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Upcoming Courses & Workshops

Burlesque Choreography: Undercover Spies w/Chris Geyer with Chris Geyer Next held on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Tue Mar 7, 2017 - Tue May 16, 2017
Join Miss Ruby Vesper for a Spy themed Burlesque Choreography Class! We will work on attitude, sass, and characters, and put it all together into a sultry dance number. Each week, we will be using various props, and feature a different exercise drill for workin' the booty, practicing burly shimmies, & strengthening our core.

Our 11-week course will culminate in a performance at the May Hip Expressions 1001 Nights Belly Dance Showcase!

We will discuss costumes during the course... entertaining a few different styles of costumes and props depending on everyone's comfort level.

Space is limited, register at to save your spot!

March 7-may 16 (11 weeks)
Performs Fri, May 19th
Tuesdays, 6-7pm
$165, $148.50/Members
$132 by Feb 28th

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El Baladi Pop Choreography with Dana Leota Next held on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Thu Mar 2, 2017 - Thu May 18, 2017
"El Baladi" in Arabic means my country, my hometown, and is a dance that grew from the backstreets of Cairo, where educated and working people from all over - Alexandria, Luxor, and many other places - came to build their lives and their fortunes. But it is more than a dance, it is a culture... Looked down upon by the 'city' people, these proud people value their honor, reputation, and stand up for themselves to demand respect from others. This women's dance, the original Egyptian women's 'solo' dance (according to Hossam Ramsy) reflects these values, proud, strong, respectable, and full of feminine power!
In this choreography, we work with an Egyptian pop song "El Baladi" by Saad El Soghayar, and bring out a touch of this 'baladi' flavor. Come channel your inner bint el balad self!
Adv Beginner - Intermediate
Link to english translation of the song -
Costuming: Galabeya, approx $150 - ordered together through the Studio

March 2 - May 18 (12 weeks)
Thursdays, 8-9pm
*attendance in Dana's Beginner Class to work on technique from 7-8pm highly suggested*
$144 by Feb 2, $162/by Feb 23, $180/after

Class performs at 1001 Nights Showcase, Sat, May 20th

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Belly Dance for Beginners with Kimberly Freed Next held on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Thu Mar 9, 2017 - Thu May 25, 2017
Are you brand-new to belly dance and need a place to start? Or have you belly danced before but would like a solid refresher? In this twelve week course, we'll go through all the isolations that are the building blocks of the dance, and drill drill drill! You'll also get an overview of the history of belly dance, and the different styles that it has evolved into today. You'll be able to take any of our belly dance classes with the confidence that you have a great foundation upon which to build.
We'll also discuss proper posture, alignment, and a brief intro to the anatomy of the dance so that you can execute these moves safely and strongly. Brief yoga principles will begin and end every class so that you have lengthened and warmed your muscles properly. You'll learn how to approach learning this dance form and challenge yourself, with warm self-acceptance as a beautiful, unique person, dancer, and spirit. Join us with an open heart and mind, passionate readiness, and joyful attitude!
Will you have mastered the dance after twelve weeks? No. Will you be ready to enjoy the journey of exploring this magical art form? Yes!
Every Body Welcome.

March 9 - May 25 (12 weeks)

$144, $120 by March 2
(Hip Ex Members 10% of at the door price) 

*Please note, this course rotates topics, so each time it's slightly different so that you can continue to learn new things as a beginner!


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Tahitian Style Fire Fan Choreography with Karen Sun Ray Next held on Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Fri Mar 24, 2017 - Fri Jun 9, 2017
Set your Tahitian moves on fire with this 'hot' off the press choreography! Karen's years of experience in Tahitian dance and performing with fire props come together in this fun and exciting performance piece. Using the traditional Otea drum music, the signature sound of Tahitian dance, along with traditional movements, this choreography comes alive, enhanced by the flames of the fans.

Pre-requisite to attend:
- Minimum of one month of attendance in Karen Sun Ray's Polynesian class (Mondays at 7:15pm) or equivalent dance experience.
- Own your own fire fans (any style)

Fridays, March 31-June 9, 8 classes with no classes April 7, 21 or may 19. Performs June 16.
6:30-8pm on St Pete Beach, location tba.

*Course registration includes Fire Safety class March 24, and bring along a significant other, free of charge.

$180/$162 members, $144 by March 15
Additional $60 fire fee (includes: fire safety training & cost of fuel).

Costume: $135
- sarong and top
- shell necklace
- flower clip

Registration limited, sign up today!

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Hot Latin Belly Dance Choreography with Erin DePrizio Next held on Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Feb 18, 2017 - Sat Apr 15, 2017
We are excited to have Gypsi Erin back and on fire! After several years training in Greater Miami, Erin has added to her shiny toolbelt of experience. Originally coming to us after studying and performing in Denver with Sadie, you know her dancing has only gotten hotter. Her years of professional dance experience add to her showmanship and this dance reflects it!
This popular dance song is a hit, 'Nagwa' by Hamouda Ali. The choreography combines the authentic beledi feel with upbeat Latin flavor. Learn how to transition between moves, create balance between power and grace. Lively and passionate, and yet flowy and feminine, it's guaranteed to get the crowd screaming, as all of Erin's Choreographies demand attention!
Get ready to learn a new style, improve, and have FUN!
Adv Beginner - Intermediate
Costuming: TBA (will include flowy skirt!)

Feb 18 - April 15 (9 weeks)
Saturdays, 12 - 1:15pm
$144 by Feb 2, $162/by Feb 23, $180/after

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