Dancer’s News-2010-07-11-Updates

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Good morning!

Another busy weekend of dance all over the place!  And next week is full on crazy too!  Be sure to get your tickets for the Midsummer Night’s Dance Show at Ottawa U – details below!  A pro evening of dance not to be missed!

Bollywood For Fun, will be doing some great public shows- check it on our website if you have a moment!

Okay – read on for this weeks updates!




July 11, 2010

Sparks Street International Festival

Belly Dancing For Fun and Bollywood For Fun are proud to be sharing their love of dance with everyone, both performing and teaching some fun moves to get you moving!

Wear something sparkly and join us:

Sunday, July 11: Check at the Green roofed Kiosk on Sparks Street as to where we should be!
1:30 p.m. Bollywood For Fun
2:00 p.m. Belly Dance

JULY 12, 2010
Belly Dance and more for charity: Sexy in the City

The Algonquin College Events Management Students present Sexy in the City, a Ladies night out in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation.

On Monday July 12th from 6:30-10:30pm join us at the Loft on 380 Elgin Street for a night of pampering and fun.

Mini manicures, mini pedicures, hair styling, make-overs, canapés, cocktails, belly dancing lessons by Halyma, interior design specialist Luc Crawford, bra fittings by La Senza, silent auctions and much more!
Take a night off, have fun, and come join us in some pampering for charity.

Tickets: $60 a person or
2 for $100.
Four or more will be $40 each.
Tickets can be purchased at the Loft, by email: or by calling 613.617.0773, ask for Cara.


JULY 15, 22 and 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 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.

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

for tickets email:
Tickets will also be available at the SUMMER PRACTICE EVENINGS

JULY 24, 2010
Workshop and Pool Party w/ Leslie

Saturday, July 24th – workshop and pool party!
Tribal fusion workshop with Leslie: Slow Motion: The Minimalist Economy of Movement choreography!
In April, Leslie presented her work at the Dance Under Construction Conference at UC Riverside in California.

On Saturday July 24th, 1-4pm, take an afternoon to learn this deliciously slow movement choreography created by Leslie for her presentation at UCR. Theory will be discussed and the workshop includes a yoga based warmup, technique practice and combinations leading into the choreography.

Wear something comfortable and bring water! $40 for this 3 hour workshop at 1196 Bank St (Makin Moves). After the workshop, we will all head over to Leslie’s for a pool party and tribal gathering with snacks and videos.

RSVP and BYOB (if you can’t make the workshop, you can still come to the party!)
To register and RSVP – email leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca

29 juillet au 1er août 2010 ~ Sherbrooke
Air de Vacances


I would like to invite you to my Oriental dance annual retreat in Sherbrooke, Qc. It is given in French, but dance being an universal language, you can still benefit of it. I have taken dance classes in German and still I was able to learn beautiful things!

Here is the link for all the information:
Please note that the second workshop (the one in August) is already full.
Nathalie Lebel

31 Juillet, 2010 ~ Laval
Atelier ”Dunyavi” avec Marthyna

Samedi, 31 juillet 2010
9h00 à 12h00

Lieu: Le Souk d’Anichka: 65 St-Judes à Laval

L’atelier est en français.

Plan du cours:

Réchauffement et musculation en fonction des mouvements à apprendre
Technique de base du Dunyavi
Apprentissage d’une courte chorégraphie avec jupe
Étirements et retour au calme

Le Dunyavi:
Le Dunyavi est un style créé par Dalia Carella de New-York qui fusionne essentiellement les danses orientales turques, les danses classique de l’Inde et les danses latines. Dunyavi signifie “du monde” en indien. Marthyna étudie ce style depuis 12 ans. Elle approndie depuis quelques années les danses dont le style Dunyavi est issu afin de bien comprendre et surtout, bien interpréter les différents styles ainsi fusionnés.

Cet atelier vous permettra d’en comprendre les principes à votre tour et de pouvoir présenter une splendide chorégraphie avec de dynamiques mouvements de jupe !

Pour en savoir plus au sujet de Marthyna:

Pour réserver votre place, vous devez le faire directement sur le site:
Vous y trouverez les informations complètes et divers modes de paiement vous seront offert (chèque, Accès D, Dépôt bancaire, Paypal).


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

Shakti fusion welcomes Rosanna McGuire for a 2 day intensive workshop in tribal fusion!
October 9-10, 2010 – Thanksgiving weekend!
The workshop is in downtown Ottawa with a small possibility of Gatineau (151 Chapel or CEGEP as the backup!).

I’m delighted to bring Rosanna back for a two day workshop, Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday Oct 9 and Sunday Oct 10th. She’ll be teaching workshops in her two signature styles, vintage/flapper fusion bellydance and bellyfunk hip hop fusion, each workshop is 4 hours – so you get a weekend intensive with 8 hours of instruction plus a fabulous show!. (for the show, I’m waiting for confirmation on the location/day from the venue).

