Barbara,The Dancing Spirit Studio  
Private Lessons and workshops
American,Turkish,Egyptian,fusion dancing spirit style
Skirt work,veil,choreography,dance maps,Barbs special practice cd,notes.
401 338 9905 - 
To dance is to dream while you are awake 


The Dancing Spirit Studio, 219 Nanaquaket Rd. Tiverton RI   










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The Dancing Spirit Studio,

219 Nanaquaket Rd,Tiverton RI

Call for Studio classes,events

Monday - Saturday 

401 338 9905

To Dance is to dream 

While you are awake ....

Create your vision.....

Unpeel your onion.....

401 338 9905

Before Belly Dance
Anna Pavlova
Isadora Duncan
Natasha Redel
Michael Fokine
Mary Day
 Ruth St Denis
Martha Graham
Carol Fried
 Bill Bales
 Kazuko Hirabayashi
Susan Dibble
Grethe Holby
Finis Jhung
Nancy Spanier
Michelle Bach Coulibaly
Joya Hoyt
Colleen Farrisey
Oriental Belly Dance 
Sema Yildz
Dalia Carella
Anahid Sofian
Elena Lentini
Alexandra King
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Class Fees 

 11/2 hr private lessons - $50.00

Girls night out - $115.00 for 6

Studio Workshops - Email Barb@thedancingspirit

       veils are sails 

There are many styles of Belly Dance and Belly Dance costumes. A matching bra and belt is called a Bedlah.

When a bedlah, skirt and veil match that is called a " full costume". How long does it take to learn to Belly Dance?

It varies with each person but a rule of thumb is 6 years.

The Dancing Spirit IMovie... with you, Thankyou ox from Barbara Derecktor Donahue on Vimeo.


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     Barbara, known as The Dancing Spirit of RI lives in Tiverton where she owns and runs.The Dancing Spirit Studio. Barbara began dancing at age 4. She choreographed her first group dance for twenty kids at age 16. She recieved her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase. After college Barb was a modern dancer with Grethe Holby,Takako Asakawa Dance Co & Dibble Dance while studying Ballet with Finis Jhung.In Colorado with The Nancy Spanier Dance Co. Barbara ran The RI Tanagra Movement Theatre Company for 5 yrs.. Barb has been a Belly Dance Artist for14 years. She has studied with many of the best Middle Eastern Belly Dance teacher, performers in the world.Her teaching and performance style combines all dance forms. She performs around The Sakonnet, Newport County area and in NYC shows with Morocco, Dalia Carella and Anahid Sofian. She studied in Istanbul ,Turkey,performed at Tayaar's Music & Dance Camp with Sema Yildz, Lee Ali, Nourhan Sharif..She taught skirts & zills and performed in Bali with Samra, in Sayulita,Mexico @ Haramara,was with the luminous Theatrical Belly Dance Convention. Barbara brought International Shimmy Mob to RI in 2011 celebrating National Dance Week,World Belly Dance Day.& International Shimmy Mob all together. May 9,2015 is her studio teams 5th Shimmy Mob (Dance for love) which features Barbara's choreography toa song by Dolphina, her message (Every woman is a goddess) to Aphrodite's Mysteries.
      Barb's Shimmy Mob story on DanseTrack
     Barbara has been performing solo and with groups for SOAH ( Singing out against Hunger) for 13 years,@Tiverton Four Corners Arts Festival for 18 yrs. The Tanagra Troupe danced for the First Newport Rocks Series at Fort Adams, Summer 2014
        Barb Says, "I never imagined I would become a Belly Dancer. When I took my first class I was surprised. I never knew anything about the dance form or the complex world history before. I have said many times it is the gift that keeps on giving.Shimmy Mob passion the world over is an example of how Belly Dance can change lives in very positive ways.Belly Dance can grab you. It is wonderful to study as many dance forms as possible. Learning the technique, skirt work, veil grace, rhythms, finger cymbals and the earthy feeling can add much expression to a dancers repetoire.Belly Dance is classical, traditional folk dance and fusion which blends and encourages a dancers creativity.I love watching students as they learn and grow in wonderfully blossoming ways. 

The Dancing Spirit Studio from Barbara Derecktor Donahue on Vimeo.         


Off main rd, across from The Black Goose Cafe - over bridge,
9th driveway on RIGHT. Look for the blue flower box.
 Park in front to the RIGHT
Studio is LEFT in back of house. Follow the purple sign


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