Learn to BELLY DANCE in LoNDON
with Zahida Palma
There is only one way to learn dancing, and that is precisely... dancing!
Zahida's group lessons are full of dance since the very beginning. You will also get some theory around styles and rhythms and of course the best hints and tips to improve your technique.
Personalized attention and close attention to detail are a must in Zahida's classes, so even attending to group lessons you will get tailored explanations and corrections.
More than 15 years of experience teaching at your service.
At the moment there are two levels:
- Beginners: for those with up to 1 year of experience in Belly Dance. Including absolute beginners!
- Intermediate: for those with some knowledge on the basic moves. A class full of challenges even for the more advanced students.
Give it a try with the free taster class.
Beginners classes at Camden Town:
Wednesdays: 10:30am / Thursdays: 6pm.
Intermediate Classes at Camden Town:
Thursdays at 7pm
The Academy Dance Studios
15 Pratt Mews,
Camden NW1 0AD. London.
Beginners classes at Croydon:
Intermediate Classes at Croydon:
Tuesdays at 7pm.
3 to 7 Middle Street,
Croydon CR0 1RE
*Zahida also teaches regular lessons in North London -Arnos Grove area- and occasionally in East Croydon. If you are interested in those locations and would like to know more, please fill in the contact form.
Winter TERM DATES are as follows:
Tuesdays (Croydon. 6pm and 7pm): JAN: 8/1, 15/1, 22/1, 29/1 FEB: 5/2, 12/2, 19/2, 26/2 MAR: 5/3, 12/3, 19/3, 26/3.
Wednesdays (Camden.10:30am): JAN: 9/1, 16/1, 23/1, 30/1 FEB: 6/2, 13/2, 20/2, 27/2 MAR: 6/3, 13/3, 20/3, 27/3
Thursdays (Camden. 6pm and 7pm): JAN: 10/1, 17/1, 24/1, 31/1 FEB: 7/2, 14/2, 21/2, 28/2 MAR: 7/3, 14/3, 21/3, 28/3
Croydon Classes fees - £8 per class or £12 por both classes. Drop in.
Camden classes fees are as follows:
4 CLASSES PACK
For those who really want to come but need a bit of flexibility
- 12 classes -
Commit with your learning process
Busy as a bee? Last minute decision?
Simply pay as you go!
NOTE: When you pay for a class you are agree the Terms & Conditions.
We work under a no refund policy. Please make sure you can come to class before purchasing.
Full term and 4 classes packs must be used within the current term.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A CLASS?
No group is the same as any other group. Every day is different and every class is unique.
However, Zahida's lessons usually include:
- Body Awareness and pilates based warming up.
- Technique focused exercises. Traveling and movements in bellydance.
- Movement, steps and choreography fit to the level.
- Body language and expression exercises and explanations.
- Interpretation of different music styles (improvisations, arabic pop, bellydance classics, percussion, etc)
- Choreography adapted to your level.
- Props training from intermediate levels (veil, candles, isis wings, canes, silk fans, etc).
- Stretching and cooling down.
WHY ONLY two levels?
To level bellydance students is not that easy. In my opinion there are basically two levels, let alone professional trainings:
- Beginners: Those who have never danced before.
- The rest: Those who know the basics and are in their way to improve. When you are not a beginner anymore -when you already know the basics- your level depends on your commitment, natural talent and time dedicated to rehearse.
There are no official level standards and they solely depend on the teacher who is teaching and the student's previous experience. I have found many classes advertised as advanced level which were far from challenging for me, as well as the opposite has happened. In my opinion the best thing you can do is trying out a class -hey, I offer free taster classes precisely for this reason!- and deciding by experience if the level and teaching method suits you.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes and bare feet -socks are more than welcome. That's all. You could wear a non mandatory hip scarf if you like. Hip scarves are helpful for some students to make them body aware, and of course if they have coins attached, they are super funny to wear and move!.
What if I miss a class and want to make it up?
That's not a problem at all, you are very welcome to make up any missed classes, however, and whenever possible, it would be much appreciated if you let the teacher know in advance -in case of planned holidays, etc. Communication is always good 🙂
Why the classes run on a weekly basis and not in a X weeks course basis?
