New to Belly Dance?
"I'm a complete beginner...
Would the Iana Dance Club work for me?"
I'm glad you decided to ask this question. :)
YES! We do have an excellent training program for complete beginners!
Originally, the Iana Dance Club was designed as ongoing training for intermediate/advanced dancers, but we created an extensive library of courses, technique drills, intensives and choreographies to guide you as a beginner on your belly dance journey.
As a member you have instant access to the special course Learn How to Belly Dance: Complete Guide from A to Z.
This course is ideal for those who never had any experience in belly dance, as well as for those who may have already began their belly dance journey but want to review the basics and get solid foundations. It has 17 hours of classes with step-by-step instructions.
You should definitely start your belly dance journey with it :)
If you are a beginner dancer, I recommend you start your experience at the Iana Dance club by going through the following 3 steps.
Start with the special course Learn How to Belly Dance: Complete Guide from A to Z.
By the end of the course you will be able not only to perform all major belly dance moves such as hip drops, undulations, figure 8, and maya, but also layer them on top of different shimmies, perform to specific rhythms, and even to incorporate some props into your dance.
You will also get an overview of the most important rhythms, folklore styles, principles of dancing with veil, and dozens of dance combinations for polishing your technique. In addition, you will find several bonus sections with lectures about topics related to belly dance such as costumes, props, music, and the cultural environment of this dance, as well as resources to continue your belly dance learning.
Once you complete about half of the A to Z course (including Section 13), you can add some additional elements for your training:
- Explore our library of technique drills. Start with tutorials that have a special tag called "beginners", which means that those drills are more appropriate for your level.
- Go through several intensives such as Hips Shimmy, Folklore Drills and Fluid Arms. They are based on technique drills, but structured according to a specific topic into guided training programs of 2 to 4 weeks. Access to all this material is available at the Iana Dance Club.
Once you finish the A to Z course you are ready to start exploring choreographies available at the Iana Dance Club. You can choose any dances you like but make sure they have the 'all levels' tag. Eventually, with time and practice, you'll be able to explore more advanced choreographies too, but remember that dance training is a journey, and each step has its own beautiful exploration moments.
Also, at this point, feel free to follow our weekly training suggestions and join whichever current intensive is going on at the Iana Dance Club!
*Not all exercises presented here are suitable for everyone and are in no way a substitute for medical counseling. Consult a physician before starting any exercise program. Discontinue exercise immediately if you experience pain or discomfort. A user of this program assumes the risk of possible injury and the creators, producers and distributors of this program disclaim any liabilities in connection with the exercise program and advice herein.