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10 Tips for Shopping at the Dancer’s Bazaar!

After a short conversation at last week’s Sunday Brunch, it was suggested that one of our brunch gang should write up a how-to guide for those coming out to shop at the Dancer’s Bazaar – and that can be used for any event!

I think that everyone has a plan when they come to the Dancers’ Bazaar – and I am hoping that you’ll take a moment to share your thoughts in the comments below – give some sage advice, share some awareness, whatever works!

But here are some general ideas to get you percolating!

1 – Check your coat – it just makes it easier to navigate the aisles and try things on!

2- Bring a tote bag or two. Or it you have a big list, bring a larger suitcase and check it with your coat!  You can always pack things into it through the afternoon!

3- Bring cash. UPDATED INFO: There is now an ATM Machine in the hall – but know that there are fees of course!While a small number of vendors can accept Visa/MC/AMEX, most cannot.  Or plan to go out and get cash after you’ve had a first looksee! And try to have some smaller change too – most vendors try to bring a good float, but it helps if you have the correct amount for those smaller pieces!

4-If you are trying to match a piece you have already, bring it along! You cannot be sure of colours, even of gold and silver, unless you have some part of your costume there for reference.

5- Quality costs. If you are a new dancer, you may not need to invest $60 plus in a hip scarf, and the $15-$25 ones will do you just fine.  But if you really want to have a piece that will last a while, check the stitching, and note the price – usually, the quality items will cost a bit more, but it is worth the investment.

6- Negotiations. This one is a tough topic – some vendors are really wanting to move their stuff and are willing to haggle a bit in order to get the piece gone, but still at a fair value for them.  Often this can be the case with used pieces, or if you are buying a larger ticket item, you might be able to get a discount on some other pieces.

Be aware that artisan/designer/one of a kind pieces are all more labour intensive than something that was imported in bulk from overseas…and think about it before asking that designer/artisan to drop the price on their pieces.  Often we are not actually asking a price that realistically reflects the time, creativity and supplies involved.

7- Wear something easy to get in and out of! A tank top over a good bra and leggings, under a loose fitting tunic or dress will not only let you be in style these days, but will also allow you to whip on skirts, try on bedleh sets  and more without having to wait in line at the changing rooms.

8- Bring a portable cd player and headphones. This is a bit iffy as most new cds will be shrink wrapped.  But you can easily check on used ones if you have your own system to play them on.

9- Be spatially aware. The Dancer’s Bazaar flows in waves of people.  There are times when it is quieter and there are booths that will be rockin the whole 4 hours.  If you are coming in with a huge backpack, and/or a baby carriage, think about maybe bringing along a friend to help watch your stuff, in a spot that is out of the way.

10-SMILE. This is fun – say hi to the vendors, the volunteers, and keep your energy light!  Remember that most vendors cannot “chat” for very long, but being pleasant makes the whole day more fun!

And finally – go vote for what you want to see at the Ottawa Dancers’ Bazaar on the Bazaar Shopping POLL!

Add you comments below to share any good advice you have for the day too!

Getting into the rhythm of Fall

Hey all,

How are ya?  I am doing well!  I had a wonderfully busy summer, and was blessed with the month of August off!  This is something we work towards all year, so we relish that hammock time when we get it!  Sometimes I think that we should take more long weekends throughout the year, and if we can toss a few in this year, that would be great!

September has always been my “New Year”.  Back to school still exists for me as my new session of classes began a couple of weeks ago. Fresh starts to my sewing roster as well as I try to finish everyone’s summer projects before I leave for my holidays, and then in the first few weeks I am back, the calls {thankfully} start rolling in.

Budding Blossom Bag-09-281

I have some great new points of focus too happening this fall.  I was encouraged by a rush order for a select number my Eco-TAV products when I can back.  I have since sent off a small shipment to a distributor in Toronto, managed to get them into Arbour here in Ottawa, and have meetings this week and next to continue the momentum. And I have updated both the Eco-TAV and Artfire sites to show the new goodies available!

I also will be playing with creating some online video shows. Nothing fancy yet, it will grow as all things do in my world: baby steps and not too much horn bleating until I feel more comfy and polished.  But if you follow me in various online places, you see the hints and can check it out !  Just be gentle 🙂

And my stand-by fall events are in the planning stages – well, the Dancer’s Bazaar is almost sold out, and ready to rock on a new day!  Saturday the 24th should have a different feel to it, and there are some new vendors coming to this one which I am looking forward to seeing!  The December OCCP is just getting off the ground – possibly some changes in the air there too – but we’ll see!

