Without belly dance, abdominal muscles would be stuck washing clothes or playing backup bass drum. Wiggle your middle with today's Groupon to The Dancing Spirit Studio in Tiverton. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get three Pilates classes (a $42 value).
- For $30, you get six belly-dancing classes (a $70 value). Classes are transferable.
- For $50, you get a "girls night out" belly-dancing party for 10 (a $100 value).
At The Dancing Spirit Studio, instructor Barbara Donahue shares her passion for modern Middle Eastern dance with students of all ages and abilities. Dancers' Pilates classes help build overall strength, endurance, and bodybuilding-trophy collections with a fitness combo of dance, weights, ballet, and traditional Pilates techniques. Students undulate through six-class belly-dancing courses, where they learn belly articulation, isolations, and what bellies really say when they rumble. During "girls night out" belly-dancing parties, groups of up to 10 shakers adorn their hips with a flowy scarf and learn a 3-minute dance to lure lost keys out of their hiding places. Parties may be held at the client's place of choice, or at Barbara's studio.
The Dancing Spirit Studio
Since she was 4 years old, Barbara Derecktor Donahue's role models were famous ballerinas. As an adult, she performed with multiple ensembles, managed a dance company, and taught students of all ages how to perfect their pirouettet. She honed her technique over the ensuing 12 years, and today leads classes at The Dancing Spirit Studio that guide visitors through their own empowering undulations, steps, isolations, and rhythm. In addition to drawing pupils from all walks of life, her innovative lessons have earned her the title of Strathmore's 2012 Professional of the Year in dance education.
Barbara's chief concern, other than retrieving lost hip scarves from innie bellybuttons, is freedom of creativity. She urges her students to experiment with steps in a nonjudgmental environment, whether they are practicing body waves or composing a costume for a chair-dance routine. The breadth of her experience allows her to blend ballet, modern dance, and Middle Eastern maneuvers into a signature fusion of styles. As a result, the studio's shows are always different. Practicing groups can sync their choreography with the flow of the waters in the nearby Narragansett Bay.
1759 Main Rd.
Tiverton, Rhode Island 02878