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About The Dancing Spirit Studio

Never danced before? Start now. Are you a long time dancer looking for something new? Try Belly Dance. Want dance fitness? Belly Dance is the feminine, colorful, sensual, rhythmical, proud dance technique that transforms and inspires women all over the world with hip scarves, silk veils, finger cymbals, isolations, flowers, gypsy skirts.
I love to teach Belly Dance to share the blossoming for groups, private lessons, beginners through advanced and girls night out class parties at my studio or your location.
I teach Chair Dancing for handicapped students of all ages with short veils, canes, tambourines and musical drawings
Email Barbara or check the dancing spirit studio FB page to join the dance.


219 Nanaquaket Rd.,Tiverton RI
Tiverton, RI 02878

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  • 5/5 stars

    Barbara heard me sing 'The Rose' at an open mic and asked if I would open one of her events with the song. In addition to the song she asked if I would MC the event also. I agreed and it turned out to be a wonderful experience for me. I met her group of dancers and many great people who attended the event. Barbara has a heart of gold. She is a true professional and brought the event to fruition raising money for a local women's shelter. I was so impressed by the precision of the dance arrangements and the quality of professionalism in the costumes and of course the dancers. I have great respect for Barbara's passion and dedication to the art of belly dancing.

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on June 8, 2015:

    Margaret - Meeting you & hearing you sing "The Rose" was kismet for me and our concert. We opened with a dance to your voice which brought tears to the eyes of the audience. I always try to take the audience with me on a journey. We did that together. Thank you so much for your beautiful singing and for being the MC our show. Love Barb

  • 5/5 stars

    The Dancing Spirit Studio is the hottest thing on legs anywhere !

    Barbara D. from The Dancing Spirit Studio replied to this review on June 8, 2015:

    Dear Brian, Thank you so much for sharing your recitation of the poem The Dancer by K Gibran. You are so special - Stars above to Dr Love........ox Barbara

  • 5/5 stars

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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


    TIM DUFFY composer

    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. What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

A. Come to class to dance

Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

A. I take classes and workshops

Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. Call or email me for reasonable prices

Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?

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

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

A. Teaching, training, performing

Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

A. 2015 May - The Dancing Spirit Studio's 5th Shimmy Mob anniversary Community Concert was a wonderful singer,19 performers,a poetry reading,a painter. We opened with a dance bringing tears to eyes, a speaker shared The Women's Resource Center, we danced with 5 continents and a dancing spirit choreography while raising funds for the WRC. September - World Peace Dance Day in the studio and out in a field was wonderful and peaceful. November - Our Hafla for Humanity fundraiser for Syria with four dance comrades and a Mid East Band

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

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 customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. Belly Dance is not about your belly - it is about your dancing spirit. It is a blossoming dance form

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