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ESSENCE OF BELLYDANCE™ - Free Online Belly Daning Classes

ESSENCE OF BELLYDANCE™ - Free Online Belly Daning Classes

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Bellydance Class #1
entry level

Start your training with this entry level class. You learn the fundamentals of belly dance: posture, seesaws, side sliding and mayas with your hips and chest.

Bellydance Class #2

Do the moves fromclass #1 already feel smooth & juicy? In class #2 you'll learn more belly dance basics: tilting internal circles and vertical circles with your hips and chest. The afro with pelvic floor integration is our specialty.

Bellydance Class #3

In class #3 you'll learn more of the essential belly dance basics: sliding forward and classical Egyptian horizontal circles with the hips and chest.

Bellydance Class #4

In class #4 you'll learn more belly dance basics: camels with the hips and chest and your first sharp hips accents initiated by your gluteus muscles.

Bellydance Class #5

In class #5 you'll learn more belly dance basics: twists and horizontal eights with pelvic floor integration as well as some basic arm movements like the snake arms.

Bellydance Class #6

In class #6 you'll learn some advanced belly dance moves: hagala schimmy and variations as well as arm movements that lead up to the snake arms.

Bellydance Class #7

In class #7 you'll learn some advanced belly dance moves: hip drops, accents, elegant eights with foot lifts, layered with chest camels and hip drops, as well as the secrets of a great hip shimmy.

Bellydance Choreography
Intermediate - Advanced

Learn my beautiful belly dance choreography step by step! It's my interpretation of a classical Egyptian love song "Daret Al Ayam" (Days go by) by Um Kalsoum.

Bellydance all moves
Beginner - Advanced

Here you have an overview of all the belly dance moves you have learned so far. Step by step instructions.

Bellydance all Drills
Beginner - Advanced

Here you have an overview of all the Bellydance drills with music. Dance for as long as you can!

Tips on Dance & Health

An overview of Coco's tips & the home of her new interview series Free Woman. Have fun!

Bellydance Full classes

An overview on full length bellydance classes that we've recorded for you here in Berlin. The German video contains subtitles.

Sensuous Dance Workout

Everything about Coco's Sensuous Dance Workout program - your personal wellness program at home: TV-shows, reviews, interviews.

COCO's Bellydance Shows

Here you can see a collection of Coco's belly dance shows. Enjoy!

Teacher Training

Listen to what our graduates have to say about our teacher training and watch the scholarship entries.

Fun Travel, interviews...

An overview of all interviews, travel vlogs and other videos from and with Coco.

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Belly Dance Community in Indiana | Home

Would you like to become a member of a supportive, encouraging and dedicated belly dance community? If yes, you have found your niche with the Indiana Bellydance Collective (INBC). As a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charity since 1978, INBC is a member-operated exclusive belly dance community based in Indianapolis, Indiana with members through the Midwest region in Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and open to new members all over the U. S. and afar.

Our belly dance community at INBC dedicates and volunteers our time to our organization and members year round. We strive in creating a pathway for our members to pay homage to the arts, hone your craft, perform your dance & music in front of an attentive, diverse audience, partake in classes, workshops & seminars with some of the best performers in the world, and in turn educate the public of INBC’s mission. 

We encourage first time visitors, professional dancers, musicians, and those with an interest in belly dancing and Middle Eastern style music to visit an INBC event such as one of our bi-annual events, the Spring Bazaar or Fall Carnival. We invite you to engross yourself into the cultures and styles of dance and music; witness the camaraderie and professionalism of our performing members; and interact with the belly dancers and musicians. 

After you have been exposed to our belly dance community in Indiana and beyond, we invite you to sign up to become a member in order to take full advantage of the benefits and resources associated with an INBC membership and begin your journey into immersing yourself into two of the oldest art forms in the world, dance and music.

Who Can Become a Member of INBC?

