Tag Archives: Bollywood

Adventures in Bellywood classes rolling along!

This fall, I was able to set up, with the support of my advanced students, a session of Adventures in Bellywood, that allowed us to progress and continue to play!  We even had a chance to help Aziz and Company celebrate their 50th Anniversary and performed with Bollywood For Fun in that very cozy sparkly space!

With the Ladies of Aziz and Company, India Importers
With the Ladies of Aziz and Company, India Importers

So grateful to Ameenah and Sadira for being able to join me that day!
We are working on a new routine for a December presentation – semi-private event, so not sure I can invite ya yet – but we look forward to continuing the fun on January!
Sadly, my schedule only allows so much time, so I am contemplating combining the “Awaken your inner Goddess” class with “Bellywood level 1”.
I’ll be teaching this class at the Routhier Community Centre starting in January 2015 – and it will depend on the energy of the participants as to how I approach the introduction of Bellywood into this more ethereal class format, but certainly mudras and poses will be there, as many of the classical indian moves are based on those found in depictions of gods and goddesses – so it should work!
So if you are thinking you might like to play with this and me in January – check my schedule and sign up with Ottawa.ca for the beginner classes, and if you are a more advanced dancer, you are most welcome to come play on Tuesdays with my private lessons!

Dancers’ News-2010-02-14

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Good morning,

February is just getting us wound up for loads of fun in March!  And Happy Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and Family Day for those who celebrate any / all of these holidays this weekend!

May the Tiger bring you good fortune this coming year!

Hope Winterlude has been enjoying your company too!

Read on to check out some new updates to info and new postings – hope to see you at some of these upcoming events!


Sunday, February 14




Feb 20/21 – Dance with Jasmin – $175 – reg’n w/ Jannah

Jennifer (Jannah)
to Dance is Paradise!
www.jannahdancer.info 519.569-1432
Jannahdancer Dance Centre….a Positive Place to Be!

FEBRUARY 28, 2010
Bellydance Workshop with Zena

Sat. Feb. 28, 2010 @ 12:30 pm -3:00 pm.

Fun basics of bellydance with tone-up exercises, drills, shimmywork and intro to veils. Light refreshments provided and water. Wear comfy exercise clothes, bare feet or indoor shoes and hipscarf/neck scarf or coin belt. Cost: $45 tax included.

Location: Nutriland, 3625 Rivergate Way
Tel: (613) 288-0106

To reserve/register, please email Zena:zena555@rogers.com or call Darpan dircectly at (613) 288-0106.

FEBRUARY 27/28,2010
Montreal workshops with Rosanna Mc Guire (Toronto/San Francisco)!!!

Saturday February 27th, 1-4pm
Flapper fusion (technique and combinations):
A combination of vintage jazz dance and bellydance, completely fabricated from Rosanna’s imagination. Don’t know what on earth this could be? See Rosanna’s video from Tribal Fest 2008

Sunday February 28th 2010, 1-4pm:
Hip hop fusion choreography
Fusing bellydance with hip hop and funk styles (popping, locking, waving, etc.)

Location: École Anichka

65 St-Judes, Laval Quebec

Cost:75$ for 1 workshop

140$ for both

To register: Click Here

MARCH 6, 2010
TAV CREATIONS PRESENTS the Ottawa Dancer’s Bazaar


LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS – as usual! Email me if you are able to help out that day! tracey@tav-creations.com

10 TIPS for Shopping at the Bazaar!

Take our shopping POLL!!

MARCH 7, 2010
Fluidity and Slow Movements Workshop with Jalilah


To accommodate the overwhelming demand for this workshop the same workshop is being offered on Sunday May 2. The first workshop sold out in just 1 week. Be sure to mail in your registration and payment early to avoid missing out on the next one.

Do you long to move gracefully to those ethereal flutes, soulful accordions and haunting violins?

Would you like to gain more fluidity in your dancing and learn to make smooth transitions from one movement to the next?

