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Classes & Workshops


8 week Belly Dancing for Beginners:
Learn the basics of Belly Dancing.  This course focuses on posture, isolations, basic Egyptian technique, and vocabulary of movement.  It is designed to give students a great low impact workout that improves flexibility, coordination, and muscle tone.  Belly Dance is appropriate for all ages and body types; plus, it's fun!  No prior dance experience necessary.
Suggested Attire:  Please wear comfortable clothing appropriate for working out.  Although not required, you may tie a scarf around your hips (fringed shoulder shawl is an inexpensive option).  Bare feet preferred.
Mondays 7:30 - 9:00PM October 8 - November 26 / $80
For Registration information, please visit: (copy and paste link into browser).
Class Policy:
No Refunds or Prorates.  Makeups available with Shimmy Chic Fitness class on Thursdays at 12 noon only.

8 week Beyond Beginning Belly Dance:
This course is a progressed continuation of Belly Dancing for Beginners.  New movement vocabulary, the concept of layering, travelling steps, and common Oriental rhythms are introduced.  At least two sessions of Belly Dancing for Beginners are required to register for this class.  
Wednesdays 6:00PM - 7:30PM October 3 - November 28 / $80
For Registration information, please visit: (copy and paste link into browser).
Class Policy:
No Refunds or Prorates.  Makeups available with Belly Dancing for Beginners class on Monday evenings 7:30PM or Shimmy Chic Fitness class on Thursdays at 12 noon.

Shimmy Chic Fitness - Shimmy Into Shape:
Shimmy Chic Fitness is an energetic and fun program based on the ancient art of belly dance but with a modern twist!  This class provides both calorie-burning cardio and muscle-toning moves, along with increased flexibility, grace, and sense of self.  This is a low impact workout.  The main goal is to sweat and have fun!  No dance experience necessary.  Please wear comfortable workout clothes and bring your own yoga mat.  Bare feet appropriate.
Thursdays 12:00 - 1:00PM Ongoing Class: $80 for 8-week class pass / $40 for 4-week class pass or $12 Drop In
For Registration information, please visit: (copy and paste link into browser).

8 week Advanced Belly Dance (by invitation only):
This invitation-only class is designed for dancers already possessing fundamental belly dance vocabulary who wish to elevate their practice to the next level.  Layered movement, shimmies, turns, and traveling combinations are featured in this Egyptian-styled Oriental class.  Students will acquire a greater knowledge and understanding of classic Oriental rhythms and music.  Emphasis will be placed on personal development, stagecraft, performance skills and improvisational skills.  Please contact Gina at for questions regarding level placement.
Thursdays 7:30 - 9:00PM October 4 - November 29 / $80
Class Policy:
Full payment required to hold your class spot.
No makeup classes or refunds.
To register for Intermediate/Advanced class, simply send class fee via PayPal to:

Breathe Yoga Scenic is located at 3101 E Cervantes St, Pensacola, FL 32503.  It's on the left-hand corner of the strip mall with Arrow Salon and Subway. 


EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: The Fourth Annual Spring Raqs Pensacola Workshop & Showcase takes place April 27, 2019 featuring the Fabulous Master Instructor, AHMED HUSSIEN!

"Modern, Romantic Oriental": 10AM - 12PM
"Drum Solo": 1PM - 3PM
(Lunch Break 12PM - 1PM: Limited snacks available, bring your own lunch, or restaurants nearby)

Spring Raqs Pensacola Showcase 2018: 5PM - 7PM
Workshop participants invited to perform in the show. First come, first serve sign-up through April 13, 2019. Workshop fees, music, and completed Performer Information Form all due by April 13, 2019 or performance slot will be forfeited. 5-minute time limit for soloists; 7 minutes for troupes. Please email Gina at if you are interested in performing.

Vendors welcome! Please email Gina at for registration information.

EARLY BIRD (through 3/17/2019)
Full Package: $100. Includes both 2-hour workshop classes and one free Showcase ticket.
A La Carte: $65 for one 2-hour workshop class.
REGULAR PRICING (3/18/2019 - 4/27/2019)
Full Package: $125. Includes both 2-hour workshop classes and one free Showcase ticket.
A La Carte: $75 for one 2-hour workshop class.

Preferred method of payment is via Paypal to: (either click or copy/paste the link into your browser).

Checks accepted through 3/31/2019 only. Please make the check out to Gina Nolan and mail to:
6271 Lake Charlene Drive
Pensacola, FL 32506

*Cash ONLY will be accepted the day of the event!


About Ahmed Hussien:

Ahmed Hussien is undeniably an iconic figure and a source of inspiration for dancers and teachers alike in the world of Classic Oriental and Egyptian Folkloric Dance. Ahmed's masterful and dynamic teaching method is the result of his absolute dedication to dance combined with his comprehensive experience in the area of performance and choreography. Ahmed is the ONLY Egyptian Dance Master to have Ballet, Belly Dance, Ballroom, and Broadway experience in his repertoire.

Ahmed Hussien was recognized by The Higher Institute of Ballet in Cairo, Egypt and accepted his enrollment into their elite academy at eight years of age. He studied both academics and dance for nine years, 12 hours a day; included in his rigorous training were formal instruction and mentorship in Classical Oriental and Folkloric Dances of Egypt by Egyptian Dance Masters, and Russian Ballet by experts affiliated with the prestigious ballet companies of Russia. By the age of 17, Ahmed had toured internationally with the Cairo National Ballet under the direction of Dr. Abdel Moneim Kamel, and had graduated from The Higher Institute of Ballet with the highest degree of honors. He came to the US and expanded his dance education into ballroom dance, while working u Madame Darvish of New York. Soon thereafter, Ahmed was presented with countless opportunities including touring with the Near East Dance Group, performing several times at Lincoln Center and choreographing “Oh, Brother” for a Broadway production. He has since been sponsored in many workshop intensives and been on judging panels for competitions worldwide.
See you next year at Spring Raqs Pensacola 2019!  :-D

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