Learn about the beautiful and exciting art of Middle Eastern Dance with Bloomington, Indiana, instructor and performer, Donna Barbrick Carlton.

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Donna Carlton established International Dance Discovery in 1987, selling dance accoutrement. She began teaching group classes at Lynda Mitchell Yoga Studio in 1989. She published the “Middle Eastern Dance Video Sourcebook” annually from 1989-2005. In 1995, she published her book, “Looking for Little Egypt,” about the history and perceptions of Middle Eastern Dance in this country (available at www.lulu.com )

She began sponsoring workshops in 1989, with instructors such as Karen Custer Thurston and topics such as Greek folkdances. For several years, she organized and sponsored workshops twice a year with luminaries such as Aida al Adawi, Elena Lentini and Samara Adell. In addition she leads workshops on various specialty topics. Donna is the first person to teach Middle Eastern Dance for college credit in the state of Indiana. She teaches extracurricular classes for the community at Enlighten Wellness and also at Indiana University through the School of Public Health-Kinesiology Department (a one credit course).

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“Say Hello to Your Hips”

This series helps the beginner learn the biomechanics and movement initiation of traditional dance moves. These classes keep students moving and exploring the joy of bellydance, while helping to build confidence and poise.  In-person, group classes are scheduled to resume in August 2021. Private classes or Zoom classes are available by appointment on Tuesdays. Check with Donna or visit the All About Bellydance page on Facebook for details.

Recitals and Dance Parties

Twice a year, we have recitals so we can show our families and friends what we’ve been learning. Dance parties at the studio are a good chance to work on improvisation skills.

That seventies number!

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Private lessons

Private lessons or small group lessons are also available. Let’s see if we can come up with a lesson plan just for you!

Comments from Donna’s Students

“I have found this class has strengthened my oriental dance techniques and made me able to actually perform it in the presence of others. Donna Carlton, a very talented belly dancer, has created a fun and creative environment for teaching others this dance form. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every lesson and can’t wait to attempt these new dance steps…” D.D.

“I will leave this class knowing more about my self, middle eastern dancing, the Egyptian culture, my friends, and women in general. I also know my own body a lot better, and what beauty we can all possess if we only believe we can.” A.S.

“Who would have ever imagined that learning another form of dance would make me more confident, happy, and content with my body?” J.C.

Comments from Donna’s Workshop Participants

“Loved the basics drilling to be sure we don’t get sloppy. Combos were cute.”
“Great class. Love the techniques. Love the combinations. Thank you!”
“You are a fabulous teacher. This workshop was everything I wanted to learn.”

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Whether you need a coin sash, silk veil, choli top or finger cymbals, Donna has the goods. Click this link to see an album of goodies for sale.

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