An eternal hunger for love and beauty is my desire; I know now that those who possess riches alone are only miserable, but to my spirit the sighs of lovers are more soothing than the music of the lyre.
Welcome - My name is Elana Quihuis and I am a Bellydance teacher and a performer located in Sonoma County, CA. This page contains information on some of the aspects of the dance that I am involved with, as well as my class and performance schedule. Please contact me if you have any questions or comments. I would love to hear from you!
My Experience With the Beauty and Joy of Belly Dance.
Arabic Dance has inspired me my whole life, from a young girl entranced by a Bellydancer in the caves of Cappadocia, Turkey , performing professionally at Arabic Restaurants, weddings and festivals,to dancing with my daughters in our living room. As I hear the haunting music of a classical Arabic song, such as one sung from the lips of Um Kalthoum, I melt and become pure dance, sweet emotion and more than my self. Arabic dance is powerful for me in ways that no other dance form has been. I have studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, African, Brazilian and Tahitian dance (to name a few); all wonderful in their own right, but belly dance struck my heart with a gilded arrow and I haven't looked back since. It is a beautiful and graceful Art that permeates the dancer's entire being. It is both fantastically fun and lighthearted but also deeply soulful and transformative. It can lift your emotions, strengthen your body, and build bridges between cultures and people you may have never met otherwise. I love this dance!!!I have devoted many years to studying, performing and sharing this art form with others and I hope I have many years ahead of me to continue this love affair with the greatest Dance on earth.
Come Dance with Me!
I offer classes in both Bellydance technique and choreography. I teach all levels and adore sharing my knowledge and passion for the dance. My class environment is warm and encouraging. It is a place where you can learn to dance without being judged or intimidated. Each class begins with a thorough warm up and then focuses on technique and/or choreography and ends with a yoga inspired cool down.