With its sensuous twists and undulating curves, belly dancing can express a wide variety of emotions, from "Look at my belly!" to "See what I just did with my belly?" Learn to shimmy what you're thinking with today's Groupon to Silk Road Studios. Choose between the following options:
- For $22, you get three belly-dance or late-night fitness classes (a $45 value).
- For $35, you get six belly-dance or late-night fitness classes (a $90 value).
Champion of the Belly Dancer of the Universe's Egyptian Competition in 2004, Ava Fleming heads Silk Road Studios' gifted team of dancers as they impart nimble know-how during a schedule of energetic classes. During classes taught within the studio's brightly muraled walls, belly dancers of all experience levels can mimic Romy and Ava on Mondays as she reviews basic techniques, such as hip rolls, hand gestures, and making bellybuttons lip-synch to presidential stump speeches. During Wednesday classes, Ava, Romy, and Samantha help torsos isolate correctly to learn proper alignment.
Formerly known as Al Moro Dance Studio, Silk Road Studios also harbors a late-night fitness class that was crowned as the best way to get sweaty for a good cause by the Phoenix New Times in 2007. Held beneath the studio's wood-beamed ceiling on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:45 p.m., the sessions tax physiques during an hour or more of endurance, core stability, and strength exercises set to upbeat music and taught on three tracks to accommodate beginners, experts, and Incredible Hulks. Instructors lighten the load of running, wheel barrels, and push-ups with a steady dose of singing and jokes.
Ava Fleming—who won first place in the Egyptian category of the 2004 Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition—helms Studios 806, where she and her instructors lead students in a variety of dance and fitness classes. The calendar provides students the opportunity to move in classes such as several levels of belly dance, burlesque, and flamenco. Meanwhile, students can move emphatically with rhythms in Zumba, breathe and relax in yoga, or test their limits during boot-camp sessions.