Ongoing Classes


COMBOLICIOUS - Every Tuesday Night in NYC! Classes in October, 10/23 & 10/30

Note: DancePak is only available 1st week of every month.

About Combolicious Classes - New York Oriental Vintage Cabaret Dance/Mid-East Contemporary
Join Dalia on Tuesday nights for a rockin' dance community class. If you're looking to add more innovative movement to your 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 unique 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. 



Sunday, October 21, 2018
Dalia Carella & Debbie Despina Present:

Fall Mini Workshops

Join us for a day of mini workshops with a focus on technique -- we’re getting back to the basics, baby! See below for full descriptions and to sign up! We hope to see you there!

Class Location: Anahid Sofian Dance Studio, 29 West 15th Street, 6th Floor


Sunday, October 21
Debbie Despina - Sword Balancing: Technique, theory and line design
1:30 - 3:30 pm - All levels

$55 pre-registration, $65 at door

Learn the artistry of 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 combination of Despina’s favorite dance movements while balancing this beautiful yet powerful blade on your head. Besides learning balancing skills, you will learn about creating shapes, using musicality, power and fluidity. Please bring a sword and a hair scarf.

Sundat, October 21
Dalia Carella - Turn like a Pro: Turning technique workshop that will knock your socks off!
3:30 - 5 pm, All levels
$38 pre-registration, $45 at door

Turns and spins add so much flavor and excitement to a dance routine, so having great turn technique is a necessary skill for all dancers to have! Dalia has been teaching turning workshops all over the world for the past 30 years. Her method of breaking down proper body alignment and foot placement will provide you with a solid foundation to build upon so you can execute clean, dazzling turns! If you are a weekly student of Dalia, you get a little insight into her technique but this workshop will really get down to the nuts and bolts of creating a great turn for your dance.


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 Innovative instructor and virtuoso performer Debbie Despina Cartsos is obsessed with belly dance. Despina’s belly dance adventure started 13 years ago when she began studying American Tribal Style® with Mimi Fontana and later on became a founding member of Manhattan Tribal. Under Irina Bellyrina’s mentorship, she discovered the Salimpour family legacy. The Salimpour program has been an important tool in her growth: she is Jamila Level 1 certified and continues to study both Salimpour™ School formats. She also studies under renowned world fusion artist, and master choreographer Dalia Carella. Mentor and design muse Dalia is Despina’s co-producer for Menagerie d'Arte presented by DCDC & D.Webb Designs, Despina’s NYC fashion design house. ATS® Certified Teacher and FCBD® sister studio, Despina currently teaches ATS® ultd in NYC and teaches folkloric fusion belly dance in Astoria. She is the director of The Mati Dance Tribe and also dances under Corpus Callosum.