Souzana Belly Dance

Portland Belly Dance Classes & Performances

Empowering Belly Dance in Portland Oregon

Learn How to Belly Dance in Portland Oregon

with Souzana!

Souzana has over 14 years of continuous experience as a belly dance instructor. She has taught belly dancing to hundreds of women, children, and even a few men. She has also taught belly dancers of all shapes, sizes, and ages! Come as your are and experience a new freedom by joining one of Souzana’s supportive belly dance classes in Portland, Oregon.

Her belly dance classes are designed to teach students the skills necessary to develop the strength, posture, muscle awareness, and mind-body connection to learn the art of belly dancing! While in class with Souzana, you will learn the FUNdamental movements of a belly dancer which include isolations, basic steps, turns, shimmies and arm positions.

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Belly Dancer Testimonials

Excellent drills and technique work! Always fun! Makes me feel beautiful and encourages me to grow. One of the most satisfying belly dance classes I’ve had the pleasure of attending. Thank you Souzana!

Lindy

She is such a great instructor! Very clear on breaking down both movements and choreography. Choreographies are always fun, interesting and a challenge. Don’t miss your chance to study with this amazing dancer!

Chandani

Souzana has it all! Her experience, dedication, and passion make her one of the finest performers and instructors in Oregon. Hire Souzana, take a class or workshop, or attend one of her performances soon. You will be delighted!

Idena

Souzana was my second Belly Dance teacher and I recommend her 100%. Learning with her is learning “the real thing” as she is full of knowledge and experience. She is also a very joyful person to be around and an amazing performer!

Mariana

Souzana is a beautiful dancer! Very welcoming and kind. You can tell she has studied bellydance for awhile. Her passion shows in the way she teaches. I highly recommend her. I hope to learn from her as long as I can. It’s been a joy coming to her classes.

Juhee

Souzana is a “dancers” dancer. With her vast knowledge of many dance forms and belly dance methods spanning a lifetime, she brings a unique style to every class or workshop she leads. I have grown as a dancer as well as a human these past 3 years dancing with Souzana. I highly recommend the “experience”.

Cheryl

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About Souzana

Her Belly Dancer Story!

Souzana Van Horn is a multi-award winning belly dancer. Her love of belly dancing shines through in both her instructional classes and live performances.

Whether Souzana is performing a choreographed piece, or an improvisational work, her passion shows, and her dancing is always elegant, regal, and emotive.

Souzana’s strong work ethic and pursuit for excellence combined with her accepting spirit, inspires her students not only to work hard so that they may grow as dancers and performers, but also to remember to love and enjoy themselves along the way.

Souzana began her belly dance training in the late 90s at Kismet in Salt Lake City, Utah under the direction of Yasamina. Since then she has studied with many world renowned instructors including Aunt Rocky, Hadia, Saqra, Sahra Saeeda, Eva Cernik, Bozenka, Karim Nagi and more. Souzana specializes in Classic American Oriental style belly dance, Egyptian Raks Sharki, and folk dances from the Middle East and North Africa. Curiosity and a strong sense of adventure led her to study many other dance forms including: Latin, West African, Polynesian, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, and Ballet.

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Dancer Testimonials

Souzana is gifted dancer and teacher who offers classes for all levels. She is warm and welcoming to all students and offers something for everyone. I’ve gleaned a lot of dance and performance knowledge from her and have thoroughly enjoyed learning a wide variety of choreographies which included wonderful costuming.

Tracy

Souzana’s vast knowledge and warm teaching style have been invaluable in my dance training. Her classes are friendly to all shapes, sizes, and ages. She really does offer something for everyone whether you’re an experienced dancer looking to hone your technique or a complete beginner. If you’re looking for a varied Middle Eastern dance education Souzana is the teacher for you!

Lauren

Souzana is one of the most creative and challenging instructors I have ever had. I have learned so much from her that has greatly improved my dance technique and stage presence. Souzana has so much passion for dance that it is impossible for it to not rub off on you. Souzana helped me grow from an individual to a dancer, and even further, into a performer. I highly recommend Souzana for all levels, ages, skill sets and walks of life. She is my belly mama!

