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If you teach, you're welcome to send your information. I'll update this page about once a month. All listings are free. Email me at msejbl@yahoo.com

Illinois Cook | DuPage | Kane | Lake | McHenry
Wisconsin Kenosha | Milwaukee | Racine

Cook County, Illinois

abrevaya1@yahoo.com; 773-403-5149
Chicago, Des Plaines, Elmhurst
Classic & Modern Egyptian Style, Contemporary, Fusion, and Zumba

Brighid Malone
fortothestranger@sbcglobal.net; 847.372.5537
Wilmette, Skokie, Evanston
American Tribal Style (ATS®) Belly Dance

christianabellydance@gmail.com; 773-420-9834
Teaching Orientale/Cabaret Belly Dance as well as ITS and Tribal Fusion.

Debbie Fletcher
mayatribalbellydance@gmail.com; 708-932-8527
American Tribal Style® (ATS®)

Teaching Shimmy Madness every Monday at 8:30pm at Arabesque! Hip-Hop Fusion is a specialty.

elizabellydance@gmail.com; 773.580.7706
Teaching Tribal Fusion, Improvised Tribal-Style Bellydance and Core at Arabesque

Erika Ochoa
pineappledancestudio@gmail.com; 708-299-2608
Forest Park and Chicago
Egyptian style Middle Eastern Dance, Traditional, Egyptian Folklore and Modern.

Francine Passias
Private Studio, 4057 N Damen AveChicago,IL 60618
In these classes Middle Eastern (Belly) Dance is taught with an honoring of the Feminine.
For more info Click here for flyer

Hanan/Samantha Brenneman
danceas2ndlanguage@gmail.com; 708-214-5738
River Grove IL (2 locations), LaGrange IL, Chicago, IL
Tribal fusion improv, ATS

Jenny Hennek
jennyhennek@hotmail.com; Prospect Heights, Buffalo Grove
Raks Assaye (Cane Dancing); Raks Beledi; Turkish Sword Dancing; Gypsy Dance; Raks el-Sharki (Dance of the Orient); Khaleegy; Veil Dance

kamrah@tattooedbellydancer.com; 520.869.7998
Tribal Fusion, Lebanese & American Cabaret - take a chance on belly dance!

Katerina Zaina (Kathie Cantone)
ktcantone@gmail.com; 773-848-1829
Chicago, IL
Teaching Middle Eastern and Central Asian workshops through InterCultural Music Production. Available for workshops in Persian, Persian for Belly Dance, Turkish, Azeri, Uzbek, Afghan, and other folkloric styles Click here for more information.

Kim Dunham
kira@midnighttribe.com; 847-927-1021
Buehler YMCA, Palatine Illinois,
Good Shepherd Hospital Health and Fitness Center, Barrington, Illinois
Studio Viva, Palatine, Illinois
My home studio, Inverness, Illinois
Egyptian, ATS, Tribal Fusion, Celtic, Tribaret

Lee Na-Moo
leena-moo@hotmail.com; Chicago, IL
Lee strives to be a “moving work of art.” His style of fusion is best describe as elegance, refinement, grace, and beauty in movement; as well as high energy entertainment.  Always pushing the boundary and his limit. He teaches fusion style belly dance.

Mae the Bellydancer
maethebellydancer@gmail.com; 773-355-1669
- Tribal Fusion Bellydance
- Gothic Fusion Bellydance
- Drills and Strengthening
- Absolute 101 class for all styles

Malik Turley
malik@hipcirclestudio.com; 847-401-0820
Evanston, Chicago, Northbrook

Na'ama Rose
rose@naamarose.com; 847-864-6464
Chicagoland area
Egyptian, Contemporary and folkloric

Phaedra Darwish
Chicago and surrounding areas
See vaudezilla.com for weekly mixed level belly dance and specialty prop classes with optional performance opportunities; ravenswoodfitness.com for Bellydance/Bollywood fitness classes

Piper/Karen Hersh Cassidy
kjhersh@yahoo.com; 773-852-8209
Forest Park, Chicago
Tribal Fusion / ITS

chicagosabah@yahoo.com; (708)359-8208
Chicago, Forest Park, Downers Grove, Oak Park
15+ years of pro performing and teaching experience.  Lived and worked in Cairo, Egypt. Former Director and Principal dancer for the Bellydance Superstars .  Group and private lessons, workshops available in specific styles of belly dance

lavenderladi@gmail.com; 708-403-2422
Laughing Water Studio, 14920 El Camino Real, Orland Park
Turkish, Gypsy, Folkloric Bellydance.

