Vancouver Island dancers & teachers 2021

Vancouver Island dancers & teachers 2021

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MID-ISLAND TEACHERS INFORMATION   

***Once BC’s Province-Wide Restrictions loosen up, I recommend that you check the Vancouver Island Belly Dancers Fb page for notices of in-studio classes and events. https://www.facebook.com/groups/16858407337 

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Online Classes by Islanders

Nanaimo 

Afro Fusion Sharqi Danceᵀᴹ  Pynksy Shell (Tania Amaral), a Mozambican dancer, teacher, researcher of dances from Africa and African culture activist is now teaching Online Classes (Tue & Thur 6-7 pm) and Private classes (by schedule). Visit the website www.pynksyshell.com or contact pynksyshell@gmail.com for more information.

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Ramona   250-616-3824 Ramona@bellydancer.ca  Classes on Wednesday eves through UK Movez are moving to Zoom as long as COVID restrictions are a barrier to in-person classes. Registration and information is through UK Movez Dance Academy (Danielle), https://ukmovezdanceacademy.ca/

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Taissia  (778) 269-0922 Offering beginner and advanced Zoom classes starting end of March, phone for details.

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Lynette  On pause for now.  250-797-7953  dancetarab@gmail.com  www.lynetteharper.ca

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Cumberland/Courtenay/Comox

Cathy Stoyko/Abbey Studio in Cumberland 

Classes are on pause for now, custom privates available. cdstoyko@uniserve.com  (250)218-0704 Check the Abbey Studio Fb page for future activities. https://www.facebook.com/TheAbbeyStudio

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Duncan/Cowichan Area

Saidi Sisters/Karensa Camplair  (250) 715-7541  https://www.facebook.com/saidisisters/  Wednesday evening Fusion Belly Dance classes, drop-ins welcome.

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Qualicum Beach

Belly Laughs Navel Academy/Elaine de Rooy – 250-752-3750 bellylaughsnavelacademy@shaw.ca  Contemporary fusion classes resume online Jan. 27 and 28th at 6 pm. Wednesday is for Beginner/Intermediate, Thursday is for Advanced. Check out both, and see which one suits you best. There will be no warm up or cool down, that is left up to you. If interested, please send Elaine a quick email and she will send you the link to the Zoom app.

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Victoria

Bashira Middle Eastern Dance Studio, Victoria  Live stream group & private classes via Zoom  See class listings at https://www.raksbobbie.com/classes/winter-2021-class-list.html Pre-recorded mini tutorials, drills and combos via Patreon

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Candace Aldridge  candace.aldridge@shaw.ca https://www.facebook.com/candace.aldridgesanchez Teaching online bellyfit and multilevel belly dance classes. 

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Online Class suggestions from across Canada

Vancouver

Rahel Raks Sharqi & Fusion Bellydance Fabulous Rahel is taking all of her belly dance classes online, check them out raheldance.com/classes/bellydance/

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Lava Studio Tribal Fusion inspiration Lava has moved her classes online with Zoom and video.   http://www.lavastudio.ca/classes-and-workshops/

Ontario

Yasmina Ramzy/Arabesque  Offering an incredible array of classes, workshops, mentorships, privates, and podcasts. A great opportunity to learn from a Canadian dance leader and living legend.http://new.arabesquecanada.com/instruction-mentorship/

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Other mid-Island teachers’ plans and/or contact info 

Nanaimo 

Lynette  On pause for now.  250-797-7953  dancetarab@gmail.com  www.lynetteharper.ca

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Heading south:  

Duncan/Cowichan Area

Lara   778-644-0148   spinningninnylara@gmail.com

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Lynene Allen  miragedanse@shaw.ca 250-746-1077

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Saltspring Island

Sarah Allen   ssisarahlouise@gmail.com Classes on hold until they can be held in studio.

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Heading north:

Cumberland/Courtenay/Comox

Cathy Stoyko/Abbey Studio in Cumberland 

Classes are on pause for now, custom privates available. cdstoyko@uniserve.com  (250)218-0704 Check the Abbey Studio Fb page for future activities. https://www.facebook.com/TheAbbeyStudio

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Aileen Holland 250-650-3778  templebellyfusiondance.ca

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Linda Doerksen  250-703-0494 halima.dancer@gmail.com

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Campbell River

Goddess Bellydance/Tricia Campbell 250-923-7241 triciacampbell23@gmail

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Quadra Island/Cortes Island

Meinsje  Cortes Island  250-895-1052

 

 

1001 Likes – August 2016

Lynette Harper watches a powerful Egyptian documentary. Reprinted with permission from the Middle Eastern Dance Association newsletter, Sahda, August 2016. Dancers is a mesmerizing film set in Cairo. But don’t expect to see the gorgeous costumes or inspiring performances that grace most films made about Egyptian belly dance. Director Celame Barge takes us deep into the lives and struggles… Read more…

1001 Likes – June 2016

Lynette Harper finds belly dance plays a role in two powerful films. Reprinted with permission from the Middle Eastern Dance Association newsletter, Sahda, June 2016. This term, I’m teaching an anthropology course about Arab women in the Middle East and the diaspora. Two of the most influential films that we watch are “Four Women of Egypt,” a 1997… Read more…

1001 Likes – December 2015

Lynette Harper updates her list of Christmas gifts available online. Reprinted with permission from the Middle Eastern Dance Association newsletter, Sahda, December 2015. Gift-giving season again, and I’ve been reviewing my annual column of online gift ideas. My absolute favourite is still Shira’s “Gifts for the Belly Dancer in Your Life” http://shira.net/advice/lifestyle/gift-ideas.htm   This is a brilliant list, practical and… Read more…

