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Term dates

Some great news! While classes have been continuing online, in-person classes are resuming from 17 May 2021.

The Monday classes will be back at their usual venue in Oxford from 17 May for a 7-week term (cost £49). Note, there won't be any classes on 31 May or 7 June.

The Beacon in Wantage remains closed so, temporarily, the Tuesday classes will take place in West Challow Village Hall. The in-person term there starts 25 May for an 8-week term (£56).

The Abingdon classes will resume on Thursday 27 May for an 8-week term (£56).

New class members are always welcome. Email Loreley to book your place.

For the face to face classes, various safety measures have been put in place to comply with government guidelines, including social distancing. This means class size is strictly limited and booking essential.

If you've never been to a belly dance class before, the start of each new term is an excellent time to join one! We'll begin with the absolute basics. Don't worry if you think you've got two left feet and a total lack of coordination, or you just feel very self-conscious - relax! The classes are fun and friendly and you'll learn how to belly dance move by move. No previous dance experience necessary.

Timetable

MONDAY St Andrews Church Hall, Botley, Oxford
6.30 - 7.30 pm Tribal Fusion Bellydance for Improvers/Intermediates
7.45 - 8.45 pm Egyptian Belly Dance for Beginners (Level 1)
TUESDAY West Challow Village Hall, near Wantage
7.00 - 8.00 pm Egyptian Belly Dance for Beginners (Level 1)
8.15 - 9.15 pm Advanced (Level 4)
THURSDAY Abingdon Conservative Club, Abingdon
6.00 - 7.00 pm Beginners (Level 1)
7.15 - 8.15 pm Improvers (Level 2)
8.30 - 9.30 pm Intermediates (Level 3)
SUNDAY Stanford Village Hall, Stanford in the Vale
2.30 - 4.30 pm (monthly) Tribal Fusion class for improver level & above. Classes in 2021 tbc

Venues

Abingdon: Oxford: Wantage:
Abingdon Conservative Club
59 Ock Street
Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX14 5AG


St Andrews Church Hall
Orchard Road
Dean Court
Botley
Oxford
OX2 9BH

The Beacon
Portway
Wantage
Oxfordshire
OX12 9BX

Class levels

Beginners (Level 1): For complete beginners

Improvers (Level 2): For those who have attended Level 1 classes for at least two terms and are familiar with the basic movements of Egyptian belly dance.

Intermediate (Level 3): For students who have been attending Egyptian belly dance classes for at least two years and are keen to learn more advanced movements and challenging dance routines.

Advanced (Level 4): For students who have been training for at least 5 years and want to continue developing their dance skills, as well as learn more about Arabic music and different belly dance styles.


Class fees

In-person classes starting May 2021: The fee is £49 for a 7-week term and £56 for an 8-week term. Term fees may be paid by PayPal or by bank transfer. Email Loreley for details and to check that places are available.

All class fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Private tuition

Loreley also offers private tuition. Email loreleyrice@gmail.com or call 01367 710652 for further details.

What to wear

Wear comfortable clothing that you can move around in, such as leggings or joggers and a T-shirt, and bring a long scarf or shawl to tie round your hips. Wear flat, flexible-soled shoes or dance barefoot. Soft ballet or jazz shoes are ideal. Trainers are too clumpy. Eventually you may find you want to dress up more in a colourful skirt, top, and hip scarf dripping with beads and coins!