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Dancers’ News-Updates 2010-04-11



APRIL 18,2010


(Genuine Turkish/Gypsy style)

Lynette is a master level instructor and has spent many years studying, dancing and teaching this beautiful dance form!

12 to 2 pm, Sunday, at Oasis Studio, Hull
$35 in advance

Spaces available at Oasis Studio, 819-776-5033 and from Catharine – dragonslivehere.glebe@gmail.com

Workshop is already filling up quickly, so please contact us soon.
Open to all levels…but some dance experience required!

18 avril 2010 – LAVAL

Catherine De Sève atelier Tribal-Burlesque

Contenu de l’atelier: Technique et mini-chorégraphie

Dimanche 18 avril 2010 9h00 à 12h00

Lieu: École Anichka: 65 St-Judes, Laval

Tarif: 75$

Pour inscription, appuyez ici: http://www.boutique.anichka.ca/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=291

Vous devez mettre l’article dans votre panier, visualiser votre panier (en haut à gauche), puis suivre les indications Pour vous inscrire vous devez le faire via le site, car ce système comptabilise les inscriptions.

Vous pourrez choisir votre mode de paiement: Paypal, Chèque, Accès D ou dépôt bancaire Si vous désirez payer par chèque, votre chèque doit être post-daté pour maximum le 1er avril 2010. Aucun chèque ne sera accepté après le 1er avril, mais les autres modes de paiement seront toujours en vigueur.

Merci, Anichka


April 25th, 2010

Fun and Funky Moves Workshop with Bahiya/Brenda

Time: 1:00 to 4:00

Cost: $35.00

Where: Manotick Legion

Things to bring: Snacks, yoga mat and of course your favorite shimmy belt.

Contact me at: brendastocker@rogers.com

We will be learning fun & funky moves to some great drum rhythms. We will practice some veil moves and also, how to connect to your audience when performing.

For class schedules you can check out my blog at:

ignite-your-inner-goddess.com or brendastocker.com

MAY 8, 2010
West End Bazaar

MAY 22, 2010

Annual recital

with the Enan Egyptian Troupe and special guest dancer Amelia from Montreal

Saturday May 22
Studios OASIS de la danse

Carleton University theatre

Contact Denise or Ahmed, or your OASIS teacher, for tickets

MAY 23, 2010
Workshop at studio OASIS de la danse

Sunday May 23
200 boul St-Joseph Gatineau

with Amelia of Montreal
AQDO dance competition winner

Workshop sold out, but taking names for the waiting list.

Denise 819-776-5033


17 APRIL, 2010


Reservations : 514-768-9711

Gypsy/folklore workshop video:

Bollywood workshop video:

APRIL 23,24,25, 2010

Yoga of Dance- The Joy of Shakti! With Amrita Choudhury

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

APRIL 24, 2010

TAV Creations/Eco-TAV at the Ottawa Eco-Fair

Saturday, April 24, 2010

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

2451 Riverside Drive, RA Centre, Ottawa, Ontario.


Come check out TAV Creations and Eco-TAV at the Ottawa Eco-Fair at the RA Centre, Ottawa.

New products along with the growingly popular Eco-TAV Napkins and Pouches!

“The Ottawa Eco-Stewardship Fair brings together community environmental groups, up-and-coming new small business ventures as well as large companies and all levels of government, to promote to the public a range of innovative new products, exciting services and appealing volunteer programs. ”

SPRING CLASSES- Starting this week or later:

TRACEY/HALYMA – Byward Market Area


172 Guigues – call 613 244-4470 to register or online through the City of Ottawa and follow the “how to register” instructions on the sidebar.

Mondays- start April 26:

Level 1 – 6:30pm.-7:30pm. ( $45/6 weeks) course code:434367

Level 2 -7:30pm.-8:30pm. ( $45/6 weeks) course code:434406

Thursdays – start April 29:

Level 1 – 6:30pm.-7:30pm. ( $ 45/ 6 weeks) course code:434373

Level 2+ – 7:30pm.-8:30pm.( $45/6 weeks) course code:434422

* Level 2+, also called “creative Intermediate”, will focus on more personal development as a dancer/performer

General info about classes: www.bellydancingforfun.com

Jalilah’s Spring 2010 Sessions:

RA Centre 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa

Belly Dance for Fitness a fast paced cardio class using only Middle Eastern dance movements! Perfect for both beginners to learn the basic Middle Eastern Movement repertoire and for intermediate dancers to improve stamina and technique! Mondays 10:30-11:30 a.m. at RA Centre 2451 Riverside Drive or Wednesdays 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Rideau tennis Club 1 Donald Street April 12-June 23 2010-03-10 Price: Free for Life Fit Members $89 for RA members $114 for non-members

To register contact the RA Centre Tel (613) 7335100 www.racentre.com

Metro Y on Argyle with Christine

Starting April 3 to June 27 , 2010
• Tuesdays 7:15 – 8:15pm
• Thursdays 8:30 – 9:30pm

and again . . .

June 28 to August 29, 2010
• Tuesdays 7:15 – 8:15pm
• Thursdays 8:30 – 9:30pm
Join us for a girls night out of dancing, laughing and a did I mention, a great work out.
Belts and veils are provided for those new and curious to try a taste of Baladi.
Don’t be shy 😉

Classes with Zeevah

Cabaret Style Belly Dancing for Beginners/ Belly Dance Basics

Beginners will learn enough basic steps and veil movement for a complete choreography. The style taught is American Cabaret belly dance which allows for freedom in the interpretation of movement. Perfect for beginners. Wear comfortable clothes and bare feet or flat dance shoes.

Spring Dates 2010 8 Weeks $66/person + GST
St. Patrick’s HS Tues 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Start Apr 20 (24028)

ON LINE www.winterconnections.com
Click on General Interest Courses to view program and to
sign up for a course. Login ID and PIN numbers are required for use of our online registration system. If you do not have an account but wish to create one please send your request for a login ID and pin number along with the student’s full name, home phone, work phone, home mailing address, and return email address to Continuing.Ed@ottawacatholicschools.ca.

