Classes

BELLYDANCE CLASSES:
Weekly Public Classes as well as Private Classes and Parties available
For Yoga Classes, check out Rahel's Yoga Page
 

Winter 2018  


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BEGINNER:
Journey into the beautiful world of Arabic music and movement.
In this progressive, full-experience session, you will learn about the history and cultural context of Raqs Sharqi/Beledi (bellydance), learn how to stand and move safely and mindfully with correct posture and alignment, breakdown and drill basic isolations and movements of this beautiful Middle Eastern art form in a safe, learning-focused environment from dedicated full time dancer/teacher Rahel, AND get a great workout!! For class, wear comfortable, breathable clothes, bare feet and bring a water bottle. Hipscarves provided. No experience required. Please ensure you don't miss the first class of the session if you are a new student.

1. BEGINNER: SUNDAYS @ ACHE BRASIL
SUNDAYS 7:30-9:00pm
Ache Brasil 341 E Broadway
Jan 7 - Mar 4, 2018
8 weeks total $160 for session
Get 10% off if you register before Jan 31, 2017
Get 20% off when you bring a friend
Get an additional 10% off for each additional friend
No class Jan 14
Register through Rahel by sending contact info and payment to via cash or paypal or interac e-transfer to rahelbellydance@gmail.com

2. BEGINNER: MONDAYS @ THE JCC
MONDAYS 7:30-9:00pm
JCC 950 W 41st ave
Jan 8 - Mar 5, 2018
8 weeks total, $165 for session
Get 10% off when you register before Jan 1
No Class Feb 12
Register through the JCC in person, on the phone or online at
The Jewish Community Centre

3. BEGINNER: THURSDAYS @ THE MPCC
THURSDAYS 8:30-9:45pm
MPCC 1 Kingsway
Jan 11 - Mar 8, 2018
9 weeks total, $103.4 for session
Get 10% off if you register before Jan 4
Register through the MPCC in person, on the phone or online at
The Mount Pleasant Community Centre

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INTERMEDIATE:
Dive deeper into your Arabic dance practice and take your technique to the next level!
Strengthen and condition, learn more complex movements, work on layering, traveling, props (if time permits) and add texture and nuance to this beautiful Middle Eastern art form.
Experience required, preferably at least 2-3 beginner sessions with Rahel.

1. INTERMEDIATE: SUNDAYS @ ACHE BRASIL
Slightly higher level Intermediate
SUNDAYS 5:45-7:15pm
Ache Brasil 341 E Broadway
Jan 7 - Mar 4, 2018
8 weeks total $160 for session
Get 10% off if you register before Jan 31, 2017
Get 20% off when you bring a friend
Get an additional 10% off for each additional friend
No class Jan 14
Register through Rahel by sending contact info and payment to via cash or paypal or interac e-transfer to rahelbellydance@gmail.com

3. INTERMEDIATE: THURSDAYS @ THE MPCC
THURSDAYS 4:30-5:45pm
MPCC 1 Kingsway
Jan 11 - Mar 8, 2018
9 weeks total, $103.4 for session
Get 10% off if you register before Jan 4
Register through the MPCC in person, on the phone or online at
The Mount Pleasant Community Centre

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SHIMMY & SWEAT
Less Talky more dancing. Intense conditioning for dancers! 30 minute fitness warm up focusing on strength and endurance, 45 minutes of non stop drilling, and then 15 minutes of deep, relaxing stretching. Strengthen, stretch, tone, and boost your practice! Experience required, minimum 1 full session of Rahel's beginner bellydance.

1. **NEW** SHIMMY & SWEAT Level 1: THURSDAYS @ THE MPCC
THURSDAYS 5:45pm - 7:00pm
MPCC 1 Kingsway
Jan 11 - Feb 22, 2018
7 weeks total, $80.5 for session
Get 10% off if you register before Jan 4
$15 drop in. Experience required
Register through the MPCC in person, on the phone or online at
The Mount Pleasant Community Centre

1. SHIMMY & SWEAT Level 2: TUESDAYS @ THE JCC
TUESDAYS 7:30-9:00pm
JCC 950 W 41st ave
Jan 9 - Mar 13, 2018
10 weeks total, $206 for session
Get 10% off when you register before Jan 2
$25 drop in. Experience required
Register through the JCC in person, on the phone or online at
The Jewish Community Centre

