Join the Belly Dance Class to reconnect and control your body!

Discover your natural ability to move freely and experience an embodied life. Embrace your strength, grace, and fluid body flexibility. Explore a new invigorating way to feel your innate feminine power.

Belly Dance instructor Debbie Despina Cartsos will teach you how to identify and strengthen different muscles and body parts which are essential for the belly dancing technique (e.g., hips, torso, ribcage, arms, etc.). Special dance combinations will link the movements together, creating fluidity and continuity of the dance.

After explaining the stylistic aspects of belly dance, students are encouraged to become versatile, well-balanced belly dance dancers and artists.

Private lessons also available, please call the studio to find out rates and availability.



Folkloric Fusion Belly Dance classes are taught by Debbie and focus on building a solid foundation and all the basics and elements of Belly Dance. Introduction to playing finger cymbals are included. Playing finger cymbals are optional in this class but required for dancers that wish to advance to the private choreography class.

The classes are opened for dancers of all levels.

Mondays 7-8 pm

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Innovative instructor and virtuoso performer Debbie Despina Cartsos is obsessed with belly dance. The rich sounds of her childhood and the tantalizing movements of the dancers in the Greek night clubs awakened a passion within her to study the dance. Her connection to the dance fuels her deep dedication to both education and exploration throughout the art.  

Despina’s belly dance adventure started 13 years ago when she began studying American Tribal Style® belly dance with Mimi Fontana and became a founding member of Manhattan Tribal. Under the mentorship of Irina Bellyrina* she gained an appreciation for the legacy of the Salimpour family and the formats taught through the Salimpour™ School. The certification program has been an important tool in her growth as dancer: she is Jamila Level 1 and Suhaila Level 1 certified and plans to continue studying both the Suhaila and Jamila formats. She also studies and performs under renowned world fusion artist, choreographer, and master teacher Dalia Carella. Mentor and design muse Dalia is Despina’s co-producer for Menagerie d'Arte, "a surreal and immersive dance experience" presented by The Dalia Carella Dance Collective & D. Webb Designs, Despina’s NYC based fashion design house.

An ATS® Belly Dance Certified Teacher and FatChanceBellyDance® sister studio, Despina currently teaches ATS® in NYC alongside her ATS® dance sisters Kate Reid and Naja Richardson. She also teaches folkloric fusion belly dance in Astoria and is the director of The Mati Dance Tribe based out of Sol Dance Center. Her ATS® partner in crime is Kate Reid, and she also dances under Corpus Callosum with Lauren J Casper and Lauren Robbiani.  Her authentic love for music and movements is contagious. She has a weakness for finger cymbals, swords and pushing boundaries on stage. What kind of journey will she take you on next?

*Irina Bellyrina is the founder of the belly dance program at Sol Dance Center & Belly Sol.

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