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2017 EVENTS -Including Not quite Belly dance events!

Saturday, May 27
Dances of India

Welcome friends!  It’s spring-time in Ottawa and that means we will once again be gathering to support our favourite cause, the Bhawani Anantaraman Foundation, and to meet Dr. Anantaraman in person.

Our University of Ottawa concert is now going to be held in the fall as that timing worked very well for everyone last year.  This means you have only one opportunity to come out and reconnect – the Indian cultural show.  Our organizer, Rashmi Venkateswaran is putting together an afternoon of Indian dance featuring talented local artists, for your enjoyment so please mark your calendars and come out in force to celebrate.
Dances of India

Saturday, May 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Ecole Secondaire Omer-Deslauriers
159 Chesterton Drive (lots of free parking)

While we are not charging for admission, we welcome your generous donations in support of the Bhawani Anantaraman Foundation.

In other news, stay tuned for an upcoming story about the visit to the Bhawani Memorial School by our Foundation’s Vice-Chair, Dan Brunette.  He made a whirlwind visit in January this year and left his mark on the teachers and students alike, mostly because of his obvious joy in being there (this happens to all of us who visit that magical place), but also because of his gallant attempts to communicate in Tamil. We’ll share Dan’s account and some of his photographs.

Dr. Anantaraman and the rest of us look forward to seeing you on May 27th for what promises to be a great show.

May 28, 2017
Corazon Bellydance Showcase

Corazon’s first fusion bellydance showcase!

Featuring various styles of bellydance including Fusion, American Tribal Style®, Theatrical & more.

For tickets ($15 each) contact: or 613-913-1257 (text or call).

E-transfer to accepted.

Profits to Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue.

Location address: ARTS Court Theater – 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6E2

Hours of event : Doors open: 6:30 Show starts 7 p.m

June 3rd, 2017
Dance Oasis Recital


The Dance Oasis Recital will be Saturday June 3rd, 2017! The studio is abuzz with students, teachers, and the Enan Troupe all working on their dances!

For information:
(819) 776-5033 or (819) 962-2645

Le récital de l’Oasis de la danse aura lieu le samedi 3 juin 2017! Les élèves, les professeures et la Troupe Enan s’affairent déjà à préparer leurs numéros!

Location address: École secondaire publique De La Salle 501 Old St. Patrick Street Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 8R3

Hours of event : 7pm

Cost: TBD

June 3, 2017
Indo-Caribbean Cultural Evening

And evening of great food, and performances including Bollywood For Fun and Belly Dancing with Halyma, Eurika and more!

Head online!
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June 10th
Latin Sparks – Canada’s Largest Latin Dance Party

Summer starts at Latin Sparks Festival 2017, Ottawa’s largest Latin dance festival!

On June 10th on Albert Island (right beside Lebreton Flats) thousands will gather for a night of dancing in the warm summer breeze, overlooking the Ottawa river. Don’t worry if you don’t feel comfortable because the night includes a variety of dance workshops to choose from.

After learning the basics, put your skills to work on our enormous open-air dancefloors. Our DJs will keep the crowd moving all night long playing all the different Latin rhythms ranging from salsa, bachata, merengue, kizomba, reggaeton and more.

And when hunger hits, enjoy a variety of authentic Latin street food like empanadas, churros, and yes, plenty of tacos! Or if you’re thirsty, grab some beverages from our outdoor bars and bring them with you to the dance floor.

This event is intended for ALL ages, ALL cultures, and ALL dance abilities. Tickets are $20 OR Buy 1 Get One FREE sale starts Monday, May 29 @ 12:01 AM and lasts 24 HOURS ONLY!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Location address: 6 Booth Street, right beside Lebreton Flats

Hours of event : 9:00pm – 2am

Cost: $20 OR Buy 1 Get One FREE sale starts Monday, May 29 @ 12:01 AM and lasts 24 HOURS ONLY!

June 10, 2017
Amalia Maksoud: Double Isis Wings / Double Ailes d’Isis

12-2:30 p.m.
Mlacak Community Centre, 2500 Campeau Dr. Kanata.

Do you feel like exploring a new dance accessory? Do you want to add a “Wow” factor to your entrance piece? Then this workshop is for you!

