Archive for the Community Events Category

Party Time For BDB Girls!

November 23rd, 2012

All BDB girls, past, present & future are invited to join us for a party evening of delicious foods, drinks & of course …bellydancing!

Party Bellydance Theme

This year our festive party fun is being hosted at Empires!

A Turkish & Mediterranean restaurant just off the Royal Mile at 24 St. Mary’s Street, Edinburgh. The food is delicious, drinks are BYOB, decor is like being on holiday and the last time us BDB girls were there we had a truly FABULOUS time!!

Tables are booked from 8.30pm onwards on Friday 14th December 2012

The evening will include a performance set from Bellydancingbarbie and music for us all to enjoy and have a Bellyboogie!

Those who want to can then go for a couple of drinks/dancing afterwards.

Let me know if you wanna join us and they’ll increase the size of our table accordingly!
**RSVP** ASAP to info@bellydancingbarbie.com, in class or on Facebook event page: BDB Girls Christmas Party!

Dress code: whatever makes you happy. Pop your hipscarf in your handbag!

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Empires don’t serve alcohol so instead they offer a “Bring Your Own Bottle” service – corkage/glasses charge is £3 wine bottle, 50p beer bottle
  • They currently can’t take card payments so cash or cheque only on the night please
  • As our group is large & the restaurant is popular they very politely ask for a £10 deposit per person to reserve our seating. Please get your £10 deposit to Lindsey by Monday 10th Dec, either cash in class or via Paypal transfer to: sales@bellydancingbarbie.com I’ll then go to the restaurant and pay this on everyone’s behalf.

  • UPDATED – IF YOU HAVEN’T MANAGED TO GET A DEPOSIT TO ME YET BUT YOU STILL REALLY DO WANT TO JOIN US, I CAN PAY A DEPOSIT ON YOUR BEHALF, JUST LET ME KNOW …and promise me you’ll be there otherwise it could be a costly night for me haha! ;)

Looking forward to it,
Shimmies Xx.

PumpkinJam (Zumba’s Out – Zombie’s In)

October 20th, 2012

Join us for a freakishly frightful Belly Dance Fitness class. Usual time, usual place. Unusual characters…

You wouldn’t want to be seen dead anywhere else, would you??…

Dress ghoulishly glam and expect an incredibly effective fitness session that’s a bloody NIGHTMARE. Hell in the studio below.

Everyone welcome. £5 or class pass. Remember your water/blood/slime – whatever it is you creatures drink. …oh, and your trainers, well we wouldn’t want anyone to actually hurt themselves, would we…

No one can resist the fitness of THE THRILLER MWAAHHHH HAHAHA HAHAHA HAHAHAHAHA…

**New Term of Classes**

October 16th, 2012

Ladies,

Our winter term of fabulous Bellydancing classes starts next week! :)

This years winter term will carry a reduced timetable. The sole reason for this is to enable me to ship some dreams for us, in the form of more new fabulousness for 2013!! :) ) I know how much you all love our classes together. Me too!!! ..Be assured that this will enable us to grow as a sisterhood. All 5 regular classes will be back in the New Year and will be live for booking very soon (if not already) over on the Learn page.

I’d like to invite you to join us in a winter 6 week term of BellyBasics & BellyDance classes running on Tuesdays at the Studio Below in Tollcross and starting next week YAY!! :) There will also be a special Halloween session of BellyJam running on Thursday (25th October) and some troupe performances at community events that you can come along and enjoy!
Winter term is open for booking now…

 

WINTER TERM CLASS TIMETABLE FROM 23RD OCTOBER 2012:
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Tues | 7pm | @ TOLLCROSS | BellyBasics™
Posture & all of the fundamentals | Fitness: Fat Burn & Body Conditioning
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Tues | 8.15pm | @ TOLLCROSS | BellyDance™
Layering moves, choreography & improvisation | Fitness: Cardio & Fat Burn
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Thur 25th Oct | 7.15pm | @ TOLLCROSS | PumpkinJam | Facebook Event
A special spooky session of BellyJam | Fitness: Highly effective in all areas
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Sun 4th Nov | 6pm- | The Mala’ikah Project | Facebook Page
Performance at the Pheonyx Masquerade Hafla | Murrayfield | Facebook Event
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Book online over on the LEARN page to Join Class and secure your spaces.

I’m currently planning several exciting events for us and am currently chatting with some world famous dancers. So, you know, stick around!

