Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the most frequent queries we get from people, hopefully the answer you are looking for is here! Of course if your query is not answered below, do email us at bellydancing@imperial.ac.uk and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!


Do I have to be a member to attend classes and perform?

Yes you do. However, we let you attend your first class with us before you buy membership, to try it out, so you can see what we offer. Before your second class with the society you will need to purchase membership.


How much does membership cost, and what does it entitle me to?

Membership is only £6/year and affords you the chance to access heavily discounted classes, as well as subsidised socials and performance opportunities all year round. If you are performing with us and need a costume, we will also lend you a costume as part of your membership entitlement. We have a wide selection of sizes and styles, and are happy to buy something new to fit if needs be, allowing that we get enough notice! You can buy membership anytime on the union website, and it lasts until the end of the academic year (1 Aug - 31 July).


How much do classes cost?

Classes are usually £5-£7/hr (depending on the level). You can buy in bulk in advance for a discount online.


What should I to wear to my belly dance class?

Anything that you feel comfortable in! It is best to wear clothes that you can easily move in - most of our members will typically wear a t-shirt and leggings. Bare feet, socks or ballet shoes (if you have them) are all good options for footwear; we would advise against trainers.

The use of coin belts is optional but advised, as it helps you be better aware of your hip movements. You can buy your coin belts directly from us for 5 each, just ask your class coordinator if you're interested!


Do I have to take part in performances if I attend classes?

No, participation in shows and performances is always on a vonluntary basis! No matter how many classes and workshops you have attended with us, you are not required to perform if you don't want to.

If you do choose to perform with us, rest assured that we will not publish photos or videos of you on any of our forms of social media or website unless you give us your express permission, and we are happy to take down any material where you feature at your request. We unfortunately can not control the publishing of photos by other bodies, if we perform at an event organised by another society for example.


I am due to perform soon but don't have a costume. What do I do?

We can lend you a costume for a performance if you haven't got your own. We have a range of sizes and styles, and are happy to order in a new costume if none of ours fit you, allowing that we are given enough time to do so (we will always ask far enough in advance). If you have any questions about this please do get in touch.

If you are planning to take part in several performances on a regular basis, it might be preferable for you to buy your own costume so that you can make appropriate alterations and be always guaranteed a colour that suits you. Ask any member of the committee, we are more than happy to advise you on where the best places are to look!


When should I move on to the next level class?

When you feel comfortable with the current level you have been attending! :) If you're unsure about whether the next level is right for you, ask your teacher or your class coordinator what would be best for you and they'll be more than happy to advise you.

It is generally recommended to complete the current level you are at before moving up. Each level covers specific and important technical aspects of belly dancing and are all as valuable as each other. If you feel that you are ready to move on to more difficult moves, it is probably the right time!

We would generally suggest a minimum of one term in beginners and improvers each, and one-two terms of advanced before moving to advanced plus. Feel free to stay longer at each level (provided we are hosting it) - it is definitely beneficial to ensure you are comfortable with the current level before advancing.