Welcome to Bellydancingbarbie Chat

Posted by +Bellydancingbarbie on April 26th, 2011 | Posted in Articles

Welcome to Bellydancingbarbie ChatThis page is a little hub of Belly Dance information, it’s your community page & Bellydancingbarbie’s blog in one. It’s open to everyone, avid bellydance fans and those who just want to stop by to socialise!

Gain an insight into the world of belly dance, find out about events, discuss hot topics and exchange ideas, chat about health, fitness & handbags! Read through in date order or use the search bar to find specific topics of interest.

Website members have the ability to create a profile, post comments, pictures, videos and private message other members. Members will also receive special discounts and other exciting opportunities along the way.

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Expressive Movement Workshop with Iraya Noble

Posted by +Bellydancingbarbie on June 19th, 2015 | Posted in Workshops

iraya1With bellydance as a starting point, the idea is to go beyond the obvious or more conventional bellydance forms, in order for each participant to discover new movements or shapes that will enrich your dance and expressiveness.

The first hour will focus on bringing awareness into lower body, starting with feet, legs and hips, and understand the connection between them all.

The second part of the workshop will mainly focus on the upper body, experimenting with shapes and various movements involving arms, shoulders, chest and head.

We will finish by trying to combine upper and lower body, mainly through exploring individual and group improvisations, always in a supportive and relaxed environment.The underlying idea is to dance and experiment with what feels right rather than what looks nice, as usually when it feels nice it looks nice too!

Rather than following the style of a specific dancer, what about bringing your own style, and using the movements that feel more comfortable for you? Bellydance keeps evolving thanks to people who bring something unique and distinctive, and each of us has something distinctive that makes our dance unique.

Part One: 12-1pm
Break: 30 minutes
Part Two: 1.30-2.30pm

Bookable as single workshops, part one or part two, and as a full experience package of both part one & part two with an exclusive discount of 20%

Single hour £15
Workshop parts 1&2 package £24

iraya noble dance edinburghYou can secure your space within this fabulous workshop with Iraya, in person at the Little Egypt studio, online at www.LittleEgyptStudio.com souk shop page or over the telephone on 07853 197 964. (For your convenience a number of payment options exist including credit and debit card processing facilities)

A confirmation email will be sent automatically on processing your booking.

Interest in this workshop has been high and we have a limited number of spaces available so we’d recommend securing your space as soon as possible!

Summer Classes at Little Egypt Studio

Posted by +Bellydancingbarbie on June 19th, 2015 | Posted in News

For the first time in well over a year, we have Drop-In spaces!

Our summer term of classes at Little Egypt runs through to the 26th July and for the first time in a long time you can Drop-In to lots of classes individually. You can attend using a Flexible 8 Class Pass or simply pay on the day.

An excellent opportunity to shape up, try new things, and fit them around your holidays…



Monday   | 6.00pm | BellyDance-A-Long (weeks 2, 4, 6, 8)
With Lindsey | 3 spaces
Monday   | 7.15pm | BellyStretch
With Lindsey | 1 space
Tuesday   | 7.15pm | BellyBasics
With Lindsey | 2 spaces
Tuesday   | 8.30pm | BellyDance
With Lindsey | FULLY BOOKED
Wednesday | 6.00pm | BellyBasics
With Lindsey | FULLY BOOKED
Wednesday | 7.15pm | Bollywood
With Sejal | 2 spaces
Wednesday | 8.30pm | Foam Rolling
With Lindsey | 2 spaces
Thursday  | 7.15pm | BellyJam
With Lindsey | 2 spaces
Thursday | 8.30pm | Hatha Yoga
With Julia/Andrea | 2 spaces
Saturday | 12.00pm | BellyDance Troupe
With Lindsey | 1 membership space

All classes are £9 Drop-In on the day. 8 Class Pass is £65 valid for 4 months. Troupe class is by membership at £45 per quarter year for new members and runs as a two hour session.

Full class details are available over on the LEARN page. Drop-In and join us in class!

We also have a fabulous opportunity to learn with Iraya Noble at Little Egypt in an Expression Workshop this July. See separate post for details and booking options.

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Little Egypt Website

Posted by +Bellydancingbarbie on April 12th, 2015 | Posted in Little Egypt

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Egypt Comes To Little Egypt!

