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Ventura Bellydance Class Questions & Answers
(Raqs Faqs)

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What should I wear to Bellydance class?
Natasya recommends:

How do I find a qualified teacher?

Will Belly dance help me loose weight?

What are the health benefits of Natasya's Bellydance classes?

What is a bellydance class like?
A good belly dance class will include:

What are the spiritual benefits of Natasya's Bellydance classes?

Where does Bellydance come from?
Bellydance is found all over the Near East, including Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Greece, Turkey, and many other countries.
Each country has its own style and music.
Bellydance has also taken root in the USA and spawned a modern "Fusion" style wich incorporates hip-hop, jazz, dubstep, popping, and locking elements as well.
Dances similar to bellydance were recorded in ancient Greek and
Roman manuscripts, so we know this dance has been around for thousands of years.

What are zills?
Zills, or finger cymbals, are the traditional rhythmic accompaniment to bellydance.  Not all bellydance styles use zills ... but anyone who is serious about bellydance learns how to play them.  zill

What is the most correct name for Bellydance?

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Natasya Katsikaris

Natasya Katsikaris has danced professionally in numerous Greek and Moroccan restaurants, theatrical productions, and cultural festivals throughout California and Oregon.  She produced has produced numerous events including Ventura Belly Dance Festival and Ojai Bellydance Festival. She has taught at both Ventura College (Callifornia) and Portland Community College (Oregon) and trained with the Performing Group of UCSB's Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. Natasya is a certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, Yoga Teacher, and Bellydance Instructor. 

Natasya Katsikaris
Belly Dance Teaching, Performance, & Production Credits

Ventura Community College Instructor1999-2004
Portland Community College Instructor 2005-2007
Ventura County Star- Shimmy Sensation Video of 2008 Ojai Class
City of Ventura Belly Dance Teacher1999-2004
Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive Instructor 2009
Tribal Fest Instructor 2003
Ojai Department of Recreation Belly Dance Classes1999-2003
Loma Vista Middle School
Fusion Studio Belly Dance Teacher & owner1999-2004
Sacred Space Studio 2008-2012
Cosmotion Studio 2016
NEMA Studio 2017
FCBD Certified Belly Dance Instructor

Production & Performance credits

Ojai BellyDance Festival (founder and co-producer) 2008 - 2015
Ventura Bellydance Festival (Founder & producer) 2000-2004
Equinox Tribal Bellydance Festival (founder & producer 1999-2000)
Ventura's Greek at the Harbor Restaurant 1996 - 2004
Chef Karim's Moroccan Restaurant (Santa Barbara) 1996-1999
Olivas Adobe Music Under the Stars
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Ojai Day 2003 - 2015
Ventura Art Walk
City of Ventura 4th of July Street Fair
Vesselo Festival (Eugene Oregon)
Various Multi-cultural events at Ventura and Oxnard schools
University of California, Santa Barbara
(UCSB) Middle Eastern Music Ensemble 1991-1993
Ojai Pirate Festival
Santa Barbara Renaissance Fair


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