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    Im a bit bummed out since we've gone on break from bellydance classes for the summer, especially since not long ago Id joined a student troupe and was really enjoying our rehearsals. Is it common for lessons to stop during summer where you live? I used to think this was essentially a Spanish thing, but it looks like Im not the only one this happens to.

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    Dear Zurah,
    I usually do not teach regular classes in August or December. By August, I need a break to get myself in order for the class year, which starts in Seotember. I also do not teach in December because people are getting ready for Christmas and New Year and they need the time, and sometimes even the money that they might spend on classes.
    Sometimes I do continue to teach private classes, but not this year. It has been very hectic and I have rehearsals with my dance company in August, getting ready for our performance on October 14th, when we will host DaVid for show/workshop!
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    I take the months of July and August off from teaching. I'd be nuts if I did it all year around with no pause for vacation. I hardly dance at all in July, but in August I am back in the practice studio planning for classes which start in September. Right now I am fighting a problem with one of my feet- hope it will improve by September, or dancing on half point is going to be rather painful. I also take about a month off around the winter holidays.
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    Hi Zurah,
    I did a beginners course consisting of 30 lessons. We started last year half September and stopped half June. So yes, we have a big "summer holiday". Lots of people go on holiday in July or August, so I think it's quite normal there are no lessons during these months.

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    We don't take off for the summer. Our school is a "brick-and-mortar" meaning it is not in a rec center or building owned by the city. We have two classrooms with a barber shop sandwichd in between. My teacher rents these two spaces and runs two classes everyday. Financially speaking, we need to be open all year to pay the rent nd utilities. My teacher, Ameenah, makes her living solely on teaching classes and selling items from the store. We recetly, began taking 2 weeks off for Christmas holidays, but it would be nice to take some time off for ourselves during the summer:p
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    our classes tend to be in blocks of about 9 weeks with 2-3 weeks break between blocks.

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    Round here we also take a break from June to August, and from Christmas to first weeks of January. During these periods people tend to go out of city and/o do everything else but dance classses, so the effort wouldn't really pay off. But we can use the studio during the summer for practising on our own. in fact, this is where I am off to in just a few hours

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    I stopped teaching for July and August. People have a lot of activities in the summer, it's hot, college students head home, I have a lot going on... Just makes more sense to take a break.

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    I seem to be one of the few the odd ducks out here. I teach year round with only a week break here or there because of a federal holiday falling on the day of one of the Tuesday through Thursday classes. This is mainly to keep all the classes starting at the same time, for the sanity of the gals who have to do the registrations.
    I don't see a drop in people durring the summer at all. Actually we get a jump in numbers. Considering our summer temps are in the 110+ this floors me. We ended up breaking into two beginning classes back to back for this session due to the demand and both classes were full the week before they started. What I do see happen though is that there will usually be two or three people who paid but never show to class, and most students will miss one to three classes per session due to vacations and such.

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    I teach year 'round and I even teach on holidays (excluding Christmas and New Year's). My studio was recently open and we conducted classes on the 4th of July. I have to stay open in order to keep the financial aspects of the studio afloat. My classes are eight week blocks, but there is no break between sessions.

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