Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions feel free to contact Saroya by phone at 404-982-9037 or by e-mail at

How do classes work?
If you have never studied Middle Eastern dance before, you will start at the beginner level. After you have advanced to the point where you are ready to move up, you will join the intermediate/advanced class. Classes are ongoing, so you can start whenever you like. We do not run in sessions as other instructors do, so there is no need to wait for the start of a new class. Just jump right in!

How do I register?
The registration process is very easy – just show up for your first class. That’s all you have to do.

What do I wear to class?
Stretchy, comfortable exercise clothes of any kind – even if they are loose and baggy, I can still see your movements. For footwear, you can go barefoot, wear socks, or wear soft flat shoes like ballet slippers. It is your preference. If you have a scarf or shawl to go around your hips, bring that, too.

How much are classes?
Group classes are $12.00 per class. Private class costs vary, but are very reasonably priced, and we will settle that at the time we schedule them.

Can I pay for classes as I go?
Absolutely. With all of us having busy schedules and multiple demands on our time, I know many people are unable to make class every single week. That’s the reason our classes are ongoing, instead of running in sessions, and also why they’re priced by the class.

How long does it take to learn?
This is a very good questions, but it is almost impossible to answer. Studying dance is like learning a foreign language, watercolor painting, or anything else – everyone learns at a different pace. Some people are like sponges and absorb everything, while others take a little longer. It also depends on how much time each student has to practice – the dreaded “P” word. I can’t tell you how fast you’ll learn, but the one thing I can tell you is that you CAN learn.

Am I too fat/old/young/tall/short/thin to dance?
NO!!!! The beauty of Middle Eastern dance is that it is for everyone, of all shapes, sizes, and ages. It is all-inclusive, and anyone can learn it. Students in class range in age from 10 to 60-something, and in size from tiny to voluptuous.

Will I lose weight if I take Middle Eastern dance classes?
Maybe. Many students do lose some weight. However, the biggest benefit you will see is toning and firming. Because we learn how to control our muscles to make our bodies do the movements, the muscles become firmer and more developed. This does not mean you will look like a body builder – unless you also lift weights. It does mean you will notice positive changes in your body.

Will the other students in class laugh at me or make fun of me?
No, no, no. Everyone is in the same boat; we all struggle sometimes. Besides, the classes are full of warm, wonderful people who constantly support and help each other.

Can I perform?
Definitely. If you start classes with Saroya hoping to one day do nightclub or stage shows, we can work toward that goal. Seshambeh, Saroya’s student performance group, has various dance opportunities at throughout the year. We also sponsor an annual student showcase, so everyone has a chance to shine in solos or group dances.

Where can I go to see Middle Eastern dance in Atlanta?
Gilbert's Mediterranean Cafe ( in Midtown features Middle Eastern dance shows on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Saroya is one of the featured dancers, performing the first Wednesday of every other month. Check her Upcoming Events listings to find out when she will be dancing there next.

Lawrence's Restaurant ( on Buford Highway in Atlanta also has Middle Eastern dancers performing every Friday and Saturday night.