Bellydancing with Zena
Spring Schedule

Kanata: Classical Dance Academy, 100 Castlefrank Rd., (613) 836-5725
Monday nights at 8:15-9:15 pm for Beginners starting Apr. 12, 2010. 10wks/$105
Thursday afternoons at 1:00-2:15 pm for Intermediate/Advanced starting Apr. 15, 2010. 10 wks/$105 taxes included.

Stittsville: Astral Fitness, 44 Iber Rd. (613) 831-2348
Thursday evenings at 6:30-7:30 pm for Beginners. Available to current gym clients with a full one year membership.

NEW! – CardioBellydance with Anna & Safiya!

Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 pm, starting April 21st, 2010
Capital City Dance, Ottawa
1309 Carling Avenue, Westgate Mall (lower level)
A fun and fast-paced hour of bellydance sequences danced to up-beat music!

All levels of Bellydancers will benefit from this class. There will be some explanation of moves, and various level options will be given, but the focus will be on cardio workout.

Come get in shape for summer…sweat and love it!

For pricing and location, please see www.annabellydance.ca/classes

Belly Dancing with Sha’ Vega

MONDAYS at South Fallingbrook in Orleans:

Mom & Daughter belly dance – child (6-14 yrs) – $36
Course code: 435123
Mom & Daughter belly dance – adult (15+ yrs) – $38.75
Course code: 435120
April 12 – June 14 (no class on May 3 and 24)
5:15 – 6:15pm

Level 1/2 – $44.50
April 12 – June 14 (no class on May 3 and 24)
Course code: 435487

Level 2/3 – $44.50
April 12 – June 14 (no class on May 3 and 24)
Course code: 435488

Lisa-Marie Serafin
Ceramic Artist/Middle Eastern Dance Artist
Poterie du Lac la Blanche


Free Tribal Fusion class with Leslie this Tuesday, 8-9pm!

Always wanted to try a tribal fusion bellydance class but can’t commit to a regular session – now’s your chance! This Tuesday from 8-9pm, Leslie will teach some tribal fusion basics to funky beats at Makin Moves Studio, 1196 Bank St! Class is limited to 10 spots, so best to RSVP and confirm your attendance!

Tribal fusion classes with Leslie – 8 week session – starts Tuesday April 20!

This Tribal fusion Basics session will challenge both beginners and experienced dancers in a supportive environment. In this drill oriented class, you will learn the basic elements of this dance style, more advanced students will be asked to increase their speed and timing and practice layering. Some combinations will be taught near the end of the session.

Tuesdays April 20th to June 8th


1196 Bank St at Makin’ Moves studio

Registration is $100, space limited to ten participants!

Drop-ins possible for $15/class, rsvp by email to confirm space is available.

to register: leslie@shaktifusion.ca


Leslie Presents Abstract at Univerisity of California Riverside (UCR) Dance Conference: Dance Under Construction – Economies in Motion


Leslie has been selected to present an abstract entitled: Slow Motion: The Minimalist Economy of Movement at the Dance Under Construction Conference at UCR. This student run conference features dance presenters from the University of California Dance Programs and beyond. This is an exciting opportunity to present on bellydance to an audience of student and professional dancers and dance academics!

In order to support travel to this academic event, Leslie is doing some fundraising! While Leslie is applying to York University for funding to support her travel, the University only provides a small percentage of funds required for participating in this event. The total cost of the trip including travel (flight & car rental), accomodations, registration and incidentals is approximately $1000. You can donate by sending an email interac transfer to oceanfiretribal@gmail.com – or, you can join or drop into Leslie’s weekly class, Tuesdays 8-9pm at Makin Moves, or check out her Tribal Bazaar at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/album.php?aid=184379&id=547580498 – (you can join Leslie’s facebook here too!)

Leslie will be teaching her Dance Under Construction choreography and presenting her abstract at a May workshop in Ottawa, date TBD and keep an eye out for information! Leslie is currently completing her Master of Arts in Dance at York University and is back in Ottawa for eight weeks for summer work.

Angelo Luzio bellydance shoes
in nude, black, gold and silver available for fall delivery.

Place your reservation now so that you will be one of the ones with his new and improved shoes on your feet when the fall session starts.

Contact Marcelle at Boutiqueisis@aol.com.

Chaussures danse orientale par Angelo Luzio en rose (nu), noir, argent et or ?sont disponible pour livraison à l’automne!

Placez votre réservation dès maintenant pour recevoir vos chaussures ?améliorée lors de la session d’automne commence.

Contactez Marcelle au Boutiqueisis@aol.com

UNTIL APRIL 15, 2010

Renovation sale and BGGO Boutique

Please come and enjoy the sale on everything in the store. Mother’s Day is approaching soon!!!! Get the best piece for your mother and for yourself at special sale price.

Please note: The store will be closed from 16th of April till 30th of April for Renovation.

Best Regards,


Bobby Gurung


BGGO Trading Inc.

1A Springfield Road

Ottawa, Ontario

Phone: +1.613.680.1500

Dancers’ News – Update

To see this as the main website, click here . Also find the Late Fall Classes, Teacher Directory[new listings], Shopping Opportunities[new listings], and Healing, Guides and Energy workers, Pampering sections online!

Good morning,

Today brings a few updates and another busy week ahead!  Hope to see you today at the West End Bazaar – and remember to check out my 10  Tips for Shopping… for some ideas on making your experience as fun as possible!  It applies to pretty much any bazaar you might attend, including those craft fairs, Church bazaars and more!

Oh, and I went silly on Youtube too…


Click to go to the Youtube Video



Have a lovely day and week!


Sunday, November 22


Check out the Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Features:

Eco-TAV is running a video contest with prizes! If you have bought – or will buy – anything from my Eco-TAV line, I hope you will have some fun shooting a quick video clip sharing the ways you are “green”!

You can find the details online here!


The Dance the Night Away Fundraiser DVD $20 can still be ordered for those who attended. Please contact Catharine Crerar to order your copy of a fun night’s dancing – what a joyful evening it was!

Email: dragonslivehere.glebe@gmail.com

And this is a quick note from our lovely hostess for the evening:

‘Dancing through the Night’ was a big success! Thanks to all who attended, performed, volunteered, filmed, decorated and who made it such a good night. We had lots of hurdles to make this party work…new format, new DJ, new location, 2 stage shows this month, a surprise party for Denise (congrats on her 65th!!)…and the fears of H1N1.

