Diosa Belly Dance

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~You are a human BEING, not a human DOING. So go DO what you need to BE!~


FALL IS HERE! Are you ready to dance??

The summer has been a season of adventure as well as challenges, and I am happy to return to dancing with you!

I spent almost two weeks in Italy with three former 'mates from my 2nd grade team. We stayed in Florence and Rome, taking buses and trains to different cities. I bought an amazing moon mask in Venice, experienced cheese and wine tasting in the best of Tuscany, dipped my feet in the waters off the coast of Cinque Terre, sweltered in the catacombs of Pompeii, discovered art in Siena, photographed Mt. Vesuvius driving through Naples, explored Rome through an Angels and Demons tour, and rushed through the overcrowded Vatican City and Sistine Chapel.

After returning from Italy, my sister made a turn for the worse. Many of you know that my sister suffered from an inoperable brain tumor. The tumor eventually began growing again, shutting down her organ systems almost immediately. She passed on June 30. I am grateful for the time I spent with her in her last moments, and that she could feel all of our love as she crossed over.

The following week, I went outside of the San Francisco area for a Women's Leadership Seminar. The 9-day long retreat helped reset me, and I had much support from my new WLS sisters, facilitators, and coaches. Despite all of the changes and challenges I still had to face, I returned back to Phoenix feeling whole again.

The very week I returned from California, I started my new teaching position as a Middle School Art teacher. I am so excited to be able to focus on my other love!

Now it won't be long before we get the gang back together! I look forward to hearing your experiences, as well as having fun and sharing in laughter when we all return to classes this August!


  • NOTE: There is no class on August 6th, due to a schedule change.
  • Classes resume on Sunday, August 13th.
  • There is no class on August 27th, as I am teaching a one-hour belly-hip hop fusion workshop in Prescott at Beat the Heat on Sunday, August 27th, 11:15 am, so mark your calendars!

Thank you for being a part of my dance community! Be sure to mark your calendars for upcoming events!

Order your copy of Shimmy Magazine!

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I have back issues of Shimmy Magazine!

This international magazine has been in publication since 2009. Shimmy is a beautiful and artistic periodical. The content is relevant and intriguing with well-known interviews of master dancers and instructors in the world of belly dance, as well as how the art of movement integrates with healthy living.

As the new publisher, I hope to continue the legacy, and bring you something new with each issue. You can visit the website at www.shimmyspiritofdance.com. Please Like our Facebook page at "Shimmy In The Spirit of Bellydance Magazine". If you are interested in ordering back issues, I currently have inventory on issues #1-3, and #5-17. Issue #4 is sold out, and issues #18-20 are available to order on MagCloud. If you are interested in purchasing a series of available issues in stock, the set is $120 (worth over $200). Just pop me an email!


Invite us to your next event!

Above: Diosa preparing to be part of the undead army... 10/28/15 Photo Credit: selfie

Diosa and Company, Osiris Dance and The Desert Flowers, are available for hire. Dancers have a wide-range of talent and perform at many venues, from eclectic Comicon performances to private parties, surprise birthdays, fundraisers, festivals, and more. Even if you're not looking to hire, we still enjoy your support! Come and join us at any of our public performance events!

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August 6 • 13 • 20

no rehearsal on the 27th

The Desert Flowers Troupe rehearsal
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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August 13 • 20 • Sept. 3
no class on the 27th

Choreo Cram
1:00 pm - 2:20 pm

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August 13 • 20
no class on the 27th

ABellyCDrills (for all levels)
2:30 - 3:50 pm

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September 3 • 24

no rehearsal on the 27th

The Desert Flowers Troupe rehearsal
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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September 3 • 24
no class on the 27th

Choreo Cram
1:00 pm - 2:20 pm

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September 3 • 24
no class on the 27th

ABellyCDrills (for all levels)
2:30 - 3:50 pm

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I accept cash, check, Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, PayPal, or credit card payments.


No refunds, credits, or trades. Contact the instructor for emergency situations.

Dates and times of classes are subject to change. Classes may be cancelled due to lack of enrollment or unforeseen circumstances.

Children are welcome to enroll for classes at age 10 or older. Please do not bring children who are not enrolled in the classes, for their safety as well as for others. Child care is not available.

