Leilani Dance Fitness
Leilani Berry began her love affair with belly dancing at 19 when she took her very first class. Through dancing, one can connect the body and spirit to the Earth and have the opportunity to share this with others. Belly dancing can help to heal hurts around body image, strengthen a connection with our bodies and their beauty, and help rehabilitate muscles. Belly dancing improves flexibility, strength, grace, and rhythm.
It is her greatest joy to share this positive affirming dance and connect dancers of all ages and orientations to the greater belly dancing community. Leilani has been teaching beginning to intermediate levels of belly dancing since August 2000 at the SPCC aka the Wet Spot. As a certified personal trainer and massage therapist, she brings a unique understanding of the body, exercise and stretching.
Licensed Massage Practitioner since 1994
Seattle Belly Dancing Lessons
Classes are presently on hold - dates to be announced -
What to wear: comfortable loose clothing or leotards or shorts & sports bra combo - something that you can move in easily.
What to bring: your registration fee, a water
Who is welcome: all shapes and sizes of folks of any persuasion. Participation is fun and essential! No experience required!
We do not allow voyeurs.
*You do not have to be a Wet Spot member to attend, but you must be 18 and over.
Folks are welcome to join in at any point in the series of class, but will get the most out of attending consecutive classes and skill/moves are layered on top of each other. Every one is welcome to take classes over again and learn additional dance moves as well as get some great exercise !!
Please note NO refunds will be issued for classes you have pre-paid or paid for nor will there be any credit(s) applied to future classes, if you miss a class. Therefore, please consider the payment options carefully !
Shop on-line for Books, Music, Clothing, Veils, Hip Scarves, Videos, Dance Sandals, Dance Leotards and more at BellyDanceShoppe.com
Additionally, for belly dancing hip scarves, some veils, belts & music:
The shops I know of in Seattle are
"Pyramid Imports" or
both of which are on Pine St. between 1st and 2nd
Aves. downtown, and
I have one of Saqra's dance leotards that has the mesh belly section
and tank top with leggings all in one piece [sizes run a little large - what
a nice change!]. It's fabulous! I also have purchased dance shoes and music
from her as well. She has silk veils, hip scarves, music, swords, jewelry
My favorite new belt is cowry shell & beads & coins from http://www.magiccitycostumes.com/
My favorite NW Drummer and an excellent drumming
instructor, Michael Beach
I love my instructional cds, dvds [or vhs] on drumming, tambourine [riq] and def playing by http://www.unclemafufo.com !!!
I came to realize there are cymbal how to videos! I love Saqra and her techniques are great! So, first there's http://www.saqra.net/Shopping/musicvid.html
And then I found yet another video on learning to the play the finger cymbals also known as zills! Mesmera is a little corny but the technique is lovely maybe a little fast paced but you can rewind and do it over and over! "Saroyan How to play finger cymbals with Mesmera" available through www.saroyanzils.com . I rented mine through the King County Library system www.kcls.org and had it delivered to a library close to me!
Riqs/Tambourine: You can get a skin covered riq for $10-12 from Saqra, a $20-25 Western synthetic head one [good in the NW wet conditions] from Johns Music and if you love them, then consider a higher end riq. Like these 4 different Remo varieties: http://www.layneredmond.com/series.htm the tar-Rine, lotus or riq or the http://www.glenvelez.com/ Glen Velez Signature Riq
Doumbeks: At this time I recommend Remo's doumbeks aluminum check out http://www.johnsmusic.com/ or http://www.saqra.net if you want a clay one like mine be sure to get a padded case - one drop and no more drum!
Percussive toys: shakers, bells, inexpensive frame drums and frogs and more http://jamtown.com/index.html
World Rhythm Festival: http://swps.org/swps?dpage=home
1st Monday of every month
Our event has been described as joyful, amazing and the best party you've ever been to. Get there early if you want a seat. Dance performances from 8:30-9:30 pm. For more details go to www.RaqsSerpentine.com
New location in Fremont: High Dive
(formerly suite g) 513 N 36th Seattle, WA 98103 206.632.0212 www.highdiveseattle.com It's the same fabulous eclectic belly dance show in a new fabulous location!!! Come check it out. Still the first Monday of the Month 8-10:30pmDance performances from 9-10.
No Cover. 21+ /ID
1st Saturday of every month
1st Saturday of every month - 6:30-9pm Saqra presents an open dance night at The Moonraker, at 23803 104th Ave SE in Kent, WA . 253-854-3058 Dance to LIVE MUSIC OR tape/CD. contact firstname.lastname@example.org to dance! About 9-12 dancers all levels. $5 cover
ABOUT THE MOONRAKER! This spacious venue is only about 8 miles SE of our former location at the Best Western! Venue is 21 and over with a full bar & restaurant. Seating for 120+ and all seats have great visibility so no more having to show up two hours early! Large wood dance floor with seating on three sides and band behind. Separate dressing area. Excellent dance floor lighting, the earlier event time we wanted, and management that is delighted for their place to be the new home for our nearly 4 year old event! This was our original first choice for our event, but with the smoking ban being passed the last obstacle was removed from this being the perfect place! ---- So does this include YOU to dance? Yes! Dancers welcome all levels. Please try to limit your request to every other month for this event (if you want to dance and you danced last month, please ask anyway ... if it gets down to the day before and we have the space we would love to have you). We do accept booking several months in advance, but there are almost always changes and cancellations at the last minute so don't be afraid to ask!
Saqra's Riviera Room, Kebab and more!
Hasani's quarterly Hafla's in Gig Harbor
And don't forget to check out for venues, instruction, performances, vendors and more! http://www.nwbellydance.com/
http://www.raksrafiki.com/ a drumming group that meets monthly for a dance/drum jam!
The highly energetic south
King County dancer & instructor extraordinaire:
The beautiful and talented tribal dancer & instructor & costume designer: Zanbaka.com - Tribal Belly Dance Classes and Online Bazaar!
To see men in belly dancing check out http://www.menofmiddleeasterndance.com/
To Learn more about Belly
To Learn more about Tribal Belly Dancing: