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Another dance season winds down….

As I sit amongst a slew of costumes, paperwork, leftover bottles of water, and general mayhem after a night of barely sleeping { don’t have a burger at 10 p.m., just don’t}, I am grateful to read a slew of Facebook comments and emails that have been coming in since last night.

The simplest was:

Thanks, Tracey.

Great show.  It was a lot of fun.

And others include kind words of  support for a job well done { by more than me, but I’ll get to that}, awe at my costume { thanks to Shibori Borealis who created the skirt fabric}, and this snippet:

Just wanted to drop in a word to let you know that your performance yesterday was absolutely spectacular. The precision and the swiftness that you play with those bells (the ones you wore on your hands) is beyond me. And I have to make an additional comment to let you know that the best part I loved about your dance were your expressions and the way you connect with the audiences.

Makes me wanna take up belly dancing 🙂

And yes, a super duper congratulations to you for yet another successful event! D

And to everyone who was confused by the postcards with the dog on them – this is Sprocket and she was the dog on the postcards:

Check her blog at sprocketminpin.com
Check her blog at sprocketminpin.com

So there’s gratitude to be expressed.

Specifically: Erika, Megan, Linda, Laura, Michele, Tom, Katheryne, Emilie, Donna, Annie, Catharine.


My students – you all did your best and I hope had loads of fun!  Hope to see many of you in 2014, if not in my classes, dancing somewhere at least!

The teachers: Safiya and Anna, Antonina, Marina, Siddiqah, Eurika, Zamira, Lois, Jalilah, Suhani, Niki – thank you all for helping make this even happen by encouraging your students to perform and spending the time and energy getting them prepared to show up and show off!

The Sponsors { and the ticket winners – email me if your number is below – I have these prizes as yet unclaimed!}:

Eco-TAV – Claimed by Siddiqah on behalf of her student!

Live2Dance – Claimed by Loulouh for her student!

Kalyani- prize claimed

Leila – Prize claimed

Eurika- Prize claimed

Zamira – Prize claimed

Anna & Safiya – ticket # 225

Jalilah – Prize claimed

And the guests:

Without your support, coming out to see these dancers do their thing, there would be a much smaller event happening with a lot less energy and desire to be the best we can be. We all get into this for ourselves, and only some of us move into performing, but when we do, it’s because we want to see the look on your face when we do our thing.  so thank you for honouring us with your presence and allowing us to glow a little brighter with your positive feedback!

There is a business aspect to these community events that goes beyond having an amazing crew of people who donate their time and energy. While I choose to invest time and money into creating this opportunity for all of my students and those of other teachers to be showcased, sometimes the numbers are very close to the line.  Thanks to some very wonderful people who gave more than their ticket price in financial contributions, this show, though we did not sell out, did cover it’s expenses and allow me to look at donating a little bit to some of my favourite charities.  Thank you- a LOT.  I hope it’s okay that I am not going to single them out, but I know who you are and you know who you are, and my gratitude to you is immense as you helped reduce the burden so much that I can in turn pay it forward.

I have also created an invitation only flickr.com group where I am hoping folks will share any great photos they took last night with respect for each others wishes on public sharing { it’s not public unless you want it to be}, and you can message me { halyma@bellydancingforfun.com} if you would like to join.

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And CLASSES start in about a month!

Summer Sizzle brings my summer performances to a fun pause!

Click on this to see a couple more shots

This mirror, as Gilane, one of last night’s other performers pointed out, makes us all look super tall!

Catharine Crerar once again assembled an exciting cast of dancers, ranging from the dark and sultry group, Corazon, to the bodacious Basimah, from NY. Local and out of town dancers all gave their time and energy to making the 10th Anniversary Summer Sizzle a great show!

For me, since this post is all about me, it was a bit harder to get out there, and be full on 110%. While dancing rejuvenates my soul, as it does for many of my friends and colleagues, the preparation during my busiest work season cannot receive the attention I would like to be able to give it.

I would love to be able to walk into every event and honestly be present, but sometimes it’s just not possible.

Thankfully, Eurika saved a table for the “friends of Bollywood For Fun” ( my anchors these past few weeks) and I was able to settle in between two strong and calming ladies who encourage me to misbehave and behave in alternating waves of much needed silliness and appreciation. You know who you are.

I also really enjoyed meeting some of the new and returning dancers who shared their stories with me during some quiet moments away from the main area, gifting me with their joy and enthusiasm!

While I did not get a chance to speak to many of our local community, it’s always a pleasure seeing folks out supporting a local organizer. Many of us know how much work these events are and if you ever wonder, just ask.

I am unable to dance with my BFF ladies at the ICA Picnic today due to my abundance of bridal clients who need to book Saturday appointments, but I know they will be amazing as usual! So go see them if you can!

