12 Ways to Be an Ally
STAY UP TO DATE ON THE BLACK BELLYDANCE BUNDLE & WORK ON ANTI-RACISM IN YOUR DANCE PRACTICE
The sale has been extended from the 23rd to the 25th, something the Bundle NEVER does. Usually our deadlines are set in stone, but Tiffany got sick and has been out most of the sale, which is a bonus for ya'll. Take advantage and grab it before it's gone!
Cause once this Bundle is gone? It's gone!
So come study with amazing teachers for the next couple of months for a price that can't be beat!
With classes happening through June 2022
Have you been wanting to expand your personal dance community to be more culturally diverse while enjoying the best of online instruction?
The first ever Black Bellydance Bundle is at your fingertips.
We are empowering YOU to help make the bellydance community more inclusive, starting with your own education.
This is the world’s first curated collection of online bellydance classes by Black artists, designed to give you unbeatable quality and variety of instruction in your training, and the chance to diversify who you're taking classes from, all at one unbeatable price.
On sale for one week, February 16-25th, but classes will be live happening through June of 2022.
Recordings are available for ALL live events, so even if you can't attend live, you won't miss out.
- Anonymous re: The Raqs Sharqi Bundle
You’ll get to know and learn from excellent Black teachers with unique cultural perspectives and contributions to the bellydance world.
Your participation uplifts Black bellydance professionals, making them more discoverable to all kinds of dancers. This strongly encourages aspiring Black dancers in various bellydance communities, and makes them feel welcome in the dance. This is a win for all of us!
It can be hard to break out of your bubble and find new teachers to dance with, especially in a world shaped by racism and other cultural factors.
Breaking out of the white box can be tough, let us help you take the first step.
Look, classes are expensive. And classes with world class teachers? You're gonna have to pay for those. With the Black Bellydance Bundle, not only do you get to take classes from amazing Black dancers, but you get to do so at a great price!
Classes Happening through June 2022
Everyone teaches differently. Lots of us get stuck taking from the same 2 teachers, or if we take from multiple teachers they tend to have the same backgrounds.
Taking from multiple dancers, from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and races is something that pushes your dance to the next level.
It's not the same thing from different people. It's a different life experience, a different cultural lens, a different perspective.
Everyone brings their own perspective to this dance, sure, but seeking out people who's life experiences differ from your own can only expand your learning.
Instagram and Facebook are fickle, and the algorithm only shows you the people who are like the people you already follow.
And unless you've consciously diversified your feed? You're probably missing a whole group of amazing dancers.
As a result of the algorithms, unconscious bias, and our tendency to stick with what's familiar to us, many Black dancers have to rely on word of mouth to be "discovered".
With the increased focus on being anti-racist in all portions of your life, you've been seeking to learn more from the Black community and to create opportunities for others to learn as well. Who can you invite to your haflas? To teach a guest workshop? Take classes from?
With this Bundle you're gaining fresh perspectives, you're celebrating Blackness in our Bellydance community, and you're doing it all for a hell of a discount.
Learn from amazing Black teachers, diversify your Instagram feed, and who you're taking classes from. All while saving yourself a ton of money and supporting Black dancers.
Isn't it time?
In my personal practice I would just practice the same things, there wasn’t much variety. I felt like I was going through the motions, but not challenging myself enough. With the bundle I’ve been able to add variety to my personal dance practice and I can do it on my schedule. I love studying with different teachers about different topics.
Classes Happening through June 2022
Click below to see all 17 classes included in the 2022 Black Bellydance Bundle.
Each item will have the description, if the class is live or pre-recorded, and how long you'll be able to access it!
Yes, here you'll find an excellent jumping off point for diversifying who you're taking classes from, your Instagram feed, and listening to different voices and stories through the podcast.
Be sure to follow these contributors, and the other amazing artists who are being highlighted through our Instagram Challenge, and the amazing Black artists whose names have been mentioned through our podcast roundtables.
Taking a couple of classes, and following some more people, while an awesome first step, isn't the end of the journey. Commit yourself to working towards being more inclusive in your dance life. Start here, and keep asking yourself what else you can do, how you can support, and celebrate, uplift, and provide space for.
Grab your Bundle, make a start, and remember. This is a lifelong journey to work on the unconscious bias's we hold, and the ways that we all support a flawed system.
With 88% off the purchase price of these classes you're getting over $1,000 USD of classes at a whopping $3.89 Per class.
Once you purchase The Black Bellydance Bundle you'll get access to our members only section of the site, where you'll be able to access 3 of the classes immediately.
In addition you'll have access to our calendar, which will show the upcoming events and give you information oh how to join those classes live. Our first one is happening on March 5th!
The Members area of The Black Bellydance Bundle will be your central area to keep track of all your classes, and we offer several tools for you to keep track of the 18 classes. From showing you what you have and have no registered for, a search feature, and the ability to mark items as complete! When you complete an item, our system will even recommend the next class for you based on what's available!
We work hard to make sure that your experience is awesome while going through your classes! You'll also get emails to remind you to register for each of the live events, and regular emails that update you on what's going on in your Bundle.
Do you have to do all of it? At this price point you only have to take 2 - 3 of these classes to get your value! But with our tools, you'll be supported in taking as many of the classes as you like!