INBC welcomes new members from all over the U.S. We feature a wide variety of members in our belly dance community, including: 

  • Dance & music enthusiasts
  • Professional belly dancers & musicians
  • Dance & music instructors/educators
  • All levels of dance & music students
  • Businesses 
  • Photographers 
  • Costumers
  • Vendors

Dance Styles

INBC celebrates all styles of belly dance, not favoring one particular style. Our belly dance community varies in styles from traditional to non-traditional belly dance, including but not limited to:

  • Egyptian styles
  • Turkish styles
  • Tribal Fusion styles (FCBD®, ATS®/ITS, Fly Fusion®, Datura Style™, DanceCraft)
  • Orientale styles
  • Cabaret styles

Music Styles

INBC also invites musicians of all levels to join as a member. Our musician members play many different styles of music, from classical to contemporary including such styles/cultures as:

  • Arabic
  • Turkish
  • Moroccan
  • Egyptian
  • Greek
  • Sephardic/Ladino

Why Should I Become a Member?

Aside from the perks of being a part of a tight knit belly dance community and sharing your interest with like-minded individuals, there are so many more awesome benefits of being an INBC Member!

  • Access to internationally renowned teachers, musicians, and performers via workshops and seminars
  • Free or discounted entrance to our major bi-annual events (shows, market, and workshops)
  • Eligibility for members-only scholarships or grants
  • Listing on our website in your profession as a performer, teacher, musician, costumer, or photographer
  • Subscription to the bi-monthly newsletter
  • Invitations to members-only haflas, concerts, and gatherings
  • Opportunity to perform in our shows and festivals
  • Networking with other students, teachers, musicians, and enthusiasts of belly dance
  • Directory of associated members offering services (e. g. vendors, musicians, and teachers)
  • Free video recordings of your performances at our events
  • Promotion of your classes and events via our website, social media sites, and newsletter
  • Access to our costume pattern library
  • Access to our video library of performances and instructional videos
  • Opportunity to apply to sell costumes and items at our events
  • Membership Card recognizing your dedication to the artistry and professionalism of belly dancing and Middle Eastern music

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Hire a Professional Belly Dancer or Musician from Our Belly Dance Community Based in Indiana

Are you looking to make your next event memorable and entertaining, yet educational? Consider hiring from our belly dance community based in Indiana and beyond. We feature an array of professional belly dancers and musicians to perform or lead a class, workshop or seminar. We also feature vendor services; choose from our vendor directory or inquire about featuring an INBC educational booth at your event.

Indiana Bellydance Collective’s Notable Guests & Performers

Throughout the years, INBC has had the honor of working with world-renowned belly dancers, teachers and musicians. Click on each performer’s name to learn more about each performer and their background in the belly dance or music industry.


Morocco is one of American’s pioneers in modern belly dance and her historical research.

Zahra Zuhair

Zahra Zuhair is a modern Egyptian belly dancer from Los Angeles.

Lebanese Simon

Lebanese Simon is a Lebanese belly dancer known for his Dabke & Oriental style belly dancing.

Katie Bhairavi & Darshan Dance Company

Katie Bhairavi leads the Colorado-based Darshan Dance Company, known for its fusion dancing and features some of the most notable names in the industry.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or feedback, please contact an INBC Board Member. We are happy to help.

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Most of us associate the word “East” with delicious sweets melting in our mouths, with hot black-eyed men and, of course, with languid dark-skinned beauties performing sensual dances for their lord-sultan. Many women dream of finding the same catlike plasticity and grace as oriental dancers - and therefore literally crowds run to the dance halls.

