Sahara Dance, Washington DC’s Center for Middle Eastern Dance, is a boutique dance studio dedicated to celebrating the joy and beauty of belly dance. Founded in 2002, Sahara Dance offers over 50 weekly belly dance classes at three locations in DC and MD. The studio is home to 20 faculty members, 10 resident performance companies, and over 1,000 belly dancers. Seeking to elevate belly dance as a performance art and to create a community for belly dancers, Sahara Dance produces several annual theater productions. Our shows and classes highlight both traditional and experimental styles of belly dance and Arab folk dance.
At its best, belly dance looks effortless, graceful and engaging. Though it may look easy, learning to belly dance beautifully is challenging. Diligent study and practice are necessary to train your body to respond to the music with ease and grace. Sahara Dance prepares students to reach their individual dance goals, whether they include simply having a fun workout or eventually performing on stage.
Whatever your goals, we recommended that students take technique classes at each level for at least 6 months. All classes are built on a standardized curriculum based on class level. Because each instructor has different strengths and styles, taking multiple classes at each level with different teachers will allow you to expand your knowledge and improve your technique.
Repeated exposure to class material will also help you to build the movements into your muscle memory and experience the nuance of the music and each movement. Practice, patience and consistent class attendance are essential to getting the most out of your dance experience.
Our timeless art form is practiced by people of all ages from all walks of life. We dance to share in the transformative power of an ancient art form embracing femininity. Sahara Dance seeks to be your home for Middle Eastern dance. We hope you’ll join in the many community events we offer to share the dance, such as classes, workshops, salons, parties, and performances.
We hope to see you shimmying with us at the studio soon!