Dancers’ News Update: 2010-07-25

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Oh, what a summer of festivals and fun and we are about halfway through it!  Hope everyone has been getting out and enjoying the Turkish Festival, Egyptian Festival and Lebanese Festival!  These events all get major publicity so I don’t have any more info – just google them!

I am feeling the winding down starting already as I approach my combined Staycation and holiday trips coming soon! That means whether I am in town or out, from August 4th to 31st, I’ll be outta circulation and hope that you all have a fabulous month!  You’ll probably still see me popping online, but it’ll be a nice break!

UPCOMING items to note:

TEACHERS: Please send all your fall class info by July 31st to have it posted while I am on a break.

August information/updates: Post any info during August in the “comments” area of my blog page here:
Have a great week! Tracey/Halyma



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.

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).


August 14, 15, 2010

Khan el Khalili Weekend at Arabesque-Toronto

– everyone welcome!

Arabesque and various dancers/vendors sell their new and used bellydance costumes, drums, shisha, props, fabric, zylls, hip scarves, coin belts, DVDs, CDs, and more!

Sat. Aug. 14: 5:00-9:00pm & Sun.Aug. 15: 12:00-6:00pm

Free public admission

Interested in selling your Bellydance gear? please contact us for more details

1 Gloucester St, Suite #107
Toronto, ON M4Y 1L8

October 17, 2010

TAV Creations Presents the Dancer’s Bazaar

Sunday, October 17, 2010
Noon to 4 p.m.
260 McArthur, Knight’s of Columbus Hall

More details will come, but mark the date now!

October 30, 2010
Halloween Masquerade and Fundraising Party!

Saturday, Oct. 30…doors open at 7 pm…party starts at 8 pm
Montgomery Legion, corner of MacLaren and Kent Sts.

Come dressed to inspire, frighten, charm ??, intrigue. Prizes will be given for the best masks!
Belly up for the challenge….How does a belly dancer dress for Halloween??
Soloists, duets, etc. are all welcome…out-of-towners too!! So is ‘Theme’ music!. We will have lots of tasty food, good vibes, prizes and some ‘interesting’ performances!!
The price is still only $25, the booze is cheap, and all profits will go to the Distress Centre and Bereaved Families of Ottawa…maybe enough will be left over to donate to the Snow Suit Fund too!
If you have a special piece of music you would like to perform, contact Catharine ASAP to reserve it….(Thriller has already been spoken for!!!..and is much anticipated!) or 613-276-0969


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
Nepalese Canadian Association of Ottawa Present:
8th Annual Multicultural Dance and Music Show For Ottawa’s Food Bank

Saturday, July 31. 12:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Free Admission
Come join us for an afternoon of entertainment and fundraising!

Non-perishable food or cash donations for the Ottawa Food Bank appreciated

Andrew Haydon Park – 3169 Carling Avenue
Bollywood For Fun will be performing between 2-5 p.m.
More details will be updated on our website:

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  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!

August 6, 2010 – 1st Friday of Every Month
Repo! The Genetic Opera

Shadowcast Performance by the Necromerchant’s Payment
Friday August 6th, Sept 3rd, Oct 1st, Nov 5th and Dec 3rd, 2010…

Club SAW  67 Nicholas Street (near the arts court and next to the youth hostel)Ottawa

Welcome to “Repo! – the Genetic Opera!” Bring your zydrate and get ready for some fun with Ottawa’s shadowcast performers – “The Necromerchant’s Payment” – a tribute group to the movie “Repo! the Genetic Opera”. This movie was released in 2008 and rapidly became a cult classic with groups soon forming to do shadowcast performances during showings of the movie. Shadowcasting is when a live ensemble recreates a movie on stage while the film is playing behind them. It is the ultimate melding of film and theatre, with the cast complimenting the action on screen, and subtly contrasting it with their own unique vision. As such, you are really getting two shows for the price of one. It is the perfect blend of theatre and film, with audience participation and gags thrown in to create a fun, unique event.

“The Necromerchant’s Payment” are a bunch of lunatics with sharp things dancing around and throwing organs. It’s a good old time, full of mischief, mayhem, drugs, rock N roll and anarchy. They perform the first Friday of every month at the Club Saw located at 67 Nicholas Street. The doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm. Admission is a mere $10 at the door, and for your money you are getting a movie, a show, an event, and more importantly, a bunch of people dancing around while having their organs repossessed. What could be better than that?

For more information on the Necromerchant’s Payment, visit