Important Class Information
TO REGISTER FOR YOUR CLASSES:
* Contact Raena via email, phone or text to inform her of your interest and when you'd like to start.
* Click here to download your registration paperwork. Print and bring to first class.
Please arrive 5 minutes early to your first class to turn in your paperwork, ask questions, and make payment (cash, check or use the PayPal link below).
Classes are located at JDM School of Dance 8404 Stacy Rd Suite #200, McKinney TX 75070.
Studio 2 (far end of hall) is where we meet. There are often children's ballet classes at same time so pass the waiting area and head to last studio.
Arrive on time so you can get the most out of your warm-up time and won't miss out on any important class information.
Bring a water bottle and silence your phone, please.
Dress code? Wear comfortable exercise friendly clothes, such as a sports bra, yoga pants, and tank top. A fitted top is very helpful because it lets you see if your body is moving correctly. There are restrooms available for changing clothes before class.
Bare your belly? It's up to you and your comfort level. Teachers will often show their belly to help students see the movements clearly but it is a matter of personal preference for students.
Footwear? You may dance barefoot, in socks, or use special dance sandals/shoes on the dance studio floors (no street shoes). Whatever you decide, be sure you can pivot and turn easily without twisting your knees.
Hip scarf or other belly dance bling? You don't have to buy anything special to participate in class. Raena has several loaner hip scarves you can borrow in class. If want one of your very own, Raena can help you find the perfect one from a local vendor who brings them straight from Egypt!
Basic class format will consist of a warm-up, Sharqui cardio, technique drills, choreography practice, and cool down. Class material will cover not only learning the belly dance movements but also music, rhythms, styles of belly dance, history of the art and culture, and so on. Much of this extra material will be shared on the private FB group to be sure to sign up!
Belly dance classes are appropriate for healthy persons, of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels. While belly dance is low-impact, there is always the risk of injury in any movement class so consider your personal health history and listen to your body!
Please share with Raena any limitations you may have (new/old injury, pregnancy, etc) so she can offer you safe dance modifications. Ultimately, ask your doctor if belly dance would be a safe exercise for you.
JOIN PRIVATE GROUP
Be sure to join the private "Raena's Bellydance Students" group ASAP (Raena can't add you). The private group gives you access important class information such as learning materials, practice videos, handouts, historical info, links, etc. This info is NOT shared on the public pages for Raena or McKinney classes. So, please sign up for the newsletter and the private FB group Bellydance by Raena Student Dancers when you register!