Even so, enough of you came out and partied that we were able to make a small profit to be shared between our charities. We are especially grateful for the wonderful performances by our visiting dancers (Caliana’s troupe from Toronto, Nathalie Lebel from Sherbrooke, Donna Langois from North Bay, and Lynette Harper from Victoria, B.C.)

We hope to party again in mid-April and that you will all join in the fun. We will continue to bring in lots of great dancing, lots of interactive and open floor dancing, great prizes….and we will serve the food all night long so everyone gets a chance to sample the terrific mid-east flavours. (Corner Cafe Catering).

Special thanks to Tom of Darner Media for once again creating our wonderful DVDs. Another special thank you to Michele Roy for creating a wonderful ambiance in a very challenging room.

Thanks also to Starwood Hotels for their generous donations of gift certificates….and to all those other company’s who have given so generously. Our volunteers are fantastic too!

You are all much appreciated….come back again! Catharine
p.s. Tracey, I am still getting compliments on the lovely dress you made for me! Thanks.:-)

And check online for some fun pics and comments – add your own too!
You can find the details online here!


NOVEMBER 22, 2009


Creative Clothing by Roxane is hosting a Belly Dance Bazaar in the west end of Ottawa to raise funds for the Iqaluit Women’s Shelter.

Don’t miss the new West End Dancers’ Bazaar:
Bell’s Corners at the Legion Hall,
4026 Richmond Road: easy access and lots of parking.
Sunday, November 22, from noon to 5 pm.

We have over 15 vendors :
Creative Clothing by Roxane,
Tracey with TAV Creations,
*Tarot Card Readings with Lisa-Marie*,
Gailene *Zamira*,
Darlene *Shibori Borealis*,
Rain Kazymerchyk our lovely Silversmith,
Sylvie Girard and her food,
Val DeWitt *The Trader*,
Zena Nesrallah,
Curves (the gym people),
Melissa Wakeling from Belleville too
and a few new artisans amongst them.

Free admission: all money raised is for Qimaavik the Women’s Shelter!!

For more information contact Roxane at: roxkirkatsympaticodotca or phone: 613-726-9067.

NOVEMBER 26-29, 2009

Authentic Turkish Rom (Gypsy) Workshop with Hadia

Thursday, November 26th, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Aurora Live Studios
392 Queens St. E

Hadia has lived, studied and taught the primary forms of Roman/gypsy dance for many years and is pleased to share with you a taste of Authentic Turkish Roma dance. After getting comfortable with the unique Turkish 9/8 rhythm, we will work with a range of basic steps and foot patterns and finish these off with a fascinating array of gestures and movements that connect this fascinating and visceral dance form to the mysterious history of these strong, proud and vital people.

Registration and full details http://www.hadia.com/index.php?id=15#toronto2009workshop

NOVEMBER 26-29, 2009
Hadia’s Teacher Training Certification – Level 3 in Toronto

Don’t miss your chance to achieve your well earned certification for Hadia’s internationally recognized Middle Eastern Dance Training.
This 20 hour training will cement your technique, rhythm and musical interpretation, improvisation, communication and teaching skills, the art of cymbals, course/class planning, anatomy for dance, body balance, alignment, professional ethics, and guide you with business basics, advanced rhythms and musical interpretation, Mid East dance styles, history and evolution and more…
Thursday, November 26th 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28, 10 am to 5pm
Sunday, November 29th, 10 am to 4 pm

Aurora Live Studios
392 Queen St. East.

For Registration and Information

Hadia hadia@hadia.com
1 (902) 640-2473

NOVEMBER 28, 2009
The 8th Annual “For the Love of Dance” Multi-Cultural Dance Showcase!

“For the Love of Dance” Multi-Cultural Dance Showcase…Tickets now available on-line at www.annabellydance.ca/events !
Saturday November 28th, 2009 (7:30 – 10:00 pm)
University of Ottawa Alumni Theatre (Jock-Turcot University Centre)
Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Bollywood, African, Tango, Vietnamese, Tap, Tribal, Persian, Hip-Hop, Bellydance, Latin Swing, Venezuelan, Contemporary…
Join us for a fast-paced evening of dance styles from around the world!

All proceeds donated to Propeller Dance, a local initiative providing dance programming to children and adults with and without disabilities. And they will be kicking off the show this year! www.propellerdance.com

Last year we were sold out prior to the event, so avoid disappointment by pre-purchasing tickets on-line (www.annabellydance.ca/events), or contact Safiya at safiyadancer@gmail.com to reserve tickets for purchase at the door.

November 29 2009 – Ottawa

Sunday, 29 November 2009 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street, Ottawa

1:00-3:00 pm Basic Workshop:

In this workshop you will receive instruction on all the techniques and
skills required to use weighted veils in your favourite choreography. From
basic movements to complex combinations and incorporating dance movement
with the dynamic movement of the veils. Weighted veils are rapidly
becoming the prop of choice for many dancers wishing to achieve a more
dramatic effect in dance or to add a new visual element. We will finish
off with a short choreography that will use much of what you learn in the

Cost: $30. Buy a set of veils in advance and get the workshop for $25

3:00-4:00 pm Advanced Workshop:

This advanced weighted veils workshop extension is for those who wish to
continue into more advanced spins, turns, combinations and choreography
work. You must have participated in at least one workshop before taking
this advanced class (includes the above workshop).

Cost: $15 . If you are taking the earlier
workshop that day you will receive a $5.00 discount for the extension.

PayPal payment accepted. Please add $1.00 service fee and PayPal to
Email money transfer accepted. Please add $1.00 service fee and email to

Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street, Ottawa
Parking available off-street. OCTranspo buses #1 & #9 stops within 1 block

For registration and information contact Zamira:


NOVEMBER 22, 2009
Sister Bazaar Open House

Check out our website to see some of the amazing new stock we have just received.


Glorious new stoles and shawls, cozy soft wool, unique weaves not available previously. And of course, some charming “stocking stuffer” type small gifts as well.

We are having an “Open House” event on SUNDAY November 22nd from 4 PM to 7 PM at 187 Holmwood Ave, apt 2.

Please plan to join us, and send any of your textile-loving friends to see these exciting and exclusive products before they disappear. Hope to see you there.
Andree & Madeleine

A busy weekend for Halyma ahead!

