Ongoing Classes


COMBOLICIOUS - Every Tuesday Night in NYC!
New Series starting July 10, 17, 24 & 31
Dalia will be returning to teach classes on July 10!

Note:  Series DancePak closed. Pay at door for walk in fee of $22

About Combolicious Classes - New York Oriental Vintage Cabaret Dance
Join Dalia on Tuesday nights for a rockin' dance community class. If you're looking to add more innovative movement to your New York Vintage Cabaretl/Belly Dance repertoire and are serious about sharpening your performance skills, this class is for you! Dalia focuses on helping dancers to improve their musicality, to really connect the music to the dance & to make their dance performances more impressive and beautiful. New combos every week! 

When: 7:45 - 9:00 pm
Where: Anahid Sofian Dance Studio - 29 W 15th Street, 6th Floor
(ring bell and take elevator) 
Cost: $22 for single class, $72 for a 4-week DancePak -- save $16! (may be purchase in advance online or on first day of series)
No refunds on classes or workshops. 


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Dalia Carella & Dalia Carella Dance Collective Present:
Annual Summer Immersion, July 20 - 22, 2018

Teachers: Dalia Carella & Debbie Despina

Day passes & individual classes available!

Class Location:
Playwrights Downtown Rehearsal Studios
440 Lafayette Street, NYC

Friday, July 20 - Dalia Carella - Dunyavi/Turkish Roman Gesturing & Skirts - Walk ins Spots Available
6:30-9 pm, Playwrights Downtown Rehearsal Studios
$65 pre-registration, $80 at door - Studio 4A

Created by Dalia in 1979, Dunyavi (meaning "world") is one of Dalia’s signature art forms. In this class we will be focusing on dancing with beautiful full skirts while learning Turkish Roman hand gesturing to enhance the movement. We will be dancing to traditional Turkish Roman 9/8 Karsilama rhythm. This rhythm is all about the organic feeling that is sometimes challenging for dancers to internalize. Dalia’s technique simplifies this dance to enable you to assimilate the skirt work, hand gesturing and foot work, and immerse yourself in a worldwind of movement! Please bring a full skirt with no slits.

Saturday, July 21 - Dalia Carella - Danse Orientale: The Luminous Veil - Walk in-s available.

11 am-1:30 pm, Playwrights Downtown Rehearsal Studios
$65 pre-registration, $80 at door - Studio 3A

Looking for different ways of expressing yourself? This class is geared towards helping dancers to create movement and shapes with fabric. Learn to become one with the veil, feel its intensity, feel its beauty, flow with it. Expressive combinations and air design movement will be explored while using a veil that can be used in night club and theatrical performances to rivet audiences. Experience Dalia’s unique approach to veil work through her invaluable dance experience throughout the years. Please bring a 3.5-4 yard veil. 

Saturday, July 21 - Debbie Despina - The Artistry of Dancing with Your Sword - SOLD OUT - no Walk-ins
2:30-5 pm, Playwrights Downtown Rehearsal Studios
$65 pre-registration, $80 at door - Studio 3A

Learn the artistry of dancing/performing with a sword. This workshop is geared towards all level dancers. Despina will discuss the importance of dancing with your sword as if it were an actual dance partner rather than just a prop. You will learn a short choreography that will break down technique, showing you how to handle this beautiful yet powerful blade while dancing with it. This is not a balancing act, this is about dancing creating shapes, framing, using musicality, power and fluidity. Come with an open mind and with an appetite to dance a lot. Please bring a sword and a hair scarf.

Sunday, July 22 - Dalia Carella & Dalia Carella Dance Collective - 
Summer Immersion Gala Salon

Join us for a fun evening of dance at our Gala Salon on Sunday, July 22! Performances by Dalia Carella, Debbie Despina, Danielle Hutton & workshop participants!

Where: You Should Be Dancing, 412 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Cost: $15
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Cocktails will be available for purchase -- let's party!


Dalia Carella  is an internationally renowned Near/Middle Eastern and world fusion solo artist, choreographer, master teacher, and the Founder/Artistic Director of the Dalia Carella Dance Collective. Dalia has delved deeply in Near Eastern and Turkish Romani dance, as well as Flamenco, Indian, Bollywood/Bhangra, Afro-Haitian, Samba, Salsa, Bomba and Plena, Tango, jazz and ballet. The dance forms Dalia teaches around the world are Dance Orientale Cabaret, Belly Dance Contemporary, Flamenco Araby, Turkish Romani and Belly Dance Tango Fusion. Her rich background has lead her to make works utilizing both ethnic and contemporary movement. She is known for her explorations into cultural dance forms, her precise and seamless blending of traditional and modern dance in the theatrical context, and for her dark and sultry cabaret styling. Of her 2004 New York City off-Broadway show “In Search of A Goddess”, Lisa Jo Sagolla from Backstage wrote: “Dalia Carella has star power. Performing a highly original fusion of Middle Eastern, modern, and other world dance forms, she bewitches her spectators, while seeming to excite herself, with a sizzling allure that is almost frightening.” Dalia numerous concerts and teaching tours have led her throughout the US, Canada, England, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, China, Japan, Italy, and Turkey. 

Debbie Despina Cartsos was born in the US and raised in Athens Greece. She was exposed to belly dance from a young age from Greek night clubs and social events. The appreciation of the music she grew up with at home, as well as her love for Middle Eastern and Balkan music, dance, and folkloric costuming awakened her passion to study belly dance. Despina has been involved in the belly dance world for more than a decade. She has studied under belly dance gurus such as Carolena Nericcio, creator and director of Fat Chance belly dance, Suhaila Salimpour, Mimi Fontana, Irina Bellyrina and currently trains with Dalia Carella, a legend in the belly dance world.She has taught at dance festivals such as Art of the Belly in MD, ATS®️ Dance Camp in Cold Springs NY, at the Tribal Bellies studio in PA, she has been a guest teacher at the Drum and Dance Learning Center in NJ, Bellyqueen in NYC and she teaches weekly class at Sol Dance Center in Astoria. She is the Director of Belly Sol, a founding member of Manhattan Tribal, a member of Queens Hydra Dance collective and collaborates with tribal belly dancer Kate Read. She has a weakness for finger cymbals, swords and pushing boundaries on stage. She is also designs costumes for the belly dancers and is the owner and designer of D.Webb Designs!