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2017 EVENTS -Including Not quite Belly dance events!

February 26, 2017
Bellydance Workshop Basic Techniques

Do you want to improve your basic techniques?
Do you want to return to class after several years?
Are you curious about Oasis technique?
Do you know somebody who is curious about bellydance?
This is the perfect workshop for you!

Location address: Studio Oasis – 200 St-Joseph blvd, Gatineau (Hull)

Hours of event : 1 pm to 3 pm

Cost: $30
For more information :

March 18, 2017
Audra Simmons presented by Tribal Fluid BellyDance

Arms and Hands
Join Audra for a workshop designed to help you develop beautiful, fluid arms and hands.

We’ll begin with exercises for finding and mobilizing the upper back and shoulder blades, then move into elbows, wrists and fingers.

Then, with Dark Side style, Audra will begin to add details to create further depth of movement, as well as introduce emotive qualities to these movements, as we bring them into short combinations.

No previous Dark Side experience is required, though some belly dance experience is suggested. Suitable for all levels.

Technique Spotlight
This workshop will focus on deepening your understanding and execution of fundamental hip, chest and abdominal movements as we deconstruct the basics in this fun, sweaty workshop!

We’ll refine your technique and enhance your muscular control in stationary and moving drills, adding complexity and layers as we go. We’ll see how much we can pile on, where and how it falls apart, and talk about how we can work to be able to do it all.

No previous Dark Side experience is required, though some belly dance experience is suggested, not for absolute beginners. Suitable for all levels.
Evening show & afterparty details to follow…

About Audra:

Audra Simmons is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Dark Side Studio. In 2007, she formed Lavish, which performs modern and tribal fusion belly dance with a twist. Among its diverse collection of work, Lavish’s repertoire includes two full length productions, STEP (2010) and Affogato (2011), which toured Ontario and Quebec. Lavish has also appeared at Tribal Fest, the New York Theatrical Bellydance Conference, and is the host of artist-in-residence program The Lavish Project.

Audra began studying belly dance intensively with Yasmina Ramzy at Arabesque Academy in 2000, and taught there from 2001-2004. She began her non-traditional training with Rachel Brice, in 2004, hosting her in Toronto for multiple workshops, as well as traveling to San Francisco to work privately with her. She holds her General Skills and Teacher Training Certification from FatChanceBellydance, Level 2 Certification from the Suhaila Salimpour School of Bellydance, and Initiation and Cultivation Certifications in Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements. (Teaching CV available here.)

In addition to her dance training, she has a Grade 9 designation, with honours, in piano, from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
In 2012, Audra launched the Dark Side Dance Program, which is a five level certification program in belly dance. The Dark Side Dance Program is a series of intensive workshops designed to provide a comprehensive, multi-stage dance foundation for belly dancers of any style.
For many years, Audra produced events which showcased local belly dancers, as well as hosting widely known instructors such as Rachel Brice, Mardi Love, Carolena Nericcio, Heather Stants, Suhaila Salimpour, Samantha Emanuel, Mira Betz, and Ariellah, among others, to teach and perform in Toronto.
In September of 2012, she hosted the first Dark Harvest Festival, a 6 day event dedicated to non-traditional belly dance.

Location address: KV Dance Studio 108 Third Ave. Ottawa, Ontario

Hours of event : 12:30 – 5pm

Cost: early bird $75.00 / March 1st $85.00

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25 &26 March-Mars Odissi Choreography- Chorégraphie de Danse ODISSI – Montreal

MANGALACHARANA—une pièce invoquant le Seigneur Ganesh
Invocation to Lord Ganesh

10am – 6pm (16 hrs)

Info: (francais) (English)

Video Link:
Date limite-Registration deadline: 10Mars-March 10

April 30, 2017
The Ottawa Souk

The Ottawa Souk (formerly known as the Dancers’ Bazaar) is on again in 2017!

The entire building of Knights of Columbus Hall will be filled with shopping greatness. Yes, that’s right, two full rooms of awesomeness to discover! Great vendors, yummy healthy food, plus a performance area to enjoy some entertainment all day long while you shop and mingle.

260 MacArthur Ave
Tons of free parking
Open to the public Noon-5pm

We are seeking volunteers!! Volunteering comes with benefits! Contact us to find out more.

We will be accepting vendor applications soon. Tables $40 (discount for multiple tables). Contact us for more info.


Website for more information :

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Ottawa-Gatineau Shimmy Mob 2017

Ottawa-Gatineau let’s build on that momentum and make 2017 even better!

Belly Dance History In the Making!
Shimmy Mob, a “Flash Mob” type event, the largest event of its kind by the total geographical territory covered in one day, creating awareness and raising funds for Women’s and Children’s shelters in participating communities.

Location To be confirmed.
Hours of event : Saturday afternoon (specific time TBD)

for more information :

Spring 2017
Teacher Required

Canterbury Community Centre is looking for a bellydance teacher. The classes are Wednesday evenings from 8:00-9:00 starting in the spring (April).

Canterbury Community Centre is at 2185 Arch Street.

If interested, please contact Michelle Robichaud at Thank you!

July 29th, 30 and August 5th 6
Workshops with Hosam Elmansy

Shaabi street dance
Saidi asaya
Saidi asaya
See all the détails on Danse passion orientale
Location address: Studio in Montreal
Hours of event : Start at 10 to 12
Cost: 2 hours workshops for 50 $

phone number for more information : 514-918-6593




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