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The Dancing Spirit Studio

Tiverton, RI

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“Belly Dance Artist , Instructor”


My first creative dance class age 4, first choreography 16. BFA Dance SUNY Purchase, Modern Ballet Pro NYC & Colorado. First Belly Dance class 14 years ago. I love teaching & performing.Take a class.Join a community.

About The Dancing Spirit Studio

The Dancing Spirit studio offers Belly Dance classes, private lessons, workshops ,studio and community shows, fusion style for adults,teens and creative dance ages 6 - 12.
I am the 5th year team leader for International Shimmy Mob, a fundraiser for Women's shelters all over the world. Everyone of all ages can join
Students from all over RI and beyond attend classes. Beginners - Advanced dancers receive training in technique, veil, skirt work, zills and rhythms.
Belly Dance is wonderful training for every age in so many ways its hard to put a finger on it.
Creative Dance mixes modern dance with oriental dance and story maps
I travel to teach classes, workshops and home parties in Rhode Island and Mass.
Come to a class or a show to experience the inner and outer wondrous gifts of Belly Dance


219 Nanaquaket Rd.,Tiverton RI
Tiverton, RI 02878

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  • 5/5 stars June 17, 2014

    The dancing spirit studio is matched by none in terms of freedom, creativity, and jubilant rythmic magic. Barb brings out the joyful dancer in everyone that has always wanted to come out and I couldn't recommend a better place to learn multitudes about culture, dance, happiness, and expression!

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on June 28, 2014:

    Hi Riley, I just saw this note. Thank you so much. You grew up in such a creative home and are such a deep thinker .Your words mean so much to me. Love always Barb

  • 5/5 stars May 2, 2014

    Bundles of Fun for your body and Spirit. Joy filled experience. Let your body&soul move & flow in a beautiful setting & be lead by a beautiful girl. Dancing will keep you young at the Dancing Spirit Studio!

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on May 2, 2014:

    Bonnie - Happy cheers from one artist to another!!! I'm so happy you are back! See you soon! Thank you ox Barbara

  • 5/5 stars May 1, 2014

    I have had the great honor of getting to know Barbara Donahue as a person, a talented dancer and above all a wonderful teacher. Upon entering the 'Dancing Spirit Studio' you can feel the positive energy that encourages any non-dancer to get up and dance! Barb's joy of, and love for dancing makes for an enjoyable 'Dancing Spirit' experience, whether it be in one of her amazing classes or having the great opportunity to watch her and her fellow students shine in their performances. I can't wait to re-enter the 'Dancing Spirit Studio' and have the dance experience of a lifetime with Barb as my extremely talented and enthusiastic teacher.

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on May 1, 2014:

    Molly! You have modeled costumes beautifully and naturally - special and rare. I'm excited to share more of the dance with you whenever you come to Tivertonia. Thankyou Ox Barb

  • 5/5 stars May 1, 2014

    As a girl who grew up in my parents dance Studio & being a fan of dance for many many years, I know there's a big difference between someone who can dance well & someone who also has the talent to be able to teach it well. Barbara does BOTH of those things and she does them with such verge, enthusiasm & happiness, that it's contagious! She has the knack for explaining the dance movements, form & motions in a way that help you remember it well. When you walk into Barb's Studio, you can't help but be delighted by the colors, the decor (& the warm heated floor!). It's truly a gem, tucked away in a private location...more like a Retreat. I greatly enjoy my time at the Dancing Spirit Studio & always leave feeling like I've been away for a rejuvenating exotic vacation!

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on May 2, 2014:

    Mel, it's hard to put into words what it has meant and means to have your joy of life dancing spirit, inside - out beauty and love for dance in classes , rehearsals and in performances.I love our ensemble.
    ... ox Barb

  • 5/5 stars May 1, 2014

    Barb is an amazing teacher! She has a way of instruction that everyone can understand, even someone who has never had any professional dance lessons, like me. She is a kind brilliant teacher and dancer and her shows are Fantastic!

