New Students Info
Welcome to White Lotus Studio & the world of Bellydance!
Heres some things that new students need to know as you are begining your dance journey with us.
What to wear to class?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement while also allowing the instructor to clearly see anatomical alignment & movement patterns. I recommend a form fitting shirt (tank top etc) and yoga or dance pants. No special shoes are needed. We typically dance in bare feet. Information on purchasing foot protection for those who it is available at the studio. No huge baggy t-shirts or skirts please.
What if I have no dance experience?
No worries! No previous dance experience is needed to start with the beginning level bellydance classes. New students are welcome to join any beginner level technique class within the first 3 weeks of an 8 week session. Technique & performance classes are taught progressively. New students are required to take at least 2 full 8 week sessions of beginners courses before being eligible for advancement in a higher level class. Class placement is as the discretion of the class istructor & school director. We offer technique, performance & fitness classes at beginning, intermediate, advanced and professional levels.
How much does it cost?
Our rate per class is $15 . Its more economical to purchase a class card with your registraton. 4 class card/$50is valid for 4 weeks from first time of use, an 8 class card/$90 is valid for 8 weeks from first time of use and the 4-week unlimited/$120 is valid for 4 weeks from time of first use. Please register responsibly. No refunds or credits are granted for unused classes on your pass. Class passes are not transferable & may not be used for specail events & workshops. Class passes are not effected by class cancellation due to holiday, teacher out of town etc. Students CAN use their class pass to make up classes missed due to absence by taking classes and the same or lower level during the current class pass time frame.
Is there an age limit?
We currently accept students from ages 6 and up. Children between the ages of 6 & 9yrs old are in thier own kids class. ages 10 and up are in the same classes with adults. There is no maximum age limit. We have performing students who are well into there 60’s and are loving it!. Dancing keeps you young and vibrant at any age!
How Many classes should I take?
According to the National Dance Education Standards, in order to truly gain proficiency in any form of dance, Beginning students should take class 1-3 times per week. Intermediate students should take class 2-5 times per week and students at the professional prepatory level should attend 5-6 classes weekly & practice daily. Your goals in dance are a factor in deciding what class flow is right for you. Hobbiests usually take between 1 & 3 classes weekly on average.
What classes are right for me?
1st year students are eligible for any beginning, begining level 2 and open/mixed level classes. 2nd year students are eligible for any beginning/intermediate & intermediate class. 3rd year students are eligible for intermediate and advanced intermediate class. 4th year students are eligible for advanced intermediate & advanced classes. 5th year students are eligible for professional preparatory classes. All students regardless of previous experience start by taking a beginners class in their bellydance style of choice (cabaret or tribal) in order to be evaluated by the instructor & then placed in the proper class level.
Please see the Registration/Policy page for full Studio information.