Both of the Thursday classes that were scheduled to start October 2 are canceled due to low enrollment.

Classes that are canceled
- Yoga and Conditioning for Dance
- Tribal Fusion Drills and Choreography
For those that were interested in taking them, I will offer them again in January. We will need five students registered to keep it on the schedule so please plan ahead for it now.

Hello ladies and gents,
For those that want to prepay for classes next week, I have enabled my square credit card online store so you can now pay with your credit card for classes here:

Please note there are two prices, early bird with the discount to pay early and regular class prices. For September the Early Bird rates will stay up through the weekend and I’ll take them down by end of day Sunday, September 7th.

In future I’ll have the button available the last 10 days of the month so that early bird can be paid online as well.
Right now we only have Tuesday classes that are for the full month of September, which is why those are the only ones listed with Early Bird or Monthly Fees for now. There is a Pro-rated section with options for “Add on For Bhangra” or for those that do L3/Prep.

Hello everyone,


This is our fall class schedule.  Please note that not all classes start at the same time in the month.


Also, I’ve updated the website with all the class information to be on the website.


Looking forward to getting back in the classroom!



Starting Tuesday, September 9th

Tuesdays, 6pm:  Improvisational Tribal Style Belly Dance – Level 1

Tuesdays, 7:15pm:  Improvisational Tribal Style Belly Dance – Level 2



Starting Sunday, September 21st
Sundays: 2pm:  Bhangra and Bollywood: A World Dance Workout

Sundays: 3:30pm: Performance Prep for Improvisational Tribal Style



Tentatively starting Thursdays, October 2nd

Thursdays, 6pm:  Dance Conditioning (we need a minimum of five students registered by September 15 for this class for it to remain on the schedule.)

Thursdays, 7:15pm:  Tribal Fusion Drills / Sword Choreography Class (we need a minimum of five students registered by September 15 for this class for it to remain on the schedule.)

Please note that the Tuesdays and Thursdays classes are switching effective May 6!  

If the below description is confusing, our calendar is up to date too:

TUESDAYS, 6pm – 7:15

Bhangra/Bollywood workout dance and choreography class

Session May 6 – June 24


This eight week session will consist of approximately 30 minutes of Bhangra / Bollywood workout-based dance with simple moves done with lots of repetition to fun songs, then we will work on choreography for the new song (Taxi Taxi)  for the upcoming performance season, including performance opportunities such as theMidnight Sun Festival and Tanana Valley Fair.


Performance is not required! But if you want to perform, you should attend all classes prior to the MSF performance and be able to obtain the required performance attire.  Our final class on June 26 class will include 30 minutes of workout-based dance, plus a review, mini-party and chance to watch the performance from the MSF.


Class fee: Pre-register by May 1st and pay just $90 for all eight weeks or pay $100 at the door the first day of class or two monthly payments of $55 due May 8 and June 5.  Drop in and punch cards accepted too.    This can be an add-on class to your session based tribal style belly dance  class fees as well.


TUESDAYS, 7:30 – 8:45

Performance Prep Class (ITS)

Duration May 6 – June 24

Required for all students that will be performing tribal style Bellydance this upcoming performance season, including performance opportunities such as the Midnight Sun Festival and Tanana Valley Fair.



THURSDAYS, 6pm – 7:15

Level 1/Level 2 – Just drills!

Duration May 8 – June 19 (no class May 22)

Good for anyone who has taken at least one session of Level 1 and understands the basics of tribal improvisation.  Options for Level 1 and Level 2 will be offered.   Special six week session.  Pre-register by May 1st and pay just $65 for all six weeks or pay $75 at the door the first day of class.  Drop in and punch cards accepted too.


THURSDAYS, , 7:30 – 8:45

Level 2/Level 3 – Drills and Zills!

Duration May 8 – June 19 (no class May 22)

This class is for anyone who has taken at least one session of Level 2, understand lead and follow and wants to learn some fun combination and formations.

Special six week session.  Pre-register by May 1st and pay just $65 for all six weeks or pay $75 at the door the first day of class.  Drop in and punch cards accepted too.

Space for Movement Studio is home to Tribal Wallah Dance Troupe and Dhol Wallah Dancers.

Tribal Wallah is an Improvisational Tribal Style Belly Dance (ITS) group. ITS is a fusion of belly dance styles, blending and combining an intoxicating and fantastic collage of costume, music, jewelry, props and dance with influences from the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Morocco.