During the day on Saturday, I will have a booth at the Women Entrepreneurs’ Xmas Sale – Last minute decision so I am working frantically today to get some new Eco-TAV stock ready!

CLICK HERE for more details – loads of other vendors and folks will be there!

And then after I get home, unload the car and reload it with tom’s stuff and costumes, I head off to join the fun at the

NOVEMBER 14, 2009


Presented by Catharine Crerar
Kent Street at MacLaren, Ottawa, Ontario.

Our next party is very different. It will be an ‘open stage’ or ‘impromptu’ show. Everyone is welcome to dance! If you want to perform, bring your CD, a belt, and let it rip! The DJ will happily spin your song and the moves are all up to you. When the floor opens up…we all get to dance. BUT there’s more….some wonderful professional dancers are coming to town that weekend and have enthusiastically agreed to perform for us and add to the overall joy of the night.

fundraiser decor
Michele Roy’s displays

Nathalie Lebel who will be presenting a workshop on the 14th and 15th will be dancing for us.

Lunette Harper from British Columbia will be performing a Turkish Roma piece.

Kelly Enston is coming in from Toronto (hopefully with her troop) to show us their moves.

Google these wonderful dancers….I think you will agree that we have a great evening ahead of us!!

It will be at the Legion Hall at the corner of Kent and MacLaren….very central, the room will seat 150 people, has a big dance floor, and the bar stays open until 1 am!!!

There will be a late-night buffet of mid-East snacks. It will be a great way to pretend that we live in a warmer, sultrier climate!

The party will still be a fundraiser for Kids Help Phone, Distress Centre, Bereaved Families….and very serious of course!!!….but I felt it was time for a bit of a shake-up. We haven’t ‘kicked up’ our heels for a long while..and our partners might enjoy it too!

Doors open at 7:30 (first come – first serve) (Party starts at 8 pm and goes ’till we drop!

Tickets are available now at $25…just contact Catharine by email: dragonslivehere.glebe@gmail.com

$30 at the door – if any are left: contact Catharine to be sure!

Great door prize is a beautiful hand-made Egyptian dance belt courtesy of Oasis Studio.
Raffle prizes include a one night stay at the Ottawa Westin and breakfast for 2 at Daly’s;

a 2 night stay at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto;

many theatre tickets; another beautiful dance belt; restaurant gift certificates; and miscellaneous prizes from various shops around town.

There are only 150 tickets available so don’t delay. If there are any left, they will be $30 at the door.
You are all much appreciated! Catharine




Dancers News-July 26,2009

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Good morning,

July is dwindling away, or flowing quickly away with the rain fall and fun activities we’ve had going on in spite of the rain!

Festivals and more festivals have been happening all over Ottawa, I hope you’ve been able to take some of them in!


I’ve been lucky to participate in some and see some shows, but it has been a working summer for me – til next weekend !  And I just confirmed that the summer OPEN PRACTICE Evenings will be running in August, thanks to my home base, Routhier Community Centre, and the generosity of Isaden/Erika and Zamira/Gailene! Details are in the news below!



I look forward to seeing your comments below as the contest I am running will be open for the rest of the week – take a moment, click over and  say something fun!  You could win!


Next weekend will have the final FULL edition for the summer – PLEASE SEND IN YOUR INFO BY FRIDAY, JULY 31st in order to make sure I get your Fall schedules, upcoming workshops etc online for the month of August, and sent out to everyone  next weekend!


Have a great week!



Sunday, July 26




Check out the Dancers’ Newsletter extra features:

This week’s Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Feature is a visit to My BLOG – With A CONTEST!
Click here for a quick look!





JULY 30, 2009 to AUGUST 27, 2009 ~ EXTENDED DATES

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.

During August, it will be hosted by Isaden and/ or Zamira, who will provide some music for your dancing pleasure – but please bring your own cds as well!



July 26-Sunday ~ TODAYPicture 2
Tribal Fusion workshop 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. In the fall, Leslie will return to Ottawa periodically to teach monthly workshops.

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 26, 2009~ TODAY
lmbellypicSha’ Vega Malibu Presents Sweat and Swim

Don’t miss this opportunity to Sweat and Swim on Sunday, July 26th.
A different and exciting class is 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 options
· 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

July 26. 
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.

The cost for this day of fabulosity? Only $40!

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 13, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009
6:45 p. m. to 9:45 p.m.
Nepean Creative Arts Centre
35 Stafford Rd., Nepean (Bells Corners)

For intermediate to advance level dancers as well as professionals.

$45 by August 7, 2009, $55 thereafter

Workshop includes:

Warm-up and a cool-down
Break down of all the movements and combos bit by bit to ensure all workshop participants can learn to master this wonderfully fun choreography
Notes for the choreography
A DVD of Zelia performing the choreography is available for $10 to those who pre-order.

For more information about Zelia, please visit her website: www.firespirit.ca.

You can access the flyer at www.ottawabellydance.com/events.html

To register, fill out the flyer and mail it in along with your payment. For info contact julieATottawabellydanceDOTcom.



AUGUST 20, 2009
Hadia: Master Class in Montreal~ UPDATED INFOleftimage

I hope that you are having a fabulous summer so far! I am very happy to let you know that I will be back in Montreal for a one evening Master Class on Thursday, August 20th at Studio Metronome, from 5:30 to 9:30pm. I will be teaching technique, musical interpretation and choreographic sequences to a gorgeous song called “Ba’eed Annak”.

Registration before August 1st is $80, August 1st to 15th $90 and after August 15th $100
Please click on the link http://www.hadia.com/index.php?id=15#montreal2009 for more info, and the registration forms. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 514 969-2220 or email me at hadia@hadia.com 
The workshop is almost full so be sure to register as soon as possible for this great evening!

Join me for my Last and Latest Greatest Dance Tour to Turkey – “Gateway to the Orient” from Sept 15th to 30th. Don’t miss the early registration deadline on August 1st to take advantage of our great discount for this last fabulous tour, which includes 20 hours of wonderful dance training with Master instructor Reyhan Tuzsuz and Hadia in authentic Turkish Rom and Egyptian Oriental dance . There are still a couple of spots waiting for you on our adventure into authentic Turkish Culture, Dance and History through Istanbul, Bodrum, Afrodisias, Pamukkale and Cappadocia. For all info and registration forms http://www.hadia.com/events/turkey2009.html

Hadia www.hadia.com

Bonjour les belle danseuses!

