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Stygian [stij-ee-uhn]. adjective
1. of or relating to the river Styx
2. dark or gloomy.
3. infernal; hellish.

We dance the line between your world and the Underworld, life and death, joy and pain.
Join us on our journey.

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What is the Stygian Collective?

The Stygian Collective is an exclusive worldwide community of metal and dark fusion dancers rooted in the style created by Shyama and the Stygian Sisters Metal Belly Dance Troupe. Shyama’s goal in creating the Stygian Collective is to foster community, spark inspiration, and provide instruction to metal and dark fusion dancers of the world.

All levels are welcome! If you have a passion for dance and metal or dark music, you will fit right in. By sharing and learning together through Shyama’s Online Studio, the Collective creates a cohesive, troupe-like experience for like-minded dancers-- whoever and wherever they may be!

Who Can Join?

Anyone is welcome! Whether you have no previous belly dance experience or you’re an advanced dancer, you have a place with us. Shyama’s online studio offers many instructional materials for all levels, plus instruction in our specific style. Our tight-knit and supportive community has many ways to collaborate, share, and grow--including choreography projects, live online classes, performance opportunities, discussion groups, meet-ups, and so much more!

Membership Benefits

  • Full access to Shyama’s Online Studio featuring the Stygian style of belly dance, PLUS a special “Stygian Only” section of the Online Studio with instruction and vlogs about being a Stygian dancer
    This includes ALL videos released including choreography, combos, drills, Stygian Improv Concept, technique lessons, and more!

  • Membership in the private Stygian Collective Group to share experiences, ask questions, share events, get to know each other, and collaborate on unique projects!

  • Discounts at Shyama/Stygian Collective events, classes,  and workshops; PLUS discounted private lessons and coaching with Shyama (via Zoom or live)

  • Discounted Stygian Certification programs

  • Access to the Stygian Study Group to keep members accountable to practice and growth!

  • Features on Stygian Collective’s social media as requested
    This can include promotion of your upcoming events, video shares, photos, and other features of you and/or your troupe!

  • Videos posted on the Stygian Collective's YouTube channel

  • Invites to Stygian Only meet ups (Zoom chats, haflas, and more!)

  • Exclusive opportunities to perform and teach at Stygian Collective events

  • Listing in the Stygian Member Directory!
    The Directory is public, so you can promote your social media, classes, performances, or whatever you would like to share!
    Traveling to an area where there’s a Stygian Collective member? Meet up to practice, learn, or perform together!

  • Member Referral Rewards!
  • Use of the Stygian Collective name and logo (i.e. Your Troupe Name - A Member of the Stygian Collective)

  • Use of Stygian Choreography learned via the online studio or workshops with Shyama
    Performance, video, you name it -- just credit the Stygian Collective and Shyama!

Requirements for Membership

Aside from your Membership Fees, we do ask that you do your best to promote the Stygian Collective and its individual members in your dance life. We ask that you boost the community by sharing Collective posts, events, and information as often as you can, referring your friends near and far, attending each others events, and broadly supporting the Collective and its members.

We also require all members to go about their dance business in a professional and respectful manner. We do not tolerate hateful or disrespectful speech or actions while under the Stygian Collective’s name. We do not tolerate discrimination in gender, sexual orientation, race, or ethnicity. What you do as an individual reflects on the whole Collective. Abuse and disrespect will result in expulsion from the Collective.

View our full Code of Conduct here.

Membership Fees

Your Membership for all the above perks is either $30/month or $300/year (annual memberships get 2 months free!)

    Membership Fees: How Are Funds Used?

    Membership fees will go toward administrative management as well as improving the online studio--and therefore the content you can access. Fees will also be used for promotional purposes like advertising the Stygian Collective, promoting events on Facebook, etc. As the Collective grows, fees will be used for costs associated with meet ups and further events.

    About Shyama

    Stygian Dance is the overarching business created by Shyama, the Director and Founder of the Stygian Sisters and Stygian Collective. Currently located in the Greater St. Louis area, Shyama performs and teaches throughout the Midwest in addition to offering her online studio. The Stygian Sisters and Stygian Collective were born of her passions in metal, dark culture, and fusion belly dance. Since her original troupe’s inception, it has been her dream to grow the dance form of Metal Fusion and unleash it upon the world...and with your help, the Stygian Collective can do just that.

    Ready to Join?

    Complete the application below to provide your info to integrate you into our growing Collective! You'll get instant access to the Online Studio and Stygian Only content pages. Once you've completed sign up, you'll receive a confirmation email with a few further details (check your spam if you don't see it)! We can't wait to welcome you to our community!

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    Legal Disclaimers:
    Belly dance is a physical activity. Stygian Dance and affiliated instructors will not be held liable for any injuries that may occur from using these videos. If you engage in this program, you agree that you do so at your own risk. Trust your body, and if needed, consult a physician regarding any concerns you may have.

    ***I do not own rights to the music in these videos. Copyright belongs to the artists and their respective parties!***
    FAIR USE- "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976,allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use."

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