Welcome to my class schedule. If you know of a group who'd like to increase fitness while having fun, I am available to teach private lessons, small classes, or seminars. I routinely teach women's groups large and small, young and old, professional and amateur alike, and love watching the joy and excitement this art form brings. If none of the classes listed below works for you, I do also teach private lessons. Give me a call or email me for more information!
"I just wanted to give you a big hug for the class last night. It
had been my first time at the class and I was incredibly nervous as I really di
d not know what to expect. With your sense of humor and down to earth attitude,
you did a great job of making me feel welcome." -- Cynthia, Grand Rapids, MI
Welcome to my regular class schedule!! My old standards are still here: GR Parks and Rec. (now in its 13th year!!), and of course, as in the last 6 years -- Bellydance Grand Rapids! I'm also teaching at some new venues and have some new *out-of-town* class series coming up, so keep your eyes peeled for new events!!
New for 2014:
Wednesday night Belly/Bolly Fitness classes at Hanley CRC in Grandville, MI - COMING IN SPRING!
Jan - Apr. Class series at Bellydance Kalamazoo!! Info on my Appearances Page!
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: I'm booking workshops this year in several different states, and the first part of the year is really filling up already - so don't wait. Book now, or make your inquiry!!
I am also available to teach your small group or corporate office. For availability and rates, please call 616-862-1900 or email naimahdance at gmail dot com. Try a fun, low-impact form of excercise that will work your laugh muscles as well as your thighs, butt, and abdominal muscles!!
Wednesday Nights: Bellydance/Bollywood Fitness
Jan. 15, runs 8 wks
No dance experience is necessary for this fun, upbeat, yet low-impact class that is appropriate for all fitness levels.Learn how to burn calories while dancing in the style of Middle Eastern and Indian dance!
$10/class for drop-ins, or $64 for all 8 if pd @ first class
Hanley CRC, 372 Jackson St SW, Grandville, MI 49418
Thursday Nights: Beginner Bellydance
Jan. 9, runs 10 wks
Begin a romance with the dance in this gentle, fun introduction to Middle Eastern dance. No previous dance necessary.
Call GR Parks and Rec to register @ 616-456-3232
201 Market Ave SW, GR, MI 49503
Sundays at Bellydance Grand Rapids: Beginner Bellydance @ 2pm And Bollywood Choreography "Balam Pichkari" (start April 13)
Tuesdays at Bellydance Grand Rapids: Beginner Bollywood< (start April 15)
Bellydance Grand Rapids, 959 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI
PRIVATE LESSONS / PERFORMANCE COACHING - schedule now. If you have a performance coming up in the near future, you can refine and perfect your presentation with performance and staging tips from my performance coaching experience!!
"Na'imah's extensive experience in troupe and solo dance, along with her vast dance vocabulary, and her ability to beautifully interpret music make her an amazing performance coach. She has helped me choreograph to my strengths, make appropriate changes to my dances, and she has given great advice on music choices, movements, and even costuming. She is an amazing resource for performance coaching." -- Jill, Grand Rapids, MI
SMALL WORKSHOP / PARTY
Please contact Na'imah for rates and availability. Standard workshop length is a minimum of 2 hours, but more time may be needed to fully teach a requested choreography or technical session.
"Thank you very much for the workshop! You're an excellent teacher, and I learned really helpful tips... Sometimes we just need to have a teacher say, you really must practice this if you are serious about it." -- T, Grand Rapids, MI
Spice up your wedding, baby shower, or bachelorette party with an exciting, fmily-friendly bellydance performance that will be remembered all year - I'm available for private parties and also for corporate gatherings and festivals. My schedule fills up fast, so don't hesitate. I can also bring a henna artist or live musicians with prior notice, for an extra fee.
Harem Party: contact Na'imah for booking information
With alarming rises in teen eating disorders, diets and weight-loss pills more popular than ever, and a resurgence of the girdle as a common undergarment, it's plain to see: our culture has an unhealthy image of the ideal woman. Fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women - and if mannequins were women they would be too thin to bear children.
Belly dance is a great way to increase health, stamina, and flexibility while improving your body image and learning to accept and love the body you have - RIGHT NOW - not some possible body you might have if you lose xx number of pounds. This class highlights how your curvy body is wonderful just the way it is, and how you can feel sexy without losing an ounce.
I'm passionate about bringing this material to non-profit organizations such as Gilda's Club, and have presented at Grand Valley State University's "Vagina Activist Gathering" as part of their annual Vagina Monologues. For more information, or if you'd like me to present this class at your organization or women's group, please email me at naimahdance at gmail dot com, or dance at naimah dot net.
"Na'imah's energy, presence, humor, and of course her dancing and teaching skills are awesome. Belly dancing allows me to connect with my body in an affirming way I have never experienced before. I can't stop smiling when I'm in class!" -- Debra Berry, Grand Rapids, MI
Here's a great video about how our societal obsession with extreme weight loss is making us sick... check it out.
How to find BELLYDANCE GRAND RAPIDS, 959 Lake Dr., Grand Rapids, MI
From 196 (Gerald R. Ford Exspressway):
Take Fuller Street exit. Go South on Fuller. Turn right on Michigan, then take a left onto Diamond St (1st light). Go through two traffic lights and pass the "Resureccion Y Vida" Church on your left - directly after the church, you'll see the Global Infusion/Clothing Matters/Rock Paper Scissors parking lot on your right. The parking lot will be just before Lake Drive - If you pass Lake, you've gone too far!
Bellydance Grand Rapids: Please note that when Grand Rapids Public Schools close, BDGR will close, including evening activities. Please check Wood TV website to see if GRPS is closed. If they are OPEN then we are as well. On weekends, if any of the main highways (1-96 or 131) close down due to weather, we will reschedule. Check website on weekends, please call (or TEXT) your instructor if you have any questions.
Sarah (616) 635-9242
Na'imah (616) 862-1900
GR Parks and Recreation Cancellation Hotline: 456-3696 then press 1 at the prompt
Wyoming Parks and Rec Cancellation Hotline: 530-3187