The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam has this to say about belly dancing: “Lo! The belly dances through the wadi / enrapturing both enunch and qadi / But this stomach would look more sultry still / were it still inside the woman's body.” Tap your torso into the mystical allure of belly dancing with today’s deal: for $25, ladies can get six weeks of one choreography class ($60) or six drop-in classes ($10 each) at Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance in its studio on Bishop Street.
The human belly is the primary focus of Atlanta Fusion’s many classes, from which you'll get to choose one level-appropriate choreography class that will meet once a week for six weeks or sample Atlanta Fusion's wide variety of choreography styles with six drop-in classes. Learn to dance with Spanish skirts, candles, swords, canes, and veils until you're able to seduce every inanimate object in your home. If Hawaiian hula and Egyptian cabaret sound too old-fashioned, try one of Atlanta Fusion's modern variations such as the creepy but whimsical Gothic Fusion set to darkwave music. Sci-fi fans can even try choreography from fictional future-pasts during the Steampunk Tribal Fusion Choreography class. Drop In and "Raq" Out is more focused on burning calories with heart-pumping undulations, while the similar Thrillin’ Drillin' uses cardio belly dance drills set to Middle Eastern Music. The studio's flexible schedule provides danceportunities almost every day of the week.
Atlanta Fusion's name reflects its fusion style of belly dance, which incorporates styles from all around the world, including Turkish, Egyptian, Bollywood, Bhangra, Polynesian, Asian, and more, as well as non-belly-related dance moves culled from hip hop, jazz, and ballet. The studio itself is a beautiful, private space protected from the prying eyes of outsiders by drapes and glowing with warm colors and Middle Eastern decorative touches. The studio is owned by three “sisters in dance” whose varied personalities and passion for dance have struck a cosmic balance that keeps the earth from falling into the sun. All of the instructors are equally passionate, professional women dedicated to getting bellies in taut, toned, and twisty perpetual motion. Buy extra Groupons for your lady friends and learn to express complex emotions and hot office gossip using just your hips.
Kudzu users give Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance a perfect five-star rating:
- All of the instructors and dancers are so supportive, creative, and a lot of fun. You are guaranteed a good time, a great workout, and a renewed self-confidence. – JFizzle
- This studio provides a very supportive atmosphere where all students feel welcome and involved. Classes are tailored to the students' needs, and nobody is made to feel as if they don't belong...The instructors at this studio are some of the most talented, creative, engaging, and encouraging in the business, and they offer a variety of classes including a variety of props, which has been very fun. – stephbo93
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
Whether it’s rooms, clothes, or pet hamsters, sisters share everything. For Faaridah, that transaction extends to her love and appreciation for belly dancing and the Middle Eastern culture. Eventually, her passion led to the opening of Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, where she—along with her 10 sisters—lead sultry, body-sculpting belly-dancing and Zumba classes.
Basic classes lay a foundation of arm and hip movements, and specialty sessions fuse belly dance with a number of other dance styles, including hip hop, blues, and Bollywood, for a dance mélange that tones muscles more effectively than waltzing with a Bowflex. Classes may cover traditional Egyptian, Turkish, Tribal, and Gypsy styles, while others create innovative choreography set to steam-punk-tribal fusion, Arab electronica, and tango fusion. Some even incorporate such props as fan veils, canes, and brass candleholders, all available for purchase so that guests can practice at home, or play makeshift games of Clue.