Saturday, March 31, 2018

Intermediate Belly Dance Classes

Intermediate Belly Dance Classes - Woodstock, New York


Wednesday - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Weekly On-Going Classes


Ed Dempsey Tattoo Studio
92 Mill Hill Road
Woodstock, NY  12498


$50 - 4-class card - good for 2 months from date of purchase
$15 - Drop-In

Class Description - Intermediate Level Belly Dance
Advanced Beginner through Intermediate

This class will incorporate dance specific warm-up and stretches, strengthening exercises, belly dance technique drills and dance movement vocabulary along with dance combinations and follow-along improvisation, to give students a full understanding of how to combine belly dance moves and use them in various contexts, as well as musicality and expression.

Technique and combinations will be geared towards the level of dancers present. Modifications for beginner and advanced level dancers will be given as needed.

Finger cymbal technique will also be covered in this class as appropriate to student level.

Lecture material will be presented in every class, in context of the dance material being presented that week. Topics will include various styles of belly dance, music theory, rhythms, finger cymbal theory, history of belly dance in the US, teachers and dancers who have influenced belly dance as it is performed in the US today.

It is recommended that students have a minimum of one year of beginner bellydance classes before entering the mixed level class.

For more information about belly dance classes in the Hudson Valley, e-mail

Friday, July 22, 2016

FUN Finger Cymbal Workshop!!!

Beginner Finger Cymbal Workshop with Willow!!!

Sunday - August 7, 2016
Noon - 2:00 p.m.

$20 per person - payable at the door

Finger cymbals allow belly dancers the ability to add their own flavor of musicality and percussion to their dance. They are a beautiful accent to many songs and an exciting addition to performances!

  • Learn how to dance and play finger cymbals from the count of 1!
  • Learn basic finger cymbal patterns while standing in place, and then coordinating with basic foot patterns and belly dance moves.
  • Basic patterns include 3's, 7's and 5's.
  • Cymbal patterns for beledi, chifte telli and masmoudi rhythms, as well!
  • This workshop assumes you have a foundation of basic belly dance moves and foot patterns.

You must have your own finger cymbals for this workshop!

Recommended Cymbals:
Turquoise International size EB (2 1/4" diameter) or size B (2 1/2" diameter)
Order from:

Please e-mail Willow to reserve your spot now!


Ed Dempsey Tattoo Studio
92 Mill Hill Road
Woodstock, NY 12498

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Beginner Belly Dance Classes in Woodstock, New York

Beginner Belly Dance Classes in Woodstock, New York
are currently suspended.

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Class Description - Beginner Belly Dance

This class will cover the basic moves and foot patterns of belly dance, as well as drum rhythms and common musical styles in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. This class is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.

  • Strength conditioning for dance and bellydance technique will be introduced at the beginner level.
  • Focus on proper posture and alignment is very important.
  • Foot patterns and dance movement will be taught separately from belly dance movement, and combined as student abilities improve.
  • Combinations will be taught to introduce students to the concepts of musicality as well as putting moves together and transitioning from one move into another.  
  • As students get more proficient with the beginner format, more advanced material will be added - on an individual basis - to prepare students for higher level classes.
It is required that students have a minimum of one to two years of beginner bellydance classes before moving up to the intermediate level class.

All Bellydance Classes...

... will help develop core body awareness while building strength and stamina, and toning and strengthening the different muscle groups of the body. Students will learn to isolate their glutes, hips, abs, pelvis, ribcage, shoulders, arms and head while dancing to hypnotic and rhythmic Middle Eastern music. Bellydance will raise your heart rate, so be prepared to sweat a little. This class is low-impact and appropriate for women of all ages and fitness levels. Modifications for all skill levels can be made with awareness of student ability and level. Each student will receive personal attention and direction appropriate to their skill level. For more information about belly dance classes in the Hudson Valley, contact Willow at (845) 594-8673 or e-mail

If you know anyone who would be interested in this information, please feel free to SHARE this information with them! Thank you!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Willow Performs with ISHTAR in Kingston, NY - August 2015

Here is a new video of me performing with the fabulous band ISHTAR in Kingston, NY - August 2015.

This was such a great show, we all had so much fun!
I hope you enjoy the performance!

Arts Society of Kingston -

Friday, February 26, 2016

Hudson Valley Spring Student/Teacher Belly Dance Showcase

Spring Student/Teacher Belly Dance Showcase - hosted by Willow and Angelique

Featuring student groups from several area teachers as well as solos by select dancers.


Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is limited)


ASK - Art Society of Kingston
97 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
Parking across the street behind the police station.


Tickets are $10 in advance and will be $12 at the door SPACE PERMITTING.
See your favorite Hudson Valley belly dance student or teacher for tickets!

For more information, please contact Willow @