Posted by +Bellydancingbarbie on April 4th, 2015 | Posted in Little Egypt, Workshops

khalil_portraitJoin us at Little Egypt this International Bellydance Day weekend in welcoming a true oriental dance legend to Scotland…

Workshops with international oriental dance master of masters, Professor Dr. Hassan Khalil of Cairo.


Over the decades he has become an authority on the folkloric arts of the middle east, holding a PhD in directing musical theatre he  founded and directed the Egyptian National Ensemble for Folklore and the Oum Kalthoum Theatre,  been teacher and choreographer to Samia Gamal, Naima Akeef, Tahia Karioka, Nagua Fouad to name a few iconic well known dancers. Today he owns and runs the I.S.O.C centre in Cairo.

This May he travels to Edinburgh, Scotland to teach you. This is an opportunity to learn from a living legend!

Sunday 10th May 2015

11.30am to 1.30pm
Oriental Bedouin Fusion
Set to a popular Egyptian song, Professor Khalil created an oriental dance choreography influenced by the character of the Egyptian Bedouin women, including typical movements of different Bedouin areas combined with modern and classical Oriental Dance. An energetic dance fusion fullfilled with the spirit and the soul of the strong Bedouin women of Egypt. Through the choreography he will concentrate on technique, expression, character of each dancer. It’s a full choreography including song translation.


2.00pm to 4.00pm
Modern Oriental Dance
A typical modern Egyptian style choreography with veil (Megance) demonstrating “what means Egyptian Style” in Oriental Dance. Using the veil in different aspects and characters and focusing on modern dance techniques in Egyptian style Oriental dance. This is one of Professor Khalil’s most awarded choreogaphies.

cairoWorkshops are open level and £35 each or both for £60.

Booking is now OPEN. You can secure your spaces via the Events tab of our online shop – CLICK HERE, over the telephone on 07853 197 964 or pop in and book in person at Little Egypt, 11c Murieston Lane, Edinburgh, EH11 2LX.

Egypt comes to Little Egypt!

LE Xx.

Closing After 7 Years!

Posted by +Bellydancingbarbie on March 6th, 2015 | Posted in Articles


Some of you have been following the story of Bellydancingbarbie since the very beginning. For the benefit of those who haven’t here’s a short story for you. It’s a love story.

Once upon a time I was a “beginner” of bellydance, I progressed through “intermediate” and “advanced” pretty quickly as I was a “natural” I fell into teaching lunchtime classes for colleagues in the offices of the civil service after volunteering a demonstration at health at work day.

As my skill grew steadily alongside my love of the art form, I was invited to perform for local Moroccan restaurants. I learnt more and performed more and then I was fortunate enough to do a lot of travelling and live abroad. Can you believe that was over a decade ago?!!

On returning to the UK I worked for a youth charity, was again invited to perform at restaurants and asked if I would set up and teach regular classes. In 2008, after I found myself in Turkey for a week performing and teaching Turkish women, I took the insane decision to leave the legal world & youth charity scene and retrain so that I could share the joy and benefits of this dance with friends and the public to the best of my ability, accurately and safely. I invested several years in academic and practical study in order to become a fully qualified professional bellydancer, fitness instructor, personal trainer and massage therapist. I taught Bellydance in offices, high end yoga studios, Universities and I managed the Edinburgh College gym. I also hired the best of Edinburgh’s private studios and delivered classes and sessions there. All of those studios were grossly overpriced, freezing cold and to my mind dancing in them had the sophistication of dancing within your neighbours rusty old camper van with a mismatched door!

I worked my ass off for the next 9 or so years, building things up, developing, reinvesting, strengthening our little community and working to achieve my goal of one day creating a space that honours the art form and the community of women who enjoy it. I met many challenges along the way and made some sacrifices. Some you may know of, others untold.

In October 2013 I opened Little Egypt.

Whilst things have grown over the years so has the work load which is never finished even when consistently working 90 hours per week. So I took on an Admin and Projects Assistant to help me out a few hours a week. After much consideration the person I took on was Janis, who also happens to be my mother. Here’s the article Introducing Janis.

Now, Janis had a hard time getting her head around the fact that I would be paying her regardless of her wishes otherwise. Why would I agree not to pay her? She’s a devoted team member who gives of herself like any other team member! I believe it’s very important everyone feels appreciated and rewarded in life.

What I wasn’t prepared for however and had no clue about was that Janis has been saving up her wages…

For the first time in 7 years, I’ve just switched on my out of office auto reply. It seems I’m going on holiday! To Morocco!!!

