Santa Maria Bellydance Academy

Santa Maria Bellydance Academy

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Helens Bellydancing for Beginners Class is back on TODAY from 5:30-6:00pm at the Allenova School of Dancing in Thatcham!πŸ’ƒ

Sign up for the class via the link belowπŸ‘‡
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bellydancing-for-beginners-tickets-288110304677?aff=odcleoeventsincollection

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πŸ’ƒBellydancing For Beginners, FIRST CLASS THIS SATURDAY✨

Join Helen this Saturday for a beginner-level class learning the basics of bellydance, step-by-step.

Venue: Allenova School of Dancing, 1 Berkshire Drive, Thatcham RG19 4EW
Time: 5:30-6:30

Click the link below to registerπŸ‘‡

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bellydancing-for-beginners-tickets-288110304677?aff=odcleoeventsincollection

Helen Santa Maria
Santa Maria Bellydance Academy
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Maureen Lemin - here you go!
Was so amazing seeing you Rossella Kench xx your duet with Kat was awesome! πŸ’•
Myself and the gorgeous Helen Santa Maria ❀️
Hi! i have got a question. I have to organise a fast paced bellydance workshop of 45 min. I think they all are beginners or just curious. What shall i do? You have a video online you can recommend? Or any other suggestions of the members?
Thanksssss ###
What was the song from the summer anthem? I loved it
I hope you dnt mind .. but im looking for my new buddy who is lurking in here somewhere ,,,,, helllloooooo ...... great fun today as well ... Thanks Helen
Hello, I'm working on the Jewel but I'm aware that my feet don't look elegant and are flat. I tried pointing my toe a bit but I think then perhaps I was lifting my foot too high to do that? Any tips of making the feet look today with this one please? Thanks
Hi Helen, I’ve just messaged you xx
Lovers of belly dancing, you might want to read my new book, The Belly Dancer, which is set in Turkey. I’d love to hear what you think of it.
Id like to join the beginners course but i cannot make Tuesdays. Will you be running any more on other days ?? X

We believe that nobody should feel too shy, old or "curvy" to learn bellydance. Follow us on fb to s Are you ready to sparkle with confidence and bring out your feminine side?

At the Santa Maria Bellydance Academy we welcome all kinds of women women who are ready to dedicate some time to themselves and try something inspiring, different and fun yet engaging and challenging enough to stick at and return to week after week. Through our bellydance classes we offer a learning experience that cultivates women's confidence and sense of fun! We deliver bellydance instruction i

Operating as usual

11/10/2022

The secret to feeling balanced, grounded and centred as a dancer?

The dancing alone isn't enough!

Adding in some simple core and balance exercises to your practice is the key to improving your balance and groundedness as a dancer. This video gives you an idea of what I mean.

You don't need to do hours of yoga or become a pilates guru. You don't even need to be super bendy! I'm talking about simple exercises, designed for dancers, that are suitable for all fitness levels. I call my version of this Belly-Lates.

If you'd like to have a go at more of this with me with, why not check out my entire library of over 40 full length Belly-Lates sessions at www.santamariabellydanceonline.com. The first 3 days are free so you can see if you like it before you're charged anything, after that it's Β£15 per month (you can cancel at any time).

Have a go at this sequence, loop it through a few times and let me know what you think in the comments!

11/10/2022

Have you got your tickets for our next bellydance community event? The Spooktacular is coming up!

Come along and see your bellydance friends at this family-friendly event. Enjoy a shared ghoulish feast too 🍰πŸͺπŸŽƒ.

All are welcome to join us for a dazzling line up of solo and group performances. Would you like to perform? Contact me about a performance slot πŸ’ƒ.

Grab your tickets at https://www.thespectacularshows.co.uk/the-spooktacular IF YOU DARE! πŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ˜

04/10/2022

Do you feel TENSE and nervous before you perform? Learn my pre-show tension-release loop and add it to your performer tool kit!

This is a great exercise to help you in the moments before you step on stage. I'll talk you through πŸ‘‡

04/10/2022

Dance Clip

Group choreography inspiration!

03/10/2022

The Spooktacular 2022 is coming up! All are welcome to join us for a dazzling line up of solo and group performances.

Grab your tickets at https://www.thespectacularshows.co.uk/the-spooktacular IF YOU DARE! πŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ˜

30/09/2022

Happy Friday everyone! Are you choreographing your own dance? Do you struggle for combo ideas???