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on May 2, 2014:

    Thankyou Cynthia !!! I'm so happy you are part of the dancing spirit evolution - more to come and who knows what that may mean ? Ox Barbara

  • 5/5 stars May 1, 2014

    Dancing with Barb, my dance mom, at the Dancing Spirit Studio has chanced my life in so many ways. I have the confidence to get in front of a crowd, express myself, and most importantly, to be myself. Dancing at this gorgeous studio can open your eyes to a whole other world entirely. I love my Dancing Spirit family, forever and always.

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on May 1, 2014:

    Angel,....Yay we've shared much beauty and creativity through our love of dance. Lucky us to be connected. I'm still dreaming of the " back murals". Love always ox

  • 5/5 stars April 16, 2013

    I met Barbara at a bellydance workshop in Hawaii. We have been friends and dancing sisters ever since.

    I have traveled to Rhode Island to her studio for a workshop and had the time of my life. She is one of the reasons I keep dancing. Although I am not in the same town, we still keep in touch via the internet and she inspires me from a distance. She is creating awareness of the dance to her community and an opportunity for all to learn in the atmosphere of her beautiful studio.

    What impresses me about Barbara is she is passionate about what she is doing, works very hard to give the best instruction to her students and is an inspiration to everyone she teaches. She is the Dancing Spirit!

    If you have the chance to take a class, you will not be disappointed!

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on April 16, 2013:

    Thankyou Sherry my forever dancing spirit sister !!!!! Love Barb

  • 5/5 stars April 14, 2013

    Barbara makes you at once feel so comfortable in her studio space that you know you are in the right place. It doesn't even matter what type of dance she is teaching you because you would enjoy working with her no matter what it was! Her mode of teaching belly-dancing is such that you are continuously encouraged, never discouraged, and are always laughing and getting great exercise. Barbara's classes make my day!

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on April 14, 2013:

    Thank you Annie! I'm glad you and Rocine are dancing together on the carpet! :) ox

  • 5/5 stars April 13, 2013

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on April 13, 2013:

    Thank you for sharing your dancing spirit Katherine :) ox

  • 5/5 stars April 13, 2013

    Barbara us beyond excellent in her dancing sshe is perfection.

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on April 13, 2013:

    Thank you Susan for sharing your dancing spirit oxox Love Barb

  • 5/5 stars July 6, 2010

    The dancing spirit studio and its teacher are unlike any I have met. I stepped in out of pure curiosity earlier this summer, looking for an activity to do with my sister during summer break. What I found has already changed my life for the better. The studio itself, well remember the book or movie the ĎThe Little Princessí? When she wakes up to find herself nearly transported to another land, it reminded me of that. Plump pillows scattered on one of the walls with chairs covered in flowing gauze and fabrics. Beautiful plush rugs cover most of the floor, but where you can see the actual flooring, delicate little paintings linger there. The view is amazing, overlooking the river framed by brightly colored veils that catch the breeze and look as if they are already dancing, begging for someone to choose them. The walls are lined with quotes, artwork and pictures of students dancing and truly smiling, the kind that reaches there eyes and you know just by seeing that they are utterly and completely happy. Itís a place you feel comfortable in, somewhere you donít have to pretend or be something else for the Ďoutsideí world and society. This is where you can be you.
    The teacher, Barbra or as she likes to be called ĎBarbí, is a god send. Sheís like no one I ever met before. So confident, full of hope, so full of life! It didnít matter to her I was a large woman, or I was shy and didnít know how to move my body at all. She was determined to show me how to be that strong woman. Strong, confident, proud, how to actually love myself for who I am, all with the first step of a dance. She showed me how to connect to my body, how to make each step strong, cutting my own path through life be it dancing or outside the studio walls. While she taught me to really be myself, she never did stop smiling, always seeing the best in things and the possibility of what could come. While most of us find ways to bring ourselves down, she always counters with ways for you to succeed until all ways of failure seem to slip away with her enthusiasm. It was because of her, I found something that though I may never be the best that, it makes me the best person I can be, she helped me to find that.
    Martha Graham once said that Dance is the hidden language of the soul. To many people donít find that, canít find that. She helped me find my soul, and I never want to loose it again. Aside from this, I canít describe how she has helped me to find myself after what feels like a life time of being lost, and everyone around me see's the difference to. And I cant stress enough how I would recommend her to everyone interested in dancing, fitness, or just trying to find themselves. She will help change your life and I can only tell you, it is for the better.

