Important Class Information
TO REGISTER FOR YOUR CLASSES:
* Contact Raena via email, phone or text to inform her of your plans to attend class.
* 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 (end of hall) is where we meet. There are often children's ballet classes occurring so come inside, pass the waiting area, and head to Studio 2 at end of hall.
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. Class information, learning materials, handouts, links, etc. will be shared with students via newsletter and on our private FB group Bellydance by Raena Student Dancers. (Join by clicking on the group name)
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.
Avoid eating a large or heavy meal before class.
Belly dance involves a lot of abdominal and core work which will be uncomfortable if you are digesting spaghetti and meatballs! Instead, have a piece of fruit or a small protein bar to perk you up for class.