Local, National & International Dance Classes

Be the belly dancer you have always wanted to be!!!

6 class package: $80
Drop-ins welcome: $15
Private lessons: $80 for 1½ hr
$300 for 4
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With so many ways to spend your time working out and exercising, why not chose the activity that will be a great work out and fun at the same time!!!

Rachel is one of the highest certified dancers in the world trained in the international SUHAILA SALIMPOUR format. All classes directly apply the Salimpour formats making them fun & challenging along with Rachel’s own unique flare!!

Belly dance is the perfect low impact form of exercise and not to mention the comradery and friendships that develop!! If you enjoy dance and want the freedom to move AND tap into your creative artistic side…you have arrived!

Rachel teaching a belly dance class

Level 1 Suhaila

These classes are designed to teach students necessary skills, technique and terminology to develop organic movement, to move forward in dance and create their own expression through bellydance. Class is taught in alignment to Suhaila Salimpour format. They follow a very structured and easy to understand warm-up for strengthening, movement breakdown, technique explanation, drills, finger cymbals, foot patterns and super fun combinations!

Level 2 Suhaila

 Students add to the knowledge built in Level 1 using the skill and technique to obtain higher focus in practice, movement application, precision and dance ability, achieving a greater level of movement fluidity and endurance/efficiency. Finger cymbals added to movement & foot patterns increases strength and adds that additional sparkle to the “bellydance” aspect!! Class is taught in alignment to Suhaila Salimpour format. They follow the warm-up for strengthening, movement application, technique execution, drills, finger cymbals, extensive foot patterns and of course fantastic combinations. These classes are fun and challenging! Instructor approval is required to before taking Level 2.


In this class our main focus is learning how to combine technique & movement into fun dance choreography and combinations. This is the the next step; the LINK that connects technique-movement-transitions-expression into a workable piece of performance art. It is the perfect way to give you dance life and the best way to show off your accomplishment. Choreography may include props such as cane, sword, veil and or finger cymbals. All students will be allowed the opportunity to perform learned pieces and are encouraged to do so. However, students are not required to perform.

Dance Movement

Dance Movement is a class specifically created to teach belly dance students the fundamentals of ballet, modern and jazz. However, the class is great for everyone – dancers, belly dancers and people with absolutely no dance training as well. Class is taught in alignment to Suhaila Salimpour format. Students increase coordination, learn western dance terminology, and develop better posture and body placement and alignment.

Folkloric Fusion

This is a fun and challenging. The class combines the Suhaila format, Jamila format, folkloric steps and dance movement with dynamic finger cymbal patterns. Dancers learn to play finger cymbal patterns without limits layered on anybody, arm and hand patterns. Class is taught in alignment to Salimpour formats. Folkloric Fusion is a great class for all belly dancers, but students are recommended to have familiarity at least with Level 1 material and Dance Movement.

Jamilia Salimpour

Jamila Salimpour, Suhaila’s mother, was the first belly dance teacher to create a specific format of movements with individual names for each step.  The original 70's style Belly Dance!   The steps she created are now the majority of belly dance movements taught today. Jamila’s format was the inspiration and foundation of what later became known as American Tribal Style. Jamila is also the master of finger cymbals. The class begins with playing cymbal patterns and then moves on to practicing moves in a circle around the room. Be prepared to use cymbals the entire class. Each class is different and invaluable as far as developing both dance and finger cymbal skills, as well as learning the history of belly dance movements in America. Jamila truly is the American matriarch of belly dance!

          Class Schedule


Level 1 Suhaila

7 :30– 9p  **Starting February 16th **
U Fancy Dance **Sign up with Rachel
1027 6thAve, San Diego 92101 (downtown)

Choreography L1

(Current Level 1 attendance required)


Level 1 Suhaila

7:30 - 9p  **Starting January 6th **
Glisten Studio  **Sign up with Rachel
780 Main St. Ste. 1,  Ramona CA 92065 (Ramona) 


Level 2 Suhaila

6:30 - 8p


Jamila L1

8 - 9p

San Diego Belly Dance Company Rehersal (Company members only)

Wednesday @ 9 - 10p



Private Instruction

Schedule is flexible; please contact Rachel to set up lesson times

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Semi-privates also available; please contact Rachel for information

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(All private lesson packages expire 3 months from purchase date. Please use private lessons within a 3 month time period.)