Weekly Classes

Come learn the beautiful art of belly dance! Learn a new skill, hang out with awesome people, and get some exercise (without even realizing it). Click here for class info!


Enjoy a weekend intensive with different instructors and learn about specialty topics. Click here for upcoming workshops.


Two new performance classes!

Not able to make it to the Thursday choreography session? Luckily there are two new classes that are preparing choreography for the Shimmitastic Boogaloo!

Monday night zill choreography: we will be learning a super cute choreography to “Haram Aleyk” by Natacha Atlas, with finger cymbals! Mondays September 8 – September 29, 7:30-9pm (90-minute class) at Sanctuary BodyWorks. This session is $75 and we will be preparing for the fall showcase, so previous belly dance and finger cymbal experience is required.

Please contact me if you are interested in the zill class – I should have the registration link soon!

Not into zills? Then you’ll want the Saturday performance series with Isabel. My friend Isabel, fellow teacher, dancer, and all around bomb-ass person, is teaching a special choreography prep for the show as well! That class will meet from 10:30 – 12:30 on Saturdays on August 23, September 13, and September 27. Her session is $65 at Mobtown Ballroom. If you are interested in joining that session, please visit her website for more information.



What my students think

I Love Bellydance Classes with Mariza! I’ve had alot of different teachers and am happy to say she is among the best of them! We often end up laughing our way through the challenging drills and then have fun putting new skills to use in short combos in the technique class. I also love our ensemble class! Mariza’s choreos are fresh and she is very open to the goals and desires each student. I always look forward to class and always leave feeling better than when I came. Love you Mariza!! Charlotte
Well, I’m pretty new to bellydance (in my second session) but I have a lot of dance experience. That being the case, I find that Mariza’s class not only challenges me but is also a lot of fun. Every class gives me something I can feel proud of accomplishing AND something that makes me grit my teeth and say, “I’ll have to practice that later.” She’s got a warm and friendly personality and I love that she makes adjustments to each class based on how the class is doing … meaning she’s not totally locked into her plan for the day. I like that she focuses so much on technique but also demonstrates and often comments on the need to “perform,” especially in our faces! It’s a great class. Friendly people. Give it a shot! Robin
Classes are so fun! Mariza is a great dancer and teacher. She frequently asks for class feedback, and is able to speed up or slow down depending on what the class wants. As a result, we are always learning at our level. She can come up with complex combinations that could challenge highly experienced dancers, but also breaks the moves down so they are easy to learn. She has a wonderful sense of humor, which keeps classes fun. Naaja
I have recommended her classes many times over! Her guidance is done with laughter and love, but a strong and firm sense of direction. Even if you’re doing something incorrect, she’s able to help you correct it in a positive and constructive manner. Student via anonymous feedback survey
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for being a teaching artist for the Howard County Community Dance Festival. The dancers and studio representatives spoke very highly of your teaching. My favorite comment was, “OMG the class was so hard, but so fun!”. Nicole McClam, Howard County Community Dance Festival Coordinator
I look forward to it each week, Mariza creates a very positive environment and is an excellent teacher :) Student via anonymous feedback survey
Well, I keep coming back, so [the classes] must be pretty good. Eliza, student with a gift for understatement :)

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