J’espère que tout passe très bien chez vous cet été! Je suis très heureuse à vous envoyer les nouvelles que je serais de retour à Montréal jeudi, le 20 Aout pour un soir de « Master Class » au Studio Métronome du 17h30 au 2h30. J’enseignerai la technique, l’interprétation musicale et les séquences chorégraphique a une très belle chanson « Ba’eed Annak ».
Les prix sont 80$ pour l’inscription avant le 1e Aout, 90$ entre le 1e et le 15 Aout et 100$ après le 15 Aout. Pour tout info ainsi que les formulaires d’inscription veuillez cliquer sur le lien ici http://www.hadia.com/index.php?id=15#montreal2009 si vous avez encore des questions, je vous invite de m’appeler à 514 969-2220 ou de m’envoyer un courriel à hadia@hadia.com

Vu que l’atelier est presque complet maintenant, n’hésitez pas de vous inscrire bientôt pour vous assurer votre place parmi nous!

Hadia www.hadia.com


A Thanksgiving weekend with Rachel Brice!220px-Rachelbrice2007

Friday October 9th
Shakti fusion presents: Fall Fusion Cabaret
The Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Featuring Rachel Brice, with Leslie, Shakti fusion, Rosanna, Tribu Ghabal, Anna & Safiya, Milana & Jamilah and Mat Jacob.
Doors 7pm, show at 8pm
Tickets are $30 in advance and are available through Leslie: leslie@shaktifusion.ca LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE! GET YOURS NOW!





JULY 29, 2009
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This coming Wednesday, July 29th, I would like to invite you to the semi-annual Mystara Boutique open-house, where I will have all my fused glass and other interesting items on display, and available for purchase! Come enjoy some cocktails and snacks, and browse through this season’s colourful colletion of new products (for men too!), as well as your favourite fused-glass jewellery items! There is no pressure to buy, so come for a visit and bring your friends! All are welcome.

Date: This coming Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
Time: Drop in anytime between 5pm and 10pm
Place: Tara’s! 289 Metcalfe St. unit 2 (between Lewis & Gilmore)
Parking: There is plenty of free street parking after 5:30pm

Looking forward to seeing you!

Mystara Boutique ~ “Where Unique Meets Chic!”



JULY 30, 2009
aandree_choosing_scarves_smSister Bazaar

Thursday evening July 30th
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sisters Bazaar

Mini-boutique! Drop in on your way home from work…
187 Holmwood Avenue apt 2, upstairs
(close to Bank St., between Monk and Ralph)

upcoming bazaar; in TORONTO
Sunday August 16th, 2:00 – 7:00
22 Roseneath Gardens, please call for directions
613-234-5599, and after Aug. 14th 416-651-7218

Please see our website for details on the locations, as well as some new photos. And of course, there are always those one of a kind special surprises….

Please TELL YOUR FRIENDS, co-workers, anyone you think may be interested. It’s important to note that these are “eco-friendly” hand crafted products, using natural fibres and dyes, hand embroidery, no child labour etc. We strive to bring the best Indian quality to those of discerning taste.
We look forward to seeing you all in the next few weeks.

Andree and Madeleine






click on “class schedule” for details and descriptions

 in the right navigation bar


172 Guigues – call 613 244-4470 for registration or  Register online

Monday,Sept 14 Level 1 6:30pm.-7:30pm. ( 12 weeks) $86.50

Monday,Sept 14 Level 2 7:30pm.-8:30pm. ( 12 weeks) $86.50


Thursday,Sept. 17 Level 1 6:30pm.-7:30pm.( 12 weeks) $86.50
Thursday,Sept. 17 Level 2+ 7:30pm.-8:30pm.( 12 weeks) $86.50

Note: 2+ is a Creative Intermediate that will allow the students more guided personal time to develop their own style as dancers.

OLD OTTAWA SOUTH area ( Near the May Fair theatre)
260 Sunnyside – call 613 247-4946 for registration. 
Tuesday,Sept 15(12 weeks)6:30pm.-7:30pm. – level 1$88
Tuesday,Sept 15(12 weeks)7:30pm.-8:30pm. – level 2 $88

Register online starting Sept. 2th, at 9 p.m.: http://www.oldottawasouth.ca



Zamira’s Fall-Winter 2009 Classes

My classes are moving to a new home in a more central location. These specialty classes focus on the needs of 2 specific groups to bring the joy of Belly Dance to even more women and girls too. A description of my teaching style and thoughts about dance can be found on my website at theveiledeye.com

Women 50+ Belly Dance all levels
8 classes per session
$90.00 (taxes included)
6:45 – 7:45 PM (1 hour)
Sep 1 – Oct 20 2009
Oct 27 – Dec 15 2009

Youth Belly Dance for ages 13-17
8 classes per session
$80.00 (taxes included)
6:15 – 7:15 PM (1 hour)
Sep 3 – Oct 22 2009
Oct 29 – Dec 17 2009

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

For more information or to register please contact:
The Veiled Eye
Email: zamira@theveiledeye.com
Phone: 613-797-4068
Website: http://www.theveiledeye.com



Jalilah’s Fall 2009 Schedule
Authentic Middle Eastern Dance Classes




At the RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa
Beginners Belly Dance Workout
Mondays 10:30-11:30 
Starting September 14 to December 7
$85 for CanFit members and RA members, $140 for non- members
To Register contact RA Centre:(613) 736-6224

At Greta Leemings Studio of Dance, 1460 Merivale Road, Ottawa
Intermediate Level Tuesdays Mornings 11-12:15 September 15 to December 15 
Price: $175 ($160 if paid by August 31)
Pilates Tuesdays 10-11 September 15 to December 15 $140
To Register contact Jalilah (613)228-8215 jalilah@rogers.com

At The Studio School of Dance, 74 Jamie Avenue, Ottawa-Nepean
Intermediate Level: Monday Evenings 7:30- 8:45 September14-December 14 
Price: $160 ($150 if paid by August 31)
To Register contact Jalilah: jalilah@rogers.com (613)228-8215

At Denise Enan’s Studio Oasis 200 St. Joseph, Hull 
Intermediate Thursdays 6:15-7:15 PM $85 for 8 Weeks
Advanced Baladi/Belly Dance Thursdays 7:15-8:45 PM $100 for 8 weeks
To register contact Oasis (819) 776-5033



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Good morning,

So, news, news and more news! While those who subscribe to the regular online newsletter received everything today, the BLOG VERSION is full of updates! Enjoy!