Thank you Catharine for the opportunity to perform last night, and I look forward to a much anticipated break for the most of the month of August from all of my work.

So does Sprocket:


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

Halyma and finale – The end of another season of dance!

Halyma and finale – The end of another season of dance!
Another new costume, another Ottawa Centre Class Party under the hip belt!

I LOVE my parties. I enjoy the process of planning them, nagging people, cajoling them and then seeing what they come up with for their final presentations to share with those who are able to come watch!

As the roster changes and develops over the weeks coming up to the event, there is some stress of course, but it always gives me the chance to bring together the diverse styles and inspired moments into one lovely evening! One lovely, not too late, weeknight event during a very busy time of year!

The teachers who bring their students out to perform – there will be a list at the end of the post with some contact info – work hard to guide their groups to a point of feeling they can dance their routine in public. In front of almost 300 strangers.

The dancers, students, pros and rogue dancers, spend weeks preparing, practicing, being stressed, or confident, they all still put a lot of work into getting ready for 2-4 minutes { in most cases] on stage. And if they study with more than one teacher, or are both teachers and students themselves, they may be rushing down to the dressing room to do at least one quick change before their next routine gets called to the stage.

The volunteers help in more ways than imaginable. Often people will as me how I am doing as I trot from one part of the backstage to the next, checking on folk, etc. And most of the time, unless there is a crisis to be dealt with, I try to enjoy the music, conversation and have a fun time myself. I can only do this because I have some very cool people to hep me out.

Linda has been helping me for years and I can leave pretty much anything in her hands – once I tell her what this year’s variation on the system is – I am always trying to make things better, honest! And then I hand her my camera and she shoots some fun and funky video clips so that I can share stuff asap!

Melissa kindly offered this time around, and was a huge help at the ticket desk as well as making sure Shade had help changing when we had a quiet change to the roster.

Catharine has been helping out as Stage Manager for years, and knows what is involved in running these kinds of events!  She keeps those dancers all lined up and ready to go, and takes over as the voice from beyond when I head down to get myself ready!

I know I can leave things in the hands of these trusted friends and that’s why I can be so relaxed – it is a party after all!

And there are the other folk who I don’t interfere with at all, they come out and do their thing, without any concern or guidance from me at all, I just keep outta their way as they already know what they are doing!

Michele R comes out to every show for the past 7 years?( I will have to check on that) and she brings whatever fabrics, decor pieces, etc. that catch her fancy and sets up a beautiful ambiance for us, before the dancers even arrive to start any run throughs they need to do.  And it does make a difference – even if the dancers don’t realize it, the flow and energy of the stage has been transformed through the ritual of her making the space “ours” for the night.

Lainie, our official Photographer, comes, has fun, gets great shots, enjoys herself – we hope – and shares her love of movement and beauty with everyone! Everyone has a moment caught by Lainie that immortalizes them as a dancer!

Tom shoots our official video so that we performers can show our friends and family the cool performances that took place!  One student dancer told me downstairs how she sat and watched a few of the previous dvds when she was not feeling so hot this fall – and was totally taken down memory lane, seeing the changes in the shows over the years..

Kudos and thanks to you all!

As I mentioned, I like to work towards improving every show, and the best way to do this is to get some feedback that I can then process, compile and share with the performers I invite to come out to the next event.  I know some folk are not comfortable sharing their thoughts openly, but really, it’s the best way to make changes happen – tell everyone your ideas for improvements and then if feasible, they’ll be implemented.

I want to encourage the solutions, so if there were any things that you experienced as a dancer, teacher, or audience member, post your comments here so that we can all get some fresh perspective on ways to keep making these events better!  And of course – if anything struck you as fabulous, be sure to point that out too – we need to hear what works too!

Programme from the evening: Go HERE to check on Teacher Listings


  1. Azhar  D’Halyma
  2. Sha vega: Goddess Belly Dancers
  3. Les Danseuses de la Maison des Arts d’Embrun
  4. Loulouh’s student Caitlin
  5. Zamira’s student Azzah
  6. Niki’s Tribal Fusion students
  7. Sha’ Vega’s Treasures
  8. Bahiya’s  Hip Belly dancers
  9. Shade solo
  10. Oksana’s  Gothic Belly Dance
  11. Hypnotic Hips: Bahiya,Zaida,Zeevah
  12. Loulouh solo
  13. BDw/ Anna& Safiya level 1
  14. Les Deesses de la lune
  15. Jalilah’s students- all classes


  1. Gulzaar D’Halyma
  2. Chandrika solo
  3. Loulouh students 2
  4. Leslie’s students
  5. Isaden solo
  6. Jewel solo
  7. Sha Vega solo
  8. Bahiya solo
  9. BDw/ Anna& Safiya level 2
  10. Zamira solo
  11. Anna and Safiya Duet
  12. Leslie
  13. Halyma
  14. Finale

TEDxOttawa – Wow, I’ll be a part of it!