Jessica

I highly recommend Susan’s dance classes to each and everyone of you. Susan is very attentive making sure each person who is in her class learns with grace and form which develops overtime. Susan is professional and yet makes everyone feel at ease and comfortable. We have so much fun. I hope to join her classes again once I move to Oregon next year. If it is of driving distance that is. Her talent, education, accuracy with everything makes it all worth the fun.

Karen

As a teacher, Souzana will give you a wonderful amount of technique and drills to keep you growing as a dancer. As a choreographer, she will continuously challenge herself and her students to explore new territory. As a performer, she’ll show and make you feel the love of the art form we call Middle Eastern dance. And if you get lucky enough to have her as an amazing friend and belly mama, she will keep a place in your heart forever. Don’t miss out on her classes!!!

Desi

I have to write about this amazing woman and teacher! if I had to rate Souzana, I would give her a 5 out of 5 – I danced with her as a student and also as a troupe member and her patience, creativity and dedication to the art of Middle Eastern Dance is beyond any words I could put on this page. She also has taught a children’s class & my daughter danced with her for a few years and loves & misses her Ms. Souzana! Anyone who dances with the woman is never the same.

Kerry

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Benefits Of Belly Dancing In Portland!

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Improved fitness

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Better circulation

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Lubrication of joints

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Increased joint flexibility

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Firming and toning of all major muscle groups

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Relief from pain and symptoms associated with arthritis

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Increased suppleness and correction of postural misalignment

About Souzana

Her Belly Dancing Story!

Souzana!

While living in Alaska, Souzana taught dance classes and performed for almost 13 years. In 2001, Souzana helped form Tundra Caravan Middle Eastern Dance Troupe, whose mission offered a broader understanding of Middle Eastern Dance to the community through outreach and education, while fostering an environment for students to expand and appreciate their experience as emerging dancers. Souzana led the troupe as co-artistic director and president from 2005 to 2013 and helped facilitate workshops with master instructors, gala shows, and a yearly recital to showcase students throughout the community, including Tundra Caravan’s own student troupe. In 2006, Souzana founded her own belly dance school in which she offered beginning through advanced classes for children, teens, and adults. 

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As adjunct faculty, Souzana taught a class for University of Alaska Fairbanks and is hired annually from 2005-2015 as a guest artist for the esteemed Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. This has given her the unique opportunity to work, collaborate, and perform with artists of many genres from Fairbanks and around the world. In 2013, Souzana relocated to Eugene, Oregon from Fairbanks, Alaska. In her new community, Souzana has continued her work with outreach and education by serving on the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene (MEDGE) board of directors as Consultant and President, 2014-2016.

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MEDGE is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide a venue to foster performance, education, and enjoyment of Middle Eastern Dance and music in Eugene, Oregon. From 2013-2019, Souzana taught belly dance classes at Celebration Belly Dance and Yoga Studio and Denbaya Drum and Dance in Eugene. In the Summer of 2019, Souzana began offering belly dance classes and private belly dance lessons in Portland, Oregon.

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Dancer Testimonials

I took my first Middle Eastern dance class with Souzana a few years ago and she made me never want to stop dancing. I always loved Souzana’s classes and teaching style. She always had a good variety of classes for the year and brought lots of knowledge to each one of them. I always felt like I was learning lots about not only the movements of each dance but also the history behind it all. Souzana is a wonderful instructor and I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning Middle Eastern dance!

Sydney

Souzana was not only a Wonderful Teacher, she became a treasured friend. And I am a better person for knowing her. I highly recommend if anyone gets a chance to take classes from her to do so. Some dancers can dance beautifully, but they can’t teach. Fortunately with her is a package deal. She is a very Genuine Person, a Remarkable Dancer and an Amazing Teacher. You just follow the “Bouncing Booty!”. She is loved and missed very much, the North Star does not shine as bright as could since she left. I wish her all the best!

