Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.
— Victor Hugo

Dance classes

Bellydancers are supple, feminine, earthly, mysterious, playful and strong.
That dancer is you! Come learn among friends and awaken your inner fire.
Build community and self-knowledge while honoring the inner divine feminine.

Bellydance class in West Seattle @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Six week sessions, Wednesday nights
Next session begins Nov 6, 2019
Drop-in students are welcome at 6pm and 7pm

6pm - 6:50pm - Toolbox
- Beginning technique
- Intro to history and music
- Building strong basic dance skills
- Basic alignment
- Shimmies
- Isolations
- figure 8, circles, spirals and undulations
- Beautiful arms and hands gestures
-Simple combinations.

This class focuses on solid foundation work for new dancers. As with the practice of yoga, experienced dancers can deepen their practice of bellydance by working thoughtfully into the fundamentals as your body and mind open and are prepared to learn more subtle nuances in these powerful foundational moves.

7:00pm - 7:50pm - Bellydance Workout
- Exercise class will invigorate your body and deepen your capacity and understanding of isolations. Sweating and laughing will be on the agenda. This class is to shake everything loose, lengthen, strengthen and elongate your muscles. You will work hard and you will love it. Challenging yet accessible for all fitness levels and dancers. Promise.

8:00 - 8:50pm - Sacred Geometry
Invitation Only - Students must contact the instructor prior to enrollment

- Continuing Bellydance Class and the home of the performance collective "Sirens of Serpentine"
- Finger cymbals, veil, turn and isolation drills, cheeky combos and choreography
- Performance skills and preparation for "Sirens of Serpentine" performance(s)
All performances are 100% optional and open to all members of this class.

2019 Series

Bellydance Back to School Adventure ~ Land Mermaids ~ The last weekend before dance classes begin in the Fall The Sirens whisk ourselves away for an adventure ~ Save the date ~ Sun Sept 15, 2019 3-5pm

Fall: Sep 18, 25 Oct 2,9, 16, 23
Holiday Series: Nov 6, 13, 20 (No class on Nov 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday) Dec 4, 11, 18

2020 Series

Bellydance Class 2020:

Winter: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29 Feb 5, 12
Spring: Feb 26 Mar 4, 11,18,25 Apr 1
Summer: Apr 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20
Workshop Night - June 3 (7pm - 8:30pm)
Rehearsal For GT Carnival June 10 (7-8:30pm)

Summer Break

Fall: Sep 16, 23, 30 Oct 7,14, 21
Holiday: Nov 4, 11, 18 (No Class 11/25 for Thanksgiving Break) Dec 2, 9, 16

$100 for one series (6 classes) / Two series (12 classes) for $125! - Most Students take a technique class & workout

Three Class Series (Available only to Sirens) $175

Drop-ins $20 per class or $30 for two in the same evening
Drop-in's welcome at 6pm and 7pm

Advance payments can be made via Paypal.
Paypal excepts all major credit cards

Bellydance class options

Credit cards, cash or checks are accepted on-site

Class Location:
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA, 98106

Free parking in the lot beside the building or on the street
Be sure to tell your friends. The only thing better then taking bellydance classes is taking them with your friends!
Preregistration for all classes and special events including workshops and the Sleepover are non-refundable.

Back to Bellydance Class Adventure - 2020

Bellydance Back to School Adventure ~ Land Mermaids ~ The last weekend before dance classes begin in the Fall The Sirens whisk ourselves away for an adventure ~

Sun Sept 13, 2020 3pm - 5pm ~ Dance workshop

Past, present and future Sirens are welcome. Time is short and sweet. Dancers only. No children. Dress up strongly encouraged! Details will be revealed by Summer 2020

$25 Registration Fee

*Preregistration for all classes and special events are non-refundable.


What should I wear to class?
Yoga or any exercise type clothes are perfect. Wearing a hip scarf will help you see hip isolations more clearly in the mirror. You can purchase scarves with coins or beads or just grab a beautiful scarf from home that you can tie around your waist to start. Some students like to get a little more dressed up in long skirts or harem style pants with a pretty top. There are LOTS of fun costume things that you can experiment with down the line but there really isn't much that you need to get started.

What music, books and videos do you recommend for students?
Start exploring at the public library, youtube, and free streaming services for music. When something catches your eye or ear follow it.

How do I pay for classes?
Follow the paypal link after the class description and use the drop down function to select your class(es).

Can I drop-in?
Yes, You can drop in at 6pm for Beginning Class and 7pm for Workout

Are class fees refundable or transferable?

Preregistration for all classes and special events including workshops are non-refundable. Drop-in passes for single classes are available on-site at a higher rate then you receive when you pledge your attendance through preregistration.

Has Leslie actually done this before?

Leslie’s imagination was captured by bellydance in 1995 and she hasn't been able to escape yet! As a massage therapist and yoga practitioner her classes are designed with your body's health and vitality in mind. Teaching and performing full time since 2005, She strives to create a warm, fun, community environment that is a wonderful blend of both the silly and sacred.