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Cassandra teaching at our new studio.
Our Minneapolis studio
Photo by Jan Geisen



Winter Session starts January 2, 2017.

Gift Certificates for classes are available in The Souk.


Registrations will be taken the first day of class, or may be mailed in. Make checks payable to The Cassandra School. All checks need to be written in black or blue ink only (bank rule). To register on-line, click the Registration button at the top of the page.

Missed classes may be made up within the session, but cannot be carried over to the next session.

Refunds will not be made after the first week - no exceptions.

Clothing: Loose, comfortable clothing or dancewear is recommended. Finger cymbals will be available for beginners. See photo.

Minimum Attendance: The Cassandra School will not hold a class if fewer than 3 students are present at the time class should start.

More information in
Class FAQs.


The Cassandra School philosophy of teaching
is to treat every student as though he/she is
an aspiring professional Middle Eastern Dancer: giving the student all the skills and coordination necessary, and challenging all students
to achieve a personal Best! —Cassandra


New to Middle Eastern Dance and don't know what to expect from classes? Here are comments from a new student.

"I really want to express my extreme satisfaction in the classes we've had! [Our instructor] infuses humor into everything, has made us feel right at home, has explained everything just wonderfully, and has helped each of us individually at each class.

"We came to The Cassandra School feeling a little intimidated to study with the masters here in the Twin Cities area. We have been so pleased, and we really wonder why we didn't come to you earlier."

-Stephanie Lundquist

Cassandra teaching level 5 class photo.
Level 5 warm up

Melanie teaching level 1 class photo.
Level 1 class


Fall 2016 Class Schedule

Fall Session starts October 10th and runs through December 18th.

Now through October 2016:
During road work, our main entrance is off the lot on the north side of the building, next to the police station. Go through the glass door. Our studio is down the hall and to your right,
through the purple door. Parking advice here.

STUDENT DISCOUNT: Show your current student ID for $10 off a 10-week session.

Monthly Class Cards:
Only $95 for unlimited Level 1 and Level 2 classes for one calendar month.
Only $105 for unlimited Level 3 and up classes for one calendar month.
Absolutely no refunds or carryovers to a different month.

NOTE: Check the Calendar regularly for last minute class cancellations
as some classes may be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Level 1
Mixed Level 1-2
Level 2
Level 3

Mixed Level 3-4
Level 4
Level 5

Technique Intensive


Level 1 Beginning Belly Dance
$16 single class, $140 for 10 classes

This is the perfect class for beginners: basic dance movements, rhythms, dance combinations, conditioning, isolation practice, and introduction to finger cymbal patterns with dance steps. First class? Check out the location information here.

Monday Minneapolis Cassandra 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Monday Bloomington Kathy McCurdy 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Tuesday Bloomington Kathy McCurdy 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Saturday Minneapolis Kathy McCurdy 10:00 - 11:30 am
Sunday Minneapolis Renee Szudy 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm


Mixed Level 1-2
$16 single class, $140 for 10 classes
Bloomington Angela Skrade 10:00 - 11:30 am


Level 2
$16 single class, $140 for 10 classes

Dance movements built on the basics learned in Level 1. Continuation of basics, conditioning, isolations, and addition of more complex movements. Introduction to veil dancing, with additional work on finger cymbals and coordination of dance movements and music.
Monday Bloomington Kathy McCurdy 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday Minneapolis Renee Szudy 8:05 - 9:35 pm
Saturday Minneapolis Kathy McCurdy 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Level 3
$18 single class, $160 for 10 classes

Introduction to advanced rhythm and movement concepts, improvisation, intermediate cymbal and dance techniques, and layering of specifically Oriental dance movement. More rigorous conditioning included. Introduction to Arabic/North African folk styles. Continuation of all prior techniques.
Monday Minneapolis Cassandra 7:35 - 9:35 pm
Wednesday Bloomington Jenny Piper 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Thursday Bloomington Kathy McCurdy 10:00 - 12:00 noon
Sunday Minneapolis Renee Szudy 10:00 - 12:00 noon


Mixed Level 3-4
$18 single class, $160 for 10 classes
Minneapolis Jenny Piper 10:00 - 12:00 noon
Wednesday Minneapolis Aliyah Sahar 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Level 4
$18 single class, $160 for 10 classes

Advanced movements, layering, combinations, choreography and concepts, improvisational class work, individualized performance exercises; continuation of folk styles and rhythm explorations. Advanced cymbal proficiency with movements.
Thursday Minneapolis Cassandra 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Level 5
$18 single class, $160 for 10 classes

Professional class — all of the above and enhancing performance skills!

Tuesday Minneapolis Cassandra 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Technique Intensive
$18 single class

Technique Intensive focuses on mastering technique — making it your own, incorporating it into body memory and vocabulary until you can command it effortlessly to express yourself through music and dance. We drill basic techniques and their variations and ornamentations, as well as intermediate and advanced techniques. Appropriate for Level 3, 4, and 5 students. (Check the Calendar to see if class will be held, since Cassandra is often teaching out-of-town workshops.)
Saturday Minneapolis Cassandra 1:00 - 3:00 pm


Check this out! Patricia Cumbie, one of our long time students and author of Beledi Beat, wrote this wonderful article in the StarTribune about belly dance and classes here. Thank you for inspiring us all, Patricia!

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