Bollywood For Fun at the South Asian Festival

And Bollywood – what’s up with that!  We have been doing some serious fun with our new group, and getting some great face time!  Another new adventure for Halyma!

So, that’s my business realm in a nutshell.  Being self employed, being who I am , I seem to revolve around my variety of career choices in a way that seems to define my existence.  According to so many this would be wrong.  Or at the very least an incomplete definition of who am I.  I can accept the “incomplete”, but if I am not what I do, then I don’t know who I am. hmm…

….that’s another blog post on the way…

Til then – have a great one!


Dancers’ News – Updates!

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

Sunday, September 20


Check out the Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Features:

This week’s Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Feature is a visit to THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE FOR THE UPCOMING DANCERS’ BAZAAR! I have included links to all of the confirmed vendors who have websites to you can get an idea of how exciting this October’s event will be!
Click here for a quick look!



Introduction to Macs
September 22, 29 and October 6th (Tuesdays)

Social Internet Crash Course
October 13 and 20th (Tuesdays)

Introduction to Video Editing with Final Cut Express
October 27 and November 3rd

Using iPhoto
November 10 and 17th


SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
Classical Indian dance classes with Anjali in Ottawa STARTING THIS WEEK!

Indian dance classes start Wed Sept 23

Fall sessions will start.
Please indicate the day you can come and your level of expertise.
Do try to come
Hope to hear from you
Best wishes
613 745-1368

Indian Temple Dance
6 sessions:

Cost $150 for 6 one hour sessions.
Time options
Monday 8-9 0r 7.30-8.30
Tuesdays 8-9 or 7.30-8.30
Wednesdays 8-9 or 7.30-8.30
Saturday 2-3
Sunday 2-3
1)Learn hand signs, neck and eye movements
2)how to tie a sari,
3)make-up and
4) DANCE steps to use in your belly dance work,
a) rhythmic beating of the feet,
b) how to speak the drum syllables that accompany the dance
c) How to beat the rhythms
COMPLETE a short temple dance

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

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

OCTOBER 2, 2009
Full Moon Community Drum and Dance Circle

Friday, October 2
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Maki House Community Centre
19 Leeming Drive, Crystal Beach (between Bayshore and Kanata)
417 to Moodie Drive North. Turn right at Carling avenue, right at Crystal Beach Drive (your second street), left at Leeming Drive (your first street) Maki House is on the left right after the school.

Bring your own hand drums, shakers, bells and other percussion instruments. There will be some shakers for people to use if they don’t have anything of their own.

Cost: Free
Please RSVP by email to julie.tierney@sympatico.ca

FALL CLASSES – ALL of the other classes are still online – likely with room for new students still!  Check the full list online

Starting this week!

Belly Dance in Kemptville with Nancy/Shakira

613-258-4753 or shakira@magma.ca

Beginner/Intermediate 1
Wednesday 6:00-7:00 pm

Intermediate 2
Tuesday 7:00-8:30 pm
(pre-requisite: a couple of years BD)

Wednesday 7:00-8:30 pm
(pre-requisite: lots of years BD)

Bahiya’s Classes – Fall Belly Dance 2009

Monday 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Sept 21st to Nov 23rd 10 weeks (Beyond Beginner)
Nutri-Land 3625 Rivergate Way
Contact: Brenda

Tuesday 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Sept 22nd to Nov 7th 8 weeks (Beyond Beginner) (1169)

Tuesday 7:30 pm-8:30 pm
Sept 22nd to Nov 7th 8 weeks (Beginner) (1163)
St. Nicholas Adult High School
893 Admiral Ave
Contact: Catholic School Board

Thursday 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Sept 24th to Nov 19th 9 weeks (Beginner)

Thursday 7:40pm to 8:40pm
Sept 24th to Nov 19th 9 weeks (Beyond Beginner)
Hunt Club Riverside Community Centre
3320 Paul Anka Drive

Sunday 2:30 to 3:30
Sept 13th to Oct 11th 5 weeks (Beginner)
Blue Bamboo Yoga Studio
6081 Hazeldean Rd, Stittsville

Louise Houle – Embrun Belly dance Classes

Embrun at La Maison des Arts this fall.

Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.
Registration is on the 8 – 9 -10 of September, to register call 613-443-0058
The classes start on the 22nd of September.