Hello friends, I’m Ebony. I feel extremely fortunate that when I first discovered and began to study raqs sharqi - I was welcomed into an existing diverse, supportive and encouraging bellydance community here in Washington, DC. While my teachers and dance peers demonstrated inclusivity and warmth, I didn’t realize that there was something more that would soon further inspire me to express my authentic self in this artform. I saw a beautiful and extremely talented bellydancer named Lotus Niraja perform live, and it set me on fire. Seeing a Black woman demonstrate such unapologetic excellence in her artistry sparked an increased feeling of belonging in the bellydance world for me. It made me feel like I could be MORE myself in this dance. And, I know I’m not alone. My Black bellydance peers and I love relating on this very shared experience. The experience of seeing that first Black dancer that shows you what’s possible for you. And since then, I have had many aspiring Black bellydancers relate that I was that spark for them.
My intention is to create a space where more of these “sparks” occur. To highlight Black excellence and professionalism in bellydance so that aspiring dancers of all kinds can be inspired and benefit. To give an avenue to our non Black allies who want to uplift Black bellydancers - both beginners and pros - and show them that they’re welcome in our community.
With this intention, I approached Tiffany, the creator of the original Bellydance Bundle. I have been working with Tiffany as a contributor to her bundle for 2 years and have been more than impressed with her business sense and her demonstrated allyship towards Black dancers. She was all in!
So, together, we present to you the first ever Black Bellydance Bundle. We hope you are as excited as we are!
Using the platform of the existing Bellydance Bundle made sense, and we cannot wait to get dancing with all of the amazing instructors featured in the 2022 Black Bellydance Bundle!
The Sale Lasts from Feb 16-25th
Classes happening through June 2022
With every Bundle, we make a point to support the community & causes that we rally behind.
There are award seats available and each year we donate a portion of our profits back to the community, either through organizations or directly to dancers in need.
This project is no different. We will be having open applications for Black dancers in need and will be providing a % of profits directly back to the Black bellydance community.
From paying studio rent to helping dancers afford classes & costuming, we're more than happy to help financially where it is needed.
Money will be disbursed two months after the end of the Bundle, with an open application process. Stay tuned to The Bellydance Bundle's social media & email list to be notified when these applications open.
100%! You don't get a library card expecting to read every book at the library! Think of this like a resource library for Dancers to utilize as they see fit.
No one takes everything in the Bundle. You'd be superhuman if you did!
Most people take the classes with the teachers they love, regardless of the subject. Then they take the subjects they love, regardless of if they know the teacher or not, and then they experiment with the rest!
Because the cost of the Bundle is so low you can get your "monies worth" with only 3-6 of the 14 classes included, so you definitely don't have to take it all for it to be worth it.
Perfectionism shows up everywhere, and the idea that you have to take it all is definitely partially drive by the idea that there's a "perfect" way to do the Bundle. And that if you can't be perfect, it's not worth doing.
When in fact, there isn't a perfect way to do the Bundle, there's just your way. You're not trying to cram yourself to the Bundle, you use and mold the Bundle to your practice and your schedule so you can do things your own way.
That's one of the reasons there are recordings for absolutely everything. You do what you can and want to do. On your schedule. And these one of a kind classes alone are worth the price, so even if you didn't attend a single live event you will still be able to watch the recordings. You'd still get your monies worth out of the Bundle!
You're right, and we encourage you to shout out any of your other favorite Black dancers as part of our Instagram challenge this month.
Since this is the first time we're running The Black Bellydance Bundle we wanted to keep the number smaller, but we have an ongoing list of dancers we'd love to feature in the future if we're able to run this Bundle again.
If you have someone specific in mind, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know who you would like to see in a future Bundle, and don't forget to tag them and share more about them on your social media feeds as well to help point people in their direction!
All classes are 100% digital. You will receive a login to a special page here on the bundle that will keep track of each of your classes for you.
Instructions on how to access your courses will be here, along with information for joining any live events. There are sections at the top of the page to help you navigate both your practice and the Bundle, and there will always be reminders for the next event coming up.
We’ll also mark you as a buyer in our email system so you can receive reminder emails for live events. We’ll make sure you don’t miss a thing and we’ll notify you whenever classes or recordings are available.
Nope. The sale is up for only this one week. With a discount this large (over 90%) there’s no way we can keep it going for long.
Purchase now and take the classes at your own pace.
Nope. The Bundle comes as a complete package with all the Dance & Lecture class.
If you would like to pick and choose on a more granular level than that then you’re welcome to purchase individual classes from the teachers directly at full price if they are available. Some items however are only available through the Bundle.
This type of discount only comes along once a year, so get in while you can!
Depends on the course. Half of our courses are lifetime access, so once you have redeemed them, you have access to them as long as they’re on the internet.
Many of our live events have recordings with access periods. We have consolidated expiration dates for these to make sure you're able to keep track of your courses easily. Think of it like a semester in school! You will receive emails at every junction so that you don’t miss a single thing.
You’ll also be able to opt out of emails if you’ve taken the course and don’t need them anymore so we’re not in your inbox reminding you about things you’ve already done.
You can find the access periods for each individual course under that course’s description, along with the type of class, the length, and the value of the course.
The beauty of online classes is that you can scale everything to your level and there’s no one to tell you anything different!
There is something here for absolutely every level of dancer. From the very beginner just dipping their toe in, to the professional dancers, there is so much to learn.
You always learn to your level, whether or not you know it. You remember and absorb information differently at every stage of your journey. If you took the same class you took as a beginner 10 years later you would learn something totally different from that class because YOU are a different dancer.
So no matter where you’re at in your journey, you’ll find value here that helps you move forward in your dance.
Tell us why or ask whatever question you've got! and we'll help however we can! Some common answers though in case you were wondering...
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