I have a top tip: keep it simple. You don't need to throw every single move you've ever learned at your routine (like I did when I first started! πŸ˜„).

Take a look at my express class πŸ‘‡ to see how you can use basic moves effectively in your choreo?

28/09/2022

IT'S THIS SATURDAY! There still a final few places available, join me and learn a gorgeous choreography πŸ’ƒ.

I'll will teach you the footwork, hipwork and performance skills that you need to make the routine really sing.

Book your place here: https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4820/events/2894924

21/09/2022

The Spooktacular is back! This is a wonderful, friendly showcase where local bellydancers can watch and showcase their dancing. It's open to dancers from anywhere and all are welcome! πŸŽƒ Feel free to contact me about a performance slot.

Get your tickets at
https://www.thespectacularshows.co.uk/the-spooktacular

21/09/2022

JUST 6 PLACES LEFT! Be sure to book your place.

Join me for a choreography workshop and learn a lively, impressive routine to a well known song that great bellydancers have been performing to for decades called Ala Rimsh Ayouna.

Book your place here: https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4820/events/2894924

17/09/2022

The Spooktacular is back! This is a wonderful, friendly showcase where local bellydancers can watch and showcase their dancing. It's open to dancers from anywhere and all are welcome! πŸŽƒ

See the event page for details or message me if you or your group would like a performance slot. [email protected]

Get your tickets at https://www.thespectacularshows.co.uk/the-spooktacular

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16/09/2022

HALF the places have now gone! Thank you to everyone who has booked their place 😍.

Join me for a choreography workshop and learn a lively, impressive routine to a well known song that great bellydancers have been performing to for decades called Ala Rimsh Ayouna.

Discover how I interpret the music and craft the moves together to create an authentic Egyptian style choreography.

The workshop is suitable for dancers with at least 3 months learning experience (ambitious beginners are always welcome, though the class is not a beginner level class). The level is advanced but very accessible to intermediate level dancers.

Book your place here: https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4820/events/2894924

13/09/2022

HALF the places have now gone! Thank you to everyone who has booked their place 😍.

Join me for a choreography workshop and learn a lively, impressive routine to a well known song that great bellydancers have been performing to for decades called Ala Rimsh Ayouna.

Discover how I interpret the music and craft the moves together to create an authentic Egyptian style choreography.

The workshop is suitable for dancers with at least 3 months learning experience (ambitious beginners are always welcome, though the class is not a beginner level class). The level is advanced but very accessible to intermediate level dancers.

Book your place here: https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4820/events/2894924

12/09/2022

HALF the places have now gone! Thank you to everyone who has booked their place 😍.

Join me for a choreography workshop and learn a lively, impressive routine to a well known song that great bellydancers have been performing to for decades called Ala Rimsh Ayouna.

Discover how I interpret the music and craft the moves together to create an authentic Egyptian style choreography.

The workshop is suitable for dancers with at least 3 months learning experience (ambitious beginners are always welcome, though the class is not a beginner level class). The level is advanced but very accessible to intermediate level dancers.

Book your place here: https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4820/events/2894924

07/09/2022

Are you using this move in your dance?

This is one of my favourite moves! It can be used in many different ways and I'll be utilizing it in my upcoming workshop on 1st October in central Reading. Come along and find out how I use the hipdrop circle within my routine to create the emotional connection with the music and the audience!

Go here to find out more and book your place: https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4820/events/2894924

07/09/2022

The first few places have already gone!

Join me for a workshop this autumn when I'll be teaching an authentic Egyptian style choreography to a piece of music I love.

Learn how I interpret the music and craft the moves together to create an authentic Egyptian style choreography.

Find out more and book your place here: https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4820/events/2894924

06/09/2022

STARTING TONIGHT!

BEGINNER BELLYDANCE CLASSES IN CENTRAL READING

Would you like to learn to bellydance this Autumn? We are taking new beginners this September!

Starting next week, join our 12 week Bellydance Essentials course in central Reading and learn all the moves πŸ’ƒ. No experience is necessary and all fitness levels are welcome πŸ™‚.

Tuesdays 7.30-8.30pm
Read College, St Bartholomew's Rd (near Palmer Park)

Since our small beginnings in 2005 we have taught hundreds of women to embrace their bodies and feel more confident through bellydancing. It is a great way to get physically active and fabulous fun too!
Over the course you will develop your skills and eventually learn your first bellydance routine.

