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Good morning,

With some of the issues, we’ve been having delivery problems, so I have been starting to make sure I get the updates posted on my Blog as well – feel free to check there is you ever do not receive the weekly email – and leave me a comment so that I know you’ve checked it out here!!

July is quickly passing us by, but there are so many fun events going on that today’s news is full of reminders of the upcoming week!

See some of you at the Dancing with the Elements Workshop today – and others at the Summer Practice Evenings starting next week!

Have a great day


ECO-TAV NEWS: BLOSSOM BAG BLOWOUT – Click on the ARTFIRE button to the left to see the remaining stock of Eco-TAV’s summer sale!  





Check out the Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Features:

This week’s Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Feature is a visit to the new OTTAWA BOLLYWOOD NEWS site! Yes, it is in it’s early development, and I am welcoming contributors! For those of us who dabble in both worlds, it seems like the right thing to do! Contact me if you can help share Bollywood related info!
Click here for a quick look!



IN November, Creative Clothing by Roxane will be 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.

Editor’s note: The Annual October Dancer’s Bazaar  is still happening – details will come soon – just giving the regular vendors their first dibs on spots!




July 12 to July 26-Sundays
Tribal Fusion workshops with Leslie

As Leslie has been accepted into the Master of Arts, Dance program at York in Toronto, this will be the last opportunity for a while to get in some study of Tribal fusion bellydance on a regular basis. Please note that the below listings are fundraising activities to support this course of study 🙂 Workshops are $50 each. In the fall, Leslie will return to Ottawa periodically to teach monthly workshops.

Sunday, July 12th – TODAY
How Not To Get Dizzy: Spinning and Tribal fusion bellydance
By request, this workshop provides grounding yoga practice and tips and tricks to perform fast, calibrated and slow spins and turns.
1196 Bank, Makin’ Moves studio
$50 for this 3 hour workshop
to register: leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca

Sunday, July 26th
Yoga for Bellydance

This workshop is a 3 hour part practice, part lecture about the benefit of specific yoga poses and how they help support alignment in dance. Leslie is a certified Hatha yoga instructor and also draws from her training with Rachel Brice.

1196 Bank, Makin’ Moves studio
$50 for this 3 hour workshop
to register: leslie AT shaktifusion DOT ca



JULY 12, 2009
Dancing With The Elements- TODAY

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

A workshop for women designed to help you fully awaken your Goddess of Dance by implementing the power of the five elements.

Times: 9:30a.m. to 11:30p.m Workshop
11:30p.m. to 12:30p.m. Potluck lunch
12:30p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Workshop


Please arrive by 9 a.m. if you can join us today!

includes a vial of your personalized aromatherapy oil, which Michelle can mix for you upon arrival and talking to you!


Open to all levels of dancer.

Whether you dance for your own pleasure, are a professional performer or somewhere in between, Dancing With the Elements can help improve your energy, presence and how you feel the dance from within.

The workshop will begin with covering belly dance moves from a variety of cultural sources, breaking them down to their linear and elemental essences.

With the five elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit, participants will be guided in using each in turn to empower and enhance the dance, taking time to explore our individual experiences as we go inside to connect with our inner Goddess of Dance.

The workshop will end with a powerful healing ritual that gives the opportunity to both give and receive the energies accessed during the workshop.

Co-facilitated by Tracey “Halyma” Vibert of Belly Dancing For Fun! and Michelle Hrynyk, Wiccan High Priestess, Reiki Master, healer and trained aromatherapy specialist.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me before 9:30 a.m.:Tracey at 613-294-6540 for today only



Summer Bellydance Workshop with Zena

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

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

Contact: Zena for pre-registration and the address to send in payment



JULY 19, AND 26, 2009 – UPDATED INFO
Sha’ Vega Malibu Presents Sweat and Swim

Don’t miss this opportunity to Sweat and Swim on Sunday, July 19th and again on July 26th.
Two different and exciting classes are being offered plus a delicious and healthy luncheon on the lakeside, belly dance videos on the big screen AND swimming in the lake until your heart’s content.

