What Students Say
"It has come to my attention that Alyssum is really the reason we are all here tonight [at a tribal bellydance hafla]. Before she arrived in Boston in 2004, there really was no tribal bellydance. She has worked with OmBellyCo for four years, and there are several members of Vadalna that she taught as well. I dub her, therefore, Boston's Mother of Tribal Bellydance." --Naraya, director of Vadalna
"Alyssum is masterful, patient and clear -- and approachable and friendly. The atmosphere is welcoming to all regardless of gender and age. Start your week off right and take her classes." --N. Sundt
"I have been taking private lessons from alyssum for about 4 months. She is great at breaking down the muscle use and has a wonderful way of teaching... if you have the opportunity to take her class you will not be sorry" --S. S-Adams
"I think the most amazing part of it for me was how nervous and scared I was to step out of my comfort zone (even though I am well versed in improv bellydance), but that once we completed the exercises, I felt completely invigorated and joyful. I am glad that I asked you to choose your pick of the workshops you offered, because I don't think I would have picked "Improve Your Improv," given my reservations. I think the concepts you are teaching are highly unique and very useful for any type of dancer." --Rachael Gollub, Director of Ophira Tribal.
"You are a great teacher, able to explain just what we need to hear and encouraging ... So your patience is very much appreciated. You also have good skill at knowing how long to stay on certain exercises or moves and how to move the class along fast enough without overwhelming us.
I know I am much more motivated to learn than I thought I would be and I'll bet lots of other ladies would probably say the same. I actually have a glimmer of hope I might be able to put some of these moves together in a decent fashion at some point in the future!" --J. Wehlage
"I am inspired by your focus" --B. A. Voeller
"I feel so fortunate to know you and you have inspired me since the day I met you. Ahem, you ARE one of Bodhicitta's influences... Alyssum Pohl as a soloist as well as a strong addition to the aMAZing Rakadu Gypsy." --G. Lister
"Thanks for being such a fabulous teacher!! - You are a beautiful dancer! ...And I thoroughly enjoy your teaching style, attention to detail, and ability to make the dance so much fun!! You know, infectious songs, interesting hats and footwear, etc!!" --L. Gilbert
"I really enjoy your classes." --C. McInally
"...she's a dance teacher, I suggest you take her classes. They're fahkin MINT!" --J. Kennedy
"What a great dance teacher, she brings humour and light heartedness into her teaching, helping her students feel comfortable and relaxed in taking risks. I've become a much better dancer since studing with Alyssum, I know what muscles are being engaged, and what I personally need to improve my style." --S. Rowan
Volunteering in Guatemala
OmBellyCo is the Boston-based troupe that Alyssum coached 2004-2008. She could not have asked for a kinder, more dedicated group of ladies to have worked with, and is proud of their accomplishments.