In conjunction with Starbelly presents The Art of Belly Dance: eMotion at The Sapphire Room, Starbelly School of Dance is hosting 2 workshops taught by Starbelly Dancers Artistic Director Cecilia Rinn and Principle Dancer Tori King. Saturday Oct. 12th!
Each workshop is 2 hours in length, totaling 4 hours of intensive dance training! The workshops are $55 each, or $100 for both.
*Note: Proof of purchase for tickets to the Art of Belly Dance Show will give you $10 off your purchase price. Get your tickets here:

10/12/19 11:00am-1:00pm Choreography to Saidi Salamat with Tori King (all levels)

Saidi dance is more than movement with a cane or a specific costume, it is a dance with a specific flair and attitude that many dancers have come to love. Tori’s choreography to the song “Saidi Salamat,” by Monir Abdel Aziz, embodies the earthy and playful feeling that is characteristic of this style. All genders are welcome in this workshop, but this choreography embodies the “female” style of saidi dance, which is a satirical answer to the “men’s” traditional use, or overuse, of assaya. Please bring your canes if you have them (there will be a few available for your use and a few available for sale) to this all levels saidi class. History of this dance will be briefly, covered because we will spend the entire time dancing. Please bring a bottle of water and notebook and inform Tori of any injuries at the beginning of the workshop.
10/12/19 1:30-3:30pm Discovering the Story- Adding Meaning and Drama in your Dance with Cecilia Rinn(All Levels)
In this workshop we will explore the subtle but powerful emotional quality of Oriental Dance and how that can be utilized to add depth and “story” to any dance or music style. We will start with a short lecture and journaling exercises. Then we will warm up our bodies with a fast and furious shimmy warm up and move on to some exercises to discover and define the unique emotional qualities to different movements, body regions, and musical ques. We will explore though some simple combination a mini 5 part Raqs Sharqi routine to both Classical Egyptian music & iconic rock music. This will be a great value, not only as aiding in more powerful performances, but also being able to have a more satisfying and personally meaningful experience with your dancing.. Bring water, a journal or notebook & an open mind.
——-About Your Instructors——
Cecilia Rinn is an acclaimed national belly dance artist whom embodies the passion & joy of belly dance. With ethereal power and fluid movement, Cecilia creates truly transcendent art. A sought-after instructor, Cecilia taught and performed locally (Boise, Idaho) and nationally for 25 year.. Cecilia’s production credit includes the theatrical belly dance event, The Big Bad-Ass Belly Dance Show, which is ramping up for it’s 10th year at Boise’s Visual Arts Collective Feb. 28th & 29th, 2020, and hosts legendary performers, such as Delilah and House of Tarab (2016), Karim Nagi (2017), and Myra Krein (2018) at the “Art of Belly Dance” event. Cecilia is the creator of the StarBelly Dancers, her elite dance company. Cecilia is also a mentor to four upcoming professional belly dancers at her school StarBelly School of Dance. In 2013 and 2014, Cecilia ran the SEEDs program for at risk teenage girls and has plans to run the program in 2020. Cecilia is the recipient of arts grants through the Idaho Arts Commission and Boise City Department of History and Art. Read more about Cecilia here:
Tori King is a dance artist based in Boise, Idaho. She has trained extensively in ballet and contemporary dance but truly found a home in middle eastern dance. Her heart beats to the rhythm of folkloric and modern raqs sharki styles, particularly saidi dance, and she performs the American styles of Tribal, Lyrical Fusion and American Cabaret in the Treasure Valley as well as Turkish and Greek Belly Dance. Tori has been interviewed on local NPR show, Idaho Matters, and can be seen dancing at festivals and dance events in the pacific northwest. Tori has appeared as a principle dancer with the Starbelly Dancers and has been featured in the annual fundraiser, “The Big Bad-Ass Belly Dance Show” and in “The Art of Belly Dance” at the Sapphire Room. Tori is also proud to collaborate with other local artists and had a part in projects such as Migration Theory play, “small matters,” and has performed with FUSE Dance Collaboration and Fleet Street Klezmer Band. Tori is the recipient of a grant from the Boise City Department of History and Art. Read more about Tori here:


  • Please choose the classes you would like to take. If you have questions please contact Cecilia 208-891-6609.
  • We can accept cash, credit, debit cards, checks (made out to Starbelly School of Dance), pay pal payments (send to, or Vemno( Cecilia Rinn- Starbelly). Cash Preferred