Click here to go to the LIve linkIt has flown by – weeks of preparation and meetings for the main organizing team of TEDxOttawa will culminate in the all day event taking place this coming Sunday, December 6th, 2009.
When I offered myself as one of the speakers, I was prepared for a sweet but polite, “we’ll let you know.. “as they waited to see what well known, public figures, famous or at least semi-famous folk they could fill the list with before a – “thanks, but…”

Instead, I got an amazingly enthusiastic response from the committee and was blown away to be considered worthy of not only helping out [ I also offered my services as a “backstage” crew/ ” stage manager” type minion for the day] at the FIRST TEDxOttawa event EVER! And they are giving me stage time too!

AS the event is sold out, the best way to get involved is to check it out live all day long on their streaming page.  Yes, you will be a few seconds behind the real action, but you can also simply watch in your PJs, with a group of friends, or in a cafe with internet service!

The program for the day will not be pre announced, but you’ll want to start watching right away at 10 a.m. { hint, hint} and just keep ‘er running in the background all day – there will be some amazing talks I am sure!

I am really looking forward to the entire day, being part of a great new community of folk who I am enjoying getting to know!

If you watch on Sunday, leave me a “you were fabulous” comment here on my blog, kay?


And this just in… Thanks @knealemann for tweeting this link where Susan Murphy [ @suzemuse] gives us some insight into the day:

CLICK HERE to see her interview on Startuplucky.com

Classes starting in two weeks! Come Dancing!

Hey everyone – I am back!  I’ll be getting some photos of my fabulous holidays up on my flickr site soon!

Welcome to September !  My New Year begins!

Classes start at my two fave community centers on September 14th and registration begins this week!


172 Guigues – call 613 244-4470 for registration

Monday, Sept 14

Level 1 6:30pm.-7:30pm. ( 12 weeks) $86.50 code 412497

Level 2 7:30pm.-8:30pm. ( 12 weeks) $86.50 code 412544

Thursday,Sept. 17

Level 1 6:30pm.-7:30pm.( 12 weeks) $86.50 code 412505

Level 2+ 7:30pm.-8:30pm.( 12 weeks) Creative Intermediate $86.50 code 412559

Register online http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/parks_recreation/programs/index_en.html

OLD OTTAWA SOUTH area ( Near the May Fair theatre)

260 Sunnyside – call 613 247-4946 for registration as of September 3

Tuesday,Sept 15(12 weeks)

Level 1 6:30pm.-7:30pm. –  $88.00

Level 2 7:30pm.-8:30pm. –  $88.00

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


Dancers’ News – August 2009

To see this as the main website, click here . Also find the Teacher Directory, Shopping Opportunites, and Healing, Guides and Energy workers, Pampering sections online there!


Good morning,

Here is your FULL – EVERYTHING IS almost HERE newsletter for August!  While I am off doing holiday things, I hope you all have loads of fun with all of the August activities that are happening – there are LOTS!


A quick reminder that the summer OPEN PRACTICE Evenings will be running for 3 weeks 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!


There are also summer classes taking place – and the Fall sessions are just around the warm sunny corner!


Thank you all for subscribing, supporting our community by participating, and for taking the time to write me sometimes! 


 While I am gone, I ask, in order to minimize the emails I will come back to, that you post any comments or even news bits that you want to remember to tell me HERE.  Just click on the word “comments” and add your say!  I may even include your comments as entries for that July contest I had running!

Have a wonderful August – see you in September!




Check out the Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Features:

This week’s Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Feature is a visit to the Ottawa Bollywood News site – Contributors welcome!!! Check out August’s events- not all are listed here, so Click here for a quick look! 





August 6, 2009 to AUGUST 20, 2009

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!



AUGUST 9, 2009 onwards – Montreal
Gypsy/Folklorique/Bollywood Dances of India– For Belly Dancers

Workshop Series 2009 by Amrita Choudhury


9 August – Bollywood Dance – Part 2 (1-5) $90

13 September – Gypsy/folklore Dances of Gujarat (Dandiya – Stick Dances) (1-5) $90

18 October – Gypsy/folklore Dances of Bengal (River Gypsies) (1-5) $90

15 November – Gypsy/folklore/bollywood fusion! Part -1 (1-5) $90

13 December – Gypsy/folklore/bollywood fusion! Part- 2 (1-5) $90

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



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

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



August 22-23 2009 workshops by Caroline of Cairo in Montréal

Her workshops are hugely popular around the world because she is able to bring the latest styles and movements from Egypt. to you. A dancer who lives there and sees it daily…. Fun full of energy these workshops will leave you wanting more!!! Which is why I return to Egypt to study with Caroline every winter for four or five months. Full package and registration will be sent to you should you be interested. Caroline may also be visiting Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver during her stay in Canada. At the moment the only city where workshops are confirmed is Montréal.
We welcome all dancers to a great ladies weekend in Montréal!!!! Come and enjoy the other treats we have instored for you.
Ruby Roy

