Dancers News-2010-06-20

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WOW – the past week has been dance filled for me and many of you!  Fabulous performances Wednesday evening at the OCCP, and then yesterday was a dance-all-day kinda day for me and some of the Belly Dancing For Fun Dancers along with our Bollywood For Fun crew!  Thanks to everyone who has come out to play!  My blog will be updated later today with pictures, video and some feedback from the day – check it out at – later!

Happy Father’s Day – BTW!  I suspect not that many gents read the news, but if you do and are a father – well, have a great day!

Finally: if you donated $1 to get a chance to win the 2 CSTS  Charity Screening tickets, and did not hear me call out the number, the last 2 digits on that little white “admit one” ticket were 79.  I need you to email me so that I know who can come and enjoy the show on Sunday next!



JUNE 24 to JULY 29, 2010

Thursday evenings of dance – come out and play
Where: 172 Guigues – Routhier Community Centre, 2nd floor
When: 6:30 to 8:30p.m.
What: Two hours in an air conditioned room with mirrors to play as you wish!

There with a cd player and music. Feel free to bring your own music too, or just take advantage of space and a safe fun atmosphere to test drive those belly dance moves you learned through the winter and spring!

Drop in anytime during the two hours to play, practice, and socialize.

Join us for a fun night out to get some exercise, to practice for upcoming performances, or try those props you have learned through the year and have nowhere to practice them!

OPEN TO ALL LEVELS – Beginner through professional!

Please note: this is not a class – but you’ll learn new stuff by watching and playing.

JULY 2, 2010~Montreal
The One and Only Mira Betz

Absolutely unique as a dancer and teacher, Mira is a must see. Read more about here here

She will be with us for 9 hours of intimate teaching (max 25 people) and a show on july 2nd.

At first, we will only accept registration for the full week end. Individual workshops will be open for registration only if they don’t sell out. We want to create a group energy that grows through the week end.

For 9 hours of workshops: 230 $
Registrations and workshop description at

Le 2 juillet à 20H30 venez découvrir l’incroybale Mira Betz, tout droit venue de San Francisco.
Elle a la rare qualité de savoir captiver un public et de l’émouvoir comme personne.
Elle vaut le détour. Mille fois.
Ouverture des portes à 19h30, spectacle à 20h30.

Avec elle, des artistes invitées:

Andrea Fryett
Dominique Senécal
Iza San
Lauren Caspar (New York)
Mat Jacob
Maryfer (Toronto)
Tribu Ghabal (Trois Rivières)

Le thème du spectacle est le temps. Ne ratez pas ça!!
Les billets sont au coût de 25 $ (30 $ sur place) et peuvent être achetés: ou au magasin “L’oblique” au 4333 rue Rivard (métro Mont royal).

Vive la danse!

JULY 16, 2010
Zafirah of Montreal in Ottawa

Friday, 16 July 2010
Topkapi Turkish Restaurant, 484, rue Preston Street

Dinnner with performance by Zafirah of Montreal.

Please make your reservation by calling 613-230-8828.

Souper et spectacle avec Zafirah de Montréal.

Veuillez faire vos réservations dès maintenant en téléphonant au 613-230-8828.

We need 20 people to reserve in order for this event to take place.
Nous avons besoins de 20 réservations pour continuer avec l’élément.

July 17-18, 2010
Two Day Workshop with Zafirah of Montreal

Veil Poi (Voi) Workshop
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Sandy Hill Community Centre (250 Somerset St.)
Note: Parking available for free.

Drum Solo
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Time: 12pm-4pm
Location: Routhier Community Centre (172 Guigues St.)
Note: Parking available for free
Learn technique and choreography at each workshop.
DVD of the choreographies are included.

Early Bird Prices (EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 25, 2010)
1 day workshop: $65
2 day workshop: $120

Prices after June 11, 2010
1 day workshop: $75
2 day workshop: $140

Please make payments through Paypal to the email address and let me know which workshop or both you would like to register for.

Once your payment is processed I will send you an email confirming your registration.

If you would like to make other arrangements for payment please email at

A Midsummer’s Night Dance – A Celebration of Oriental and Tribal Dance
Special Guest Zafirah of Montreal

Saturday July 17, 2010
Ottawa University Alumni Theatre ( Jock Turcott Building/Unicenter )
Doors open: 7:00pm
Show starts: 7:30pm
$15.00 Advance or $20.00 at the Door

Tickets will also be available at the SUMMER PRACTICE EVENINGS!

for tickets email:

October 8-10, 2010
Tribal Fusion Bellydance with Rosanna McGuire

Rosanna will teach her signature style, and we’re excited to present a show featuring Rosanna and guest performers!

For information and registration email Leslie –

November 5-7, 2010 ~ Toronto
Dalia Carella, Carmine Guida, Beatbox Guitar
Serpentina North & Shakti fusion collaborate to bring you a divine weekend of music, dance and workshops featuring renowned world fusion artist, choreographer, and instructor Dalia Carella, accompanied by the internationally recognized percussive genius of Carmine Guida, and Brooklyn based duo, Beatbox Guitar (Pete List & Rob Mastrianni) who create an innovative mix of flamenco, psychedelic rock, hip hop and punk.

