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The joyful benefits of belly dance:

  • A fun introduction to belly dance

  • Feel joy again, especially if you are overworked & fatigued

  • Increase your energy

  • Increase your self- awareness

  • Decrease Stress

  • Improve posture

  • Improve coordination

  • Improve body image

  • Body love

  • Safe and nurturing environment

  • Classes are great for bonding with your mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends. 

Email me to be reminded of classes & special events -

Look in your spam/junk folder if you have not received anything.  

omahabellydance@gmail.com

  ****Bring Water to class!  

Dates subject change due to weather and low enrollment. 

Please register early to save a spot and so classes don't get canceled.

No walk ins allowed. This is for safety, insurance and facility rental agreements.

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY OR ON TIME FOR CLASSES as I do lock doors at times for safety.

Warm up and cool downs are very important.   The best place for Adult Dance and kid friendly.

 

1 hour/ 6 weeks/ $65.00

Dates subject change due to weather.
Please register early.

Peace Love and Respect for Everyone

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2024 Schedule

 I am currently teaching at 2 locations in the Omaha area.

Montclair Community Center

2304 S. 135th Ave

Omaha, NE 68134

Monday Mixed Beginners 6pm - 7pm 

Monday Beginners 715pm - 815pm 

Winter Session I: Jan 8 - Feb 12, 2024 

New schedule coming after this crazy weather. 

    
Wednesday Beyond Beginners 6pm-7pm

Wednesday Mix Beginners 715pm - 815pm

Winter Session I : Jan 8 - Feb 14, 2024

Benson Community Center

6008 Maple Street

Omaha NE

Thursday Mix Beginners 6pm-7pm

Winter: Jan 11 - Feb 15

 ******No class July 4th**********

Autumn Session 1: August 8 - Sept 12

Autumn Session II: Sept 26 - October 31

Winter November 7 December 19 

*****No Class Thanksgiving******

Classes are great for all ages, adult dance, teen dance or

child dance classes (with adult attendance). 

 

Beginners classes focus on basic belly dance movements, posture and music for new dancers. Basic belly dance movement means movement on the body not dance steps. Lifts, drops, slides, circles, figure eights and undulations are introduced and drills for understanding. Travel and combinations are introduced. Everyone learns at their own pace. This class moves into continuing beginners after your first 6 weeks session.  This class may not be available every session and I have been combining it with Mixed Beginners.  

Mixed Beginners no Dance Experience required. Focus is on basic belly dance movements, posture, coordination and music for new and continuing beginners. Drills, transitions, speed and small combinations are introduced.  Everyone moves at their own pace.  This class builds on the previous week movement as we may or may not be working on a choreography and reviewed each week as the group progresses.

Beyond Beginners and Intermediate  -

Please take Beginners before signing up for this class. 

This class may be introducing choreography, working with finger cymbals, or props such as canes or veils.  I sometimes have cymbals to sell. Please contact Tracy before signing up for the intermediate class.

  

Drop in is allowed if there is room at $15 a class. Each class builds on previous weeks movements.  Email me for more information.  

Are you looking for private lessons?  Email me for more information and availability.  

omahabellydance@gmail.com

Please email me or text me at 402-981-4328 my phone is usually on do not disturb for class time or my creative process. You may leave a voicemail and I will return your call. Thank you

Peace Love and Respect for Everyone

COVID Guidance:

Mask are a optional thank you for respecting everyone choice.

Please respect personal space for social distancing 6ft or more.  

Cancellation Policy: There are no make up classes, students are responsible for their schedule. I do allow you to attend other classes if they are available. If classes are canceled due to weather and the building closes, class will be made up at the end of the session at the same time and day. If you are not happy after the first class you have 48 hours to contact me for a refund for the remaining of the classes and charged the drop in fee. There are no refunds for drop in classes. There are no refunds for shows.

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Ancient movement medicine to release your soul…       

         give expression to it… 

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A little about me:

My name is Tracy Risch. I spent 15 years in the corporate field working with computers, and I was drained. I switch career paths and went back to college, to become a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. I started dance late in life, in my late late 20s and belly dance is my first dance. I have been teaching belly dance since 2015 and in 2021 Certified A-Z Belly Dance Originals & Advance, AstroBelly and Somatics. In 2019 I became a certified Tai Chi and Qi Gong instructor. I am married with one son, one turtle, 2 dogs and raise backyard chickens. I love to garden and sew when I have time. My dance name Azale Anwar, which means eternal guiding light.  I have a small Troupe called "The Lost Sisters of the Nile" because sometimes we all get a little lost and we help each other find our way.

Are you brunt out and just tired of the same old day to day?

Feel a alive again and take time for yourself.  Do you want to increase your energy and not have to go to the gym? Do you want to connect with others that are like minded and just feel good about yourself? 

This is a dance that makes me laugh and giggle like a little kid again. 

Get unstuck and feel whole again.

Exercise is medicine for the body, expression in movement is medicine for the soul. Listen from within and express your soul through dance.  Discover belly dance and why it has lasted since ancient times.

Why do we need to take time for ourselves?

We work hard for others and put other needs before our own, decreasing our own self-worth.

We empty our own cups to replenish others.

We quiet that voice within and listen to the needs of others forgetting that we have needs too.

We feel guilty if we put ourselves first and selfish if we do, judging ourselves harshly. We are programmed this way through society.