Have a great day!



Latest Dancers’ Newsletter

Sunday, July 5




Check out the Dancers’ Newsletter extra features:

This week’s Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Feature is a visit to the new OTTAWA BOLLYWOOD NEWS site! 

Yes, it is in it’s early development, and I am welcoming contributors! For those of us who dabble in both worlds, it seems like the right thing to do! Contact me if you can help share Bollywood related info!
Click here for a quick look at July’s posts so far!




JULY 19, 2009
Summer Bellydance Workshop with Zena

When: Sunday, July 19, 2009
Where: Dance with Alana Studio, 858 Bank St. @ 5th Ave
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00 pm with an intermission
Cost: Pre-register by July 10: $35 (Cash/cheque) or At the door, $50 (cash only)
This includes the workshop, bottled water and light snacks, Choreography on DVD and music for the routine.

Please bring finger cymbals, bellydance coin belt, snug fitting exercise clothing, dance slippers, a notebook. (Optional) This workshop will include an extended warm-up, technique review for the dance moves and choreography practice following the break.

Contact: Zena for pre-registration and the address to send in payment
Email: zena555@rogers.com

OCTOBER 9, 2009 
A Thanksgiving weekend with Rachel Brice!

Friday October 9th
Shakti fusion presents: Fall Fusion Cabaret
The Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Featuring Rachel Brice, with Leslie, Shakti fusion, Rosanna, Tribu Ghabal, Anna & Safiya, Milana & Jamilah and Mat Jacob.
Doors 7pm, show at 8pm
Tickets are $30 in advance and are available through Leslie: leslie@shaktifusion.ca LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE! GET YOURS NOW!



Joyful Expressive Dance

No routine.
No instruction.
Just fun expressive dance.

This is not a belly dance class, although if you know belly dance you will enjoy using your belly dance moves when you dance.

This class consists of guided and free dance moves finishing with a relaxation exercise at the end.

No dance experience is necessary. This class is for everyone who wants to enjoy freeing and expressive movement.

You can try out the first class on July 9 for only $5.

Thursday July 9
7:00 to 8:00
Almonte Community Centre, 2nd floor upper hall
180 Bridge Street, Almonte

For more info contact
julieATottawabellydanceDOTcom (replace AT with @ and DOT with .)
or call 254-8469

JULY 13 onwards


July 13, 20 and 27
Introduction to Macs:
With the increasing popularity of Macs these days, many computer users are opting to make the “Switch”. Darner media can help make the transition from one system to a Mac as simple as possible, offering hands-on training and migration assistance (getting your data out of Windows and into the Mac) as we “Switched” at the beginning of 2004.

July 14 and 15
Social Internet Crash Course:

The Internet has grown into an invaluable resource for many people in the past few years, but many people are frustrated with all the technologies and just don’t know where to start, much less what all the terms mean – social networking, web 2.0, blogs, RSS, instant messaging – or how to use them. I can show you what they are and what they can do for you or your business.

July 21 and 22
Introduction to Video Editing with Final Cut Express:

Since 2004 I have been using Final Cut to edit video for clients and applying my knowledge of the rest of Final Cut Studio suite of applications such as Compressor, Motion and DVD Studio Pro. Prior to using Final Cut Pro, I have used Final Cut Express, and will be sharing some guidelines for how to make the most of it in this course.

July 28 and 29
Using iPhoto:

Iphoto is the photo organizing and general editing system that comes with your MAC OS. It has many features that can take time to find and realize the potential of, so this class will save you time and help you get your memories organized quickly and efficiently!

Contact Info – to get all the details!
By Email :
By Phone :
ONLINE: Http://www.darnermedia.ca


JULY 17, 2009

Bollywood! Bhangra! Dance Class 
Move our body with Mukande Kaur

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

63 Beechwood Avenue
Shunnya Yoga Centre

Bhangra! Northern India’s cultural folk dance. Elevate your spirits and get an exhilarating workout to motivating Punjabi music. Come learn the basics of Bhangra dance: a fun experience for all ages.

With Mukande Kaur, certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher & Bhangra dancer.

No previous experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing.

All are welcome.

Please do register early as spaces are limited for this event. EMAIL: info@shunnyacentre.com 



JULY 18,19, 2008

“Weekend Workshop: July 18/19-2009”

What: Workshop


Start Time: Saturday, July 18 at 10:00am

End Time: Sunday, July 19 at 5:00pm

Where: Routhier Community Center, 2nd floor


To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

“One Night Only”
What: Performance
Start Time: Thursday, July 18 at 7:00pm
End Time: Thursday, July 18 at 8:30pm
Where: Routhier Community Center

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:




more classes are listed on the main site



Still some spaces available in

551 Mont-Royal Ave East 
3rd Floor 
Registration: 514-526-2455 
Instructor: Venus

Jun 25 – Aug 13 
7:30 – 9:00pm 
8 wks $110 
Drop-ins $18 


*** LEVEL 2 – Technique & Choreography
Venus is reknowned in Vancouver for her
diverse student choreographis in all styles.

Bellydance in the Park! 
In the heart of the Plateau

Contact Venus for location details

438-888-9056 venus@venusbellydance.com
Instructor: Venus

Jul 6 – Aug 24 
6:30 – 7:45pm 
All 8/$55 
Drop-ins $8

Level 2 Summer
We will work on technique, step variations & combos & fun 
folkloric Choreographies!

Cane dance (assaya) 
Melaya Luf

Host of Bellydance Workout TV series!



Bellydancing with Zena

Date: June 30th to Aug 18, 7:05 pm
Bellydance Level 2/3 with veil routine
Location: Dance with Alana Studio, 858 Bank St.
Contact: www.dancewithalana.com
* Spots still available*

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Good morning,

My thanks to everyone who attended the show on Wednesday the 10th! A brief moment of gratitude is on Halyma.com!  For those performers who ordered a DVD, those prepaid orders are in the mail!  If you have not yet paid for your dvd be sure to email dvd@darnermedia.com for payment/pick up options!


