Studio

Hot Pot Studios is your home for alternative belly dance in the Sacramento area.  Classes offer a healthy workout with great music and continuous movement.  Fusing multiple dance and music influences, Hot Pot takes belly dance to a modern day level accessible to all.  Amy Sigil, owner of Hot Pot Studios, has been offering classes in Midtown Sacramento since 2005 and trains dancers worldwide in her format.

Bellydance Fusion, ITS (Improvisational Tribal Style) and SharQui Bellydance Fitness classes offered Monday - Friday evenings, and Saturday mornings.  See our schedule and FAQs to find out more.  See you in class!

Class Schedule

Class Schedule

Monday

6:30 - 7:30 pm Bellydance Fusion with Sarah
7:45 - 8:45 pm UNMATA ITS Level 3 with Sarah

Tuesday

6:30 - 7:30 pm Bellydance Fusion with Kari
7:45 - 8:45 pm UNMATA ITS Level 4 with Shelly

Wednesday

6:15 - 7:15 pm Unmata Choreo with either members of Unmata or Verbatim

Thursday

6:00 - 7:00 pm UNMATA ITS Level 1 with Jules
7:10 - 8:10 pm Bellydance 101 with Natasha and Heather
8:15 - 9:15 pm UNMATA ITS Level 2 with April Verbatim

Saturday

9:30 - 10:30 am UNMATA ITS Level 1 with Catrina
10:40 - 11:40 am UNMATA ITS Level 2 with Catrina


$10 drop in class

We work it, so wear clothes you can move in and be comfortable, bring a water bottle and be prepared to sweat!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is UNMATA ITS?

ITS stands for Improvisational Tribal Style. This style of dance is a non verbal form of communication where groups can dance together using a specific vocabulary of movements communicating the timing and variations of the vocabulary. We like to compare Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS) to a language. When learning a new language, you have to learn the root words before forming a sentence.  Because of the similarity in learning UNMATA ITS to learning a new language, we recommend that students complete the UNMATA ITS Level 1 vocabulary before taking other levels of UNMATA ITS classes at Hot Pot Studios. For more details, check out the official ITS website.

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WHAT CLASS SHOULD I TAKE?

All Fusion and Bellydance classes are multi-level.  We love new faces!  Pick the day / time that works the best for you.  ITS classes build on a vocabulary of movement, so we recommend starting with Level 1, which is Thursday 6:00 - 7:00 pm and Saturday 9:30 - 10:30 am.

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WHAT IS BELLYDANCE FUSION?

Hot Pot Studios bellydance fusion classes feature isolating and layering areas of the body to fuse multiple styles of World Dance. In the end we will build a combination, or short choreography, based off of the workout.  Utilizing Sigil Style teaching format, bellydance fusion classes focus on drills, layering body isolations, and memorizing a small combimation to pul it all together.

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WHAT IS UNMATA CHOREO?

In this class you will learn more than 12 years of Amy Sigil choreographies, as performed by UNMATA. This class will be taught by members of UNMATA and Verbatim. Drop-ins are always welcome, but since this class focuses on choreographies, regular attendance is required to participate in performances. 

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What Should I Wear?

Wear something you can move and be comfortable in. We will dance the whole hour, so be prepared to sweat. Common gear is yoga pants, tank tops or sports bras. For your feet: barefoot, socks or dance shoes. Hot Pot has a hard wood floor, so no street shoes please.

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WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

1614 K Street #1, Sacramento CA 95814.  Midtown Sacramento is a grid.  We are between 16 and 17 on K Street (between J and L) in the breezeway.

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Where Should I Park?

Parking on the street in Midtown Sacramento is free after 6:00 pm. There are also garages within walking distance of the studio. You do not want to park in the lot behind the studio, as this is private parking and you will be towed.

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OTHER QUESTIONS?

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us.

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Instructors

Instructors

Amy

Wednesday
6:00 - 10:00 pm UNMATA Rehearsal

Instructors

Shelly

Tuesday
7:45 - 8:45 pm  ITS Level 4

Instructors

Kari

Tuesday
6:30 - 7:30 pm Bellydance Fusion

Sarah

Monday
6:30 - 7:30 pm Beginning Fusion
7:45 - 8:45 pm ITS Level 3

Jules

Thursday
6:00 - 7:00 pm ITS Level 1

Instructors

April Verbatim

Thursday
7:10 - 8:10pm Belly Dance 101
8:15 - 9:15 pm ITS Level 2

Instructors

Natascha Verbatim

Thursday
7:10 - 8:10pm Belly Dance 101
8:15 - 9:15 pm ITS Level 2

Instructors

Heather Verbatim

Thursday
7:10 - 8:10pm Belly Dance 101
8:15 - 9:15 pm ITS Level 2

Instructors

Catrina

Saturday
9:30 - 10:30 am ITS Level 1
10:40 - 11:40 am ITS Level 2

 

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1614 K Street # 1
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Workshops

Anandha Ray

Partnering with Anandha Ray

Come lift your friends in the air!!! Then stay for 2nd Saturday shenanigans!

Saturday Aug 8th 2015 at 3:30pm arrival until 5:45, only $30!

Partnering can change the way you think about choreography…
LEARN HOW!!! at Hot Pot Studio!

 

Amy Sigil has done some experimentation with partnering and I can see the Sacramento tribe is ready to take off in this exciting realm!
At the beginning of the workshop… you will learn Intuitive Technique, which is a form that unlocks you body’s ability to move freely and dynamically and teaches us how to embrace survival instinct and risk as an element to improve our understanding of the ART of dance. Yes, it’s magical! Ask anyone who has done it!
Then we’ll partner!
There are two types of partnering.
Here is our dance from TF15, which has LOTS of partnering of both types (interactions and lifts).
The first type involves interaction between two or more people (so that the choreography is not always in unison and there is interaction between people). We won’t spend much time on this except to introduce the concept.
The second type of partnering is lifting. In the 1980′s women did not lift in dance. There were not enough men and I was strong so in partnering classes I played the male role. THEN… I broke the rules… I did a ground breaking piece of choreography when my now-sister-in-law, then dance partner and I created a piece where we lifted each other. It won many awards on regional and national collegiate adjudications, toured internationally, and was presented at the top award winner of the National College Dance Festival, in Washington DC in 1985 (84?). Anyway, the face of dance in the US changed after that and look at us today!!!! Every contemporary ballerina and modern dancer must learn to partner in what is now Non-Gender Based Partnering (a term I coined way back when).
You have seen Unmata do some of this… when they have lifted or carried each other in their dances. There is a form to HOW to do this, and an ease in learning confidence in experimentation to develop your abilities.
Beginners in really good physical shape can do this. Intermediate level is helpful because you understand your body. If you can do yoga, you can do this!
I will take you through a few lifts from very basic, to more advanced and I will leave you with an understanding of how to develop your own lifts in choreography.
I look forward to seeing you!!!!
Stay after and watch 2nd Saturdays performances by Hot Pot!!!!!!

 

A sample video of my tribe at TF15: