I’ve been looking forward to taking classes at the Rhody Center for a while. I finally signed up for what will hopefully be the first of many classes. Yesterday I was excited to take my first belly dance class. Kristen was very friendly and helpful. She took the movements slowly, broke them down and explained the mechanics. In addition, Kristen sought our input and geared the class toward our needs, making it indivialized. The added benefit was the small class size of wonderful, like minded people. I love the music, the dance space (colorful), the instructor, and the variation in styles (Arabic vs. Egyptian, etc.). Thank you for an amazing first experience and thank you Julie for hooking me up with a coin hip scarf. Can’t wait to spend next week learning more with everyone!
Erika is a former Champion Irish Step Dancer. She started dancing when she was five, and obtained formal training locally under Deirdre Goulding and DeDe Golden, and in Ireland under Tony Nolan. She loves that she can pass along her skills and traditions to her three daughters.
Erika has performed with several groups, including The Saw Doctors, Black 47, The Wolftones, and at the session at Patrick's Pub. For years she taught a group of women in Providence called the Celtic Daughters, who would perform at the Providence St. Patrick's Day Parade, as well as young ladies at Rhode Island Training School.