Learn Belly Dance Rhythms

Are you in that stage of your belly dance training where realize you need to learn more about the rhythms in Arabic music? Are you a bit confused about the difference between saidi and maksum, or unsure how to dance when a fast malfuf comes up in a song? Have you been telling yourself it’s time to finally learn belly dance rhythms but are not sure where to start?

In this online course, award-winning dancer Iana Komarnytska and drummer Pedro Bonatto take you on a journey exploring the most important belly dance rhythms with fun drills and step-by-step instructions to help you internalize the beats in Arabic music and take your dancing to a whole new level.

By the end of the course you will feel confident identifying and dancing to 21 popular belly dance rhythms, understanding their meaning and use in Arabic music, and feeling the beats in your body as soon as they come up.

When you sign up, you will have lifetime access to over 5 hours of training that you can download and watch on any device at any time you have time to practice.

This course was designed to improve your belly dance skills, and help you learn the most common rhythms at the same time, unlocking the next level of your belly dancing.


5 hours of dance practice and music theory with dancer Iana Komarnytska and drummer Pedro Bonatto. 

Wow! Iana thanks to you and Pedro for that package of rhythms. I am very happy because I have learned a lot!!! From you as a dancer and from Pedro as a drummer with those precious indications at the end of the classes. Thanks!!!
— Antonella Sgueglia
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In this course you will get in-depth instructions and drills on some of the most used belly dance rhythms:

Maqsum, Masmudi Saghir, Saidi, Wahda, Malfuf, Fallahi, Ayyub, Sudani, Iskandarani, Khaliji, Samai, Zaffa, Karachi, Masmudi Kabir, Waltz, Bolero, Rumba, Foxtrot, Chiftetelli, Turkish Roma and Araq.

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Iana Komarnytska

Iana is a top-ranked belly dancer based in Toronto, winner of Star Belly dancer Canada 2014 and Cairo by Cyprus 2015. She is an internationally known dancer with performances in more than a dozen countries worldwide including Egypt, Turkey, Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria, USA, Cyprus, Hungary, and Ukraine.

Pedro Bonatto

Pedro is a Brazilian musician with over 15 years of experience playing Arabic percussion for dancers all over the world. His band, The Blue Dot Ensemble, is one of Canada’s top world music groups exploring traditions from the Middle East, Central Asia and Balkans, always accompanied by belly dance.

  • Lifetime Access

  • Download and watch classes on any device

  • Over 5 hours of fun, step-by-step instructions

  • 21 belly dance rhythms covered

  • Drills designed to help you internalize rhythms

  • Cultural and historical references to help you take your belly dancing to the next level

  • Tips about the secret language between dancer and drummer


Here you will find a description of each class and what you will learn.


Class 1 - 47 mins

The class is designed to introduce four major 4/4 belly dance rhythms, such as Maqsum, Masmudi Saghir, Saidi and Wahda, as well as basic theory about drum sounds and time signatures of the rhythms. Also, students will be showed differences between the basic structure of the rhythm and it's ornamented versions. The class finishes with a little demonstration of a drum solo performance from Iana's course The Art of Belly Dance Choreography.


Class 2 - 58 min

The class focuses on two groups of rhythms: intro/exit rhythms such as Malfuf, Fallahi and Ayyub, and Zar group of rhythms highlighting Ayyub and Sudani. This class also explains the common structure of the traditional Egyptian dance shows, purpose of intro/exit parts and it's influence of the use of rhythms, and meaning of Zar rituals. Also, students' attention is brought to the transitions between 2/4 and 4/4 rhythms, as well as differences between Malfuf and intro/exit version of Fallahi. At the end of the class Iana gives useful tips on how to memorize rhythms.


Class 3 - 65 min

In Class 3 of this series you will practise some folkloric rhythms commonly used in belly dance songs, such as Saidi, Iskandarani, Khaliji, Samai, Zaffa and Karachi, as well as be introduced to historical and cultural references about these rhythms. Additionally, at the end of the class Pedro will explain some music cues that could help to predict an upcoming rhythm and it's tempo, as well as transition from one rhythm to another.


Class 4 - 61 min

This class starts with Masmudi Kabir rhythms and it's differences from Masmudi Saghir, and then continues with the rhythms which are borrowed from Western music, or which share the same name as popular Western rhythms such as Waltz, Bolero, Rumba and Foxtrot. At the end of the class Pedro explains the concerp of 'arbas' in Arabic music.


Class 5 - 60 min

Class 5 is the final class of this series. It focuses on some of the Turkish rhythms, such as Chiftetelli, Turkish Roma and Araq, as well as their use in Egyptian music. Also, Iana and Pedro review rhythms from the previous classes by putting them together in one long combination, and adding some elements of dancing to tremelos and showing a common finale part of a belly dance show.


Rhythm are the foundation of music, and we designed this course to unlock the next step in your belly dance journey.
Are you ready to join us? :)
— Iana & Pedro



For a limited time, when you purchase the Belly Dance Rhythms class you will get for FREE Pedro’s drumming album, Drum Solo Serenade, as a digital download. It includes 4 original drum solos created for Iana, which you can use to practice your new rhythm skills. Grab your class now and start dancing!

NOTE: Once you purchase the package, you immediately receive a pdf file with all links to download classes in high resolution. Download videos in order to access full classes. Final purchase. No refunds. For any questions please contact via info@ianadance.com


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