Busy summer ahead- as usual but a little different!

This weekend, I danced at Community Cup with Bollywood For Fun.
Go see pics here:
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Last weekend, I danced at Emilie’s Run with the amazing Belly Dancing For Fun Rogue Dancers:

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And then I switched over to join up with Bollywood For Fun and headed east bound to the Blackburn Public library for a quick dance and lesson then off to Andrew Hayden Park for the MSMF picnic, meeting up with 2 more BWFF dancers there.
More photos:

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Not a very dramatic telling of the weekend’s of fun but know that the dancing is what keeps me somewhat sane.

In the midst of all of the dancing, I still have sewing clients, though the universe has blessed me with more costumes and less bridal this summer!  And we have more dancing to come, so I hope to see you out there!

I am also about to move a lot of stuff. everywhere.

Virtual world: this weekend, my main business website for both TAV Creations and Belly Dancing For Fun is about to undergo mitosis. So if anything goes wrong, it’s while people are drinking and carousing here in Canada, and won’t even be online to see :-)

Virtual World: I also, as part of the above mitosis – what a great word – have moved my weekly Dancers’ News weekly email to a new distribution site and have had to comply with the new Canadian Anti- Spam stuff – so confusion and wackiness there!

Real world: Boxes and Boxes and Boxes abound in my home as the apartment building we have lived in for 17+ years has been sold and the new owners are doing major renos and we have to leave. So forced out by upcoming paint fumes, dust and an actual legal requirement, we have found a new home nearby and will be spending much of July purging and packing and hopefully trickle-moving over towards the end of the month with a binge move and yard sale to take care of the final bits.

Real World: Annual August sabbatical: yep, we still get our time off, and the time we’ll spend unpacking will be offset by some time in the woods – but at a NEW site – disturbing to not know where the trees will be, but our zero gravity chairs we got last year are at least a sold plan if the hammocks have to be configured in a less than usual way ( we’ve had 1 of 3 sites for the past 16 years, so now that we have to move to a new one, more adventures!)

And so, blogging may be limited for the next while, but keep an eye on my twitter stream for short bursts!

Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day 2014

Another show…and some fresh perspective.

The finale when everyone joins in the fun!

The finale when everyone joins in the fun!

I usually write up a thank note of sorts here on my blog after whatever latest event I have organized has taken place and we’ve all started the recovery.

And this is sort of that, but I wanted to explore some of the other aspects of the event organizing business and maybe it should be separate, but we are all busy, so let’s get that stuff out of the way first.

Community verging on family:

That’s what our Ottawa Belly dance Community feels like for me.  We  cannot all be at the family reunions, we sometimes get irritated with each other, once we know each other really well, then we say things without reservation, and most of the time that’s great, and then sometimes it’s like the proverbial family sitcom where the journey is full of ups and downs.

But we all come through it in the end because we support each other. There will always be things that happen at any event both seen by all as well as behind the scenes, and we have to deal with it in the best way we can.

I want to send my first thank you to the folks who took care of a lot of little, and maybe not so little, things that took place without my knowledge. These women, who are my friends and chosen family, know me well enough to see the twitching near my eyeball and save me from the “1 more thing to deal with” that might take me right over the edge.

Anyone who has organized an event knows how many balls are in the air the whole time and you do your best to keep them going where they need to be, but it’s a lot easier to do when you have great friends who are there to step in and grab the balls that are heading for the floor before they shatter. < not a ball joke, A&S Advanced class, I swear!>

Honour system:

How cool is it that the wonderful system I go with for ticket distribution and collection works on an honour system. That sense of community allows me to trust that yes, everyone who has accepted responsibility to sell tickets and return either the tickets or cash on the night of the show, works. It just does. BTW – if you were supposed to pay for tickets and forgot, just send me an email interac payment :-)

” My little sandbox”:

One comment I got on Facebook overnight was from a dancer I have known for years, but this was the first time her group was able to join us and dance at the OCCP. Being an invite-only party with a limited amount of time and space, I cannot always include everyone I would like to, and sometimes if people are not in my face about wanting to dance, they slip through the cracks.  So I was very pleased to be able to add new groups and Rogue dancers to the show this time around to mix things up and give others a chance to show us how great they are.  And her comment about playing in my sandbox { it was positive} reminded me that yes, I am a dictator < hopefully benevolent> , and yes, as much as it could not happen without a LOT of help, the OCCP is still my baby, my turf, and I am ok with that.

