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Do you have to be thin to belly dance?
Will I get killer abs through belly dancing?
Who may attend a belly dance class?
How long does it take to learn to belly dance?
What if I'm a fast learner or I have previous belly dance experience?
Do I need to purchase special props or costumes for class?
Which class should I take?
When do classes start?
What if I miss a class?

Do you offer drop-in classes?
How do I register?


Do you have to be thin to belly dance?
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  • We celebrate all ages, shapes and sizes.

Will I get killer abs through belly dancing?  ^ top

  • Belly dancing provides total body conditioning. You learn to isolate movements from your head, shoulders, hands and arms, chest, abdomen, waist and of course to your hips.

Who may attend a belly dance class?  ^ top

  • Our classes are open to everyone. No previous dance experience necessary. An adult must accompany children under age 18.
    Students under 18 require parent or guardian supervision. Contact the instructor for specific questions.

How long does it take to learn to belly dance?  ^ top

Similar to any activity, it varies by student. Come in with an open mind and leave each class with moves you didn't know your body could do.

What if I'm a fast learner or I have previous belly dance experience?   ^ top

Our instructors teach a variety of techniques and styles, so there is always something to learn. Occasionaly though, we hold auditions for our performance troupe that requires proven dance ability and techniques, choreography, stage presence and knowledge of Middle Eastern dance art history.

Do I need to purchase special props or costumes for class?  ^ top

You don't need any special props for class. Check out the general class information page for recommendations on class attire, hip scarfs, veils and finger cymbals. A costume is not necessary for our classes.

Which class should I take?  ^ top

Palmetto-Oasis instructors teach in several locations in the Charleston area so find an instructor close to you.

When do classes start?  ^ top

Check each instructor page for class times and locations.

What if I miss a class?  ^ top

Make up policy is at the discretion of each instructor. Refer to their page.

Do you offer drop-in classes?  ^ top

Drop-ins are welcome. Refer to each instructor's page for fee information.

How do I register?  ^ top

You can fill out registration and liability forms on the first day of class. Check each instructor's page for registration phone numbers.

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