Classes with Safiya..

No dance form generates more mystery, curiosity or interest than raqs sharki, better known in America as bellydance. The product of women’s wisdom traditions that go back to the dawn of human culture, modern bellydance has evolved into an immensely rich and diverse dance form thanks to infusion s of elements from the many cultures which participated in its creation: Roma (Gypsy), Indian, Persian, Greek/Balkan, Turkish, Arabic , North African.

This timeless dance form puts us in direct communication with our forgotten feminine self, empowers us and strengthen and tones our bodies. In Safiya’s classes you will learn the core movements and traditional rhythms, train your ear to hear the music, get strong and discover your inner goddess! Finger cymbals and veils are used. The style is traditional, both Turkish and Arabic, what Safiya calls “good, old-fashioned bellydance” with emphasis on clean technique, musicality and self expression.


@ New York Open Center
22 East 30th Street (between Madison/5th Ave)
New York, NY 10016
212 219 2527

I'm very excited to be teaching the Spring Session Bellydance Class at the Open Center!

**Free Intro: Monday, February 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm**
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Spring Session I
5 sessions Mondays, March 5 - April 2, 2012
6:00 - 7:00*

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Spring Session II
5 sessions Mondays April 9 - May 7
6:00 - 7:00*

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members $85/non members $95

* Please note there is an error in the Open Center catalog: the class will end at 7:00pm and not 7:15

@ 440 Studios, Studio # 3C
440 Lafayette (@ Astor Place)

Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Level Bellydance
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00 Studio 3C
This is an ongoing, weekly class. Technique, zills, hips, great music both Arabic and Turkish, super fun combinations and SHIMMIES! Keeping traditional bellydance alive and vital in the 21st Century. Students should have at least one year bellydance experience and familiarity with core vocabulary and finger cymbals.

5-class card: $85
10-class card: $150 (best value!)
drop in: $20

We will prepare numbers for those who wish to perform at Safiya and Andrea's Summer Celebration/Student Recital in June 2012(exact date TBA soon!).

private classes by appointment


"There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. There is no satisfaction whatever, at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more allive than the others."
– Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille

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