Where? The class is being held at 300 Saddler Road at Forêt la Blanche Interpretation Centre, (2nd floor) in Mayo, QC.

The luncheon to follow will be at my residence, just 4 km from Forêt la Blanche Interpretation Centre.

What time? Class is from 10:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Lunch and everything else after 12:30 p.m.

How long does it take to get there anyway? Give yourself about 50 minutes to make it here from Orleans and about an hour from downtown.

After lunch options
· more swimming
· a pottery studio tour
· gabbing on the deck sipping cool drinks in tall glasses
· watching belly dance performances on the big screen TV

Class content – TWO different classes are being offered.

Class #1 – July 19. 
Drum solo I.
Did you like my drum solo at Halyma’s Central Class Party on June 10? Do you want to learn it? I’m offering this class to students who are dancing at Level 3 and beyond. You will learn my Drum Solo I – a drum solo complete with veil entrance and finale! This class will be very challenging. Please bring you veil. Prerequisite for this class is one year or more of belly dance classes.

Class #2 – July 26. 
Introduction to Zills (finger cymbals).
You will learn 4 basic Zill patterns and some belly dance combinations to go with those patterns. This class is suitable for anyone who would like to learn to play Zills or needs drilling and practice on what you already have learned. If you have Zills, please bring them. I have several set of Zills that I can loan for the day if you do not have your own set. Prerequisite for this class is at least one session of belly dance classes.

The cost for this day of fabulosity? Only $40! Or take BOTH classes for just $75!!

Sign up early!! There are just 10 spots opened for each of these special summertime classes.

Guarantee your spot by filling out the registration form then send your form and cheque in as soon as possible.
Registration form is available by writing Sha’ Vega at
Alternately, it is available in the files section on doCod



JULY 23 and 30, 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.

Questions: or 613-241-3397

PS: If there is enough interest, I will see about having it continue while I am away in August!





JULY 13 onwards

Upcoming Classes:
July 13, 20 and 27
Introduction to Macs:

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

July 14 and 15
Social Internet Crash Course:

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

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

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

July 28 and 29
Using iPhoto:

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

Contact Info – to get all the details!
By Email :
By Phone : 613-241-7137



JULY 17, 2009
Bollywood! Bhangra! Dance Class 
Move our body with Mukande Kaur

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
63 Beechwood Avenue
Shunnya Yoga Centre

Cost: $14

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

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

No previous experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing.

All are welcome.

Please do register early as spaces are limited for this event.



JULY 18, 2009
South Asian Festival

Welcome to the Ottawa South Asian Festival     
  11am – 8pm
Free Admission

Confederation Park

Come and Discover South Asia in the Heart of Ottawa, THE FESTIVAL IS SOUTH ASIAN … but YOU don’t have to be!

Home to many ancient civilizations, South Asian culture offers spectacular cuisine, dancing, music, arts & craft, and so much more. This festival promises to be a full day of fun for the whole family.

Confederation Park in Ottawa will be the scene of arts, cultural performances and stalls offering health education and screening, henna designers, traditional articrafts, and a great variety of culinary delights for everyone to enjoy!

This event will feature over 20 performers taking the stage and providing non-stop entertainment including Dance, LIVE Vocal Performances, and An Interactive South Asian Party with DJ Juakali!! The performers include:

Bollywood For Fun
Danyal & Saba
Hardeep Buckshi
Ishnani Nath / Anisha Sinha
Kalavatee Dance Centre
Kulpreet Bhandari
Laughter Yoga by the Sunflower Institute
Moiz Lakhani
Nabiha Khan & Ria Aikat
Ottawa Giddha Group
Prita Chhabra
Punjabi Virsa Cultural Club
Rohini Gupta
Sonia Nagpal
Sri Lankan Dance Troupe
Tariq Bobby




JULY 18,19, 2008

“Weekend Workshop: July 18/19-2009”

What: Workshop


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

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

Where: Routhier Community Center, 2nd floor

“One Night Only”

What: Performance
Start Time: July 18 at 7:00pm
End Time: July 18 at 8:30pm
Where: Routhier Community Center


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


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