Shyama Studios - Metal Fusion Belly Dance

Shyama Studios - Metal Fusion Belly Dance

5.0Exceptional(9 reviews)
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Metal music gets into your bones and, for Shyama, it went straight to her hips with belly dance. She started out mesmerized by traditional belly dancers, but quickly innovated a style all her own. Shyama focuses on using metal riffs to bring out the dark side of belly dance, and directs the dark fusion troupe, the Stygian Sisters. They have quickly carved a niche in the belly dance community, becoming a crowd-wowing staple on the Tribal Revolution stage and at events across Illinois... and now Shyama has come to St. Louis!

Shyama leads the Stygian Sisters, conducts workshops upon request, hosts an online studio for instruction in her style, creates and participates in large-scale events like the Boneyard Arts Festival, and inspires event-goers and participants everywhere she performs. She has studied extensively in the tribal fusion style with belly dance greats like Ariellah, Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Ashley Lopez, April Rose, Michelle Sorenson, Silvia Salamanca, and many more! With a massive repertoire that includes creative and emotional choreography, the Stygian Sisters’ improvisational format, sword and veil dance, and more, Shyama is as versatile as she is deeply versed in the intricacies of each style of performance.

For a small sampling of Shyama’s incredible work, you can visit her Facebook page or the Stygian Sisters Metal Belly Dance page, look her up on YouTube, or check out the Stygian Sisters Patreon page. Be prepared for a side of belly dance you’ve never seen before!

I love giving students the confidence to be themselves, appreciate their body and what it can do, and to push themselves to learn something new! One of the greatest things about the belly dance community is how truly accepting and body positive it is. Anyone can belly dance and have fun doing it!

I also enjoy inspiring dancers to perform outside of the box. Belly dance has blossomed into a fusion of all styles of dance, and students can truly express and perform whatever they like!


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11 years in business
Serves Highland , IL
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    Molly M.

    Excellent coach for a self-conscious newbie! Ive been so grateful to be taking belly dancing lessons from Shyama for the majority of this year. It began as an activity that my future mother-in-law and I could do together for fun and a way for me to interact with Shyama even though we were no longer at the same workplace, but it turned into so much more. The first time I tried belly dancing, I could barely do a hip slide. Now I am putting together sequences of moves in dance routines. Shyama is extremely patient, always letting me try steps over and over until I feel comfortable. She always has a pleasant demeanor and has great ways of describing moves, especially if Im not getting it and a more creative explanation has to be used. Belly dancing is difficult and can be hard for someone, especially if they are not comfortable with their body. Shyama makes me feel at ease and more comfortable expressing myself with my body, which is a beautiful thing! Also, she is an incredible dancer herself but very humble. She also invites her students to belly dancing events, which is very inclusive of her, recognizing that all who are interested in the art of belly dance have something to contribute to the communitys belly dancing culture.
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    April 18, 2019


    Andrea P.

    Wonderful instructor and passionate dancer! I took private belly dance lessons with Mandy earlier this year and loved every minute of it! She has a real passion for dance and it shows in her work. Although feeling a little self conscious at times dancing in front of her, she always made me feel comfortable and relaxed. Her skill is astounding (just ask to watch HER!) and it was so much fun to learn from a girl who loves what she does.
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    April 18, 2019


    Kelly C.

    Shyama is a gem! She is very professional, positive and knowledgeable. She advocates for positive body image for women, which has helped my self esteem. I just started doing belly dance workouts throughout the week with Shyamas assistance about a month ago simply with the goal to lead a healthier lifestyle (Im sick of gyms). The side benefits are I am having a lot of fun and Ive lost weight! Thank you Shyama :)
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    April 18, 2019


    Sophia C.

    Awesome performer and a great teacher!! I enjoy all of the Fusion Fire classes I do and i can’t wait to do more! Hopefully, one day, I will be as good as she is.
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    April 18, 2019


    Chris L.

    Super talented dancer.
    Always puts on a great show.
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    April 18, 2019


    John G.

    Absolutely stunning performer with an innovative and unique take on bellydancing!
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    April 18, 2019

    Frequently asked questions

    New students can sign up for my online classes and learn any time, anywhere, or we can discuss a location to meet in person. I offer private lessons or group lessons as requested.

    Beginner level students will work through my 16-lesson plan for teaching the basic technique to belly dance. This includes breakdown of the movements, drills, and combinations. After completing the course, students can choose to learn a choreography!

    Intermediate/advanced level students can request all sorts of instruction to meet their needs! Email me for details and scheduling.

    In addition to completing basic technique training, I have attended dozens of workshops and classes to continue my education in fusion belly dance. I have learned from amazing instructors like Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Ariellah Aflalo, Michelle Sorenson, Silvia Salamanca, Ashley Lopez, April Rose, Ami Amore, Eliza Perry, Pixie Fordtears, Acushla, and so many more. 

    My focus in continued training tends toward advanced technique, layering, emotion in dance, expression, storytelling, and creative choreography.

    I am currently working through Acushla's "Belly Dance Blueprint" training and intend to certify in her style of teaching.

    Online instruction varies. All Access Passes to all my content are only $20/month! I also offer various packages based on what content you want, from just drills to full choreography.

    Private lessons are $40/hour. Group discounts are available. Please email me for details.

    I began teaching by request from friends as they saw me begin to perform belly dance. I fell in love once students began to tell me how inspired they were and how much better they felt about their bodies and self esteem!

    I have worked will a great variety of students! All sizes, genders, levels, shy vs outgoing...Anyone is welcome to learn with me!

    The best teachers are of course knowledgable in their artform, but are also down-to-earth and open-minded. Find a teacher you could easily be friends with too!

    Be clear about your intentions in learning belly dance.

    Be clear about your scheduling needs.

    If you have any physical pains or medical issues, check with your doctor to be sure belly dancing is ok for your body. It is low impact, so most people are fine! If you decide to belly dance, make sure to tell your instructor about your needs.

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