Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the studio located?

We’re located at 84 N. Main Street in downtown Waynesville. The studio is in the upstairs suite, accessible through the flight of stairs next to Gallery 86. Take the door on the right at the top of the stairs, and you’ll step into our lobby.

I don't know if I'm ready to join the level system. Are drop-in classes available?

Yes, we have drop-in periods available in our level one class. During the drop-in period, students will learn basic skills and combinations but can expect the skills learned at each class not to build on previous weeks. This is to say, if you miss a class, you won’t be “behind” the next week. When the instructor feels like the class is ready, she will close enrollment, and students can enter the Hathor Sisterhood School of Bellydance at Level One, where each class builds on skills and combinations learned in the previous class. Find us on facebook to get updates on when drop-in classes are open.

Is bellydancing good exercise?

Yes! Our classes include low impact cardio, core strengthening, flexibility, resistance training, and body awareness.

I have no rhythm and have never taken a dance class but have always wanted to try bellydancing. Do you have a class for me?

Yes! No experience is required to dance in one of our beginner classes. We will start you from the very beginning and teach you everything you need to know to learn rhythm and grace. You’ll be bellydancing before you know it.

Is there an age limit or fitness level requirement?

Our students range from 4 to 84 years old. We are all shapes and sizes, all levels of abilities.

What do I wear to class?

Wear clothes you feel comfortable in and that give you free range of movement. Clothes you might wear to a yoga class would work well. Most dancers are barefoot in class, but you can wear dance shoes if you prefer.

Do I have to perform?

No. While we offer many performance opportunities, some students choose to join the studio just for the exercise and community.

Do I have to show my belly in class or performance?

No. Even some professional bellydancers choose to cover their bellies when they perform.

What if I miss a class?

Class packages are good for six months. While consistent participation in class is the best way to advance your skills, we know life happens. Just let your teacher know if you will be absent.

How do I join a performing troupe?

Express interest to your instructor when you feel you are ready to preform. Your teacher can help you choose the best troupe and type of performance to meet your performing goals.

How do you pronounce Raqs Beledi?

Getting used to the pronunciations of the Arabic words we use takes time. Here are just a few pronunciation guides and meanings of frequently used words to get you started:

  • Raqs: Raqs (rocks) means ‘to dance’ in Arabic
  • Raqs Beledi: Beledi (bell-a- dee) is an Arabic word meaning ‘neighborhood’ or ‘of the rural places’. Though Raqs Beledi has a few connotations, we use it in the name of our studio to mean ‘dance of the people,’ referring to our values of community and collaboration.
  • Qamari: Quamari(qua-mar- ee) means ‘moon-like’ or ‘my moon’ in Arabic and is used as an expression for beauty
  • RaqShuraka: RaqShuraka (rock-shoo- rock-ah) means ‘to dance with sisters.’
  • Raqs Malaika: Raqs Malaika means ‘to dance with angels.’
  • Banat al-Qamar: Banat al-Qamar (baa-naught all-qua- mar) means ‘daughters of the moon.’