Fulfill Your Promise and Learn to Dance

Adults often talk about the promise they made in grade school to learn to dance and follow it wherever it may take them, but many never fulfill that promise. Instead, they make excuses such as it’s too late or I’m too old to start learning how to dance now and resign themselves to a life without the joy of moving around with purpose and skill while listening to their favorite music. But this doesn’t have to be your story! Adult dance classes in Denver are available to you and can bring out your inner dancer!

Achieve Your Dreams by Taking Adult Dance Classes

Dance lessons are a great way to fulfill your promise to yourself. You can make your dreams come true by taking adult dance classes at Bella Diva Dance World in Denver, CO. Adults of all levels can take lessons, no matter what age you are or how much experience you have with dance. Bella Diva offers everything from hip-hop to Bollywood, belly dancing, ballet, and more for adults of all ages who want to learn a new skill.

Benefits of Adult Dance Classes

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Take dance lessons today and fulfill your dream!

Many people who sign up for dance lessons are looking for a way to stay active, meet new people, or de-stress. But there are other benefits that you might not be expecting: 

  1. Dancing with other people has been shown to improve your mood by releasing endorphins and reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  2. You’ll learn how to move your body in ways you never knew possible!
  3. As you start getting better at dancing, it will become a satisfying form of self-expression.
  4. You’ll be able to enjoy music in a whole new way – dancing is often called the language of the soul because it taps into your emotions on a deep level.

Contact us at Bella Diva Dance Studio and start the New Year off by achieving one of your lifelong dreams! Bella Diva Dance is the perfect place for adults who want to learn how to dance. Our dance instructors are experts at teaching adult beginners the fundamentals of all different styles of dance. Dancing is a great way to stay fit while having fun!

Bella Diva World Dance & Escola de Samba Denver’s Road to Rio 2023

Carnaval is known worldwide as the world’s largest party. Every year hundreds of thousands of people gather in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate Carnaval with blocos, pagodes, parades, and of course lots of Samba. Residents and tourists all come together to watch the culminating event, Carnaval Carioca. Escolas from all over Rio come to compete and perform. Each school has one chance to wow the audience and judges. But behind each show is months and months worth of hard work and dedication.

This year,  10 of the performing company members of Escola de Samba Denver at Bella Diva World Dance will be traveling to Rio in only a couple weeks to be immersed in Brazilian culture during this Carnaval season!

The ESD dancers will join three different Samba Schools in Rio and parade down Sapucaí as members of the Escolas, organized by Sashya Jay and Nubia Santos as part of Samba Internacional. 

The process for earning their place in each escola started in June of 2022 when each of the ESD dancers had to audition. A video submission to each school was required for every dancer to be selected to join various “Alas” (a wing or group of each parade).

Passista Ala with União de Jacarepaguá:

Escola Diretora Caitlin, Addi, and Grace auditioned to be a part of the passista ala at União de Jacarepaguá. Uniao is part of the Series Ouro Grupo (Gold series group).The passista ala includes some of the best dancers in each school. Many people auditioned and only 10 dancers were selected. In order to participate in the Passista Ala, Caitlin, Addi and Grace will spend 5 weeks prior to carnaval in Rio training with the Escola. During this time, they will become a part of the community, train with the resident dancers, take part in the Technical Rehearsal in the Sambódromo (Ensaio Técnico), ensaios de ruas, and perform at other community events. União will perform on Saturday February 18th at 9:00 PM (BRT).

Sambista Ala with Unidos de Bangu:

7 of the ESD dancers will join Unidos de Bangu as part of their Sambista Ala. Bangu is part of the Series Ouro Grupo (Gold series group). Chelsi, Anna, Andréia, Ali, Alina, Candice and Luki will head to Rio two weeks prior to carnaval in order to train with their Escola. The sambistas also had to submit a video recording in order to audition for their place in the Ala. 

During their time in Rio they will train with their Ala directors, participate in Ensaio de Ruas (street rehearsals) and dance with their Escola in the big show. Bangu will parade on Saturday February 18th at 10:30 PM (BRT)

Float Ala with Império Serrano:

Coming off of their win in the Series Ouro Grupo in 2022, Imperio Serrano will move up to Grupo Especial this year. Three of the ESD dancers will join Imperio as members of their Float Ala. Caitlin, Chelsi and Luki will help Império open the grand competition as they perform on one of the floats as part of the Escola. Imperio Serrano will parade on February 19, 2023 at 10:00 PM (BRT).

While in Brazil the ten ESD dancers will also participate in multiple workshops with some of the best samba dancers in Brazil. It is an immense honor and privilege to participate in Carnaval with the local comunidades. They hope to bring their new knowledge and commitment of samba back to Denver to help continue to grow the samba community locally! 

Want to check out the parades live? Tune into Globo at: https://g1.globo.com/carnaval/2023/ for a live streaming of all of the parades!

  • União de Jacarepaguá will perform on Saturday February 18th at 9:00 PM (BRT)
  • Unidos de Bangu will parade on Saturday February 18th at 10:30 PM (BRT)
  • Império Serrano will parade on February 19, 2023 at 10:00 PM (BRT)

Follow ESD on IG & TikTok to keep up with their Carnaval journey and travel blog. @EscoladeSambaDenver 

Learn Belly Dance and Shake It Like No One Else

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Learning belly dance moves doesn’t have to be intimidating! If you want to master this art form, you should start by learning the basics and then build from there. This article uncovers some belly dancing steps to help you get started and improve your form so you can shake it like no one else!

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Belly dancing is a fun, low-impact way to get in shape while having a blast. There’s no need to be self-conscious while learning the moves because you’ll be surrounded by supportive classmates who are all trying to better themselves as well. You’ll not only have an amazing time, but learn some new dance skills as well!

Belly Dance for Beginners Course Steps

Try these simple steps if you are new and ready to try belly dancing for beginners:

Belly dancing is a fun, low-impact way to get in shape while having a blast.
  • Get a dancer’s outfit – This can include a full-length, form-fitting dress with sequins on it that has a slit up the side of the leg, or it can be a short one that is more like a skirt with slits in the sides. Add some tights, shoes, jewelry and hair accessories to complete your look.
  • Start by doing some stretches – These will help you be more flexible so you can move smoothly as you dance. Put your feet together and try to touch your toes while bending forward at the waist. Hold this stretch for about 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side to give both sides of your body equal time to stretch out before moving on to other moves. 
  • Do some pelvic circles – Stand with your legs apart and bend into a squat position, hands on hips if possible. Shift weight from foot to foot as you circle your hips in each direction. Circle clockwise ten times, then counterclockwise ten times. 
  • Bend over from the waist and hold for 10 seconds – Do this two times consecutively (hold for 10 seconds). Straighten back up to a standing position and place hands on hips again.
  • Watch your instructor carefully, then try them out on your own. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you pick up the basics of belly dancing! Just remember: it’s okay if you’re not perfect right away. Keep practicing and soon enough your movements will become natural for you too!