*Studio Location in Montreal*:Studio will be near the downtown area, close to metro station with available parking. Location will be confirmed when registration and payment has been received

Full weekend package registration after June 1st 2009 paid in full: $330.00

Workshop 1: Saturday August 22nd 2009 9h30- 12h30

Oriental Instruments and Movements that go with them:

This workshop will offer dancers a great tool of understanding of /Oriental Music,/ instruments and movements that can go with it. This in turn makes the difficult task of choreographing so much easier. Many dancers want to learn combinations of movements, outside of Egypt and then apply these combinations to every piece of music. This is not done in Egypt.

The Nai, The Accordian, The Oud, The Kamanga The Kanoon are some of the instruments that will be covered.

Workshop will be given in English and French. Ateliers serai en anglais et français

After June 1st : $70.00____

*Workshop 2 Saturday 22nd August 2009 13h30-16h30
Shaabi awi!- Choreogpraphy to “Assalayah”*

The real shaabi of the backstreet weddings and microbuses! A fun and fantastically real workshop on the backstreet weddings. This workshops will give dancers an authentic feel, understanding for what Shaabi really is.

After June 1st $70.00

*Workshop 3 : Saturday August 22^nd 2009 17h00-18h30*

*Discussion Lecture: Life as a foreign dancer living in Egypt & Learn how you can visit Egypt and learn directly from the Egyptians who live and dance there.*

A short discussion/lecture session will be offered about some of the things that Caroline has discovered from living and working in Egypt for more than 10 years as a foreign dancer that are important to learn/understand/watch out for. 
Ruby has been living in Egypt every winter as a local and has learned things that make her teaching in teaching of the dance to students in Montréal richer, more rewarding and appreciated.

Before: June 1st : $20.00_____ After June 1st : $25.00_____

*Workshps 4: Sunday August 23 2009 9h00-11h00*

*Raks Khalijee ( Dance of the Arbian Gulf) Given by Ruby: *
The two hour workshop will introduce dancers to this dance, the gestures and the movements. Very different dance to Egyptian Oriental. Not a very well known dance in North America. Raks Khalijee is danced by women at weddings.

After June 1st : $55.00______

*Workshop 5 Sunday August 23 2009 11h00- 14h00*

*Saidi- modern pop saidi song with double cane introduction*
The choreography commences with double canes then uses just one cane or alternatively it can be danced with just one cane.

*Register*: Before June 1st $60.00 After June 1st $70.00

*Workshop 6 : Sunday August 23 2009 15h00- 18h00*
“Bous ala Halawa”- the choreography *
Although the song was originally from the Said region (South of Egypt) the song has been reinvented into a modern pop song. A fun choreography, full of gestures to the music which will be explained during the workshop. The translation and transliteration of the music will be provided to students attending this workshop.

After June 1st $70.00____

Editor’s note: FOR FULL DETAILS, email Ruby for her informative registration package!

Ruby Roy
Media Relations Specialist
Montreal Professional Tourist Guide, for Tourisme Montréal
International Event and Meeting Planner
Egyptian Oreintal, Folkloric and Raks Khalijee Dance Instructor
+1 514 992- 0632



Performance by Shifra Tobiasch

The Cavern @ 112 Osborne Street, Winnipeg, MB. Phone: 204-284-7201

Night of burlesque + belly dance performance with Shifra Soria Tobiasch & dancers (old & new). Stay tuned for more information (dancers names & more events).

שפרה טוביאש 
Shifra Tobiasch 
طوبياش شفرا 
Leading Master Belly Dance Master zills 
Burlesque instructor 



September, 2009 – Hadia in Nova Scotia

It’s off to Toronto for Level 3 Teacher Training Certification over the Labour Day Weekend, September 5th to 7th. http://www.hadia.com/teacher.htm; for all details and registrations; hadia@hadia.com (902) 640-2473.

Finally, Get Ready for my 8th Annual TURKEY “Gateway to the Orient” Tour from September 15th to October 1st. Don’t Miss the chance for a truly Authentic Cultural Experience with Hadia and Bulent in the Tour that gets better every year! Istanbul, the Aegean, Bodrum, Village Life, Afrodisias, Heiropolis, Pamukkale and Cappadocia with 20 hours of Roman and Oriental Dance Training with master Roman dance teacher – Reyhan Tuzsuz and Hadia – You will be so happy you made the choice! For lots of other details, comments, reviews and photos, I invite to you check out the Turkey page on my site. http://www.hadia.com/dance_tours_&_travel.htm#turkey
Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you all soon at hadia@hadia.com or 1 (902) 640-2473.

