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Check Out Our New CTS Belly Dance Class Schedule!

LIVE, IN-PERSON BELLY DANCE CLASSES start October 3rd! Join us Mondays and Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Starlight Dance Center in Palm Desert, CA (SoCal). Contact Robin HERE for more info. HYBRID DANCE CLASSES (in-person small pod + Zoom) continue in the Riverside area, CA (SoCal). Contact Pam for more info at (951) 313-5240.

Click HERE for more information and details about all our dance classes in Southern California (SoCal)!


… and the world dissolves into the wholeness that it always was …

Welcome to Cardio Team Style (CTS) Dance

Adult Belly Dance Classes, Instruction and Workouts in Southern CA

CTS dance originated as synchronized group improvisational style belly dancing and morphed into a transcultural fusion dance format. We still snake, shake and isolate as is typical of all belly dance styles, and we honor our roots and influences that include ATS (American Tribal Style), ITS (Improvisational Team Sync), the Datura Method (Tribal Fusion) and Egyptian-Middle Eastern folk dancing. We are inspired by and blend elements from an eclectic mix of ethnic, social and mindful movement approaches. We dance to contemporary and retro world music. We believe “Every-BODY dances!” and have a strong commitment to an inclusive, respectful, empowering movement style.

CTS dance is naturalistic – meaning we use movements that are natural for your body, but with greater intention and control. If it hurts, we don’t do it. We tend to stay grounded (vs. on our toes) and earthy in our moves. You don’t need to be a gymnast or contortionist to do CTS. If you are, you can still do CTS combinations adding that flair, but it’s definitely not required.

Many of our moves have been adapted for people who have had injuries, have limited range of motion or have become deconditioned for various reasons. And still they dance – because they love to move. They find dancing does wonders for their hearts – emotionally and physically.

Have fun! Get fit! Unleash your inner dancer!

Mandala with Horu Spiral | Cardio Tribal Style Belly Dance (CTS) Workout Videos

CTS Workout

Free Belly Dance Workout Videos

Start with a free CTS Core Workout!

A CTS Core Workout is a great way to start your CTS dance journey. We use accelerated learning techniques to teach you a lot of moves so you’re up and dancing quickly and safely.

The focus is on fun and dance movement, rather than technique.

… And good news …
these workouts are FREE!

Zaltana | CTS Performance Troupe in Southern California


CTS Performance Troupe in SoCal

Our dance troupe, Zaltana, performs CTS dances for community events. Robin and Angela are based in the Coachella Valley, Pam is in the Riverside area.

We are joined often by the CTS Dance Crew (our students) for SoCal dance parties and non-profit events. Robin develops the combos and routines, and we video demos of those for CTS Instruction. Robin and Pam also teach CTS.

Blue Wooden Zil Cymbal | Cardio Tribal Style Belly Dance (CTS) Instruction for Crew and Students

CTS Instruction

Access for CTS Crew & Students

We’re hoping you’ll have so much fun and learn so much so quickly, you’ll find deepening your dance technique to be a natural way to progress over time. If you have access to the video instruction pages, go to the Instruction Page HERE to access all the videos – CTS dance routines, cued choreographies, demonstrations of the combinations, resource materials to download and more. If you don’t have access, but would like to have it, please contact RJ HERE.

Site Contents

You may access the workout videos to sample the CTS dance style for free HERE. To access the instruction videos, ask your CTS Certified Teacher or contact Dr. Robin HERE.

Download a list of CTS videos HERE.

Current Offerings

Click HERE for information and details about all our currently-scheduled belly dance classes!

If you’d like to have live belly dance instruction from RJ or Pam in CTS, contact Robin HERE or text Pam at (951) 313-5240 to express interest.

CTS Dance News

We send out our CTS newsletter, CTS Dance News, monthly. These newsletters list dance events, in-person class details, new combinations / routines, etc.

To stay up-to-date with what’s happening, please sign up for our newsletter!

Current Newsletter: September 2022 | Read Online | Download PDF

Click HERE to check out our archived issues.

Pledge: I, Dr. Robin, will never sell your information to any other organizations.



Here are a few of the belly dance instruction and performance videos you will find on our CTS Dance website!

CTS3-1 Workout

— Wakeup —

This sample CTS Workout video shows you how we warm up the body parts before working out. In it we also introduce the Slinky combo. This is from the CTS3 Workout.

CTS Performance

— Dark Fire —

Zaltana performance at Requiem in April 2019 honoring transitions / endings / passings in our dance community.

Music by Light Rain.

CTS Combination

— Anna’s Hips —

This is a Core CTS Combination. In this video, you’ll see the combo demonstrated, followed by an explanation and a drill sequence.

Both RJ and Pam are teaching.

CTS Intense Routine

— Egyptian Night —

CTS Routines repeat CTS combinations to music with voice-over cues. Egyptian Night uses CTS Intense Routines (Stretches, Latin Slinky, Saucy Maya, Mesmera’s Spiral), and uses the scimitar sword as a prop. The prop is optional. You could also balance a basket.

Both RJ and Pam are teaching.

Cued Choreo Performance

— CSQ22 Flashmob —

Here’s the video for the CTS Crew performance of Why Haven’t I Heard from You flashmob at CSQ22.

The song is sung by Kata Hay from The Voice.

What’s New?!?

— Come Ye —

This routine from Zoom practices during the pandemic was one of our favorites because the song, Come Ye by Nina Simone, talks about coming together in peace, hope and love.

Dancers Z2 – RJ and Angela.