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Dallam Summer School
On Thursday 20th August 2009, I offered a Beginner's Taster Day in belly dancing at Dallam Community Summer School. It was a great day with everyone really falling into the spirit of it. We played with veils, sticks and tried on costumes. We even learned some belly-dance. Every attendee was a belly dance virgin but I managed to corrupt most of them, and later fielded enquiries for regular classes in their area. The lure of the sequin strikes again!
I hope to have some pictures to show soon.
On Friday 26th June, Anne Kingston held a hafla at Preston and a number of my students and I went along. It was a small hafla, but nevertheless a lot of fun. Some great dances - not least 'dragon raqs' a wonderful blend of China and Egypt - yes really!
Surprise of the night was talking my two students (the lovely Julie and Claire), left) into joining in the fashion show. Very brave of them, but so stylish!
Every year, Kay Taylor of Farida Dance, organises a residential belly dance weekend in Ford Castle in Northumberland. It's one of my favourite events and I always try to go. This year was no exception and I had a lot of fun and learned loads of stuff - new and old.
Me dancing with melaya at the Saturday The wonderful Ford Castle
Penrith Hafla 2009
The Penrith Hafla was held on Saturday 24th January 2009 in it's usual home - Penrith Rugby Club. During the day we had some great workshops with Claire Novis and during the evening we had some fantastic performances from belly dancers all over the area.
I am delighted to say that we had TWO performances from members of the Appleby class. Firstly Emma and Phoebe danced to a Turkish pop song "la bomba" using a choreography that was entirely their own. The Penrith crowd are always supportive of first time performers, but this time they really gave the girls a great reception - and it was well-deserved too!
Emma, Phoebe, Julie C. and me, celebrating.
Our second performance was again from the Appleby class. A group of 4 called "Al-ila" (which means family) danced to a short drum solo. The four dancers were phoebe, Emma and their Mums, Julie P. and Julie C. I found both the music and choreography when I joined in a belly class in Florida last year. The teacher very kindly gave me the music and her written choreo - thank you Jeanette. We kept all the moves as written but changed the floor pattern to fit our performance space. The girls were extremely nervous, but did a great performance. I was SO proud of them.
"Al-ila" - Phoebe, Julie P., Julie C. and Emma practicing in class.
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