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ADVANCED PERFORMANCE TROUPE
*Auditions or special permission required*
Be a part of a collaborative team. Advanced performance troupe rehearsals.
Performance opportunities throughout the year

1. THE HELWA DANCERS TROUPE: WEDNESDAYS @ THE JCC
WEDNESDAYS 7:45-9:15pm
JCC 950 W 41st ave
Jan 10 - Mar 14, 2018
10 weeks total, $215 for session
Get 10% off when you register before Jan 3
Register through the JCC in person, on the phone or online at
The Jewish Community Centre

  NOTE: More classes starting Winter 2018

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PRIVATE LESSONS AND PARTIES

1. PRIVATE LESSONS
One-on-one, or with a friend, or two
Most classes taught out of Rahel's small home studio in Fairview Slopes
1-2 people $70/hr total ($70 for 1, $35 each for 2)
3 people $80/hr total ($26 each)
4 people $90/hr total ($22.5 each)
5 people $100/hr total ($20 each)
Package Discount:
$5 off per hour when you buy 5 or more hours.
$10 off per hour when you buy 10 or more hours.
Hours don’t have to be used all at once. Package expires one year from purchase Students currently registered in weekly classes get an additiona $5 off/hr discount on private lessons. (up to $15 off per hour total).

2. STAGETTES AND BIRTHDAY PARTIES
5+ people Lesson only: $150/hr
Lesson in full costume and makeup: $250/hr
Lesson/performance combo (ie 5-10 min performance + 50-55 min lesson): $350/hr
Prices are for 6+ people, prices may change 20+
Hipscarves and music provided, as well as a special "costume" for the guest of honour


TESTIMONIALS


"I was really wanting to try belly dance for a while but had not found the right teacher. One day my friend suggested I try Rahel's class and I resonated with her right away. It was such an amazing experience. Her style of teaching is very energetic, technical and clear. Rahel is really good at explaining new moves in many different ways for different types of learners and she always makes sure to emphasizes proper posture. My posture has improved a lot since I started taking classes with her. She also plays the best music, a mix of traditional belly dance music and some more modern stuff. I get so much out of every class I attend with her and feel so good after. I highly recommend trying her class if you are considering taking belly dance, you will not regret it!"
- Megan

"Rahel welcomed me to my first belly dance class with open arms! She fosters a warm, caring, relaxed class atmosphere, and I feel safe and cared for whenever I come to class. Rahel is both a talented dancer and teacher. I've been taking belly dance classes with Rahel for over a year now because I love her dancing style, her teaching approach and she is eye candy. Belly dance brings magic into my life and I'd rather give my (snake) arm than miss a class with Rahel! Yiiip!"
- Alma

"The rewards of taking Rahel's bellydancing classes far exceed just physical exercise. It embraces feminine power, joy, sensuality and being more open to life. Rahel's enthusiasm and passion for dance is contagious, and I look forward to her classes every week!"
- Natasha

"I have taken bellydance classes on and off for about 20 years. Over that time I have found several teachers, but only a very few make my list of the exceptional, and Rahel is one of them. Rahel's classes are a perfect blend of fun and challenging. She is able to bring creativity and expression out of her students, while at the same time teaching very technical moves with skill and clarity. Most importantly for me though, is that in addition to all of this, Rahel is able to create a safe and encouraging space for women to come together and be adored in all their shapes and sizes, and to dance together in sisterhood."
-Rafale C.

"I was blessed to find Rahel when I was rehearsing to play Salomé for a theatre adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play. I had to preform the "dance of the seven veils" and had never before taken any belly dance! I thought I would study with a number of different teachers but after finding Rahel I searched no further. Her level of skill, care and passion for dance are unmatched. Within a year she had helped me find the music, choreographed the dance and had me at a place where I was not only ready but confident in my performance. Rahel went above and beyond the call of duty at every step of the journey. She is an intuitive and sensitive teacher wise beyond her years in the art of belly dance. She is gifted at bringing out of her students the gestures and movements that exist just on the edge of their becoming! I have no hesitation in offering the highest recommendation possible. If you have ever desired to dance or thought it out of your reach Rahel can be the foundation and guide that takes you there gently and powerfully all at the same time!"
-Ana