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General Bellydance Class Information

Bellydance, In General:

This ancient dance form is more properly known as Raqs Sharqi ("Dance of the Orient" or "Dance of the East" in Arabic), and is uniquely suited to a woman's natural movements.

Dance classes are a great way to have fun, learn something new about yourself and other cultures, express yourself artistically, and beat the blues, all in a relaxed, accepting and supportive environment.

This dance can be enjoyed by all ages and body types! Pregnant women are welcome with a note from their doctor.



Class Locations in Cary:


The Taj MaHaala, Haala's private studio, is located near Cary Town Center and Cary High School, just a few minutes away from Exit 291/I-40. It offers hardwood flooring, full-length mirrors, an ipod docking station, CD boombox, changing room, and enough room for up to 5 dance students at a time. It's the perfect place for private and semi-private classes, rehearsals, workshops, and small parties. Wheelchair-accessible entrance from the driveway. The studio can be rented for rehearsals, teaching, or meeting space.


Please contact Haala at haala@halobellydance.com for specific directions.

Jazzercise of East Cary
  • the main room has 2200 square feet of custom designed suspended aerobic flooring that is gentle on your feet, knees, hips, and back
  • spacious child playroom
  • waiting area for your comfort should you arrive early to class
  • two dressing rooms and two large bathrooms for changing
  • storage for your mats
  • mirrors that can assist you with good technique
  • complementary water bottles
  • ample parking and easy access from I-40/440 and Walnut Street
  • wheelchair accessible
Haala teaches classes and workshops at this location.
Jazzercise is located at 1333 Buck Jones road in Cary, across the street from Borders, and next to Motel 6.

Click here for location and map.




Class Descriptions:

Bellydance Basics: This class is geared towards beginners: people who have never taken a bellydance (or other dance) class before, as well as newer dancers who have only taken a few previous classes. The emphasis will be on fun and learning something new about yourself and other cultures. No matter what your body shape, age, or personality, you will look great and feel great Belly Dancing! It will benefit you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Students are expected to take both 6-week sessions of Bellydance Basics: "Sun" and "Moon", before moving up to Level 2. You can take them in any order. The sun session features more fast and sharp movements, while the moon session features more slow and flowing movements. Students will be accepted in the 1st and 2nd weeks of a session, otherwise you will need to wait until the next session to sign up. See Current class dates and locations for this class.


Level 2 Bellydance: Continue your dance journey in this class, where we will explore many different topics, such as veilwork, finger cymbals, and choreography, while continuing to polish basic technique. At least 3 months of previous bellydance instruction is required. This is a mixed level class that can accomodate both continuing beginners and intermediate level dancers: modifications will be given for each movement to make it simpler for newer dancers or more challenging for more experienced dancers. Most sessions allow drop-in options for those who can't attend the full session. See Current class dates and locations for this class.


Mixed Level Drills and Conditioning: This class is offered sporadically throughout the year and offers additional practice opportunities for all levels. This special extended one hour and 15-minute class focuses on drills and conditioning/flexibility exercises, and is a great supplement to your regular classes. This class takes place at the TajMaHaala studio, with a maximum of 6 students each session. See Current class dates and locations for this class.


Continuing Bellydance: This class is recommended for dancers who have been taking classes for a year or more and want to focus even more deeply on their Belly Dance practice (ask instructor if you are unsure whether to take this class). I will assume you know the basic movements of Belly Dance, such as shimmies, hip circles, and traveling movements, and are ready to take your practice to the next level. We will focus on technique and choreography. Choreography sessions must be signed up for in full, but I do allow drop-ins for technique sessions. See Current class dates and locations for this class.


What to Wear:

Anything that you feel comfortable in and that allows a range of motion: for example, a tank top or tee shirt with a cotton skirt, leggings, shorts or sweat pants. Usually we dance in bare feet, but if that is not comfortable, please feel free to wear ballet slippers, dance shoes or soft sandals.


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Current Class Dates and Times


Bellydance Basics: For beginners, or anyone who would like to reacquaint themselves with the basics of bellydance. No previous dance experience required.

Wednesdays, January 18 - February 22, 7:15-8:15pm

Location: Taj MaHaala Studio, Cary NC.

In addition to basic technique, students will learn a short dance!

Please note - because of the small class size and popularity of class, Belly Dance Basics almost always sells out in advance.

$72 for the 6-week session.



To mail your payment, email me for the street address.

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Level 2 Bellydance,(Pre-requisite: at least 3 months of previous bellydance instruction). Mixed level: continuing beginners and low-intermediates.

Mondays, January 16 - February 20, 7:15-8:30pm

Location: East Cary Jazzercise, 1333 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh NC.

Time to dust off that hip scarf after the holidays and get back into dancing mode! This 6-week session will be technique-focused and fun.

$90 for the 6-week session.

To mail your payment, email me for the street address.

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Continuing Level Bellydance (Pre-requisite: One year or more of previous Belly Dance instruction and ready to work at an intermediate/advanced level)

Wednesdays, January 25, February 8, February 22, 6:00-6:55pm

Location: Taj MaHaala Studio, Cary NC.

Continuing-level classes mix technique, combos, conditioning exercises, and cultural and performing considerations.

$36 for the three class session.



To mail your payment, email me for the street address.

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Weekend Mini-Workshops with Haala

This weekend series is great for anyone who is unable to take regular classes during the week, or for regular students who want extra practice outside of class. Come and learn in a supportive, positive, and fun atmosphere! A minimum of 3 pre-registered is required in order to hold each workshop.

Click here for more information.

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Private Bellydance Instruction


Haala is available for private coaching sessions, if you would like some individual instruction and constructive and supportive feedback. Great for polishing technique or preparing a choreography for performance!

Haala's cozy home studio, the "Taj MaHaala", features wood flooring, full-length mirrors, ipod docking station, and enough room for up to 4 students at a time. It is conveniently located in Cary just off of Exit 291/I-40 near Cary Town Center/Cary High School.

Rates for private lessons are: $25/hour, with a discounted rate of $20/hour per person for 2 or more students at the same time.

Selected daytime and evening times are available. To schedule a private lesson, email haala@halobellydance.com or call/text 919-948-8516.

Bulk discount special: Purchase a block of 5 hours of private lessons for only $100 (and save $25! It's like getting one private lesson for free!). You can use them anytime throughout the year.

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Gift Certificates


Gift Certificates are available anytime throughout the year -- give the gift of bellydance to yourself or someone you love!

To purchase a gift certificate for a class, simply pay for the class and in the comments field write "please send gift certificate" with the name of the recipient, and I will email you a gift certificate you can print at home. To purchase any other kinds of gift certificates, just email me at haala@halobellydance.com and I will be happy to help!

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For more information, email haala@halobellydance.com