Belly-dancing can be mastered quickly if you come to class ready to learn and with your hip joints already smeared with bicycle grease. Move freely with this Groupon.
- $39 for a belly-dance crash course held one day a week for four weeks (an $80 value)
In groups of up to 25, students participate in weekly classes designed for beginners. They work on several new movements each week, building on the prior session, with a focus on proper technique. See the full class schedule.
Saphira, the matriarch and founder of Saffron Dance, didn’t even exist 20 years ago, much like “I survived Y2K” bumper stickers. Saphira was known as Rachael Galoob-Ortega, a lawyer who practiced in DC and Florida for a decade. But her high-power career and hefty paycheck couldn’t extinguish her passion for dance. And so she became Saphira, an international belly-dance artist and instructor with numerous accolades, including being featured in American Belly Dancer, a documentary about belly dance in the United States.
Saphira opened Saffron Dance five years ago, and along with 14 fellow instructors, channels her years of expertise into dance courses that get progressively more challenging from week to week. Welcoming all levels, her classes teach both Egyptian-inspired belly dance and community-focused tribal belly dance. Regardless of the class type, Saphira and her teachers encourage pupils to express their unique voices through dance, all while keeping proper alignment, mastering precision, and having fun.