At Rochester International Dance Studio, we strengthen, inspire and connect women through dance.
Want to get in shape, have fun with friends, and try something new? Join a belly dance class today.
You will experience the transformative power of dance to tone, strengthen and increase your overall fitness while you have fun socializing with other women!
You will learn movements that are friendly to the female body and can tone and strengthen your core muscles, improve flexibility, reduce stress, burn calories and improve your balance and coordination.
As soon as you walk in to our home-like studio, you feel something different. This isn’t just a place where people come to sweat. You will find friends and inspiration within these walls.
A little about the founder, Sadiya
Sadiya has channeled her life-long passion for study of dance to create a studio just for you. You want a wide variety of classes with convenient times. You want the flexibility to attend classes as you are able and not lose money because your session is over.
During her years as Executive Director of several Rape Crisis and Women’s Centers in Tennessee, Ohio and North Carolina, she learned the importance of service for and acceptance of all women. You will find this attitude in all of our classes with individual attention from the instructor and small class sizes. It doesn’t matter if you have danced before or always considered yourself to have “two left feet”. You will feel welcome and find your inner dancing queen at RIDS.
In 2002, Sadiya suffered a head injury at a fundraiser for her nonprofit. It was a freak accident that changed her life completely. During her rehabilitation, her physical therapist suggested that she take a dance class to help in the recovery. She found a local belly dance teacher in North Carolina (Aziza Fadwa) and the journey began.
Because of this experience, you will find compassionate acceptance of injury, chronic illness, life transitions, lack of coordination or any other potential obstacle that has kept you from exercise or self expression. You will be able to use your class pass card for a large variety of belly dance classes ranging from gentle movement to non-impact aerobic. Since your class pass card is good for all classes that the studio offers, you can attend different classes based on how you feel and what you need each week.
If you are looking for performance opportunities or performers for your event, you can find student troupes and professional troupes at RIDS. Sadiya is a founding member of Shaia Dance Collective, a group of professional and semi-professional belly dancers who operate out of the studio. She is also a founder and member of Twisted Luna Tribal, an American Tribal Style and Tribal Fusion dance troupe. You can hire an individual dancer or a group for your party. You can even book a party for your children to learn hula, belly dance or experience the Indian art of henna.
Sadiya has studied with many of the best teachers in the world representing a variety of styles including classical Egyptian, Turkish, Indian, Tribal Fusion and American Belly Dance. This commitment to excellence ensures that you are receiving the best dance instruction from her and her other teachers who are well trained professionals in their field. Sadiya has recently been licenced to teach Zumba Basic and Zumbatomic (Zumba for kids). She has also received her certification to instruct American Tribal Style (TM) dance and has been accepted to be a prestigious “sister studio” to Fat Chance Belly Dance in San Francisco. . She is the first belly dance instructor in Rochester to receive a comprehensive training and certification to teach belly dance.
One of Sadiya’s students, Mary, recently wrote in a nomination for the Champion of Diversity award (which Sadiya won).
“Her new dance studio and her philosophy of acceptance of all types of differences— cultural, age, size and shape, social position, talent or lack of it, etc. make her a Model for Diversity! Through her classes and as members of a caring group, people improve their body image and find peace with themselves as they are. It means so much to these students that we all want to share the experience with everyone else. She is more than a business woman—she truly cares about each and every person she comes in contact with, and her classes are a joy to attend. The atmosphere is family-centered, totally and honestly accepting; and it is reflected by all her students in their relationship with each other.”
To read more about Sadiya and her journey to health, follow this link to find her featured in the Rochester Women magazine.
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