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Our Founder's Journey: Crafting the Tapestry of The Belly Dance Studio

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In 1999, Michele Harrington's life took a transformative turn during a vacation. Captivated by the rhythmic allure of belly dance, she, now known professionally as Dilara Sultan, swiftly immersed herself, taking her first class within two weeks of this serendipitous discovery.

Guided by her first instructor, Persian dancer Shally Z, Dilara Sultan's passion for belly dance flourished. Venturing beyond Texas, she traveled extensively to Turkey, Egypt, Europe, and throughout North America, honing her professional dancing and teaching skills in diverse cultures, and making Istanbul her second home.

Embracing the rich tapestry of belly dance traditions, Dilara Sultan's journey became a quest for authenticity and excellence. Her commitment to mastering the craft laid the foundation for what would eventually blossom into The Belly Dance Studio.

Today, The Belly Dance Studio stands as a testament to Michele Harrington's unwavering dedication and love for belly dance. Rooted in her global dance odyssey, the studio is a vibrant hub reflecting rich experiences and passion. Join us on this remarkable journey, celebrating the beauty and diversity of belly dance under the guidance of our visionary founder, Dilara Sultan.


Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

Our Mission and Values

"At The Belly Dance Studio, our mission is to foster a vibrant community where the art of belly dance becomes a catalyst for self-discovery, empowerment, and joy. We are dedicated to providing a supportive space that nurtures individual growth, celebrates diversity, and creates lasting connections among our dancers."

Our Values:

  • Inclusivity: We believe that dance is for everyone. Our studio embraces individuals of all ages, sizes, and skill levels, fostering an inclusive environment where every woman can find her rhythm and express herself with confidence.

  • Passion for Excellence: We are committed to upholding the highest standards of dance education. Our instructors, led by the experienced Dilara Sultan, bring a wealth of expertise and a passion for excellence to every class, ensuring a transformative and enriching experience for our students.

  • Cultural Appreciation: The Belly Dance Studio is not just a dance space; it's a cultural journey. We value and respect the diverse origins of belly dance, offering a curriculum that explores various styles, from Middle Eastern and North African dance to Egyptian and Turkish folkloric, American Cabaret, Tribal fusion, and vintage burlesque.

  • Community Building: Beyond the dance floor, we strive to build a connected and supportive community. The bonds formed at The Belly Dance Studio extend beyond the studio walls, creating friendships that enrich the lives of our dancers.

  • Self-Expression and Empowerment: We believe in the transformative power of self-expression through dance. Our studio provides a platform for individuals to explore their creativity, celebrate their uniqueness, and experience the empowering effects of belly dance on mind, body, and spirit.

  • Lifelong Learning: The journey of dance is an ongoing exploration. We encourage a spirit of curiosity and continuous learning, fostering an environment where students can evolve and deepen their understanding of belly dance throughout their lives.

Join us at The Belly Dance Studio, where each shimmy and sway is a step toward self-discovery, connection, and the pure joy of dance."

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