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Class Schedule and Workshops by Yasmina

Yasmina teaches at the Mesa Arts Center.  These classes run all year round and are held Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings.   Yasmina  also offers special events throughout the year.

Don't live in the Valley of the Sun? Yasmina is available to teach at your next event.  Check out her available workshops below or she will customize a special workshop for your event.

Student Page - class info, dance choreographies, etc.

I'm so excited to announce that I have finally started to video some instructional classes on YouTube. These videos are on different topics, moves, props, etc.  Links are below or go direct to my YouTube Channel.

Class Schedule

  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Performances
Beginning Basic Mesa Arts Center - 1/16/18 - 2/27/18      
Beginning 2 Mesa Arts Center - 1/16/18 - 2/27/18      
Intermediate Mesa Arts Center - 1/16/18 - 2/27/18      
Tribal Basic   Mesa Arts Center - 1/17/18 - 2/28/18    
Tribal  (beginning 2)   Mesa Arts Center - 1/17/18 - 2/28/18    
Tribal  (intermediate)   Mesa Arts Center - 1/17/18 - 2/28/18    
Workshops / Special Classes / Performances








Moonlight Sirens Tribal performing at the 24th annual swap meet

Mesa Arts Center belly dance classes recital
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Mesa Arts Center belly dance classes recital
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Teaching and performing at Fusion Day -- more info coming soon

Mesa Art Center - Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 
classes start Jan. 16th - March 1st
next session starts March 20th - May 2nd
classes held at the Art Studios at Mesa Arts Center 
1 East Main Street  (south east corner of Main and Center)

Winter Session  (Jan. 16th - March 1st) 


beginning belly dance - basic (American Cabaret)
Tues. 5:30pm-6:30pm Jan 16 - Feb 27 $68
beginning belly dance 2
(American Cabaret Veil)
Tues. 6:30pm-7:30pm Jan 16 - Feb 27 $68
intermediate belly dance (Cabaret Pop)
Tues. 7:30pm-8:30pm Jan 16 - Feb 27 $68


beginning tribal style - basic (Tribal Style)
Wed. 5:30pm-6:30pm Jan 17 - Feb 28 $68
beginning tribal style 2
(Tribal Fusion Skirt)
Wed. 6:30pm-7:30pm Jan 17 - Feb 28 $68 
intermediate tribal style (Tribal Fusion)
Wed. 7:30pm-8:30pm Jan 17 - Feb 28 $68 

Spring Session  (March 20th - May 2nd) 


beginning belly dance - basic (American Cabaret)
Tues. 5:30pm-6:30pm March 20th - May 1st $68
beginning belly dance 2
(American Cabaret)
Tues. 6:30pm-7:30pm March 20th - May 1st $68
intermediate belly dance (American Cabaret)
Tues. 7:30pm-8:30pm March 20th - May 1st $68


beginning tribal style - basic (Tribal Style)
Wed. 5:30pm-6:30pm March 21st - May 2nd $68
beginning tribal style 2
(Tribal Fusion)
Wed. 6:30pm-7:30pm March 21st - May 2nd $68 
intermediate tribal style (Tribal Fusion)
Wed. 7:30pm-8:30pm March 21st - May 2nd $68 

Register by calling the Mesa Arts Center register, (480)644-6520, or drop off your registration at the Art Studios at the Mesa Arts Center lobby.
Brochures are at the Mesa Arts Center or visit the Mesa Arts Center website.

Special Events 2018

9th Annual Fusion Day - 7/21/18
Women's Club of Mesa - more info coming 2018

2nd Annual Moonlight & Starlight Sirens Tribal Dance Show - 9/29/17
This years theme - Broadway Musicals
Women's Club of Mesa

Yasmina's Belly Dance Lessons

Lesson 1 - Veil
Lesson 2
- Fan Veils
Lesson 3
Posture & Using Your Dance Space
Lesson 4
Transition with 2 combination moves
Lesson 5
Layering a shimmy on hips and upper body moves
Lesson 6
Combos with layering, simple to complex
Lesson 7
Lesson 8
Upper Body
Lesson 9 - 
Lesson 10
Basic Veil with Veil Drape
Lesson 11
3/4 up shimmy

Dance Workshops  

Yasmina is available to teach any of the below belly dance workshops at your event.  If there is a topic or dance style not listed below Yasmina can customize a workshop for your event. 

