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Belly Dance Course Class Video
for upgrading after belly fit basic classes)
Who should join:
1. Anyone who wants to learn belly
dance movements and combinations systematically, open
to beginners to advanced belly dance students.
2. Anyone who wants to take belly
dance movements and combinations as a intensive workout
3. Anyone who dreams to master belly
dance movements and become a trainer
4. Anyone who simply wants to learn
new dance skills for self-improvement while acheiving
physical fitness and having fun
About the classes:
1. Class size is limited
between 6 - 10 people to ensure the quality and progress
of the class.
2. Each term will be around
3 months. Each class is 3 hours. Students who pass the
exam will get certificates.
Instructor Certificate (Desert Roses Belly Dance)
Words from our students:
Time is flying, I can not believe it
is last quater of 2014, what a whirlwind year for me,
well, one of the things make me feel sooo proud of myself
this year is to learn Belly dance especially to join
Sophia's professional class at Desert Roses.
I respect their professionalism, Sophia and lily never
give in to their standard in order to make their students
happy instead they try their best to inspire you, to
mold you , to shape you.
Being a good dancer is easy, being a good instructor
definitely is not easy, Sophia is beyond a good instructor
, she is a good friend. I often moved by her passion
not only into dance, but also friendship. She often
spend extra efforts and time on her students.
Would like to take this opportunity to appreciate Sophia
for all your efforts, encouragement and patience with
Desert Rose is the best choice of mine in 2014, hope
it is yours too.
"Due to my Arabic roots, I have
always been inspired by Belly dance and wanted to learn.
After few years working in a male-dominant environment
(IT in investment banking), I was feeling a bit lost
with myself as a woman. I was not able to balance between
this demanding and pressurized
environment, my professional ambitions, and my personal
In parallel, I have been living as an expat since 2008
and was in need to reconnect with the Arab culture that
I was missing a lot.
That’s how the call for Belly dance became louder and
I finally jumped into that world.
I have been practicing for 18 months and I see it as
a complete way to connect with my femininity.
Belly dancing enables me to express myself as woman,
confident, seductive, sensitive, generous and vulnerable.
It is also a perfect, fun and complete workout for body
My first public performance with The Desert Roses was
a blast! I feel that I have taken a huge step in finding
my own voice. I am grateful to have this beautiful channel
of expressing myself and to meet such
inspiring and beautiful women as The Desert Roses!
I was inspired by the artistry of
Belly Dance, after chancing upon a performance
a few years ago. Following my son's birth, I was
excited to get back in shape and belly dancing was the
perfect combination of dance plus fitness.
After several months of dance classes,
I felt ready to enrol in the Pro Performing Course and
after which, the Pro Instructor Course. The months of
preparation and practice were challenging and motivated
me to expect even more from myself.
My experiences from the start of my
belly dancing journey has been extremely enjoyable.
Though I've been dancing since age 5, this is the
1st time that a dance form has sparked such a high level
of passion within me and I'm simply captivated...
I began belly dancing purely as a
physical workout, however what it has given me,
is a true sense of self...a beautiful way
to express confidence and happiness from within!
Instructor & course structure review:
As I've taken 2 comprehensive courses
under Sophia, I feel that since day 1, I've received
very detailed instruction and corrections from Sophia.
Her instruction and corrections are clear, easy
to follow and to execute (in class or self practice).
She expects a good amount of
effort from us and it shows that Sophia truly cares
about how much we can improve (as it's only
within a few months) so that we can aim
to realise our full potential.
It was helpful that the perf. course
had 'self-prac. technique homework' required each week, during
the course & I feel that future Instructor
course students would also benefit from required
technique 'homework' as well. :)
Overall, it was a great experience
& I'm really glad that I joined both courses!
I am glad that I have taken up the
Pro-instructor course with Master Sophia Meng at Desert
Roses. In this 2 1/2 months intensive training,
I have built confidence, improved my techniques and
mastered practical teaching skills.
Sophia is such a talented master and she is more than
willing to share her passion and knowledge with us.