Sonya of Arabesque
sonya@sonyassouk.com; 773-742-5250
Egyptian-style Arabic Raks Sharki, Vintage Orientale, Folkloric, Improv Tribal Style, Tribal Fusion, Gothic Tribal, Bhangra, Bollywood, Burlesque

Sophia Gates
sophiagates@comcast.net; 773-764-2807
Cheetah Edgewater
Classical belly dance, primarily using traditional Middle Eastern music of all styles. A challenge for the body and the mind, the dance is empowering - I try to break complex movements into simple building blocks, like the colors of a painting. Click here for more information.

Stephanie Barton
starkana@aol.com; 773-975-0242
Offering classes in Tribal Bellydance: basic skills, group improvisation, prop work, and also tribal fusion technique. See www.readmyhips.com/classes.htm for full schedule. Private lessons also available.

Surayah Al-Muddaris
Surayahdance@gmail.com; 773-956-4848
Alhambra Palace, Chicago
Belly Dance Classes:Click here for more information.

Prabvi GuaLoa
prabvi.gualoa@gmail.com; 773-717-2393
Chicago, IL
I teach BellyDance Basics & Fusion Technique. Weekly classes are taught at Rumble Arts Center from 2:00-3:30 pm in Humboldt Park. And Private lessons are taught in my home studio in Logan Square. Click her for more information.

The Goddess Mari
GoddessMari@gmail.com; 630-267-1808
Mt. Prospect River Trails, Schaumburg Park District CRC, Wood DalePark District
American Caberet, Belly Fusion, World Dance Fusion, Interpretive Belly Dance

Cat Alaira King
alairacat@yahoo.com 630-589-9169
Arlington Heights
Public class is Belly Dance for Fitness and Fun. Private classes are Middle Eastern Dance styles, fusion and choreography

Dupage County, Illinois

Adonia@VintageBellyDance.com; 224/587 3722
InnerPeace Pilates, 115 W Main St #100  West Dundee, IL 60118
Adonia helps students build the confidence & strength to lead healthy lives. Providing training in her award winning style of Am Cab, Adonia’s upbeat style & fun personality helps you relax & have fun as she guides you in finding your own unique style.

Agnieszka Kedzior
mantrabellydance@gmail.com; 636-358-4401
Aurora and Wheaton, IL
American Tribal Style (ATS)® belly dance. Learn to belly dance in a warm, encouraging environment! ATS® classes do not teach choreographed routines. Instead, students gradually learn steps and cues within the ATS® vocabulary. The dancers then use that vocabulary to create a unique dance each class.

anisahdancer@aol.com; 630-373-9532
Carol Stream and St. Charles
American Cabaret dance & fitness, Raqs Sharqi

Donna (Diva) Kajtsa
donnadiva65@gmail.com; 630-212-2017
Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn
American Classical Belly Dance and Polynesian dance (Hula and Tahitian), Elmhurst Park District and home studio.

mahira_dancer@yahoo.com; 630-615-8268
Mahira teaches private lessons at her home studio Raks Refuge in Schaumburg, IL. She teaches weekly classes at Eastern Groove Studio in Elgin, IL.
American Cabaret, Raqs Sharqi, Classic and Modern Egyptian, Fusion

M. Grace Tucker
easternfirebellydance@gmail.com; 630-988-4443
Naperville and Bolingbrook
Former ACE-certified aerobics instructor teaches a modernized style of belly dance that focuses on unity and camaraderie among dancers. Grace's mission is to spread the beauty and logic of American Tribal Style far and wide

Maria Dancer
The Dance Spot 605 E Ogden Ave, Naperville, IL
Maria has been dancing and teaching Belly Dance since 2004. She is trained & certified in both Cabaret & American Tribal Style (ATS)®. Maria, founder of Shimmy by Fire, teaches on Wed & Thurs nights. The first Wed & Thurs of the month starts the session.