Saturday 12-5pm
Technique and drilling
Intro to vintage jazz dance and how to incorporate it with bellydance – In this workshop we will revue basic charleston, but adding more complicated variations. We will go further in depth into vintage jazz styles and steps, with more footwork and combinations.

***the Saturday workshop includes a mini costuming workshop and break***

Sunday 12-4pm
Popping vs. Locking – whats the deal? In this workshop we will clarify what exactly is the difference between popping and locking. Many people confuse the two, mistakenly calling these two distinct dance forms by one term “poplocking.” Through a breakdown of the differences and doing a short choreography with each one, we will see that there is actually no such thing as “poplocking.”

Please register early to guarantee your spot 🙂

$170 Both days and show ticket EARLYBIRD!
$150 workshop only EARLYBIRD!
$75 Saturday only EARLYBIRD!
$75 Sunday only EARLYBIRD!
$20 Show ticket ____ (specify number of tickets) **show location to follow!**

VENDORS: If you would like to vend at this event, please contact me by email.

To register – email leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca


11 JUILLET/JULY, 2010 ~ Montreal


-52 mudras(hand gestures)/ Mudras Traditionelle (les gestes de main)
-104 expressive mudras/ Mudras expressif
– 8 styles of dance walks/ styles de danse-marche elegant
– 15 combinations of feet and hand steppings/ combinaisons de pieds et les mains
-10 eye, neck, torso & hip combinations/ combinaisons des yeux, le cou, le torse& les combinaisons de hanche;
–Many slow and fast rhythmic dance movements using all techniques AND LOTS OF JOY!/ Beaucoup mouvements de danse lents et rapidement rythmiques qui utilisent tous les techniques ET BEAUCOUP DE JOI!


Cout/Cost:$295 for two days

JULY 17, 2010
South Asian Festival


11a.m. to 8 p.m.
Confederation Park, Elgin and Laurier
This Admission-Free festival is a full day event (11 AM to 8 PM) for the entire family. We are working hard to prepare for all weather conditions so rain or shine, please bring your lawn chairs and spend the day in Confederation Park!

LIVE Performances: You will enjoy free live preformances by Ottawa artists including diverse dance forms (such as Bhangra, Garba, Bollywood) as well as various vocal performances (traditional and RRB). This festival is also your chance to meet the talented Preeta Chabra from Montreal and Naomi Zaman & Jay Deala from Toronto!! You will also laugh your heart out with Sophie Teresse as she leads 2 laughter yoga sessions!! You’ll end the night dancing to DJ Imperial Desi’s South Asian beats!
Mouth-watering Cuisine: From popular items including samosas, butter chicken, biryani to specialties not easily found in Ottawa restaurants such as Hakka (Chinese fusion), paan, and Shikanjvi (South Asian style lemonade). There will also be special items for kids including pizza and fried chicken. And not to forget kulfi (South Asian ice cream) and Breyer’s ice cream cart!

Health & Well-being: We have expanded the Health Section of the festival, thanks to support from the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario! There will be six health agencies on-site including the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, Canadian Blood Services, Canadian Liver Foundation, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, and Ottawa Public Health to provide information and answer your questions. Some agencies will also provide Free health screenings. There will also be booths offering information on alternative and holistic treatments including Reiki and Ayurveda.

Kid’s Zone: Professional face painters will be creating fun designs for kids of all ages! There will also be story-telling by My Barefoot World, which offers award-winning books and gifts for kids! And one of Ottawa’s best caricatures will be there to create amazing sketches!

Traditional Merchandise: The latest in South Asian fashion will be offered by Ottawa’s Preity Collections and Toronto’s Laiba Fashions! There will also be traditional jewellery, silks, miniature wooden creations, spices, teas, basmati rice, and cooking ware!! And of course Al-Nisa henna artists will be there to create intricate traditional patterns!

Community Information: The RCMP, Ottawa Police, Hydro Ottawa, South Asian Bar Association, Ecology Ottawa, 211 Ottawa,and South Asian Connection Business Directory will be on-site to provide you with information on the services they provide to the community including legal services, advocacy, child saftey, conservation, and the environment.

Parking is free at the World Exchange (111 Albert Street) on Saturdays. You can also find parking at City Hall (opposite Confederation Park), the National Arts Centre (less than a block away), and Rideau Mall. You can also use all the main transit linea to Rideau Mall and walk down to the Park.

Please check out our website for more information. You can also tune in to CHIN Radio 97.9 FM from 5 to 7pm to receive regular updates on the festival. Rogers TV and A Channel are also running special features on the festival next week. /A Morning Ottawa, will run a speacial feature on Wednesday, July 14th at 7:20am and Rogers Daytime Ottawa will run a special feature on Friday, July 16th at 11:50am.

Hope to see you all at Confederation Park on Saturday July 17th!!


