Path 1) Take class and/or classes. We have classes for everyone!  From very beginner, with no previous experience, all the way up to training to be a professional and everything in between. No student ever has to perform!  But If you want to Starbelly has many great options for you.

Path 2) Perform in any or all Starbelly Student Salons. We put on incredible student shows 4 times a year, at the end of each 12 week session. Available for Level 1 and up belly dance students and Toltec Energy Dance students. Belly Dance students will need to purchase a class costume which is designed and made to fit by Cecilia Rinn, and come to the mandatory dress rehearsal.

Path 3) Perform Solos, Duets, or Trios at the Student Salons. Available for level 2 and up students and purchase appropriate Private Lesson package, and costume either made by or approved by Cecilia Rinn.

Path 4) Starbelly Student Performing Team. For those level 2 and up students that want to perform in public representing Starbelly School of Dance in group pieces and/or solos and duets. There are usually 2 performance opportunities for the performance team in the Fall and Summer session.

Path 5) The Starbelly Student Troupe. This small (4-7 member)group will be performing at community events through out the year, varying from 2-10 events a session. Members will be chosen each session by Cecilia & Chad Rinn, the directors, based on class attendance, dedication, skill level & stellar attitude (from the previous session), and availability & passion to perform in the current session.  If you are interested in being in the Student Troupe, in addition to the Student Showcases, and the Student performance Team, please send an email to Cecilia & Chad.

Path 6) The Starbelly Dancers Performing Company. This group is for existing students who have excelled in their studies and want to be mentored and trained to be professional belly dance artists. Students must be invited to apply and audition to apprentice with the Starbelly Dancers. Cecilia usually takes only 1 apprentice per year. We are not takings applications for new members at this time.

Starbelly Student Showcase

The Starbelly School of Dance Student Showcase
o Saturday November 16th from 1-3pm
o Gem Center for the Arts 2417 Bank DR. Boise, ID  83705, 1st Floor Gallery. $10
o Performers should be there by 12:15pm.

There will be a dress rehearsal (mandatory for all performing students)on Friday night Nov. 15th 7-9pm at the Starbelly School of Dance
studio. There is a $15 rehearsal fee. Costumes will be ready for pickup and final payments are due that
night. We will do all pieces from the current Fall session and any new solos.

We will also be having an extra dance practice for pieces learned in previous sessions( this will also serve as the dress rehearsal for these pieces and is mandatory if you want to perform these) Nov. 15th from 6:00-7:00pm to
practice $10 drop in fee.

o 1/2 down payment by the week of Oct. 20th
o Second 1/2 is due at the Nov. 15th at the dress rehearsal when you will receive your finished costumes.

Starbelly Student Fall 2019

Registrations will be available by the end of October.

Student Showcase – Guidelines and helpful Information 2018

Welcome to the Starbelly School of Dance Student Performance team. Participating in public performances is not only exciting but can also be overwhelming.  To help offset the stress and uncertainty, below is a guidelines and suggestions to ease feelings of uncertainty.

Our Next Performance is Hyde Park Street Fair Saturday Sept. 14th at 2-3pm

Rehearsal Thursday Sept 12th 8:00-9:30pm $15

Guidelines and Details: Starbelly Student Perfroming team 2019




Important Dates

2019 Summer session (June 2019-August 2019):
June 3rd-5th First week of class
August 16th (Friday) Extra practice for pieces learned in previous sessions 6-7pm
August 16th (Friday) Dress Rehearsal 7-9 pm
August 17th (Saturday) Student Salon 1-3 pm
August 19th-22nd Last week of class for Summer session
August 26th-29th NO Classes

2019 Fall session (September 2019-November 2019):
September 3rd First week of class
November 1st Make up class for Monday classes( missed Sept. 2nd for Labor day)
November 8th Make up for Thursday Classes(missed Oct. 12th- for the “Art of Belly Dance Show”)
November 15th (Friday) Extra practice for pieces learned in previous sessions 6-7pm

