Move your body… Love your body!

Belly dance classes will teach you a fun, safe, body positive dance form, encourage you to move your body in new ways and develop muscles you didn’t even know you had. Kristine’s classes are open to everyone, regardless of your previous dance experience, current fitness level, size, shape, age, height, favourite colour, etc. Those with two left feet and the rhythmically-challenged are always welcome!  Her classes are based on correct and safe technique, and develop creative expression and confidence in movement.  Whether you are looking for a little “me time” in your week or hope to dance on stage one day, Kristine will provide knowledgeable instruction in a welcoming environment. Belly dance draws from folk dances throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe. Traditionally these dances were performed at casual social gatherings as way to enjoy spending time with friends and loved ones. Often women danced just for other women, taking turns to show off their personal technique. Kristine draws from these traditions and adds modern flair with funky music and technique that is always safe for the body.


quotationsKristine made me feel at ease while dancing, remarkable only because I’m self-conscious in just about every way. The constructive feedback she gave not only helped me learn basic technique, but also gave me the confidence I needed to keep going to class. —Danielle, student

 

Winter 2018

For this session we’re offering classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We’ll also be hosting a end of term hafla (belly dance party) to show off your skills and make friends with new dancers! Stay tuned for the details.


Tuesdays

All Ages Belly Dance

Tuesday afternoons 2:00-2:55pm
Feb. 6 – March 13, 2018 (*No class Feb. 27)
Lloyd Hand Hall (848 Cantabrian Dr. SW, Calgary)
5-week session

NEW CLASS! This daytime community class brings all ages together for a fun, casual hour of belly dance. Perfect for new parents or those with small children, seniors who are young at heart, and anyone who wants to learn a few dance moves in a friendly, inclusive environment. This is not a kids class – it’s for all ages to dance together! (Children must be accompanied by an adult). Starting with proper posture and alignment, Kristine will introduce you to the basics of belly dance while incorporating games and fun props like veils. We’ll cover movements in the torso, feet, and arms. Each class we’ll review and drill movements, and put them together into short combinations. Jingly hip scarves will be provided for everyone to wear during class. For the 5-week session:

  • Adult+child pair $115. Additional child $5/class.
  • Single adult $80

Drop-ins welcome:

  • Adult+child pair $30. Additional child $5/class.
  • Single adult $20
Infants (in a car seat or being worn) are free.

 

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Beginners @ Auburn Bay

Tuesday Evenings 7:00-8:00pm
Jan. 9 – Feb. 27, 2018
Auburn House (200 Auburn Bay Blvd SE, Calgary)
8-week session Resident: $90/Brookfield Resident: $100/Non-Resident: $110 (Sorry, no dropping in)
beginners class


This class is hosted by the Auburn Bay Community Association – please register with them for this class.

Are you brand new to belly dance? Already have a little bit of belly dance experience and want to learn more? This class is for you! Starting with proper posture and alignment, Kristine will introduce you to the basics of belly dance in a welcoming, inclusive environment. We’ll cover movements in the torso, feet, and arms. Each class we’ll review and drill movements, and put them together into brief combinations. In the last few classes, you’ll learn a short choreography that you are invited to perform at our end-of-term hafla (date TBD). The hafla is a closed performance: it is not publicly advertised, only friends and family of our students are invited. Performing is encouraged but 100% optional. Kristine tailors her teaching to your individual fitness and skill level, ensuring your full participation and success in class. She is dedicated to offering a welcoming, inclusive, and fun environment – while working hard. She’ll also make bad jokes and weird (but helpful) analogies – laughter is always guaranteed!  

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Registration is now closed as the session is underway. We’ll be starting a new session in the spring!


Wednesdays

Beginners for the Scared & Uncoordinated

Wednesday Evenings
7:00pm – 7:55pm
Jan. 17 – March 14, 2018 (*No class Feb. 28)
North Glenmore Community Centre (2231 Longridge Dr SW, Calgary)
8-week session $125/session
beginners class

Are you brand new to belly dance? Rhythmically challenged with two left feet? Think you are too uncoordinated/old/young/fat/thin/shy to dance? This class is for you! It’s intended for those with zero previous dance experience. Starting with proper posture and alignment, Kristine will introduce you to the basics of belly dance in a welcoming, inclusive environment. We’ll cover movements in the torso, feet, and arms. Each class we’ll review and drill movements, and put them together into brief combinations. In the last few classes, you’ll learn a short choreography that you are invited to perform at our end-of-term hafla (date TBA). The hafla is a closed performance: it is not publicly advertised, only friends and family of our students are invited. Performing is encouraged but 100% optional. Kristine tailors her teaching to your individual fitness and skill level, ensuring your full participation and success in class. She is dedicated to offering a welcoming, inclusive, and fun environment – while working hard. She’ll also make bad jokes and weird (but helpful) analogies – laughter is always guaranteed! Register Now This session is SOLD OUT. Unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate drop-ins in this class, as there just isn’t more room in the studio. Stay tuned for our spring session starting in April.


Intermediate

Wednesday evenings 8:00-8:55pm Jan. 17 – March 14, 2018 (*No class Feb. 28) North Glenmore Community Centre (2231 Longridge Drive SW, Calgary) 8-week session $125/session or $20/drop-in Save


Continue on your belly dance journey with new technique, movement refinement, layers, and more complicated drills and choreography. In this intermediate level we’ll dig further into technique and musicality as you learn new ways you body can move (and work your brain too!). We welcome input and suggestions if there is anything particular you would like to work on, though Kristine has plenty ideas to keep the class busy too! In the later half of the class you will learn a choreography, and you have the option to perform it at our end of term hafla in March (details TBA). We recommend having completed approximately 2 years of belly dance classes (with Kristine or elsewhere) prior to registering for this class. If you aren’t sure what level to take, feel free to get in touch.

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A unique and thoughtful gift for any occasion, gift certificates are available for class sessions, private lessons, party workshops, or in any dollar amount. Dance classes provide the gift on an ongoing experience, new memories, new skills, and of course a whole lot of fun! You will receive a beautifully printed gift certificate filled out to your recipient, enclosed in a branded envelope. The back features a performance photo of Kristine and the quote, “There are shortcuts to happiness and dance is one of them”. Shipping (via standard Canada Post) is absolutely free, and the certificate can be sent to you or your recipient. Alternatively we can email a printable electronic certificate, great for those last minute purchases! Once payment is made, you will be contacted within 24-48 hours asking for your recipient and shipping details. If you prefer a monetary amount not listed here, email info@beautifulunusual.com and we will be happy to accommodate this.


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The Fine Print

Online payments via PayPal are preferred for tracking purposes. However, credit card payment can alternatively be taken by phone. Call Kristine at 587-225-1140. If you prefer to pay by cash or cheque, please call or send an email to arrange this. For additional information on making payments, refunds, and our other policies, please review our Class Terms & Policies. Our Class Information page provide details on what to expect, what to bring, and how to get the most out of your classes.