Dancing useful in every way nine0008 There are two big dance directions that have their roots in the East - this is, firstly, belly dance (aka bellydance, a distortion of the eastern term Baladi), and secondly, Indian classical dance.
Undoubtedly, belly dance is now much more in demand than all other types of dance. If relatively recently only the initiated could master the technique of oriental dance (and even more so, not white ones!), Today the whole world is “sick” with this beautiful mysterious dance. Some women are attracted to the fact that this is one of the few dance disciplines where a couple of extra pounds is not a problem at all. After all, many women who dream of dancing are simply banally embarrassed to come to the ballroom because of being overweight - they are afraid that they will be laughed at there. Meanwhile, belly dance classes are within the power of women of almost all weight categories and at any level of physical fitness. Regular training allows you to lose weight in the waist and hips - not, of course, as with intensive training in the gym, but the figure and movements acquire flexibility, smoothness, femininity and sexuality. Every woman wants to be beautiful and desirable, and belly dancing is nothing more than a way to always feel "the most charming and attractive." “There have been cases more than once,” says an oriental dance teacher (stage name Shamitta), “when girls came to my courses in whom femininity was not felt at all, all movements were somehow constrained and angular. But a few months flew by - and they literally transformed into queens! In addition, belly dancing classes normalize all the work of the body, even curing ailments - for example, many diseases associated with the back (scoliosis, osteochondrosis, pathological types of kyphosis and lordosis) recede. Indeed, during the belly dance, absolutely ALL parts of the spine are developed - from the back of the head to the coccyx. Even the deepest muscle groups are involved, which cannot be achieved by any modern gymnastics systems. This improves blood circulation and through the nerve endings has a positive effect on the internal organs - in particular, on the pelvic organs. It is no coincidence that some types of oriental dance originated as a ritual that prepares the expectant mother for childbirth and glorifies her ability to reproduce offspring. Now the dance has ceased to be a ritual, but, as doctors say, professional dancers give birth easier. nine0008 Indian dances are not as easily accessible as belly dancing. Dancing Indian classics is not difficult, but CRAZY difficult. Here there must be excellent physical training, not inferior in degree of difficulty to athletics, gymnastics and acrobatics, not to mention the possession of a gigantic layer of knowledge regarding Indian mythology, religion and culture. Of particular difficulty is "abhinaya", or the art of pantomime, when the smallest shades of feelings and emotions are conveyed by gestures, facial expressions, and glances. Not everyone can master all these subtleties. However, by overcoming step by step all the stages of learning the Indian classics, you also gain a lot. Indian dances are often compared with yoga in terms of the strength of not only physical, but also spiritual impact. Dance is the purification of the soul and body, finding harmony with oneself and with the world around. In addition, Indian dancers have excellent physical endurance, an ideal sense of rhythm and coordination, and insanely expressive facial expressions (the ability to “speak with their eyes”) strikes men on the spot! nine0006

About which dance should be considered the oldest in the world - Indian classical or belly dance - you can argue for hours. Representatives of both directions are ready to prove with foam at the mouth that their dance is the very first, the most beautiful, the deepest and, in general, the best. Now it is difficult to judge which of the two sides is right. If you focus on literature, sculpture and painting, it becomes clear that Indian dance is at least four thousand years old, and the first mention of it dates back to that period. There is also documentary evidence that even the belly dance itself came from ... India, and not at all from Egypt, as is commonly believed. Although the Egyptians themselves are in full confidence that belly dance originated among the pharaohs, in fact, it was introduced to Egypt thanks to the Indian gypsies in the 10th century. Gypsies, as you know, are nomadic people. During their travels around the world, they gradually absorbed various local traditions, including dance styles, combining them with their own style. As a result, when their dance "got" to Egypt, it already had the influence of the dances of Turkey, Persia, North Africa, Greece and other countries. In Europe, about oriental dances first became known only in the 18th century. Western travelers, fascinated by the beauty of the Egyptian dance, spread the news of it around the world. nine0006

