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Us and JJ!Good morning!

Thanks to those who came out on Friday in the cold to see us do our Bollywood thing and celebrate Diwali!  I’ll be updating the Bollywood For Fun website soon with video clips etc. Busy, busy, busy!

The next few weeks seem to have something on every weekend – so be sure to check the Dancers’ Newsletter online as well – It’s hard to list everything every week and still call them Updates… So I have condensed things as much as I can, but there is a lot online!

Read on!

If you are able to help out at the Dancers’ Bazaar on Saturday, please email me!  There are always benefits to being  a volunteer there!



Check out the Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Features:

This week’s Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Feature is a visit to my blog for some advice on how to shop at the upcoming Ottawa Dancers’ Bazaar! Check back this week for any extra comments – and please add yours too!
Click here for a quick look!


Part 2 is your invitation to be creative and express your greenness!


Eco-TAV is running a video contest with prizes for the top 4 videos! If you have bought – or will buy – anything from my Eco-TAV line, I hope you will have some fun shooting a quick video clip sharing the ways you are “green”!

You can find the details online here!


Teacher wanted:

“Do you happen to know anyone in my neck of the woods (well my school’s area) who teaches Belly dance? We are putting together a set of community arts workshops and would like to invite community artists to participate. We can offer a little bit of an honorarium but I think one of the real benefits is exposure to potential new students / customers. The local glass studio has had a significant flow of customers through his involvement with previous workshops with our school.

Woodroffe High School, is in the west end. Near Woodroffe and Carling. Another easy land mark is Lincoln Fields bus station. Any one interested can contact me. Feel free to put my phone number out – 613-721-3458.

Thanks for your help.”

Christy Stanhope  christy.stanhope@rogers.com

The Fall Fusion Cabaret – Special Thanks and DVD available!

“I’d like to extend a special thanks to everyone who helped make our sold out show, the Fall Fusion Cabaret, possible.  Mostly to Ms. Brice for travelling all the way up here for the weekend, and to our performers who came from other cities to dance in our show!  Locally, I’d like to extend gracious thanks to Tracey for all her help and support, Tom and Lainie for video and photo, Dantessa for the bar, and the Arts Court Theatre for their continued support of our events.  Thank you all for coming out to the show!

For those of you who missed out, or who would like a DVD:
DVD is available for order by contacting Tom at tom@darnermedia.ca and they are $20 each.
The DVD does not include Rachel’s performances, but includes our guests Rosanna McGuire, Tribu Ghabal, Mat Jacob, Jamilah & Milana, Anna & Safiya, and Shakti fusion (including solos by Niki, Natasha and Leslie).  The sale of the DVD goes to support the production of the event and we are lucky to have so many original performances in one place!

Also please note: Anyone who took photos or film of Rachel Brice at the show, these may not be published without her consent! We always ask that no flash photography or filming happens, but sometimes it seems people can’t resist.  Please do not post photos/videos of performers online without their express permission :)”



Tribal fusion workshops with Leslie!Leslie

Sunday October 18th, 2009
Tribal Basics – new to tribal, or want to brush up on your technique?  This class is for you!
1196 Bank at Makin Moves
12:15-2:15pm (ish, depending on the class before ours finishing on time)
$30 drop in.

Friday October 23th, 2009
Tribal fusion combinations – this class is for the tribal experienced, or dancers well experienced in bellydance.
1196 Bank at Makin Moves
$30 drop in.

to register – leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca

OCTOBER 18, 2009 onwards – Montreal
Gypsy/Folklorique/Bollywood Dances of India– For Belly Dancers

Workshop Series 2009 by Amrita Choudhury

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


Also check out this show Amrita will be a part of:

October 22, 2009 – QuebeAsia

OCTOBER 23-25, 2009 ~ TORONTO
Hipnotech featuring: Rosanna McGuire

Labspace Studio
2A Pape Ave at Queen
Doors at 830, 1st set at 930, 2nd at 1030Tickets $10 in advance at http://www.cleoflaptra.com/performance.html, more at the door, and reduced after the bellydance performance is over.

Weekend intensive Workshop:

http://www.cleoflaptra.com/instruction.html for details!

October 23rd-25th. 
Fees: 1/2 day: $45, or $90/day.

