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Desire Map 2017

Students are saying...

"Cris, I just watched some of your belly dancing videos. You are truly amazing and such a beauty to watch! Your classes are fun and easy to follow. You are one of the sweetest and best teachers I have had the privilege of learning under, and I can't wait to learn more from you. I hope to see more videos soon!!"

- Atina Manvelian

"I'd like to say thank you SO much for a wonderful "Wings of Isis & Veil" workshop! I had a SUPERB time! I liked how you first split the workshop up into the section of solely mastering specific veil and wings techniques, and only afterwards we got to put the techniques together with the choreography. By the way, I have to say that the choreography was absolutely AMAZING!!! Overall the workshop was very informative, interactive, fun and inspiring! Keep it up!"

- Aida Mustacich

"You are so wonderful, and I truly want to have the opportunity to have a class with you again - sooner than later. I have been drawn to "wings" for quite some time, and my first time ever wearing a pair was at your workshop! I hope you have another workshop or class that I can attend!"

- Sara Sorensen

"I want to tell you how much I enjoyed the workshop and the dance choreography was so beautiful....we have to practice it soon before so we don't forget it. Cris, you danced so beautifully at Soho. I always love watching you!"

- Denise Berdan

"Thank YOU for teaching our class! You're an excellent teacher and you provided such great support and inspiration!"

- Coni Edick

Belly Dance Group Classes in Goleta and
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Mondays at UCSB

Wednesdays in Santa Barbara

Cris Basimah! Belly Dance TeacherWednesdays :: Santa Barbara area

New Classes starting April 5th!
April 5th - May 10th, 2017 (6-week session)

bulletBeginner Level
7:10 - 8:10 pm

Taqsim - Chiftitelli
This beginner class will introduce the sultry and slow moves performed during a Taqsim, the performance section that is usually improvised by both dancer and musician.

We will drill body isolations (hips, shoulders, head and chest) and undulation techniques, firm abdominal muscles and develop physical endurance.

Students will also learn a new Middle Eastern rhythm, Chiftitelli, commonly played on Taqsim performances. Finger cymbals (zills or segat) are required. Colorful hip scarves and finger cymbals will be available for sale in class.

This class is appropriate for new students as well as for ones with less than one full year of belly dance training.

bulletintermediate level
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Saidi - Cane (assaya) Technique
This class will explore the contagious and fun rhythm Saidi while learning Folkloric moves/steps, characteristic of this Upper Egypt dance style. Students will learn how to use and balance the assaya (cane).

Please bring a cane if you have one or a group purchase can be organized on the first day of class. Here's an example of what to get. This class is suitable for Intermediate and Advanced levels.

The Intermediate level class welcomes students with a minimum of one full year of belly dance training, including veil, drum solo and finger cymbals.

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Class Location

Gustafson Dance Studio (Gail Towbes Center for Dance building. Free parking) - see map
2285 Las Positas Road
Santa Barbara, California 93105

Fee and Registration - Registration is OPEN!

6-class package - $84.00
4-class package - $64.00
Drop-in - $20/class

To complete your registration please choose one of the options below:

1) Registration in Advance: Paypal* or any regular credit card*:

Select below:

2) Registration in class: Cash, check or credit card*.

Cris! accepts credit card payments via Paypal* in class. If you wish to register using your Paypal account you'll need the following:

(from Paypal's website) ... customer will need the PayPal phone app. Once the app is downloaded and opened, nearby merchants appear in the Shop tab.
After locating your business name and tapping it, your customer will swipe a finger from left to right to "Check In" to your store.

(*) A convenience fee of 3% will be added to purchases done using Paypal or credit cards.

Attention Refund Policy: All fees are non-refundable. Please understand that signing-up for class packages implies on full commitment to the current session.
Exceptions may be made by instructor under extraordinary circumstances at instructor discretion.

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

What to wear

First, a smile! You're supposed to have fun in class. Wear comfortable clothes that are not too loose so you and me, the teacher, can see the moves on your body: workout or yoga pants, a tank/crop top, tee-shirt or a leotard, and a hip scarf for your hips. Coin hip scarves will be available for purchase in class.

Most dancers enjoy dancing barefoot. But for those who wish to wear foot covering, I suggest soft-soled dance shoes like ballet slippers and jazz shoes (Hermes sandals is also an option).

Liability Release

New students are required to fill out and sign an agreement and release from liability before they start taking classes (minors must have form signed by parent/guardian). If you'd like to fill out this form before coming to class (saves time!), just click on the following links to download it: Microsoft Word or PDF. UCSB students are not required to provide this release.

Come explore the beautiful world of middle eastern dance in a fun, supportive, and relaxed environment!

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Mondays :: UCSB (Goleta)

Updated Spring Session 2017 (Registration is open!):
April 10th - June 5th: 6:00 - 7:00 pm (no class on May 29th)

bullet Belly Dance - Level 1: 6:00 - 7:00 pm (*)

Come explore the enchanting world of Middle Eastern dance in a fun, supportive, and relaxed environment while gaining a stronger core, toned muscles, active hips and rhythm!

This quarter we will work on the concept of body isolations (hips, shoulders, head and chest), essential in this dance style, muscular training, a variety of steps and dance combinations.

Students will also learn how to play finger cymbals (zills or segat) as well as how to play them to a variety of Arabic rhythms each quarter.

Class material: Finger cymbals (available for sale in class).

(*) This class is open to UCSB students and staff as well as the community.

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Class Location

UCSB Campus (directions)
Rob Gym - room # 2320 (upstairs)

What to wear

Please refer to information above.

Fee and Registration

Student Fee $44.00
Non-Student Fee $48.00
1 (one) Drop-in allowed during the first two weeks of classes $5.00

Parking Rates for Visitors - please visit this link for more information.

You must register via UCSB. Registration is open!
Visit here to register online (click on Dance on the left menu to locate our class) or call (805) 893-3738 for office hours to do it on Campus.


For more information, e-mail Cris! Basimah at cris @ (just remove the spaces around @ ) or call (805) 685-0058.

Workshops and Classes with Cris!

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