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Our Mission

MOVE and GROOVE your body. Dance with FREEDOM and abandon. SWEAT it out! Leave the stress of daily life behind as you FOCUS ON THE MOMENT in class, moment by moment. DELIGHT in the wonders of your body! CELEBRATE that there is so much more to life than ‘adulting.’ There is ART, EXPRESSION, PASSION, CREATIVITY, CONNECTION and JOY. PLAY! EXPLORE yourself, LEARN about yourself, LOVE yourself and ACCEPT yourself exactly as you are.

Types of Classes

In Person

We’re currently not offering classes in person. We’ll see you IRL when this whole thing blows over. 

Virtual

We are on maternity leave! We’ll be back for virtual classes in 2021. Sign up for our email list to find out about when they’re back!

Recorded

Dance with us anytime, anywhere! Here’s our catalogue of online classes for you to explore.

Virtual

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How to sign up:

1. Venmo $5-15 sliding scale per class you want to take to @valentina-martin. BY 4PM DAY OF THE CLASS AT THE LATEST. In the note, write which class you’re signing up for.
2. What does sliding scale mean? Pay what you can. At least $5. I know people are out of work so I made the classes super affordable, but some people are still working and want to pay the normal rate. The normal rate is $12 for a class pack or $15 to drop in. I’m really ok with anything in that range!
3. Email unityhoopdance@gmail.com and I will send you the zoom link.
4. You can sign up for multiple classes, just multiply the amount you’re paying per class by the amount of classes you want to take.

Anyone can join! You do not need to be a San Diego resident to play. That is one of the cool things to come out of this very challenging time.

Let’s dance! We’ll start with a full body warm up, stretches and some short strength exercises to target the specific muscles used most in belly dancing. Then we’ll go over a different focus of movements each week using our hips, upper body, arms and hands. At the end of each we’ll put those specific movements together into a fun short combo set to music. This class should awaken every part of your body making you feel engaged, aware, opened and empowered!
You will need:
1. We will do some stretches and strength exercises on the floor, so if you prefer using a yoga mat, have one ready.
2. I like to belly dance barefoot.
3. Water.

The Sassy Vintage Showgirl! We will be tapping into our sexy selves in a safe space full of encouragement and fun. Explore yourself, learn about yourself, love yourself and accept yourself for all that you are, right now. We’ll bump ‘n grind, sass it out, pose and play. We’ll go over accessible jazz based movements and some of the classes will involve simple clothing removals – you’ll use what you already have at home! This class is inspired by vintage music and aesthetic.
You will need:
1. We will do stretches and strength exercises on the floor, so if you prefer using a yoga mat, have one ready.
2. You can do this class barefoot or in a pair of character shoes.
3. Water.
4. We might play with some props like gloves, simple removals of clothing that you already have around the house. I will let you know in advance if we plan to do that.

Hooping is a fun and creative way to work out and express yourself. An increasingly popular way to exercise, hooping is also a new form of dance and performance art. Tone your core, arms, legs and gluts while getting a cardio work out, learning a new skill, increasing your coordination and having FUN while you do it! Challenge yourself to continue learning the endless amount of tricks and dance moves the hoop has to offer. You need your own hoop at home to take this class! They can be purchased here: http://etsy.com/shop/unityhoops
You will need:
1. Your hoop
2. You can do this class barefoot or in a pair of sneakers.
3. Water.

This class is meant for anyone who has taken at least one fire fan class through Unity Hoops before and/or has been spinning fans for around 6 months minimum. We will build on basics to take them even further. An emphasis will be put on tech moves with some fun dancey and flowy moves thrown in too! We will work on short combos at the end of each class that incorporates what we worked on that day.
You will need:
1. Your fans (email me if you need recommendations).
2. You can do this class barefoot or in a pair of sneakers.
3. Water.

Calendar

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July
  • 10
    10.July.Tuesday

    Thai Temple Belly Dance

    18:30 -19:30
    Jul/10/18-Aug/28/18
    Dorothea Laub Dance Place
    2650 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

    I’m bringing it back! This dance is so wonderful and many people didn’t get to experience it, so it’s coming back! Below there is a video of what inspired me to create it!

    Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30pm, July 10 – Aug 28.
    ROOM #105

    Inspiration from Valentina’s travels to Thailand will be incorporated into this 8 week beginner Belly Dance series. Not only will we work on basic belly dance movements including undulations, shimmies, isolations and posture; we will also incorporate the beautiful, articulate hand and arm motions Thai dancers use in their traditional classical dance form. We will work together in class to create intricate shapes that can only be made with a group. Each class will include a stretch, warm-up, specific belly dance movement break-down and drills, plus building on a choreography.

    *There are no refunds unless the class is canceled by Unity Hoops.