Suzy Schulte
mantrabellydance@gmail.com; 636-358-4401
Aurora and Wheaton, IL
American Tribal Style (ATS)® belly dance. Learn to belly dance in a warm, encouraging environment! ATS® classes do not teach choreographed routines. Instead, students gradually learn steps and cues within the ATS® vocabulary. The dancers then use that vocabulary to create a unique dance each class.

The Goddess Mari
GoddessMari@gmail.com; 630-267-1808
Mt. Prospect River Trails, Schaumburg Park District CRC, Wood DalePark District
American Caberet, Belly Fusion, World Dance Fusion, Interpretive Belly Dance

I teach Belly dance Basics & Technique at the Bolingbrook Park District. The Level 2 class has opportunities to perform, if desired. I also break down the differences in style (oriental, tribal improv, tribal fusion).

Kane County, Illinois

Christina King
christina@easterngroove.com; 773-454-6498
Beginner thru advanced classes in Tribal Fusion. Studio also has Classic Belly Dance with Mahria, ATS® with Grace Tucker, and Drills & Skills with Sara Trice.

Raksanna@Raksanna.com; 630-689-3611
Rhythmax Dance Studio, 3020 Reflection Drive, Suite 100, Naperville IL 60564; workshops and privates
Award-winning progressive curriculum for beginners through advanced; specialize in Orientale, Raks Sharki, Folklore, Modern Arabic Pop, some American fusion; performance teams; classes; workshops

Lake County, Illinois

Deserae Hunyar
dancingdeserae@yahoo.com; 314-346-3032
Barrington, Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Lake Zurich, Arlington Heights, Palatine. Will teach seminars anywhere.
American style and egyptian cabaret. Dancing with props. Choreography and improvization. shimmycise bellydance fitness. Emotion in dance.

McHenry County, Illinois

Krystle Hope
krystlehope@gmail.com; (815) 404-0989
McHenry County
Krystle Hope teaches spiritual bellydance, yoga, and holistic health. She inspires students to look inside themselves and encourages them to explore and develop their own style.

info@shimmyshazam.com; 815.701.4359
Crystal Lake, Marengo, Huntley, Woodstock... + available for workshops anywhere!
Egyptian & American cabaret, folkloric and some fusion with Bollywood & more!

Kenosha County, Wisconsin

Kristy Meeker (Sahira Mahin)
Synchronicity Learning Center, 380 N. Pine St., Burlington, Wisconsin
I teach Synchronized Group Improvisational (SGI) tribal style belly dance classes on Tuesdays at 6:30pm

Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

jasmynbellydance@gmail.com; 414-241-3519
Astor Street Dance, 1228 North Astor Street, Milwaukee

Jeannette Daft
Forsythe Martial Arts, West Allis; Bally Total Fitness, Greendale; Downtown/Van Buren Location, Milwaukee; Beulah Brinton Community Center, Milwaukee; Riverside Highschool, Milwaukee
Egyptian, Tribal Fusion, Gypsy, Dark Cabaret

SuperBeth / Elizabeth Fish
superbeth@tamarindtribalbellydance.com; 414-979-1013 Milwaukee WI
Super Beth teaches American Tribal Style and fusion belly dance, and is the director of Tamarind. She is a certified FatChanceBellyDance teacher and Sister Studio, Zoe Jake's Key of Diamonds Certified, and Rachel Brice 8 Elements Initiate Certified. For more info, please visit our website!

Stephanie of Zephyr Bellydance
zephyrbellydancers@gmail.com; 262-565-3866
Milwaukee, Muskego, West Allis
Egyptian Oriental, American Cabaret, Folkloric styles

Kelly of Zephyr Bellydance
zephyrbellydancers@gmail.com; 262-844-9740
Germantown, Menomonee Falls
Egyptian Oriental, American Cabaret, Folkloric styles

Racine County, Wisconsin

Hafiza / Heather Meerschaert
hafiza_dancingdiva@hotmail.com; 262-930-1590
Egyptian, American Cabaret