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Tribal Tigerlily is teaching some tribal fusion classes in Edinburgh.  Yipee!

The fabulously talented and gorgeous Tribal Tigerlily

She running a 4 week ‘taster’ set before Christmas starting Sun Nov 18th, and a 6 week regular term afterwards starting Sun Jan 20th, £9/£7 per class in advance, £10 on the door.  Both sets are being held at the Edinburgh Studios, off Leith Walk.  You can get full details, and whatnot on the Facebook event page.

And, because it’s such a treat, here’s a video of her performing:

 

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Ever since I’ve started my most recent academic studies, I’ve had a drastically reduced amount of time available for my various non-study related things (work, dance, socialising, etc). As part of that I gave up bellydance teaching, I have seen my friends a lot less and have not really had the time to keep the Edinburgh Bellydance Calendar up to date. Given that it’s a bit of a ghost site, I’ve removed the link for it from my blog and website now, as the more sharp-eyed of you may have noticed.

Proving that nature abhors a vacuum, the wonderfully enthusiastic (and generally wonderful) Pheonyx Dance created a facebook group and now a new website, Bellydancing Buddies, and a new online google calendar, as a repository for information about what bellydance classes and events are on throughout Scotland. I fully encourage you to get your classes and events listed there.

Well done Pheonyx, and thank you!

Hello lovely readers,

I have now done a big update of the Edinburgh Bellydance Calendar with all of the Autumn belly dance classes that I know about!  If you know of any classes that I’ve missed please let me know – shelley.dancing@gmail.com – and I’ll see about getting them added.

Broken down by style we have:

EDIT:  I’ve since been told about Egyptian style bellydance classes being held at the St Bride’s Community Centre on Monday evenings taught by Lara Yadgarian, though I’m not sure what type of Egyptian that is (modern or classic).  More info here.

EDIT: I’ve since been told about bellydance classes offered by Constantina at Leith Academy on Thursday evenings.  I’m not sure how she classifies her style so have not added it to the above list.  More info here.

Enjoy!

Oh, and if you want to join me in hosting the calendar do get in touch.  It’s a straightforward bit of code I can give you to cut and paste into your website.

PS – I almost called this the “Fall”  Term – being here in America makes their expressions very infectious!

As many of you know I have now stopped my regular classes to allow me to concentrate on my on Counselling training.  The wonderful Tamsyn (pictured above) is taking over my Wednesday evening classes at The Yoga Room.  The new 8-week term starts on September 15th and you can book your places here.  Have fun!

A wee while ago I asked a friend of mine, Zoë, if she would write a blog post for me and together with a mutual friend, Jane, she has. Enjoy!

Edinburgh’s best-kept bellydance secret

Tell anyone you go to Lorne McCall’s classes and even if they are one of the few who know who she is, many think she is “just” a Raqs Sharqi teacher. Well they don’t know what they’re missing. Lorne brings the depth of her Raqs Sharqi training to an open-minded love of dance. To quote a leading tribal teacher, Lorne is “the most elegant dancer in Edinburgh”.

Lorne rarely performs these days, but if you’ve been to a recent hafla, you’ve seen her students. At the November 2009 Hafla at Revolution, around half the performances were by Lorne’s current or recent students. The group veil dance with its joyful mini-duets and sophisticated choreography was by Lorne’s advanced class.

A trained dance teacher with many years’ experience, Lorne is very inclusive; everyone is welcome, encouraged and gets individual attention. Excellent on technique (people come to her classes for her expertise on hands alone) she’s also a mistress of mood: how a slight change of head angle creates a subtly different effect; how to maintain power; how to use pace and stillness. Lorne’s lovely sense of humour means that though classes are work they’re also fun, full of strange little rhymes to help with remembering movements and imaginary visits from Johnny Depp.

Lorne McCall teaches on Wednesdays at Dance For All in Stockbridge, Edinburgh and classes start back on August 25th!

Check out www.danceforall.co.uk for all the details.

To brighten up this rainy summer day, allow me to introduce you to Tamsyn:

I first met Tamsyn at a tribal fusion workshop where I couldn’t help but notice that she had a scar that was almost identical to my own. We were scar buddies! So we got talking. Over time I’ve learned that, as well as being an enthusiastic bellydance aficionado and a great dancer she’s a very knowledgeable (and thoughtful) teacher. We share a love of tribal fusion, but also both have broad tastes in bellydance and appreciate lots of different styles. I feel lucky to have her as my dance buddy and friend.

