"I can tell by the video that you are an outstanding teacher. The passion you have for your art and your willingness to share it with other is abundantly clear. Your dancing is beautiful."—Anne P.

Preview Introduction to Belly Dance

 
"Belly dance is the physical expression of the music. And through this dance, we can find empowerment. We can find our identity. And we can find joy." —Jensuya

We teach you to embody music.


Introduction to Belly Dance is our multi-week, online course for absolute beginners in the basic technique, rhythm, and choreographic principles of belly dance—called raqs sharqi in Arabic, oryantal in Turkish. 

We've modeled this virtual dance course on our live-drumming, in-person workshops. The interactive video lessons along with the Course Guide and Sample Lesson Plans makes the course ideal for teens, adults, and seniors of any gender who have a moderate fitness level with little to no dance or music background—just an eagerness learn!


  • Belly dance right from your first lesson.
  • Progress at the perfect pace.
  • Get personal help with your lessons.
  • Connect with other students.


belly dancer Jensuya and drummer Robert Peak teaching belly dance workshop in dance studio
“I'm not certain I will ever be a public belly dancer, but I am certain that I have a lot of fun learning this amazing art. Jensuya is so passionate about her work - and so you can only do your best. I feel so welcome - even though I am a beginner.”  —Terri B.
young woman learning belly dance with online class on TV in living room with sleeping dog

You'll learn to belly dance traditionally.


With Bob's live DRUMMING accompanying each of Jensuya's lessons and practice session, you'll learn how to:

  • Identify the beat and the rhythm
  • Move with the beat
  • Embody the classic belly dance rhythm Beledi
  • Master the fundamental belly dance step and 3 variations
  • Dance 2 classic belly dance moves and 2 variations
  • Acquire belly dance isolation technique
  • Choreograph steps & moves
  • Speak key Arabic & Turkish words
  • Develop a personal practice schedule


"It opened my eyes to how I can take a dance and do it to any kind of music. And it was because of doing it with just the drummer and following him. The drummer challenges us. You feel that energy.” —Pam B.

It's easy to begin with our Course Guide.


We give you suggestions, tips, and guidelines for setting up and getting the most from the course.


  • Setting your dance space
  • What to wear for your lessons
  • How to customize your lesson schedule
  • Super tips for class success


printed pages of Introduction to Belly Dance Course Guide for online course
"Jensuya is an amazing teacher. She is a gifted dancer AND teacher. She knows how to teach beginners through advanced. She makes you feel comfortable right away. Also, her husband is her drummer! The pair make a great combo—it is SO RARE to have live drumming as you dance. A consummate professional." —Tracey F.
printed pages of Introduction to Belly Dance Rigorous Plan sample schedule for online course


young and mature women wearing hip scarfs learning to belly dance in studio
Follow the Rigorous Plan to learn in 8 sessions.



mature senior women wearing hip scarfs learning to belly dance in living room
Follow the Gentle Plan to learn in 12 sessions.


printed pages of Introduction to Belly Dance Gentle Plan sample schedule for online course


You set the pace.


Our unique format of separate videos for the technique lessons and practice sessions lets you progress at exactly the perfect rate.

  • Technique lesson videos
  • Practice session videos


Directions at the end of each video suggest how to modify your next session depending on how challenging the lesson was.

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Connect with us!


Whether you're at home or somewhere else, we're together virtually!

Ask us questions and share your experiences with other students in the comments section of each video. We can't wait to see your progress and help you on your belly dance journey.

Practice with us at your convenience.


You choose your device, your place, your time. Do the course in an intense weekend or over a couple of months, and enjoy lifetime access.

  • Smart TV
  • Computer
  • Tablet
  • Smart phone


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Introduction to Belly Dance Curriculum


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Introduction to Belly Dance

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Welcome to Jensuya Belly Dance School and congratulations on beginning your belly dance journey with the Introduction to Belly Dance Online Course.


Your enrollment includes:

  • Lifetime Access to the Course
  • The Course Guide pdf
  • The Rigorous Plan and Sample Schedule pdf
  • The Gentle Plan and Sample Schedule pdf
  • Coaching by me, Jensuya, in the Comments section of each video and pdf.
belly dancer Jensuya and drummer Robert Peak in performance costumes smiling at camera

Dance. Understand. Rejoice.


Merhaba!

I'm belly dancer/engineer Jensuya—aka Jennifer Carpenter-Peak—and along with my Significant Drummer—aka my husband, Robert Peak—we perform live music and belly dance shows, teach belly dance workshops and online courses, conduct in-person and online Middle Eastern arts education programs in schools and colleges, and produce two YouTube channels and blog—all about Mid East music, dance, and culture.


Hailing from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, we have been featured by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the American Turkish Association, and twice by the U.S. Government-funded Middle East Broadcasting Networks, an Arabic-language news organization with a weekly audience of more than 25.7 million people in 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. If there were only one thing that I could teach you, show you, inspire you to do, it would be this—embrace your fear, then dance with it. Let's get started!