Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are classes really for every age, shape, size and fitness level?
A: Absolutely!  Faaria encourages all students to be their personal best.  Faaria's personal attention in class is designed to give you the feedback and tools you need to learn bellydance.  


Q:  I have no dance experience.  Can I learn to belly dance?A:  Absolutely!  Many students have never had a dance class.  After taking a beginner session, they discover the joy of learning to dance.

Q: Are classes just for people who want to perform someday?
A:  No!  Performance is never a requirement at Oasis Dance Center.  Students come to classes for a variety of reasons; some interested in performace, while others just want to enjoy the fun of the class.


Q: Who is the teacher for my belly dance class?

Beginner - Advanced weekly belly dance classes are taught by Faaria, director of Oasis Dance Center.  Kenzie teaches Monday night specialty sessions, workshops, and our annual open level Winter choreography sessions.  Both instruct private lessons to interested students of all levels.

Q: What do I wear to class?
A: Most students prefer a yoga-type pant or a long full skirt.  All students should wear a form-fitting top, as baggy, oversized tops make it hard to see the movements.  There is absolutely no need to bare your belly, but if you wish to, feel free!  Street shoes are not allowed in the studio space.  All street shoes need to be left in the waiting area.

Q:  I want to lose weight and get in shape...Will belly dance do that?
A:  Belly dance classes provide a wonderful workout for the body and mind.  Used in addition to healthy eating and a fitness routine, belly dance can help students achieve their goals.  However, one hour per week doing any fitness activity won't accomplish weight loss.  Adding belly dance to a regular fitness routine can add a bit of spice to your workout.

Q:  I have an injury--knee problems, back problems, etc.  Is belly dance right for me?
A:  Students should always speak with their physician before starting any physical activity if they have a pre-existing injury/condition.  Belly dance is safe and gentle enough for most.  Faaria can help the individual tailor dance movements to ensure the student learns in a safe manner.

Q:  I've taken belly dance before-- can I take classes at Oasis?
A:  Yes!  Students with belly dance experience are encouraged to come in and take a class at Oasis to see if it is a good fit for them.  Students from across WNY are welcome to take classes at Oasis.      


Q: I take lessons with another instructor.  Am I welcome to take classes at Oasis?
A:  Yes!  Faaria welcomes all students who want to learn more!  Students dancing with other groups can take classes in addition to their regular classes elsewhere.  Faaria feels strongly that students should be free to take classes from anyone they feel they can learn from. 


Q: I want to become a professional belly dancer.  How long will it take?A:  That depends very much on the individual student.  Students come with varied skill sets.  Most professional dancers have spent many years training prior to going pro.Also, many students find immense enjoyment by performing at the student level without becoming pro.

More Questions?  Faaria will be happy to answer them.  You can contact her by calling 716-698-0288 or emailing