Saturday, December 25, 2010

Last Class Recital for 2010

December 14th was our last class recital for 2010!  What a fun recital this was and my students were fantastic!!

The audience was wonderful and we had more soloists this class than we have had in awhile.

Below are a few photos from the evenings show.  The hubby couldn't be there so no video this time.

Group shot before recital

Connie and Laurette


Elizabeth, Melissa and Michele



Melissa and Roxy





Classes start on January 11th, 12th and 13th at the Mesa Art Center; check out my website for class times and registration info.

Happy Holidays...

Light Parade

What a fun day 3 workshops in the morning and early afternoon than off to the light parade in downtown Chandler.

For this years parade we performed with hand candles and tried to dance to music out of CD player that no one could hear.  Next year we will have drummers again!!!

Everyone looked so nice decked out in lights and glow sticks; nice job ladies.

Below are some photos from the evenings festivities.

Group shot

Dawn & Midi




On the parade route

more on the parade route

short clip during the parade

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Community Spirit, City of Mesa Talent Show November 13, 2010

What a fun time we had last night performing at the Community Spirit show at the Mesa Amphitheater.  We were one of five acts that night raising money for Hawthorne Elementary School in Mesa. 

This was the 2nd annual talent show put on by the City of Mesa.  This year you did not need to be a City employee they opened it up to any one in the community. 

We went on 2nd and performed in front of the stage on the cheerleaders mat which was very interesting when it came to turns :-)  We did 3 numbers starting out with candles, than Pentaphobe and ending with Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.

We watched the rest of the show before heading over to Grandma's Kitchen to dance some more.

Thank you everyone for volunteering your time to help raise money and congrats to Melissa for winning 2 door prizes and I also one a door prize, dinner at BJ's Restaurant!

Below are photos of us back stage before we went on.  Thanks to the cheerleader that took the group shot!

Group shot


Lisa and Stacey




Our next event is the Parade of Lights in downtown Chandler on December 4th.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

State Fair October 2010

On Saturday October 30, 2010 thirteen of us performed at the State Fair and had a blast.  We opened the fair at 10 in the morning and performed for an hour. 

Below is a group photo before we went on taken by the sound guy.

After the fair I rushed home to get ready to teach a basic belly dance workshop at Simplicity Yoga in Mesa.  I had 10 students and I taught them basic moves and a beginning drum solo dance.  This group was so much fun I can't wait to go back and teach another workshop.

Below is a photo after the workshop.

We have more events coming up this weekend at the block party on Main Street in downtown Mesa and the City of Mesa Talent Show the next night at the Mesa Amphitheater and after this show off to Desert Mirage at Grandma's Kitchen located on Main and Country Club. 

Hope to see you at one of the many events coming up through the end of the year.

Mesa Art Center Class Recital

October 13, 2010 was the first part of the fall session recital.   Everyone did such a great job!!!  Next recital will be December 14th.

Group photo before the fun began.

Below are highlights from the evenings performance.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

2nd Fall Session Starting Soon and New Class at MCC

The 2nd half of the fall session will be starting very soon, October 21st - December 16th and it will be a 7 week session.   We will have the week of Thanksgiving off and Thursday night class will also have Veterans Day off hence starting one week before the Tuesday and Wednesday classes.

Below is what I will be teaching for the upcoming session:

Tuesday (10/26 - 12/14)

Beginning cabaret - American style to a song by Assia

Intermediate cabaret - Drum solo

Wednesday (10/27 - 12/15)

Beginning cabaret - Voi or fan veil, sorry haven't decided yet

Beginning tribal -  a new skirt dance

Intermediate tribal - new Thai nails dance

Thursday (10/21 - 12/16)

Bellyrobics - low impact workout class

Beginning tribal - tribal fusion dance to "Wish"

Class recital will be on Dec. 14th.

Other News

I will be teaching a 6 week session at Mesa Community College (MCC) starting Monday Oct. 4th - Nov. 8th.   The class will be held at the Southern & Dobson campus in the Student Kirk Center in the Pima room from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Upcoming Events

This session will have a lot of dance opportunities for the intermediate classes to perform. So far we have the following dates:

Oct. 9th - Desert Mirage at Grandma's Kitchen (downtown Mesa), 6 - 9 p.m.

Oct. 13th - Recital class in the Acting Studio at the MAC, 7 - 9 p.m.

Oct. 30th - State Fair on the Community Stage, 10 - 11 a.m.

Nov. 6th - intermediate tribal class performing at the MECDA Festival

Nov. 13th - City of Mesa Talent show, 6 - 8 p.m., Mesa Amphitheater

Dec. 4th - Chandler Parade of Lights, 7 - 8 p.m, downtown Chandler

Dec. 14th - Recital class in the Acting Studio at the MAC, 7 - 9 p.m.

See you in class...

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fall Session and Other News

Fall Session
The fall session will be starting very soon, August 31st, Sept. 1st & 2nd and will be a 7 week session.  The fall session this year will be two 7 week session instead of the normal 13 week session! 

