Dancing adds richness to everyday life and a touch of excitement to your working week.
And if you're in Sydney Australia now is the perfect time to begin because I've got new Bellydance classes in Pagewood (eastern suburbs) to fit everyone’s budget.
What better way to spend Saturday morning than in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere sharing the joy of dance with other women?
Get an energising, thorough workout while learning to move gracefully to mystical, ancient rhythms. No dance experience at all is required, so take this rare opportunity to start your weekend off getting fit the fun way!
It all started with a TV show called I Dream Of Jeannie. I remember watching it as a child, and loving Barbara Eden's costume. Using Kid Logic I figured that if I could just get my hands on that outfit, then I’d also have the magical powers that go with it.
Well, that was the seed planted, but the actual Bellydance journey began when I started learning Bellydance in 1992 by doing a few classes with Vera Myronenko.
I loved it from the start and practiced a lot at home as I hopped from teacher to teacher. Rather than strictly following one teacher or style, I learnt from a variety of people which has given me an understanding of Bellydance from many different perspectives.
I've done classes and/or workshops with: Amera Eid, Belyssa, Yasmina, Terezka Drnzik, Jrisi Jusakos, Josephine Wise, Raqia Hassan, Elenie, Leonie Sükan, Shamira, Nayima Hassan, Magdy el Leisy, and Vera Myronenko.
Despite the fact that I've never had a main
teacher, I did have a wonderful mentor - the legendary
(of Amera's Palace
Bellydance Boutique And Studio where I teach on Wednesday nights).
The help she's given me over the years has been invaluable.
Despite the fact that I've never had a main teacher, I did have a wonderful mentor - the legendary Amera (of Amera's Palace Bellydance Boutique And Studio where I teach on Wednesday nights). The help she's given me over the years has been invaluable.
Anyway, after three years of learning Bellydance, I began performing in 1995.
My teaching life had already begun in 1991 when I became a fitness instructor and swimming teacher. I’d already had quite a lot of teaching experience, so the progression to starting up some Bellydance classes in 1997 at my local university seemed a natural step.
In 1998 I decided to teach and perform Bellydance full time and Dreaming Of Jeannie Bellydance was born! In 2002 I completed the Bellydance Teacher Training Course through Bellydance Belyssa (from Perth, Western Australia).
Until I closed my school in 2005, Dreaming Of Jeannie Bellydance was one of the biggest Bellydance schools in Sydney. I also trained some of Sydney's top dancers, the most accomplished being the lovely Bellydancer Georgette.
In 2013 I will be reopening Dreaming Of Jeannie Bellydance for Bellydance classes in the eastern suburbs in Sydney.
Fees For A Bellydance Performance
A weekly restaurant Bellydance show for up to 20 minutes starts from $120.
A one-off solo Bellydance performance for up to 20 minutes starts from $250.
A Bellydancing show plus class for up to one hour starts from $300.
The fee depends on: day of the week, night or day, and travel time. I dance at all types of events, with the exception of buck's parties.
A show can include Arabic, Greek and Turkish music and any or all of the following:
NOTE: the cancellation fee - ie. if I turn up and the performance is cancelled - is half of the agreed price.
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi:
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
"To my mind, the life of
a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being."
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