Welcome to Virginia's RAKSTAR Bellydance Studio Online!

"Hone your bellydance skills from home with world class instruction by Master Instructor Virginia"

GETTING STARTED:

 

  • Go to our RakShop Page to register online.

  • Download the FREE ZOOM app. 

  • Go to our Contact Page and send us your email address and name that you will use for the class (if it is different from your PayPal). This must be done one hour prior to the beginning of the class.

 

Once your registration and email address linked to Zoom have been received, you will receive a link to the “Zoom Meeting” with a password from rakstar@rakstar.net. Click on the link and type the password to join the class. Once the class has started we will "mute" all microphones so everyone can clearly hear the music and instructions being given.  We will un-mute this for 15 minutes to receive your feedback, review any of the steps, technique, or combination, ask questions about anything.  This is an interactive program. Through the Zoom platform the teacher will be able to see you and correct you in class if you have your camera on. 

ONLINE CLASSES VIA YOUTUBE FOR A 24 HOUR PERIOD (Starts September 2020):

  • You must be registered for any of the subscription options below.  

  • You must email in your request to receive online private YouTube video class no later than 2 hours prior to the class.

  • You must email us your email address linked to your YouTube account.

  • All Online classes via private YouTube will be available for 24 hours.

  • Availability begins 24 hours after the day and time of the US/ET class.  

POST-CLASS FEEDBACK:

 

After the 60 minute class is complete, we will spend 15 minutes getting feedback about what the experience was like for you. You can choose to share verbally or alternatively, you can send us an email. We appreciate you helping us make our online classes the best they can be. 

REGISTRATION FEES:

 

  • Single Class: $12.00 USD.

 

  • Four Class Pass: $40.00 USD (to be used between the 1st of the month to the last day of the same month. No substitutions allowed).

 

  • Unlimited Access to all classes for one month: $70.00 USD (to be used between the 1st of the month to the last day of the same month. No substitutions allowed). Students will receive an invite to every class.

  • Private Class for One Hour: $100.00 

  • Private Class Package: 4 hours for $295.00 / 5 hours for $395.00

  • Personal Choreography Class (4.5 min or under): $295.00 USD

  • Personal Choreography Class (4.6 min - 6 min):  $395.00 USD

DISCLAIMERS:

 

  • Classes are subject to cancellation without prior notice.

  • The user assumes all risk of injury in the use of this program.

  • Choreography and Teacher Certification programs are the sole property of Virginia Mendez and are copyrighted works.

ATTENTION!

 

  • ATTENTION Asia! We must have 5 registered students in order to have the Saturday 11:00 a.m. class live.  Otherwise a video of the class will be sent to you 48 hours after the US/ET time. 

  • All China/Japan/Seoul classes are being filmed the day before, during the US/EST time slot. Asia is 13 hours later than the USA. This is NOT another time slot for the same class for US/ET. 

  • ALL Asia classes must be registered for TWO hours before the same class time the day before (for USA) as it is filmed 13 hours before Japan Standard Time. 

  • Requirements for Super Saturday Workshop class: student must be registered for a $70 Unlimited Pass or a $40 4-Weeks Pass (single classes are not available for this class).

  • Meeting IDs and passwords are NOT to be shared. Anyone entering without having registered will be blocked.

  • Classes start August 3rd, 2020 - August 29th, 2020.

  • All subscription options are for a 4-week period.

  • Online Private Classes and Teacher Certification available.

  • Single classes are NOT available for Super Saturday Workshop. Student must be registered for a $70 Unlimited Pass or a $40 4-Weeks Pass.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

 

Taster Series: Melaya, Khaleegy, Saidi & Shabby (All Levels)

Each week we will delve deep into one of these styles.  Combinations with articulated technique, history, and cultural references will be shared.  These combos are so useful as you can use them when these rhythms or musical genres come up in your Mezance or they can be used for an entire choreography in that style.  Either way you will be regarded as a learned dancer when performing any of these folk and traditional styles! 

YOGA MUKHTA FLOW for Bellydancers (All Levels)

Yoga should be an integral part of your dance training as it improves strength, balance, awareness, breathing, focus, and flexibility.  It is extremely beneficial to dancers who want to be more centered and at ease while performing, and have more range of motion and more fluidity.  If you want to incorporate back bends, floor work, or incorporate the balancing of props this class is for you!

Luscious Lines, Exquisite Hands & Arms (All Levels)

Virginia will go deep into the technique, breath, and movement that creates an exquisite frame for all of your dance steps.   Utilizing luscious lines for feet, legs, hips, and posture as well as beautiful arms & hands this class also centers on how to frame for your movements, how to tell the story you want to express, and how to beautify the dance you will present.            

 

Advanced Shimmy Technique (Layering & Traveling) (All Levels)

Advanced shimmy technique will give you all the tools you need to create a juicy shimmy on top of all of your movements as well as shimmying while traveling with a variety of steps.  Intricate break down of technique, tips, and tricks will be shared.  Create powerful and relaxed shimmies while expanding your range of motion when you travel or layer!

SUPER SATURDAY WORKSHOP

Esal Rohak/Oum Kalthoum (Int/Adv Level)

From Virginia’s CD Virginia Gamilet Algamilaat.  Dynamically emotional this piece has moved audiences around the world. Working very closely with the lyrics she will share her choreography but also a wealth of knowledge on how to interpret the lyrics and how to express your true self by giving an emotionally riveting performance filled with depth and substance.