    *There must be 10 people signed up for this class to run

    Sign up for all 8 weeks, from July 10 – August 28, for $96 (+ tax), here:





    Or $15 (+ tax) drop-in, sign up here:





    **Sign up for ANY TWO class SERIES for $160 total ($10 per class)** here:





  • 10
    10.July.Tuesday

    Mambo Burlesque!

    19:30 -20:30
    Jul/10/18-Aug/28/18
    Dorothea Laub Dance Place
    2650 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

    I’m bringing it back! This dance is so wonderful and many people didn’t get to experience it, so it’s coming back! Below there is a video of what inspired me to create it!

    Tuesdays, 7:30pm – 8:30pm, July 10 – Aug 28.

    MAMBO! Latin moves combined with sexy burlesque dancing grooves! This is a Mixed Level Burlesque class. We will focus on body isolations, shimmies and latin foot work. We will also play with a long ruffled skirt that we will obviously STRIP out of! Perez Prado is our musical inspiration. Please bring a long skirt to class to play with, Valentina will also have some extras to loan out for class. We will start with a warm up, drills and across the floor exercises. Then we will work on choreo that we will build on each week!

    *There are no refunds unless the class is canceled by Unity Hoops.
    *There must be 10 people signed up for this class to run

    Sign up for all 8 weeks, from July 10 – August 28, for $96 (+ tax), here:





    Or $15 (+ tax) drop-in, sign up here:





    **Sign up for ANY TWO class SERIES for $160 total ($10 per class) + tax** here:





  • 11
    11.July.Wednesday

    Level 1 Hoop Dance

    18:30 -19:30
    Jul/11/18-Aug/29/18
    Dorothea Laub Dance Place
    2650 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

    Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30pm, starting July 11
    Level 1 Hoop Dance w/ Lola Hoop Darling!
    ROOM 105

    Hooping is a fun and creative way to work out and express yourself. An increasingly popular way to exercise, hooping is also a new form of dance and performance art. Tone your core, arms, legs and gluts while getting a cardio work out, learning a new skill, increasing your coordination and having FUN while you do it! You will not feel like you’re burning 600 calories per hour as you challenge yourself to continue learning the endless amount of tricks and dance moves the hoop has to offer. Hoops will be available to borrow in class and can be purchased from http://etsy.com/shop/unityhoops so you can practice at home!

    *There are no refunds unless the class is canceled by Unity Hoops.
    *There must be 10 people signed up for this class to run, 10 is the most hoopers we can fit into the room! So the class will be capped at 10.

    Wednesday, July 11 is FULL. Please email valentinaorbit@gmail.com to get on the waitlist for July 18 and the rest of the session! Thank you!

  • 11
    11.July.Wednesday

    Level 2 Hoop Dance

    19:30 -20:30
    Jul/11/18-Aug/29/18
    Dorothea Laub Dance Place
    2650 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

    Wednesdays, 7:30pm – 8:30pm, starting July 11
    Level 2 Hoop Dance w/ Melissa Daly!
    ROOM #105

    This intermediate level workshop series will cover some off body single hoop tech, but mainly double hoops combos and concepts. In this series, we will build off of foundational families of tricks such as isolations and extensions to create eye-catching technical sequences. We will also play with folds, rolls, and more! Whether you are just starting to get the feel for your doubles or are a seasoned twin tech veteran, this series will help to add some complexity to the tricks you know and love. Get ready to think outside the box and boost your creativity inside your circle!

    Sign up for all 8 weeks, from July 11 – August 29 for $96 (+ tax) here:




    Or $15 (+ tax) drop-in, sign up here:




    **Sign up for ANY TWO class SERIES for $160 total ($10 per class)** here:




  • 17
    17.July.Tuesday

    Thai Temple Belly Dance

    18:30 -19:30
    Jul/17/18-Sep/04/18
    Dorothea Laub Dance Place
    2650 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

    I’m bringing it back! This dance is so wonderful and many people didn’t get to experience it, so it’s coming back! Below there is a video of what inspired me to create it!

    Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30pm, July 10 – Aug 28.
    ROOM #105

    Inspiration from Valentina’s travels to Thailand will be incorporated into this 8 week beginner Belly Dance series. Not only will we work on basic belly dance movements including undulations, shimmies, isolations and posture; we will also incorporate the beautiful, articulate hand and arm motions Thai dancers use in their traditional classical dance form. We will work together in class to create intricate shapes that can only be made with a group. Each class will include a stretch, warm-up, specific belly dance movement break-down and drills, plus building on a choreography.

    *There are no refunds unless the class is canceled by Unity Hoops.

    *There must be 10 people signed up for this class to run

    Sign up for all 8 weeks, from July 10 – August 28, for $96 (+ tax), here:





    Or $15 (+ tax) drop-in, sign up here:





    **Sign up for ANY TWO class SERIES for $160 total ($10 per class)** here:





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