Friday October 23rd (Aurora Live Studios, 392 Queen Street E)
12-2pm: Yoga and fast technique.
230-430: Technique contin. and flexibility training

Saturday October 24th (Mad For Dance 263 Adelaide St. West)
1230-230: Fusion, movement invention, and creating choreography

3-5: Flapper fusion

Sunday October 25th (Mad For Dance 263 Adelaide St. West)
12-2: Funk styles for bellydancers – Funkifying your bellydance and bellydancifying your funk.

230-430: Slow technique and flexibility.


OCTOBER 24, 2009Shibori Borealis Veil poi in action

Yes, it’s on Saturday


12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
260 McArthur (Knights of Columbus Hall), Ottawa.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Email me if you can help! Tracey@tav-creations.com

GO TO THE ONLINE POLL to share your shopping requests!

November 1 2009 – Ottawa

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

1:00-3:00 pm Basic Workshop:

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

Cost: $30.00 up to October 24th, $35 after. Buy a set of veils in advance
and get the workshop for $25 (must register by 24 October 2009)

3:00-4:00 pm Advanced Workshop:

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

Cost: $15.00 up to October 24th, $20 after. If you are taking the earlier
workshop that day you will receive a $5.00 discount for the extension.

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

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

For registration and information contact Zamira:

NOVEMBER 7, 2009
*Workshop with a twist*

Roxane (creative Clothing) is giving a workshop on NOV 7, from 1 to 5: HOW TO MAKE A BRA and BELT SET with pre-sequinned and embroidered fabrics. And to make it easier for you, she will have pre-packaged boxes of beautiful, shiny fabrics and matching trims and extras to make your set. All you would have to supply is the bra.

These packages will be on show and for sale at the upcoming Dancers’ Bazaar on SAT. OCT 24.
Pre-register now or at the bazaar for $40 for the workshop, plus cost of your package. It will be $50 at the door. 10 spaces available and 8 only 8 are left.

7 NOVEMBRE 2009nov7-poster
Spectacle 30e anniversaire de la Troupe Égyptienne Enan

Venez célébrer 30 ans de danse folklorique égyptienne au Canada avec les Enans!


au Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave

prix spécial, seulement $10!

disponible a l’Oasis de la danse, 819-776-5033


NOVEMBER 7, 2009
Enan Egyptian Troupe’s 30th Anniversary Show
Come celebrate 30 years of the Enans sharing Egyptian Folkloric dance in Canada!

7:00 PM Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave

Special anniversary price, tickets only $10!
available at Dance Oasis, 819-776-5033


NOVEMBER 14, 2009

Nathalie Lebel Double Veil Workshop

Nathalie and her double veils
Nathalie and her double veils

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: Send a cheque made out to Mouvance and mail it to Julie Tierney 84 McDermot Court, Kanata, Ontario K2L 3V1
Info: julie(DOT)tierney(AT)sympatico.ca

NOVEMBER 14, 2009


Legion Hall at the corner of Kent and MacLaren

Fundraiser for Kids Help Phone, Distress Centre, Bereaved Families

Doors open at 7:30

Party starts at 8 pm and goes ’till we drop!

Tickets $25, $30 at the door.

email: dragonslivehere.glebe@gmail.com

Buy your tickets online with Paypal(.50 nominal fee) to make sure you get yours!

NOVEMBER 22, 2009


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

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

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

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

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

December 12 & 13, 2009
Shakti fusion bellydance is excited to present a workshop and show with Rosanna McGuire (Toronto/San Francisco)

Rosanna brings her fabulous Hipnotech workshop to Ottawa!  A spectacular instructor and performer, she will bring her original fusions to the class and in performance at our show – for more about Rosanna, please visit her site at:  http://www.cleoflaptra.com/bio.html

Saturday December 12

Yoga and Fast Technique and Flapper Fusion
See Rosanna’s video from Tribal Fest 2008 to see Rosanna’s original fusion style:

Sunday December 13
location TBD
Funk Styles for Bellydancers and Slow technique and flexibility.
See Rosanna’s video from Tribal Fest 2009 to see her funkstyle:

Registration for both days is $170, $190 with ticket for the show, or $85 for one day only.  This is an event not to be missed!
to register:  leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca
Space is limited!

