Starbelly School of Dance is owned by Cecilia and Chad Rinn. Starbelly School of Dance exists to offer professional ethnic dance training and to help the members of our community build self esteem, physical health, and recognize their true beauty, while creating “art” through movement. Starbelly offers weekly classes & workshops in beginning to advanced Raqs Sharqi (belly dance), Toltec Energy Dance, Starbelly SEEDs(Self Esteem, Empowerment, & Educations Through Dance) mentorship program for teen girls (14-18 years old), Little SEEDs (9-12 year old), and SEEDlings (5-8 year old).
Starbelly has three professional dance teachers on staff. Cecilia Rinn has been belly dancing professionally since 1995. Before falling in love with Middle Eastern dance, Cecilia studied ballet, modern, jazz, a little flamenco, and choreography for 18 years. Cecilia’s focus is on dance kinesiology, detailed technique, and dramatic theatrics. Cecilia teaches not only proper technique, but also the story and spirit of the dance. Chad Rinn has been practicing “Toltec Energy Dance” for over 20 years, and has taught class sessions and workshops in Boise and around Idaho. After 2 years of belly dance training, he is currently a member of the prestigious pre-professional belly dance group “The StarBelly Dancers” and has been a featured performer at Fusion Fest for 4 years running. Tracy Lay has been studying Middle Eastern dance since 1997. She has performed at numerous local festivals and events, celebrations, and restaurants. Her style reflects her deep adoration of Egyptian music – internally focused, soft yet precise, lush and joyfully bittersweet. Tracy teaches the “Strictly Egyptian” classes at Starbelly School of Dance, and also is the mentor of the Starbelly Dancers.