A LOT OF HELP:

Ok- outright thank you time! Thank you all for playing your own special role in making the evening great!

From the door help: Linda, Michelle, Erika, Laura, Gailene, and even Robert for a while; to stage manager: Catharine; to Decor: Michele; to photography: Robert, Yasmin and Ivy; Video < and general life support>: Tom; to food: Anna and Safiya and Melissa; to cleaning up afterwards: Emilie, I could not imagine how things would go without you all doing the things you do!

The teachers who spend months working with their students, the Rogue Dancers, who spend extra time working on their own routines, the performers, who should take so much pride in their accomplishments – from beginners through to pros, you all keep raising the bar for this show and I am so grateful you take advantage of this opportunity to be creative, exploring different inspirations and then sharing it with us.

The Sponsors who donate their gifts to add that little something extra to the event – go support them the rest of the year, ‘kay?

The guests- friends and family of our dancers who come out on a weeknight, staying out past bedtime, who come to support one friend and then share their enjoyment of the entire show and support everyone who dances – you are wonderful!

Thank you all.

AND FINALLY:

If you performed and wanted a DVD but did not get a chance to order one, email info@darnermedia.ca and make arrangements with Tom directly.

Unclaimed Doorprizes:

Ticket Number 25 { you are one of my students, but I don’t know who! }: Scream A Little Dream Dvd and a Gift Certificate from Dunyia Dance Studio for one 4 week Registration.

Ticket Number 97 {You are one of Bahiya’s Students}: 1 set of weighted veils from Zamira of the VeiledEye.com including a 1 hour lesson plus 1 free ticket to the upcoming Summer Sizzle in July!

Please message me to figure out a good day/ time to get your prize to you! email: halyma@bellydancingforfun.com

Share your photos on flickr.com:

Yes RSV Photography has spoken to most of you about the option to eventually put pics up on his pages both his private website to start and then Facebook, but I am a fan of flickr – it’s free, you get lots of space, and you maintain all of your rights for your photos.

So I have set up a semi-private Flickrgroup where if you can PLEASE share any shots you took, and share them with others who attended. When you click through, just request to join and upload your photos.  If you are unsure of how to do that and prefer to send me your shots and I can upload them, giving you credit of course, that’s great too!

UPDATE: The Dvds have been shipped – if you missed your chance that night to order one { And are a performer} message info@darnermedia.ca and make your request before June 20.  Let Tom know which performance you were in!

And - just showing off: my new Logo for Halyma's Belly Dancing For Fun

And – just showing off: my new Logo for Halyma’s Belly Dancing For Fun

Come dance? Summer Playtime: half class/half practice

The idea:

Drop in for bellydance time in a studio space with mirrors.
It is Air conditioned- though we don’t always feel it.
I would teach a bit, and then you would have free time to play. And if you just want to practice on your own, that’s fine too – the fee is to cover the room rental fees.
You’ll have room to practice your own thing with veils, wings, zills stick, almost anything!
Tuesdays from June 17 to July 22
-6:30 to 7:30p.m.
Location: 172 Guigues – Free parking < entrance off Cumberland just north of St. Patrick>
$65 for 6 weeks 
Drop ins $15/ personTo Register for the full session:

Send me an email at halyma@bellydancingforfun.com and an email itnerac or Paypal payment of $65.  Or pay me in cash the next time you see me :-)

 join the Facebook event

 

Link back here if you like this poster!

What makes dancing so fabulous? The dancers, of course!!

Halyma:

This happened to be a Bellywood related performance, but this applies to when we belly dance too!

Originally posted on BellyWood with Halyma:

Some of my lovely friends in dance spent last evening with me at the latest For Love Of Dance charity fundraiser.

