Berkeley Belly Dance Classes

Live Online Classes

In compliance with the shelter-in-place directive to prevent the spread of COVID-19, my belly dance classes will be live streamed until further notice.

Please register for class at least 1 hour before the class starts.

Previously purchased class cards will not be applicable to streaming classes. Class card expirations will be extended for the duration of the shelter-in-place directive in the city of Berkeley and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area.

Online Spring 2020 Schedule


Level 1+ 

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Start here! No certification pre-requisites; finger cymbals are required.

Purchase cymbals here.


Level 2+

Noon – 1:30pm

For dancers certified Level 1 in both the Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour Formats. 

Finger cymbals required.

All in-person belly dance classes
have been suspended until further notice!

Berkeley Belly Dance Classes

Discover the joy of movement, community, and culture!

Join the Salimpour School Berkeley, directed by licensed instructor Abigail Keyes. 

The Salimpour curriculum offers a comprehensive dance program based in sound technique, cultural context, and personal expression.

Our school, and our host studio, the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance, are both inclusive spaces. All bodies are always welcome.

Class Cards and Rates


Māhea Uchiyama Center for International Dance
1800 Dwight Way
Berkeley, Ca.

Go through the green gate and all the way to the back. When you see the studio windows, turn left until the walkway ends.


  • Please arrive 5-10 minutes early.
  • Students arriving 10 or more minutes after start time will not be allowed to take class for health and insurance reasons.
  • Turn off your mobile devices and leave them in the lobby. No devices on the studio floor.
  • Leave your food, chewing gum, and drinks (other than water) in the lobby.

What to Wear

  • Wear comfortable, work-out appropriate clothing, like leggings and a tank top. Please, no skirts.
  • Leave your street shoes in the cubbies in the lobby.
  • Dance shoes (dance paws, slippers, and jazz shoes) are fine on our floors.
  • Please, no hip scarves with coins or beads.
  • You might want a yoga mat, but it is not required. We do a portion of our warm-up and technique on the floor.