Jocelyne “Jehane” Khan

Beginner Bellydance
Bilingual Class!
Sundays 4:00-5:00 PM

Baladi Débutant
Cours bilingue!
Dimanche 16h00 – 17h00

Oasis de la danse
200 St-Joseph Hull



Friday September 25, 2009
TOPKAPI Turkish Restaurant invites you to their “Fasil Night Celebration”

A four-hour dinner cruise on the Outaouais river on board of the ‘Miss Gatineau’

Departure at 7:00 pm from the ‘Quai des artistes’ on Jacques Cartier Street in Gatineau, Qc

All you can eat buffet and Live Entertainment
Bellydancers and live musicians

$55.00 per person

For information or reservations, call 613.230.8828

NOVEMBER 14, 2009
Nathalie Lebel 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.

Registration is now open!


Double Veil Workshop
Saturday, November 14, 2009
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Lunch and Bazaar from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Dance Studios.ca, 151 Chapel Street (parking entrance on the side of the building)
$70 if payment is received by November 4, 2009 $80 thereafter.

To register:
Info: julie(DOT)tierney(AT)sympatico.ca

NOVEMBER 21-24, 2009
Hadia’s Level 1 Teacher Training back in Toronto

Hadia is happy to share 38 years of teaching experience with you in this unique instructor training course (not just a dance course for instructors) which includes Mastery of effortless, beautiful and flawless technique for you and your students; musical and rhythm interpretation; the art of finger cymbals; anatomy for belly dance; injury prevention and body balance; teaching and communication skills; class/course planning; improvisation skills; origins, evolution and styles of oriental, including ROM, folklore, baladi and ritual and more……

Saturday and Sunday November 21st and 22nd 10 am to 5:30 pm plus Monday and Tuesday November 23rd and 24th 6 to 9:30 pm

$375 Can before November 1st
$425 Can after November 1st

PLUS Hadia’s Ultimate Technique Workshop

Friday November 20th 6:30 to 9:30 pm

This workshop is designed as a preparation for the Level 1 Participants who have not studied extensively with Hadia prior to the Training, but it is also open to dancers who are not taking the Training on a space available basis.

Aurora Live Studios
392 Queen St. East.

$80 before November 1st
$90 after November 1st
$50 for paid participants of Level 1 Teacher Training before November 1st

For registration and information

Hadia hadia@hadia.com
1 (902) 640-2473 (out of country Sept 14th to October 9th)

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.

$425 before October 15th
$475 after October 15th

For Registration and Information

Hadia hadia@hadia.com
1 (902) 640-2473 (out of country Sept 14th to October 9th)

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

The Dancers’ Bazaar – Thank you!

Click on the pic to see more shots by @wtl

Sunday, February 22, 2009 brought out over 20 vendors with oodles and oodles of belly dance wares, music, chocolates, health make-up, and more to the Knights’ of Columbus Hall at 260 McArthur.

It was the 19th Dancer’s Bazaar organized by me, and run with the help of a pile of fabulous volunteers, and my wonderful partner/husband/floor manager extraordinaire, Tom [ aka @wtl] .

The Hall set’s up the table, and then we arrive at about 8:45 am to survey their work and re-arrange based on specific vendor requests. And signs go up outside, and balloons are blown up and attached wherever they will look effective and eye-catching.

By 10 a.m. the main onslaught of vendors begin arriving, though a few arrive earlier and help with the pre-set up. And the volunteers get to pre-shop and help the vendors as they set up.

It is a crazy and fun morning setting up for the potential of 100s of shoppers coming through the doors starting at noon.

We had over 300 patrons come through for this one, and many bags were seen dangling of their arms as they left, so we know that some serious shopping was done! Yay!

Upcoming events were advertised, photos were taken, door prizes given out and Zahra Haddad graced us with a wonderful drumming demo and our favorite Bazaar floordancer, Mel, came through and provided some energy feedback as she usually does!

Thanks to all of the volunteers – I feel like I am being a slacker by not mentioning you all by name, but you know who you are – so thanks! And Congrats to @elkae as she won the volunteer door prize!

Thanks to the vendors who make the trip to join us for the day – some coming from as far away as Montreal, Sherbrooke, Mississauga and Barrie. And the local folks are providing gorgeous stuff too – so I am glad to provide a place for us all to showcase our stuff!

Plans are in motion for the next one, but I’ll focus on other things for a few weeks!

Dancers’ Bazaar: Almost 10 years of shopping fun!


Just a view of the hall...
Just a view of the hall...

The Dancers’ Bazaar has been an event that I have been organizing since June 1999. It began with 7 tables in the community centre that I teach at in the Byward market, expanding to two room, then moving to a larger, and larger hall for the first 5 years or so.

