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Note, I am being a bit lazy today – no added photos!  But you have lots to read, so enjoy!

Sunday, October 4


Check out the Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Features:

This week’s Dancers’ Newsletter Extra Feature is a visit to OTTAWA BOLLYWOOD NEWS – some fun local events that will include Bollywood For Fun! Contributors welcome! If you hear anything Bollywood/ Indian Dance/ Asian related that folks should know about – post it in the comments there!
Click here for a quick look!


Bellydance with Anna & Safiya Has a New Home!

Wednesday evenings at Capital City Dance in the Westgate Mall (1309 Carling Avenue)
Come check out this gorgeous, newly opened studio…
Class details are listed below under ” Fall Classes”


OCTOBER 4 , 2009
Tribal fusion workshops with Leslie!

Get ready for the Rachel Brice workshop by brushing up on your tribal fusion technique, or check out this style if you are new to tribal! Leslie returns from Toronto to teach!

Sunday October 4
Tribal basics – brush up on your technique or learn something new!

1196 bank at makin moves studio

To register please email leslie at leslie@shaktifusion.ca
Or call:

OCTOBER 11, 2009
Tribal fusion workshop with Rosanna (Business as Usual, San Francisco/Toronto)

Please welcome Rosanna McGuire to Ottawa for the first in a series of tribal fusion workshops, a dancer well known for her original fusions of flapper style dance with tribal, and also for her infusion of liquid pops and locks. As she was in town for the Fall Fusion Cabaret, we didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to have her teach! For those of you looking to remain active on ‘turkey day’, this workshop will get you moving!

Sunday October 11th
1196 Bank St at Makin Moves studio

to register please email cleoflaptra@gmail.com and for more info about Rosanna, visit her site: www.cleoflaptra.com

If you have never seen her perform before, check out her recent performances at Tribal Fest, in Sebastopol, CA!

Le 10 et 11 Octobre ~ Montreal
Spectacle de danse orientale et tribale mettant en vedette Rachel Brice et Aziza:

Salle de spectacle: 216 Marc-Aurèle-Fortin Laval, 11octobre 2009 20h00
25$ (pré-vente si payé avant le 1er octobre), 30$ (après 1er octobre)



Samedi 10 octobre 2009, 14h00 à 18h00 (incluant une courte pause)
Cacophonie de combinaisons : Cette classe est ouverte à tous les niveaux

Dimanche 11 octobre 2009, 9h00 à 11h00
Master class: Classe avancée

Rachel Brice:
Dimanche 11 octobre 2009, 12h00 à 16h00 (incluant une courte pause)
Cette classe est ouverte à tous les niveaux

Les ateliers auront lieu: Collège Montmorency à Laval: 475 De l’Avenir, Laval (salle #3105):

Ce n’est pas facile de s’y retoruver dans le Collège alors voici les indications:
Vous devez entrer par la porte prinicpale #3, cage d’escalier à gauche, 3e étage, à gauche jusqu’au bout, salle #3105

Il y aura un bazar sur place (argent comptant seulement pour le bazar)
Pour plus de détails ou pour s’inscrire ou pour acheter les billets de spectacle: http://boutique.anichka.ca/

OCTOBER 10 and 11~ Montreal
Workshops and Show: Bellydance and Tribal show starring Rachel Brice and Aziza

Show: 216 Marc-Aurele-Fortin Laval, October 11th, 20h00
25$ (pre-sell if paid before October 1st), 30$ (after October 1st)


Saturday, October 10th 2009, 14h00 to 18h00 (short break included)
Cacophony of combinations: This class is open to all levels

Sunday, October 11th 2009, 9h00 to 11h00
Master class: Advance class

Rachel Brice:
Sunday, October 11th 2009, 12h00 to 16h00 (short break included)
This class is open to all levels

College Montmorency at Laval: 475 De l’Avenir, Laval (room #3105):
Entrance door #3, stairs on the left, 3rd floor, end left, room #3105

There will be a bazaar on the spot (cash only for the bazaar)
To see details or registrations (buy online): http://boutique.anichka.ca/

CONTACT ANICHKA TO REGISTER: soukanichka@gmail.com

OCTOBER 17-18, 2009

Caroline Labrie, well-versed in knowledge of Folkloric danceform from Egypt, will be gracing our dance centre October 17 and 18; show at Diwan on the Saturday (17th)

Please note that this is a reasonably priced danceshop weekend, included are styles of Saidi, Melaya Leff and Nubian!

information and registration form on the net – $5 off registration or 10% off garments in stock if registration is received before October 8,

Still time to get your registration in now or the door to being able to meet this vivacious and gracious knowledgeable dancer will be closed.


