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About Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

Are you looking for inspiration and motivation?  A way to make your life more fulfilling, physically, mentally, and emotionally?  Join us and check out our fresh approach to a more fulfilling life through dance, fitness, and self-expression!  Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio is a movement, a community, a collaboration - dancers, musicians, artists, yogis, students, professionals, and supporters, of all ages, shapes and sizes... all united around a commitment to community, wellness, and art. Join us!


To nurture a joyful, creative community, welcoming every body to explore self-development through movement arts.

By graceful alignment of mind, body, and heart, we cultivate friendliness, compassion, inspiration, and equanimity. We promise a creative experience for every spirit.
Our classes, performances, and events, invite well-being, cultivate self-expression, and encourage personal fulfillment.
Come deepen your connection to bliss, release stress, and connect with others who value these same principles!  

Welcome to the family!



Hip Expressions was founded in 2004 by Johanna ‘Xenobia’ and Karen Sun Ray, as a belly dance collective, dedicated to creating and sustaining a community of dancers in the Tampa Bay area of Florida and beyond.  Our vision was to serve all who love belly dance, from those who enjoy it for fun and fitness, to dedicated professionals.  We began the Monthly Showcase also that year, a place for dancers to share their love of the dance and connect with other artists.  In 2008, our vision for a Studio manifested and we opened as a hub for the community, offering weekly drop in classes, as well as workshops, and community events.  The Boutique expanded with unique designers as well as tried and true belly dance accessories.  In 2011, Johanna took the helm as Director, as the Studio expanded into our new Center nearly four times the size of the previous Studio.  We welcome you as a  participant in the Evolution of Belly Dance in Tampa Bay and Florida!





Each of our Team Members has their own artistic path, and constantly enhances their art through study and practice.  We are passionate about the journey of artistic exploration, and the support of that journey by a inspiring community!


We are here to inspire... and be inspired!




Please feel free to contact us - we are lounging around at the beautiful studio, eating bon-bons, smoking hookah while our musicians play all originals for us... dressed in costume, full make-up and salon hair just waiting for someone to call or email us!


Unless, of course, we are out performing, rehearsing, teaching class, preparing for class, working on answering emails, updating the website, posting on Facebook, out shopping for new costumes, attending another class or workshop locally or around the world, planning new and exciting events, or sheesh just taking a break!  


We are generally very prompt about returning phone calls, however, if it is the weekend or around a special event then it may take us a little more time so please be patient!



ICON_Squiggle  Hours:

M - Thurs 5:30 - 8:30pm

Sat 9:30am - 12:30pm

Sun 11:30am - 2:30pm

...or by appointment, call today! 727.251.5241.


Squiggly fun  Rental:

The Studio is available for rent; beautiful hard wood floors and three different spaces to choose from (small, medium, and large!).  Perfect for rehearsals, private lessons, meetings, and more.  Please call 727.251.5241 for an appointment to see the spaces available.



2033 54th Ave. N

St Petersburg, FL 33714


PHONE :  727.251.5241



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2033 54th Ave N, Suite B, St Petersburg, FL 33714

Top floor of the big yellow building (Hill Law Group downstairs) between Cracker Barrel and Sexton Elementary just East of I-275.  Enter through Red downstairs door, Suite B.  


Overflow parking at Sexton Elementary.


From Tampa:

I-275 South

54th Ave North Exit, go L on 54th Ave N

After Cracker Barrel look for Yellow Building on the Left...turn L on Urbane


From N Pinellas:

US Hwy 19 South

L on 54th Ave.

Cross I-275

After Cracker Barrel look for Yellow Building on the Left...turn L on Urbane


From Bradenton/Sarasota:

I-275 North

54th Ave. North Exit - EAST (first one on the Right)

After Cracker Barrel look for Yellow Building on Left...turn L on Urbane

Out of Towners, Where to Stay?

Two blocks from the Studio, next to Cracker Barrel & 275:

Holiday Inn Express, 2171 54th Ave. N, St Pete, 33714, 727.520.7800

Comfort Inn North, 2260 54th Ave. N, St Pete, 33714, 727.362.0075

On the Beach, why not? approx. 20 min drive

Florida Dolphin Motel Apartments, 6801 Sunset Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706, 727.360.7233
(across the street from St Pete Nights, 1 block from beach)

Post Card Inn, 6300 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706, 727.367.2711
(cute boutique hotel, on the beach)