Details on this exciting weekend of workshops and performance to follow soon!
For information email: and

December 3-5, 2010
Dalia Carella and Carmine Guida of Djinn (NYC!) intensive workshop and show in Ottawa

Since many won’t be able to get to our Toronto intensive November 5-7 with Dalia, Carmine, and Beatbox Guitar, Leslie will be hosting a smaller version of the event here in Ottawa !

Dalia & Carmine will teach together, music/rhythms for dancers, and also offer separate workshops in both dance and drumming.  More details to follow.  The earlybird for *both* days (9 hours total) will be $275 and time limited, the full price will be more.

For information and registration for both these exciting workshops email Leslie –


JUNE 20, 2010
Sister Bazaar event

Sunday June 20th (yes…. Father’s Day) at

70 Third Ave in the Glebe,
from 1 PM to 6 PM.

We have received new stock of lovely floaty tunics and we do still have several excellent indigo printed items available. They won’t last long…

Hope you can attend. Feel free to share this notice with friends.

Madeleine & Andree

June 25, 2010
Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse Drum and Dance Circle – Summer Solstice Edition

Friday – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Maki House Community Centre

19 Leeming Drive (between Bayshore and Kanata)

This month, the Full Moon falls just days after the summer solstice and coincides with a Lunar Eclipse.  We will celebrate outside weather permitting at Maki Park, otherwise we will be inside the community centre.

Bring your own hand drums, shakers, bells and other percussion instruments. There will be some shakers for people to use if they don’t have anything of their own.

There will be an optional meditative drumming and period of silence at the end of the circle for those wishing to stay.

Please RSVP to so that we know how many people to set up for.

JUNE 27, 2010
Can’t Stop the Serenity 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010
Mayfair Theatre
1074 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON K1S 3X3
(613) 730-6552

What is Can’t Stop the Serenity?
Can’t Stop the Serenity is a charity event supporting Equality Now and iSisters Technology Mentoring. We are screening the sci-fi film “Serenity”, and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”


Equality Now is an international organization which documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses.

iSisters Technology Mentoring is a local charity that connects women in need with technology through mentoring. iSisters increases economic earning potential and independence for women in poverty in Ottawa who are unemployed, have limited education and depend on government services for basic needs.


Serenity (film starts at 1 PM)
Called “the best science fiction film ever” by science fiction author and legend, Orson Scott
Card, it’s hard not to like Joss Whedon’s shiny space western. Indeed, watch the film that rose from the ashes of the celebrated Fox television show, Firefly, and you’ll soon see why this movie garnered IGN’s 2005 Best Sci-Fi and Best Story awards, as well as topping numerous fan polls.
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (film starts at 3:20 PM)
A classic short film showcasing the writing talents of the Whedon family (and Maurissa Tancharoen) as well as the acting and singing abilities of none other than Neil Patrick Harris(Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, How I Met Your Mother), Felicia Day (The Guild, Dollhouse) and Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Slither). You will laugh and cry in this amazing musical about an up-and-coming supervillain, his nemesis and his one true love.

To purchase tickets ($12 in advance, $15 after June 20th) or to make a donation please visit


Hello friends,

Might you know someone who’d like to adopt feline sisters Charlotte and Emily, affectionate in-door cats aged 6 and 7, as of October 2010?

Please contact Bill in Ottawa:  613 612 7460

see letter from Charlotte and Emily below.

Thanks!  Fran


Zamira’s Summer Classes

Belly Dance for Adults and Teens all levels

A Beginner-Intermediate Belly Dance class with an emphasis on flexibility, muscle isolation and increasing muscle strength and grace. To run this class a minimum of 6 students is required.

Wednesday 7:00-8:00 PM
June 2 – July 28, 2010: block of 6 consecutive classes $66

Drop-in fee $12 cash per class – no registration necessary

Classes take place at Makin’ Moves Dance Studio:
1196 Bank Street at Ossington Avenue Old Ottawa South

For registration and information contact Zamira:

Tribal Fusion Leslie and Tools for your Practice with Leslie

This class is both for the absolute beginner and the more experienced tribal dancer looking to deepen their practice.  Drills for strong technique will be taught, along with some combinations throughout the session.  This session takes us through to the end of July.

Tuesdays 8:15-9:15pm
1196 Bank at Makin Moves studio
email leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca to register!
$90 for this 7 week session

CardioBellydance at the Arts Court with Anna and Safiya

Wednesday June 23rd, CardioBellydance continues all summer long at
Capital City Dance
1309 Carling Ave, Westgate Mall,
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Contact Safiya at , or visit

Dance OASIS de la danse

200 St-Joseph blvd, Hull

819-776-5033 / 819-962-2645

Register now for summer classes with Denise Enan, and the Oasis teachers.
Monday-Friday: lunch-time classes and evening classes
Saturday-Sunday: morning and daytime classes

Drop-ins welcome

Summer session starts June 21

Jalilah’s Summer Classes

Intermediate /Multi-level  Tuesdays Mornings 11-12
at The Studio School of Dance 11 Jamie Street (near Hunt Club and Merivale)
July 6 to August 10 $60
To register contact Jalilah (613)3388215

Intermediate 6:30-7:30 Thursday Evenings 6:30-7:30
Advanced 7:30-8:30 Thursday Evenings 7:30-9:00
At Denise Enan’s Studio Oasis
200 St Joseph, Hull
June 24 to August 12 Intermediate $85 Advanced $100
To register contact Oasis at (819) 7765033 or (819)9622645