We will be officially closed from 7th March to the 16th March with team members around at Little Egypt in my absence. All enquiries will be answered on my return. I will have internet access just enough to check any urgent enquiries, class booking numbers, do a few live tweets @BDBarbie and @LittleEgyptUK and post images of myself eating multiple tagines, hotdogs or legs, haggling and “doing a camel with a camel” If there’s anything you would like me to source in Morocco let me know on social media, I’m taking a ridiculous amount of extra luggage and if that’s not enough I can post things back to us! Yes, of course I will send Little Egypt a postcard!

I can’t believe it. I’m overwhelmed. It’s like a dream.

Thank you mum for your endless, selfless kindness and thank YOU to every single woman and man in our community who has believed in my crazy dreams for us.

You are what I live for and I love you very much.

Spring Term Classes Bookings Update!

Posted by +Bellydancingbarbie on March 5th, 2015 | Posted in News

Join us in moving together into spring! Whether you enjoy the rhythms of Bellydance, the vibrancy of Bollywood, relaxation of Yoga, or the goals of health & fitness, Bellydancingbarbie’s Little Egypt has something for you.

Spring clean your system, shake off the cobwebs with a shimmy, energising, revitalising, refreshing and replenishing.

Here are our spring term offerings:

BellyFusion |  On hold 
Mondays, 6.00-7.00pm with Amanda

BellyStretch |  1 SPACE 
Mondays, 7.15pm-8.45pm with Lindsey

BellyBasics |  1 SPACE 
Tuesdays, 7.15-8.15pm with Lindsey

Tuesdays, 8.30-9.30pm with Lindsey

BellyBasics |  2 SPACES 
Wednesdays, 6.00-7.00pm with Lindsey

Bollywood |  FULLY BOOKED 
Wednesdays, 7.15-8.15pm with Sejal
Online booking via the Shop page

BellyJam |  FULLY BOOKED  
Thursdays, 7.15-8.15pm with Lindsey

Yoga Basics |  FULLY BOOKED 
Thursdays, 8.30-9.30pm with Julia
Online booking via the Shop page

Mala’ikah Troupe |  FULLY BOOKED 
Saturdays, 12.00-2.00pm directed by Lindsey
Online booking via the Shop page

Join us!

If you are block booked on any class during our March-May term you can book Bollywood and/or Yoga classes with a special 13% discount. If you are block booked on two or more classes you can enjoy Bollywood and/or Yoga classes with a very special 25% discount! After booking your other class(es) use the ‘Buy Now’ button at the bottom of this post to make use of your treat.

All classes and events are now bookable in person and over the telephone as standard. Yes, you can pay by card!

To gift someone something from BDB or Little Egypt it’s easy! Simply book and pay by your usual preferred method then let us know any names required for the register and if you would like a presentation gift card. All classes, events, products and hire services  can be given as a gift. All items posted out are sent via first class Royal Mail unless requested otherwise. Gift vouchers are also available and are an increasingly popular way to give the gift of dance, health & wellness.


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Book A Belly Dancing Party

Posted by +Bellydancingbarbie on January 23rd, 2015 | Posted in News

Bellydance Party

Our weekly classes might be fully booked but there’s space in our diary for a private party!

So thought I’d just check, are you organising something fun this year? Perhaps you know someone who is?

Whether it be a hen party, birthday party, yummy mummy, a wedding, corporate event or just an excuse to get together and let your hair down, we have all the sparkle, skill and expertise to turn your event into something really special!

Our qualified performers and teachers deliver a high end professional hire service for all occasions that is second to none.

Your party can be tailored to your imagination or you can choose from our popular preset packages.

Sip champagne, sit back and enjoy a professional bellydance show, clap along, join in. Bring luck to your guests of honour with tradition. Get glamorous with cabaret, wild with modern fusion, flirty with veils. See your friends release their inhibitions and super charge the atmosphere with exciting exotic shimmies!

You can utilise our outreach choosing for us to come to your own venue or bring the party to us here in Edinburgh at our fixed premises, Little Egypt, the UK’s only themed bellydance studio.

Professional – Reliable – Quality – Entertainment

For an event like no other and memories that will last forever, hire Bellydancingbarbie (but best be quick, we’re in demand!)

As recommended by Underbelly, Apple, Edinburgh Council, Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh’s Christmas, Harley Davidson and many more high profile clients