Why should you try Belly Dance classes in Santa Fe?
Because your body is a temple …
so be your own temple dancer.
Celebrate what you've got!
Areena Belly Dancer is your playful guide in exploring the essentials of Oriental Belly Dance fusion. Groove to the dynamic rhythms of classical & contemporary Middle-Eastern & World music.
Belly dance is both an expressive art form AND a full-body movement & body-positive fitness practice that embraces all skill levels, ages and body types. It cultivates core strength, balance, flexibility, musicality, sensuality … and above all, joy! Pleasure is self-care, for body and soul.
1 hour classes include warm-up, basic technique, fun and challenging isolations, layered movements, combinations, zills (advanced), step patterns and more.
Advanced students are encouraged to take both classes, as reviewing the basics makes for a strong foundation.
Explore empowered embodiment with belly dance!
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Areena Belly Dancer
Areena Belly Dancer is a seasoned performer with well over 750 belly dance performances under her sparkly belt. She has been performing elegant "raqs sharki" & Oriental fusion Belly Dance as a soloist in Santa Fe since 2004. Areena was with the Saltanah Dancers as co-founder, co-director, teacher, soloist, troupe member and co-choreographer from 2006-2018, which provided countless experiences, sisterhood and invaluable training she is grateful for.
Areena sponsors diversity & inclusivity for belly dancers and eclectic performance artists alike. She produced 10 New Moon Cabarets (a monthly 21+ curated variety show) & 6 Enchanted Santa Fe Evenings (live Middle-Eastern & world music concerts with 12+ belly dancers) at Honeymoon Brewery June 2019-March 2020. She anticipates many more live performances & collaborations in a post-pandemic world! Check out her Youtube channel (link above her photo) to see past shows!
Performance history includes shows at restaurants in Santa Fe such as El Farol, Vanessie's, Pyramid Cafe, Cleopatra's Cafe, Tumbleroots, The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing & more ... to birthdays, festivals and weddings ... to the Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe Bandstand on the Plaza, Meow Wolf and countless stage productions.
With an intention to respect the origins and cultural context of Belly Dance, and other world dance forms, Areena began studying dance in 1999 and avidly continues taking workshops in Egyptian raqs sharqi and Oriental Belly Dance, Folkloric Dances of the Middle East, Turkish Rom, Classical Persian, Bollywood, Hula, Spanish fusion, Ballroom and Latin Social Dances (salsa, cha-cha, bachata, merengue, kizomba, Brazilian zouk, cumbia and tango).
Areena Belly Dancer's fluid yet precise style will keep your eyes riveted! Gorgeous silk veils, balancing dances with candle tray and basket, fabulous costumes - with optional Mermaid, Mystical Phoenix LED & Goddess-themed costumes designed and created by Areena - increase the wow factor.
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Moonlight Beach, CA 2018
Frenchy Toast with Areena at Honeymoon Brewery, Santa Fe 1/18/20 Photo by Audrey Derell
The Tynkers play Enchanted Evenings, 2/14/20. Areena by Audrey Derell
Frenchy Toast with Areena, 1/18/20 photo by Audrey Derell
Frenchy Toast with Areena, photo by Audrey Derell 1/18/20
Feeling the tarab or saltanah, the music-induced ecstatic connection we strive for as dancers. With the Saltanah Dancers at Cleopatra's Cafe, 2018
Wearing her "psychedelic tiger" costume, Areena Belly Dancer channels the fiery feline side of the shapeshifting sea goddess Thetis. Galactic Goddess Cabaret, produced by An Ascension Space, Santa Fe, NM March 2018
Areena Belly Dancer as sea goddess Thetis, Dreaming Olypsis Costuming. Galactic Goddess Cabaret, produced by An Ascension Space, Santa Fe, NM March 2018
Mesmerizing undersea travelers during Meow Wolf's Summer in the Multiverse, at the House of Eternal Return, Santa Fe 2017
The joy of silk fan veils! Dancing with The Saltanah Dancers, Cleopatra's Cafe, Santa Fe, NM 2017
Areena balances her candle tray. Cleopatra's Cafe, Santa Fe, NM 2017