Please pass along to students and others you feel might be interested in this workshop.
Caroline’s website is found at http://www.danseegyptiennebf.com/ for further information on her.

also to come to Jannahdancer Dance Centre….
February 20 and 21 – Jasmin Jahal of Chicago – choreography at its finest and technique!
October, 2010 – Princess Farhana of Hollywood, Queen of Burlesque and master bellydancer!

Jennifer (Jannah)
to Dance is Paradise!
http://www.jannahdancer.info 519.569-1432

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

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

OCTOBER 16-19 2009 ~Sudbury, Ontario
Turc Gitane Workshop with Lucie De La Fontaine and Rachelle Connor

Atelier du 16-17 et 18 octobre 2009.
Au programme:

vendredi soir un atelier avec les cymbales (drum solo) 2 chorégraphies dans 1 écrit par de Lucie,
samedi danse gitane Turque avec la tambourine écrit par Rachellle
dimanche danse gitane Turque avec la tambourine (la suite)
Note: si vous voulez danser le soir du spectacle, s’il vous plaît me le faire savoir. Le maximum de votre danse sera de 5 minutes.

Vous pouvez communiquer avec moi au numéro sans frais
tél. 888-673-0841
email : bellydance@luciedelafontaine.com for the registration pdf and more details

Gypsy workshop October 16th-17th and 18th 2009

Program :

Friday night worshop with cymbals (drum solo) 2 choreographies in 1, writting by Lucie
Saturday gypsie dance turc dance with tambourine writting by Rachelle
Sunday gypsie dance turc dance with tambourine (continuation)
Note: if you will like to dance at the show, please let me know the time for the dance it will be maximum 5 minutes.

You can contact me at
free toll number
tel. 888-673-0841
thank you
email : bellydance@luciedelafontaine.com for the registration pdf and more details

OCTOBER 24, 2009

TAV CREATIONS PRESENTS the Ottawa Dancers’ Bazaar
Saturday, October 24, 2009
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
260 McArthur (Knights of Columbus Hall), Ottawa.

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 now hosts approximately 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!

The Tables are Sold out!


Spectacle 30e anniversaire de la Troupe Égyptienne Enan

Samedi le 7 novembre, 2009


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

Saturday November 7th, 2009
7:00 PM

Come celebrate 30 years of the Enans sharing Egyptian Folkloric dance in Canada!

at Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave

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

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: 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 (8 pm)

Our next party is very different. It will be an ‘open stage’ or ‘impromptu’ show. Everyone is welcome to dance! If you want to perform, bring your CD, a belt, and let it rip! The DJ will happily spin your song and the moves are all up to you. When the floor opens up…we all get to dance. BUT there’s more….some wonderful professional dancers are coming to town that weekend and have enthusiastically agreed to perform for us and add to the overall joy of the night.

Nathalie Lebel who will be presenting a workshop on the 14th and 15th will be dancing for us. Lunette Harper from British Columbia will be performing a Turkish Roma piece. Kelly Enston is coming in from Toronto (hopefully with her troop) to show us their moves. Google these wonderful dancers….I think you will agree that we have a great evening ahead of us!!

It will be at the Legion Hall at the corner of Kent and MacLaren….very central, the room will seat 150 people, has a big dance floor, and the bar stays open until 1 am!!! There will be a late-night buffet of mid-East snacks. It will be a great way to pretend that we live in a warmer, sultrier climate!

The party will still be a fundraiser for Kids Help Phone, Distress Centre, Bereaved Families….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 while..and our partners might enjoy it too!

Doors open at 7:30 (first come – first serve) (Party starts at 8 pm and goes ’till we drop!

Tickets are available now at $25…just contact Catharine by email: dragonslivehere.glebe@gmail.com

Tracey will handle some tickets sales through PayPal so feel free to contact her ( tracey@tav-creations.com).

There are only 150 tickets available so don’t delay. If there are any left, they will be $30 at the door.
You are all much appreciated! Catharine

NOVEMBER 20-29, 2009~Kingston
Oasis Dance Studio hosts Sahra Saeeda in Kingston, Ontario for two incredible workshops


JTE-1 and JTE-2 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada — November 2009!

Nov. 20th – 27th 2009: Oasis Dance Studio will be hosting the fabulous Sahra Saeeda of California in two weekend seminars entitled “Journey Through Egypt I and Journey Through Egypt II”.

For more information on Sahra Saeeda: Sahra Saeeda

Please note: Each workshop seminar is limited to 20 participants. Please register at your earliest convenience.

General outline:

Journey Through Egypt 1, Nov. 20th – 22nd, 2009

$350 + GST for full weekend, teaching notebook, Map of Folkloric Zones, new “Journey through Egypt” DVD, music CD, and Certificate upon completion of 20 hours.

