Courses Overview

This is where the learning really begins.
– Learn the steps and techniques that enable you to dance this ancient style safely and beautifully.
– Learn how to work with props like: the veil, the cane, zills (finger cymbals), frame drum and the rek (Middle Eastern tamborine).
– Learn dance synchronicity in group choreographies, and be more confident in free-form and improvisation.
– Learn how to include expression, grace & style into your dancing.
– Experience the joy of dance, get in tune with your body, enjoy your femininity and the reason we dance.
– Get to know the history behind this dance form.
– Understand the physical, spiritual and emotional health benefits of this remarkable ancient dance.

Sonya has taken her inspiration from the  Gawazi style of dance. This is one of the oldest known dance styles, originating with the gypsies of Egypt and the tribes of North Africa. All other forms of “bellydance” styles find their roots here. Once you learn the foundation of this wonderful style, you can then transition to other variations more easily.

Term 1

Please note that due to COVID-19, all classes have been reduced to comply with State and Federal Government COVID-19 health regulations.

On-going Courses

Advanced

Monday Evenings

1st February – 29th March 2021

Intermediate 1

Tuesday Evenings

Postponed for the moment due to COVID-19

Intermediate 2

Thursday Evenings

28th January – 1st April 2021

Beginners Course

Beginners

Wednesday Days & Evenings

10th February  – 31st March 2021.

Beginners

This is Dance Of Life’s entry level bellydance course for beginners and is the best introduction to the “bellydance” genre. 
There are many styles out there, however for an outstanding entry and education into the speciality and originality of the tribal folk dancing of the gypsies and peoples of the Middle East and Northern Africa,  you need to explore these dances with Dance Of Life’s, Sonya Manzalini. The beginners course is just the start of your bellydance journey. Ongoing classes will help you to continue to develop and explore your dancing. 

Intermediate - 1

This course is pending. Please contact Sonya for more info.
This course is a step up from beginners.
More advanced steps are introduced and we also introduce the use of the veil.  This is a traditional belly dance prop and adds a new dimension to your dancing.
This is an ongoing class.
Beginners choreographies are practiced and new choreographies are taught.

Day:         Tuesday
Time:        6.00 – 7.30 PM
Cost:         $180
Duration:  10 weeks

A $50.00 deposit is required to reserve your spot in this class.  You should pay this deposit ASAP as classes fill up quickly.
Remember, all classes are limited to 16 participants.
The balance of the class cost is to be paid on the first night of class or by arrangement with Sonya.

Intermediate - 2

This class is more challenging and students need to have a strong foundation in the Dance Of Life style.
In this class, more advanced props are introduced, such as the cane, and dances become more complex.
Once students have attained this level in the school, they are invited to perform at community and fund raising events.
Students are not required to perform.

Day:         Thursday
Time:        6.00 – 7.30 PM
Cost:         $180
Duration:  10 weeks

A $50.00 deposit is required to reserve your spot in this class.  You should pay this deposit ASAP as classes fill up quickly.
Remember, all classes are limited to 16 participants.
The balance of the class cost is to be paid on the first night of class or by arrangement with Sonya.

Advanced

This course introduces students to advanced concepts in dance such as stage craft, preparing for performance and improving performance skills.
The dances in the advanced class are more complex and the class is faster paced. More complex props are introduced into this class, including Zills (finger cymbals).
Exceptional students from this class may also be invited to join the professional performance troupe.

Day:         Monday
Time:        6.00 – 7.30 PM
Cost:         $180
Duration:  10 weeks

A $50.00 deposit is required to reserve your spot in this class.  You should pay this deposit ASAP as classes fill up quickly.
Remember, all classes are limited to 16 participants.
The balance of the class cost is to be paid on the first night of class or by arrangement with Sonya.