FAQ's

What is Bella Diva Dance?

Bella Diva Dance is a company dedicated to creating a community for belly dancers and samba dancers while elevating the art of both dance forms. We dance to share the joy and beauty of Middle Eastern & Brazilian dance through artistry, thoughtful innovation and quality classes.

Our recipe for quality belly dance & samba classes includes:

– consistency among faculty in following a shared curriculum
– low student-to-faculty ratios (You will never have more than 18 people in one class)
– thoughtful lesson plans and choreography
– high-quality performance opportunities for students (Semi-Annual
Student Showcases)
-a commitment to growth as dancers and individuals

What should I wear to class?

Wear whatever makes you feel beautiful! Comfortable dance clothing such as stretch pants and a fitted sports/tank top or t-shirt is recommended for dance technique correction. 

Loose clothing (such as sweat pants or long t-shirts) prevents the teacher from seeing if you are executing the movements correctly. A hip scarf is recommended to frame hip movement as you develop those fabulous shimmies, but one is not required.

For belly dance, you can dance in bare feet, ballet slippers or athletic socks. Whatever you feel most comfortable in! The same is true for the samba classes, however you may also want to start wearing character shoe as your start developing your fast footwork skills.
Bella Diva Dance also provides you with hip scarves to wear during your belly dance classes.

What style of belly dance is taught?

Bella Diva Dance offers a unique blend of modern Egyptian, American and Lebanese style dance technique. Particular emphasis is placed on body awareness, proper alignment and clean movement execution.

Class structure is based on a Western format of beginning with a thorough warm up including isolations and stretching, and them moving onto clear movement breakdowns, drilling the basics, hands-on corrections and integrating movements through combinations, choreography and improvisational exercises. Above all else, Bella Diva Dance celebrates the joy, femininity and individual expression inherent in Middle Eastern & Brazilian dance.

What style of samba is taught?

Bella Diva Dance teaches the Samba no Pe style, which literally translates as “Samba of the Feet”. This is a solo samba form and is a classic street-dancing style characterized by fast footwork patterns that can be seen at Carnival in the streets of Rio!

When do classes start?

Classes are taught on a monthly series-based curriculum, either being 4 or 5 classes per month. New series start the first Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays of the month. Please visit our classes page to see our current schedule of classes.

What if I miss a class?

Bella Diva Dance offers a flexible make up policy. You may make up a missed class during any of our other open classes during the current month. Please let the instructor know ahead of time that you will be planning on attending a class for makeup.

Is parking available at the studio?

Yes! Parking is available in the parking lots adjacent to Cherry Creek Dance. You need only register your car at the front desk before class begins. Street parking is also available, and free after 7 PM.

Do you offer belly dance & samba performances at private parties, birthdays, etc?

Yes, members of the Bella Diva Dance Performing Company regularly perform at private parties, birthday and bachelorette parties, weddings, & festivals, throughout the Denver metro area. To inquire about performance rates and availability, please contact us.

Do you have to be thin to belly dance? Full-figured?

No way! Belly dance and Samba are great fun and exercise for everyone of all ages, shapes and sizes. The movements are natural, friendly and flattering for all body types.