Our academy began in 1997 under the direction of world-renowned artist Samay—specializing in the Egyptian style and folklore-inspired dances. Today, we are proud to still offer a wide range of courses, which continue to be available through the School of Continuing Education & Professional Development at Miami Dade College. Classes are held in the large and beautiful dance rooms at 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: 

  • *NEW: Kids’ Classes!

  • Level 1 (Beginners - no experience necessary)

  • Level 2 (Intermediate)

  • History of Middle Eastern Dance

  • Level 3 (Advanced)

  • Props (veil, shamadan, sword, etc.)

  • 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, but 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!

For Registration Assistance, please call 305.237.2876 or email glambert@mdc.edu. 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

Room G303 is located in building G, on the 3rd floor
Room 2108 is located in building 2, on the 1st floor

We pride ourselves in having one of the largest dance rooms in the city. Come to our classes and never feel cramped in our 2000+ square foot room. 

Please click the campus map to the right to enlarge.

 

NEW CLASS! Bellydance for Kids

Have your little ones learn the fundamentals of Middle Eastern dance (commonly known as Belly Dance) and get them initiated into this beautiful and ancient art form. They will learn core movements, basic travel steps and dance turns in a fun and interactive setting. Middle Eastern dance promotes mental wellness, physical coordination and positive social interaction. This special dance class is designed for children ages 4 - 12.

This class begins July 2019!

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10994

Dates
7/13 - 8/17

Times
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Days
Saturdays

Room
2108

Campus
Kendall

For immediate registration assistance, please call 305.237.2876 or email glambert@mdc.edu


Current Courses

Belly Dance Level 1 - Beginner Technique & Fundamentals

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 our Co-Director, the internationally renowned Roshana Nofret!

* There will be no class on 7/4

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6846

Dates

5/30 - 7/11
7/18 - 8/22

Days

Thursdays
Thursdays

Time

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

Room

G303
G303

Campus

Kendall
Kendall

For registration assistance, please call 305.237.2876 or email glambert@mdc.edu


Belly Dance Level 2 - Traveling, Layering & Stylization  (Recommended Prerequisite: Level 1)

This intermediate level is designed for students who have a strong background in fundamental technique and are ready to explore the multifaceted nuances of Middle Eastern dance, develop skills in traveling with movements, and practice elaborate combinations. Join award-winning dance artist Danna Yasbet in this interactive course consisting of extensive layering, complex footwork, fun combinations and development of Egyptian musicality and stylization. (Students may remain in this level as long as necessary.)



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Dates

6/4 - 7/9
7/16 - 8/20

Days

Tuesdays
Tuesdays

Time

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

Room

G303
G303

Campus

Kendall
Kendall

For registration assistance, please call 305.237.2876 or email glambert@mdc.edu


Belly Dance Specialty Class: Dancing to Middle Eastern Rhythms  (Recommended Prereq: Level 1 & 2)

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 internationally renowned Roshana Nofret in this one-of-a-kind 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.

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9413

Dates

6/4 - 7/9
7/16 - 8/20

Days

Tuesdays
Tuesdays

Time

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

Room

G303
G303

Campus

Kendall
Kendall

For registration assistance, please call 305.237.2876 or email glambert@mdc.edu


Belly Dance Level 3 - Advanced Combinations & Choreography  (Recommended Prereq: Level 1 & 2)

Take your dancing to the next level with award-winning Artistic Director Amara Sayid in this challenging and inspiring class. Further develop advanced technique, practice elaborate combinations and footwork, and master stage presence and performer skills. Discover how to seamlessly merge the power of lyrical, flowing movements with contrasting sharp accents. This course has a strong focus on Egyptian musicality and stylization in a faster-paced setting.

In the summer sessions, Amara will focus on refining technique, drills, and a variety of combinations to different genres of Middle Eastern dance. Shoes are recommended, but not necessary.

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Dates

6/5 - 7/10
7/17 - 8/21

Days

Wednesdays
Wednesdays

Time

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

Room

G303
G303

Campus

Kendall
Kendall

For registration assistance, please call 305.237.2876 or email glambert@mdc.edu


The Fine Art of Bellydance

Join Master Instructor, Jihan Jamal, in this educational and inspiring course. The Awalim (plural for Almeh) is a terminology used during the 19th century to refer to the professional dancers of Arab Egypt - Educated girls and women of good social standing, trained in dancing, singing and poetry, present at festivals and entertainment venues. Course will focus on traditional steps and choreographed dance patterns, and introduction to playing finger cymbals, with an emphasis on “port –de-corps” (Carriage of the body). 

Jihan's teaching method combines ethnic tradition and regional colloquialisms without sacrificing classical form and traditional technique. As a teacher, her objective is to educate the student in the structure of the dances as well as their cultural, regional backgrounds and the social, religious and political history that has impacted and altered the dance throughout the centuries, to present day.

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Dates
6/3 - 7/8
7/15 - 8/19

Days
Mondays
Mondays

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

Room
G303
G303

Campus
Kendall
Kendall

For registration assistance, please call 305.237.2876 or email glambert@mdc.edu


Belly Dance Specialty Class: Shimmies, Lines, and Accents

Don’t miss this exclusive fun and high-energy class with Miami's award-winning, premiere male Middle Eastern dance entertainer, Andrú Ramir! In this dynamic class you will shimmy your Belly Dance skills to the next level 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 sharpen your stage presence and wow the audience with strength, grace, and control.

This specialty class will resume in the Fall!

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Dates

Days
Thursdays

Time
7: 30 - 9:00 pm

Room
2108

Campus
Kendall

For registration assistance, please call 305.237.2876 or email glambert@mdc.edu