Go here to find the booking link: http://www.helenbellydance.com/classes/beginner/

03/09/2022

BEGINNER BELLYDANCE CLASSES IN CENTRAL READING!

Would you like to learn to bellydance this Autumn? We are taking new beginners this September!

Starting next week, join our 12 week Bellydance Essentials course in central Reading and learn all the moves πŸ’ƒ. No experience is necessary and all fitness levels are welcome πŸ™‚.

Tuesdays 7.30-8.30pm
Read College, St Bartholomew's Rd (near Palmer Park)

Since our small beginnings in 2005 we have taught hundreds of women to embrace their bodies and feel more confident through bellydancing. It is a great way to get physically active and fabulous fun too!
Over the course you will develop your skills and eventually learn your first bellydance routine.

Go here to find the booking link: http://www.helenbellydance.com/classes/beginner/

03/09/2022

A FREE 5 minute video class for you πŸ‘‡for balance, posture, ankle strength and poise.

Have a go today! I guarantee it will awaken your core stability and help you focus on your whole body like never before πŸ˜‰.

If you are interested in cross training to strengthen yourself as a dancer, this is a great place to start.

Let me know how it goes in the comments 😊.

Ps. It's the final call for our community class bookings in central Reading, go here to see a full range of courses for all levels, including complete beginners!: www.helenbellydance.com/classes

02/09/2022

Would you like to learn to bellydance this Autumn? We are taking new beginners this September!

Starting next week, join our 12 week Bellydance Essentials course in central Reading and learn all the moves πŸ’ƒ. No experience is necessary and all fitness levels are welcome πŸ™‚.

Tuesdays 7.30-8.30pm
Read College, St Bartholomew's Rd (near Palmer Park)

Since our small beginnings in 2005 we have taught hundreds of women to embrace their bodies and feel more confident through bellydancing. It is a great way to get physically active and fabulous fun too!
Over the course you will develop your skills and eventually learn your first bellydance routine.
Go here to find the booking link: http://www.helenbellydance.com/classes/beginner/

Photos from Santa Maria Bellydance Academy's post 26/08/2022

Early bird bookings end soon!

Autumn term early bird prices are available until 31st August so be sure to book your place soon πŸ˜ƒ.

We have a range of courses to suit all levels from complete beginner to advanced. If you're unsure which course to go for, feel free to drop me an email at [email protected].

Go here to choose your course and book your place online today: http://www.helenbellydance.com/classes/

23/08/2022

Our Autumn term belly dance classes are open for booking! Early bird prices are available until 31st August so be sure to book your place soon πŸ˜ƒ.

We have a range of courses to suit all levels from complete beginner to advanced. If you're unsure which course to go for, feel free to drop me an email at [email protected].

Go here to choose your course and book your place online today: http://www.helenbellydance.com/classes/

19/08/2022

Express weekend class | Bellydance

Something for the weekend! If you're regular classes are on a break this is the perfect express class to keep your hips sharp.

Would you like to join us in class this Autumn? Find which class is right for you here: http://www.helenbellydance.com/classes/

18/08/2022

Our Autumn term belly dance classes are open for booking! Early bird prices are available until 31st August so be sure to book your place soon πŸ˜ƒ.

We have a range of courses to suit all levels from complete beginner to advanced. If you're unsure which course to go for, feel free to drop me an email at [email protected].

Go here to choose your course and book your place online today: http://www.helenbellydance.com/classes/

Photos from Santa Maria Bellydance Academy's post 11/08/2022

Thank you to everyone who came to this year's Summer School! β˜€οΈπŸ’ƒ It's been great to see so many of you and teach you in person for the first time in many cases πŸ’œ.

10/08/2022

Summer school!

10/08/2022

I still have a few spaces available for the final Summer School sesh TONIGHT!

Come and join us for my special mix of stretches, mobility exercises, core stregth and mindful bellydance movements.

The theme for tonight is body and armography integration. If you struggle to coordinate your hands and arms when you dance then this is perfect for you :)

Read College Studio, St Bartholomew's Rd, Reading
7.30-8.30pm
Please bring a yoga/exercise mat
Book your place at https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4820/events/2681733

08/08/2022

My FINAL Summer Session is this Wednesday 10th August at 7.30pm at Read College studios in central Reading. I've had great feedback so far from the first two sessions, why not join us for the last one?

