Although honeybees instinctually communicate through dance, humans who attempt to do so without proper training risk insulting the queen or eating the wrong flowers. Hone buzz-worthy abilities with today's Groupon to The Dancing Spirit Studio in Tiverton. Choose from the following options:
- For $39, you get 5 belly-dancing classes (a $75 value).
- For $59, you get 10 belly-dancing classes (a $140 value).
Named Strathmore’s Professional of the Year in dance education for 2012, studio head Barbara Donahue employs her eclectic mix of training in classical ballet, modern dance, and Middle Eastern dance as she leads belly-dance workshops for beginning and experienced students. During 75-minute sessions, exposed stomachs undulate to fast and slow rhythms as they learn sinuous, healthful routines. Budding choreographers can craft their own performance pieces after mastering belly-dance basics, such as the snack-time tummy rub. New class sequences commence every six weeks in intimately sized workshops averaging six students apiece.
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.