Www.bellydanceramina.com

Www.bellydanceramina.com

5.0 (4)
2 hires on Lessons.com
21 years in business

About this pro

I offer private and semi-private lessons in a very nicely decorated home dance studio with laminated wood floors. Classes can be at my space or yours.  There is an additional charge if I travel to you.   My classes are typically 1.5 hours instead of the usual 1 hour classes most are used to.  More can be accomplished and you will get a better workout as well.

I love Middle Eastern dance and music.  The movements are so natural for a woman while being low impact, easy on the joints and organs, and help one gain strength, balance, and flexibility. This is the most natural and sensual form of dance a women can do. A form of exercise that you can grow old with as well.

I love sharing this dance for both it's artistry and the healthy lifestyle it encourages.  Building muscles where you want them and strengthening the core for better postural alignment helps to protect you from injury. Unlike many other styles of dance, this can be practiced and even performed into ones 80's. You don't have to give it up upon retirement.  Like swimming, you can enjoy it for a lifetime.  Great for preventing falls later in life.  Women often fall and break hips.  I'd rather shake hips than break hips.  

I have been teaching since 1998 and actively dancing since 1995. I started using my martial arts studio to teach classes on Sundays and rented many studios to hold my own classes.  I also taught adult ed classes for beginners and intermediate at Tequesta Trace in Weston and Summer Youth College at Palm Beach Community College. I have taught classes at numerous private dance studios over the years as well, Evolution Dance, MJM Dance, AAA Dance Studio, Elite International Dance, Lady of America, Westin Athletic Club, Dancers Dream, University Center for Performing Arts, Goddess Store & Studio, Yello and many more.  

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Hollywood, FL 33021
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4 Reviews

5.0

  • Laura Cordoba

    Very knowledgeable instructor, breaks down the dance very easily, and is very patient

  • O Goldberg

    The best belly dance instructor. Not only does Amy teach you the basics, she makes it fun. Amy works with your abilities. Highly recommended for anyone looking to improve their technique or simply learn basic moves.

  • Ro King (Ro Dancer)

    I have taken classes with Amina for the past 3 years. When I started dancing with her, I was a novice. Over the last three years, she took my dancing to the next level. Her deep understanding of music, excellent choreographies, and years of experience are what make her stand out. I highly recommend her teaching style, she is extremely detail oriented - something that you don't always get with bellydance teachers. She knows zills, and other props really well - one of my weaker areas. She is definitely a teacher who will make a difference!

  • Bernadette Piracci

    I have been bellydancing with Amina since I took my first class with her back in 2002. I was hooked from the first class. Amina has a way of making you feel so welcome right away. We talked after that first class as if we had known each other for a long time. She has such a friendly, outgoing personality. That first class was so much fun! The classes continued to be a lot of fun and I was learning so many new bellydance moves! Over the years, I continued to take her classes learning a lot and enjoying it so much. I have performed with Amina, taken workshops with her, and participated in several events with her over the years. If you're looking to learn bellydance in a fun environment and improve upon your dance skills, bellydance classes with Amina are what you are looking for!



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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to talk to the student about what they hope to accomplish.  Some may just be looking for a fun form of exercise; some may want to learn a routine to perform for an upcoming event (I teach choreography, whether you want something new or to learn one already composed); others want to try a new dance style; and others may want gain self-confidence so they feel comfortable dancing in public, etc.  I can accommodate, whatever your needs are for this style of dance.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been certified as an ISSA personal trainer and in fitness nutrition.  Also Zumba and YogaFit.  I like to incorporate fitness into my dance classes whenever possible and time allows.  I am also happy to give nutrition tips as well for weight loss and gaining muscle mass.  When training or practicing any form of exercise, it is important to be sure you are getting the proper micronutrients in your diet.  You will likely start to crave healthier food choices once you start classes.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$45/1.5 hrs- $35/1 hr (1 student)

$50/1.5 hrs-$45/1 hr (2 students)

$60/1.5 hrs-$50/1 hr (3 students)

These prices are for teaching at my home studio in Hollywood. About 1 mile from I-95 & Sheridan St.  

If I come to you there will be an additional fee of $15-$40 depending on location, # of students and how many items I need to bring to conduct class, depends on your request at time of scheduling.


How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching at the encouragement of my teacher at the time, Maja, back in 1998.  She also encouraged me to start performing and got me my first gig dancing in a restauarant.  I took my first class with Kamila via adult education at Piper High School back in 1995.  I was hooked from the start and never stopped dancing and added classes as soon as  more became available.  I also took private lessons early on


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages, 5-70.  I have taught group classes for adults only, adults and teens combined, teenagers and children 5-7 years.  I also taught belly dance and Polynesian to kids  age 8-14 at the Palm Beach Summer Youth College.  These were rather large classes at the college and a variety of ages and abilities, most with no dance background.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently went to the Asian Culture Festival at the Fruit & Orchid park in Homestead.  They had a variety of art, crafts, food, and entertainment.  I mostly enjoyed the lush green landscaping and dance on the mainstage.  They had Iranian dances and I knew some of the performers.  They also had Indian dance, Thai dance and Japanese Taiko drumming.  I was too late to see the belly dancer but highly recommend that you go in the future if possible.  I also enjoyed the Ft. Lauderdale Polynesian Festival the week before.  Saw lots of dance, poi, drumming and fire knife dancing.  Another one to check out next year if you can.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

If I were a student, I would look for a teacher who is willing to consider my needs and abilities and is able to modify what and how they teach to suit how I learn.  Some learn by seeing and others but counting and calling out cues. If you are getting private lessons this is so important.

When in a group class teachers often have to default to the majority of students while having the good sense to watch students and see who needs more personalized assistance by going over and correcting or explaining something in a way that student understands.  Realize that you will not get everything on the first try.  It only gets easier and with each class you will improve if you practice on your own as well.  This is very important.

I try to avoid teachers who just want to dance for themselves while ignoring the needs of students and those who have a Diva personality or are unwilling to modify teaching methods to better help students learn.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

You want to discuss any health issues or injuries you may have. Are you in proper health to pursue dance classes and do you want something that includes fitness and cardio or just technique and combos? What do you hope to accomplish? Is the teacher available to offer consistent classes so you can meet your goals and needs? What will the classes consist of and any special requests you might have like "I want to learn a choreography to perform at my friends birthday party" can you teach me a dance or do you have something already that you can teach and I can perform?  

Also how long they have been teaching and what levels do they teach? If you start with a teacher who has limited knowledge or teaching abilities and only teaches beginners, you should know this.  Students may already have the basics down really well and want to improve technique and learn combos.  In that case, you need the right teacher.  You may want to know if she teaches various props in case that is something you want to explore.  If you want fitness included in your class that should be brought up as well.  You may want to ask who they studied with and what styles they teach if you are looking for something more specific such as tribal fusion, for example.

 


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