November 15th (Friday) Dress Rehearsal 7-9 pm
November 16th(Saturday) Student Salon 1-3 pm
November 25th-28th NO Classes

Previous Classes

Raqs Sharki:
Level 2 Raqs Sharqi- Habibi(Winter 2018-2019)
Level 3-Raqs Sharqi Enta Omri(Winter 2018-2019)
Level 1 Foundations: Fast moves and zills( Fall 2018)
Level 2Raqs Sharqi- El Bent E l Shalabeya(Fall 2018)
Level 3 Raqs Sharqi- Alf Leyla Wa Leyla(Fall 2018)

Level 1.5 Raqs Sharqi: Nova Raqs(Summer 2018) 
Level 2.5 Raqs Sharqi: “Drama Queen” with Veil and Zills (Summer 2018) 
Level 2.5 Raqs Sharki with Veil: Saher El Shaqi(Spring 2018)
Level 2.5 Raqs Sharqi-“Ani Fi Intizarak”- Asena(Winter 2018)
Level 2 raqs Sharqi-Saidi Pop(Fall 2017)
Level 2 Raqs Sharqi-Drum solo( Summer 2017)
Level 2.5 Raqs Sharqi-Enta El Hob( Spring 2017)

Am Cab:
Level 2 Am Cab Winter 2018-2019 Gossip(Winter 2018-2019)
Level 3 Am Cab-Aziza(Winter 2018-2019)
Level 2 Am Cab- Smile Fate-Modern Turkish(Fall 2018)
Level 3 Am Cab- Miserlou-veil(Fall 2018)

Level 1.5 Raqs Sharqi: Nova Raqs(Summer 2018) 
Level 2.5 Raqs Sharqi: “Drama Queen” with Veil and Zills (Summer 2018) 
Level 2 Am Cab: Mini Routine (Summer 2018) 
Level 1 Foundations-Slow Moves and Veil(Spring & Fall 2018)
Level 2: Am Cab- Ala Bali(Spring 2018)
Level 2: Am Cab- Old School Turkish( Winter 2018)
Level 2.5 Am Cab-Aziza(Fall 2018)
Level 2 Chads Men’s piece 2017

Tribal Level 1-3 Slow and Fast (ongoing)

Level 2 Fusion Crystiline (Winter) 2018-2019
Level 2 Fusion Puya/Black Sun(Spring 2018)
Level 2 Fusion: Rock + Folkloric(Summer 2018)
Level 2 Fusion- Cursed Diamond (Fall 2018)

Starbelly-Tahtib 2019 (Winter 2018-2019)

Starbelly School of Dance has and added value in a in house professional belly dance costume designer and seamstress! With over 25 years of experience, Cecilia Rinn designs are available for the Students of Starbelly School of Dance!

For Women:

Level 1 Foundations:
Veil $20
Black Skirt $70
Black Wrap Top $30
Hip Scarf(fast moves and zills class only) $30
Level 1: Black Lace Tank(optional) $10

Level 2  Raqs Sharqi:
Classic: Silver top and fringe hip belt $60
Classic Hip belt with Fringe, and and Cowl neck halter $65
Modern Hip belt/skirt, and Halter $60

Level 3  Raqs Sharqi:
Modern Mermaid Skirt with slit and Halter $90
other TBA

Level 2 Am Cab:
Circle skirt $65
Extra Fringe Hip belt $50
Sparkly overskirt (silver or gold) $40

Level 1-3 Tribal:
Black harem Pants $45
Black wrap top $30(same at level 1 foundations)
Tribal Hip Scarf $35
Sparkly overskirt (silver or gold) $40

Level 2: Fusion:
Black Skirt of harem pants $50, or $45
Cowl neck top and modern hip scarf $60
T-shirt fringe belt and half top(Rock/Folklore)

