I’m stopping counting at 37…

Thanks for coming. Thanks for dancing. Thanks for supporting. There are so many people involved in the OCCPs that I hope I have conveyed to each of you my profound gratitude in person so that you know you have helped make all of the years so very special.


Tom has been my greatest supporter through all the years!

Now, in answer to the many questions…sort of , at least.

My mom always said she is only 39 – thus I had to stop counting my age at 37 so that I never get older than her.

37 is a wonderful prime number and, as a reckoner of time, 37 shows a reasonable amount of life experience has been garnered but there’s still lots of juice left for adventures.

So, December 14th was the 37th Class Party < the name changed to the Ottawa Centre, then Community Class Party maybe 10-12 years ago> I will have organized since I began teaching in 1998.

And it’s a good time to stop.

Many of my friends already thought I was done when I announced last year that I would no longer host a June event, but I had been a bit vague about December’s event.

After  a very “community-minded “lunch with two influential folk –  my husband, and best dance bud, it was expressed that doing one more, and then making with an official announcement, might be a good way to pass the torch.

So from a crazy BBQ in my backyard for the  the first few June shows – remember those Linda and Susi? –  to various restaurant locations for the December shows, growing to a peak of 400 + attendees for a few years and needing the Bronson Centre as our venue, with a variety of community centre locations along the way, I have been most happy at the University of Ottawa Alumni Auditorium location – even with the construction, crazy displays in the hallways and the other  whacky challenges.

I’ll always be grateful to my friends who have helped over these many years by volunteering to herd the dancers, help with set up, stage management, emceeing, promoting and of course performing and bringing their student groups out to dance!

Our community has lots of potential. And I hope that those who decide to take advantage of the opportunity to create they own community minded dance showcase/ presentation/ etc will continue to offer new dancers ta safe space in which  to perform.

But really, it won’t be my show anymore, so just be sure to save me a seat – and a slot for my students/ and/or crew to dance!

Classes start January 18th – go sign up!

Some memories:

Tonight – we dance!

This is it – a chance to see over 30 performances – for $15~

December 14, 2016
Ottawa Community Class Party #OCCP37

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 elegant and ancient art form has evolved and fused with modern dance elements, catering to the taste of many dance aficionados.

Doors 6:30p.m.
Show starts at 7 p.m.
Ottawa University Alumni Auditorium
Jock Turcot University Centre Building
$15 at the door!

Halyma.com/occp for more details!


Programme : NO PAPER COPIES WILL BE PRINTED – so grab this one!


Belly Dancing this fall – Wednesdays~!

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Halyma’s FALL 2016 Classes – Bellydance

Sandy Hill Community Centre – 250 Somerset East – 613-564-1062
Call to register with the barcode and your pin number or register online at  Ottawa.ca

Bellydance Level 1  Learn the basics and have some jungly sparkly fun on humpday!
Sandy Hill 613-564-1062 
Wed. 6-7 pm  September 14 to November 16 <10 weeks>

Code: 1048409
Price $89

Bellydance Level 2 You know the basics, so let’s bring it up a notch and add some extra props, live drumming and more!
Sandy Hill 613-564-1062 
Wed. 7-8 pm September 14 to November 16 <10 weeks>

Price $89

Morning after vacay day 1…

Camping! That’s what I was smelling!

The hallway was being filled with stuff, my two leggers were being so feisty, and I spent yesterday morning banned to my food room. 

And now I’m snuggled in bed with my polar in a cocoon of warmth!

I was happy to do lots of sniffling yesterday- and there was extended two legger family time.

We stopped at “duck town” where I ran around smelling the local ducks and so wanted to grab the red rooster – but alas. 

Then it was mom of my hoo man visit time, and lots of smells there!  

Then I slept in my jail for a whole long time and awoke to the fun of watching my hoo mans building my room!!

It took them awhile to get my mat down but eventually I got settled.

One final jaunt took us to more family with half size hoomans buy I was stuck on Mom’s Lapp most of that time. And. That was day 1

August – around the corner…

This summer has been particularly busy with my “day job” at TAV-Creations.com. And I am looking forward to taking my annual break for most of August.

That means I’ll be updating like crazy before I disappear from the internets and let my dog Sprocket take over the daily visiting of websites and journalling our adventures when she sees fit.

For now – my fall schedule is online and registration begins in mid-August.

And here’s some fun pics, just because I’m taking a few minutes off from sewing!