Joy Herbst is a well known fusion and contemporary bellydance artist and teacher in Connecticut. She offers regular classes, workshops, private lessons, performs, and hosts the CT Bellydance Salon.


“The truest expression of a people is in its dance and its music. Bodies never lie.” 

—Agnes de Mille





THURSDAY’s 6PM – 7 PM.  

Class meets 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30

REGISTER BY:  Submitting your donation of $5 – $20 to either Venmo Joy-Herbst, or PayPal Friends & Family

Log -in details will be emailed once registration is received.  

Learn the foundations of bellydance and fusion stylization - posture,  arms, foot work, isolations, as well as preparatory warm up, drills, strengthening, and rhythm awareness.

This class is open to all levels; we will enjoy a great warm up,  movement drills, incorporate strong technique, and dance terribly fun fusion combos.



 The CT Bellydance Salon is a public and recurring curated showcase highlighting regional artists and students of bellydance and their creative expression through dance. It occurs every three months at the  State House in New Haven, CT.

Join us for this incredible evening of dance performances by  Connecticut dancers, and their students. Expect diverse bellydance genres from fusion and theatrical pieces, as well as folkloric, cabaret,  fusion bellydance, Danse Orientale and Raqs Sharqi.

Refreshments by local pop-up restaurants are available for sale, as well as adult beverages and AF/ Mocktails to enjoy during the show!

WHERE: The State House, 310 State St, New Haven, CT
WHEN: LOOK FOR FALL DATE SOON!  Doors 2:00 pm, Show starts 2:30 pm

Presale: $12. At door: $15



 Joy is available for private lessons, classes, workshops and performances at your special women-centered event including:

  • Solstice and Equinox gatherings
  • Retirement parties
  • Birthday parties
  • Goddess gatherings
  • Women’s Circles
  • Red tent celebration

Joy's at the December CT Bellydance Salon

Joydances - Contemporary Fusion bellydance with joy

Joy Herbst - Stars piece at "The Dancer",a show inspired by Kahlil Gibran, hosted by Elisheva


As a lifelong student of dance, yoga and movement, Joy has trained extensively in ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop.  It wasn’t until she was a Dance performance major at Western Michigan University that she studied West African and Indian Odissi dance, Pilates, and yoga, and opened her eyes to a greater scope of dance and movement. In 2002, she discovered "tribal" belly dance and became immersed in deep study, traveling to workshops around the country and in intense self-study. 

Joy has enjoyed studying via multiple workshops with Amy Sigil and Unmata in ITS, Aisha Ali, "tribal fusion" workshops with Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Mardi Love,  Mira Betz, Cammi Vance/ Darshan, Kami Liddle, Jill Parker, Maria Hamer and Zafira Dance Company, ATS with Megha Gavin and extensive training with Carolena Nericcio, Dalia Carella, and Suhaila Salimpour.  Joy is a former member of the Dalia Carella Dance Collective in New York City.

She has hosted Rachel Brice, Mardi Love, Zoe Jakes, and Dalia Carella for workshops in CT and NYC.  Joy is dually certified by Fat Chance Belly  Dance®’s American Tribal Style® teacher creatrix, Carolena Nericcio, in  General Skills and as a certified Teacher in American Tribal Style®  belly dance, and was a Sister Studio of Fat Chance Belly Dance®.  Joy is Level 1 certified in both Jamila and Suhaila Salimpour formats, and is a student of the Salimpour School.

Joy is a former member of the folkloric dance troupe Kadira Noor, led by Nerine Avital, and later directed her own troupe of rascally dancers in Melange Gitan, a dark cabaret theatrical fusion troupe.  Joy was founder and director of Connecticut’s first American Tribal  Style (TM) belly dance troupe, Celadon Tribal. 

Most recently, Joy has returned to her soloist roots, integrating classic American Cabaret with modern belly dance that is both exciting and dramatic.  She continues to grow her moving meditation practices and dance classes by integrating her love of her yoga sadhana with conscious  dance, Ayurveda and mindful, therapeutic movement for women. 

Joy at February CT Bellydance Salon

Fusion piece to Beat's Antique's Charon's Crossing.