The Belly Dance School of Richmond offers an unrivaled host of talent and experience in the Richmond, Virginia area. The school staff is comprised of instructors with a collective experience of more than 100 years, and a wide diversity in style, technique, and method. Middle Eastern Cabaret is our main focus utilizing improvisational interpertation.

We offer class instruction on Monday nights for beginner to advanced students, participate and perform in a variety of local community events, and produce an annual belly Spring Show performance showcasing our students and other local performers. The classes are small and very personal with a lot of individual attention. Occasionally we organize a workshop or a roadtrip for the students, and we have lots of fun dancing together.

Belly dance is a sensual and feminine Middle Eastern performing art, enjoyed by women and men of all age and sizes. It's great exercise and entertainment for the entire family. Please join us for a class or enjoy one of our many performances and support the local dance community.

All Classes Held on Monday Nights

Introductory classes are scheduled in quarterly sessions, beginning on the first Monday in January, April, July, and September. Intermediate and Advanced classes run continuously throughout the year, except for December (no classes during the month of December). A class registration form with tuition and other information is located under the registration page.

All classes are held at the below address:
American Legion Post 244
2522 Indale Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Directions: Travel west on US33 west Staples Mill Road, turn right onto Mountain Road, cross the railroad tracks and turn right onto Purcell Road, finally turn left onto Indale Road.

Class size is limited!

To insure your place in class, please return the registration form (found under the Registration tab) along with your check payable to Belly Dance School of Richmond, RLLP.

Mail to:
BDSRVA
5201 Longbridge Road
Richmond, VA 23231


Beginner: (8pm-9pm)
The introductory class is structured for beginners to define basic technique for a strong foundation in all styles of belly dance, introduction to cultural protocol and history.

Intermediate: (7pm-8pm)
Students will be introduced to more complex techniques, layering, and improvisations. They will also get exposure to various props used in belly dance (veil, cane, tambourine, and zills).

Advanced: (6pm-7pm)
Students who continue to the advanced class will continue to expand on their knowledge of complex techniques, layering, and improvisation. Use of various props (veil, cane, tambourine, and zills) will be taught, as well as, improving their stage presence and various specialized styles.

Debby WestDebby West

Debby joined Sheva’s School of Belly Dancing in 1980. She became a featured dancer for Harry Tatian’s Near Eastern Ensemble and for Sheva. In 1982 she was 1st runner up at the East Coast Belly Dancer of the Year contest and was featured on TV 8’s “PM Magazine.” Performances have included festivals, fairs, museums, schools, and restaurants. Celebrity performances included Pierce Brosnan, Jack Lemmon, and Peter Gallagher. She has studied extensively with many national and international artists and is still influenced by Morocco of NYC. Debby’s focus has now changed to teaching. She excels with zills and brings a lively, heartfelt love of the dance to every class.

 

Doris McCormickDoris McCormick(Dorma)

Dorma has been a student of belly dance since 1995. Studies began with Sheva in Richmond, Va., as well as various other teachers in and around Richmond, and a multitude of Master Teachers and workshops along the East Coast, Turkey, and Egypt. I'm an accomplished seamstress and truly love to design and sew costumes with all the beads and baubles and sequins. I'm hopelessly enamored with music, dance, design, color, shiny-sparkly things, and jewelry, and all the girly things about belly dance. As an instructor, I truly enjoy watching students grow, honing their skills, building confidence, and the joy they find in dancing.

 

 

Kim GoodbodyKim Goodbody(Morgana Perizada)

Morgana Perizada began belly dancing in 1999 after viewing a video of Kathryn Ferguson, and began taking classes through Chesterfield Parks and Rec and Sheva's School of Belly Dance soon after. She has continued her dance studies with a variety of other instructors. Belly Dancing has blessed her with many wonderful friends and experiences and she looks forward to many more.

 

 

 

Patricia HayesPatricia Hayes(Zahira Adia)

Zahira Adia started dancing in 1987 with Sheva's School of Belly Dance and later became an assistant teacher for Sheva. Teaching for 13 yrs at Pine Camp Cultural Arts Center / City of Richmond Teaching for 3 yrs at American Family Fitness Center.Dance performances to include Virginia Commonwealth University's Cultural Arts Day, The Women's Annual Health Fair and The National Girl Scout's Convention. Assistant teacher for The Belly Dance School of Richmond.

 

 

Janiece BernardiniJaniece Bernardini

Janiece began a love of dance when she was just three years old, eventually taking ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and just about everything else considered "dance". However, when she was 11 years old, her mother discovered belly dancing and they both began lessons with Sheva's School of Belly Dancing. Although she has taken belly dance classes from local and nationally known dancers, Sheva was her mentor. Janiece has been teaching for a number of years, first for Sheva, then BDSR, and on her own. She enjoys the camaraderie of the dance world as well as the individuality belly dancing allows each person to express.

Registration fee (new students): $10
Tuition: $35/month -- OR -- $90/quarter (discounted amount)

Tuition is due the first Monday of the month. A late fee of $5 will be assessed for tuition not paid by the second Monday of the month.

Class size is limited!
To insure your place in class, please return the registration form along with your check payable to Belly Dance School of Richmond, RLLP.

Class Registration Form (Click here)

Mail to:
BDSRVA
5201 Longbridge Road
Richmond, VA 23231

***NO REFUNDS UNLESS CLASS IS CANCELLED***


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The Belly Dance School of Richmond
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"Behind The Veil"


Annual Spring Show & Hafla!


Featuring students and guest performers

Held at the American Legion Post #244
2522 Indale Road, Glen Allen, VA

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Tickets can be purchased for the Spring Show online or at the door!

To purchase tickets for the Spring Show online, please select ticket option, fill in the ticket holder's name, and click "Add to Cart" below to purchase via PayPal.
Note: All tickets will be held at the door.

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The Belly Dance School of Richmond is available to dance at your public or private event!

Please contact Kim at info@richmondbellydance.com or call 804-317-1850 to book a performance.

Note: No all male bookings will be accepted.


Tummy Tuesday (Halloween) 2013
October 29, 2013

The BDSR joins other local belly dancers at Max's Positive Vibe Cafe on the last Tuesday of each month for dancing and dinner.

 

 

 


Rakkasah East Festival 2013
September 29, 2013

The Richmond Raq Stars (representing the Belly Dance School of Richmond) traveled to Somerset, NJ to perform at the annual Rakkasah East belly dance festival.

 


Spring Show 2013
May 12, 2013

The BDSR Spring Show was held at the American Legion Post in Glen Allen, Va. It was a wonderful performance showcasing the students and various other guest performers.

 


Tummy Tuesday (Halloween) 2012
October, 2012

The BDSR joins other local belly dancers at Max's Positive Vibe Cafe on the last Tuesday of each month for dancing and dinner.

 

 

 

 

Powhatan County Fair 2012
May 15, 2012

Intermediate and advanced students of the school along with the instructors were invited to perform at the Powhatan County Fair, Va. The theme for that performance was "Hawaiian/Hula".

 

 

Spring Show 2012
May 2012

The BDSR Annual Spring Show was held at the American Legion Post in Glen Allen, Va. It was a wonderful performance showcasing the students and various other guest performers.

 

Belly Dance School of Richmond, RLLP
5201 Longbridge Road
Richmond, Virginia 23231


Email: info@richmondbellydance.com
Phone: 804-317-1850