Holly

There are honestly not enough words in the English dictionary for me to use to profess my utter adoration of Souzana. She not only has taught me amazing technique (and awesome mini history lessons), but kept my passion for dance alive with her own enthusiasm and love for dance. I can not express how much I miss her and am saddened by the fact I can’t take classes with her. But, I’m happy that other people are given the chance to take her well delivered classes. She is an extremely caring teacher and truly teaches from her heart.

Anna

I have had the pleasure to collaborate with Souzana in the creation and performance of several choreographies. She is clever, charming, and professional through and through. Souzana understands how dancer’s bodies work and how all levels of dancers learn; she has training in everything from ballet and jazz to Khaleeji from the Persian Gulf, to Saiidi from Upper Egypt, to Raqs Sharqi, to American Cabaret Belly Dance and more. Her students are educated, supported, and having a blast in her classes. Eugene has a gem of a teacher (Souzana) and her performances are dynamite to boot.

Idena

I love Souzana! She was my first Middle Eastern dance instructor, and it was devastating when she moved. I really enjoyed her teaching style and the fun and energy classes were infused with, and the choreographies were always great fun. It was amazing how much confidence and appreciation for my body I gained through her classes, I felt like I discovered a new person! Souzana is a warm but watchful instructor who is truly happy to share her gifts with her students. She’ll instill not just solid technique, but a love of the art, and an appreciation for the rich and varied history of the dance, as well. The Fairbanks dance community just isn’t the same without her.

Christina

Souzana is truly a beautiful person (inside and out) and that carries through to her teaching and love for dance. She’s my belly mama and was my instructor for ~4 years. I really appreciate how she incorporated different teaching methods, which allowed me to find out which learning techniques work well for me. Souz is wonderful to work with and always helps a dancer learn to grow as a dancer/performer and also as a person. Her charisma is lovely and she always takes the time to get to know her students. I’ll end here or else there will be a novel on how talented a teacher and dancer Souz is! Much love to her and if you’re considering taking one of her classes Do It!

Heather

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Benefits Of Belly Dancing In Portland!

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Feeling happier

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Reduced stress level

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Increased self-esteem

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Gaining a heightened sense of elegance

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Making lasting and meaningful friendships

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Feeling and looking more graceful and poised

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Becoming more comfortable with their bodies

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Dancer Testimonials

Souzana was my first teacher that introduced me into the world of Belly Dance. I went with a friend to an open house and wanted to see if I would like to take a few classes. The first class I showed up, but my friend did not. I stayed and was immediately hooked. It was something of a challenge for me and a new experience. Getting ready for performances and being on stage in front of people was completely out of my comfort zone. As a teacher she helped me to over come my fears and to find a part of myself that I did not know that I had. Even when she pushed us it was because she had faith in us as a class and was able to bring out the best in us… as people and as dancers. I have had some life changing experiences and would not trade them for the world.

Holly

I have been studying middle eastern dance for over 10 years and from Souzana for 3 years now. I enjoy taking class and instruction from her very much! Over these last 3 years I have leaned an incredible amount of dance, technique, and disciple in my practice. My zilling has never before been what it is today! I’m now able to confidently move while zilling, learning new techniques, new drills, different middle eastern rhythms, choreography. I feel that the way Souzana instructs her classes is not only fun but includes historical background of middle eastern dance and culture among so much else. Her talents and instruction bring a wealth of knowledge to our dance community and I am very grateful to be part of her classes. I highly recommend signing up for one her classes. See you there!!

Star

Souzana is an excellent and knowledgeable teacher: she can teach traditional Middle Eastern Folk dances to more contemporary American belly dance styles. With a variety of classes to choose from, you can find one at your level easily: from beginner to advanced. If you want performance opportunities, she offers a troupe class as well. Her choreographies are fun and challenging for the dancers and spectacular and fun for the audience. Souzana is a fun teacher and I really enjoy her personality and style. She is also a professional dancer who has studied with all the “greats.” So if you are looking to take a beginning class or a more advanced class to learn some new things, look no further. Souzana has something for every dancer. You will learn a lot, get some exercise, meet new friends, and have fun!

Christina

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