Today’s got some great new bits and reminders some shortened if the main info is online!- there’s lots of info online for other previously posted events, of course!


Teachers, please send in your info if you will be teaching during the summer months! 


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 21




Check out the Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Features:

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




JUNE 27, 2009 – Verdun, Quebec ~REMINDER
Arabic Flamenco Workshop

Saturday, June 27 from 1-4PM
IKRA Wellness Center
5101 Wellington, Verdun,Qc.

Come have fun and learn how to fuse Belly Dance with Flamenco!

We will also work on palmas (rythmic clapping) with simple 
zapateado (footwork) as well as floreos (graceful hand moves), braceos (arm 
techniques) and the many ways the falda (skirt) can be used as a prop.

For more information write Ana at zambra-mora@hotmail.com
or visit

Atelier de Flamenco Arabe
Le samedi 27 juin de 13h à 16h
IKRA Centre de Santé Optimale
5101, rue Wellington, Verdun, Qc.

Les mouvements palmas (applaudissements synchronisés et rythmiques), floreos 
et braceos (techniques gracieuses de mouvement des bras et des mains) seront 
abordés ainsi que l’utilisation de la jupe en tant qu’accessoire de danse.

Pour de plus amples informations, vous pouvez visiter: 
ou m’envoyez un courriel à :



June 28 to July 12-Sundays
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 12th
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



Dancing With The Elements

9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
357 Wilmont – Subud, Ottawa, Ontario.

A spiritual workshop for women co-facilitated by Halyma and Michelle Hrynyk, designed to help you fully awaken your Goddess of Dance by implementing the power of the five elements.

Cost: $90.00 -includes a vial of your personalized aromatherapy oil

Limited to 12 participants, please register early to avoid disappointment! 3 SPACES REMAIN

Open to all levels of dancer.

MORE DETAILS: http://www.tav-creations.com/events/event-details.cfm?id=110

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me: Tracey at 613-241-3397 or email tracey@tav-creations.com.


JULY 19, 2009
Summer Bellydance Workshop with Zena

When: Sunday, July 19, 2009
Where: Dance with Alana Studio, 858 Bank St. @ 5th Ave
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00 pm with an intermission
Cost: Pre-register by July 10: $35 (Cash/cheque) or At the door, $50 (cash only)
This includes the workshop, bottled water and light snacks, Choreography on DVD and music for the routine.

Please bring finger cymbals, bellydance coin belt, snug fitting exercise clothing, dance slippers, a notebook. (Optional) This workshop will include an extended warm-up, technique review for the dance moves and choreography practice following the break.

Contact: Zena for pre-registration and the address to send in payment
Email: zena555@rogers.com





JUNE 21st, 2009 ~TODAY~!
3rd Annual Can’t Stop the Serenity

Sunday June 21, 2009, 3:30 pm

Mayfair Theatre

1074 Bank Street, Ottawa, On, Canada

$10 tickets available at the door

Details are online: http://www.myspace.com/ottawabrowncoats
Buy your Tickets here:

This year’s global artwork was designed by one of our local Browncoats, Don McMillan!
Get your art work signed by the artist at the Mayfair on June 21, 2009!!

To see the winning design head over to 

Can’t Stop The Serenity is a Global movement of fans of Firefly, lovingly referred to as Browncoats, in support of Equality Now.

Please pass this information/website to everyone you know, because they might have a friend/relative who might want to attend. Your support either financially or through spreading the word is greatly appreciated. If you tell two people who tell two people who tell two people ….



JUNE 26-28, 2009
3rd Annual Summer Sale
Poterie du Lac la Blanche


Friday, June 26 until 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 27, 2009

We have some lovely new stock, perfect for summer wear, plus re-orders of a few past faves.

We will have 2 sale dates in the near future. Both are at the NEW (and separate) locations including Gatineau QC.


Saturday June 27th at 70 Third Ave, in the Glebe (just East of Bank St) from 11AM to 4PM


Saturday July 11th at 38 rue Hormidas Dupuis from 11AM to 4PM

Please see our website for details on the locations, as well as some new photos. And of course, there are always those one of a kind special surprises….


Please TELL YOUR FRIENDS, co-workers, anyone you think may be interested. It’s important to note that these are “eco-friendly” hand crafted products, using natural fibres (and dyes when possible) no child labour etc. We strive to bring the best Indian quality to those of discerning taste.

We look forward to seeing you all in the next few weeks.
Madeleine and Andree



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



JULY 6, 2009 


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



Ongoing until September, 2009
Bag Reflex

Most of you know (Creative Clothing by) Roxane as a prolific source of unique costume designs for your dance performances. Now come see her other works in the “Bag Reflex” Exhibit at Gallery 6 in Kemptville. The Gallery is opened 8:30-4pm Monday to Friday and 8:30-3 Saturdays year round except statutory holidays..



You can see the “Bag Reflex” collection on Roxane’s website: www.creativeclothingbyroxane.com.
Gallery 6
126 Prescott St., 
Kemptville, Ontario
K0J 1T0
613 258-0668





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 – Starts Wednesday June 17th, 2009
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 10:00-12:15 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 Studio Oasis is: 200 St. Joseph, Hull

To register contact Oasis (819) 7765033 The new session starts in July 2nd

jalilah@rogers.com (613)2288215



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
$100 for all four classes
$30 for individual workshops.
All workshops limited to 10 participants
to register: leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca

Friday June 26
Creating Your Own Choreography
This workshop is part lecture and part demonstration. Leslie will break down concepts, ideas and her creative process in how to develop your own tribal fusion choreography, either as a soloist or for a group. Please bring a notebook and pen and a piece of music you would like to work with.

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.

The Ottawa Centre Class Party – what a way to end the season!

Hey Kids,
I have finally recovered enough to start looking at pics and video from our fabulous show on Wednesday June 10th. You ladies rock! Or Rak as the the pun goes!

So what does this mean for the blog post? It means that I will direct you all to the little final video clip that my good friend Linda took of many of us at the end of the show! Click on the still image to take you there!

Colour and motion - can you hear the music?