Maintenant en français…
En suite, je passerais l’été à concentrer sur ma carrière de thérapeute, avant de le terminer avec la Formation de Professeur en Danse Orientale Volet 1 dans mon nouveau village de Lüneburg du 27 au 30 Aout et le Certification Volet 3 à Toronto du 5 as 7 Septembre. Pour tout détails; http://www.hadia.com/teacher.htm ou me contacter directement a hadia@hadia.com (902) 640-2473

Finalement, préparez vous pour notre 8e Voyage en Turquie “Portail a l’Orient: du 15 Septembre au 1e Oct. Cette voyage incontournable vous donne une expérience authentique de la culture, la danse est les peuple de ce pais inoubliable! 20 heures des cours en Rom (gitan) Turc et la danse orientale – l’Istanbul, le Méditerrané, Bodrum, Pamukkale, le Cappadoce. http://www.hadia.com/dance_tours_&_travel.htm#turkey ou me contacter a hadia@hadia.com (902) 640-2473.

Je serais très heureuse de recevoir tes nouvelles et de répondre a vos questions a hadia@hadia.com ou bien 1 (902) 640-2473.


Hi and just a quick note to let you know that Turkey is SOLD OUT,

My workshop on Aug 20th is almost sold out with only 3 places left.

Level 3 in Toronto has been moved to the end of November 26th evening and all day 27-29th plus l also will now have a Level 1 there the week before; November 21st/22nd all day and evening of 23 /24th

Last thing is the Level 1 Teacher Training in Lunenburg, NS August 28th to 31st 

All the info except TO is on my new website.



OCTOBER 9, 2009
A Thanksgiving weekend with Rachel Brice!THIS SHOW IS NOW SOLD OUT !!!

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.
leslie at shaktifusion dot ca




OCTOBER 24, 2009

Save the date! NOTE: it will be on a Saturday this time around – let’s see how that goes!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

260 McArthur, Knight’s of Columbus Hall,

Doors open from noon to 4 p.m.


Registration for vendors will be available as of September 1st – when I am back from my break!



NOVEMBER 14 & 15, 2009
Nathalie Lebel will be in Ottawa to give a 2 day workshop

For those of you who have not yet studied with Nathalie, she has been a popular workshop instructor with Ottawa dancers for 10 years. Many of Ottawa’s best dancers and performers have studied with her and have performed her choreographies. Her style is graceful, feminine and innovative and she is known for her emphasis on technique and for her lovely choreographies.

Mark your calendars and keep your eyes peeled for details. 

For info about the workshop contact julieATottawabellydanceDOTcom.

Nathalie will be performing on Saturday November 14 at the fundraiser to be held at the Legion Hall at the corner of Metcalfe and MacLaren. If you are interested in performing in the show contact Catharine at dragonslivehereDOTglebeATgmail.com.



NOVEMBER 14, 1009

Our next show will be very different.


It will be an ‘open stage’ or ‘impromptu’ show on November 14, 2009. Everyone is welcome to dance! It will be at the Legion Hall at the corner of Kent and MacLaren. It is very central, the room will seat 150 people, has a big dance floor, and the bar stays open until 2 am!!! I think it will be a great way to celebrate the fact that snow will not yet have arrived! A way to pretend we do not live in the frigid north! It will still be a fundraiser….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 time…and our partners might enjoy it too!

AND…big surprise….Nathalie Lebel who will be presenting a workshop on the 14th and 15th, has also said she will be happy to perform for us as our party. Keep your fingers crossed…her performances are absolutely lovely!! More info to follow…You are all much appreciated! Catharine



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. This is an opportunity for vendors (or dancers/students who wish to sell their gently used costumes and accessories) before the recitals start in December! You are also welcome to sell goods or sell/advertise for services. It will be held in Bell’s Corners on Richmond Road and there is ample parking.


Our West End Bazaar will be held on Sunday, 22 November, 2009, from noon to 5p.m. There is space for 15 booths. Here are the prices for the booths:

4 smaller booths, 6X6: $10@ or 2 for $18. 
8 regular booths, 8X8: $15@ or 2 for $30. (6 still available)
3 large booths: 8X16 (corners) $20 each. (1 still available)
A plan is available for your convenience, just contact me at the e-mail address below.

All proceeds from the booth rentals are going to Qimaavik, the Women’s Shelter. I will reserve spaces on a first pay first served basis… cheque, internet banking or cash. You can mail to: Roxane Kirkman, 32 Cassidy Road, Ottawa, K2H 6K1.

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



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

Please join us for a spectacular evening of dance representing cultures from around the world!