Includes theory, cultural information, and dance technique for the following dance styles: Nubia, Ghawazee, Saidi, Cairo (Awalem, Orientale, Hassaballah, Shamadan), Suez Canal Zone, Delta, Bedouin & pan-Egypt (History, Moulid, Tanura, Melaya Leff, and Zar)

Journey Through Egypt 2, Nov. 27th – 29th, 2009

$350 + GST for the 20-hour intensive weekend workshop. The focus will be on an advanced dance overview of the movements learned in JTE-1 as well as an introduction to core dance ethnography concepts. Dance level minimum intermediate. Prerequisite: JTE-1.

For more detailed information, please visit JtE

Based on years of research in Egypt, Sahra (Master’s Degree in Dance Ethnology from UCLA) has presented portions of this intensive for graduate level anthropology students, dancers and teachers worldwide. Now presented in full intensity for the first time.

Sahra will also be offering two workshops on Oriental Dance technique at Oasis Dance Studio on Tuesday, Nov. 24th and Wednesday, Nov. 25th. Sahra will also be available for privates, semi-privates, and small group lessons from Nov. 24th – Nov. 26th inclusive.

For more information and registration, contact Khalida/Kellye by email, oasisdancestudio@gmail.com or by phone at 613-544-9773.

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 which are not necessarily dance-related. It will be held in Bell’s Corners on Richmond Road and there is ample parking.

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

9 regular booths, 8X8: $15@ or 2 for $30.

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 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 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)

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.



February 5, 6 and 7, 2010 – Montreal
Journey through Egypt 1
20 hours+ intensive/certification course with Sahra Saeeda

limit of 20 students.

Journey through Egypt” Basic 1 Intensive weekend with Certification presents an overview of the Dance Zones of Egypt with attention paid to movement and posture recognition, zone location, historical consideration and cultural diffusion. Includes free notebook and study materials, map, DVD and CD.

The cost includes: teaching notebook, Map of Folkloric Zones, new “Journey through Egypt” DVD, music CD, Saturday’s lunch and dinner and certificate upon completion of 20 hours.

Subjects Include: Nubia, Ghawazee, Saidi,
Cairo (Awalem, Orientale, Hassaballah, Shamadan),
Suez Canal Zone, Delta, Siwa, Bedouin &
pan-Egypt (History, Moulid, Tanura, Melaya Luff, Zar)

Full intensive only, not enrolling in individual dance zone classes
more info on http://www.eliseoasis.com

February 12,13,14, 2010
Intensive/certification course with Sahra Saeeda

Journey through Egypt 2 (Pre-requisite journey through Egypt 1)

“Journey through Egypt” Basic 2: Movement Intensive.
This Intensive weekend with Certification is an advanced “basic” overview, within which we base to our future research and specializations.
In JtE-2 we address movement proficiency, in addition to instruction in core Dance Ethnography concepts.
We aim to study and replicate each dance zone’s movement at the levels of: authentic indigenous home-style, local performers, regional government groups, national government theater-stage troupes: both Reda and Kowmeya, and within Night Club shows.
more info at www.eliseoasis.com



Tuesday evenings
Introduction to Macs
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


OCTOBER 10, 2009
10 Year Anniversary at Ten Thousand VIllages in Westboro

We’re celebrating TEN years of Fair Trade at TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES in Westboro on Saturday October TENTH.

Please join us for free gifts, free hot chocolate from Cocoa Camino, big discounts in our sidewalk sale, henna mehndi, prize draws and more. Full details at our web site:

Saturday October 10th,
9am – 6pm
Ten Thousand Villages,
371 Richmond Road Ottawa

Request for clothing

From JUDY:

Tonight when I was chatting with my friend Joanne she mentioned to me that the ladies at The Well are in need of underwear, socks, slippers, etc.

The colder weather is fast approaching and the ladies are in need of some warmer clothing. Some of the ladies also live on the street, etc.

If you want to deliver it yourselves, here’s the address and you may want to call first to confirm when they’re open .. I know in the past they were closed after lunch on Mondays.

The Well-La Source www.the-well.ca

154 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, ON K2P 0H8
(613) 594-2843

These items do not have to be new, gently worn and clean are just fine.

And thanks so much for your kind generousity.

OCTOBER 31, 2009

Nightmares: That Which Haunts Us Through The Night

Barrymore’s Music Hall

Ottawa, Ontario

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Ottawa’s Biggest Samhain Celebration takes place once again, this Halloween, at Barrymore’s Music Hall!

Each year, on October 31st, the Witches Gathering Charity Ball brings together people from a diverse range of Ottawa’s spiritual and cultural communities to celebrate Halloween while giving back to the local community.

DETAILS: http://witches-gathering.com/site/index.html


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.