Woot! After almost a year of working in a corporate setting I’m so ready to get back in the studio again. Don’t get me wrong- I am extremely grateful for the experience and the lessons I’ve learned over the past year. I definitely feel I’ve grown as a person, which happens when you force yourself to step outside your comfort zone. I’m pretty sure that personal growth may be the most important result of my hard work in corporate America. The company I’ve been working for has been amazing, as has everyone I work with, including my boss. But when you’re used to moving full time it’s extremely hard to sit still for 8 hours all day/ everyday. And having no time for dance makes my heart sad. Between my family and work I really have had NO time to do much of anything else since I started last October and I have lost touch with a lot of my favorite people! Although in many ways working a full time job is a much easier life than running your own business, I came to the realization that this is not me and I’m not made for a corporate life. Sometimes you need to step away from a situation for a while so you can appreciate what you have (or had). So yessss it’s time to get back in the studio again. And I want to have my own space because so I can leave my hipscarf there and not have to lug around a million bags. I am ready to do this and the time is now!
Soooooo, Dance du Soleil Studio is making it’s Columbus debut in August! I’ve decided to keep things small in the beginning. The studio will be small but cozy. We will have a room for photography set up in the back so we are working on developing that too. Due to space restrictions classes will be kept small, which I LOVE because I can see everyone and offer more corrections per person. We will be offering classes in bellydance (of course), Pilates, yoga, Zumba, ballet (I am not teaching the ballet class, but the teacher is wonderful!), and jazz. This is also a great studio for private lessons and I will be offering specials on that as well.
Keep an eye out for much more detail coming soon!!!
Please note that the flyer I made for the ZZ Dancing to Tarab Music in Kent, OH had a typo in it with regard to the schedule. The correct time is as follows:10 am- 12 noon- class with Zahra 12 noon – 1 pm lunch on your own 1 pm- 3 pm- class with Zahra (not 1-2 as it stated in the flyer)
In addition, the location of the hafla has moved to Cleopatra’s Hookah Lounge in Kent, OH
1655 E Main St
Kent, OH 44240
Show at 7:30 pm
I do want to point out that I’m taking names for a new beginner class that is slated to start in February. If you are interested or know someone who is please message to email@example.com.
Current Available Classes- classes start back up January 24th
Intermediate/ Advanced Bellydance with Leyla- includes a warmup, some ballet and jazz cross training technique, bellydance technique working with many sub styles of bellydance (tribal, Egyptian, Oriental with a focus on Oriental) including but not limited to isolations, footwork, turns, props, across the floor and center combinations. A choreography will be taught and students will have the option to perform in the end of the year student hafla (early summer 2013). Requirements for participating in the end of the year hafla are: purchase of costume, participation in classes with minimum of absences, being current in class fees, proper conduct and dance etiquette during class. More details will be discussed in class. Students who wish to take this class for technique and personal growth are not required to perform with the group. Some experience is necessary to join this class. Please contact Leyla if you are interested.
Thursday nights 7:30-8:25 pmColumbus Dance Centre 1000 B Morrison Rd. Gahanna, OH 43230 Fees: $15 for one-time drop in; $48 for 4 classes (expires 2 months from purchase date)
Private lesson spot is open for Thursdays 8:30-9 pmPlease message Leyla if you would like to schedule a private lesson. Fee is $30 cash, check or credit card due before class. If you forget your payment, the lesson will be re-scheduled.
To Register for classes:
Better-Together-Lineup Hey girls- PLEASE BRING YOUR MUSIC ON AN IPOD AS BACKUP!! if you haven’t already done so email your music to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you need to make other arrangements (like dropping it off to me in person) please contact me ASAP. If I don’t hear from you and I don’t receive your music I’ll have to assume you are not performing- Thanks (and sorry to sound harsh)!!
For early bird registration email to email@example.com or call 330-734-8280
Early Bird prices expire November 17th. All registrations received after November 17th will be charged the door price.
Since we have these amazing dancers coming into town to perform at our Holiday Hafla we’ve decided to offer some special topic master classes to the community!
As seen on Project Bellydance Season 2! Known for emotional expression, amazing shimmies and a knack for funky fusion Lisa Zahiya is one to watch! She’s offering a class at Cuddles the day of the hafla that is not to be missed! Drilltastic and Funky Fusion rolled into one this class will take a bit of both and offer students not only some flair to add to their bellydance performances, but also a great way to drill
Leyla Soleil and Andrea Love-
December 1st- Better Together Holiday Hafla (finally! this is the reschedule for the reschedule date for the summer hafla that was cancelled twice). The combined holiday party for Dance du Soleil and Bellydance Columbus, this party is featuring performances from amazing dancers all over the midwest!! Including Lisa Zahiya, Tiffany Adhia (both from Project Bellydance), Andrea Love, Sofia Sahar and students, and Leyla Billman. And of course performances from Bellydance Columbus, Dance du Soleil, Babette Soleil, Leyla Soleil, and Chandara Gamal.
Better Together Holiday Hafla details:
7-10 pm (door at 7; show at 8)
$10 at the door
$5 for performers
byob with light snacks provided
Cuddles Dance Studio- 5953 E. Main St. Columbus, OH
** Please note that Cuddles can be a bit tricky to find on the first visit. Please visit our Welcome Center for more detailed instructions on how to find us.
Please note the following schedule changes beginning September, 2012:
**All Saturday classes are indefinately cancelled as of September 2012
**NO CLASS on Thursday September 6th
All DDS classes at Cuddles will be on Thursday nights beginning on Thursday September 13th
6-6:55 pm- Beginner Belly Dance
7-7:55 pm- Jazz Catz- Jazz/ Bellydance fusion class
8-8:55 pm- Advanced Belly Dance
**Take two classes on any Thursday and get the third class free!!
Saturday August 4th- Elements of Egyptian Style-
Students will explore movements and gestures key to the Egyptian style of raqs sharqi. Class will include discussion on sub-styles, costumes, musicality, rhythms, props, stars of music and dance, and more.
Saturday August 25th-Jazz Catz- Jazz/ Bellydance fusion technique and choreography
Students will be introduced to the Dance du Soleil technique of blending together two of our most popular dance forms. Class will be taught with a jazz warmup, bellydance isolations, and across the floor and center technique blending the two disciplines. Students will learn a choreography to “Kiss” by Prince. Funnest dance class ever!