2024 Events and dance classes

*** See also the Vancouver Island Belly Dancers Fb page for current notices of classes and events. https://www.facebook.com/groups/16858407337 

Saturday February 17   Nada El Masriya is coming to Nanaimo!

Saturday, Feb 17th, 2024, from 9:30 AM – 5:10 PM

German Cultural Centre, 71 Caledonia Ave., Nanaimo

4 workshops for $120 or $35 each. Workshop series on Egyptian dances and their histories – from Baladi, to Awalim & Ghawazee, to the Golden Era and of course one Lecture Workshop.

Registration at  https://crimsoncoastdance.com/  will soon be available, though not at the moment of this e-mailing. Check the website in the coming weeks!

Part of AFRICAN CONNECTIONS – CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH, curated with Tania Amaral and presented as part of Crimson Coast Dance Society.  

Spring events to look forward to

Saturday June 8 Dancers’ Bazaar Returns!   St. Andrews United Church, Nanaimo

It’s time to revive this popular once-annual event to celebrate our Island dance community!  A great opportunity to meet up with fellow dancers, meet teachers and students, while shopping for colourful costumes and accessories, attending mini-workshops, and watching short performances. As before, it will be a fundraiser for an Island non-profit supporting women affected by abuse. Further updates and requests for volunteers, vendors, and performers will be posted in the Vancouver Island Belly Dancers Fb group in early spring:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/16858407337 

If you’d like to assist in preparations for the event and haven’t already volunteered, please email Lynette before February at dancetarab@gmail.com 

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Vancouver Island Dance Teachers 

Nanaimo 

Lynette 

www.lynetteharper.ca       dancetarab@gmail.com  250-797-7953   

Mondays Feb.26 through March

7 pm Beginners’ “Belly dance” Essentials class  5 Mondays starting Feb.26

7:45 pm Renew/ReBoot for multilevel students and Intermediate/Advanced dancers, 4 Mondays through March. Energize your body and unleash your creativity while reconnecting with the eloquent music and dance of Turkey, Lebanon, and Egypt. Traditional and contemporary folkloric, baladi, and Oryantal styles.   

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Pynksy Shell aka Tania Amaral  

www.afro-fusionsharqidance.com/classes    pynksyshell@gmail.com 778-674-0091

Classes in Afro Fusion Sharqi Danceᵀᴹ & Egyptian Baladi / Adults & Seniors / Group & Private classes.

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Ramona  

ramona.passarello@gmail.com  250-616-3824  Available for private individual and private group lessons.

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Taissia  

778-269-0922   Goddess Dance classes include Bellydance (Egyptian style folk and cabaret), Indian Temple (Bollywood/Bangara), and Hawaiian (Hula). 

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Other Island communities, listed alphabetically:

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Cortes Island

Meinsje      250-895-1052  

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Courtenay/Comox/Cumberland/Denman Island/Union Bay

Cathy Stoyko    

Info/registration, call or message (250)218-0704 at the Abbey Studio in Cumberland.  

Tuesdays  “Shimmy, Shake and Groove Dance Workout”. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/202487346454876/user/100057823952735/

“Belly dance for beginners” will start in March  

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Emily Johnston – Forbidden Dance Company  

https://forbiddendancecompany.com  778-246-3639 

Classes Tuesdays 7-9, Fridays 6:30-7:30(performance troupe) at The House of Now, Courtenay. Raqs sharqi, classic Egyptian, Lebanese, Arabic sword, Isis wings, hand candles & performance troupe.

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Heather Hilberry  250-888-3123  call or text   

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Linda Doerksen  halima.dancer@gmail.com    250-703-0494   Contact regarding future classes in Courtenay. 

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Duncan/Cowichan Area

Karensa Camplair   saidisistersstudio.com   karensabellydance@gmail.com     250.715.7541   Facebook.com/SaidiSisters      

Classes available in studio and online: Belly Dance Basics, FCBDStyle® (Improvised Style), Sword, Fusion, and F.U.N. Belly Dance. 

At Sol Centre, 5380 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan, BC 

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Qualicum Beach

Belly Laughs Navel Academy/Elaine De Rooy 

https://www.facebook.com/BellyLaughsNavelAcademy   bellylaughsnavelacademy@shaw.ca  250-752-3750 

Contemporary fusion in-studio classes Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced students.