We'll be focusing on Integration of arms and body – fluidity in movement.

Suitable for all levels apart from complete beginners are (though ambitious beginners are always welcome). All you need is a yoga/exercise mat.

In this session you can expect flexibility and core strength work designed specially for bellydancers. This is followed by a masterclass section on coordination and integration of arms and body movement. The last section of the class is for further mobility, stretching and relaxation.

Book your place for Β£9.50 here: https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4820/events/2681733

08/08/2022

My FINAL Summer Session is this Wednesday 10th August at 7.30pm at Read College studios in central Reading. I've had great feedback so far from the first two sessions, why not join us for the last one?

We'll be focusing on Integration of arms and body – fluidity in movement.

Suitable for all levels apart from complete beginners are (though ambitious beginners are always welcome). All you need is a yoga/exercise mat.

In this session you can expect flexibility and core strength work designed specially for bellydancers. This is followed by a masterclass section on coordination and integration of arms and body movement. The last section of the class is for further mobility, stretching and relaxation.

Book your place for Β£9.50 here: https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4820/events/2681733

02/08/2022

My next Summer Session is on Wednesday 3rd August at 7.30pm at Read College studios in central Reading. We'll be focusing on posture, arms and upper body isolations.

Why not join us?! All levels apart from complete beginners are welcome. All you need is a yoga/exercise mat.

In this session you can expect flexibility and core strength work designed specially for bellydacers. This is followed by a masterclass section on slinky chest and upper body isolations as well as fluid elegant armography. The last section of the class is for further mobility, stretching and relaxation.

Book your place for Β£9.50 here: https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4820/events/2681453

30/07/2022

My next Summer Session is on Wednesday 3rd August at 7.30pm at Read College studios in central Reading. We'll be focusing on posture, arms and upper body isolations.

Why not join us?! All levels apart from complete beginners are welcome. All you need is a yoga/exercise mat.

In this session you can expect flexibility and core strength work designed specially for bellydacers. This is followed by a masterclass section on slinky chest and upper body isolations as well as fluid elegant armography. The last section of the class is for further mobility, stretching and relaxation.

Book your place for Β£9.50 here: https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4820/events/2681453

29/07/2022

My next Summer Session is on Wednesday 3rd August at 7.30pm at Read College studios in central Reading. We'll be focusing on posture, arms and upper body isolations.

Why not join us?! All levels apart from complete beginners are welcome. All you need is a yoga/exercise mat.

In this session you can expect flexibility and core strength work designed specially for bellydacers. This is followed by a masterclass section on slinky chest and upper body isolations as well as fluid elegant armography. The last section of the class is for further mobility, stretching and relaxation.

Book your place for Β£9.50 here: https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4820/events/2681453

29/07/2022

My next Summer Session is on Wednesday 3rd August at 7.30pm at Read College studios in central Reading. We'll be focusing on posture, arms and upper body isolations.

Why not join us?! All levels apart from complete beginners are welcome. All you need is a yoga/exercise mat.

In this session you can expect flexibility and core strength work designed specially for bellydacers. This is followed by a masterclass section on slinky chest and upper body isolations as well as fluid elegant armography. The last section of the class is for further mobility, stretching and relaxation.

Book your place for Β£9.50 here: https://gymcatch.com/app/provider/4820/events/2681453

28/07/2022

Summer School week 1! Well done everyone, you were all so focused and calm πŸ™ πŸ’œ. See you next week for arms and upper body!

There's still spaces for the two remaining sessions if you haven't signed up yet, go here for full info and booking: http://www.helenbellydance.com/workshops-and-events/

26/07/2022

My Belly-Lates Summer School is starting TOMORROW! There are still some places remaining (but not many so be sure to book).

Would you like to feel more flexible and mobile when you dance? Would you like to know how to stretch and improve your core strength gently and mindfully? This could be the perfect class for you!

Book at http://www.helenbellydance.com/workshops-and-events/

26/07/2022

STARTING TOMORROW! I'm teaching a 3 week Summer School in central Reading!

Book your place at any or all of the sessions here:
http://www.helenbellydance.com/workshops-and-events/

Join me for a specially designed mini series of three high content classes to nourish your dance from the inside. We have a wonderful, spacious and atmospheric venue at Read College to help you escape from the daily hustle and bustle.