Saturday December 12th
Show:  The Holiday Cabaret Spectaculaire!

The Mercury Lounge
56 Byward
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Featuring our house dj, and special guest performer Rosanna McGuire, Shakti fusion, and many guests!
This event doubles as our first ever Christmas party, dress up in your best winter sparkle, and come dance with us!  Limited to 80 guests!  Santas and bad holiday sweaters welcome!

for tickets, email leslie – leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca

DECEMBER 16, 2009

Wednesday, December 16th, 2007
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Show starts at 7 p.m.
Ottawa University Alumni Theatre

Tickets will go on sale in November, but check with your teacher to see if she has reserved space for your class to perform in the show!




David Rostenne and Tom Leroux have a Social Media Crash Course starting on Tuesdays.

Social Internet Crash Course
October 20th

6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

This course  is primarily geared towards small business owners, but can apply to anyone who is curious about participating in the online world. We are covering a whole slew of “keeping in touch” methods in this course: having a web site, surfing the web, passwords and online safety, email and etiquette, newsletters, instant messaging, blogs, podcasts, Digg, StumbleUpon, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter – there’s so much, and we will be doing our best to cover it all. We will let you know what it can (and can not) do for you, and answer your questions.

All classes are $150, or $275 if you sign up for two.

You can view more details online here: http://www.darnermedia.ca/training-and-consulting/classes/ , give me a call, or you can shoot an email to classes@darnermedia.ca.


NOVEMBER 8, 2009
Jewelry Sale

Hello everyone!

Myself and a handful of talented friends will be hosting a Jewelry and Art Sale on November 8, 2009! The sale will be held at Studio B (591 Bank St, near Pretoria) from 12-5pm, and will include the following artists:

Jewelry, artwork and honey by A Sassy Conspiracy (www.acidtrix.com)
Oil paintings and art bookmarks by Erika Doyon (www.tattoosbyerika.com)
Knits and plushies by Aeramel
Watercolour and oil paintings by Pookzilla
Watercolour paintings and buttons by Elektrafying
Artistic Cupcakes by Kasia

Stop in and say hello, and get your holiday shopping done early by supporting local artists! We promise, it’ll be worth the trip!

We hope to see you there! Please pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested 🙂

Erika Doyan



Tribal fusion classes with Niki

Tribal fusion classes with Niki

Tuesday 8-9pm

Oct 20 (6 week session for $70)

1196 Bank St at Makin Moves studios

to register: theodorn AT magma DOT ca


Honey Bee Cottage
Hand-painted silks by Melissa Wakeling, Belleville, Ontario

Hand-painted silk veils using Heliographic “sun printing” technique to create unique patterns and colour variations. This special technique results in beautiful colour swirls and marbling – a look that is not quite watercolour and not quite tie-dye – a one of a kind treasure! Custom-painted bellydance veils available April-October only.

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

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

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

Colour and motion - can you hear the music?

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

Anna and Safiya
Sha Vega

The student group dancers:

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

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

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

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


The amazing volunteers:

Ticket and DVD order ladies: Julie T and Linda B

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

Decor: Michele Roy [ OMG thank you!]

Backstage/Stage Manager: Catharine Crerar

Official Photographer: Lainie Cambria

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

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

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

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

A drama pose!
A drama pose!

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!!

Two Great belly Dance Shows in Ottawa’s Byward Market

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


Ottawa Twestival, originally uploaded by WTL-Ottawa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I think we are already booked for next year!

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

Halyma~Dancing in a Mall!

Click on photo to see more!


HPIM4671.JPG, originally uploaded by campdancer2000.

Our final event for the World Party promotion happening at The Bay. This one – Rideau Street location.
Shade and I went early – too early – remember for next time to no go so early!

Upon arrival it was difficult to get a hold of our contact as she seemed to have a lot going on, but the ladies at the Lancome counter were fun and tolerant of our hanging about and chatting!

Once we connected with our main contact, I was asked if I had a cd player with me…

I had not expected that, but had brought my small ipod player/speakers for another gig/belly~gram we were doing right after the Bay event. So, fortune smiled upon us as I approached the musicians who were playing before us. They had the perfect set up – two or three speakers connected to what – their own ipod!