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Saltspring Island

Sarah Allen  ssisarahlouise@gmail.com 

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Victoria 

Bashirah Middle Eastern Dance Studio, Victoria    

https://www.raksbobbie.com/classes/winter-2021-class-list.html    raksbobbie@shaw.ca   Extensive range of online and studio belly dance classes at Bashirah Middle Eastern Dance Studio, 137 Skinner St.

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Candace Aldridge   

https://harmonybellydance.com   A full fall schedule of live and online classes, featuring Bellydance for multiple levels, Yin Yoga, and more. 

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Mira –  Asmira Dance  

mirabellydancer@gmail.com

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Negma  

negmadance@gmail.com   https://www.negmadance.com Mixed levels belly dance classes, at Bashira Middle Eastern Dance Studio, 137 Skinner St.

Event updates 2019

Event updates 2019

Fall email update: So many terrific opportunities for dancers this autumn! Classes, workshops, hafla, shows – hope to see you at some of these events!  Lynette   COMING EVENTS  Friday October 5 Dance Performances & Sema Gathering with special guest Farima Berenji  Abbey Studio in Cumberland   doors 7:30, suggested donation $10-15, Info Cathy (250) 218-0704… Read more…

Fall 2017 Workshops with Lynette

Fall 2017 Workshops with Lynette

Arab, Turkish and fusion belly dance in three workshops Sundays Sept.17, October 1 and 22 1:30-3:30 pm (3 sessions for the price of 2 – see below) Contemporary and traditional dance from the Middle East * Develop skills with body-friendly warm-ups, movement technique and vocabulary * Enhance your understanding of Middle Eastern music, dance and… Read more…

5th Annual Nanaimo Belly Dance Bazaar 2015

  Hope to see you there on June 20 – I can hardly wait! Many thanks to Genya Bonfield and her team of volunteers for producing the event this year. Get the latest news from the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/118888411465134/   Read more…

Funkadelic Turkish Lounge 2014

Another amazing Turkish Lounge at The Abbey in  Cumberland!  Saturday Oct. 25, 7:30 pm  This time there will be just a few performances (including me, Edith Jacob and our host Cathy Stoyko), plus lots of music and dancing for everyone, with a funkadelic dance set by DJ StIzmir Smyrna and live music jamming to wrap… Read more…

Fall Belly Dance Teachers Showcase & Bazaar 2014

Fall Belly Dance Teachers Showcase & Bazaar 2014

  MANY MANY THANKS to our wonderful dance community, for supporting the 2014 Teachers Showcase and Bazaar with such energy and enthusiasm! You raised almost $800 for Haven Society this year, and shared the joy of the dance with well over 100 participants, dancers, drummers, and Haven volunteers. Thank you all. ********************** FIVE half-hour dance workshops… Read more…

Fall 2013 workshops with Lynette

Fall 2013 workshops with Lynette

Belly dance! in downtown Nanaimo Basics   Thursdays  Sept. 26, Oct. 3 & 10   *  Moves, music & dances of Egypt, Lebanon & Turkey. For beginners & a refresher for more experienced dancers Art & artistry   Thursdays starting October 17    *   All experience levels welcome – contemporary dance from the Middle East and exciting fusions.… Read more…

OPA Showcase 2013

OPA Showcase 2013

So glad that OPA is hosting this popular event again this year! Get more details on the Facebook page OPA Proudly Presents: The Vancouver Island Bellydance Showcase 2013 Saturday, November 23, 2013 • Royal Canadian Legion (411 Gorge Rd East) 10:00am ‘Spins and Turns’ with Shari Nakagawa (Victoria) Spinning is not just for ballerinas. Learn some… Read more…

2nd Annual North Island Bellydance Bazaar

2nd Annual North Island Bellydance Bazaar

New Horizons Belly Dance presents the  2nd Annual North Island Belly Dance Bazaar at Merville Hall, 1245 Fenwick Road, Merville, BC Saturday October 5 Due to such an amazing turnout and fabulous time last year they’re doing it again!!  Performances throughout the day, shopping, delicious food, 3 free mini workshops, door prizes & more!  This is… Read more…

Nanaimo’s Bellydance Bazaar another success!

Nanaimo’s Bellydance Bazaar another success!

