Come take advantage of the Professional Instruction in:
* Belly Dance Fundamentals
* Traditional & Modern Raks Sharki Belly Dance
* Vintage American Cabaret (Am Cab)
* StarBelly Squad (formally Tribal) Belly Dance
* Fusion Belly Dance
*Folkloric/Social Belly Dance

Taught by experienced, patient and enthusiastic instructors of the highest caliber, Cecilia & Chad Rinn!
And guest teachers, Starbelly Dancers: Tori King, Bayla Night & Cassandra Joan!

2021 Spring Online class courses for continuing students 12 week courses

Mon. 5:30-6:45pm 201 Belly Dance Drill Class
Mon. 7:00-8:15pm-405 Fusion: Advanced Combos, Choreography & Improvisation

Tue. 5:30-6:45pm-404 Starbelly Dance Squad (Formerly Tribal Style) Improvisation and advances Formations
Tue. 7:00-8:15pm- 302 Raks Sharki: Belly Dance Combinations and Choreography- Silk Veil

Wed. 5:30-6:45pm-202 Raks Sharki: Belly Dance Combinations and Choreography- Saidi Style!
Wed. 7:00-8:00pm-304 Starbelly Dance Squad (Formerly Tribal Style) Vocabulary & Rotations

Thur. 5:30-6:45pm 204 Starbelly Dance Squad (Formerly Tribal Style) Beginning Vocabulary 

Classes start March 1st, 2021

4 week Introductory classes

Thur. 7:00-8:00pm-101 Beginning Belly Dance: Live Online classes  Starts April 22nd
Thur. 7:00-8:00pm-102 Belly Dance Fundamentals: Raks Sharki Belly Dance: Live Online classes  Starts March 4th
Thur. 7:00-8:00pm-103 Belly Dance Fundamentals Vintage Am Cab Belly Dance: Live Online classes  Starts April 1st(1st 3 classes 7-8pm, forth class 8-9pm)

2021 Spring Session Online drop in donation based noon classes*

Shimmy Stress Break– Beginning Belly Dance Drills Tuesdays 12:00-12:30pm
Yoga Chill Out.( no yoga experience needed) Thursdays 12:00-12:30pm
* Donation based classes

One off workshops 203-403 Am Cab Drum Solo mini workshop. Saturday March 20th 12:00-1:30 $35
(free to all students who completed the Winter 12 week session)

Register HERE

In response to the Covid-19  all Starbelly classes will be online through zoom for most of the Spring session. We will be transitioning in to hybrid classes when it is deemed safe to do so. Thank you for your patience, understanding and continuing support.

We also opened up specific Financial Aid for class fees for those students affected by Covid-19 HERE.

Payment Types Accepted:
* Vemno- “Cecilia Rinn @Starbelly (preferred)
*  Credit & Debit Cards
or over the phone 208-891-6609
*  Pay pal payments: or
*  facebook messenger

Please contact Cecilia Rinn for details.

Starbelly School of Dance has been awarded a grant from the Boise City Department of Arts and History for upcoming “Starbelly Arabic Dance Celebration”  Stay tuned for details! Dance artist Cecilia Rinn has also been awarded a grant from the Idaho commision of the Arts & The Alexa Rose Foundation.

Starbelly is family friendly, inclusive, empathetic dance school that is for everyBODY. Starbelly is a one stop shop for everyone interested in belly dance, all age and levels classes, tailored costumes, professional mentorship, performance opportunities, emotional and spiritual growth through dance.

Cecilia is a talented instructor and artist with 3 decades of experience in raqs sharki and built the foundations of large scale belly dance education in Idaho.

Belly Dance is for all sizes, shapes, ages & genders.  Come learn the expressive, emotional and liberating art of belly dance at Starbelly School of Dance.  Practice loving kindness, body acceptance & celebrate what makes you uniquely you in a warm and welcoming environment. 

For New Students!-Included with your Belly Dance Fundamentals courses

  • Brief discussion of the history and culture of this beautiful dance
  • Positive affirmations and deep breathing exercises
  • Thrilling work-out excellent for core strength, spine flexibility, and achieving and maintaining healthy body weight
  • Password to the video and choreography resources available on the Starbelly website
  • Instruction of the highest quality by Cecilia Rinn, a nationally recognized performer and instructor with 20 + years of experience

Additional benefits for continuing Starbelly Students.

  • Performance opportunities, including but limited to quarterly Student Showcases & possible inclusion in the Student Troupe
  • Custom made professional costumes made by Cecilia Rinn of Starbelly Designs
  • Exploration of different styles of belly dance, including Modern and Classical Egyptian and Oriental, Vintage American Cabaret, Starbelly Squad (Tribal Style) Belly Dance, Fusion, and Folkloric.

Classes break down to being $15 an hour for group classes. All aged 13 and over are welcome to enroll.

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What current students are saying about online classes at Starbelly

“I cannot express how moved I am by Cecilia’s ability to keep an entire community dancing during this scary, stressful situation. I am honored to be able to be part of the Starbelly Dancers and to have the opportunity to learn from such a beautiful, kind, and tenacious mentor as Cecilia Rinn.”

