“Shimmy & Shine”
Beginning Belly Dance Class with Hannah
Classes held virtually on Zoom
Sundays @ 11 am (PST)
Contact me for the class Zoom link (first class is FREE!) or register HERE. Sign up for one class ($15) or the monthly membership ($50) that will bill automatically. You can cancel anytime. Monthly membership includes access to class recordings and other resources.
Move every part of you in a fun and feminine way through Shimmy & Shine dance classes with Hannah Romanowsky! Come enjoy the pleasure of captivating rhythms, flowing melodies, and alluring movements in a way that supports your free expression and enlivens your soul. Woven through class will be a musical journey through space and time, with stories of women’s dance, communities, and cultures of the Silk Road and beyond.
This hour-long follow-along class welcomes anyone who simply wants to move with music, not just experienced dancers. Emphasis will be on beginning belly dance technique to open the spine and release the hips, and an introduction to rich dance and music traditions from the Silk Road and the Middle East. All ages and abilities can dance along!
What to expect: The technique covered includes undulations, figure-8s, circles, hip and shoulder shimmies, hip and shoulder isolations, graceful Persian arm gestures, traditional folkloric dancing, and opportunities for free-form movement. Occasionally simple dance routines may be demonstrated, perhaps even in traditional costumes and regalia! In this beginning level class, footwork and turns will be kept at a minimum.
Please say hello with your camera on if you are joining us for the first time (I like to see who is dancing with me!), but feel free to leave your camera off for the class if you prefer. A scarf wrapped around your hips is recommended. Sometimes we will dance with items you may have around your house, such as a tray (book, pillow, etc) to balance on your head, tea-lights (pennies, stones, crystals, etc) in the palm of your hands, a dancing veil (or scarf), or a dancing cane (or stick-like item). These are optional.
Here is a sample montage of what you may be seeing and dancing in class:
As you see, my cat Niles or my husband Tom (also a professional dancer) occasionally make an appearance. 🙂
About me: I’m a performing artist, dance teacher, and cultural arts specialist with over 35 years of experience in the international dance arts. I was a principal artist with Ballet Afsaneh, founded the DanceVersity multicultural youth arts education program and the Scheherazade School of Sacred Dance, and have been on faculty at the Afsaneh Dance Academy, College of Marin, Sonoma Dance Conservatory, and other places of learning. My specialty is Persian, Central Asian, and Middle Eastern dance.
My students say they appreciate my warm and supportive teaching style and breadth of expertise in cultural dance traditions. I am devoted to being of service to my community, reawakening the Feminine through embodied art, and honoring dance and music as vehicles of joy, healing, and transformation in modern times.