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Sara teaches Bellydance in Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton, California
Sara has always danced, but discovered Belly dance in 1993, founding LetsBellyDance in 2000 and qualifying with ASMED in 2003. She worked as a full time belly dance teacher and performer in the UK for 11 years before re-locating to the Tri Valley near San Francisco in 2012.
2016 Classes :
Beginner classes available in 2016:
Sara also runs a performance troupe that is available to pro and semi pro dancers by invitation. The troupe practice each Friday in Livermore.
See the Classes page for all the details
Sara’s teaching is known for its humor, energy and light heartedness mixed with proven techniques which get the best out of every dancer. She has inspired students to qualify, teach and perform a huge variety of Middle Eastern and Fusion styles, but still loves to introduce new dancers to the joys of belly dance .
With up to 12 classes a week over more than ten years she has evolved a foundation course that builds strong, informed and skillful dancers, while still encouraging self expression and improvisation.
As a performer she has danced at a huge variety of venues in both the USA and UK, from weddings and stage shows to hafla and fetes. Her warm style engages audiences and she combines passion, humor and storytelling with core technique and effortless skills.
As co-founder of Mersin she had the chance to direct and choreograph a professional troupe for nearly ten years. Her Us troupe “Neshee Dulo” performs at a variety of events in and around the Bay area.
Sara has written two books on belly dance. Her first, "Teaching Belly Dance" has many five star reviews on Amazon. Her new book "Becoming a Belly Dancer: from Student to Stage" will be available in the new year.
Sara writes “I love Bellydance because everyone can dance within their first lesson and yet it takes a lifetime to master. It needs two very different skills: firstly there is the technique, how to make the moves, which muscles to use ; then there is the emotional layer, how the music makes you feel and how you can convey that to your audience. Some students come to class very focused on their technique, very precise, and they can stand next to the dancer who is lost in the music, seemingly waving her arms about without purpose. Both of them are dancing, and both of them need to learn from the others natural abilities to make them great dancers.”
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Sara's first book is now available on Amazon :
Her Second book "Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage"
co-written with Dawn Devine, Alisha Westerfeld and Poppy Maya is available later this year. Visit the "Books" page for more details.
2017 - Workshop Hosts
Sara is available to teach workshops in the USA, and travels to the UK each year. In 2017 she is looking to take a trip to China/Hong Kong to teach. If you would like to be her host in the USA, UK or Hong Kong, please get in touch.
Belly Dance Business Academy
Sara is part of the teaching team of the Belly Dance Business Academy. The Belly Dance Business Academy is a team of around 20 top teachers who provide the tools and support for people who work in the belly dance industry. If you would like to take classes, courses and Workshops through the Business Academy, please consider using her affiliate code below. Students who sign up to the Belly Dance Business Academy through this affiliate code trigger a small payment that helps support Sara's work within the belly dance community.
There will be no classes the week of October 10th. Sara will be travelling to Seattle for the Waking Persephone Festival. There will also be a break in classes between October 24th and November 8th, when Sara is travelling the UK to teach at "Celebrating Dance" festival.