Helping others is noble and worthy, it also drains our energy, burns us out and often goes unnoticed.

We need to replenish our own energy, be grateful for our gifts and focus on our own needs to decrease burnout so we can help others in a more gratifying way for ourselves. There are times we need to be the ones that say to ourselves, I am beautiful, I am smart, I am needed, I am loved, and I am enough. We need to say it to ourselves and feel it before we can believe it.

This dance has allowed me to focus on myself and connect my mind with my heart, body, and spirit. I felt pleasure from within. The dance has allowed me to listen to my own needs so I can express my soul from within, without judgement and without guilt.

The dance has increased my self-awareness, with finding my strengths and weaknesses thus increasing my self-acceptance and living in kindness to myself.

Therefore, I take time for me; belly dance has been my me time, increasing my sense of wellness and self-esteem and creating a positive feeling of self-expression, my medicine to focus on me, connecting movement with the music in time and space.

We are all important and we all deserve to treat ourselves and to connect with in.

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Buy the gift of dance. Gift certificates available for $65.00  
Good for one - 6 week session. 

Ladies Only Parties:

 

Contact me if you are looking for a ladies day or night in party.  Great for corporate women, bridal showers and birthdays.

What's your celebration?

I'll show you how to hip lift, drop and shimmy.  No dance experience necessary.

This is a fun day or night out with the ladies moving to some fun music. 

I bring hip scarves, the moves and the music, you pick your friends and the place.

This is great for women of all ages.

Email: omahabellydance @gmail.com

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Testimonials: 

Tracy,

 

Thank you to both you & Michelle sharing your belly dancing talent with us on Mon., Sept. 18, 2023.  We appreciate the time you took out of your busy schedules to come & be with us.  You two are very talented & it was delightful to watch the dances.  You have worked hard to train & prepare.  We enjoyed seeing the beautiful costumes & all the accessories.  It was exciting to watch & listen to the music.  Our residents enjoyed getting a chance to join you in some of the chair dancing with your beautiful scarves.  We all learned a lot from listening to the history & sharing of the culture. 

 

Have a great rest of your week, 

 

Ann H. Slabaugh

Life Enrichment Director

Adena - August 2023

I want to come back to classes! “I was so joyous after your classes, I felt alive for the first time in years.”

Rosemery July 2022

After i started to work(my job) everything in my life have been very crazy, im feeling that my 24 hours is reduced to 5 hours, every day my plans change,(is giving me frustration hehehe). The only thing that im going to keep is my belly dance class because relax me and i love it not matter im not doing good the movement hehehe, so see you this week in the class!! Thanks Tracy.
 

Thank You & Devorah for dancing!! The dances were radiant (& shimmery). Yes we will indeed!
 

- Darayu  06/20/2022

From World Refugee Day Event

Susan Fort

I decided to take lessons with Tracy as I love the way she expressed herself through her joyful dance. Her classes are always Welcoming & Tracy's instruction is informative, allowing for dancer's differences & abilities. Dancer's questions are answered, movements explained & weekly movement "drills" are like fun mini group dances!
I feel her classes have enhanced my own belly dancing, by enabling me to understand each isolated movement in more detail.
The camaraderie in her Class is something I look forward to each week!

Amira Rojas - Feb. 2020

I had an amazing time. It was fun and informative. Not only did we learn dance moves but about middle eastern/Egyptian culture. Can't wait to bust my moves out on the dance floor or maybe even at work!

Class has made be feel more confident and sensual! Can't wait till next class!

Chris Logeman - Feb. 2020

I really enjoyed this class! I looked forward to coming to class! Such a nonjudgmental environment. Can't wait for the next session. 

Joesey

Taking the belly dance classes with Tracy Risch has definitely been fun and informative - I have learned much about belly dance itself that I otherwise had no idea about! It also helps get me out of the house and moving - I had been interested in learning belly dance for a few years but didn't sign up for any classes til this year - I think I'm in my third session now. Even though it is still the beginner class I do feel like I'm still learning something every time I go.
    Tracy is great as a teacher because she explains all the movements in a way that the class can relate to - she makes the lessons fun and definitely not seem like a chore the way some exercise programs might. I would recommend taking her class if anyone is interested in learning belly dance!

Joan Allen

No better way to have fun, exercise the brain and body. Tracy is a sexy and accomplished dancer and a fantastic and fun instructor for those of us of all shapes, sizes and ages. I am 67 and have never had so much fun!

TJ

Tracy, Thank you for teaching us this ancient art, while sharing your knowledge of the history of belly dancing as well.  You model respect to each and every student, and you make it fun!   Your warm and welcoming personality makes for a more comfortable environment for shy students.   This class has really helped me figure out where my body needs more attention, and where it needs work getting unstuck.

Deb

These classes have provided a getaway from my daily grind. A friendly community of women get together and bond while getting an excellent workout. I have definition in my upper abs for the first time in my life! Tracy is an excellent teacher. She knows how to break down each movement in many ways. She encourages us to learn to improv to the music so we learn early on to make our dances our own.

Shelly Spencer

I have thought about taking a belly dancing class for years and finally did! I am so glad I signed up for Tracy’s class. She made me feel so comfortable even though I was really out side my comfort zone. I feel I progressed each week and I am signing up for another 6 weeks. This is great exercise and an hour I look forward to each week.

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