As ever, any questions or suggestions just get in touch,

See you soon,

Lindsey Xx.
info@bellydancingbarbie.com

Fringe Festival, Fairs & Gala Day Fun – Mala’ikah Style!

August 30th, 2012

The months of May, June, July and August, as you can imagine, have been MENTAL! and fabulous and everything else in between! I’ve been performing, teaching, modelling and floating around at all kinds of exciting events. That’s not all though, something else, something very exciting has been happening at some events over the summer …I’ve had company!!!

Our class troupe, The Mala’ikah Project, have taken to flight this summer and it feels very much like a dream come true, for all of us. I’m looking forward to sharing news of troupe adventures with you all here and over on our dedicated facebook page The Mala’ikah Project.

Here’s a few shots taken at some public community & charity events over the summer months… (double click to enlarge, use browser back button to return)

…and these are just a few! I’ve also been busy dancing at private hire events including hen parties, wedding receptions, birthdays, festival shows, wrap parties and I also enjoyed performing a set in Harvey Nichols!

The fun doesn’t stop here either, we’ll soon be coming into party and winter wedding season! :)

To book a professional performance check out the HIRE page and submit an enquiry form. To book a performance from our class troupe at your community or charity event email info@bellydancingbarbie.com with details of your event.

Whilst writing I’ve just received my first enquiry for a performance at a wedding taking place in August 2013 so I imagine next summer will be choc full of even more fun than 2012, if that’s possible! ..but of course it is, anything’s possible.

Shimmies & exciting times,

BDB Xx.

BDB is Alive & Kicking at Big Dance Edinburgh!

July 30th, 2012

This was part of an improvisational set Bellydancingbarbie performed on the Castle Street stage at #bigdanceedin – an event which aims to “Get Scotland Dancing”

In true Scottish spirit, a crowd gathered despite the wind and rain! :)

Edinburgh’s Big Dance – This Weekend!

June 29th, 2012

This weekend Edinburgh city centre will be taken by storm with free dance events of all categories springing up here, there and everywhere!

‘Big Dance’ is an event which aims to promote dance as a fun, friendly and healthy activity for all the family. It aims to get Edinburgh dancing!

If you’re in BDB classes this term you’ve probably been given a brochure in class or received one from the beautiful ladies of The Mala’ikah Project and might have already planned what you’re checking out! If not, here’s the website with event listings www.bigdanceedin.co.uk

So this weekend, excitement.. There’s even a world record attempt for the largest tea dance! …and yes, of course, bellydance stages are being set and surprises will be sprung! That’s all I’m gonna say on that one!…

Oh, all right, I’ll spill the beans, on some of my participation anyway…

I’ll be performing in:

Harvey Nichols | 4pm-4.20pm | Sat 30th June

and

Castle Street | 3.20pm-3.40pm | Sun 1st July 

I’ll also be delivering a BellyJam taster session

Castle Street | 4.20pm-4.40pm | Sun 1st July

Come along and join in the fun, hope you can make it…

Shimmies BDB Xx.

Live Bellydance Hangouts

June 17th, 2012

So, you might have heard me mentioning the words “Google+” “YouTube” “live on air” and “Bellydance Hangouts” in the same sentence lately. You might have thought “I have no idea what you’re talking about but it sounds really exciting!” and you’d be right, it’s very exciting! So what is it then?…

Well, let’s start with Google+ since not everyone has ventured there yet. Google+ is google’s answer to Facebook only with some extra high tech awesomeness thrown in! The good part is you don’t need to be a “techy” to enjoy it! I had a head start on most people with Google+ as I was there from the beta testing stages. Set up my pages, reset up once they made changes, the lot! Once you get over the usual “where am I and how do you drive this thing?” disorientation you’ll find it has many of the elements made familiar by Facebook, twitter and pinterest. So what can Google+ do for us Bellydancers that Facebook and Twitter can’t?…

We can “hangout” together! Google+ Hangouts are live virtual gatherings of people, like a conference call, chat room or Apple’s FaceTime. They utilise webcams and microphones – you on your computer, me on mine. If we add each other to our own Bellydance social circle we can interact on a much more real level. Instead of me typing this and you reading it, we’ll hangout and have a proper conversation! Now think about what that’s gonna do for us as a growing tribe of dancers, a community and as individuals… You’ll be able to ask me about the technique of specific moves, which muscles should you be engaging? how can you improve elements of your dance? are you doing something correctly? which are the best classes for you? and what are the fitness benefits? We can develop creative ideas, talk about our newly formed troupe and upcoming events. We can chat about the cultural side of the dance, learn some Arabic words together. We can host middle eastern “cook & follow” nights, costume sewing nights… all sorts of social events! Our friends who now live in the US, Iran, Turkey, Spain, France – all over the world, can rejoin us! Goodtimes!

