Do I need previous dance experience to take Bellydance classes? - No! Our Beginner classes are specifically designed for those with little or no dance background. We start literally from Step One. Many of our students came to us with no experience and have enjoyed and excelled in our classes. Bellydance is a very accessible dance form that compliments all ages and all body types. The only things you need to learn to bellydance are a pair hips and an open mind. Bellydance might just change your life!

What can I expect when I come to class?
- You will find a large, comfortable studio and an inviting instructor. The class will begin with a gentle, yoga-based warm-up. Then you will learn basic isolations and drills, followed by a break-down of basic bellydance steps and combinations. The class will end with a short cool down. The instructor may correct your posture or technique at some point, but know that is only to help you improve your dance, or do it in a safer way to avoid injuries.

What should I wear to class? - It is important that you wear clothes that are comfortable and in which you can move around easily. Some of the warm-up may include sitting and stretching on the floor, so be prepared with appropriate clothing. Most people wear tank tops and yoga/cotton pants to class. For Beginners, we provide hips scarves for you to borrow during class for that extra little sparkle!

Do I have to show my belly? - No! showing your belly is not expected, but it is always welcome when you feel comfortable.

When do I get to perform? - The studio hosts several student showcases each year where our Level 2 or higher students can perform a choreography learned in class. Since bellydance is a complex and challenging artform, it is not recommended that Beginners perform, as it takes time and dedication to make your newly learned skills stage-ready.

Do I HAVE to perform? - You never HAVE to perform. When students get to the appropriate level, they may be given the opportunity to perform, but it is always your choice.

Is childcare provided at the MAC studio? - Unfortunately, we cannot provide childcare at this time.

Can I bring a friend to class with me to observe? - Female friends and family members are always welcome! We are always excited about the opportunity to share our dance with other women! Please refrain from bringing male companions to observe classes, as it may make other students uncomfortable.

Are your classes only for women? - Our bellydance classes are open to anyone truly seeking to learn this art form, regardless of gender or identity.

Will I get a "6-pack" from doing bellydance? - The classes that we teach are based in dance technique. While you will get an intense workout, the classes are designed to teach you how to dance. The workout is an added bonus! And as for the "6-pack"; just like any other physical activity, the more you do it, the more you will see benefits. Bellydance tends to sculpt the body into its natural feminine shape, working with your body's natural form, instead of against it.

What if I miss my regular class, or classes are cancelled that day? - If you cannot attend your regular class time, you are welcome to attend another bellydance or yoga class as a make-up, during that same session. Make-ups do not carry over into another session.  If classes are unexpectedly cancelled due to illness or a holiday, MAC will either schedule a make-up class, or offer a studio credit. Please feel free to contact the Directors with further questions or concerns.

Sara Web

Sara has been a dedicated MAC student since 2015, and joined Emerald Hips in 2016. With her background in Theater and training experience, she's natural as a bellydance instructor! Sara's body positive disposition will help you discover your inner shimmy and feel good about moving in your own skin! 

About Our Bellydance Classes
Bellydance Class FAQ's

Lisa Jordan

Stacey Nolan, MAC Bellydance Director
Stacey is available for customized performances for company parties, bachelorette parties, bridal showers and other private events.
MAC studio also offers Bellydance Parties for bridal showers, girl's birthday parties  and bachelorette parties.
Please contact us for pricing and availability.

Emerald Hips is directed by Stacey Nolan, and is comprised of dedicated students who enjoy sharing their love of dance with the community.
Our troupe offers performances at family-friendly cultural and community events. Please contact us to inquire about performance.

Lisa has been studying bellydance since the 90's, and began studying fusion bellydance with Stacey in 2007. She joined Emerald Hips Bellydance in 2008 and began teaching at MAC studio in 2017. Lisa's upbeat personality and contagious smile will inspire you to get your hips moving and discover your inner shimmy! 

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Our Instructors

Beginner Bellydance (Lvl 1)
This class is designed for those with little or no dance experience. This class leads students from basic position, through beginner steps and ​​​​​​​​​​basic combos.

Bellydance Workout (Lvl 1+)
This class is fast-paced class designed to get you moving! Uses basic bellydance combos to create an upbeat workout that will strengthen and tone. Some basic knowledge of bellydance is helpful.

Intermediate Bellydance (Lvl 2)
This class is for those with at least one session of Beginner Bellydance. Focuses on variations of and transitions between basic beginner moves.

Advanced Bellydance Mash-Up (Lvl 3)

This intermediate - advanced class combines isolation, layering and bellydance steps to create new and interesting dance combos. It will also includes the use of props.  

Bellydance SkirtProv (Lvl 1+)
SkirtProv™ is an original form of Bellydance group improv created exclusively by Stacey Nolan. Learn simple  and beautiful skirt technique within a unique improvisational format. *25 yard skirt required.

Emerald Hips SkirtProv™

SkirtProv™ is an original improv format created by Stacey Nolan and Emerald Hips. SkirtProv™ can be used in duets, trios and even large groups of 20 or more! This unique style using large colorful skirts as props, is fun, dynamic and visually engaging. Three different workshops are available. Please contact us for workshop availability.

Watch the SkirtProv™ video to find out more!