Saturday November 28th, 2009
University of Ottawa Alumni Theatre
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Tickets will be $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Last year we were sold out, and raised $1500 for The Leading Note Foundation thanks to overwhelming audience support. Showcased were dance styles such as Bellydance, Venezuelan Folk, Swing, Persian, Irish, Flamenco, Latin Jazz, Celtic Fusion and more.

This year we aim to create just as diverse and spectacular a show…with all proceeds donated to Propeller Dance, a non-profit organization leading dance innovation by providing dance programming to people with and without disability (www.propellerdance.com).

Although we already have our full complement of Bellydance performances (thank you to all who have agreed to perform!), we would love to hear from performers from all types of cultural dance who might be interested in donating their talent.

Please contact Safiya at safiyadancer@gmail.com for more details.






AUGUST 6, 2009
“The Pulse of Eternity” -Featuring the electric dance duo Ramli Ibrahim of Malaysia & Dali Basu of Ottawa

When: Thursday, August 6, 2009, 7.30 pm

Where: Canadian Museum of Civilization Theatre
100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec, K1A0M8

Tickets: $20

To Reserve call: (819)776-7000 (To reach the CMC Box Office press options – 2, 1 and 7)

“Politics, nation and religion divide peoples while dance is an expression of art that brings people together” –Ramli Ibrahim.

A powerful dancer of international acclaim, he started his dance career with the Australian National Ballet. Later as a Fullbright scholar to India he trained in different Indian classical dance forms, and extensively in the Odissi form in Orissa, the birth place of the Indian Odissi classical style. His every production is a labour of love, display of a perfect jewel on a stage. Ramli Ibrahim is a pride of Australia, India and Malaysia.

Dali made her passion into her profession.

She mesmerizes her audience with the grace and fluidity of her movements. Trained in all the Indian classical styles she chooses Odissi to express her inner dance. The two-time Shastri Indo-Canadian scholarship award winner pursued intensive Odissi training in India. Her training culminated into well acclaimed performances in India, Canada and the US. Her most prestigious presentation was recently at the world-famous Bhubaneswar Festival in the elite gathering of Odissi experts.

“The Pulse of Eternity” is the duo’s expression of a never-ending cosmic cycle – of creation and destruction. Shiva, the emblem of pure consciousness, dances with Shakti, his companion, in a rhythm which continues through eternity.




Indian Temple Dance AUGUST Summer Intensive

Time 2-3 pm Wednesdays

Cost $100 for 4 one hour sessions August 6, 12, 19, 26


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


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




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



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.

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



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

Nathen Aswell (www.nathenaswell.com) – Performance

Sept. 10, 6:30 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM) 
– House Concert in Kemptville, ON 
– $15/$10 for children under 18.
(Space is limited, so please RSVP with Ellen at nickal@storm.ca ASAP to reserve a spot and to get details on the concert’s location.)

Nathen Aswell (www.nathenaswell.com) – Bio
(Please note: the last line is to be added to the program for my mother’s House Concert)

Nathen was born in Montreal, and has been a professional vocalist/bassist/guitarist since 1977, graduating from Concordia University’’s Music Program in 1985. Since calling Vancouver his home in 1992, he’’s enjoyed making music with numerous local, national and international acts, including ABBA-Cadabra, Randy Bachman, Keith Bennett (Tin Sandwich), Joani Bye & The Homewreckers, Susan Crowe, The Euphorics, Gary Fjellgaard, Babe Gurr, Russell Marsland, Lowry Olafson, Mark Perry, The Aaron Pritchett Band, Lyndia Scott, Shari Ulrich, Bill Usher and Edith Wallace. He also performs regularly with his buddies in The Hitmen (www.thehitmen.ca).

Nathen’’s musical life began in the Catholic church of his youth, and he’’s remained active in liturgical/sacred/inspirational music ever since. He performs regularly at many local churches, including Unity of Vancouver, The Centre for Spiritual Living in Vancouver, Spiritual Centre for Dynamic Living in Vancouver, The Centre For Positive Living in White Rock, and Unity of the Valley in White Rock.

Nathen believes that his purpose in this life is to inspire and heal through his music. His debut CD, “Little By Little”, released in March of 2007, is a powerful realization of his purpose, fully intertwining his two passions of music and spirituality.

In an effort to build relationships and get his music out into the world, Nathen attends and performs at as many music conferences and events as he can. (In March, he performed at the Affiliated New Thought Network Conference in Phoenix, AZ, and in August, he’ll be performing in the Circle Of Love Gathering in Kelowna, BC.) As a direct result of these experiences, Nathen is now beginning to perform at House Concerts (www.concertsinyourhome.com), Kirtans (devotional chanting nights) and New Thought churches in both Canada and the U.S. (including Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Seattle, Phoenix and Kansas City).

Nathen now presents his music with his voice and with the NS Stick, an 8-stringed electronic instrument that can be plucked like a bass, strummed like a guitar, or tapped with both hands like a piano (http://www.stick.com/instruments/ns/).