Then this is the workshop for you!

Jalilah will teach you how to move gracefully and to connect your arms, hip circles, infinity loops (figure 8s) and undulations together into a beautiful seamless flow!

This workshop is accessible and beneficial to all levels of dancers from beginner to professional levels.

Jalilah has been a professional dancer since 1985. She has performed with over 25 different music groups and has produced 6 CDs in Egypt and Lebanon that are considered classics of Middle Eastern Dance. With her vast experience performing in the Middle East and having studied under various famous Egyptian masters she is widely regarded as an authority on authentic Middle Eastern Dance.

Sunday, May 2nd, 11:00 a. m. to 1:00 p.m.
Nepean Creative Arts Centre, 35 Stafford Rd., Nepean (Bells Corners)

To register contact julieDOTtierneyATsympatico.ca for the registration form or if you are on docod you can download the flyer from.
Cost: $35 if received by April 23, $45 thereafter. No refunds.



We will once again be partying and raising funds for great causes.
(Distress Centre, Bereaved Families)

The party will be at the Legion hall at the corner of McLaren and Kent (lots of parking).
The doors (and the bar) open at 7 pm. The party starts at 8 pm. Food will be served from 9 pm till close!
Everyone is invited to dance: soloists, groups, troupes,bunches….out-of-towners are welcome again.

Tickets are $25 in advance….$30 at the door

Don’t forget our great prizes, DVDs, the bar…so bring along some cash!! It all goes back to our community!
Contact Catharine at dragonslivehere.glebe@gmail.com


February 15, 2010   Meditation group in Crystal Beach

Anyone can join whenever they are free to come. For those of you who meditate and want to join like minded others or if you’ve wanted to try meditation but haven’t gotten around to it this is the perfect opportunity for you.

The purpose of this group is to provide a place for people to come together to practice meditation and learn from each other so that they can enjoy the many benefits of meditation which include:

· Greater health
· Deeper levels of relaxation
· Improved brain function
· Decreased levels of pain
· Increased feelings of well-being

No experience necessary.

8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Maki House Community Centre, 19 Leeming Drive, Crystal Beach
(Between Bayshore and Kanata)

417 to Moodie Drive North. Turn right at Carling avenue, right at CrystalBeach Drive (your second street), left at Leeming Drive (your first street). Maki House is on the left right after the school.

Cost: Free
Info: julieDOTtierneyATsympatico.ca


Classical/Sacred Dance(Odissi) 27 Feb, 6 & 20 March(1:30-4:30)
Classical dance video: http://www.ananda-amrita.com/classical-dance.htm

Gypsy/folk/BOLLYWOOD Dance:
– 20 Feb Gypsy/Bollywood – Mudras(hand gestures) & feet movements: Workshop #1(1-3:30)
– 13 March Gypsy/Bollywood – Expression & Grace in Indian Dance : Workshop #2(1-3:30)
– 17 April Gypsy/Bollywood – Choreography combining workshops 1 & 2(1-3:30)

Gypsy video: www.ananda-amrita.com/gypsy-folk-bollywood-workshop.htm
Bollywood video: http://www.ananda-amrita.com/bollywood-bhangra.htm

Yoga of Dance- The Joy of Shakti! 23, 24 et 25 April a 3 day retreat at L’Ermitage Centre de Retraite http://www.ermitage.ca/index.html

Video: www.ananda-amrita.com/video_test.htm

Reservation: www.ananda-amrita.com 514-768-9711 a_choud@hotmail.com

Full Moon Drum and Dance Circle

Saturday February 27, 2010
7:00 to 8:30
Maki House
19 Leeming Drive 417 to Moodie Drive North. Turn right at Carling avenue, right at Crystal Beach Drive (your second street), left at Leeming Drive (your first street) Maki House is on the left right after the school.

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.