Which is all lovely, but why am I telling you about Tamsyn? Well… she’ll be taking over my classes at The Yoga Room from September onwards! She’ll be coming along to a class or two in my next term so if you’re thinking about continuing you’ll get the opportunity to meet her then.

And to finish off this post, here’s another gorgeous picture of her from a recent performance in her newest outfit (made by her own fair hand – where do her talents end? 🙂 ).

As some of you might have noticed I was in the paper this weekend, this time in the Scotsman Magazine on Saturday. I only found out about it when a friend told me! I had been asked for a picture a while ago by the lovely people at Out of the Blue for something that might appear in the Scotsman, but that was the last I’d heard about it. I gave them one of the fantastic pictures Kaleidoscope Studios took of me and it ended up being used in an article about interesting fitness classes at the newly renovated Out of the Blue. The ironic thing about this is, of course, that I’ve now taken a break from teaching at that venue!

That said, even though the info isn’t quite right, I am at least still teaching some bellydance classes. The current term at the Yoga Room finishes on June 9th (next Wed) and the next term (and my last term teaching for a while!) begins June 30th, preceded by a beginner’s workshop on Sunday June 20th. Online booking is open! (I’ve just realised my new term starts the day before the Musselburgh Hafla – which I’ll be dancing at! See the Facebook event page for more information on this charity hafla.)

This happens to be the second time I’ve been in a paper doing bellydance stuff. This time, although I wasn’t attributed, I like the picture much better 🙂

Hello lovely readers,

Over the summer I will be continuing my Wednesday evening classes at The Yoga Room (beginners from 7.30pm, intermediates from 8.30pm). Both sets of classes cost £40 (£36 concession) for an 8 week block (June 30th – Aug 25th, not Aug 4th).

As usual I’ve got paypal set up so you can go to my site http://www.shelleyskipper.com/classes.html to book classes and/or workshops there. And if you don’t fancy paypal cheques, bank transfer and cash are all fine. There’s more details about payment on the website.

And just so you’re aware this will be the last term of regular classes that I’ll be teaching for a while. My counselling training will be stepping up it’s intensity in September and I’ve had the increased time commitment required highlighted to me on a number of occasions, as well as the emotional drain it will be. So I’ve decided to take a step back from teaching bellydance once Uni starts back. Some of my current students suggested a night out to mark the end this era and I think that’s a smashing idea!

I don’t plan on dropping out of the community, I will still be at haflas, hopefully attending workshops as a student and maybe running one or two myself as time permits. And the classes at the Yoga Room should continue – I’ll put up more information about that as I have it.

My weekly public and private classes started back last week and it felt goooood.  I love being around my students, “my ladies”.  In among the hard work and concentration is always a fair amount of chat and laughter.  This term some of my familiar faces aren’t there, for a variety of reasons – uni & work pressures, moving city, having babies!  You guys are missed!  But we also have new faces (who will soon becoming familiar faces), all bringing their own personality and energy to class.  The diversity is fabulous!

It’s a nice, positive experience of community for me, and (I hope) others – even though it might only be a fleeting community of people brought together for one hour a week.  Hafla’s can offer more opportunity for socialising in a bellydance context outside of class, and I’m hoping to have more of an idea of when the next Edinburgh hafla is after this coming weekend.

Watch this space!

My next term starts sooooon!  Both levels start back again this coming Wednesday (the 14th) at the Yoga Room with a sold-out beginners workshop on this Saturday to kick things off and get me back into the spirit of things 🙂

If you’re wanting to book the classes you can do so with a cheque (made payable to me, Shelley Skipper, sent to “Shelley Dance, C/O The Yoga Room, 5 Forth Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JX”) or via paypal on my website (http://www.shelleydance.co.uk/classes.html). There are still a few spaces left (and don’t worry – I’ll remove the paypal functionality when I’m full).  You can always fire me a quick email or text if you want to double-check before booking.

I’ve tweaked and, I believe, improved the curriculum for both sets of classes and I’m looking forward to starting a new term with this new-and-improved set of lesson plans!  I’ve tried to take on board the desire I’ve felt coming through, particularly in the Improvers/Intermediate classes, to include more technique that is common to tribal-fusion styles of bellydance, whilst keeping it still interesting to those with more Egyptian leanings.  And as always I’m interested in hearing what my students want out of the classes – we’ll have a chat about this in the first lesson to make sure I take into account the things that my students want to do.

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