The word “Ahlam” in Arabic means Dream. At Ahlam Academy, that’s exactly what WE are all about … Making your dreams come true! While I’m not trying to sound like the theme from Laverne & Shirley, we believe with a little “dance magic” and some help from our friends, we can reach higher levels of confidence, feel more beautiful inside and out, and enjoy our life more – through the transformative art of belly dancing.
A little about us
We are Houston’s only dance program that focuses on culturally-sourced dances from the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey, from folkloric to modern styles.
Basically, we teach belly dance, but you’re going to get so much more along your journey with us. A place for you to enjoy being yourself, that nurtures your whole being every time you come to class.
Our program provides:
- Dream Potential – We can teach you to dance, perform, or teach!
- Flexibility – Enjoy FUN technique and knowledge-infused classes at every level at different times during the evening and on weekends.
- Your Time to Shine – Once you’ve mastered the basics, we have choreography classes to learn, perfect, or perform at each level.
- Easy to Follow Step-by-Step Curriculum – Our optional certification programs guide you through everything you need to know to be a well-rounded dancer, performer, or teacher.
- You are Not Alone! – We are here to help you and nurture you ever step of the way.
Who can learn to belly dance?
Really Anyone! Even men!
If you DON’T FEEL CONFIDENT, have NEVER DANCED BEFORE, or you feel TOO OUT OF SHAPE, you will be surprised within a few lessons, your confidence will begin to rise and you will be amazed what your body can do with some good training and practice.
We know you’ve tried lots of other exercise programs, maybe even dance classes. We have too, but BELLY DANCE at AHLAM is completely different, unlike anything you’ve ever tried.
Luckily, we are not an exercise program. We are a holistically-minded dance program!
We aren’t trying to fix your body. In fact, we believe your body is already an amazing divine creation that longs to be nurtured and appreciated. It does a lot for you every day of your life, and it deserves lots of love and TLC.
Our passion is helping people, just like you, discover and tap into the awesomeness that is already there – the goddess within – just waiting for you to uncover how confident, creative, and capable you truly are.
Isn’t it time for some self-care?
You help those around you every day. Now, it’s YOUR TURN to take care of yourself. After all, your most important asset is YOU. You deserve taking 1 or more hours out of your busy week to rest your mind, invigorate your body, and to nourish your soul. The world is not going to fall apart if you take time for yourself. On the contrary, you will be more healthy and happy and that will positively affect everyone around you.
Is Ahlam Academy right for you?
Our classes might be perfect for you, if you:
- feel like cardio at the gym bores the hell out of you
- wish to do something “different” and “unique” as a hobby
- love to learn new things and explore your world
- enjoy the company of other truly wonderful, supportive women
- would like more opportunities to “dress up” and feel glamorous
- need time for yourself to de-stress and recharge your body, mind, and soul.
But Wait! People in your life might not understand
Just in case you didn’t know, belly dance has a reputation.
At the beginning of your journey, you might get some resistance from friends or family, who don’t understand what REAL belly dance is about. Once you try belly dancing and experience it for yourself, you will discover it’s not what they think it is. In fact, it might not even be what you expect, but better – WAY BETTER!
BONUS: You will receive instantly more confirmation who the uneducated BSers are among your family and friends!!!
All joking aside, the truth is, it’s not about seduction or pleasing someone else. It’s about self-discovery, enjoying yourself and spending time with others through movement and music.
Here’s what some of our students have to say about us
“Anna is one of the best dance instructors I have ever had and her classes are catered to all level of dancers, from beginners to advance. Her classes are organized and fun, with a focus on technique. She ensures that you get the background for what you’re dancing to and her knowledge in belly dancing styles is extensive from Eqyptian to Turkish to Romani.”
Monali from Sugarland, TX
“I came here using one of the beginner specials and I am constantly glad I gave it a try. I never thought I could be a dancer and I never thought I had the right body for it. The first class alone taught me I was wrong about both. The teachers here are wonderful at explaining things to students. I came in with no experience and never felt lost in the beginner classes…”
Florine from Houston, TX
“Anna is one of the most knowledgeable teachers I’ve known. She is kind and professional and will give you wonderful advice! Please look no further if you plan on taking a dance class, you won’t be disappointed!”
Valerie from Houston, TX
“Belly dance at Ahlam Academy is addictive! Anna is a fantastic instructor – she explains the moves clearly, and peppers classes with cultural and historical facts about the dance. Her classes aren’t just exercise, although you will get a good workout! You’ll learn dance routines, work with props such as veils and zills, and won’t even realize you’re also getting in shape. She’s supportive, high energy, and so much fun. You’ll learn to move in new ways, love your body…”
Kelli from Spring, TX