The Dhol Wallah Dancers debuted at Midnight Sun Festival of 2013 and we are back with two numbers this year. Dhol Wallah Dancers perform Bhangra and Bollywood style dance.

All of our Wallah dancers compose a tribe that, like our dance, is a fusion of ages, cultures and stages of life.

Effective May 1st our weekly schedule will be changing since we take weekends off for May and June and we do not offer classes in July and August.  I am trying to determine the best schedule for May and June to ensure each class has enough students enrolled to keep the class on the schedule, while trying to accommodate as many people’s schedules as possible.


Please take a moment to fill out this survey so I can determine the best schedule for our May/June classes.

Survey closes Friday, April 4th at 11:45 pm.



In an attempt to simplify my life I’m going to try something new for the new year with regard to communication.  I’m going to have one group list for the performers, aka Tribal Wallah, and another one for all class-related info called “Space for Movement classes” (includes Tribal Style Belly Dance, Dance Conditioning and Bhangra & Bollywood Workout), and all communication regarding classes or performances will happen via those lists.  I’m also going to be moving over completely to Google groups which seems to be an easier interface to use even if you don’t have a Google / gmail account.  I’ve already added the ladies to the Tribal Wallah Google group that performed with us in the fall.  If you plan to perform with us in the Spring or Summer and have not previously performed with us, please let me know and I’ll add you to that list.   I do need to know within the month if you want to participate in the community recital, Cymbal Salaam, scheduled to be held Saturday, June 3rd.  Not only will you need to come to regular Tribal Style classes for your level, but you also need to attend Prep class on Sunday if you wish to perform.  
Everyone else that has been in one of my classes in the last six months will be added to the Space for Movement Google Group over the next week.  All my distribution lists will be deleted and this yahoo group will be archived and deactivated by the end of January.

If you are a student in one of our classes and would like to ask to be added to the studio email list, please contact us via email to Join Our Email List



1) Space for Movement Studio plans to focus on instruction rather than running a physical studio. Fewer classes, higher quality

2) Next Session of Tribal Style Level 1 starts Tuesday, January 6th
Class meets on Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15pm
$100 class fee (or $55 monthly) per 8 week session

3) Dance Conditioning . New class – enrolling now!
Class meets on Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:15pm
$55 per month / $15 drop-in

4) New payment options – paypal!
You may now pay for your classes in advance using paypal.
We still accept payments in the classroom.

Hi friends of Space for Movement Studio,

First and foremost, I want to say “thanks so much” to everyone who has continued with taking classes at our studio in the last year. I’m really happy that you all have found value in taking classes and that you have continued with the support of the studio and the classes we have offered, including my own. I’ve had a bit of an emotionally rough year with the inevitable closing of the studio and what I thought was going to be the end of all my classes at the same time, but the great news is that the dance studio will remain as the “Elbow Room Dance Studio” and I get to be a regular tenant again. This means I get to focus on teaching again and I’m really excited about it.

What that means for me is that after December I’ll still be teaching three days at a week at the studio, but I’ll only be there on those days instead of the six days a week I am putting in currently. My own classes will continue on Tuesday, Thursday and one weekend day. I’m trying to arrange my schedule to meet the needs of the majority that wish to continue and as such, I’ve created s survey to try to determine what would work best for those that wish to continue with my classes.

If you are a currently student of any of my classes and did not get a link to a survey, please let me know and I’ll send you the link. I want to try to accommodate as many people as possible!

For those that have been taking other classes at the studio, don’t fret. Many of the same classes will remain at the studio, but now you will need to pay each teacher directly as they will no longer be subcontractors for my business. If you have questions about how to contact the teachers, please let me know who you want to contact and I’ll try to put you in touch with them.

Again, thanks for all your support and I hope to see you in class again soon!

New class coming to Space for Movement: Cardio Hip Hop with Chie!

Taught by Chie Martin. Chie has more than a decade of dance experience and learned with Marko of Guam’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Class is from 6-7:15. $15 drop in or studio punch cards accepted:

Class starts October 9 and will run through mid December with a one-week break for the class on October 30.

Then we will take a break for one week and run it again from Nov 6 through Dec 18 (we close for two weeks in December so no classes during that time).