Come and Shimmy with Us!
No previous experience required – join us at our Bellydance Taster!
AGM 28 March 2018: New Constitution
Who Are We?
The University of Edinburgh Arabic Bellydance Society was initially established as the African and Arabic Dance Society in 1997 and is aimed at... all the shakers and shimmyers who can't stop wiggling and jiggling! The Society aims to promote bellydance for all levels of dancers by offering a range of classes and workshops at Edinburgh's most affordable prices. A range of different bellydance styles are taught, including oriental and shaabi. The ABS welcomes dancers of all ethnicities, shapes and sizes and is run by a dedicated committee that makes sure that everyone feels welcome. So come along and have a shimmy with us - we know you'll get hooked!
Classes and workshops are taught by professionals in the industry, such as Moyra Banks and Celia Buchan, as well as guest teacher who come to teach us new styles and leave their mark on the ABS. Throughout the academic year, the society has weekly classes for dancers of all levels. The Welcoming Hafla is our first event of the year, featuring dancers from the society and professional dancers – this year, it will take place in the Teviot Debating Hall! The Annual Hafla is our big dance show, so don't miss out on a night of music, dancing and lots of fun!
Bellydance is amazing for both your physical and mental health, which is why we have, and will continue making it as accessible and inclusive as possible.
Want to be taught by professional belly dancers for the best prices in Edinburgh? Well, here are our prices for 2018/19:
We will have 12 weeks of classes in both semesters, but keep your eyes open for information about socials, practice classes and workshops! Members of ABS get special reduced prices, and block and semester tickets may only be purchased by members. If you are planning to go to more than a couple of classes, paying for membership will definitely save you money in the long run. This money could for example be used to purchase you a beautiful shimmy belt (just a suggestion...), which we will be selling throughout the year.
Buying a semester ticket (for members only) will grant you access to all classes in any semester, with a discount of 3 free classes! Having paid for this (and a membership), you will be allowed to attend all classes in the semester without the hassle of dealing with coins every week.
This year we're introducing block tickets (again, for members only) which allows you to buy a block of 3, 5 or 8 classes, with a discount of 1 free class! This is for those who know they will only be able to attend a certain number of classes, and don't want to bring change to every class.
Should you have any questions concerning memberships and class pricing, do not hesitate to get in touch – contact details are on this webpage.
Our weekly classes will take place on Wednesday evenings in the Chaplaincy, from 7 - 8:45pm.
A free practice class training session, led by committee members will take place fortnightly in Ochil (Pleasance) on Saturday afternoons. The room has lovely floor and mirrors, and the practice session is for class participants who wish to brush up on their technique or drill choreographies in a relaxed setting where we will all be helping each other out!
Workshops will be advertised when they are taking place!
What clothes do I wear for classes? Do I have to wear a top showing my belly?
Just wear clothes that you feel comfortable in – belly dancing is a form of working out! There is no need to show your stomach unless you want to – most people wear a vest or t-shirt with leggings. As for shoes, barefoot usually works very well. After attending the taster or one class you will know what feels best for you.
I'm a guy. Can I still come?
Of course, we accept everyone and anyone! Just join us for a class and see whether you're into it.
Is it okay to join halfway through the year?
Absolutely! Just make sure you pick the right price plan for you to make the most out of the classes that are left.
Is any prior experience required?
You do not need to ever have danced before in your life to join us! In other words: no. To become the best you can be, join in the fun early in the year so you get lots of opportunities to practice and to learn. We have had plenty of people joining quite late who have truly bloomed as bellydancers!
I'm an advanced dancer, won't weekly classes be too easy for me?
Not at all! Our teachers have been teaching for a very long time and are able to adjust to everyone's needs and abilties. Join us for a class, we're sure you won't be disappointed.
Can I pay in person, or does it have to be online?
We prefer you to pay for membership and semester tickets online, as this will then automatically show up in our system! However, you can pay in person at the Activities Fair, our Taster or our classes. You will have to pay in person when you attend classes anyway (unless you have purchased a semester ticket).
If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
More information and contact
Facebook: ABS Page
YouTube: Arabic Bellydance Society
You can view and download a copy of our Society Constitution by clicking here.