Most of the workshops are 2 hours in length and can be adjusted or put in combination for a full day of learning and fun. 

If you are interested in sponsoring a workshop with Yasmina at your next event please contact her for rates and availability. yasmina@joyofbellydancing.com or call 480/962-6303.

Fan Veil, single & double
Welcome to fan veils a fun and beautiful prop to add to your dance. Fan veils are great to express yourself in your dance with 3 yards of flowing silk waving and fluttering through air and space around you. This prop is great for both Raqs Sharqi and Tribal Fusion dance styles.

This is an introduction to single and double fan veils where you will learn the basics of using the fan veils to hold, open and close plus moves, combination moves and double fan veil choreography. 
Workshop is open to all level of dancers.

Performing a double fan veil routine with my students at Plaza de Anaya studio recital.

More samples of fan veils:

Yasmina's Weekly Lesson #2 - Fan veils
Mesa Arts Center Dance Routine
instruction view

“Putting it all Together”  
Do you have problems putting a routine together?  Do you have this wonderful piece of music you want to dance to but don't know how to get started?  Do you have problems transitioning from one move to another; difficulty understanding the phrasing in your music?  This workshop is for you.  Learn helpful hints on performing, understanding music and how to phrase your dance steps, how to make an entrance & exit and more.

We will take a short song and work from beginning to end on how to create a dance using both choreography and free styling, how to transition in music phrasing and moves, create an entrance & exit and more.

This is a dance workshop and we will be moving.  You will also need a note book to plan out your dance on paper.

“Demystifying the Veil”
Class is geared to students of all levels
Learn arm position, veil concepts, veil drapes, veil tricks & moves and more for both rectangular and semi-circular veils. You will need a rectangle or circular veil for class.  

3rd Place Alternative Category Performance from Wiggles of the West - Veil

One More Time with Feeling: how to go from a good dancer to a great one! 
Stage presence is something that emanates from inside. It improves the overall impact of a performance and can make the subtle difference between a good dancer and a great one.  

In this workshop we will explore expression, focus, musicality and posture.  We will work with group exercises along with discussing the 7 points of a dynamic performance and work on each point during the day.  You will go home with exercises you can do on your own along with new ideas and tools to become the star you are!  

Tribal/Indian hand candles 
Tribal moves fused with dance moves from India. I will teach both Indian style moves and modified moves with hand candles. Students will learn a choreographed routine.

Tribal Fusion skirt 
This tribal dance routine includes tribal ATS moves along with tribal fusion moves. Students will need a 25 yard skirt.

Single and Double Cane
Learn single & double cane technique, balancing and manipulating canes, a single/double cane routine and what to look for when purchasing a cane. Two choreographed routines will be taught.

Isolations and layering
Class will work on isolations in both the upper body and hips before layering shimmy's on top and blending moves together.  Once we have the isolation and shimmy going we will layer on foot work, arms and head to take our layering from head to toe.  

Workshop is open to all level of dancers

What to do with your arms
Arms frame the area of the dancer and will draw the audience to the dancer’s movements.  The hands and arms can also show emotion the dancer is portraying in her dance and music.  They are what you might say are the icing on the cake in our dance.  Arms are powerful and can add so much to your performance.   

This workshop includes arm movements but a lot more.  Learn arm concepts to enhance your dance and dance with feeling.  

Workshop is open to all level of dancers.



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February 22-25, 2018

West Salem 4H Center
5390 4H Road, NW, Salem

Performance Intensive
by Sabine

Immersion Teachers
Sharon Kihara / Claudia Shimmies / Cassandra Rose / Michelle Sorensen

Workshops with
Gene Stewart / Mezdulene / Katy Housemann / Luna / Jewels / Dahlia / Sam Riggs / Jillian of The Verdant Muse


Belly Dancing with 

Cabaret Classes
Tuesday Nights 
Beg. Basic 5:30 - 6:30
Beg. 2 6:30 - 7:30
Intermediate 7:30 - 8:30

Tribal Classes
Wednesday Nights
Beg. Basic 5:30 - 6:30
Beg. 2 6:30 - 7:30
Intermediate 7:30 - 8:30

Winter Session Starts
1/16/18 - 2/28/18

Spring Session Starts
3/20/18 - 5/2/18

Classes in:
American Cabaret 
and Tribal 

Mesa Arts Center
1 East Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201

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