Events: Belly Dance Classes

Current Class info with 
Amalya & Thea & Special Guest Instructors

Photo by Mandy Sicard

Come dance with us on Thursday nights:

Thursdays: 7-8 pm with Thea & Amalya  (and Elena & Nadirah on special occasions!)

(Classes are ongoing, but check schedule below)
Beginning/Intermediate levels  
at the Goddess Studio

Please RSVP to Amalya for address & Directions

2019  Schedule ...



About our Classes...

Our styles encompass mostly American Cabaret/Egyptian-Style Belly Dance, focusing on learning isolations and having fun!

~Learn basic isolation techniques,


~combinations and props such as veils, zills, swords to apply to any style of bellydance!

~No dance experience necessary, just a desire to learn! 

~Our intention is to have fun, celebrate our bodies through joyful, expressive movement and connect with each other!

~ Classes are on-going but subject to change

Please EMAIL Amalya to get ADDRESS & GATE CODE to the Goddess Studio & confirm schedule.

Attire: Wear comfortable dance or yoga clothing (i.e., tank top and yoga pants)

Optional to bring: socks, ballet slippers, soft jazz shoes or dance barefoot; a water bottle with cap and a sweat towel.

The Goddess Studio has hip scarves and veils for you to enjoy too!

Our intent is to have fun and enjoy dancing together! We have students that range anywhere between 10-60 years young! And the level ranges from very beginning dancers to intermediate/advanced.


Please RSVP to Amalya so she can send you directions to the Goddess Studio!

Scoll on down for more about the instructors 
and Hafla photos....

Students & Class Pics
(for Hafla Showcase slide shows scroll on down...)

Class with Thea 2019

Dance class with Nadirah Oct 2018

Dance class Jan 2015

Dance class Jan 2015

2014 Holiday Hafla

April dancing at the 2014 Holiday Hafla
Thea dancing at the 2014 Holiday Hafla

2012 Hafla Rehearsal

Instructor Bios:

About Thea 

Thea is a local North County Belly Dancer who first saw and fell in love with Belly Dance in highschool  of 2009. She has studied under local dancers such as Elena "Hypnotizing  Hips" and Amalya at the Goddess Studio, Bedora Noire, and Talia Jewel. She has also danced along side Talia for 2 years as a member of The Oriental Jewels, a professional San Diego based belly dance company.

 Currently, she is focusing on both modern and traditional  styles, performing regularly at Shaks Mediterranean Bistro as well as other local events and showcases in San Diego. 

She feels very blessed and honored to be here and hopes to share with you her love for this beautifully expressive dance and the community that surrounds it.

About Amalya 

Amalya has been delighting audiences since 1993 with her graceful interpretations of Middle Eastern Oriental dance. With early training in ballet, tap, and Hawaiian dance, then modern and jazz, Amalya has discovered her unique expression of movement in Belly Dance.

Her repertoire embraces various styles of dance including, Egyptian, American Tribal, Turkish, Moroccan, Gypsy, East Indian, and Sacred Feminine. Her performance experience encompasses formal solo concert presentations, troupe dancing, informal "cabaret" performances and sacred dance celebrations. Her specialty is the veil dance but she is also versed with sword, candles, fan, and cane.

Amalya has studied with many renowned Belly Dance masters and is herself carrying on the legacy of dance instruction through various classes and special event workshops in the San Diego area. 

(Photo by Mark Molbegott) Hafla 2018

About Elena 

Dancing since the age of eight, Elena is known for her exciting performance, personality and grace.  After training in Ballet, Jazz and Modern, Elena began studying Belly Dance in the late 1990’s and quickly found her true passion for dance!  She is an outstanding entertainer and has appeared with Dance Troupe Nujum al Raks.


With a degree in Liberal Arts, Elena’s classes focus on physical awareness, stage presence and interaction with Egyptian-Style dance props.

