My dance instructor is the extremely talented Nar. She's great at breaking down complicated steps for novices like myself. Even better, she bellydances for weddings and events and is one of the better bellydancers I've seen (and I've seen quite a few). If you'll be in need of a bellydancer in the So Cal area, be sure to call Nar for bellydancing.
As for your bellydance training, if you don't have time for an actual class, I'd recommend Neena and Veena's Discover Bellydance on DVD. They make it very simple to understand the movements and then you can workout on your schedule.
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