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Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in taking a class, but just need a little more info? We've got you covered! Use the menu below to jump to specific topics, read through it all, or use the contact info below to ask us directly.

Should I bellydance?

What Should I Wear?

What can I expect in class?

Missed Class Policy

General FAQs

Q. Do I need to be some sort of contortionist?
A. Actually the movements used in bellydance are totally natural to the human body. Many people are used to a very stiff posture where the torso is thought of as one immobile block, however it is not only natural to move this way, but healthy. (see "physical benefits")

Q. Is bellydance good exercise? 
A. Yes, bellydance is most similar to resistance training. Shimmies are good cardio, but most of the benefits come from muscle toning. It is a very low impact, weight barring exercise, and it will keep you WANTING to do it, because it's FUN!

Q. What are the physical benefits to bellydance? 
A. Strengthening the core muscles is essential to good posture and balance, which sure is helpful when walking around CNY in the winter! Flexibility and circulation often improve, and the movements themselves can feel almost like a hands-free massage.


Q. Am I too ____ to bellydance? 

A. No! as a folk dance bellydance can be done by any body type, and at any age. It is very safe for most people, and an excellent way to tone core muscles which are important for posture and balance. For professional performance the dancer must be strong, but no specific body type is required. (As always, ask your doctor if you have an injury or health concern.)


Q. Are classes only or women? 

A. Everyone who wants to learn to dance is welcome, regardless of your gender expression. Please ask your teacher for any differences in class-wear you might need.

Q. What are the mental/emotional benefits to bellydance? 
A. There are many. From increased confidence, to an outlet for creative expression, to meeting new friends: everyone benefits differently. Bellydance allows the dancer to exercise a positive and healthy form of control of her body and can provide an atmosphere that encourages experiencing and expressing emotions. 

general class faqs

What to Wear and Bring to Class

wear & bring

Q. Do I need to bring special equiptment to dance class?

A. Bring: a yoga mat or other stretching pad (a thick blanket works), water bottle, and notebook.

After a few classes you’ll be given the option to try out finger cymbals, then you'll want to pick out a pair you like and bring them as well!


Q. What should I wear?

Wear on your…

  • Head: Please wear a well fitted mask to class, unless we are meeting outdoors. This is a required act of kindness to yourself, classmates, and teacher.


  • Torso:  A relatively fitted shirt so the teacher can coach your movement, and chest support for your comfort. Shirts do not have to be skintight; you should feel mentally comfortable, crop tops are optional. Long sleeves or a sweater are good during winter warmups.


  • Hips: A hip scarf is a must! Loaners will be available at the studio, but any kind of scarf or fabric strip will work. You can use them to express your style ^_^


  • Legs: Wear leggings or yoga pants, really anything stretchy. Sweats are OK during warmups, but it’s better if the instructor can see your knees.

  • All genders are welcome. If you have something to put inside a dance belt, please wear one.


  • Feet: In the summer, students may choose to go barefoot or wear foot undiez, but shoes are especially recommended for your comfort when it is colder. Hanami flats (order 2 or 3 sizes larger than street shoes), ballet flats, or shoes designed for dancing with a pivot point are all good options! To protect your knees during turns, do not use street sneakers.

Class Logistic Questions

Q. What if I have to miss a class?
A. Although students will receive the most benefit from class by attending regularly, our teachers understand that life events sometimes take priority. If a student should need to miss class for any reason, please email or call your instructor in advance to let them know. Missed classes are non-refundable, however some make-up options are available, as detailed in the missed class policy below.

Q. Will this class turn me into a bellydancer extraordinaire?
A. As you can see from the levels of classes offered, becoming a professional bellydancer takes years of practice and study. As with any class, you get out what you put in. But, if becoming a professional is what you want, the material in  classes provides the tools to build a solid foundation, and will help you enjoy doing it!

Q. What if I just want to cut loose and have fun an hour a week?
A. No problem! Bellydance should be fun at every level, and whether you prefer exercise or recreational dancing our teachers are happy to show you safe technique and to share information that will enhance your enjoyment.

Q. What style will I be learning? 
A. You can learn more about each teacher on their profile pages. We recommend sampling all the styles you can, because you never know what will become your favorite. In fact, several of our teachers settled into styles different from the ones they started in! 


Missed Class Policy

For classes where registration is handled through an outside entity (such as the YMCA or Cicero Rec), they will have their own policies. Here is the policy for Lisa's classes​:

  • Please notify the teacher as soon as possible if you know you will not make it to class. We understand that important life events occur, and do not what that to be a barrier to your signing up for classes.

  • Missed classes are non-refundable. Your teacher books and pays for space and sets aside their time based on who has paid for class, and we thank you for your understanding. 

  • Incase of emergency or weather related cancelations: Sessions based classes are extended by a week, all scheduled lessons shift back in accordance. Likewise, for ongoing/mixed level class cards, their "use by" dates are also extended.

  • Web-based classes are non-refundable and do not have makeups available. However a recording of the lesson is usually available for one week. Check with your teacher about this.

  • All private lessons must be canceled a minimum of 24 hours in advance or full payment is required.

  • If you need to miss class due to a serious injury, contact your teacher. Depending on the class topic and nature of your injury an exception to this policy may be granted. (EX: if you're in a cymbals class and need to sit, you can still attend class. But, if you're in a floorwork class and won't be able to bend your knee for the next month, we can work something out.)

  • Class cards are good for 10 classes or 12 calendar weeks, which ever occurs first. Weeks with no class scheduled or if class is canceled for weather do not count against the 12 weeks.

  • Some teachers allow you to attend a drills class as a makeup, check with your teacher ahead of time.

  • 5 week session purchases are good for 5 classes or 6 calendar weeks, whichever occurs first. Weeks with no class scheduled or if class is canceled for weather do not count against the 5 weeks.

  • ​Material from missed classes must be understood before a student can advance to the next level. Further detail on this expectation will be covered in class.

Missed Classes
Trope Policies

Emerald Starlings and  Fledglings

With Liz H.

  • Any student who has finished Level 1 classes with Liz can attend troupe rehearsals for her student troupe (lovingly referred to as the Emerald Fledglings). Any student in Level 3 can attend troupe rehearsals for the Emerald Starling Belly Dance troupe.

  • Please follow the same etiquette as in a class.

  • In order to participate in a performance, the student/troupe member must attend the majority of rehearsals, including at least the 2 rehearsals prior to the performance.

  • Students / troupe members performing with the troupe are responsible for the cost of their own costuming. Please practice in your costuming to ensure its fit while dancing! Costuming should follow the basic FatChanceStyle “uniform” (e.g., choli, pantaloons, 25-yard skirt, etc) unless discussed otherwise in rehearsal.

Nour Al Amar

with Lisa Lumina

  • Any student who has finished level 1 classes can come to troupe rehearsals.

  • You are not required to perform just because you come to rehearsal.
  • If you do wish to perform, say so and commit. People will be counting on you.
  • In order to perform with the troupe, students must attend the majority of rehearsals, including the 3 directly before the performance.
  • Students performing with the group are responsible for the cost of their own costume. It must fit and stay in place when dancing, and meet the group guidelines for style/colors.
  • You are expected to follow the same etiquette as in class (IE: arrive on time, cell phones off, etc).

Still have questions? Contact us!

Lisa Lumina
Tel: ‪(315) 552-0247

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