UPDATE 2018 ~

Elena is taking a temporary leave from Dance teaching while she pursues a new full time job! She will drop in to teach as her new schedule permits!

To Honor her 10 years of teaching at the Goddess Studio, here's a Photo Album, created by Amalya on Mixbook that you can view for free or purchase as a physical book.

About Nadirah 

Nadirah is a two time Winner of the Belly Dancer of the Universe, and creator of "Goddess in Motion & Bodies in Motion" Method--a proven dance/movement method that promotes healing, health, connection & agelessness. 

She is a renowned International Performer, Master Instructor and Leading Authority on The Healing Power of Belly Dance.


She is also an international Best Selling Author of "Goddess In Motion", an inspirational Activity Book to step into your healing power; and  her DVD “Belly Dance Healing from illness"  is inspiring  women worldwide to rebuild themselves from the inside out!  "Goddess In Motion" Method is for women, and "Bodies In Motion" is for everybody. 

She is passionate about feminine leadership, assisting women in activating their feminine energy through a variety of tools that improve women’s lives. Her methods help people to connect to their essence & Increasing their presence on stage, in business & in the bedroom + experience fulfillment, passion, pleasure, satisfaction & success. 

About Nikki  ~  (has moved away, but follow her on FB as she installs her shimmies in her new local!)

Nikki is an expressive belly dancer known for her solid technique, musical interpretation and emotive style. Her dance journey began with her foundation teachers:  Natasya Katsikaris, Paulina Bott and Alexandra King in the Central Coast region of California. There she honed her skills in American cabaret style and tribal fusion. Later she moved to the San Diego area, spending years independently practicing not only technique and performance skills, but also the culture, context, music theory and evolution of Middle Eastern dance forms.

Here in San Diego Nikki had the honor of becoming a member of the Oriental Jewels Belly dance Company, directed by founding members Talia and Monika. Here she had her greatest exposure to the business of belly dance and gained a deeper understanding of Egyptian style. With the Jewels she performed family-friendly shows regularly in restaurants, private parties, and community events. Within the troupe, she became known for playing zills, balancing sword and serving as a reliable performer that can be placed anywhere within a choreography.

Stemming from a desire to share her love for this dance form, Nikki began her teaching career in 2014. Since then her classes have grown into a solid group of dancers that love to get together once a week to learn new ways to move their bodies. Her classes have an emphasis on technique, musical understanding and cultural context, but we never forget to have fun and laugh together! One of her great takeaways from her 15 years as a dancer is that dancing is meant to be joyful. She constantly strives to impart that same joy she feels to the people that join her in class

Links to pics & videos of our Last Hafla Showcases:

Photo by Nathan Choi

2018 Hafla Showcase at the Goddess Studio


2015  Hafla Showcase at the Goddess Studio

HAFLA 2015 PHOTOS & VIDEOS are (mostly) up for viewing now.... Enjoy the show!....

Thank you Dancers for abundantly expressing your JOY & BEAUTY! And gratitude also to Elena and Mark for capturing it all! It was an AMAZING SHOW!!!!

3.  VIDEOS by Mark Molbegott are up on his private YouTube page

4. FLYER: The show flyer can be viewed at this link.

2014 Belly Dance Showcase at the Goddess Studio

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014!  

For the Flyer:  Visit this page 

2013 Belly Dance Showcase at the Goddess Studio

~To see three FULL FANCY SLIDE SHOWS of this event, click this link to my photo album page then click the thumbnail of album you want to see:

~If the fancy slide shows won't play for you (if your Apple device does not support Flash player), you can view a smaller slide show here too:

~YouTUBE VIDEOS can be enjoyed at this link too!

2012 Goddess Studio Belly Dance Showcase at the Vine Theater:  

To play slide show of 2012 Dance Hafla below, hover over picture (or tap it) and a little play arrow will appear below and you can hit play or skip forward or backward. (Note there are lots of pics so it may take a while to all load up!)