The dates are August 31st - October 14th with the second session starting on October 21st - December 16th.  We will have no classes the week of Thanksgiving and Thursday class will have no class on Veterans Day Nov. 11th.

The first session I will be teaching the following:
Beginning cabaret - short American style dance
Intermediate cabaret - Egyptian Pop choreography and combination moves

Beginning cabaret - American style dance to Shakira's Ojos Asi song
Beginning tribal - tribal fusion dance to I Cash Radii from Pentaphobe
Intermediate tribal - hand candles

Bellyrobics - low impact workout class
Beginning tribal - tribal fusion dance to "Do You Love Me" by the Blues Brothers

Upcoming Events
This session will have a lot of dance opportunities for the intermediate classes to perform.  So far we have the following dates:
Sept. 18th - Maui Wowi, intermediate tribal class performing the sword dance
Oct. 13th - Recital class
Oct. ?? - State Fair (no date yet)
Nov. 6th - intermediate tribal class performing at the MECDA Festival
Nov. 13th - City of Mesa Talent show, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Mesa Amphitheater
Dec. 4th - Chandler Parade of Lights, 7:00 - ?, downtown Chandler
Dec. 14th - Recital class

See you in class...

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Summer Session Classes Start August 3rd

Summer Session Classes
Just returned home from vending, performing and teaching at Wiggles of the West in Las Vegas and ready to start teaching my summer session of classes next week.

Classes start on Tuesday August 3rd, 4th & 5th for 4 weeks.  Fall classes will start August 31st, September 1st and 2nd.

Hope to see you in class in one of the upcoming sessions.

Cultural Fair at Banner Desert Hospital
We have been asked to perform at the Cultural Fair at Banner Desert Hospital on Thursday August 19th from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.  Please let me know if you can help out.  I know it's during the day and many of you can't make it.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Fully Fusion at Memo's Cafe, 7/10/10

What a fun time last night at Memo's Cafe!!!  Thank you ladies for performing Ali and Thai nails I hope you had fun!

Here are some photos from the night.

Group shot table 1

Group shot table 2





Thai nails group shot

Thai nail Dena and I

Group shot outside Memo's

See you in class...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Intermediate Class Routines

Intermediate cabaret class here is your 4 yard veil routine for this session.  Tribal class I will be sending your routine via email link it's too long to be loaded here on the blog :-(  Seems like I can't post anything over 5 minutes! 

Recital is Tuesday night starting at 7:00 p.m.

The line up is:
Beginning Tuesday Drum Solo
Intermediate 4 Yard Veil
Beginning Wednesday Skirt Dance
Beginning Wednesday Tribal Class
Intermediate Tribal Sword Dance
Beginning Thursday Tribal Class

Anyone that would like to do a solo, duet, trio etc. keep your dance 5 minutes or less.

Enjoy your weekend and see you on Tuesday night...

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Belly News Issue 1

Welcome to Belly News!

This is the first issue of Belly News!

This newsletter is for my Mesa Art Center belly dance classes to keep you updated on class happenings, events and all things belly dance.

I plan on this being a monthly newsletter possibly bi-monthly if a lot is going on.

Some of you may not know anything about belly dancing, its history, costuming, music, etc. When you have some time check out my website to gain an insight on belly dancing and check out my bio page to find out a little bit about me,

I also have a page just for you my students, Here you will find class choreographies and links to present and past class dances on YouTube, along with photos from events.

Enjoy and see you in class.

Class Videos Are Posted!!!
Okay all the beginning class routines are now posted on YouTube; sorry intermediate classes yours will be posted soon.

Check them out on my YouTube Channel, to see this session’s routines and previous routines and performances.

You can also check out the Students Page ( on my website to go directly to current and past dance videos plus choreography handouts.

Class Recital
Our class recital will be on Tuesday July 13th in the Acting Studio room from 7:00 - ???

Invite family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. to the performance; it’s free.

Students please show up early to warm up and run through the routines in the dance room.
Let me know if you would like to do a solo, duet, etc. Please keep your performance 5 minutes or less.
August & Fall Session
The August session starts on August 3rd, 4th & 5th and will run for 4 weeks.

Here’s your chance to try a different dance style; cabaret or tribal.

Starting in August I will be teaching a bellyrobics class on Thursday evening from 6:00 – 7:00 pm! This class is a low impact aerobics class using belly dance moves to get the body moving and heart rate up. This is not a class on how to belly dance it’s a pure exercise class.

Fall session starts on August 31st, September 1st & 2nd. The fall session will be 2 seven week sessions not one long session like it has been in the past.

I will post the registration information on my website when I have all the details.

Check out my website for August registration info:
Fully Fusion Night
Come watch some of the intermediate students from Wednesdays night tribal class perform at Fully Fusion Night at Memo’s Café on Saturday July 10th. We will be performing 2 numbers that night along with many more dancers from the Valley. This is not your normal belly dance show it’s fully fusion!!!

Memo’s Café is located at 1845 E. Broadway Rd. (south east corner of Broadway and McClintock in Tempe); fun starts at 7:00 p.m. Get there early to get a good seat.

Tickets are $5 per person at the door.