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Join Debbie Despina at
Sunday April 21st, 2024


Bellyqueen School 
@ Playwrights Downtown
440 Lafayette St, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10003

"Press "Playwrights" on the intercom to open the front door and activate the elevator"

Some of the vocabulary and combos you will learn include:
- Egyptian Basic (learn the secret to dynamic hips) & Egyptian Basic with turns.
- Chico 4 Corners.
- Arabic & Arabic with turns.
- Shoulder shimmy combo.
-Despina's signature fast barrel turn combo: "Sifounas".

* Cues for improvisation
* Group line design and guidance for soloists
* Finger cymbals are optional and highly encouraged!

WHO: Despina embarked on her journey in FCBD®Style in 2006 under the guidance of Mimi Fontana and as a founding member of Manhattan Tribal. By 2009, she achieved her FCBD®Style General Skills certification, followed by her FCBD®Style Teacher Training certification in 2015. Over the years, Despina has showcased her talent both in group performances and as a soloist, consistently pushing the boundaries of the style on stage. In 2014, she delved into training in the Salimpour School, immersing herself in the roots of Jamila Salimpour style. Drawing inspiration from Suhaila Salimpour's teachings, she began incorporating intricate finger cymbal patterns and a detailed method on breaking down movement. Despina's innovative approach has led her to craft exhilarating and distinctive dance combos, imbued with her unique flair and style. 


Join Debbie Despina at
Friday April 5th, 2024



Join Despina for a choreography class featuring a classic old-school Greek song that people dance Tsiftetelli to in the Greek nightclubs, Bouzoukia. The short choreography will be a medley of both vintage and modern belly dance vocabulary. When Despina choreographs to Greek music and instructs her students, she takes them on an immersive journey to feel and experience the music on a profound level. Her goal is to empower her students to dance freely, enabling them to incorporate what they learn from her into their own unique dance journeys. Despina provides the students with the translation/meaning of the music and even teaches a few words to sing along, which is highly encouraged! The choreography taught will consist of mini clusters of movement that dancers can use when dancing in social settings, also partnering up with their dance friends. -Dancers will be provided with Despina's Greek music Spotify list so they can practice to later on.


Join Debbie Despina for a fabulous workshop:
Get your "*S Together"

*Spins ;-)


Join Debbie Despina for an exhilarating holiday dance workshop in Manhattan! Lets come together to enhance your dance skills while supporting the arts through Menagerie NYC.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Suitable for open-level belly dancers looking to enhance their spinning technique and those wanting to add creativity to their dance routines.

  • Learn slow and fast turning combinations adaptable to any belly dance style.

  • Gain insights into spinning techniques and Despina's tricks for calibrated spins and fast barrel turns.

  • Dive into the intricacies of slow and fast spins.

  • Get inspired by the line design presented during the workshop.

  • Style: Medley of modern and vintage belly dance inspired by Despina's Greek heritage and her teachers: Dalia Carella and Suhaila Salimpour.

Venue and Date:

Re-scheduled date!! - January 12th, 2024

Beautiful studio, conveniently accessible via many train lines.


Room 17U
520 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018


Cal time: 6:15p.m.


Workshop Details:

Duration: 2 hours (1.45min setup-tear down)
Price: $45


Be inspired by upbeat Greek Balkan and pop music / translation provided.


50% of the workshop's proceeds support Menagerie NYC's 2024 showcase, championing the arts.


You will enjoy the ambiance of a remarkable dance studio in the garment district. Depending on attendee interest, we may capture the workshop's end with a videographer.

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