“I love that we can learn and adapt together in crazy times. (As long as I have been a part of Starbelly we have been pretty successful at doing that in many adventures we have come upon.) We can still communicate and learn on a different level and and continue to get quality instruction. That can only make us better in my opinion”.

“I like that I’ve been able to keep up with my practice from the safety of my home, and I still feel like I get enough individual attention which is hard to do in an online format.”

“There is still a lot of interaction between instructor and student so it’s better than just an online recording with instruction.”

What students are saying about being part of Starbelly

“Starbelly is friendly to bodies with all different kinds of hurts…it’s a healing community for people to get comfortable in their bodies and learn to move it safely & beautifully.”

“I really appreciate your knowledge of the history and culture of the styles Cecilia teaches. As a mentor I feel like Cecilia is excellent at empowering her students and helping them build their confidence.”

“Cecilia has a kind heat and is so welcoming and supportive of all of her students. She empowers her students, and she does it in a healthy way.”

“Cecilia makes dance accessible to all ages and genders. Cecilia helps make the experience about self-expression and encourage students to personalize their dance rather than expect everyone to appear uniform.”

“Starbelly is a welcoming community that attracts dancers from all walks of life and at various levels of dance.”

“Cecilia’s patience and understanding, with colorful and straightforward instruction, and she is generous with her time and the opportunities she present to your students.”

“The biggest surprise for me is that I am actually able to shed my old ingrained dance reflexes and learn a new dance style. This may sound crazy but I’m impressed with the fact that I can actually do things I did not think I could ever do. Something as simple as my dancing in nearly bare feet amazes me. And I love new my tribe of wonderful, welcoming and talented humans. At the end of a challenging day truly I look forward to spending time immersed in dance and working with my friends through unity and cooperation to create dance.”

Jaki, Starbelly Student

“It may sound cliché but I discovered that “beauty” is more diverse than what our society wants us to believe. Like most people, I have struggled to love and accept my body as it is… During my time at the school I have seen men and women of different ages, body shapes and sizes who are all there to simply enjoy dance and appreciate that their bodies allows them to express their joy. My body jiggles in many places… but this is my body and it brings me joy when I dance. There is no more hidden shame.”

Virgina, Starbelly Student

“The teachers at starbelly school of dance bring world class instruction to the art of belly dance right here in the treasure valley. The studio is a welcoming environment where students old and new come together to celebrate dance!”-

Alyssa, Starbelly Student

“As a general rule, I am not a patient woman, especially when it comes to myself. When I started belly dance, I knew it would not be easy for me – I have no dance background and no natural affinity for coordinated movement. I set out to just enjoy myself and the process and to be a patient student, trusting that progress will come naturally with time and practice. Surprisingly, I have succeeded at this, for the most part – I am not often frustrated when learning a new move, I trust that by the end of a session of classes I will know the choreography but may not execute it perfectly, and, most importantly, I am truly enjoying the experience rather than strictly focusing on the result. I still have my moments of doubt and insecurity, especially when it comes to performing, but I am happy with where I am. The support provided by everyone at Starbelly has been instrumental for me in this regard – thanks you guys!!”

Dena, Starbelly Student

“While I have often been the oldest student in class, it doesn’t matter your age when it comes to belly dancing. I realize I have some physical limitations, but I have also have discovered that my body can do amazing things that I wasn’t aware of. I love how much belly dancing isn’t limited by age and physical stature. I, like so many others have learned new acceptance of my body with it’s scars and curves…I have grown physically and spiritually as a result of the decision to try belly dancing and I haven’t regretted for a moment. My life is so much richer now with dance and the beautiful souls I get to share it with.”

Tina, Starbelly Student

“Wow. All I can say is I have gained a whole new family at StarBelly! I’ve been taking classes for a little over a year and I would recommend it for anyone. It is an amazing workout and you make a lot of friends. It’s a place to come and release all stress and dance it out. All of the instructors are professional and are very approachable and will go that extra mile to help you. I’m so grateful I took a chance and stepped out of my comfort zone and went to class no knowing anyone. I love it here!”


Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can take belly dance classes?
You! If you are over the age of 13, and want to learn to the art of Middle Eastern Dance, then these classes are for you! We happily accept all sizes, shapes, colors, and genders in our belly dance classes.

Do I have to show my belly?
No. You never have to show your belly in class or otherwise. But if you want to you certainly can.

Do I have to perform?
No. You never have to perform. But if you would like to, there are opportunities at any or all of the 4 “Starbelly Student Salons” we put on every year.

What do I ware to class?
Stretchy pants, shorts or leggings. For women, a supportive sports bra, and tight fitting stretchy top. Hip belts are available at class to borrow or purchase. Bare feet, or socks. *No coin or loud hip belts allowed. Please bring water.

Do I need to know how to dance? Do I need to lose weight, or get in better shape before I start?
No.No. No. In class you will be learning to dance, while you get in better shape, and encourage weight loss. You will also be learning that you are perfect just the way you are right now. All you need to do is show up, the rest I will take care of, promise. Belly Dance is a way to celebrate all of our unique and vital beauty. Come celebrate with us! Register Today!

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