At St. James’ Wednesday night class, her students rehearsed in capri pants and coined veils, swaying their hips and clapping.
The classmates represent a range of sizes, ethnicities and occupations. Students range in age from early teens to retirees.
“I think the people who want to do this just show up,” St. James said.
“After the first class, your nerves go away.”
She and her group, JJ and the Habibis (sweethearts or beloveds), perform annually at the Sawdust Art Festival and other events.