We are glad that Nathen has decided to bring his talent to eastern Canada. In the month of September, he will be performing at a House Concert in Dartmouth NS, a Concert in Montreal QC, and a House Concert in Kemptville ON.




Volunteer drivers are needed to take clients to their medical appointments. If you have a car and some time to spare, please call 613-737-7195 x2303.
Leave a message and a volunteer will call you back within 2 days to direct you to the agency closest to you or one(s) of your choice.

This campaign is sponsored by Ottawa Community Support Coalition (representing 12 agencies across Ottawa, offering transportation services to seniors and adults with physical disabilities), Friends of Hospice Ottawa and Canadian Cancer Society.

Thank you.


Des bénévoles sont requis pour conduire des personnes âgées à leurs rendez-vous médicaux. Si vous avez une automobile et du temps à offrir, s’il-vous-plaît appeler au 613-737-7195 x2303. Laissez un message et un-e bénévole vous rappellera à l’intérieur de deux jours afin de vous diriger à un organisme de votre choix ou près de chez vous.

Cette campagne est commanditée par la Coalition de services de soutien communautaire d’Ottawa (représentant 12 agences qui offrent un service de transport aux personnes aînées et adultes ayant une incapacité physique, la Société Canadienne du Cancer et Friends of Hospice Ottawa.






Summer Classes 2009
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


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



SUMMER Classes with Lois Brake (Loulouh)

203 Catherine St.

Tuesdays – 7:30 to 8:30
August 4, 11, 18, 25. 
Cost is $ 40 for the 4 week session (drop-ins welcome)
August 4, 11, 18, 25.

Class is at 203 Catherine St.
Between O’Connor and Bank
Entrance to the studio is from the parking lot at the back of the building.



Summer Classes – It’s My Pleasure

Wednesdays | 10 weeks (beginning July 8)

It’s My Pleasure Women’s Resource Center, Dance Studio and Boutique at 205-250 Panet Rd. Winnipeg, MB. Call 204-853-7389 to register.

4:00 – 5:00 – Beginner Belly Dance
5:30 – 6:30 – Beginner Belly Dance
6:30 – 7:30 – Multi Level Burlesque Choreography
7:30 – 8:30 – Multi Level Belly Choreography

–Summer Workshops – Rady JCC

Tuesdays | 6:30 – 8:00pm

Rose and Max Rady Jewish Community Center @ 100B – 123 Doncaster St., Winnipeg, MB. Please call 477-7508 or fax 477-7530 to register.

July 21
August 11
August 18
September 1








172 Guigues – call 613 244-4470 for registration 

12 weeks = $86.50 per course

Monday,Sept 14 Level 1 6:30pm.-7:30pm. ( 12 weeks) Course Code 412497

Monday,Sept 14 Level 2 7:30pm.-8:30pm. ( 12 weeks) Course Code 412544


Thursday,Sept. 17 Level 1 6:30pm.-7:30pm.( 12 weeks)Course Code 412505
Thursday,Sept. 17 Level 2+ Creative Intermediate 7:30pm.-8:30pm.( 12 weeks) Course Code 412559

Register online starting August 13th through the City of Ottawa website here 

OLD OTTAWA SOUTH area ( Near the May Fair theatre)
260 Sunnyside – call 613 247-4946 for registration  

12 weeks  = $88.00 per course
Tuesday,Sept 15(12 weeks)6:30pm.-7:30pm. – level 1
Tuesday,Sept 15(12 weeks)7:30pm.-8:30pm. – level 2

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



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: 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) 7366224

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)2288215 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)2288215

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) 7765033



Fall Classes at Dance with Alana Studios

Teen Belly Dance with Vera
When: starts Monday Sept 15, from 4:15-5:15pm
Where: Dance With Alana Studios, 858 Bank St. @ 5th Ave.
Cost: $90 for 8 weeks

Beginner Belly Dance with Zena
When: starts Saturday Sept 12, from 12:30-1:30pm
Where: Dance With Alana Studios, 858 Bank St. @ 5th Ave.
Cost: $105 for 8 weeks

Intermediate Belly Dance with Oksana
When: starts Tuesday Sept 15, from 8:15-9:15pm
Where: Dance With Alana Studios, 858 Bank St. @ 5th Ave.
Cost: $105 for 8 weeks

Also, coming in the fall…Burlesque, Bollywood, Tap, Salsa, Hip Hop, Swing, Zumba, Dance Fusion and more!
Please contact Alana at 613-233-3456 



Fall Bellydance Classes with Anna & Safiya 
– Start Wednesday September 16th, 2009

Beginner-Intermediate (Wednesdays 8:00 – 9:30 pm)

Review basic bellydance techniques, and build them into sequences culminating in choreography to an upbeat Arabic pop song.