"Fashion" to the East
Over the past few years, the interest in belly dancing has reached the proportions of mass psychosis all over the world. In Russia, by and large, the most serious surge of love for "bellydance" occurred under the influence of the Brazilian TV series "Clone". On one Internet forum dedicated to belly dancing, you can read the following message: “It annoys me that everyone has seen enough of this series - and run to the ballroom! Yes, they just take up space! They do not understand and do not want to deeply understand either Eastern aesthetics, or the theory of dance, or this special view of the world. I hate amateurs who are chasing a fashionable bright picture !! I have been fond of Eastern culture for many years, and when this fashion for the East began, my heart just sank - well, where do they climb with their stupid brains and rough hands! . . ” Of course, the girl is overly emotional and harsh, but perhaps they will agree with her opinion , many true connoisseurs and connoisseurs of the East. The art of belly dancing has become, as they say, pop music. Should we consider this a disadvantage or rejoice in the fact that more and more women in our country are striving to achieve perfection? A matter of taste… nine0008 If you don't want to be "like everyone else" - Indian dances are waiting for you. This art has not become insipid, but has remained accessible only to the elite. Despite the fact that a huge number of people live in Russia who are passionate about this type of dance (the long-standing love of Russian people for Indian films probably has some influence here), they prefer in most cases the role of spectators. There are harsh statistics: out of 100 people who came to Indian dance classes, only 15 remain after two years. And this despite the fact that the first two years of training are just mastering the basic steps, movements and choreographic connections. Many, coming to class, do not even suspect how difficult it is - because on stage the dancer looks light as a feather, flexible as a snake, agile like a moth, and at the same time clear in movements, like a living sculpture, and in training you have to overcome the pain and apply maximum endurance. The next three years of classes - the study, in fact, of entire dances; 5 out of 15 people remain. Of these, only one will most likely dance professionally. And it is believed that you can truly master the art of Indian dance only by “falling to the roots”, namely, having lived and studied for several years in India. Once my teacher Natalya Butyrskaya and I were talking about Russian Indian dancers, and I was shocked by her phrase: “A very, very talented girl, but, unfortunately, she has never been to India - and therefore her performance is imperfect.” nine0006

In oriental dance there is always room for improvisation and creative self-expression. Many teachers now recommend in the classroom not to blindly imitate their teacher, but to allow the movement to go as if from within. The possibility of self-realization is one of the most attractive features of belly dancing. And this is also the main distinguishing feature from Indian classical dance, in which improvisation is unacceptable by definition. The essence of the study of Indian dance art is that knowledge is passed on from generation to generation, from teacher (guru-ji) to student, without allowing any distortion during transmission. Many dances that originated about 600 years ago retain the same movements, choreographic composition and emotional content to this day. The main driving force of Indian classical dance is Hinduism, which is a real treasury of ancient myths, legends, rituals, rich folklore. A professional performer of Indian classics must, firstly, deeply understand the ideological and philosophical significance of the ancient scriptures, and secondly, have an excellent command of the dance technique. After all, initially Indian dance is a religious ritual, a means of communication between a person and God. nine0006

Oriental dance today
Initially, belly dancing was considered deeply intimate, which a woman performed alone with her man. In fact, it was a sexual foreplay. Today, oriental dances are brought to the public and "put on stream", representing in many cases show business of pure water. Bellydance is danced in nightclubs and restaurants, which contradicts the very basis, because according to Islam, an oriental woman cannot be an artist. Modern belly dance is a kind of adaptation for an inexperienced spectator, a mixture of styles and costume details, corresponding to the classical view of the layman: the dancer should be dressed in a bodice, a belt embroidered with coins, and a skirt or harem pants adorned with beads. Unfortunately, there are serious concerns that modern bellydance hardly has much in common with the ancient dance art of the East. Now the so-called fitness bellydance is also gaining popularity, where only movements remain without any cultural background, which true connoisseurs and professionals of dance sincerely grieve about. nine0008 As for Indian dance, fortunately, it has not become an integral part of show business. Even if the dancers perform in clubs, their dance remains subordinate to the classical canons, without making allowances for the inexperienced spectator. Although a few decades ago, an Indian classical dancer could include a number with snakes, jugs or lights in her performance, which is, in fact, a purely commercial ploy.