Dance training is a long term commitment. Even when you just want to take a class and have some fun with your friends, you have to keep on practising and receiving classes. Learning how to belly dance -or any other dance style- requires time and determination. In my opinion
Have you got a refund policy?
Due to the nature of the face to face lessons and the running costs we operate under a NO refund policy in this case. Please make sure you can take the purchased classes before your payment.
A final clarification about money:
Zahida is always keen to facilitate and make her lessons affordable for everyone. However, this is not possible if she doesn't get the commitment from the students. This is why the best price offer is always -and will always be- for committed students who prioritise their weekly lesson and don't use vague excuses to skip classes.
Zahida is in a personal mission to raise belly dance standards and level. Commitment and discipline are the only way to get it. Advanced payment demonstrates that you commit to yourself and to your learning process, and makes the whole thing possible.
Of course, there are also drop-ins and payment plans options to adapt to the student life style as well as ocasional students are very welcome to class.
Have you got any other question that is not answered here?
Feel free to drop us a line using the contact form. We are always happy to help you decide what is the best option for you.
From my classes and courses you can expect clarity, professionalism and inspiration. Always with a cheerful attitude, vital energy, and strong discipline -the good one.
ZAHIDA's PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Certified Pilates teacher in 2011, Zahida started her way in dance in contemporary dance when she was only 12 years old.
From the 2000 and for 5 years she received belly dance group and private lessons from her first teacher in Madrid. Requested and mentored by her teacher, she started teaching belly dance in 2001 in different cultural hubs and associations.
From 2005 and from that year onwards, as an independent professional, Zahida teaches workshops and seminars belly dance related. She has worked for universities, dance schools, councils and cultural centres.
It is said that her classes are full of joy and creativity, and that everywhere she teaches she creates an inclusive, close and welcoming environment.
Always evolving, Zahida has learnt from different sources. So back in 2009 she was part of a very successful production directed by Cristiane Azem -Galata. Amongst more than 50 dancers and with 4 dates sold out, Zahida danced in the amazing and yet inexistent Teatro de Madrid. She was also a dancer in Luna de Oriente Dance Company and Tres patas pa un banco Circus Company.
Between 2010 and 2014 she was an eager learner from her favourite teacher, Sonia Sampayo. With Sonia, Zahida studied african dance, turns and balance, veil, stage presence and body awareness. Sonia's lessons were a turning point in how Zahida were going to understand movement from then onwards.
Still in Madrid, she learnt Gothic and Tribal Fusion with Morgana for 5 years, african dance from alboury Dabo (Senegal) and belly dance from Gloria Alba.
When Zahida moved to London in 2014 she kept learning ballet with Franziska Rosenzweig (Holistic Ballet) and african dance with Yaye Dib Sabar and Aida Diop.
But without any doubt Zahida's most important accomplishment is to be invited to be a dancer of Company of Dreams, in the beginning of 2017, directed by Charlotte Deshorger.
Company of Dreams is the first dance company related with Belly Dance taking part on the program of prestigious theatres in United Kingdom.
In 2018 she toured the UK with Company of Dreams, reaching cities like Bristol, Manchester and Telford.
Also thanks to Company of Dreams, Zahida has got the chance to bring her Belly Dance classes to women in very difficult and vulnerable moments of their lives. Rape, domestic abuse, prison, trafficking and slavery are very violent experiences with a big impact in the sufferers. Thanks to the belly dance classes the healing process for these women is hopefully being softer and kinder.
Through this project -Belly Dance for Joy- Zahida has worked, and still works, for very important organizations in United Kingdom such as Migrant Help UK, Women's Aid and Hestia, amongst others. If you would like to know more about this project and donate to help us reaching more and more women, you can follow this link.
Zahida studied a Biology degree at Uni until the third course, leaving it because she started dancing full time.
As a self taught she constantly learns, specially from Tom Myers -Anatomy Trains- and Blandine Calais -Anatomy for the movement methods.
If you are keen to try a change in the way you understand and experience your body while you enjoy on the way, you can start right here.