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Just a quick post to say I’ll be working in Hilary’s Bazaar again this coming Sunday (the day after Boxing day).  Her sale starts that day – so be sure to pop in if you’re nearby!

EDIT: The shop will be open (with me working in it) from 12 noon to 4pm.


From time to time I help out Hilary Thacker and work in her bellydance shop.  Tomorrow, from 10am to 2pm, is one of those times.  It’s my first day working in the new shop – she moved from George IV Bridge to 297 The Royal Mile, Canongate, at the start of December.  The new shop is so much nicer than the old one, it feels much more like what one images a souk turned into a shop to be like – stuff all over the place, treasures on shelves scattered throughout the place, clothing and jewellery aplenty to pour through – tribal and cabaret.

This is the new shop front:

Hilary herself has been teaching the lovely folk of Edinburgh to bellydance for years now.  Most of the dancers on the scene here have been to at least one term of classes with her at some point, I took several.  She’s an Edinburgh institution.  The style of dance she teaches and performs is generally referred to as ‘Classic Egyptian’.  Here’s a clip of her dancing:

She’s also produced instructional DVDs for beginners, intermediates and advanced students and through these is known in America (I had a teacher I went to over there exclaim “Hilary Thacker?!?” when I told her Hilary had been my teacher :)).

So, if you’re in Edinburgh tomorrow, and can spare the time, pop in and say hi!

I said this when chatting with the lovely Miranda at Hilary’s Bazaar today (who, by the way, will be dancing at the Eastgate Hafla next Friday).  It’s true.  And not just because I’ve forgotten how ‘normal’ people dance in clubs but because I find myself shimmying, doing hip circles, chest circles, figures of 8 etc. when I’m not even thinking about it (much to the amusement of my co-workers, especially when I do it at the photocopier!)

But something else I’ve noticed today is that I am full of aches.  My knees ache, as do my shoulders and my back.   I’ve had this before, several years ago when I was a gym bunny.  I took a holiday and didn’t go to the gym for over a week and felt very similar to how I do now.

“Hello, my name is Shelley and it’s been about a week since I last danced” 🙂

I also wonder if these aches are the accumulation of being on the go almost constantly since the start of September, a situation which only eased up a week ago (my time as a “gym bunny” was also a really busy time in my life).  I’ve had a hunt about on the internet but haven’t been able to find anything that speaks to this experience.  I hope it’s not just me – anyone else had this experience?

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