For Men:
Black Harem Pants $45
Mesh tunic $35
Reversible Vest & Belt set $60Tribal Belt $35

Special costumes. As an alternative to the class costumes, students can commission a custom Starbelly costume. Deadline for special costume orders and ½ down payment due: May 15th

  • Black and Gold Turkish Bedlah (bra) top. $90. This bra will go with most if not all Am Cab, Turkish, and Tribal pieces/classes. You are welcome to wear this at student salons and public performances instead of, or with the class wrap top.
  • Add an additional $25-50 for extra coins, fringe and tassels on tribal belts
  •  Raqs Sharqi Bedlah (Bra and Belt): $275-$325. You could wear this with most of the Raqs Sharqi Costumes in place of or in addition to halter tops or other class tops and belts.
  • Tribal Choli tops. Different fabric and colors $50

Cecilia Rinn has been designing and sewing her own clothes since she was in High School.  When she became a belly dancer in 1994, the creation of the costumes quickly became an integral part of her artistic voice as a dancer.   Always performing in costumes she designs and creates herself, Cecilia quickly developed a reputation not only as an exceptional dancer, but as a strikingly original costume designer.  She began to make custom costumes for other dancers, under the name StarBelly Creations in 2002.

Class Dance Shoes

For class these are great belly dance shoes:
Dance Shoe Link

(Students if Starbelly School get a 20% discount! contact Cecilia for the code!)

Finger Cymbals(Sagat/Zills). Below are 4 different styles that you have to choose from for the Level 1 Foundations classes(ONLY these 4).  Please let Cecilia know if you have any questions.

When you are ready to purchase more advanced for Zills(Finger Cymbals) here s a link * Please contact Cecilia for a consult before buying professional zills.

For performance outside of the studio, students will need full coverage shoes

The Dance Closet is a local store in Boise. You can try on the shoes(Highly Recommended!)and they can also special order for you.

Here are some good options to buy shoes online:

Ballet Shoe:

Jazz Shoe:

Mens’s dance Boot:

Ballroom Shoe:

* sizes usually run small.  Use caution when ordering.  I advise contacting the company for assistance.

The Starbelly Dancers, the premier performing group of Starbelly School of Dance, participates and creates numerous fundraising events through-out the year, including their Annual Big Bad-Ass Belly Dance Show, silent auction & workshops.  All profits raised through these efforts are put into a fund for the scholarships. We do this so we can better serve the community in helping provide dance opportunities to everyone who wants it, regardless of ability to pay.


  • Only partial scholarships -25% to 50% of class fees available
  • Funds are limited. There are only funds for one or two students a session.
  • Application does not guarantee availability of funds
  • Only students who have previously completed at least one full session at the school are eligible
  • Decisions will be based two factors 1) Merit-students commitment to dance and the school 2) financial need
  • 80% attendance is required .Scholarships are for committed students only.  If student fails to have good attendance, do the assignments, work hard in class, and have a great attitude, scholarship may be revoked
  • Funds are applied towards a students space in class. If a student doesn’t utilize the classes in that given session, those funds can not be applied towards a different session.
  • Scholarship funds must be used for and within the session applied and awarded.
  • Scholarships are  limited to two session a year per qualified student
  • Student must apply EACH session they are requesting a Scholarship for.
  • Students names awarded scholarships may listed on Starbelly School of Dance website, newsletters, and Facebook page
  • * We will happily accept donations for these two funds.

Scholarship Application



The dance studio that is home to Starbelly School of Dance is available for rent for $10 an hour, outside of our regular scheduled classes and private lessons, for dance classes and dance rehearsal. Here is the link to reserve and pay for the space. Cecilia Rinn helps manage the studio so please contact her here through this website with any questions of concerns.

During the summer session at Starbelly the studio may be available for Starbelly Students to rent directly from Starbelly for private practice on some select Thursday nights from 4-9pm Please contact Cecilia Rinn if you are interested in hours during those times.