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Gift Certificates at BellyDance Land

BellyDance Land offers gift certificates that can be used for classes and articles sold in class such as coin hip scarves and finger cymbals.

Just select the desired amount and easily make your purchase using a regular credit card or Paypal. Please provide the name and e-mail address for the individual who will be redeeming the gift certificate. More information on how gift certificates work.

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"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 Santa Barbara

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Mondays :: Wednesdays

Cris Basimah! Belly Dance TeacherWednesdays :: Santa Barbara area

Wednesdays: 2016 dates to be posted soon. Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified of when new classes start!

bulletBeginner/mixed level class
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Drum Solo Infatuation
In continuation of our 2015 “Falling in love with Belly Dance” series, this class will introduce fast, core-strengthening and precise isolation movements (hips, shoulders, head and chest) for a drum solo. Students will also learn some Middle Eastern rhythms as well as how to play finger cymbals (aka zills or segat).

This class is open to brand new students of belly dance as well as previous and more seasoned students willing to perfect and polish their isolations and knowledge of Arabic rhythms. Coined Hip Scarves and finger cymbals will be available for sale in class.

Session 2 starting in November will introduce a drum solo choreography for an optional performance at our Student Recital show at SOhO in December. More information will be given in class.

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bulletintermediate/mixed level class
7:15 - 8:15 pm

choreography to "ah wa noss" (by Nancy Ajram)
This class will focus on a fun, fast and sassy choreography to the song Ah Wa Noss, by pop Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram. It welcomes anyone with previous belly dance experience or currently fully-enrolled students at either UCSB or Wednesday classes.

There will be an optional performance opportunity on December 15th, at SOhO Club & Restaurant. More information will be given in class.

This class must reach a minimum number of fully-enrolled students by Sunday November 1st. Please sign up below via Paypal.

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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 (Session 2)

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.

3) Gift Certificates - must be purchased one day before attending the desired class (*).

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

All fees are non-refundable. Exceptions may be made by instructor under extraordinary circumstances at instructor discretion.

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!


Mondays :: 2016 dates coming up! Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified of when new classes start!

bullet Beginner Level: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

This beginner class (*), part I of the classical belly dance cabaret format, will focus on basic technique introducing the concept of body isolations (hips, shoulders, head and chest), essential in this dance style, muscular training and a variety of step combinations.

Students will also learn how to play finger cymbals (zills or segat) and will be introduced to one of the most popular Arabic rhythms, Baladi. Class requirement: finger cymbals.

Wear comfortable clothes but not too loose so you and the teacher can see your movements. Many dancers prefer dancing barefoot. But for those who wish to wear foot covering, soft-soled dance shoes like ballet slippers, jazz shoes or Hermes sandals are options.

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

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

Class requirement: finger cymbals (available for sale in class).
Bar code: 8172

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Class Location

UCSB Campus
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

Registration for this class closed Friday October 30th, 2015.
You must register via UCSB. Go to the class page to register online (click on Gaucho REC and then Dance on the left menu) 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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