Cost: Free
Please RSVP by email to julieDOTtierneyATsympatico.ca

FEBRUARY 28, 2010 Journey Dance Ottawa

Born out of Kripalu Yoga Dance, JourneyDance is a groovy celebration that will have you loving your body and loving your life! Weaving simple, guided movement sequences and free exploration, JourneyDance reconnects you with your innate state of joyous well-being. Your mind becomes clear, free and positive, and your body feels supple, energized, and powerful. Practiced barefoot to inspiring world music, your dance is an empowering journey of transformation.

Next Class for February will be on Sunday 28th @ 4:30-6:00 pm at Routhier Centre in Lowertown.

See website for details: http://www.journeydance.blogspot.com/. Everyone is welcome, because we are all dancers!!

The Present is a Gift from The Past, and an Inspiration to the Future.” -Tracey “Halyma” Vibert, TEDxOttawa Talk, December 2009.

Halyma Speaks at TEDxOttawa

TEDx Ottawa: Tracey Vibert – Creativity Abounds – December 6, 2009

I had the biggest pleasure of being a part of Ottawa’s Very First TEDx event!  It was amazing!

See my first post here about it for more of my enthusiast response to being welcomed into the fold!

Plans are already in the works for another great event by the organizers of this TEDxOttawa event so I am looking forward to helping out again in the future!

More videos are going up as you read this, so be sure to check Youtube for more TEDxOttawa clips!


PS. ARE YOU LIVING YOUR CHILDHOOD PASSIONS? Leave me some comments to say what you are doing  or are going to start doing!

“The Present is a Gift from The Past, and an Inspiration to the Future.” – Tracey “Halyma” Vibert

Dancer’s News-June 28,2009

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Good morning,

I had a fabulous time checking out Potterie Lablanche’s sale yesterday – what a gorgeous day!  It continues today so if you have time to take a drive to the country – it is worth it! Check the details here!

My growing collection

But back to the moment – there are some summer classes starting this week and next, so be sure to check them out!  And workshops – try a one day workshop this summer to taste test a different teacher, dance style, or just to keep your toes in the dance!


Many of you know that I have in the past run summer drop ins,but this summer, the centre that I teach at is under construction and I am awaiting word that they are open for business again.  If that happens soon, I’ll have some last minute announcements here and on my website and blog to let you know if we can at least have a couple of fun play nights!


Also remember that many of us are available for private parties and lessons during the summer if you cannot commit to a full class!



Sunday, June 28



Check out the Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Features:

This week’s Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Feature is another visit to Lainie Cambria’s site for photo’s of the OCCP! She’s put up more photos!
Click here for a look at some gorgeous pics!




June 28 to July 12-Sundays ~TODAY
Tribal Fusion workshops with Leslie

As Leslie has been accepted into the Master of Arts, Dance program at York in Toronto, this will be the last opportunity for a while to get in some study of Tribal fusion bellydance on a regular basis. Please note that the below listings are fundraising activities to support this course of study 🙂 Workshops are $50 each or $180 to participate in all four. In the fall, Leslie will return to Ottawa periodically to teach monthly workshops.

Sunday, June 28th
Tribal Basics
This three workshop focuses on Suhaila method style drills to improve technique and isolations for Tribal fusion bellydance. During this workshop we will begin with a yoga warmup, and work through isolations with various foot patterns and tempos.
1196 Bank, Makin’ Moves studio
$50 for this 3 hour workshop
to register: leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca

Sunday, July 5th
Slow Motion
This workshop presents techniques and combinations for slow movement in tribal fusion bellydance. Includes yoga warmup, drills, and practice of combinations
1196 Bank, Makin’ Moves studio
$50 for this 3 hour workshop
to register: leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca

Sunday, July 12th4557

How Not To Get Dizzy: Spinning and Tribal fusion bellydance
By request, this workshop provides grounding yoga practice and tips and tricks to perform fast, calibrated and slow spins and turns.
1196 Bank, Makin’ Moves studio
$50 for this 3 hour workshop
to register: leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca

