About the Studio

Belly Dance Eugene Studio focuses on women-centered classes, providing a safe space to build confidence in our bodies and empower women to embrace their feminine curves. Women of all ages, sizes, and body types can feel beautiful while belly dancing. It is one of the few forms of exercise where you can dress up in an exercise class for you—without the pressure of the male gaze. Which isn’t to say men or nonbinary people can’t attend classes at the Willamalane Community Center location. The men who attend tend to come for cultural reasons or to be supportive of a family member.

Belly Dance Eugene focuses on improvisational and social dance in the same way ballroom does, which fosters community building and social interactions. We get to know each other with Haflas (belly dance parties), craft days when we work on costumes, and have performances for the level two, intermediate, and advanced students. Current student troupes include Advanced: Fusion Fascination and Level 2: Bellissimo Fusion.

The studio focuses on fusion belly dance and ATS (American Tribal/Transcontinental Style), a hybrid style  inspired by folkloric dances that originated in the Middle East, India, and Europe. "Belly dance " is a modern word and concept as broad as the word “ballroom,” too large to encompass all the styles out there under its umbrella. Belly dance has been influenced by the Raks Sharki style of Egypt, the Gwazi from India, the Romany who spread from India over Europe, and the influence of the Ottoman Empire that left their imprint over cultures in Europe. There is influence from Northern Africa and many other Middle Eastern Countries. Some parts of our costumes have Eastern European influence and some parts have Turkish influence. (More about this history can be found in the blog.)

About the Instructor

Sarina is a tribal fusion belly dancer who combines tribal or tribaret with various styles she has studied in the past. She primarily performs improvisational dance, and for that reason, she might at any given time be inspired to bust out something vaudeville, break dance, flamenco or other dance styles she has studied when it fits the music. Her love of soundtracks and old music is often evident in her musical selection in her performances and classes she teaches.

She began studying belly dance at the age of 16 after seeing Gypsy Caravan perform at the Oregon City Public Library. "That was the moment I fell in love with the art form," says Sarina. She studied belly dance with a variety of instructors, as well as studying Hula, swing, salsa and Scottish and Irish folk dance. Eventually she studied with Gypsy Caravan, then with Severina and on to Euphoria dance studios. She performed with Znama's student group, had solos, and began to teach workshops and children's belly dance classes.

When Sarina moved to Japan for work, she studied Turkish belly dance and break dance in Sapporo, but was disappointed by the lack of tribal belly dance available. As a result, she introduced Tribal and Tribal Fusion Belly dance by teaching at Soulwave, Deena's Dance Studio, and Studio 2001. She performed in informal settings at restaurants such as Caribe, as well as for audiences of up to 500 people at large events.

For the last six years, Sarina has been working and living in the Eugene area where she has studied tribal with Sabine, tribal fusion with Luminessah, flamenco with Elena Villa, taken workshops, and for the last two years immersed herself in tango. She has been an active member of the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene, performing at Cozmic Pizza, volunteering, and opening for events like No Shame Theatre, Trek Theatre as the Orion Slave Dancer, and dancing live to local bands like Mood Area 52's music. Sarina was the original artistic director of the Fusion Friendly Shows at Cozmic Pizza, has organized shows such as Sugar and Spice variety shows, the recent steampunk variety show at New Zone Art Gallery and books the musical acts for No Shame Eugene and other events. She makes many of her costumes and sells bloomers, bustle skirts, hair fascinators and steampunk jewelry at local retail shops, fairs and through her website. She teaches belly dance and bellylicious classes at Willamalane in Springfield and Reach Center in Eugene, and offers private lessons in her studio.

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Improve fitness and core strength while working out to great world music and learning the basics of belly dancing. Class emphasizes posture and stretching to avoid injury, muscle isolation for improving strength and repetition for a balanced workout. Sarina teaches classes at Willamalane in Springfield and the Reach Center in Eugene.



Sarina performs her alternative tribal fusion belly dance style at many venues in Eugene and sometimes Portland, Oregon. Whether she is steampunk belly dancing to neo-Victorian music, using her flamenco/burseque fusion fans with a 1920's flair, gypsy skirt twirling, clowning it up at Cirque du Eugene, or fusing break dance and belly dance to a Star Trek remixed music, she brings creativity and fun to the dance.

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