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Natalie Tabiah - Oriental dance

Classical dance Raqs Sharqi ("Dance of the East" in Arabic), also known as belly dance, oriental, or arabesque, is a scenic, aristocratic dance. It is based on the elements of the ancient dances of the Middle Eastern countries, enriched with elements of classical western choreography such as ballet, and accompanied by classical oriental music with complex rhythmic patterns. Dancers may use a shawl and finger cymbals as accessories.

Each region has its own distinct style. The most popular is Egyptian style - graceful, mannered, restrained. Percussion rhythm is less important than complex melodies. Performed on the bare forefoot and incorporates structured arm positions.

Lebanese style is more expressive with active hip and diaphragm movements. Dancers perform in high-heels and use elements of "floorwork".

Turkish style is sensual, passionate, dynamic. A lot of "floorwork" and very open dresses.

Balkan style blends oriental and gypsy dance. Very energetic, movements are repetitive, based on shimmies and pushing hips and shoulders. Shimmies are predominantly shaking the lower abdomen. Steps are small and hand movement is simplistic.

Natalie Tabiah - Children

We offer oriental dance classes for girls age 6 and up!

Oriental dances for girls

Oriental dance for children differ from sensual belly dancing for adults.
For girls, it's a beautiful oriental fairy tale where they can be princesses, fairies, mermaids, phoenix, and other fairy-tale characters depending on the theme of the production. Accessories actively used include wings, assaya sticks, fans, shawls (for more details on dancing with accessories, see Dance styles and directions).
Children’s classes are less formal and incorporate playful activities in the lesson. Some movements that are used in adult dances are excluded, e.g. shimmies. The focus is on learning a sense of rhythm and how to move, developing strength and flexibility, and theatrics.

Lessons consists of three parts:
  • Lessons begin with a warm-up for each part of the body and muscle groups.
  • After several introductory lessons, in which the girls get acquainted with the basic movements and the specificity of oriental dances, they start learning choreography. Individual characteristics (age, height, weight, and physical condition) are taken into consideration.
  • Lessons conclude with stretching and light exercise.

Lesson duration: 60-90 minutes

The benefits of oriental dance for girls:
  • Improves posture, coordination, and gait
  • Develops flexibility, plasticity, and gracefulness
  • Teaches to sense music and rhythm, instills creativity and self-expression
  • Promotes future women's health
  • Increases self-confidence and comfort with public performance
  • Full-body exercise
  • Teaches setting and achieving goals, to strive for excellence, responsibility, and sportsmanship through participation in competitive events
Proper attire for dance lessons:

Leggings, skin-tight shirt, shawl around hips, dancing shoes. Practice outfit are available from


Individual lessons 350 CZK/60 minutes

15 years of teaching experience

Natalie Tabiah - Adults
Art of Belly Dance

Lessons for aspiring professionals!

Which may cover:
  • Theoretical foundations of oriental dances
  • Rhythms, styles, costumes, and the emergence and development of each type of oriental dance
  • Development of proper posture and flexibility
  • Movements and sequences according to student ability
  • Mimicking and improvising dance movements
  • Proper use of oriental dance accessories
  • Group and solo dance

Lesson Duration: 60-90 minutes

Dance aerobic

Workout routine utilizing a continuous combination of oriental and gypsy dance movements.

Effectively burns calories !!!
  • Dance for pleasure
  • Burn fat
  • Strength the muscles
  • Improve flexibility and plasticity
  • Lifts the mood

The lesson begins with warming up and easy stretching before the intense dance session, and finishes with strength exercises for problem areas using one’s own body weight.

Suitable for any age and physical condition, as well as for people with disabilities.

Recommended duration of the lesson is 60-75 minutes.


Those who regularly practice stretching have good posture, excellent flexibility, and can do the splits with ease. Regular stretching enables one to easily perform spectacular dance movements.

The recommended duration of the lesson is 30 minutes, and may be taken in combination with a dance lesson or separately.

Benefits of belly dancing:
  • Develop flexibility and learn to move gracefully
  • Improves posture
  • Helps with spinal problems
  • Learn to feel and control your body
  • Improves coordination
  • Strengthens and tones hip, abdominal, pelvic, and arm muscles
  • Burns up to 450 calories/hour
  • Improves fertility
  • Quickens recovery after childbirth
  • Improves blood and lymph circulation
  • Burn fat and cellulite
  • Develops creativity
  • Increases self-esteem
  • No partner is required
Conditions which prevent participation:
  • Severe back pain
  • First trimester of pregnancy
    Limited participation after the third month, if there are no complications.
  • Serious diseases, consultation and doctor’s permission is necessary
Proper attire for dance lessons:

Leggings, skin-tight shirt, shawl around hips, dancing shoes. Practice outfit are available from

  • Group lessons from 125 CZK/60 minutes
    First lesson is without commitment, thereafter courses are 10 lessons.
  • Individual lessons from 300 CZK/60 minutes

15 years of teaching experience

Natalie Tabiah - Schedule

School "VEDA", Legerova 1878/5,
Prague 2, close to metro I.P.Pavlova

Every Tuesday from 6.30 till 8.30 p.m.
- adults (medium level)
Every Saturday from 6.30 till 8.30 p.m.
- children (medium level)