Classes are open to all levels apart from complete beginners (though keen beginners are welcome!) The classes are Belly-Lates in format which means you can expect three components to each class:

1 .Core strength, flexibility and mobility on the mat – specifically designed for bellydancers
2. A masterclass in technique and movement with a combo to bring it all together
3. Stretching, relaxation and mindfulness to allow all the work to sink in and the mind to settle

Session 1, 27th July: Abdominal work, camels, undulations and reverse undulations, bellyrolls
Session 2, 3rd Aug : Upperbody isolations and beautiful armography
Session 3, 10th Aug: Integration of arms and body – fluidity in movement

Β£24 for the whole series or Β£9.50 for selected classes

Book your place at any or all of the sessions here:
http://www.helenbellydance.com/workshops-and-events/

20/07/2022

Starting next week I'm offering a 3 week Summer School in central Reading!

Book your place at any or all of the sessions here:
http://www.helenbellydance.com/workshops-and-events/

Join me for a specially designed mini series of three high content classes to nourish your dance from the inside. We have a wonderful, spacious and atmospheric venue at Read College to help you escape from the daily hustle and bustle.

Classes are open to all levels apart from complete beginners (though keen beginners are welcome!) The classes are Belly-Lates in format which means you can expect three components to each class:

1 .Core strength, flexibility and mobility on the mat – specifically designed for bellydancers
2. A masterclass in technique and movement with a combo to bring it all together
3. Stretching, relaxation and mindfulness to allow all the work to sink in and the mind to settle

Session 1, 27th July: Abdominal work, camels, undulations and reverse undulations, bellyrolls
Session 2, 3rd Aug : Upperbody isolations and beautiful armography
Session 3, 10th Aug: Integration of arms and body – fluidity in movement

Β£24 for the whole series or Β£9.50 for selected classes

Book your place at any or all of the sessions here:
http://www.helenbellydance.com/workshops-and-events/

20/07/2022

Another wonderful memory from this year's Summer Spectacular! Julia's stunning double stick performance!

Thanks to Scott Critchey/You've Been Shot By Scott for the photo.

19/07/2022

A superb photo of Trish looking majestic performing raqs assaya! This was another dazzling performance from this year's Summer Spectacular.

Thanks to Scott Crtichley/You've been Shot By Scott for the photo.

19/07/2022

An action shot of our fantastic student Judi! I've learned so much from Judi over the years and I love her rich, authentic style of dance 😍.

Thanks to Scot Critchley/You've Been Shot By Scott for the photo.

18/07/2022

Summer School with Helen

Join me for an elegant mix of Fitness Pilates and authentic bellydance movements this Summer.

I'll be teaching 3 Summer School sessions featuring stretching, mobility exercises, core strength and bellydance movements.

Join me and nourish your dance from the inside! Classes are in a beautiful atmospheric mirrored studio in central Reading.

Find out more and book your place here: http://www.helenbellydance.com/workshops-and-events/

Got questions? Drop me a message or email [email protected].

Videos (show all)

The secret to feeling balanced, grounded and centred as a dancer?The dancing alone isn't enough! Adding in some simple c...
Do you feel TENSE and nervous before you perform? Learn my pre-show tension-release loop and add it to your performer to...
Happy Friday everyone! Are you choreographing your own dance? Do you struggle for combo ideas??? I have a top tip: keep ...
HALF the places have now gone! Thank you to everyone who has booked their place 😍.Join me for a choreography workshop an...
HALF the places have now gone! Thank you to everyone who has booked their place 😍.Join me for a choreography workshop an...
Are you using this move in your dance?This is one of my favourite moves! It can be used in many different ways and I'll ...
STARTING TONIGHT!BEGINNER BELLYDANCE CLASSES IN CENTRAL READINGWould you like to learn to bellydance this Autumn? We are...
BEGINNER BELLYDANCE CLASSES IN CENTRAL READING!Would you like to learn to bellydance this Autumn? We are taking new begi...
A FREE 5 minute video class for you πŸ‘‡for balance, posture, ankle strength and poise.Have a go today! I guarantee it will...
Would you like to learn to bellydance this Autumn? We are taking new beginners this September!Starting next week, join o...
Our Autumn term belly dance classes are open for booking! Early bird prices are available until 31st August so be sure t...
Our Autumn term belly dance classes are open for booking! Early bird prices are available until 31st August so be sure t...

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St Bart's Theatre, St Bartholomew's Road
Reading
RG1 3QA

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