Sunday, July 26th
Yoga for Bellydance
This workshop is a 3 hour part practice, part lecture about the benefit of specific yoga poses and how they help support alignment in dance. Leslie is a certified Hatha yoga instructor and also draws from her training with Rachel Brice.
1196 Bank, Makin’ Moves studio
$50 for this 3 hour workshop
to register: leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca



JULY 5, 2009 onwards – Montreal
Gypsy/Folklorique/Bollywood Dances of India– For Belly Dancers

Workshop Series 2009 by Amrita Choudhury


5 July – Bollywood Dance – Part 1 (1-5) $90

*More dates/workshops listed online*

After a successful run of the 2008 program of Indian Gypsy, Folklore, Bollywood dance workshops, Amrita is back from India again to offer the 2009 program. Because the participants of the 2008 workshops were mostly from the Belly Dance tradition, Amrita has designed these workshops to benefit dancers/teachers coming from the Oriental dance traditions. Come experience the joy and ecstacy of the vibrant gypsy, folklore and bollywood dance traditions of India; the beautiful and graceful hand gestures, facial/eye expressions, torso & hip movements, rhythmic feet movements and much much more! Please bring veils and joy in your heart! No experience is necessary.

Amrita Choudhury has devoted the past 27 years to the dance and music of India. She began her life journey in dance at the age of four as she studied with her mother who was also a well known dancer in India. She studied the classical/sacred dances as well as the traditional and folkloric/gypsy dances of India for many years in India at a the specialized art school “Santiniketan”. Amrita also has a degree in Anthropology and continues to pursue her research of “Anthropology and Dance”. Amrita travels all over the world offering workshops and performances. For more information on Amrita, please see www.ananda-amrita.com



JULY 19, AND 27, 2009
Sha’ Vega Malibu Presents Sweat and Swim

Don’t miss this opportunity to Sweat and Swim on Sunday, July 19th and again on July 26th.
Two different and exciting classes are being offered plus a delicious and healthy luncheon on the lakeside, belly dance videos on the big screen AND swimming in the lake until your heart’s content.

Where? The class is being held at 300 Saddler Road at Forêt la Blanche Interpretation Centre, (2nd floor) in Mayo, QC.

The luncheon to follow will be at my residence, just 4 km from Forêt la Blanche Interpretation Centre.

What time? Class is from 10:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Lunch and everything else after 12:30 p.m.

How long does it take to get there anyway? Give yourself about 50 minutes to make it here from Orleans and about an hour from downtown.

After lunch optionsBeautiful view, beautiful day!
· more swimming
· a pottery studio tour
· gabbing on the deck sipping cool drinks in tall glasses
· watching belly dance performances on the big screen TV

Class content – TWO different classes are being offered.

Class #1 – July 19. Introduction to Zills (finger cymbals). You will learn 4 basic Zill patterns and some belly dance combinations to go with those patterns. This class is suitable for anyone who would like to learn to play Zills or needs drilling and practice on what you already have learned. If you have Zills, please bring them. I have several set of Zills that I can loan for the day if you do not have your own set. Prerequisite for this class is at least one session of belly dance classes.

Class #2 – July 26. Drum solo I. Did you like my drum solo at Halyma’s Central Class Party on June 10? Do you want to learn it? I’m offering this class to students who are dancing at Level 3 and beyond. You will learn my Drum Solo I – a drum solo complete with veil entrance and finale! This class will be very challenging. Please bring you veil. Prerequisite for this class is one year or more of belly dance classes.
The cost for this day of fabulosity? Only $40! Or take BOTH classes for just $75!!

Sign up early!! There are just 10 spots opened for each of these special summertime classes.

