Vancouver Island dancers & teachers Fall 2022

Vancouver Island dancers & teachers Fall 2022

(A nostalgic photo – Duncan Garage 2007)

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

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Saturday Sept. 17  Hafla/Free Dancing and Live Music Party    Scout Hut, Nanaimo

My thanks to Taissia for organizing these beachside events through the summer, each one a lively mix of live music, good food, and dancing. It’s a potluck, so bring food along with your dance gear!  From noon to 6 pm, this one is moving indoors to the Scout Hut, 445 Comox Rd, Nanaimo. Small donations will be welcomed to help cover the rental fee.  Contact Taissia for more info (see her Nanaimo listing below)

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Friday Sept. 30    Showcase Submission Deadline  (online)

(See November 26 event below for the Bellydance Dinner Showcase description) CALL for performers – In the style of Cabaret Dinner Theatre, performers will be able to request 5, 7 or 10-minute performance slots.  Slots will be chosen by lottery for solo slots and group slots.  The stage will be theatre-in-the-round. Complete submissions are due by midnight, Friday, September 30, 2022, and will be drawn and announced by the following Friday, October 7, 2022. **Only completed applications including music will be entered in the lottery. For submission form contact Allison allisonbalabuch@gmail.com  

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Saturday October 22  Bellydance Extravaganza!    Duncan Showroom, Duncan  An evening of bellydance featuring local dancers and some others from up and down the Island. Doors open 7 pm, starts 7:30 https://fb.me/e/3OJiecTkP 

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Sunday October 23 Awaken the Belly / Yoga Flow Warm-up and Introductory ATS Bellydance. Wild Roots Yoga & Dance, 209-734 Aldebury St., Victoria  11-1:30    $15.  For info Fb PM (message) Caroline Rupp or Zoe Jeanne.

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Saturday November 26  Bellydance Dinner Showcase  Greek Community Hall, Victoria  November Showcase will be a  3-set show with a buffet dinner and a cash bar. Belly dance of all levels, from novice to seasoned professionals, from all over the island and Lower Mainland, will be showcased. The event is also raising funds for a rural community in Ghana. It usually sells out, so get your tickets beforehand!  For more info: Allison at allisonbalabuch@gmail.com or (250) 884-0327  Bobbie at raksbobbie@shaw.ca or (250) 818-7025

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Vancouver Island Belly Dance Teachers 

Nanaimo 

Lynette  250-797-7953   www.lynetteharper.ca  dancetarab@gmail.com Not sure when I’ll resume my weekend workshop series, I’ll let folks know via email and my website (Events page).

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Pynksy Shell / Tania Amaral www.afro-fusionsharqidance, www.pynksyshell.com  pynksyshell@gmail.com Will resume teaching this October – Afro Fusion Sharqi Danceᵀᴹ, DMA – Dance Movements from Africa, and private classes.

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VIBE Dance Studio  

https://www.vibrantdance.com/classes/adult-classes Belly Dance classes are on pause this fall, will likely resume in the new year.

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Taissia  778-269-0922  taissia0000@protonmail.com Sacred Feminine Dance and Wellness Class for women of all ages and dance experience levels, dances of the world including Middle Eastern belly dance. At Harbour Dance Studios, Friday evenings 7:30-9.

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Other Island communities, listed alphabetically:

Campbell River

Goddess Bellydance/Tricia Campbell  (250) 850-9906 triciacampbell23@gmail   No immediate plans

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Courtenay/Comox/Cumberland/Denman Island/Union Bay

Cathy Stoyko Info and registration cdstoyko@uniserve.com, call or message (250)218-0704   Tuesday Morning Shimmy Shakes, and Wednesday evening mini-workshops at the Abbey Studio in Cumberland.

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Emily Johnston – Forbidden Dance Company  https://forbiddendancecompany.com  Classes Tuesdays from 7-9pm at The House of Now, Courtenay

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Heather Hilberry  250-888-3123  call or text   Teaching on Denman Island & in Union Bay  

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Linda Doerksen / Halima  250-703-0494 halima.dancer@gmail.com  No immediate plans

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Duncan/Cowichan Area

Karensa Camplair  250.715.7541 | karensabellydance@gmail.com  

Facebook.com/SaidiSisters    saidisistersstudio.com   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  Current Session: https://saidisistersstudio.com/posts/3891614093177482596

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Lara     778-644-0148   spinningninnylara@gmail.com

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Quadra Island/Cortes Island

Meinsje      250-895-1052  Cortes Island

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Qualicum Beach

Belly Laughs Navel Academy/Elaine De Rooy   250-752-3750 https://www.facebook.com/BellyLaughsNavelAcademy bellylaughsnavelacademy@shaw.ca  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 

Mira   Asmira Dance  mirabellydancer@gmail.com   https://www.facebook.com/asmirabellydance/     

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Bashirah Middle Eastern Dance Studio, Victoria   raksbobbie@shaw.ca   https://www.raksbobbie.com/classes/winter-2021-class-list.html    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, Bellyfit and more. 

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Negma  negmadance@gmail.com   https://www.negmadance.com In person and online belly dance classes, mixed levels, at Bashira Middle Eastern Dance Studio, 137 Skinner St.

 

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…

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…

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…

Nanaimo dancers & teachers

Lynette  250-753-1659  laahper@gmail.com Genya  250-739-0589  genyasdancing@gmail.com Ramona  250-616-3824  Ramona@bellydancer.ca Giselle Jacob – Drum & percussion classes available  – see her Facebook page   Crimson Coast Dance Society  Artistic Director Holly Bright, Nanaimo, BC – Develops and supports contemporary dance creations, productions, performances and educational opportunities at both grass roots and professional levels in Central Vancouver Island. Read more…

Ladysmith & Cowichan area dancers & teachers

Ladysmith Debra Shields (formerly Pinchbeck) – full weekly schedule at www.saidisisters.ca Cowichan Area Yesca “Elegant Power” Belly dance classes, Lake Cowichan 250 749 7759 Lynene Allen    250-746-1077 email miragedanse@shaw.ca  website Shakti Bellydance   shakti.bdance@gmail.com  Bellydance for fun and fitness, plus new classes for youngsters and teens. Register with Island Savings Centre, 250.748.7529 Read more…

Bellydancing makes another comeback

Bellydancing makes another comeback

  April 9  2003 The Harbour City Star, Nanaimo      By Sandra Steilo  This week I joined in on a trend that has been around for hundreds of years but now is suddenly new and hot again. I took a beginner belly dancing class with Lynette Harper at the Community Service Building.  She got… Read more…