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Classes & Upcoming Events
Beach Blanket Beledi
Folk Dances of North Africa & the Middle East
Belly Dance
Articles on the dance by Chelydra
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Music & Costuming

Other Dance Resources

Beach Blanket Beledi 2021 Postponed to 2022

Beach Blanket Beledi 2021 is now Beach Blanket Beledi 2022 (see below)! If you registered for BBB 2021, your registration will be automatically rolled forward to BBB 2022.

Announcing the Beachfront Bash 2021

The abbreviated outdoor replacement event, the Beachfront Bash, will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021 (rain date on Sunday, October 10) on the beach in from of the Comfort Inn South Oceanfront. Use the public beach access beside the hotel if you are not a guest of the Comfort Inn.

COVID-19 Protocols

My personal recommendation: Please do not travel if you are not fully-vaccinated.

Due to uncertainties with transmissibility of the Delta variant, face masks are required even outdoors unless teaching or performing. We are going to be in and out of each other's space for an extended period of time.

Event Schedule (Subject To Change)
10:00 - 11:30Class with Chelydra
Almost Shimmyless Drum Solo
1:00 - 2:30Swap Meet & Socially Distant Social
4:00 - 6:00Dance Party


Beach Blanket Beledi 2022
Celebrating twenty-six years of oceanfront fun!

Chelydra in a metallic green and pearl cabaret dress.

Annual Columbus Day seminar and dance party in Nags Head, NC. The instructors for BBB 2022 are TBD and Chelydra. Click here for details.

Click here for photos of Beach Blanket Beledi 2019. Please do not copy or publish these photos without permission from the artist.

  Photo of tree frog in the classic yoga lotus position.

Yoga for ANY Body!

Stretch ... strengthen ... relax ... with yoga class. Learn to listen to your body and adjust your poses to work for how you feel that day. Level-of-difficulty options are provided for most poses to allow you to customize your yoga experience, and to overcome physical limitations.

Yoga is appropriate for all ages, genders, and skill levels.

Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:15-7:15 PM
Location: Fields Dance Studio
Fee: $45 for 5 classes (2-month expiration), $80 for 10 classes (4-month expiration), $12 drop-in

  Photo of Aegela with cane.

Fun With Folklore

There are no folkloric classes in the current schedule. If you would like to request a folkloric class, please contact Chelydra, and she will do her best to accommodate you. Chelydra LOVES to teach folklore!


  Photo Dancing Turtle Folk Arts in Nubian dress.

Dancing Turtle Folk Arts
Dancing Turtle Folk Arts of Fields Dance Studio presents traditional folk dances of North Africa and the Middle East with a fresh, fun, contemporary twist.

Photos © 2015 by Lasting Memories Photography.

  Photo for belly dance will display if available.

Middle Eastern Cabaret-Style Dance (Belly Dance)
Performance, instruction, and coaching in middle eastern dance.

Photo © 2005 by Donald Bridgers.

Photo for folk dances will display if available.

Folk dances of North Africa and the Middle East
Performance and instruction in folk dances of Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Persia, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia.

Photo by Robert Lee.

Classes & Upcoming Events Featuring
Dancing Turtle Folk Arts and Chelydra

Subject to Change
Date Event Contact
  Middle Eastern Dance Classes (All Levels)
Weekly classes in Middle Eastern dance (belly dance).
Fields Dance Studio
October 9, 2021 Beachfront Bash
with Chelydra.
Nags Head, NC
December TBD, 2021 Holiday Hafla
2-4 PM
Holiday social and open dance party.
Fields Dance Studio
Newport News, VA
October 7-8, 2022 Beach Blanket Beledi 2022
with TBD and Chelydra.
Nags Head, NC

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