Ma*Shuqa Method

 Instruction for Oriental Dance


Ma*Shuqa's method of teaching Oriental Dance (belly dance, Middle Eastern dance, Egyptian Raqs Sharqi, Greek tsiftitelli dance, French danse du ventre, German bauch Tanz) with influences including Persian, Lebanese, Armenian, and Turkish blends instruction in technique and performance and utilizes a self-discovery format combined with structured and scaffolded instruction to learn and reveal your own unique personal movement style. 


Ma*Shuqa’s approach to teaching reflects her educational background in curriculum and instruction (EdD ABD) and she provides Scaffolded Instruction as a framework for structured learning. Ma*Shuqa teaches dancers the elements supporting dance (music, rhythms, movement styling) and provides a method to develop a basic approach to movement and Oriental Dance.


During instruction Ma*Shuqa brings to light elements of movement that each dancer can reflect upon to understand her body type and physical movement style awareness upon which to develop her dance style. You will learn movement combinations with instructions to create your unique dance movement.


Using the symbol of the (*) asterisk as a structure – you learn how to create beautiful movements that become performance combinations as you understand dance creation and how to match movement quality to the musicality of music. Students learn basic movements with the options of changing styling: height, direction, timing, dance attitude, and layering simultaneous movement of shimmies and undulations while dancing.


The Ma*Shuqa Method includes instruction and awareness of personal movement preference that determines individual dance style: core stabilization, core strength, and body posture, dance stance and weight shifting and transitions, footfall style, dance movement preferences for torso, arms, and hands, movement tempo preference, and the 80:20 body undulation style variation. 


Instruction includes Middle Eastern rhythms, melodic modes, musicality and maqamat modes (scales), and the unique signatures of leitmotifs and corresponding styling in dance movement. Bring finger cymbals to learn how to coordinate cymbal playing with dance movements.  Ma*Shuqa Method promotes improvisational dance that mirrors the musicality in the music and reflects the uniquely individual personal movement styling of each dancer.


Come take a class or workshop with Ma*Shuqa and experience "the professional difference, elegance of style" from an instructor who can share her expertise from over 46 years of teaching and performance of the art of Oriental Dance (Belly Dance).  


Weekly Classes


Tuesdays 7:00–8:30 pm All levels with challenging instruction for advanced students


Wednesdays, 1:00–2:30 pm and 7:00-8:30 pm All Levels with challenging instruction for advanced students


Saturdays, 1:00-2:30 pm for all Levels.


Studio Location:

Ma*Shuqa’s Hidden Garden Oasis Dance Studio

 15651 Camino Del Cerro, Los Gatos, CA 95032 (408) 356-9473