“Dance is life, life is dance!”
There is a wonderful ancient oriental parable: “Somehow his disciple came to the sage and asked: “Teach me to distinguish truth from falsehood, good from evil, beautiful from ugly; explain how to enjoy the joy of life and not grow old either in spirit or in flesh? The wise man thought and taught him to DANCE. In fact, the word "dance" has the Sanskrit root "tanha", which means "joy of life". Dance is a process when both the soul and the body experience complete unity; you need to surrender to the dance, let it into every cell of yours. Therefore, dance! Learn to speak with your body and sing with your soul. Our whole life is dance, and dance is more than life ... nine0006

(с) Julia Monakova

(article published in November 2006 issue of PRESTIGE magazine)

Indian dance school for adults, Indian belly dance in Moscow.

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School of Indian dance within our studio are professional trainers, attentive staff, friendly students who, just like you, learn the basics of dance in groups for beginners, improve their skills in groups of those who has been dancing for a long time, preparing for competitions and just dancing for fun. nine0006

Indian dances are a separate form of body control art, which was originally considered the "brainchild" of the goddess Saraswati. According to the Indian Vedas, this girl was the wife of the god Brahma, so she is considered the patroness of everything that is directly or indirectly connected with creativity, and especially dancing. It is believed that she is also the leader of poets and musicians, all creative people. Saraswati will help all the students who come to the First Dance School in Moscow.

Dancing Indian dance for adults - it doesn't matter your physique, your age and experience. It often happens that already adult dancers, not in the most athletic form, turn out to be better dancers than their younger counterparts. How can that be? This is because completely different muscle groups are involved in this dance, which are not similar to other styles of dance. Indian women say that the dance was invented and shown to its people by God Shiva in one of his incarnations. Therefore, this type of dance should be suitable for any person who wants to try himself in a divine manifestation. nine0006


The Indian dance school in Moscow is a great way to plunge into the world of such a distant India, feel the sultry atmosphere, get a good mood and a great new figure. India is closer than you think, and its original, most interesting culture is now available to everyone. Learn the basics of this art together with the First Dance School in Moscow and dance like it's the last time!

It is said that any Indian dancer can read a whole story from her colleague's dance and also tell it to others. Dancers convey emotion, desire, express ideas and whole thoughts with each individual movement of a finger, hand, turn of the head or leg lift. Can you imagine how interesting this dance is? And now you can learn it in Moscow! nine0006

Remembering the famous dancer of this direction Collina Shakti, we can safely say that each dance is a whole separate performance, it is a small masterpiece of dance art. Indian dance for adults differs from Arabic dance, it is characterized by great theatricality, a large number of limb movements and transitions from point to point. This is a completely different direction, although the main movement - the "belly wave" - ​​of course remains.

Indian belly dance - is a kind of visiting card of this nation, in his homeland he is considered to have come from one of the territorial castes of India - Punjab. There, the girls expressed with this dance everything that they could not say out loud, escaped from a bad mood, entertained their men and even competed with each other. So why not join this popular movement today? After all, why are our lovely ladies worse than Indian beauties? We also love to be beautiful, we love to be graceful, we love to feel wanted and loved. Indian dances are not only beautiful and easy movements, they are also rich costumes, lots of jewelry, as well as the science of the symbolism of each gesture. It can't just not please the girl! nine0006


Learn how to attract a man with one slight look, a slight wiggle, a wave of your handkerchief or sari. Indian girls know how to do it. The teacher of our belly dance school will be happy to help you comprehend this science. Together with you, we can make this world a little kinder and dance the famous “Dance of the World of India”. Do you want to know what it is? We look forward to seeing you in our classes!

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When you see with what love Masha treats each lesson, you want to work on the result!

Anna Fedotova

Masha explains all the movements of oriental dances in such a way that even with her eyes closed she can understand.

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