve coordination and strength; practice keeping time/rhythm with the body; and improve your physical and mental health through musical expression.
This class will provide an enjoyably sweaty workout through a mix of fusion belly dance, variety of shimmies and body isolations, bodyweight strength training exercises and basic stretching. Dance experience is helpful, but not necessary. Both new and experienced dancers welcome, with any variety of dance and fitness backgrounds. Please bring an open mind and a willingness to challenge yourself!
This class environment welcomes all intersecting identities including all races, ethnicities, cultures, religions, spoken languages, countries of origin, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, disabilities and abilities.
Please wear yoga pants or comfy, stretchy clothing, and bring a water bottle and a yoga mat. There are several extra yoga mats at the studio that can be used.
Heron Alicia is a fusion dancer whose dance background is in traditional belly dance styles and Improvisation Tribal Style (ITS; created by Amy Sigil). She has been studying belly dance and other dance styles for approximately 8 years and has 6 years of strength training experience. After studying with Maggie Rose for several years, Heron moved to Seattle to study Spanish at the University of Washington and began taking dance classes with Dahlia Moon. Currently, she dances in Dahlia’s ITS troupe, On Deck, and is pursuing certification to teach Levels 1 and 2 in Bellingham.
As an undergraduate, one of her goals was to enhance her knowledge of systemic oppression against marginalized groups and she is honored to have been able to participate in the Guardian Project, a short film directed by Claudia Shimmies that utilizes dance to portray the harmful societal impact of discrimination and power dynamics in our world today, as well as how we can combat the current system. She believes that dance can truly benefit our minds, bodies and our society as a whole.
She hopes to see you in her class! Come and Shimmy To It!