July 15-18, 2010

Ottawa school of Art
Summer Academy for Adults courses

If you have any questions about these courses or this information, please contact our Administration Officer, Patricia Madge:
613.241.7471 ext 29

CYNOSURE JEWELRY | Ottawa School of Art’s Summer Academy for Adults


July 24, 2010

10:30am – 4:30pm
Vincent Massey Park (please confirm location with the organizer)

SEEKING DRUMMERS! We are organizing a free event on Saturday July 24th, to raise awareness of consciousness activities in the Ottawa area. A drum circle would expose new people to the experience would be a real hit with this crowd. ANYONE WANT TO VOLUNTEER FOR AN AFTERNOON THAT DAY?

Clear the mind, invigorate the body, and inspire the soul.

This open air FULL DAY event will offer a variety of relaxing and inspiring activities, and a chance to ‘sample’ consciousness, wellness and healing experiences at no cost. Try things like yoga, energy healing, Love workshops, meditations, singing bowls, Qigong, and more.

Share your experience with like-minded others, meet new friends, and leave relaxed, renewed and inspired!


July 25, 2010
Full Moon Drum and Dance Circle

Sunday July 25 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Maki Park

19 Leeming Drive (between Bayshore and Kanata)
Rumour has it that there will be some hooping going on there.

Celebrate the powerful energy of the Full Moon.

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.

Weather permitting, we will be outside in the park, otherwise we will be inside the community centre.

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

You can also invite friends through facebook!/event.php?eid=141043799245668

Hope to see you there.

July 31, 2010
Musical Wheel at Chamberfest with Leo Brooks

Saturday, July 31
Marion Dewar Plaza
110 Laurier Ave. W.
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

From Leo Brooks:

As a member of the Hand Drumming community in Ottawa, I want to invite you to take part in a really special event taking place at the end of this month, put together by Chamberfest, Ottawa’s world renown chamber music festival.

The event is called “The Musical Wheel”, and it ingeniously incorporates cycling with music and community participation. Essentially, it is a bicycle ride along the canal from Landsdowne park to Ottawa city hall. Cyclists are treated to live chamber music performances at several stops en route, but the main event happens at Marion Dewar plaza in front of the municipal buildings. Here, the fantastic percussion quartet TorQ will be laying down some grooves for the cyclists to enjoy. They, in turn, will continue to ride around the perimeter of the plaza and are encouraged to join in with bicycle bells, horns and whistles.

And this is where you come in…

I have been commissioned to assemble as many volunteer hand drummers as possible to boost the sonic landscape created by TorQ around the perimeter of the plaza. These players will create a drum circle within the Musical Wheel, with TorQ as the hub. Hand drummers will get the unique chance to jam with each other, a professional percussion ensemble, and dozens of cyclists creating a moving sonic soundscape.

The event takes place on Saturday, July 31, 2010. Drummers are asked to assemble at Marion Dewar plaza by 1:30 pm. The first wave of cyclists is expected to arrive by shortly after 2:00 pm. The Musical Wheel will continue until approximately 3:30 pm. At this time we are hoping the carillon of bells at City Hall will join in for a true climax to the event.

Please let me know via a response to this email whether or not you are able to attend. Of course, friends and family members are invited to join in, regardless of their hand drumming experience. We should have enough experienced players there to carry the beginners along!

Thanks in advance. See you at “The Musical Wheel” 2010!

Leo Brooks

For more information check out the following websites:

AUGUST 6, 2010
SPLASH! Bollywood dinner and dance boat cruise on the Ottawa River

date; Friday Aug. 6th
cruise departs at 8:00 pm. from Jacques Cartier (Hull)
Bollywood-R&B-Bhangra, 3 dj’s, catered by East India Company
tickets $35.
Please contact Andree, who wants to club our tickets together to negotiate a
discount on the ticket price. Note, tickets are limited and usually sell out.
Come on out for a night of Bollywood bling and dancing!

SUMMER CLASSES – more listed online!

Summer Classes with Jalilah !

Still Room to join!

Intermediate /Multi-level   Tuesday  Mornings 11-12

At The Studio School of Dance 71 Jamie Street (near Hunt Club and Merivale)

July 6 to August 10 Price: $60

To register contact Jalilah (613)2288215

Intermediate/ Advanced  Multi Level  Thursday Evenings  7:00-8:30

At Denise Enan’s Studio Oasis

200 St Joseph, Hull

July 8 to August 12  Price $90

To register contact Oasis at (819) 7765033 or (819)9622645

Jalilah has been a professional dancer since 1985 and teaching dance since 1996.  Her extensive experience in working with a variety of musicians and performing with live music enabled Jalilah to produce a series of six CDs of belly dance music.   Jalilah’s teaching technique is  multi-dimensional; her classes are artistic, culture-oriented, uplifting and above all, a fun, safe and healthy workout. Her classes are intended for all age groups and fitness levels and are appropriate for those who want to have fun while working out, as well as for dancers who wish to achieve a professional level.


Astral Fitness & Health Club, Stittsville, (613) 831-2348, Private workshops and performances also available, in Ottawa Area.

Summer ShimmySessions are on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 -7:30pm in Stittsville at Astral Fitness & Health Club, 44 Iber Road, 12 week Class Pass = $99 + taxes. Check out
or call to register (613) 831-2348

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