Guarantee your spot by filling out the registration form then send your form and cheque in as soon as possible.
Registration form is available by writing Sha’ Vega at sha_vega@hotmail.com
Alternately, it is available in the files section on doCod http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/doCod/


AUGUST 20, 2009
Hadia workshop in Montreal

Date: August 20th, 2009
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Place: Montreal
Cost: $80.00 (before August 12th)
Topic: music interpretation and choreographic sequences to Baeed Anak

MORE DETAILS: EMAIL: hadia@hadia.com






Hey Everybody,


Every 2nd and 4th Sunday we have been drumming at the Cabin at 6pm

This coming Sunday ,we have been asked to hold our drum gathering at the O’haras Mill Park in Madoc for a celebration they are holding.The volunteers at the park would like to give drumming a try.

So, this Sunday, instead of drumming at 6pm at the Cabin we will be drumming at the O’haras Mill Park at 12:30 pm

The park is located just west on hwy 7 off hwy 62

If you would like to meet at the cabin around 12pm, we can all ride out together.

We hope to see everybody, its a very beautiful park.

Luv Deborah & Terry Richardson

Note: This years September Drum gathering and cornroast will be held at the same park.
Here is our new website for the event http://www.drumnationfestival.com



JUNE 28, 2009
3rd Annual Summer Sale
Poterie du Lac la Blanche


Sunday, June 28

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Our annual summer sale is a great opportunity to start collecting or add to your collection of hand made pottery and ceramic art by Lisa-Marie Serafin. It happens in the most idyllic setting – a small poterie in the countryside on the edge of Lac la Blanche.

Poterie du Lac la Blanche is located at 110 chemin Giroux in Mayo, QC
The potter, Lisa-Marie Serafin specializes in stoneware pottery for everyday living.
She says, “I find that the most useful things in a household can also be beautiful works of art. My hand made pottery, such as a covered jar, a serving bowl, or a coffee mug, are meant for your pleasure and to be admired as well as be functional.” 
Lisa-Marie is greatly influenced by her surroundings. She often uses nature’s objects, such as leaves, grasses and seed pods to achieve a variety of surface textures. She is also inspired by ancient symbols and rituals, music, colour and even the materials and tools with which she works.

Please visit http://lablanchepoterie.com
We look forward to seeing you at our Summer Sale and would like to remind you that the Poterie is open year round by appointment by calling (819) 281 – 3307.
Cash and cheques gladly accepted.
Thanks for your support!



JUNE 28, 2009
Yoga Meets Dance

Trained by Beth Rigby, I’ll be offering a class of Yoga meets Dance on the 28th of June at the yoga center “Relais Yoga”. This beautiful studio is located in the Gatineau Park (397, Cité-des-Jeunes Blvd).
We will dance with the elements of nature : stillness of the earth, sensuality of water, wildness of fire, freedom of air and sacredness of spirit.
Lots of beauty and fun!
All my gratitude for posting this event on your fabulous web site!
Marie Grégoire
Relais Yoga
819 777 4937




In Honor of His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s Birthday


Winner of Best Adventure Film, Whistler Film Festival 2004


With special guests, producer writer, Michael Parker and Producer, Shan Tam

Sales Bazaar and Refreshments

Monday, JULY 6, 6:00 pm
Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
Tickets: $10

Organized by Ottawa Friends of Tibet www.oft.ca
To reserve tickets or for more info, please e-mail event@oft.ca 
Or contact Barb at 613 290-6944

Proceeds to support the Kalimpong Seniors Home Project




Bollywood borrows from Indian Classical Dance


Indian Temple Dance Summer Intensive
6 sessions
July 7 Tuesday- (July 7, 14, 21,28, August 4, 11
( As this is summer you can do a make-up session as long as I know one week before hand)
Time 8-9 pm
Cost $150 for 6 one hour sessions

1)Learn hand signs, neck and eye movements
2)how to tie a sari,
3)make-up and
4) DANCE steps to use in your belly dance work,
a) rhythmic beating of the feet,
b) how to speak the drum syllables that accompany the dance
c) How to beat the rhythms
COMPLETE a short temple dance