Diosa Belly Dance Studio


Upcoming Events

Every 2nd Saturday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Daddy-O's Desert Caravan Belly Dance Theme 2017

Every 3rd Friday, 6:30 - 9:00ish pm

Bellydance4me Studio Presents:
3rd Friday’s Belly dance & Drum Circle Showcase
at Rotana Mediterranean Restaurant.
830 E. Greenway Pkwy Phoenix AZ 85022

Dine & Drink * The BEST Mediterranean Cuisine in Arizona! Full Bar, Gourmet EVENT Menu.
House wine $3 /glass

Dance & Drum * A Variety of Belly Dancers & Drummers Will Entertain You & RAQ the night away! Open dancing during drum circle.

No Cover Charge!

RSVP:  Guests please reserve your table with Azita by texting or calling 602-471-1075. Please include your name, cell number and the number of guests for your table. 

Guests and Dancers: see details here for this event!

Every 3rd Saturday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Join Alchemista Bellydance Company every Third Saturday at The Rogue Bar for an evening of Alternative Bellydance! This event will be a motley melange of Dark Fusion/Theatrical Bellydance, Burlesque, Performance Art, Circus Acts, and other dance forms, too. Every month, in addition to featuring full troupe and solo performances from the ladies of Alchemista, we will also feature a local professional fusion dancer,, AND, there will be plenty of open slots for anyone who wishes to sign up at the door and perform that night!

Wanna come down and support the community? Just $5 at the door gets you in for the night. If you're signed up to perform, you don't pay, but we encourage you to bring a friend or two - it's always more fun dancing for a big crowd!

Every last Friday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Shahrazad Dance Company hosts an open stage and drum circle at 1001 Nights Restaurant at 706 W Southern Ave, Ste 107, Mesa, 85210. Wonderful food, performances, vending, and Video by Joe Mckiernan and Photos by Andy Rodriguez.

Night Terror!!! Presented By The Pain Proof Punks,
Saturday, August 12

A genre brew we present to you of all things disturbing, horrific, and sinfully sick. A sprinkle of our weird, strange, and insane sense of humor and heavy helping of blood, flesh and gore galore!

A sideshow tribute to Grindhouse/ Horror including performances of fire, burlesque, human pincushion, wax, aerials, contortion, bellydance, glass dancing, perhaps a Special guest or two…., summoning the devil, you know the norm…

Rusty The Clown, Lily LaVamp, Dr. Copperchops, Little J Sinclair, Lexi Locket, Miss Wonderland, Nyhel, Crystal Frost, El Spawk, Luna Sky, Morgan Moondust, Katara, Diosa. and Katrina Rainsong

BEAT THE HEAT, Saturday & Sunday, August 26-27

A grassroots, relaxed, friendship-through-dance based event. A combination of classes and performance with elements of games, creativity, and community sharing....think Bellydance Festival meets Burning Man meets Girl Scout Camp! Please find more details and links to sign up for workshops at www.whynotbellydance.com.

I teach a Belly Crunk one-hour workshop on Sunday, August 27th, from 11:15 am-12:15 pm. Last year was such a blast, I hope you can join us this year!!

TIPS for NEW Students
In case you haven't made it to my classes yet, here's the scoop:

Diosa Belly Dance Studio

  • My home studio is located at:
    15944 W. Central St.
    Surprise 85374
    • DO NOT BLOCK neighbors' parking spaces, PLEASE park along 160th Avenue by the mailboxes.
    • Walk up the driveway, head to the left, and follow the path through the gate.
    • The studio door is on the right after you walk through the gate.
    • The studio has AC, but no heater, so come in layers, in case it happens to be a chilly evening (during winter and spring seasons).
Print and fill out this Liability Waiver, and bring it with you to your first class.
  • Dance shoes are recommended.
  • Yoga pants, harem pants, and bellywear are acceptable.
  • Crop tops, tanks, and tight-fitting athletic tops are recommended.
  • A bathroom is available if you need to change.
  • Bring a water bottle. Cool filtered water is available to stay hydrated.
  • Make sure to get to the studio at least 10 minutes prior to class for payment and registration.
  • Please put your cell phone on silent mode, and take calls outside of the studio during class.
  • You are welcome to stay while class is in session, but please do not disrupt with loud side-chatter.
  • Join our Facebook group page, "Orange Lotus Studio".


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Last updated 8/30/2017