365 Days of Dance?

Practice becomes firmly grounded when continued

for a long time, without interruption and with reverent devotion.

-from the Sutras of Patanjali and also the tattoo of the ever inspirational Rachel Brice


I'd like to share a small but gratfying personal victory I had yesterday.  On January 1st last year, I set aside some time to set personal, professional dance goals for myself.  As I sat writing them, I kept "aiming low"...goals that, while useful, were relatively easy to visualize, I was being safe.  But, I don't want to be safe.  I want to jump off the cliff, take risks.  So I took a deep breath and wrote down BIG goals, allowing myself to dream.


One of the goals I wrote was for class attendance.  Yesterday, I stood up in my office and did a little jig - I was 4 students over my goal! I am amazed at the possibility opened up by setting out what you want.


So, as December begins, I am setting aside time to set goals for 2011... 


In 2010, I have focused on my business, my classes and my private students.  However, I now am turning to focus, again, on my own dancing.  I know I must devote time, energy and focus to my art, so that I feel progress. 


To that end, I am setting the following goal for myself - I want to practice dance, in some shape or fashion for every day in 2011...I will attempt to create 365 days of dance.


So how often do I practice now? errrrrrrrrrrrrrr.............it depends.  There are times (most likely before a performance) that I practice a few hours a day.  However, oftentimes, when my life gets busy, I can go weeks without practicing.  I am dancing, performing and teaching several classes a week. But, I am not taking time to devote to my dancing, to what I have to say.


So what constitutes practice? How long does it have to be? How will I keep myself honest? Well, I am thinking about that, and will be tracking my efforts on my blog (this also will help me keep up on that).



New Year-New Classes!

and Holiday Class Schedule

I'm launching a new class schedule for January 2011.

Please find all the info below. 

The current class schedule will continue in December. 

There are no classes 12/23, 28 or 30.


drop in classes

Tuesday 9-10 AM Hip Hop Conditioning

Tuesday 6-7 PM Beginner Bellydance

Tuesday 8:15-9:15 PM Intermediate/Advanced Bellydance

Thursday 9-10 AM Bellydance Workout - All Levels

Thursday 6-7 PM Bollywood & Bhangra - All Levels

Thursday 8:15-9:15 PM Hip Hop - All Levels


drop-in classes - start anytime. $12 drop ins. Class cards: 4 for $40, 8 for $72, 12 for $96, $16 for $120. All sales are final and non-transferable. Class cards are valid for any drop-in class.


enrollment classes - register now

Tuesday 7:05-8:05 PM Bellydance Performance Class

January 4-April 5 (12 weeks)

Thursday 7:05-8:05 PM Bala! Bollywood & Bhangra Performance Class

January 6-April 7 (12 weeks)


enrollment performance class - $110 or 2 payments of $60. students must be taking another dance class. up to 2 classes may be made up in other classes. must attend 8 classes to be eligible for performance.


private classes

1:1 classes in which you will receive individualized attention to improve your technique, musicality, dance vocabulary and more.

1 hour $60 :: 3 hours $150 :: 5 hours $225


small group classes

Interested in taking classes with your daughter, friends or family? Small group lessons allow you to schedule a customized lesson for your group at a time of your choice. Small group lessons are $75 per hour. If you'd prefer to have your lesson at your home or business, the cost is $80 per hour.


to schedule a private or small group class please call Lisa at 828.242.7595 or email lisa@lisazahiya.com



All classes are held at Studio Zahiya - 41 Carolina Lane

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December 17-18 - Lisa performs at the Cairo Cafe in Knoxville TN


January 28-30 - Lisa teaches and performs at the Festiv'Al shimmy in San Raphael, France


February 4-6 - Lisa teaches and performs at the Bellydance Extravaganza 2011 in Columbia, SC


February 12 - Lisa Zahiya & Bala! at the Caring for Children Moulin Rouge Gala at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, NC


March 4-6 - Lisa teaches and performs in Pittsburgh, PA contact Katia for details


March 25-27 - Lisa teaches and performs at Amira Star's Birthday Bash


April 8-10 - SAVE THE DATE! Asheville Bellydance Festival


May 13-15 - Lisa teaches and performs at The LEAF Festival in Black Mountain, NC

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