Wednesday, 5 August 2009

New Wednesday class, workshop and the Edinburgh Fringe!

Hello lovelies!

As some of you may know, I've just gotten back from a fantastic weeklong intensive with Rachel Brice in Slovenia. She was my first belly dance teacher, and has been a huge source of inspiration to me over the years. (Seven years, actually! We hadn't realized how long it's been until we chatted it over this past week.)

I'm still decompressing and processing all that I've learned and revisited in the intensive, making some adjustments to my personal practice and sorting out my thoughts on a lot of things. It's all been very invigorating, and I'm looking forward to sharing some of the new things I've been working with! The best place to come and play with all this will be at the upcoming workshop at Islington Arts Factory on August 15. Advance registration is advised!

In other big news, I am once again doing a Tribal Fusion Elemental Movement course! This is the best thing to do if you're a beginner, though it's also useful for dancers who want to examine raw technique in a more focused fashion. The new class will be Wednesday nights starting in September, and there'll also be a new Combinations and Drills course on Thursday nights. (The current Thursday night course at Urdang also continues through August 13.) Full details are below!

I'll also be traveling a bit within the UK this month, with performances at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and at a sensational burlesque night in Leeds. If you're going to be in either place, I'd love to see you there! Here's a summary of what's going on:

August 15 - Workshop @ Islington Arts Factory: Expanding Articulation and Layering Experimentation
3:00pm-5:30pm; £25 -- Recent workshops have been sold-out, advance booking highly recommended!
This workshop is intended for improver/intermediate dancers and higher. We'll start with stretching and conditioning to get the body ready for isolations, move on to new drills to cement the fundamental movements and then get these moving by adding traveling and layering dimensions. This workshop will involve level changes and moderate laybacks, but these are not compulsory. If time allows, there will also be short combinations to glue all of our experiments together.
As the workshop will involve yoga- and pilates-based exercise, please dress accordingly. (Skirts are not a good idea; stretchy layers are.) Bring a bottle of water and a yoga mat for your own comfort.
Register online at; For information, email

August 27-October 1 - 6-Week Course: Combinations and Drills @ the Urdang Academy
Thursday nights, 6:30pm-8:00pm; Course £60
A new course in Combinations and Drills; instead of pursuing a full choreography, we will instead work on implementing knowledge in technique within combinations you can use in your own dance. This class may be taken on a drop-in basis or purchased as a 6-week course. Recommended for dancers who have completed the Elemental Movement class.
Register online at; For information, email

September 2-September 30 - 6-Week Course in Tribal Fusion Elemental Movement @ the Urdang Academy
Tuesday nights, 6:30pm-8:00pm; £50 for 5-week course; £12 drop-in*
*Please note: This course aims to give a comprehensive introduction to tribal fusion movement, and should be taken as a full course. The previous course at City Rescue was sold-out, and drop-in attendance may not be possible.
Aimed at the beginner or the more advanced dancer wishing to revisit and strengthen elementals, this course goes back to basics: over five weeks, we will become acquainted with the conditioning required to build the body for tribal fusion movement, and also be introduced to drills for building muscle memory of the fundamental movements. By the end of the course, dancers will be acquainted with the basic components of the tribal fusion movement vocabulary, and will also have some practice integrating them into combinations. This class will involve yoga- and pilates-based conditioning, so come dressed to move and bring a bottle of water.
Register online at; For information, email

August 22 - Finger in the Pie Fringe Lates @ the Edinburgh Fringe
From 1:40am 'til late @ C-Central Cabaret Bar, North Bridge, Edinburgh - Free entry!!
Fresh from London’s Madame JoJo’s, Finger in the Pie present a line-up of the hottest cabaret at the Fringe. With acts ranging from the bizarre to the brazen, the kinky to the kitsch we’ll be in residency at C-Central Cabaret Bar every Saturday of the Festival.
"Outstanding Cabaret" - Time Out
For further information go to

August 29 - DD Tease Presents Sensational Burlesque Extravaganza - UK vs US
Doors open at 8:00pm @ the Alea Casino Ballroom, Leeds; Tickets £15, £20 VIP
A fabulous line-up with some of the hottest ladies of burlesque, representing the UK and the US! Performers include myself, Fancy Chance, Vicky Butterfly, Diva Hollywood, Bella Besame, Leyla Rose, Missy Malone, Pinkie Special, Marianne Cheesecake, Ekaterina Sknarina and Siren Stiletto.
Tickets available online at or at Hellraiser, 97 Kirkgate, Leeds

I hope all is well with you, and hope to see you in the near future! If you need more information, let me know.