Amalia will teach an energetic and grandiose choreography using Isis wings! She will also dissect the required tricks to master the Double Isis Wings.

N.B. It’s not necessary to have or to buy double Isis wings to participate in the workshop. There will be a few pairs to test within the workshop. You can also bring two Isis wings accessories so that you can work the choreography out.

(Duniya Studio will have some wings for sale!)

Vous avez envie d’explorer un nouvel accessoire ? Vous voulez ajouter un facteur « wow » à vos pièces d’entrée ? Alors cet atelier est pour vous !

Amalia enseignera une chorégraphie énergique et grandiose utilisant un accessoire inusité ! Elle décortiquera aussi les astuces requises pour maîtriser les « Double Ailes d’Isis ».

N.B. Il n’est pas nécessaire de posséder ou de se procurer des « Double Ailes d’Isis » pour participer à l’atelier. Il y en aura quelques paires sur place à tester ! Vous pouvez aussi apporter deux paires d’ailes d’Isis afin de vous exercer.

(Studio Duniya aura des ailes a vendre!)


(if you have difficulty with our online registration system, you can use Paypal / si vous avex de difficulté avec notre système d’inscription vous pouvez utiliser PayPal: )


June 11, 2017
Amalia Maksoud: Sexy Back!!!

1-4 p.m.
Mlacak Community Centre, 2500 Campeau Dr. Kanata.


Would you like to give an “oomph” and a surprise element to your dance? Do you want to experiment with different angles to bring out your assets? Do you desire to move around the dance space with ease? Do you want to communicate with your public even when you give them your back? Amalia will teach you concepts that will help you highlight movements that are seen from the back as well as sequences that are executed backwards (which often happens blindly), thanks to numerous effective exercises and combinations.

(Since we’re on the subject, Justing Timberlake is losing his mind, so much so that he can’t wait to show up for the workshop! Ha! Ha! In any case, be there to see if he’ll show up… Not! LOL)


Vous voulez donner du « pep » et un élément de surprise à votre danse ? Vous avez envie d’expérimenter avec différents angles pour faire ressortir vos atouts ? Vous souhaitez vous déplacer dans l’espace avec aisance ? Vous voulez communiquer avec votre public, et ce, même de dos ? Amalia enseignera des concepts qui vous aideront à mettre en valeur les mouvements vus de dos ainsi que les enchaînements qui s’effectuent en déplacement à reculons (bien souvent à « l’aveuglette »), grâce à plusieurs exercices et combinaisons d’une grande efficacité.
(En passant, Justin Timberlake « capote » tellement il a hâte à l’atelier ! Ha ! ha ! Lol ! En tout cas ! Soyez-y le jour J pour voir s’il se pointe !? Not… LOL)


(if you have difficulty with our online self-registration system, you can use Paypal / Si vous avez de difficulté avec notre système d’auto-inscription vous pouvez utiliser PayPal:



June 10&11

Website for more information :

No Souk? No problem!

There will be a mini bazaar attached to the Amalia workshops June 10 & 11.

Open to the public one hour before and after the workshops (open only to registered dancers during workshop times).
11am-12pm and 2:30-3:30pm Saturday June 10
12-1pm and 4-5pm Sunday June 11

Dance costumes, Isis wings, silk veils, jewellery and more!

Have some stuff to vend? Contact Jehane to rent a table!

Location address: 2500 Campeau Dr

Hours of event : as above

Cost: FREE

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Ottawa Class Bellydance Show

This is the end of season event for many local belly dance classes and will feature an evening of students and professionals offering up their love of Baladi, Raks Sharki, Bollywood, Fusion styles, ATS, and more for everyone’s enjoyment.

This semi private event is open to the students and teachers who have been invited to participate along with their guests.

All profits will be going to the charity Youth Services Jeunesse –

Please contact your teacher(s) for tickets which will be available next week. There will be a designated seating area close to door for the performers.

Location address: Ottawa University – Academic Hall – 133 Seraphin-Marion (between Cumberland and Wilbrod). Parking directly behind the builiding. Alumni Theatre was under construction.

Hours of event : Doors open 6:30. Show starts 7:00 pm.

Cost: Advance tickets: $10, at the door $15

Website/ email/ phone number for more information

613-913-1257(text or call)

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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