What You Need for Class

When you come to class, be sure to bring:

Clothing you can move in

Don’t wear anything tight or restrictive (like jeans) or baggy (like over-sized tee shirts or loose sweat pants).   In order to correct you, I need to be able to see the lines of your body and the placement of your feet and knees.

Most people wear workout clothes:  yoga pants, fitted tee shirts, tank tops, etc.   You’re welcome to wear a choli (crop top), but bare midriffs are optional.

Here’s a good example:

Class Photo

Dance Shoes or Clean Bare Feet

You can take class barefoot, or you can wear dance shoes.  Ballet slippers, half-soles, modern dance shoes, ghillies, or hermes sandals are fine. Dance sneakers are also fine as long as they have a “spin spot”.

Please do not wear anything with a heel, or wear street shoes (sneakers, etc.) in the studio.


The studio does not have a water fountain.  The studio owner often provides a jug of water and cups, but they may not be available every week.   Be sure to bring some water to drink, or a cup that you can refill at the sink.

Finger Cymbals

We will play finger cymbals (“zils”) in every semester, so bring these to class every week.

It’s important that you buy high-quality zils that are sized and weighted for students, and have two slots for the elastic (not one hole).

My favorite models are: Saroyan Nefertiti, Saroyan Small Grecian, Saroyan Contemporary in Light Gauge, and Turquoise Size A. I have a limited number of Turquoise Size As in stock. If you’d like a set, see me in class.

DO NOT BUY CHEAP ZILS – you can’t learn to play properly on cymbals that don’t have a good sound. Zils with one hole (instead of two slots) are extremely hard to control.

A Hip Scarf

(Optional, but highly recommended)

I highly recommend bringing a coin hip scarf or fringed shawl to tie around your hips.  (You can see a few styles in the photo above.)  It will help you feel the movements, but more importantly, it will help me see your hips more clearly so I can correct you better.

I’ll have some coin scarves available for sale in class, but feel free to shop elsewhere.   Thrift shops and the accessories section of clothing stores often have fringed scarves that work really well.  If you know how to sew, you can also make your own fringed scarf out of a triangular shawl and chainette fringe.

A Notebook and Pen

(optional, but recommended)

So you can take notes about what we learned, homework, etc.  You can take notes on the back of an envelope if you forget, but I recommend keeping a dedicated dance journal.  It makes review easier, and also keeps a record of your progress.

Level 2 and 3 Students Will Also Need:

A Veil

Level 2 students will need a Dharma Trading Co. 3-yard 5mm rectangular silk veil in white for the 2018 spring recital. I will have some for sale in class, or you can buy yours directly from the manufacturer.

Level 3 Students Will Also Need:

A Sword

Level 3 students will need a Kult of Athena Baladay Scimitar balanced dance sword for the 2018 spring recital.

A Veil (occasional use)

Level 3 students should bring a veil (size and style of your choice) to class every week.

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