Our classes in south Croydon

With a minimum of three shows per year, if you love the idea of performing, these are the classes for you!

11am Advanced BellyStreet Fusion
Chantel’s trademark bellydance/streetdance fusion. High energy choreographies to the latest tracks, to really get you pumping!
12pm Tribal Fusion
Come over to the darker side with tribal fusion. Intermediates only.
2pm Beginners Bellydance
A fresh fun class teaching you the basics of bellydancing plus a great choreography.

All classes are one hour long and cost £8 per class

Private lessons
Private 1-2-1 classes are available for those who wish to fast track or learn a specific style upon request!

Chantel’s classes take place in her home studio in South Croydon, Please text 07951170441 for more details.

Your questions answered

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What should I wear?

Dancewear is best for Chantel’s classes – stretchy leggings, tops and nothing too warm – you’ll be working hard in her class!

Do I need to book in advance?

Yes, you need to text Chantel on 07951170441 first, to get the address and check the class is running.

What’s your upper age limit?

None! We have all ages in our classes – from youngsters in their 20s through to women in their 70s and above!

What’s your lower age limit?

Chantel is happy to welcome women and girls of all ages in her classes, but if you are under 12 then she would prefer you come with an adult. Indeed, bellydance is a wonderful mother/daughter bonding activity.

I’m overweight, does that matter?

Absolutely not! One of the most wonderful things about bellydance is that you don’t have to be young and skinny – it’s perfect for all figures and some of the best dancers are the largest. But if you are slender then bellydance is beautiful on you too – bellydance is for all women, whatever your shape, size or age.

Do these classes accept men?

Chantel is happy to welcome men in her classes. Please text her on 07951170441 to confirm your attendance.

I can’t make every class, will that matter?

As these classes are aimed at performance, it’s definitely best to attend as many as possible so you don’t miss out. However, of course we understand that it’s not always possible, and Chantel will make sure you can catch up if you do miss classes.

I’ve got a bad back. Is it OK for me to come to class?

Bellydancing is a very safe form of exercise which has the reputation for helping back problems. However, the movements of the spine can occasionally aggravate certain conditions. So talk to your back specialist if you have one and always check with your doctor if you have any medical problems to check that it is safe for you to exercise.

And do let your teacher know if there is any medical condition she should be aware of and if you suffer from any joint problems.

I’m pregnant. Is it safe for me to bellydance?

If you are generally fit, then it’s perfectly safe for you to come to bellydance classes. Indeed, bellydance has a reputation for being really helpful in pregnancy and childbirth.

However, if you are more than six months pregnant then it’s not advisable to start a completely new form of exercise. In addition, as you get closer to term, your ligaments will start to become more stretchy in preparation for childbirth, so you have to be far more careful as you get closer to your due date.

Most importantly, let your teacher know that you are pregnant so she can advise you and give you modifications if necessary.

What are the benefits of bellydancing?

Bellydancing is great for your figure and it’s a really enjoyable way to get fit. But the women who come to our classes get so much more than that. They find it improves their self-esteem, lifts their spirits, they make new friends and they learn so much more than just how to dance. It’s a continuous learning process too. Unlike some forms of exercise, you never get bored with a bellydancing class!

But don’t just take our word for it! See what our students have to say about bellydancing in the next column!

Why people love their bellydance classes

Bellydance is for all ages, shapes and sizes

“The thing that stands out most in the classes is that bellydancing is for everyone — teenagers, young women, mature women. You don’t need to be slim with a perfect figure to be a good bellydancer. In fact, I know that I’m not overweight but like most women I have bits of my body I don’t like, particularly my tummy which up until a few years ago was flat as a pancake but now permanently sticks out. But going to the classes made me appreciate my wobbly belly a little bit more as I realised you need a bum, hips and thighs to wiggle!”

Make new friends

“Through the dance classes, I have made a wonderful new friend, taken part in shows and other social events, and have mixed with many other lovely people along the way. I love my classes, they always cheer me up if I am down, they are great exercise and I get to hear music and rhythms I would never have known about before. And best of all, I can wear as many sequins as I like!”

Improve self esteem and body image

“After surgery for a double mastectomy I felt very angry with my body for letting me down and viewed it as ugly and disfigured. It’s easy to disassociate yourself from your body in those circumstances but bellydance helped me to reconnect with my body through the movements, which felt so good to do. This helped to restore my confidence and self esteem.”

Lose weight, gain confidence

“Belly dancing is great, it has helped me lose weight and gain confidence and has also helped me make friends. Belly dancing shows that anyone fat or thin tall or small can still dance and show others how great they are.”

I can’t imagine my life without bellydance!

“I can’t imagine my life without bellydance! For me, bellydance taps into a part of me that is feminine, fluid and sensual. When I dance, I love my body and the way it moves and from that, I’ve gained in confidence about my body generally. I started dancing when my daughter was 6 months old and it’s definitely helped me tone up and increase my flexibility. It’s also my “me” time every week and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I urge any woman to try it as it comes naturally to most and at the very least, is great fun and a great workout. Plus you get to wear some amazing outfits and what woman doesn’t love to dress up!”

Your teacher, Chantel Phillips

One of London’s most in-demand bellydancers Chantel is a not only an amazing performer, but a brilliant teacher. Full of energy and creativity, Chantel puts on a minimum of three staged shows each year, plus occasional restaurant nights, giving her students loads of opportunities to perform.

Chantel’s bellydance classes offer a fusion of Turkish, Egyptian, Modern with little hints of Latin, Bollywood and other influences. The BellyStreet style is a brilliant, high energy mix of street dance and bellydance and Tribal Fusion is a dark slow gothic grunge style of bellydance fused together with body popping, waving, Bollywood, streetdance, gypsy and more….

 All classes work towards Chantel’s three themed stage shows a year so everyone has the chance to perform on a big stage and show their friends & family what they’ve been learning so come and join us – the next show is coming soon! Where else can you be a Funky hair flicking Mermaid Goddess Hippie Bellydancer?!?