Option of participating in a small informal; recital in September.. If you want
1)bring an eyebrow pencil, and if you have one, a sari ( I have extra)
2)**bring a short example of a piece of your music that is rhythmic and I will give you some
“Fusion step options”

Indian Temple Dance 
174 Dufferin Rd
Unit 11
Dufferin runs into Crichton Crichton is an extension of the Vanier Parkway
payable by cash only sorry I do not have Visa or interac
Please pass this on to your friends
Please confirm by email gaston@cyberus.ca
Hope you can come
Best wishes
613 745-1368





VENUS in Montreal

Intermediate ~ Intermediare
JUN 25 – AUG 13 8 wks $110
19 h 30 à 21h ~ 7:30-9:00pm

** Learn technique, finger cymbals, **
**** veils, choreographies, modern Egyptian ****
*** and folkloric styles! **

Studio Bizz
551 ave du Mt-Royal E.
3e étage ~ 3rd floor
Reg/Inscrip: 514-526-2455

Host of Bellydance Workout TV series!




Bellydance with Anna & Safiya

Summer Bellydance with Anna & Safiya -ongoing – drop-in’s welcome!
Cardio-Bellydance (Wednesdays 8:00 – 9:30 pm)
Cardio-Bellydance all summer long! Designed for many levels of dance, we will teach short combinations of bellydance and aerobics that will be sure to make you sweat…

Intermediate-Advanced Improv (Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm)
Learn and improve upon your improvisational skills, using props such as veil and zills. Participate in a group-run choreography.

2 Daly Avenue downtown Ottawa (Daly at Nicholas)
Drop-ins $13/class
Beginning of the month special $45/month
Contact Safiya at safiyadancer@gmail.com



Dancing with Jalilah this Summer!

Jalilah’s Intermediate Level Classes in Ottawa:

Monday Evenings 7:30- 8:45 July 6 to August 10 
Tuesday Mornings 11:00-12:15 July 7 to August 11 
At: The Studio School of Dance 74 Jamie Avenue, Nepean/Ottawa(near Costco)
The price for 6 week session is $70 if registered before June 26 or $75 thereafter 
To Register for these classes contact Jalilah: jalilah@rogers.com (613)2288215

Jalilah’s Classes in Hull: Summer Session Starting July 2
Beginner Baladi/Belly Dance Thursdays 5:30-6:30 $80 for 7 Weeks

Intermediate Baladi/Belly Dance Thursdays 6:30-7:30 $80 for 7 Weeks

Advanced Baladi/Belly Dance Thursdays 7:30-9:00 $90 for 7 weeks

At Denise Enan’s Studio Oasis : 200 St. Joseph, Hull

To register contact Oasis (819) 7765033 or (819)-962-2645.

jalilah@rogers.com (613)2288215



Summer Bellydance with Nikita

Beginners and Beyond starting July 6th

Monday Nights @ Plant Rec Centre


To register go to Ottawa.ca or in person. Please quote this barcode 420200




Tribal Fusion classes with Leslie:

Tribal Basics
Tuesdays 8-9pm
1196 Bank St at Makin’ Moves studio
Drop-in every Tuesday in July: $15
to register: leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca
*this class emphasizes practice of tribal basics and some combinations.

Mini-Workshop Series

Fridays 7-9pm
1196 Bank St at Makin’ Moves studio

$30 for individual workshops.
All workshops limited to 10 participants
to register: leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca

Friday July 3
Drills for Locks and Isolations
In this workshop you will learn techniques to drill locks and isolations combinations.

Friday July 11
Tribal Fundamentals for Improvisation
This workshop drill ATS and Tribal fusion essentials for dancing improv in a group.

Friday July 26
Shakti fusion Signature Combinations
In this workshop you will learn some of Leslie’s original combinations in tribal fusion bellydance, which she often integrates into Shakti fusion troupe and student choreographies as well as her own solos.