There are settings for both public and private hangouts. In my first public hangout I had 193 people tune in to join me and we played games switching “props” In our first private, by invitation only hangout, there were 3 of us. Three of us who knew each other and had heaps of fun trying things out and chatting about how cool this was gonna be for us all and how it could really be a useful tool in adding value and fun for the group outside of class! There are also settings to customise if everyone can see each other and hear each other. I’ll ask your preferences at the start of each hangout. To join a private hangout first you must add “Bellydancingbarbie” to a circle you’ve created within your Google+ profile. I’ll then add you back. On the day of the planned hangout log into your Google+ and when setting up the hangout I’ll invite you to join in (it’ll pop up on your screen saying “Bellydancingbarbie has invited you to Hangout”) Private hangouts require you to be there from the start. Public hangouts allow anyone to drop-in and out at any time. We’ll use the private, invitation only, hangouts for our actual Bellydance Hangouts and the public ones very occasionally just for silly fun with the general public who’ll no doubt ask the usual questions us bellydancers are asked, you know the questions! :D Private Hangouts can also be streamed live “On Air” on YouTube, they appear as a video which is automatically uploaded, search the same title as the hangout to find it. People can watch the hangout live on YouTube but not interact. They can only leave comments, as with a regular YouTube video. This might provide a window into what hangouts are like and other friends might join us for the next hangout on Google+ after seeing it on YouTube. There’s lots of other new technology us bellydancers can utilise too, more on those later…

Now, go to the Google+ icon at the top of this page. Take a few minutes to create your profile, create a Bellydance circle and add “Bellydancingbarbie” to that circle. I’ll add you back and chat to you on there…

These, ladies, are very exciting times!

Btw, these aren’t the first virtual bellydance events BDB has held. Two years ago I held a virtual Bellydance Hafla on the Animal Crossing game for the Wii!!! Complete with workshop, souk stall and open floor disco. We had a treasure hunt instead of a raffle and everyone was asked to come with empty pockets so they could take home different fruit, bury it and grow another type of fruit tree in their own town. Hahaha, it was so much fun! :)

…What can I say, I’m a left handed Leo born the year of the Rooster! ;)

See you at the next Bellydance Hangout:

WEDNESDAY | 9.30-10pm GMT | on Google+

Upcoming Public Performances

May 26th, 2012

 

Here are some of the exciting public events I’ll be entertaining at over the coming weeks…

Sat 26th May  | 10.00am-4.00pm | Spa In The City | Rose Street | Performance & Mini Lessons
Sun 27th May | 10.00am-2.00pm | Spa In The City | Rose Street | Performance & Mini Lessons
Sat 2nd June  | 10.00am-4.00pm | Corstorphine Fair | St. Margaret’s Park | Performance
Sun 24th June | 6.00pm-9.00pm | Macmillan Cancer Charity Fashion Show | Perth | Performance
Sat 30th June | 4.00pm-4.20pm | Harvey Nichols Department Store | Performance
Sun 1st July  | 3.20pm-3.40pm | Big Dance | Main Stage, Castle Street | Performance
Sun 1st July  | 4.20pm-4.40pm | Big Dance | Main Stage, Castle Street | BellyJam Demo

Come join me in the sunshine! :)

Moonwalk Hafla

May 2nd, 2012

Ladies,

After our BellyJam class on Thursday myself and a few of the girls are heading to the Meadows Hotel at 72 – 80 Causewayside, Edinburgh for a Hafla (bellydance party) There will be performances of different styles of bellydance, a lesson and a raffle. Tickets are £10 each (£10 for dancers also) Under 14′s go free. Doors open at 7pm with performances from 7:45pm. All proceeds from the night will go to Moonwalk breast cancer charities. Here is the Facebook event

…and I’m anticipating that after a banana or two I’ll be re-energised from our Jams enough to perform …all glowing & glistening! :)

Hope you can make it.

BDB Xx.