Along with the professional dance troupe I work with, Bollywood For Fun, ( yes, Sugandha, you have enlisted in a professional troupe!), I also love playing with my Bellywood students ( last night known as, “Bunnywood for Noms”- you had to be there).

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Banana Smile { note the bunny?}

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Ameenah’s New Haircut looks awesome!

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Traditional Group Selfie Time: Madhumaki, Cassandra, Ameenah, Halyma, Sugandha, Paprycia

And with loads of fun backstage happening, we also get to see other dancers performing their styles with flare and energy and fun!

Thank you to the ladies who were able to come out and perform with me, and I know there will be more photos soon – I’ll add a link when they are viewable!

A quick note on unpaid dancing:

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So… there’s a link…. Thank you to my friends who have to hear me say that…

<sigh>

Here’s the thing.

I like information. I like finding it without having to ask for it.

I like searching for it and having it pop up on my computer screen, so that even if I have a small question for something I cannot seem to find answered in my digital search, I already am armed with most of what I need to know.

So… do unto others, right?

I set up online sources of information for my students, my dance colleagues that I work with, people who may be interested in hiring me for either dance functions or sewing related projects.  And while I may not get it updated immediately when something new comes into the knowledge base, I do try.

So… once all of this information is set up, I then provide links to it as best I can for anyone who may need that information.

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And then I am surrounded by the most amazing human beings who keep bringing me back into this touchy- feely world of “call and response.”

They ask me questions in person …<HUH?!?>, and they tolerate my response of a dramatic head shaking, followed by, “There’s this link…”

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And they are still my friends, and they still talk to me, even though I constantly try to get them to join me in my information revolution!

So, thanks, ladies for trying to connect with my human, imperfect, and ever so whack side!

 

Borrowing Siddiqah's favourite cartoonist

May is gonna be so busy!

I just began my Monday evening classes last night, and it’s a small group, but I think that’s going to be just right for this session!

I also start my Awaken your Inner Goddess classes this coming Thursday, and am working on how I’ll be manifesting this concept – since it’s a new type of weekly class for me, I want to go with the flow.  Fortunately, I am sure the women who have signed up will be open to the adventure!

May 9-11 is also Ottawa ComicCon and I’ll be volunteering there as an Ottawa Browncoat and am hoping to see some  cool celebs  when I take my breaks!

Tracey, Nathan, Tom

And then there’s the dance festival events that are coming up for both Bollywood For Fun { my other dance group} as well as Belly dancing For Fun and Bellywood with Halyma.  Lots of practices and co-ordination with my many wonderful colleague dancers ahead!

 

Keep an eye here and on the Dancers’ News for info about the many events – some are fundraisers and  have a ticket purchase involved, some are community events and are free to attend!

 

Post Bazaar…on to the next round of classes!!

Another Ottawa Belly Dance Community event completed – some I organize and some I simply enjoy being able to participate!

I did get the chance to Emcee the new addition to the Ottawa Dancers’ Bazaar – a last minute decision made at about 11:30 a.m., but I’m always glad to help and amuse!

Loved being able to showcase a mere sampling of my client’s outfits – in the TAV Creations Client Collection segment of the Fashion Show.  Thanks to all of my models who were awesome and also stepped out as last minute models for the other vendors!

I was on stage, so I did not get photos, but i think there’s at least one I’ll be able to snare and add here later!

So, with the Bazaar complete, the next event in my outer  world will be as an Ottawa Browncoat at the upcoming Ottawa Comic Con. Personally my Mom’s bday will be a nice afternoon out of town and a friend’s wedding will take us on a weekend away adventure, so those will fill up weekends in April before ComicCon.

I also have a new session of classes underway – some began last week and some start  this week and some start at the end of the month – all continent on enrolment!

So check out my schedule and if you think any of those catch your eye – come play! Please note, the Wednesday Level 1 class shown in the poster below has already been cancelled.

You can also read my latest article on my new course, “Awaken your Inner Goddess through Dance” in the April issue of Tone Magazine here!

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