    Courtney Cartin

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on April 14, 2013:

    Thanks Courtney - I am looking forward to see your dancing spirit soon ox Barb

  • 5/5 stars May 28, 2010

    I am lucky to have Barbara as my teacher. She has introduced me into a world of a lot more than dance, it is not just about learning movements, it is about letting the goddess in me come out and dance. This feels soothing to the spirit and my body learns new more graceful ways to move. Barbara is very passionate about allowing women to find the princess and dancer in them (and she is defini tely a talented dancer and teacher). Barbara is able to carve an entryway into the art of bellydance for us, people with two left feet.
    The effect of her class is like candy for my self esteem, after her class I feel more attractive and walk and feel taller. And this feeling better about myself carries on long after the class.
    Barbara is truly passionate about the dance in a deeper way than a bunch of movements, but dance as a way to hand to others a way to express themselves and their own femininity.
    I highly recommend her classes to people any age as a means to better ourselves, and to better undestand ourselves. she is patient and able to work with anybody. barbara offers classes for children as well. My kids have enjoyed her classes, and will take more. What they learn is not mechanical dance, they have fun and learn that they all look and dance in their own way and all have something different and special to offer.

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on April 14, 2013:

    Thankyou Ursula.......I love watching your blossoming dancing spirit

  • 5/5 stars May 21, 2010

    When you enter Babara Donahues Dance studio on Main Rd. in Tiverton, R.I you enter a different dance world of color ,drama , fantasy, full of warmth, spirit and beauty. Beautiful shawls/ veils of all colors, an oriental rug and framed mirrors combine to make a special environment. On a chair or on the carpeted floor you are welcomed to watch the most beautiful dancers, including of course Barbara, The Dancing Spirit with her friends from Providence and N.Y. The dances are full of variety but one is struck especially by the fluidity, elegance ,grace and variety of movement interpreting the very enchanting middle eastern music.
    Jane Sanford

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on April 14, 2013:

    Thankyou Jane........I hope to see you on the magic carpet VERY SOON Love Barb

  • 5/5 stars May 19, 2010

    Barbara truly is a dancing spirit. Her generosity is boundless. Her love of the dance is admirable. Her passion is contagious... and her studio is beautiful.

    Take a class with her and get in touch with your beauty.

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on April 14, 2013:

    Thankyou Blanca - From one dancing spirit to another.........oxoxo Barb

  • 5/5 stars May 10, 2010


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    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on April 14, 2013:

    Hi Tim - Thankyou - Love always Barbara

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Teaching, training, performing

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Check out to find the best teachers and dancers in your area. Learn and practice as much as you can.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. Question ? What do I wear to class? What ever feels best to move it
Question ? How long does it take to learn to Belly Dance and to be good?
Some say it takes 6 years. Students after one class usually know they are madly in love or not
Question? Do I have to show my belly? No
Question? Can anyone learn how to Belly Dance. Yes and it's great body train , awareness
Question? Is Belly Dance hard. For some it is harder than for others but everything takes practice to be good

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. Come to class if you want to learn a wonderful dance form or if you want to include dance to workout while feeling feminine, grounded and graceful

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I won't say my work stands out more from other dance artists but I have many years of classical dance training, BFA in Dance. I love teaching and performing

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Teaching, sharing,inspiring students and audiences through the art and knowledge of Belly Dance

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. How long does it take to learn? Answer - as much time as you want or have to give to your dance practice

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. There are too many

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. Belly Dsnce is a funny name for a beautiful dance form

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I took a Belly Dance class and fell in love

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I take classes and workshops whenever I can

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. Belly Dancers are very creative.Styles of music and costume are always changing.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. Adults - 100 /8
Teens $75 for 8 classes.
Creative Dance. $30 - 6 wks
Private lesson. $50 11/2 hr & cd

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Read www.Shira.Net cover to cover.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. Out of box creative spirit encouraging, stretching every student and dance or music collaborator to explore to make a unique performance arts project

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. Next creative project

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. If there is anything specific you want to know about the art of belly dance? Ask me - text 4013389905

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