They were so great to let me attach my ipod to their system and let us use it to dance! It was a life saver!  We had a blast and Shade’s mom took some fun shots of us dancing!

Then we headed off to our next gig – a birthday surprise for a friend of mine! He was shocked and we got a few other folks in the office to come out to clap and enjoy the show too! Short and sweet!

Third gig lasted less than a minute at Patty Boland’s as we gave a little pre-farewell show for Michelle – a wonderful server who takes care of Tom every Friday and me too when I am there for lunch!

She leaves shortly to bring new life to the world! We wish her all the best!

She was quite surprised when we suddenly had music and were shimmying all around her! Tried not to cause too much hassle as she was working at the time!

All in all a good day!
Happy Belly Dance blessings to you all!

The Final Mambo!

Click on the photo to see more pics!

HPIM4545.JPG, originally uploaded by campdancer2000.

The Runway for the Cure Fashion Shows at Mambo restaurant have been a great adventure!

Thanks to Estrelita who asked me to provide entertainment for it, and to Marisol, the owner of Mambo, Kinki and Helsinki, who has been a gracious hostess to us!

The ladies who came out with me benefited from the opportunity to get out and dance for strangers and friends in some cases, without the heavy obligation of remembering a routine. The crowds have been lovely to dance for, we could always find someone smiling and moving to the music to play along with.  Thanks to Shade, Anastasia and Megan for joining me!  And thanks to my Thursday Creative intermediate class for their patience and understanding…next week = full workout!

I have benefited by getting some more exposure for my own classes and for “Halyma’s Belly Dancing For Fun Dancers”, my business of providing belly dancers at events. An entirely new flock of people have seen how much fun it adds in a friendly, family oriented and yet still exotic way!

And the event benefitted from entertainment and added energy to their fund raising – what a win win situation for all!

Now for those paid gigs to start rolling in!

Mambo number 5!


HPIM4445.JPG, originally uploaded by campdancer2000.

Another day, another show under our belts! It has been a pleasure working with Shade and Anastasia for the Mambo Fashion Shows-Runway to the Cure. Next week will be our last show and it will feature Shade and I – maybe someone else too – we’ll see!

The audiences have been fun and relaxed – smiling and clapping along at that subdued, “we just ate a lot” pace – but that’s all good!

These volunteer events are such a great way to share our love of belly dance with those who may not have seen it up close and personal before. I have a previous post all about my opinion on volunteer dancing so I won’t go on about it again!

We were able to sit and chat with Tara, from the Ottawa Cancer Foundation, last night and she was so enthusiastic about how much fun watching us dance was – it is great to hear! And she is also involved in the Weekend to End Breast Cancer – another event that we are going to be participating in – first weekend in June!

This weekend brings on three more volunteer events for me – The Bay World Gala events: today at 4 p.m. Bayshore; tomorrow at 1 p.m., St. Laurent and the MS Walk at the Experimental Farm on Sunday morning. I am very proud to be a member of such a strong community of dancers who are willing and able to come out to support these events and share their skills!

Yay us!

Mambo number 4


Originally uploaded by campdancer2000

Downstairs at Mambo is where the first part of the fun is!

We arrived just in time to spend a few moments checking out the designs of Frank Sukhoo, someone I went to L’Academie des Couturiers Canadiens with many moons ago – late 80’s! Beautiful stuff and great concept for a business here in Ottawa!

The two ladies were with me again, and the crowd was ready for a good show! Which we gave them, dancing through the crowded space and twisting and shimmying around the servers!

Shade even got the MC up to shimmy a bit too – which had the crowd going wild! What fun!

On our second set/encore dance, I was waved over by a lovely older lady who then reached into her purse and pulled out a fiver! She then proceeded to tuck it into my hip, and everyone had a great laugh! My tip managed to stay there for the rest of my dance – which was funny and cool as it waggled with every hip shake!

And it matched my costume since our CND $5 are blue 🙂

Afterwards, the owner kindly called ahead to another of her restaurants to let us have a snack in thanks for our volunteer dancing – all for a good cause, but the food at Kinki was fabulous! And unexpectedly generous!

We had a great time and that’s why I dance!