Edinburgh Belly Dancing Society
Belly dancing classes for all - affordable, friendly, inclusive and most of all fun!
Who Are We?
Bellydancing is great for fitness and wellbeing so we aim to promote bellydance for everyone! We offer a range of classes, workshops and performance opportunities for all levels of dancers at Edinburgh's most affordable prices. We welcome dancers of all ethnicities, genders, abilities, shapes and sizes. Here at EBDS we love bellydancing and we're sure you will too!
EBDS was initially established as the African and Arabic Dance Society in 1997. Twenty two years later we're still going strong and are hoping to inspire new dancers year on year. The society is ran by a dedicated elected student committee, who do their best to make sure everyone feels welcome. If you have any questions not answered here, the comittee will be more than happy to help.
We run weekly classes every Tuesday during term-time. Classes are held @ 50 George Square in Room G.05.
Beginners 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Improvers/Intermediate 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Classes are taught by our professional teacher, Moyra Banks. Moyra has a really positive, friendly and encouraging teaching style. In class Moyra covers a range of different bellydance styles including egyptian, saidi and shaabi. We also get the chance to learn bellydancing techniques with props such as saidi sticks, veils and even our own hair!
Our workshops are also taught by professionals in the industry, such as Celia Buchan and Caroline Evans. Details of workshops will be advertised in class by the comittee and on our facebook page. Additionally, we have occasional guest teachers in class, who come to spice things up with different bellydance styles such as American Tribal Style. Also watch out for informal practice session to brush up on technique together and practice choreographies.
We aim to make this fun and amazing dance affordable for everyone, especially students. Here's our pricelist for 2019-2020:
Our most affordable option is to become a student member, this allows you to buy your classes in blocks which works out cheaper per class. If you are a student of UoE and the cost of membership and/or classes is a barrier to your participation, please see https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/about/findfunding/studentlife/ as you might be eligible for funding of participation costs.
Keep your eyes open for our socials - we'll advertise these on our facebook page and in class. We're a very friendly bunch so we'll be planning some socials throughout the year. We're planning our first social after our first class of semester 1. We'd also like to organise a social to one of Edinburgh's Bellydance restraunts so we can chat over some lovely food whilst taking inspiration from the fabulous professional bellydancers who perform there.
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: EBDS Page
YouTube: Arabic Bellydance Society
You can view and download a copy of our Society Constitution by clicking here.