ABout Michelle Sorensen

Photo by Amy Senecal Photography

Photo by Amy Senecal Photography

Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Michelle Sorensen is a professional Belly Dancer with nearly a decade of dedicated dance training. She began her studies under the direction of Kismet School of Dance (American), Kashmir Dance Company (ATS & Tribal Fusion), Trisha Mcbride (Tribal Fusion and Experimental) and more recently Rachel Brice (8 elements Phases 1 &2, Initiation and Cultivation Certified) and Stephanie Buranek (Cabaret/Egyptian).


She has also sought continued instruction through workshops and other events from some of the most innovative dancers in and out of the belly dance scene. Along with bellydance, she has discovered a love for the Aerial Arts, Exotic Dance, Contemporary Dance and Dancehall/Twerk. “Cross-training” in these genres of dance has helped her with stamina, strength, flexibility and finding her own artistic voice.


All workshops will be held at Arabesque Dance & Fitness, 3120 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL

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Friday, 1/25/19: 7:00-9:00PM
Master Class

This class is jam-packed with information specifically tailored for the intermediate and advanced dancer.  We'll cover high level technique, drill it in short combinations, and top it off with a mini choreo incorporating all of our work. You'll leave a level up from when you walked in the door.


Saturday, 1/26/19: 9:00-3:00PM (full day only)
Locked & Loaded: A Combination Arsenal (9:00-12:00) 
These fusion combinations are deadly and delicious. You'll be a smooth criminal with a hard edge when we layer flow and locking isolations. Tricky and fun, you'll leave feeling like a badass!

Lunch Break (12:00-1:00 lunch included with workshop, Saturday only)

Brush Strokes (1:00-3:00)
Arms are often the most neglected part of the body in belly dance. In this workshop, arms will be the focus! Learn how to use your arms to aid in conveying a feeling or telling a story and making them the highlight of your piece. You will essentially be “painting a picture” with them.


Sunday, 1/27/2019: 10:00-1:00PM
Semi-Automatic Shimmies

Shimmies are one of the most difficult techniques to master. In this workshop, we will cover a few of my favorite shimmies! We’ll add foot patterns, simple layers and timing changes to really drill them into our vocabularies and make them sustainable with minimal effort! Along the way, I'll pepper in some of my drill bits techniques that cover muscle sharing and proper technique for initiation of movements. Come prepared to sweat, as I like to run this workshop boot camp style.

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Q: Can I pay another way besides PayPal?

·Yes, you can pay via Zelle or Chase QuickPay to spellboundbellydance@gmail.com.  Be sure to include your name and what workshops you are signing up for! 

Q: What are the prices after early registration ends on November 15?

·Prices increase on November 16. Price for Friday Master Class will be $65, Saturday $170 and Sunday $95. Full Package $300

Q: Can I transfer/sell my workshops to someone else if I have to cancel?

·Yes, you can transfer/sell your workshops to another dancer for an equal (or lesser) price than you paid.   The Saturday workshop cannot be divided and must be attended by the same dancer in both morning and afternoon workshops.

Q: I am coming from out of town.  Where can I stay?

·Arabesque Dance & Fitness is located in the residential neighborhood of Avondale in the city of Chicago.  The best bet is to check AirBNB using the zip code 60618.     Arabesque is located just 3 blocks from the Belmont stop of the CTA 'Blue Line' and also right off of I90/94.   The Blue Line runs from O'Hare all the way to down town Chicago, running through some of the most popular Chicago neighborhoods like Logan Square (60647) and Wicker Park (60622), so you can search for AirBNB options in those neighborhoods as well.  There are also many hotels located in the Chicago O'Hare airport area.

Q: Where is Winterlux in relation to Arabesque?

·Winterlux will be at the Filament Theater located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. The Filament is just 3 miles northwest of Arabesque Dance Studio located at 3120 West Belmont, Chicago.

Q: What are the registration conditions?

·  Workshop and show tickets are non-refundable – you may sell your place to another dancer if required, but please let us know in advance – email: spellboundbellydance@gmail.com

·  In the very unlikely occasion that the event is cancelled, the participant will receive a full refund of any payments made up until the cancellation date. Any accommodation and/or flights will not be refunded.

·  I hereby release Organizers, their agents and their employers from any claims, demands, and causes of action arising from my participation in any of the above stated programs, and I hereby release the Organizers, their agents and their employees from any liability now or in the future including, but not limited to, any personal injury, heart attacks, muscle strains, pulls, tears, broken bones, shin splints, heat prostration, knee, lower back, or foot injuries and any other illness, soreness or injury however caused occurring before, during or after participation in any other of the above stated programs offered by Organizers. Participant agrees that he or she shall indemnify and hold harmless the Organizers, their agents and their employees from any claims for any injuries or property damage brought by or against the Participant, and shall hold harmless Organizers for any injuries to person or property.

·  By clicking the 'Add to Cart' button in the Registration Section, you hereby affirm that you have read and fully understand and agree with the above waiver.

Michelle Sorensen Workshop Options
By clicking 'Add to Cart', I agree to the Terms
and Conditions in the FAQs section above.
You may also send payment via Zelle or QuickPay
to spellboundbellydance@gmail.com
Workshop Options


Winterlux is an evening of modern belly dance with timeless appeal. Showcasing a variety of styles and artists, the show will feature Chicago-based troupe Spellbound and the internationally renowned Michelle Sorensen, all tied together by mistress of ceremonies Eva la Feva,  Winterlux will be on January 26, 2019 at the Filament Theater, 4041 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, as part of the Michelle Sorensen Workshop Weekend.