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 Shimmy Shimmy Dance Studio, Inc.. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get 10 dance classes of your choice (up to a $265 value).<p>
- For $99, you get one month of unlimited dance classes (a $230 value).<p>
Shimmy Shimmy Dance Studio’s lineup of group classes blends femininity and fitness in a welcoming and encouraging studio environment. Pole Foundations sessions teach beginning booty shakers basic technique and safety practices before they build a repertoire in advanced classes, which focus on more difficult moves such as spinning climbs, outside hooks, and working up the courage to ask the pole to prom. Belly Dance Fitness classes harness the calorie-burning power of the hip swivel, and students learn a mini choreographed routine during Burlesque Chair Dance class. Some sessions require preregistration, including morning classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Check the online schedule for more details.
Shimmy Shimmy Dance Studio, Inc.
When she was 15, Heather had already been dancing for a decade, and she vowed to one day open her own studio. Later, while in school for interior design, she took her first-ever pole-dancing class and found it was love at first twirl; she installed a pole in her own home that very afternoon. Though she worked for a while as a professional designer, she felt compelled to step away from decorating other people's homes to pursue her teenage dream, swathing her newly opened studio space in hot-pink paint and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Today, it's a go-to hub for novice dancers of all ages, sizes, and experience levels and for barber's poles looking to switch careers. While Heather and three other instructors teach belly dance, aerial technique, burlesque, and fitness classes, though Heather's main passion still lies with pole dancing. She finds it rewarding to watch as students—who currently include spinners in their 60s—break past mental blocks to do moves they never thought possible. She grins each time her students report that they're feeling stronger and healthier just doing everyday tasks, like buying anvils at the grocery store. "I don't feel like it's a job," she says, noting the supportive environment created by her students and the joyous bachelorette and birthday parties—where, she maintains, the older guests always turn out to be wilder than the 20-somethings. "It feels like I'm hanging out with friends."
3316 Rte. 112
Medford, New York 11763