1001 Likes – November 2015

Lynette Harper admires the good hearts of BC belly dancers. Reprinted with permission from the Middle Eastern Dance Association newsletter, Sahda, November 2015. The generosity of our dance community is remarkable. Throughout the year, individual dancers and troupes donate their time and performance skills for a wide range of worthy causes. Others have initiated and organized events to raise… Read more…

1001 Likes – April 2015

Lynette Harper visits an outstanding Facebook group for belly dancers.  Reprinted with permission from the Middle Eastern Dance Association newsletter, Sahda, April 2015. Read more…

1001 Likes – December 2014

Lynette Harper updates her shopping list for Christmas gifts and ideas online. Reprinted with permission from the Middle Eastern Dance Association newsletter, Sahda December 2014. Read more…

1001 Likes – November 2014

Lynette Harper considers the letters “F” and “G” in an alphabet of likes. Reprinted with permission from the Middle Eastern Dance Association newsletter, Sahda, November 2014. Read more…

1001 Likes – August 2014

Lynette Harper begins a belly dancers’ Alphabet.  Reprinted with permission from the Middle Eastern Dance Association newsletter, Sahda, August 2014.   Read more…

1001 Likes – July 2014

Lynette Harper rediscovers a DVD treasure. Reprinted with permission from the Middle Eastern Dance Association newsletter, Sahda, July 2014. Read more…

1001 Likes – May 2014

Lynette Harper watches a reel interesting documentary. Reprinted with permission from the Middle Eastern Dance Association newsletter, Sahda, May 2014.     Read more…

1001 Likes – March 2014

Lynette Harper appreciates the values embedded in hula. Reprinted with permission from the Middle Eastern Dance Association newsletter, Sahda, March 2014.   Read more…

1001 Likes – January 2014

Lynette Harper subscribes to a glossy magazine – for free.  Reprinted with permission from the Middle Eastern Dance Association newsletter, Sahda, January 2014. Read more…

Belly Dance Fact & Fiction: References

Belly Dance Fact & Fiction: References

OPA Showcase Lecture/seminar, Victoria BC – presented by Lynette Harper Ph.D. November 2013 References – Books (*specific articles cited) Belly dance around the world: New communities, performance and identity. 2013. Caitlin E. McDonald & Barbara Sellers-Young, editors. Jefferson NC: McFarland & Company. * What is Baladi about al-Raqs al-Baladi? On the survival of belly dance in… Read more…

More books for dancers

More books for dancers

Four essentials for a dancer’s bookshelf, published in the last two years:  Belly dance around the world: New communities, performance and identity – The belly dance reader – Global moves – and You asked Aunt Rocky: Answers & advice about Raqs Sharqi & Raqs Shaabi.  Each book offers powerful ideas, analysis, and inspirations – and they’re… Read more…

Turkish Roman music/video

Music from my past workshops All cd’s listed here are available on Amazon.com, some through Chapters Indigo, and one from iTunes.  All of them are terrific! Performed by Turkish Roman (gypsy) musicians: Selim Sesler  – Road to Kesan: Turkish ROM & Regional Music Thrace       track: Tulum 5:01 Selim Sesler and Brenda MacCrimmon – Karsılama… Read more…

BC Mainland dancers

BC Mainland dancers

Vancouver http://rahmahaddad.com/Rahma Haddad, Vancouver BC “A powerful dancer of grace, charm and soul” And my favourite cousin! – LH http://www.ammara.ca/ Ammara Studio BC “Home to one of the finest groups of Middle Eastern, Brazilian and African dance and drum professionals in the Lower Mainland.” Lava Studio Lava, Vancouver BC A dynamic performer, choreographer, instructor, musician, and director/choreographer of “Sisters… Read more…

Global dance connections

Canada www.hadia.com  Hadia, Canada  A performer, master instructor and choreographer, Hadia has achieved recognition and renown among her peers around the world. Om Laila  Roula Said, Toronto ON   Roula is an amazing multi-faceted artist who has dedicated her talents to Middle Eastern music and dance. One of Canada’s leading lights in the world of bellydance, Roula… Read more…

Turkish music for dancers

Turkish music for dancers

Gypsies of Turkey with Ahmet Kusgoz Ve Arkadaslari Karsilema until you drop! This album is chock full of 9/8 rhythms played at different tempos (mostly fast), alternating with ciftitelli and other regional instrumentals. I regularly recommend this energetic and passionate album for dancers who want “real Turkish Rom” music, as it is readily available from… Read more…

Arab music understanding

Arab music understanding

Egyptian music appreciation and practice for bellydancers by George Dimitri Sawa A must-have for dancers, teachers, and students who wish to develop their understanding of Egyptian music!   The quality of the package is awesome – exceeding my already high expectations of  creator George Sawa, an Egyptian born historian, musicologist, qanun virtuoso, a true master… Read more…

Ethnographies worth reading

Ethnographies worth reading

Guests of the Sheik: Ethnography of an Iraqi village Elizabeth Warnock Fernea, Random House, re-issue 1995 Though Elizabeth Warnock Fernea’s book was first published in 1969,  her writing provides useful insights into daily life, for Arab women in  a particular place (rural Iraq) and time period. “A delightful, well-written, and vastly informative ethnographic study, this… Read more…

Books for dancers

Books for dancers

READ THIS BOOK!!!! Belly dance: Orientalism Transnationalism and Harem Fantasy edited by Anthony Shay and Barbara Sellers-Young   For over a century, solo improvised dance, especially belly dance, has had enormous popularity, and by the 1970s and 1980s in the wake of the feminist movement, over a million women in the United States, and many… Read more…