May 19th, 2015   Leave a comment

So happy the warmer weather is finally here!  My Spring class is well underway, and hoping to have two students perform in Halyma’s show, in June.  In other news, the Ottawa-Gatineau Shimmy Mob fundraiser was a big success, and it was great to be part of such a fun event.  Thanks to our Team Leader, Jocelyne Jehane Khan, for her unending enthusiasm, patience, and organizational skills; thanks to the staff at Greenboro Community Centre, for offering us their beautiful studio for rehearsals, and thanks to all the lovely dancers who took part.  The issue of domestic violence is a sad, serious, ongoing criminal problem across the world, and must be stopped.  We worked hard to raise awareness and funds to support a local women’s shelter, Harmony House, along with offering a unique performance event to onlookers.  

Stay tuned for upcoming events…I’ll post them as I get all the information.  Right now, I have a garden to plant! 

Ottawa-Gatineau Shimmy Mob Crew at Parliament Hill

Ottawa-Gatineau Shimmy Mob Crew at Parliament Hill

Shimmy Mob at Parliament Hill

Shimmy Mob at Parliament Hill

Shimmy Mob performing at City Hall

Shimmy Mob performing at City Hall

Rear view of Shimmy Mob at Parliament Hill

Rear view of Shimmy Mob at Parliament Hill

   

Posted May 19, 2015 by fatcatbellydance in Uncategorized

April 2nd, 2015   Leave a comment

Hoping Spring is finally here.  The Winter session was so much fun, and my students are awesome!  Can’t wait to get back into the Greenboro studio in two weeks.  Taking heed from one of my favourite mentors, the incomparable Zeevah; I began using more “corner to corner” drills this session.  It’s an effective teaching tool to get the ladies (and me) accustomed to travel steps, while multi-tasking those isolation movements…it’s easy to get stuck dancing in one spot, and this method frees up the body for more improvisation, and feeling the music as you travel across the floor…nice!

Had a fabulous time at the recent Breast Cancer Action “Shake Your Booty” event, on Feb. 28th.  To my surprised delight, there were 25+ participants in my class (whew!), and I actually ran out of hip scarves.  We only had half an hour, but made it count, with lots of smiles, silliness, and shimmies.  I’m looking forward to dancing outdoors, and practicing hard for the upcoming Shimmy Mob in May.  Stay tuned for upcoming events, and if you need advice to take a class, just holler…I’m here to help!  ShakeBooty2015twelve

Posted April 2, 2015 by fatcatbellydance in Uncategorized

February 15th, 2015   Leave a comment

 

Happy Valentine’s to all my dancing friends and fabulous students.  As we hit the mid-point of winter, it’s easy to get a bit discouraged, down in the dumps, and even downright depressed, with all this damned snow, salt covered boots, cold weather, and gray landscape.  I’m one of those people who suffers from seasonal affective disorder, and this year, it’s hitting me early and hard…ugh!  Luckily, there are a couple of fun local events coming up very soon, to bring joy and colour back into my world, with the promise of Spring not far behind.  Check out my ‘events’ page, for details on “Shake Your Booty”, “March Madness”, and “The Dancer’s Bazaar”.   So, time to shimmy those winter blahs away, and enjoy the festivities! 

Image courtesy of "The Chubby  Girl Dances Chronicles"...thanks, Misty!

Image courtesy of “The Chubby Girl Dances Chronicles”…thanks, Misty!

Posted February 15, 2015 by fatcatbellydance in Uncategorized

January 4th, 2015   Leave a comment

Happy New Year, everyone!  Time for me to shake off those turkey leftovers and head back to the studio.  I’m excited to be enrolled in Halyma’s class on Tuesday nights, at Routhier Community Centre.  A wise teacher, knowing what a “lazy-bones” I can be; she directs my focus once again on posture, technique, detail, and practice-practice-practice!   All this hard work will pay off, as I’ll be able to pass along better skills to my own lovely students, at Greenboro community centre.  I can’t wait to work with them again, and look forward to tying on that coin scarf, sharing some smiles, and spending some shimmy time with my favourite dance divas.  Looking for a class this winter?  Want to try belly dance, tribal, or Bollywood?  Contact me at fatcatbellydance@gmail.com and I’ll do my best to steer you in the right direction.   For more class/teacher info, go to:  http://www.tav-creations.com and check out Halyma’s listings.  Happy dancing!

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Posted January 4, 2015 by fatcatbellydance in Uncategorized

December 17th, 2014   Leave a comment

To my circle of students, teachers, and dance-buddies, I offer best wishes for the Christmas and other festive holidays.  Dancers make the season bright – bringing colour, laughter, movement and joy to those around us…what a lovely gift!

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Posted December 17, 2014 by fatcatbellydance in Uncategorized

Nov 24th, 2014   Leave a comment

Well, we’re having a freakishly warm and windy couple of days, and I love it…so not ready for winter weather!  The Fall session class is complete, and I’d like to thank my students for sharing their time and effort, despite adverse circumstances.  Battling breast cancer (or any type) is a tough road to travel.  It amazes and inspires me to have these courageous women show up for class, even during treatment, to share smiles and shimmies – offering support to each other, while stealing an hour of “me time” to express themselves creatively with music and movement.   These beautiful women of the Amala Troupe are the toughest crew I know, and it’s an honour for me to dance with them.  I’d also like to thank Breast Cancer Action Ottawa, for their continued support in giving instructors like me the opportunity to volunteer, and share my love of dance.

So now it’s time to celebrate with a big party.  Please check out my Events page, to see the poster for Halyma’s Class Party, coming up on December 15th.  I have a few tickets to spare, so if you’d like to attend, just contact me at fatcatbellydance@gmail.com   Even though I won’t be performing with my students this time, I’ll still have a hand in costuming some of Farasha’s student performers with lots of sparkly stuff, so they can shine on stage….fun!!  Come on out and enjoy a great show…who knows, it may inspire you to sign up for a class this winter…shimmies are great for kickin’ butt on those cold winter nights!

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Posted November 24, 2014 by fatcatbellydance in Uncategorized

October 8th, 2014   Leave a comment

Hey There!  Thanksgiving weekend is nearly upon us, and I’ve been enjoying our lovely late-summer weather; particularly dancing outdoors for the Epic Walk, on September 27th.  We had a blast, and I wish to say thanks to Halyma for rounding us up to perform as Belly Dancing For Fun, and the Cancer Foundation organizers for having us there.  Here are a few photos from the event:

Ameenah

Ameenah

Wendy

Wendy

Zeevah

Zeevah

Eurika

Eurika

Cassandra

Cassandra

Siddiqah - hot flash!

Siddiqah – hot flash!

 I’m reminded this time of year to be thankful for many things, including dance, and occasional movie work as a background performer.  These activities have opened the door to friendship, fun, community service; and promoted a sense of belonging, productivity, and purpose.   Retirement from the government-grind has finally unlocked a real feeling of freedom and creativity, while introducing me to very talented and wacky members of the thriving arts and entertainment community.  Ottawa has become home, and I’m blessed to have good friends, great students, moderately good health, and fun stuff to look forward to, as I transition into the deep uncharted waters of middle-age…a bit scary, but what the hell, it’s an adventure!

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Posted October 8, 2014 by fatcatbellydance in Uncategorized