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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

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Cris Basimah! Belly Dance TeacherWednesdays :: Santa Barbara area

2017 Session will start in January!

bulletBeginner Level
7:10 - 8:10 pm

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

Come flow, spin and fly with the most ethereal and magical prop in belly dance!

The basic technique of using veil as well as tricks and moves will be explored and expanded in this class. Also spotting exercises and turns will be emphasized. Please bring a 3-yard rectangular veil (chiffon or silk material) and finger cymbals. Veil and finger cymbals will be available for sale in class.

There might be a performance opportunity for this class on Tuesday December 13th, at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Students are encouraged to participate and full attendance to the session is required.

bulletintermediate level
6:00 - 7:00 pm

This class targets students with a minimum of one full year of belly dance training, including veil, drum solo and finger cymbals.

Class will focus on polishing technique, learning intermediate to advanced movements and combinations plus adding finger cymbals to your dancing. There might be a performance opportunity for this class on Tuesday December 13th, at SOhO in Santa Barbara. Students are encouraged to participate and full attendance to the session is required.

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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 (is now closed for 2016)

8-class package - $112.00
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.

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)

Stay tuned for Winter Session starting in January 2017!

bullet Beginner Level: 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!

Cris! has been belly dancing for over 15 years, performs regularly at Santa Barbara’s Middle Eastern restaurant Zaytoon and directs the dance company for the UCSB Middle East Ensemble.

Class requirement: 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 closed for 2016. 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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