Since I cannot make costumes for everyone, and I knew of teachers who were importing and making pieces themselves, it made sense to bring us all together and let the students and pros see everything in one place!  And so it began.  I have seen many of my friends and colleagues give it a go in one form or another, from selling hip scarves to jewelry to cleaning out their closets!

It is one of those projects that I do because I see the benefit of it to our belly dance community. It helps me feel l can be a part of something larger, which is important when self employed in my cozy home studio during the day!

The events I organize are always done with the intention of creating a “win-win” [ I apologize for the cliche] situation, and I learn a lot through producing them. I won’t get into all of that right now, but maybe a future post will share my learning!

This time around, on February 22nd, we’ll have new vendors coming in from all over the area, as well as many of our favorite exhibitors. I am pleased that there are so many new faces to show their wares – and many non-belly dance products coming to light for our shopping pleasure!

Chocolate is a big thing these days at markets, and a new vendor will be coming with specialty chocolates. Hoping the kids who frequent the Bazaar will not get too much in their little hands!

This one will help me warm up a bit more to the development of my Eco-TAV line – sharing this concept with those in my main community face to face will help get the word out of their existence!


Eco-Tav Food Napkins and Pouches! Saving the planet, One Napkin at a Time!
Eco-Tav Food Napkins and Pouches! Saving the planet, One Napkin at a Time!



While I could rave on and on about how fabulous the  Dancers’ Bazaar is, I am thinking that you’ll just have to come see it yourself to enjoy the community atmosphere, social aspect, shopping frenzy and belly dance spirit in action!

Come join us for the afternoon! 260 McArthur, Doors open from 12 noon to 4 p.m.!img_4517img_4515img_4514img_4513

Ottawa’s Weekend of Belly Dance – October 18 and 19, 2008

Belly Dance Teacher’s Fundraiser – Halyma Performs

Saturday, October 18, 2008

7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

3 RD AVE & LYON – Glebe Community Centre, Ottawa, Ontario.   Google Map


and raise funds for:

You are cordially invited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the rich culture of Bellydance in the Ottawa Region
7 pm, Saturday October 18th, 2008
Glebe Community Centre (corner of 3rd ave. & Lyon)

* Wonderful performances by your favourite teachers
* Surprise Guest performers
* Great FOOD !!! by Corner Cafe/Mona’s
Two Weekend Get-aways courtesy of STARWOOD Hotels
Authentic Dance Belt from Egypt courtesy of OASIS Dance
Beautiful Handmade Silk Veil courtesy of Shibori Borealis

Tickets: $25


AND on Sunday…..



Sunday, October 19, 2008

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

260 McArthur (Knights of Columbus Hall), Ottawa, Ontario.   Google Map


A Dancer’s Bazaar
The largest gathering of Ottawa area dancers with the best selection of new and used costumes, fabrics, music, accessories and more to buy, sell, swap and trade!

Open to all – free admission

Meet teachers, check out class schedules, get costume information, and much more!

Something for everyone – young and old – men and women! Come on out and enjoy the afternoon!

The Dancer’s Bazaar hosts over 40 tables of goods and services to appeal to the shopper in us all!

Looking for zills? Sticks? Veils? Skirts? Music? Anything you can think of, and many things you might not have thought would come in handy – tote bags and cover-ups, baladi dresses, and accessories to complete any outfit! Whew! There will be new stock from Egypt, Turkey and of course from our local artisans and designers. And be sure to check out the many deals for used costumes as well.

There are many vendors who are connected to the belly dance community who are offering products and services that might not automatically seem like a bellydance purchase, so come with an open mind! Remember this is a cash and carry event – credit cards are not likely to be accepted by most vendors. And as in the past, many new vendors will be coming out, so there will be a huge selection of products available!

Get the bilingual Miniposter (403 KB PDF) with all the details!


Randi Cherry ~Sahara Art~Carlos Rojas and Brigitte Chavez~Zamira~Gurel & Ayfer Karaocku ~Karen Jennings~Jocelyne Khan~Zahra and Jewel~Natasha’s Treasures~Samia/Enchantress of Egypt~Tara Heft~Half Moon Street~Imports by Nikita ~Shibori-Borealis~Patricia Zaid ~Julie Tierney~Dorothy’s Magical Fairy treasures ~Hollywood Music~Dalia’s collection~Boutique de danse baladi de l’Estrie ~Infineight~Boutique Baladi~DanceStudios.ca~Creative Clothing By Roxane ~Fashion Impex / Belly DAnce Supply~Suzie Lafrance~Sha Vega’s Tarot TentTAV CREATIONS/Halyma’s Belly Dancing For Fun~B. Good’s cookies