Due to Covid-19, all Sacred Shimmy Studio classes & workshops are currently held online via Zoom.
Angie Never teaches body positive bellydance classes for people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. These are movement practices for the wonderful body you're living in right now. In our classes, lessons, and workshops, we strive to provide the highest level of dance instruction through attention to impeccable technique and ongoing training with the best dancers and musicians in our field.
Find the right fit for you by checking out the class descriptions below.
A note about online classes
These series will be held online via Zoom. You will receive a link for the Zoom meeting approximately an hour before class begins.
You will also receive a link to a recording of the class that you can use at another time if you prefer.
West Coast Style
Wednesdays at 6 PM EST (55 minutes)
West Coast Style (mixed level class)
West Coast Style is a precise and sexy form of bellydance characterized by percussive locks, serpentine undulations, and a precise control over the body's relationship to music. It is expressive, challenging, and fun! In this class, we'll practice bits and pieces of our favorite moves with extreme precision and attention to detail, then tie them all together in a complimentary combo. We'll try to learn a new combo each week!
Ongoing, taught by Angie Never. Register here!
Join a global community of dancers by learning FatChance Style Bellydance! This style, marked by powerful, sassy fast steps and regal serpentine slow moves teaches you to align your posture, move your body to the beat, and play finger cymbals. These classes includes precise instruction and drills to help you develop a strong foundation for your practice and performance.
Wednesdays at 7 PM EST (55 minutes)
The fundamental slow moves of Modern Fusion Bellydance are muscular, serpentine, meditative, and powerful. Join this class for six weeks of circles, infinity signs, and undulations.
Six week session, taught by Angie Never. 6 classes for $60. 2021 sessions start January 6, March 31, June 23, and September 15. Register now!
The fundamental fast moves of Modern Fusion Bellydance are powerful, percussive, and sassy as hell. Join this class for six weeks of action-packed, hip-powered moves that turn, travel, pivot, and spin. We'll also get your fingers involved by learning finger cymbals to show just how much you love that beat.
Six week session, taught by Angie Never. 6 classes for $60. 2021 sessions start February 17, May 12, August 4, and October 27. Register now!
Wednesdays at 8 PM EST (55 minutes)
Advanced Move Study (advanced)
This class is review, development, investigation, and laboratory all rolled up in one. Some classes are spent tearing apart moves you've been working on a for a while to rebuild them and make them stronger. Some classes are spent figuring out how to really use what you know, squeezing every last drop out of these beautiful shapes. And some classes are pure play, learning new stuff and adding it to the mix to see what comes out on top. This class includes both fast and slow moves and combos to plug into your practice. You must be well-grounded and confident in the fundamentals to get the most out of this class.
Ongoing, drop-in class. $10 per class. Register now!
Specialty Classes, Workshops, and Intensives
Beyond the Fundamentals (Intermediate)
This class is designed for the student who has been hanging out in fundamentals for a while, and is a little curious but doesn't feel ready to jump into a higher level class. Let's test the waters a bit by taking you just a bit beyond what you've already been working on, giving you just a few more things to think about and dance through!
This five-week series includes both fast and slow moves and combos to plug into your choreographies and improvisational dances. We'll continue to practice sassy shimmies, build serpentine undulations, find balance in a few turns, knock out some zill rhythms, and train your eye for reading cues.
Skirt Flair for Modern Fusion Bellydance
A big pretty skirt is a fabulous way to grab the audience's attention and take up more space on stage. Let's spend some time with this colorful dynamic movement extender and learn how to incorporate it into your practice and performance!
In this six week series, we'll learn all-new skirt combos that you can use in choreographies or plug into any improvisational language you speak. We will be using FatChance Style bellydance as our basic connecting language, but these are not considered FCBD movements, so no experience is required to attend. The best skirts for this style are a lightweight cotton or silk 15-25 yard skirt.
Love Your Zills
Time to strap on your beautiful finger cymbals and become a musician! The art of zill playing adds a layer of depth and interest to any dancer's performance and demonstrates her mastery of the music. They can be used as time keepers, to emphasize accents, or even as the foundation for a whole piece! We'll go beyond the gallop to study the various tones these instruments can create and the best go-to patterns dancers have loved for years. We'll get into how to play with the band as a musician, but also free up the feet, hips, and arms so you can use zills with all your favorite dance moves.
Digging In: An Online FCBD Style Practice Intensive
Many dancers are challenged by incorporating practice into their regular routine. Even when time is available, it's hard to know what to do without some structure to guide you. This nine-week intensive will bridge the gap between intention and action and allow you to approach self-practice within a community of dancers with similar goals.
Each week of the Intensive you’ll receive two e-mails. The Sunday e-mail will contain links to that weeks’ three practice videos – bellydance, strength training, and yoga. The Wednesday e-mail will contain journal and reflection assignments and a bonus practice to keep you focused throughout the week.
9 dance drill videos using FatChance Style bellydance, drawing from moves of all levels
9 strength training videos to help you stay pain-free and develop new abilities
9 yoga videos to help you open for fluid and flexible movement
9 journal assignments to engage your brain and encourage it to work for you
9 creative bonus practices
Feedback on all completed homework assignments from course instructor
A Facebook group for Intensive participants for sharing homework and communicating with other members of the group
Group challenges and assignments to unlock additional material!