Intermediate-Advanced (Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm)

Challenge yourself with high-energy drills and isolations, and learn an innovative choreography inspired by Khaliji, a dance of the Persian Gulf States.

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



Belly Dancing with Sha’ Vega Malibu

South Fallingbrook C.C. (aka Maple Ridge Elementary School), 998 Valin Street, Orléans

Monday, September 21 – December 14, 2009

*NEW CLASS* Mother and Daughter belly dance – 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Mother and Daughter – $52.00 – 12 weeks. Course code – 419444
Children’s fee – $49.74 – 12 weeks. Course code – 420030
Level 1 & 2 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Course code – 415840
Level 2 & 3 – 7:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Course code – 415846
Cost: $65.00 for 12 weeks. 
No classes on Monday, Oct 12 (Thanksgiving)
REGISTRATION begins AUGUST 13, 2009 
Call 613-824-0633 ext. 221 or register online at www.ottawa.ca

McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. (at James), Centretown 
Tuesday, September 15 – December 1, 2009
Level 1 & 2 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Level 2 & 3 – 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $87.50 for 12 weeks. 
REGISTRATION begins AUGUST 13, 2009 
Call 613-564-1070 for more information. Register online at www.ottawa.ca

McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. (at James), Centretown 
Thursday, September 17 – December 3, 2009
Level 1 & 2 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. 
Level 2 & 3 – 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
Cost: $87.50 for 12 weeks. 
REGISTRATION begins AUGUST 13, 2009 
Call 613-564-1070 for more information. Register online at www.ottawa.ca

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




Sandy Hill Community Centre

(613) 564-1062


Level 1 – 417170 (program code)
Wednesdays, Sept. 16 – Nov. 18
6 – 7 pm

Level 2 – 417179 (program code)
Thursdays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 19
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Level 3 – 417186 (program code)
Thursdays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 19
6:30 – 7:45 pm

Level 4 – 417199 (program code)
Thursdays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 19
7:45 – 9:00 pm



Tribal fusion classes with Niki

Tuesday 8-9pm

Sept 1 Oct 6 (6 week session)

1196 Bank St at Makin Moves studios

to register: theodorn AT magma DOT ca

Backstage at the Bay, St. Laurent and More!

Click on the photo to go to my Flickr Page!


IMG_0719.JPG, originally uploaded by campdancer2000.

Hey folks,
it has been a while! I’ve been fabulously busy with my sewing work! But I wanted to get these shots up so that the wonderful ladies who came out with me for this show can see how great they looked!Click on the photo to see the whole set!

Pics are also up from the National Women show ! Check them all out!
IMG_0500.JPG by you.

My thanks to the lovely ladies who came out with me for these two events!  

The Bay: Farasha, Shade, Isaden, and Ameenah! And Miriam, who took the pics! And Tom of course who shot video – but we are still working on getting that footage up!!

The National Women Show: Jewel, Zamira, Shade, Isaden, and Bollywood For Fun And Miriam, who took the pics! And Tom of course who shot video – but we are still working on getting that footage up!!

A Busy Weekend – come on out and see me!

Being self-employed means spending a lot of time working, and then a lot of time self-promoting! This weekend will have me doing a lot of both before I get to take some time off on Sunday!

Friday evening, I will be out in Kanata, doing some lesson demos and promoting my two instructional belly dance DVDs which I produced to fill a niche in home lesson DVDs. Halyma’s belly dance lessons on DVD are for a beginning student who wants to learn the movements in a fun and safe way! I had a lot of fun making them, and have them available online , but also in the Chapters in Kanata in their local authors area – as they are produced and distributed from here, Ottawa.

Saturday morning takes me bright and early to the RA centre on Riverside drive here in Ottawa to set up for the Ottawa Eco-Fair. There I will be promoting and selling my Eco-TAV green textiles product line in person.


Though you can buy the Eco-TAV Napkins and Pouches online here, and the Blossom Bags and MP3 player/camera/phone cases here online! After I do my best to save the planet one napkin at a time, I then head off for an evening of dance for charity!

Saturday evening takes me to the Glebe Community centre where I will be presenting two performances for a good cause. One is my Tuesday intermediate student group. A lovely group of ladies who have been practicing our new routine to get ready for this show, and then we’ll be embellishing it and adding more layers and fun for the June 10th show at the Bronson Centre [ details about that later]!

The second presentation involving me that evening will be as a member of a new dance group that I have helped found with 4 other dancers: Bollywood For Fun. While not quite our inaugural performance, it will be out first show before a large number of our peers in the belly dance world, and hopefully they will be kind!

So where ever you may be this weekend, I hope you can find some time to come by and say hello!
Now back to some of my other work!
Blessed be…

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!