With her encouragement, I am motivated to work hard
toward my goal. It is indeed an enjoyable journey
and I am looking forward to share my knowledge in the
near future. Thank you Sophia for your guidance
and sharing your wonderful experience.
To master and be a professional belly
dancer will take years of discipline, practice and study.
I am glad and grateful to join Desert Roses Professional
Belly Dance Instructor course. The course taught me
to better myself as a belly dancer and how to be a dance
Sophia who conducted the course is an inspiration. She
is strict but very result oriented in the lesson. She
is very patience and caring which help me a lot.
Her classes has a series of combination and drilling
specially design for trainees teachers. From the course
we learn how to do sequence from how to start and end
a class, time control and various ways of explanation.
She also taught us how to conduct the class in a fun
and easy way.
Thank you Desert Roses for coming up with this course…
It was a great opportunity for any dancer who want to
develop themselves further not only just be able to
dance but to be able to teach a class.
Belly Dance Champion World Class Belly Dance Master
Roses Star / Art director (Belly
Dance Artist / Choreographer)
Belly Dance Champion and Master
Won International Belly Dance Champion
for Singapore (in Korea
American percussionist Amit Gilboa
Master Performance @ Golden Sands International
Belly Dance Festival 2013
Master Performance in Malaysia
A world class belly dance performer
and master, Sophia Meng is a trained Chinese folk
dancer since young with a strong dance background.
She was in the dance performance team since primary
3 and was promoted to be the choreographer and
team leader since her middle school. Her team
has won countless awards in school and also in
the city. She graduated with a dance diploma in
Tianjin University of Sport in China. She obtained
both dance instructor certificate and yoga instructor
certificate, and worked as a dance instructor
and yoga instructor in China during college.
She has been performing in Middle
Eastern dance (belly dance) since 2005 after training
in China. Later in Singapore she also learned
from local teachers as well as workshops with
Dina and other Egyptian masters.
She is currently the Art Director
and core instructor of Desert Roses Belly Dance
where she both leads the performance troupe as
well as trains students. She had taught belly
dance at the National University of Singapore
and new classes were added to due to the popular
demand from students. She has also been
invited every year to give one day belly dance
workshop in Australian International School since
2010 and received appreciation email from the
In June 2010, she was invited
to perform overseas in Abu Dhabi for summer in
Abu Dhabi festival for 1 month to showcase Chinese
Dance together with Malay and Indian dancers to
represent the beauty and harmony of Singapore
culture and was interviewed and reported in local
She has been the residential
professional belly dance performers in three authentic
Middle Eastern restaurants respectively from 2009,
where the most famous belly dancers in Singapore
perform throughout the week.
From 2009 to the present, Sophia
has performed in many NAC-AEP programmes in local
schools and countless other company function performances
outside of schools, highlights include F1 Singapore
In 2010, Sophia joined Mediacorp
channel 5’s talent show One Moment of Glory (OMG)
with other two instructors from Desert Roses Belly
Dance Singapore. Desert Roses maintained in the
program for 11 episodes and won the top 6 in the
talents competition. Sophia and friends were invited
to perform for the biggest countdown party of
2010 by channel 5 and also performed with many
TV celebrities in President’s Charity Show 2010.
She was awarded first runner
up and group championship, in Asia Global belly
dance competition 2012 at Singapore Street Festival.
In 2012, she represented Singapore
and won the first international belly dance champion
in Nagwa Fouad Competition in Seoul,
Korea. She was interviewed on mediacorp TV Channel
Newsasia and Channel 8 (Good Morning Singapore)
for the grand awards she brought back for Singapore.
She is young and talented, yet
very experienced and inspiring belly dance instructor.
She is extremely good at stage performance, has
wowed audience with her graceful movements, superb
techniques, extreme flexibility and exceptional
passion and freedom in her dance moves. Countless
appreciation messages were received through words,
sms and emails. Her love for dance and students
keeps inspiring her students to explore more in
belly dance with her.
Learn Belly Dance from the best
instructor team in Singapore, please go to Desert
Roses studio class
schedule page and check out