Studio Datura's most frequently asked questions
Who should belly dance?
Everyone! No matter your age, shape, gender, fitness level, dance experience … We welcome you to explore this joyous and challenging dance form.
OK! I want to learn to belly dance. How do I get started?
Fantastic! You’ve come to the right place. We have regular studio classes three nights a week: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each evening has a different instructor teaching a different style of belly dance. To learn more about each of these teachers and their dance, visit http://www.studiodatura.com/teachers/.
Is there a specific day I should start?
Each of our regular teachers offers a 6:30pm class that is open to beginning students. On Monday nights, Colette’s 6:30pm class runs in 8-week sessions; although you are welcome to join at any time, the series will start over “from the beginning” every 8 weeks. Ashley’s and Sedona’s classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays are ongoing, so jump in whenever you’re ready!
On your first day of class, we encourage you to come 10 minutes early to complete our new student intake form, get a brief orientation to the studio, pay for class (if you haven’t already done so online), and meet your instructor.
How much does it cost?
Each of our teachers handles her own class pricing and payments. Please refer to each teacher’s website to learn specific pricing details for drop-in classes or multi-class cards. A link to each of their websites can be found at http://www.studiodatura.com/teachers/.
What should I wear to class?
We recommend wearing clean, stretchy layers that you are comfortable moving in. Some dancers also choose to wear a hip scarf or dance belt. We do ask that the studio remain a “shoe free zone”, though soft-soled dance shoes (such as ballet slippers) that have not been worn outside are allowed.
Is there a dressing room available?
What should I bring to class?
We encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle with a secure lid. (Stay hydrated!) If it supports your learning style, a notebook and pen are welcome. You may also choose to bring finger cymbals or a yoga mat for some classes, though the studio also has some you may borrow.
Where can I park?
The parking lot on the west side of the building, at 18th Avenue between Burnside and NE Couch, is available for your use while in class. If the lot is full, there is plenty of free street parking nearby. (Please do not park in the lot on the east side of the building, as your vehicle may be towed.)
Tell me about the boutique! When can I shop?
Our tea room boutique is open 15 to 20 minutes before each teacher’s first class. Most items in the boutique are available for purchase at that time simply by using the merchandise envelopes near the office door. Just fill out the details on the front of the envelope, insert your payment (cash or check), and then leave the envelope in the black mailbox on the studio’s office door. If you are interested in making a purchase from the locked cabinet, prefer to pay with a credit card, and/or have questions about the items available, please email email@example.com. We are also happy to accomodate shopping opportunities on other days and times, by request. Just ask!