Saturday, February 15th, 2020

11:30am-1pm (Doors open 15 min early)

Downtown Dance, Chico

163 E. 3rd St.

Chico, CA

Learn EVERY kind of shimmy we can possibly teach you in 90 minutes!

Shimmies are an essential element in your technical repertoire, no matter what style of bellydance you perform. Here, we will cover the proper techniques for stand-alone shimmies and layering shimmies onto other isolations for ALL styles: tribal/transnational, American cabaret, and Egyptian raks sharki. Dig into the details with us!

What to bring

Please wear: form-fitting but comfortable dance/yoga attire. Quiet hip scarves welcome. Dance paws encouraged but not required.

Please bring: water, dance binder/journal, pen/pencil. Optional: light snacks. Syllabi will be provided. 

How to register

Register for this Second Saturday opportunity by paying with cash, check or card at your next technique class with Eastern Star Bellydance! 

You can also email us at, and we'd be happy to send you a PayPal request to complete your registration.

Price: $18 + applicable card transaction fees


Choreography Series

Take your training to the next level with a multi-week choreography series!

Ready to put together all those moves you've been learning at class? Join your classmates in learning a fun, upbeat choreography! This is also a great opportunity to receive additional technique feedback, to learn about stage formations, and to put your energy and emotions into your dancing. 

A must for the aspiring soloist or for those wanting to join Nebula Dance Company!

Choreography series also come with one or more optional performance opportunities 1-4 weeks after the end of the instructional period.

Spring 2020 Choreography Series


Sallam Allay Revival with Zills! - $80

Learn this intermediate troupe choreography inspired by the Salimpour Legacy. For our returning students, we will also be incorporating finger cymbals with this Eastern Star favorite!

Instruction: Wednesdays 6:30-7:25pm, Feb. 5 - Mar. 25

Optional: Audition to join troupe Stars of the East (with or without zills) on Saturday, March 28th.

Premiere: Silk Caravan Festival - April 25th, 2020 in Chico, CA

Interested? Talk with us more at your next ESBD class!


Egyptian Mejance Choreography - $120

This brand-new advanced troupe choreography brings you to the cutting edge of modern Egyptian raks sharki. Incorporating a fast-paced silk veil opening, this piece is sure to test your technical limits while getting you in touch with your flirtatious side.


Instruction: Mondays 6:30-7:25pm, Jan. 6 - Mar. 23

Optional: Audition to join Nebula Dance Company on Saturday, March 28th.

Premiere: Silk Caravan Festival - April 25th, 2020 in Chico, CA

Competition: Hot Raqs - Sunday, June 28th, 2020 in Clovis, CA

Interested? Talk with us more at your next ESBD class!

Previous Choreography Series

Modern Cabaret Troupe Choreography

A fast-paced piece that showcases the best in Nebula Dance Company's technical prowess and emotive expression. Inspired by Jillina Carlano's Bellydance Evolution productions.

Music: "Ancient Ruins" by Paul Dinletir

January - March 2019

Saidi Cane Dance

A lively advanced cane dance (Arabic: "raks assaya") drawing inspiration from both Salimpour-style and Reda-style theatrical adaptations of Saidi dance (raks saidi) and cane dance (raks assaya).

Music: "Efrooh Bwadina" by Hossam Ramzy

July - August 2018

Veil Choreography

A fun primer in the fundamentals of veil work! 

Music: "Harem" by R.E.G. Project

May - June 2018

The Original Drum Solo

Exactly what it sounds like - an exciting troupe drum solo choreography!

Music: "The Art of the Drum Solo" by Issam Houshan

March - April 2018

Classic Cabaret Troupe Choreography

A sultry troupe choreography inspired by the Salimpour Legacy and movements popular during the 1970's American Cabaret era.

Music: "Sallam Allay" by Hossam Ramzy

February - March 2018