Flowers are in blossom, and so is our mid-Island dance calendar! I hope to see you at some of the many fantastic events coming up this spring and summer.
Saturday May 11 Worldwide Shimmy Mob
Keep your eyes open for Shimmy Mob appearances in the Cowichan Valley, Saltspring Island, Hornby Island, Victoria and ???!!!
June 15 & 17 1-3 pm Two workshops with the beautiful Faith
Hosted by Saidi Sisters Studio, 420 Fourth Ave., Ladysmith
Saturday workshop is drum solo technique and a short choreography
Sunday is a veil workshop (bring a veil)
$35 per workshop or $60 for both **Advance registration is advised
Saturday June 15 7 – 10 pm Balkan Bash hosted by Saidi Sisters and Duncan Showroom
131 Station Street, Duncan
Show featuring featuring Faith, Saidi Sisters, and some of the Island’s finest dancers $20 advance tickets, $25 at the door
Saturday June 15 7:30 – 10:30 pm “Welcoming Summer” The Abbey Studio Hafla
2689 Penrith Ave, Cumberland
An inspiring evening of dance to celebrate the upcoming Summer Solstice. The Hafla is a 10+ year tradition at the Abbey Studio. Expect to see styles including fusion bellydance, Romani ‘Gypsy’ dance, women’s traditional dances from the east, modern, ariel silks, burlesque, flow/spinning arts. All ages welcome. Dancing and jamming for all follows the show. Feel free to bring finger foods, deserts and beverages to share. Doors at 7:30, performances starting at 8PM. Suggested donation $10.
Thursday June 27 1-2:30 pm and 5-6:30 pm Dancing the Middle East
Museum Way and Commercial Street, downtown Nanaimo
TWO FREE sessions of dance performances and workshops with 6 dancers and 3 drummers!
Second session coincides with Nanaimo’s Night Market – with food trucks, loads of vendors and family activities.
Featuring historical Ghawazee dance from Egypt, dramatic Turkish Horon line dancing from the Black Sea region, high-energy dabkes from Syria and Lebanon, graceful home-style Khaleegy, and other expressive Turkish and Egyptian popular dance styles. Learn about intricate Arab rhythms, join in informal workshops, see outstanding performances by experienced Middle Eastern dance artists and musicians who will share their expertise while challenging popular stereotypes and assumptions. With Ferda, Leah, Lynette, Kelly, Kirsten, Taissia, Eric Boucher, Dave McGrath, and Robin Shackleton.
Saturday August 17 6 pm Bellydance Burger & Beer
Osborne Bay Pub, 1634 Joan Avenue, Crofton
It’s Cowichan Valley Shimmy Mob’s annual bellydance fundraiser, with dancing and drumming and fundraising and music and laughter and an all around good time. Tickets will be $25 and will include a burger, fries and beer. Good food, good time and a great cause! All proceeds will go to Cowichan Women Against Violence Society. Look for details re advance ticket sales at https://www.facebook.com/events/2147188105357742/
Coming to Victoria November 23, 2019
VAN ISLE BELLYDANCE DINNER EXTRAVAGANZA
ADVANCE NOTICE, MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Allison Balabuch, Bobbie Forbes Barry, and Cali Sanderson Kartz are pleased to announce the upcoming “Van Isle Bellydance Dinner Extravaganza” (previously known as Vancouver Island Bellydance Showcase), to be held on November 23, 2019, at the Ambrosia Catering Centre, in beautiful Victoria, BC.