A wide range of courses are available through the School of Continuing Education & Professional Development at Miami Dade College. Classes are held at the Kendall Campus, along with other joint locations. Students of all ages and levels will immerse themselves into all aspects of the art form, including the history and dance that encompasses diverse styles from the Middle East and Central Asia.

We offer: 

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  • Level 1 (Beginners - no experience necessary)
  • History of Middle Eastern Dance
  • Level 2 (Intermediate) 
  • Props (veil, shamadan, sword, etc.)
  • Level 3 (Advanced)
  • Modern Oriental
  • Music (drumming, zills, etc.)
  • Persian and Silk Road Dances
  • Seminars with professional Middle Eastern Master instructors
  • and more!

We also offer certificates after each level, contingent on an evaluation by one of our instructors. Obtaining certificates is optional. Dancers that have taken classes from other areas are welcome to jump into our intermediate, advanced, and specialty courses. All students must register via Miami Dade College’s system. All of our instructors are bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish.

You do not have to be enrolled in college to register. Just register online, via fax or phone! Dance slippers are recommended but not required. In addition to the program, all students are welcome to participate in our highly-anticipated, annual Middle Eastern Dance production!

To view step-by-step instructions on how to register with MDC's website, please click here

To view courses online and register via MDC website:

 
 

Location

Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus
School of Continuing Education & Professional Development

11011 SW 104th Street
Miami, FL 33176
305.237.2612


Current Courses

Belly Dance Level 1 - Beginner Techniques

Learn the essential Belly Dance basics and proper execution of movements in this six-week course, designed to get you started on your journey through Middle Eastern Dance. This introductory course consists of basic techniques, fundamentals, and cultural aspects of this beautiful art form. No previous dance skills are required for this class, and we encourage all students to remain in this level as long as needed to master the fundamentals. This course is taught by the internationally renown Roshana Nofret!

Dancers in this course will learn a playful Arabic pop choreography for our annual show.

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Dates

9/28 - 11/2
11/9 - 12/21
no class 11/23

Days

Thursdays
Thursdays

Time

7:30 - 9:00 pm
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Room

G303
G303

Campus

Kendall
Kendall

To register, please click above or call 305.237.2161


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photo by siufer artistry

Persian Dance Level 1
Join Persian Dance Artist and Director of MECA Dance Ensemble  Roshana Nofret for a six week course introducing the basic and characteristic movements in Classical Persian dance, a beautiful Middle Eastern dance style known for its feminine grace and expression. This is the dance style indigenous to Iran. Genres of dance in Iran vary depending on the area, culture, and language of the local people, and can range from sophisticated reconstructions of refined court dances to energetic folk dances. No experience necessary! Dance slippers are highly recommended but not mandatory.

Dancers in this course will learn a Neo-Classical Persian choreography for our annual show. 

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Dates

9/25 - 10/30
11/6 - 12/11

Days

Mondays
Mondays

Time

7:10 - 8:40 pm
7:10 - 8:40 pm

Campus

Kendall
Kendall

Room

G303
G303

To register, please click above or call 305.237.2161


Belly Dance Level 2 - Travel with Movements

(Recommended Prerequisite: Level 1) This Intermediate level is designed for students to develop skills in traveling with movements, as well as utilizing the fundamentals learned in the beginner level for more elaborate combinations and Egyptian stylization with Amara Sayid. This course consists of extensive layering, more complex footwork, and development of musicality. Students may remain in this level as long as necessary.

Dancers in this course will learn a modern Egyptian Baladi to be performed in our annual show. 

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Dates

9/26 - 11/7
11/14 - 12/19
no class on 10/31

Days

Tuesdays
Tuesdays

Time

7:00 - 8:30 pm
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Room

G303
G303

Campus

Kendall
Kendall

To register, please click above or call 305.237.2161


NEW! Belly Dance Specialty Class: Dancing to Middle Eastern Rhythms

Knowledge of Middle Eastern rhythms is essential for every dancer to acquire a deeper understanding of Arabic music, and musicality is one of the key components of effortless movement and a thoroughly enjoyable dance experience.

Join award-winning instructor Roshana Nofret in this class that will focus on a variety of essential rhythms, their background and context in which they are used in Arabic music; break down of time signatures; and a selection of movements and timing/musicality techniques that complement each rhythm. This class is for intermediate to advanced Middle Eastern dancers.

Dancers in this course will learn a Mejance/Oriental choreography for our annual show. 

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Photo by: Siufer artistry

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Dates

9/26 - 11/7
11/14 - 12/19
no class on 10/31

Days

Tuesdays
Tuesdays

Time

8:45 -9:45 pm
8:45 -9:45 pm
 

Room

G303
G303

Campus

Kendall
Kendall

To register, please click above or call 305.237.2161


Belly Dance Level 3 - Advanced Combinations, Props, and Choreography

(Recommended Prerequisite: Level 1 and Level 2) Take your dancing to the next level with award-winning Artistic Director Amara Sayid in this challenging and inspiring class. In this course you will master advanced technique, footwork, choreography, and stage presence. 

The Fall term will learn a fun and modern Egyptian Pop choreography.
The Spring term will focus on a Saidi choreography. Both choreographies will be in our annual show.

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Dates

9/27 - 11/1
11/8 - 12/13

Days

Wednesdays
Wednesdays

Time

7:00 - 8:30 pm
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Room

G303
G303

Campus

Kendall
Kendall

To register, please click above or call 305.237.2161


NEW! Belly Dance Specialty Class: Accents, Lines, and Shimmies

Join our award-winning belly dance teacher, Andrus Ramir, in this dynamic class and shimmy your dance to the next level. Students will learn different kinds of shimmies in Middle Eastern dance, while refining lines for polished stage performances.

Practice eye-catching signature accents, pops, and flutters that will make you the highlight of any performance. Learn to refine your stage presence and wow the audience with strength, grace, and control. This is a fun and high energy class with Miami's premiere male Middle Eastern entertainer.

Dancers in this class will be invited to perform a lively Drum Solo choreography for our annual show. 

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Class will begin in Fall B!
TBA                                       11/7 - 12/12                               Tuesdays                                7:00 - 8:30 pm                           2108                                      Kendall

 

To register, please click above or call 305.237.2161