Belly Dance for Fitness

Learn to shake, shimmy and roll in this energetic cabaret-style belly dance class. Part brain-teaser, part isolation workout – you'll still be able to smile while learning demanding technique and moves.

No experience necessary, but vocabulary and steps are progressive. This class is designed for newbies though more advanced layer-loving dancers are welcome.

Location

SDC Studio

Special Requirements

Comfortable clothing you can move in, barefoot or dance shoes, bring your own hip scarf (some will be provided).

Spring Session 1: January 19 - March 9 (8 weeks)

Day/Time

Thursday, 6:15-7:05 p.m.

Cost*

Michigan Tech Student Daily $5, Session $30
General Public Daily $7, Session $40

*This class is included as an option on the Ultimate HuskiesFit Punch CardMTEFCU members receive a $10 discount on the Ultimate HuskiesFit Punch Card.

Registration and payment can be completed online, by phone at 906-487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. You’ll receive an admission ticket to present to your instructor on the first day of class.


Spring Session 2: March 16 - April 27 (7 weeks)

Day/Time

Thursday, 6:15-7:05 p.m.

Cost*

Michigan Tech Student Daily $5, Session $25
General Public Daily $7, Session $35

*This class is included as an option on the Ultimate HuskiesFit Punch CardMTEFCU members receive a $10 discount on the Ultimate HuskiesFit Punch Card.

Registration and payment can be completed online, by phone at 906-487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. You’ll receive an admission ticket to present to your instructor on the first day of class.


About the Instructor

Allison Mills coaxed her parents into letting her take dance classes at the tender age of three. She studied classical ballet in Helena, Montana and in Minnesota's Twin Cities area, including an apprenticeship with the Continental Ballet Company and toured the Midwest for several years performing in The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Coppelia. When she left professional ballet, Allison became the youngest member at the Rosemount High School Modern Dance Company and explored other dance forms including belly dance, jazz and improvisation.

Belly dance especially stole her heart and feet when she began studying Raqs Sharqi. Allison's belly dance training is mostly in cabaret styles (Egyptian and a hint of Turkish) though she's dabbled in American fusion styles as well.

Allison has been instructing a variety of dances over the past decade and hasn't stopped performing since her first stage appearance as an itty-bitty, sequined gull in Peter Pan. She believes strongly in making dance training accessible in rural areas and that dancers of all ages can learn to connect, appreciate and take care of their bodies. Allison is also a science geek and writer (her day job) as well as a dog owner, gardener and teapot fanatic.

Email: awmills@mtu.edu