"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."

—A. Parshall, Ballet Instructor

Preview Introduction to Raqs Sharqi (Belly Dance)


 

“One of the best things that you do is gradual steps. It's wonderful the way you teach. You listen to the students as you teach. That's one of the most important things a teacher needs to do, and you do it superbly well.” 

—David J. Gonzol, PhD
Director of Music Education, Shepherd University

Bringing World Dance to students.


Introduction to Raqs Sharqi (Belly Dance in Arabic) is an online course in the fundamentals of this Middle Eastern dance, its cultural implications, and its significance in the world dance genre.

Modeled on our live, in-person arts residency program in schools and colleges, this virtual residency is for

  • Class/studio setting
  • Remote learners
  • Hybrid learners
  • Homeschool students
  • Pandemic pods
  • Micro schools


belly dancer Jensuya and drummer Robert Peak teaching belly dance workshop in dance studio

“It was easy for beginners to follow; it was challenging enough for the advanced dancers; it was a beautiful experience of improvisation.” 

—Laurie Goux, Adjunct Dance Professor
Davis & Elkins College


young woman learning belly dance with online class on TV in living room with sleeping dog

Students learn belly dance traditionally.


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

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


"I think the students sense that this is not information being regurgitated to them...that [Jen & Bob] have actually been there and done that!"

—Holli McCumbee, Dance Instructor
Berkeley Springs High School


It's easy to administer remotely with our Course Guide.


Especially helpful for remote students, we provide suggestions, tips, and guidelines for setting up and getting the most from the course for students learning outside the class studio.


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


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"All the interconnection of the music, the dance, the cultural with the historical aspect, the language—I think that's wonderful. You're really immersing them in the culture...I love that it's so out of our comfort zone—the kids have really taken to it."

—Andrea Masciocchi, Dance Instructor
Barbara lngram School for the Arts


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Follow the Rigorous Plan to learn in 8 sessions.



"I don't know much about the Middle East...so learning the culture was fun for me. I had a lot of fun with the drum rhythm!"

—Hayley R., High School Senior


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

No dancer left behind.


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

  • Technique lesson videos
  • Practice session videos

Directions at the end of each video suggest how individual students should modify the next session depending on how challenging the lesson was.

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Connect with us virtually.


Whether the student is at home or in the classroom, we're together virtually!

Students can ask us questions and share experiences with other students in the comments section of each video.

Remote-learning & hybrid-learning.


With 3month access, we give teachers and professors the flexibility to adapt with ease the virtual residency to each teaching situation, even when switching back and forth from in class to remote learning.


Students can choose the device.

  • Smart TV
  • Computer
  • Tablet
  • Smart phone


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Introduction to Raqs Sharqi (Belly Dance) Curriculum


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$295

ONE Class, Introduction to Raqs Sharqi

1 Instructor and up to 19 students, 3 months access

High School, College, University

public, private, pods, micro, home schools


Your enrollment includes:


  • 1 instructor and up to 19 students
  • 3 months access to the course
  • 20 professional instructional videos
  • 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.


Once you've selected and paid for your virtual residency option, we will send you, the teacher, a 20-person multiple-use coupon that you and your remote-learning students will be able to use to access the course. You'll have 3 months from the time of purchase to complete the course, which should give you and your students plenty of "wiggle room" to complete the course and even do the dance activities multiple times.

$549

TWO Classes, Introduction to Raqs Sharqi

Up to 2 Instructors and up to 38 Students, total

High School, College, University

public, private, pods, micro, home schools


Your enrollment includes:


  • Access for up to 2 instructors and up to 38 students
  • 3 months access to the course
  • 20 professional instructional videos
  • 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.


Once you've selected and paid for your virtual residency option, we will send you, the instructor, a 40-person multiple-use coupon that you, your remote-learning students, and if applicable, another teacher and his/her remote-learning students will be able to use to access the course. You'll have 3 months from the time of purchase to complete the course, which should give you and your students plenty of "wiggle room" to complete the course and even do the dance activities multiple times.

$595

THREE Classes, Introduction to Raqs Sharqi

Up to 3 Instructors and up to 57 Students, total

High School, College, University

public, private, pods, micro, home schools


Your enrollment includes:


  • Access for up to 3 instructors and up to 57 students
  • 3 months access to the course
  • 20 professional instructional videos
  • 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.


Once you've selected and paid for your virtual residency option, we will send you, the instructor, a 60-person multiple-use coupon that you, your remote-learning students, and if applicable, another teacher and his/her remote-learning students will be able to use to access the course. You'll have 3 months from the time of purchase to complete the course, which should give you and your students plenty of "wiggle room" to complete the course and even do the dance activities multiple times.

belly dancer Jensuya and drummer Robert Peak in performance costumes smiling at camera

Dance. Understand. Rejoice.


Merhaba!

I'm 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!