THANK YOU to the bellydance community, donors, St. Paul’s Church and volunteers for all your work in 2013!!!  We raised more money than ever for Haven Society. If you have suggestions and ideas for next year, let us know at bellydancenanaimo@gmail.com   or on our Facebook site !   A fundraiser for Haven Society, hosted by Genya & Lynette… Read more…

Dance Vallarta 2013

Dance Vallarta 2013

Five days of dance and sun in the Yoga Vallarta studio of Puerto Vallarta, February 5 – 9 2013. Thanks to my co-instructor Debra Shields of Saidi Sisters, the beautiful dancers who attended, Alma our studio host, and the restaurants that welcomed our evening dance parties!   See our Facebook site Dance Vallarta 2013 for… Read more…

Fall classes with Lynette – 2012 – downtown Nanaimo

Fall classes with Lynette – 2012 – downtown Nanaimo

 Art of Middle Eastern Dance – Tuesdays  starting October 16 –  Explore the joy and artistry of Middle Eastern dance in weekly multilevel classes with a masterful instructor/performer. This fall Lynette will strengthen your technique and movement vocabulary, while deepening your understanding of traditional styles and contemporary approaches to Turkish, Arab and fusion dance. Develop confidence in… Read more…

1st Annual North Island Bellydance Bazaar

1st Annual North Island Bellydance Bazaar

SATURDAY Sept. 29 2012  Join New Horizons Belly Dance for a day filled with wonderful dancing, delicious food and fabulous shopping!! (I’ll be teaching a workshop about 3:30 pm – there are workshops and performances scheduled throughout the day!  Join in workshops with Tricia Campbell (12:30 pm) or Debra Shields of Saidi Sisters (1:30 pm);… Read more…

Vancouver Island Bellydance Showcase

Vancouver Island Bellydance Showcase

Saturday September 22, 2012 – Victoria-based OPA society celebrated the very best in our Island bellydance community!  Among the 6 mini-workshops, I taught a session on Turkish Roman dance.  I’ve listed some of my music resources and video inspirations in the Resources page “Turkish Roman workshop music and videos” Workshop Descriptions: 10am -‘Layering Drills for… Read more…

Damask Rose Revue 2

Damask Rose Revue 2

A fantastic show featuring guest artist Tamlyn Dallal! I am thrilled to be invited to perform with some of Vancouver’s finest: Al a Nar, Aviva & Megan, Carla, Laura, Leona, Lisa, Lynette (that’s me), Maki & students, Michelle, nina d., Tamara, Tha Fae, The Phoenix Dancers, and the magical musings of Rakkab Saturday July 7,… Read more…

April Point Retreats, Quadra Island BC

April Point Retreats, Quadra Island BC

2013 Dates TBA – Gypsy Spirit Dance Retreats with Lynette at April Point Resort & Spa on Quadra Island (3 hours north of Victoria) – Discover your “gypsy spirit” with Gypsy (Romani) style bellydance. You’ll quickly learn the basic moves to passionate music and lively rhythms.  Celebrate the informal spontaneity of traditional Romani dance styles from Turkey,… Read more…

DanceAway Mexico

DanceAway Mexico

  Planning for a 2013 Retreat in Mexico is underway, see the post Dance Vallarta 2013 ! Five days of dance and relaxation in a tranquil seaside village on Mexico’s west coast!  DanceAways in 2010, 2011, and 2012 took place in  La Manzanilla, a small seaside village just 4 hours south of Puerto Vallarta.  DanceAway is an… Read more…

Belly for the Beast 2011

Belly for the Beast 2011

October 1, 2011 – Bellydancers take over the stage at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre!  See fine local bellydance in a proper theatrical venue – while supporting the SPCA. A dynamite show showcasing traditional, folkloric to modern fusions, with touches of flamenco, Romany, contemporary dance – and live music adds depth to several pieces. Applause to Pacifica for creating… Read more…

Traditions, Tribes and Fusions – Nanaimo workshops

Traditions, Tribes and Fusions –  Nanaimo workshops

May 15, 2011 Dance with Arab Rhythms – LIVE!!!! Guest drummer Robin Shackleton of Sylvan Temple joins Lynette for a dynamic and energizing multi-level workshop.  We’ve booked a large bright and NEW studio in downtown Nanaimo, to fill with drumming and dance!  Develop your dance vocabulary and music understanding, as we work creatively with beledi… Read more…

Silk Road comes to Errington

I look forward to dancing with Silk Road and other Island bellydancers – SATURDAY APRIL 14 – with Cathy  StoyStoyko, Taissia, Taiya, Kalina, and Kirsten!  Silk Road and Friends at the Errington Hall Music and Dance from Spain, the Middle East, China and Beyond April 14, 2011     8pm Tickets $20      Under 12… Read more…