It also means I will say a huge sloppy thank you to so many people – I hope I have not forgotten anyone, but someone can leave me a word in the comments in case I did!
The teachers who helped provide student performances to fill out the evening. Click on their name and if they have a website – you get to see it :-):

Anna and Safiya
Sha Vega

The student group dancers:

Thank you for all of the class time and extra time you put into preparing for the show – you’ve done your teachers proud!

I am not going to list you all by name – you are all given credit in the performer DVD! But thank you to each and everyone one of you for coming out and sharing your love of dance with us!

The Rogue Dancers:
These dancers took time on their own to develop and practice the pieces they danced completely on their own! Congratulations to you all for your efforts for the evening!
Niki and Shade
Pink Pandemonium: Linda,Diane,Ameenah,Sadira,Esmerelda
Anadil: Siddiqah,Farasha,Wendy,Rebecca,Lisa
Ameenah and Sadira
Hipnotic Hips: Bahiya, Zaida, Zeevah

The Teacher Soloists who graced us with their elegance.  Thank you ladies!


The amazing volunteers:

Ticket and DVD order ladies: Julie T and Linda B

General Help: Brenda,Megan,Katheryne, Diane, Zamira, Jewel, Nat and Andrea, Erika

Decor: Michele Roy [ OMG thank you!]

Backstage/Stage Manager: Catharine Crerar

Official Photographer: Lainie Cambria

And the underpaid staff:
Tom of Darner Media
The Bronson Centre Staff and volunteers
Wall Sound

And the supportive members of the audience deserve some recognition too!

Thank you for your feedback, your participation, your support and your presence – it brings the end of the season to a fantastic close for me!

Remember to sign up for the weekly Dancers’ Newsletter to get news about workshops, classes and more belly dance related fun that is happening here in Ottawa-Gatineau and beyond!

A drama pose!
A drama pose!

Upcoming Events in Halyma’s world!

Life is getting busy!  And that’s fabulous!

Sometimes I like to sit and make lists of all of the events, workshops, classes, and shows I have in my calendar for the next while, just to get my head wrapped around it all and sort of my timing.I’ll be performing in a few charity shows, as well as  baking cupcakes! I’ll be teaching along with a colleague of amazing status how to out together fabulous belly dance costumes! And I’ll be promoting my eco friendly products, in the hopes of spreading some awareness and joy!

I hope that if you are in Ottawa during the next few weeks that you’ll be able to come out to paricipate in some of these fun activities! Be sure to say HI!

March 21/22, 2009: TAV Creations/Eco-TAV at the Ottawa Go Green Expo

New products along with the growingly popular Eco-TAV Napkins and Pouches!

pouch-napkin promo shot

March 29, 2009 Featuring two charity events!  

s52492299268_9978The first will be in the afternoon and I’ll be participating as a baker at the first annual Ottawa CupCake Camp. They are hoping that over 2000 cupcakes will be there for the tasting!




In the evening, I’ll be part of a group of creative souls raising money for another at the Mercury Lounge in  Ottawa….Halyma performs at:pARTicipate! A Benefit for Hollis Hawthorne.  

Saturday, April 4, 2009: Randala and Halyma’s Costuming Extravaganza or How to Costume the Belly Dance Goddess in You!  Check out our Promo video!

April 18, 2009 – Another double header!  

Not only am I, TAV Creations /Eco-TAV, in the Ottawa Eco-Stewardship Fair during the day, but that evening I will have students performing as part of an eclectic  charity  Belly dance” show at the Glebe Community centre! It promises to be a great show with a wide variety of performances demonstrating the evolution of belly dance!

Am I pretty? Costuming post…

I was a guest blogger on DanceAdvantage.net:

Guest Post: Am I Pretty? Exploring How Costumes Can Make The Dancer

The following is a guest post by Halyma [aka Tracey, designer, TAV
Creations]. She is a belly dancer and costumer, however, she offers
pointers and considerations on costuming, color, and expressing
oneself through their own creations …

Go to Dance Advantage’s blog  to read it!

Two Great belly Dance Shows in Ottawa’s Byward Market

Ottawa Twestival pics by wtl.  Click on pic to see more!


Ottawa Twestival, originally uploaded by WTL-Ottawa.

This past week brought two completely different but equally important events to Ottawa’s Byward Market.

On Sunday, February 8th, Shakti Fusion presented the Dark Fusion Cabaret at the Mercury Lounge. The evening featured local tribal style dancers, raks gothique, and dark fusion performances.
This type of show brings “belly dance” into the community in an artful and creative style that can be appreciated by those who enjoy a darker flavour to their entertainment!

ATS or American Tribal style belly dance has been around in the US for a while now, and has been making great headway in Canada. It offers a different approach to belly dance that appeals to many dancers, be it in the costuming, the structure, the group dynamics and/ or the music.

Raks Gothique, and a variety of darker fusion styles also appeal to new dancers who are more interested in dancing in a belly dance style, yet to music that is less arabic in nature { although there are some amazing pieces that bridge the styles for sure!}

There are some fabulous photos taken of the show by Lainie Cambria, viewable here on her online gallery.

The second show that happened this week was presented at the Ottawa Twestival on Thursday evening at Suite 34. I am a member of the international online community/social media network,Twitter. In a very short time, one of the Canadian members, Amanda Rose, took it upon herself to start the ball rolling for a one day fundraiser to raise $1 million for the Charity: Water.

And it worked. In over 200 cities, all over the world, February 12th brought out many twitter members to their local Twestival events.

Online video podcasters got together to create a video to explain and promote the concept.

When I first heard about it, I realized that this might be a fun opportunity to bring the Belly Dancing For Fun Dancers out to play and asked the organizers if they thought this would be of interest. @bitpakkit and @sassymonkey { their Twitter ids} were my main contacts and they were very receptive to the idea! 

I contacted the ladies and we made our plans! We chose costumes and I mixed some classic cabaret tunes into a 15 minute track that allowed us to create an energetic and fun improvised dance show!

We had a blast bringing the awareness of cabaret style belly dance to a community of social media folk who, for the most part, have not actually had the opportunity to see belly dance in person before this!

I think we are already booked for next year!

Click on the main pic to take you to @WTL‘s flickr page to see more shots from the day!