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.

Duncan/Cowichan Area

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

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.

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

Heading south:  

Duncan/Cowichan Area

Lara   778-644-0148   spinningninnylara@gmail.com

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

Saltspring Island

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

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

Campbell River

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

Quadra Island/Cortes Island

Meinsje  Cortes Island  250-895-1052

ReOrient present Ghawazee dance at the Duncan Showroom, 2019

The dance in these videos is an interpretation of an historical style of dance and costume common in Egypt in the late 1800’s and into the 20th Century. Our choreography is based on study of  historic photos and travellers’ writings about the Ghawazee.  The Ghawazee continue to perform today, though with different costumes! Many Ghawazee, and… Read more…

Dabke by ReOrient

Dabke by ReOrient

Our Dabke has a feminine twist, inspired by the song “El Tanoura” التنورة by Fares Karam. From the ReOrient collective’s performance for Multiculturalism Day 2019, produced by Crimson Coast Dance Society in Nanaimo, BC. Video by Bruce Finlayson. Dancers Kirsten, Taissia, Lynette and Kelly are joined by other dancers and drummers of ReOrient. 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Anth 307 Culture and Education in Global Context

Anth 307 Culture and Education in Global Context

September 8 – December 1, 2010 Instructor:  Lynette Harper, Ph.D. Email: Lynette.Harper@viu.ca     A cross-cultural analysis of education addressing cultural, social, political, and economic dynamics in North America and abroad. Topics include ethnography in the classroom; critical analysis of multicultural, anti-racist, and indigenous forms of education; theories of cultural difference and production; and practical… Read more…