Learn to BELLY DANCE in LoNDON
with Zahida Palma
If we were to describe Zahida's classes with one word that should be energetic!. From the very first class you will be dancing as well as enjoying the inclusive and warmth environment created in the studio.
Zahida's dance lessons are engaging, fun, and very practical.
With more than 18 years of teaching experience and thousands of students under her belt, Zahida will help you to develop your confidence as well as your self-expression through dance, no matter your background.
Classes include a complete warm up, based on Body Awareness techniques, drills, sequences, movement breakdowns and expression exercises.
Keeping it simple and challenging at the same time, there is no time to get bored. You'll find a wide range of bellydance styles, from Egyptian to Turkish, from tribal fusion to modern styles, with some creative licenses that will make you learn something new in every lesson.
Zahida is currently a dancer of Company of Dreams - having toured the UK with them in 2018 - and a teacher of the Belly Dance for Joy project, bringing free bellydance lessons to women in vulnerable moments of their lives.
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.
- Themed workshops: for those who want the get deeper in their dance.
Her bellydance lessons will spring clean your soul and polish up your body.
See you in the dance floor!
Monthly workshops at CAMDEN TOWN
9th of August: Arms and Hands for Bellydance.
19th of September: Free your Hips.
31st of October: Finger Cymbals and Rhythms.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE MONTHLY WORKSHOPS (COMING SOON)
The Academy Dance Studios
15 Pratt Mews,
Camden NW1 0AD. London.
Weekly classes at central CROYDON
Tuesdays at 7pm.
£8 for one hour or £12 for two hours
Just pay as you go!
3 to 7 Middle Street,
Croydon CR0 1RE
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A CLASS?
No group is the same. 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, 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 can wear a 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!.
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.
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.
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 and vitality in the form of sweat!
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.