Archive for the Community Events Category

Hula-Hooping World Record Attempt

April 13th, 2012

I’ve been asked to invite you all to be part of a hula-hooping world record attempt!!!

The event will take place on Thursday (19th April) 8:30am-9:00am outside the Sheraton Hotel, Festival Square, Edinburgh. Registration is from 7:30am.

More details here:

“Hi Lindsey, my name is Meg and I work for an experiential marketing agency. We are currently working with Sheraton hotels and on Thursday 19th April we are going to try and break the world record for the largest amount of people hula-hooping at one time! This will take place outside the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Festival Square between 8.30am-9am.

Everyone who takes part will receive a free t-shirt, hula hoop, morning refreshments and will also be entered into a prize draw to win a years membership at One Spa, worth £1,500! We are trying to get the word out and get as many people involved as possible in this very exciting event! We would really appreciate it if you could persuade all your friends/colleagues/customers to get involved! Feel free to also put up this poster around your local area/work place if you wish. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any queries or questions. Thanks so much, and looking forward to hopefully seeing you there on the 19th! All the best, Meg”

Hula-hooping is a good activity for developing core strength and it works well to pull in your waistline. It’s fun and with practice there are loads of moves you can master! I’ve previously enjoyed combining hula-hooping with bellydancing. My favourite move I’ve come up with is what I call the “hula-hip drop”

Ironically I just parted with my own hula-hoop collection but that’s alright since they are giving them away, wheeeeeeee! :)

Fancy Performing With Us?

March 28th, 2012

A sparkling opportunity has arisen to join a new Performing Bellydance Class Troupe based in Edinburgh!

You will be joining us from the start of our adventure and will grow with the troupe in experience, technique & styling. All styles of Bellydance will be represented and you can have your say in helping name our troupe!

Performance opportunities already lined up range from bellydance haflas with an audience of 30-50 people to Edinburgh’s largest community organised event with an audience of over 20,000. You’ll be able to choose which events you’d like to perform at although you’ll likely find that after you’ve danced at one event you’ll want to dance at them all!

Learning, practice and rehearsals will take the form of a weekly troupe class and whilst some dedication will be required this will give you a sense of pride & a HUGE AMOUNT OF FUN!!

Preferably you’ll be of intermediate to advanced bellydance skill level although beginners will be welcomed on individual merit.

Email for more info or ask me about this opportunity at your next class… exciting times!

Lindsey Xx.

BDB Girls Get Together | Friday 16th March 2012

March 9th, 2012

15 of the BellydancingBarbie girls, past, present & future, are getting together for a girls night!
~ This Friday, table booked for 8pm
~ at Hanam’s, 3 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh
~ Kurdish & Middle Eastern food to share
~ BYOB drinks
~ Bellydancing and giggles!
~ Wear anything you fancy and pop you’re hipscarf in your handbag just in case ;)
~ Here’s the Facebook event for the night.
~RSVP ESSENTIAL – spaces are now confirmed with the restaurant.

…At our last meet up, just before Christmas, we literally took over Hanam’s restaurant with dancing round the tables and we even got a table of other ladies up to join us!

It’ll be a fun filled night and a chance to let our hair down outside of class!

Thanks to all who voted for their preferred date. Friday 16th March 2012 was the most preferred by 4 votes.

If you missed your chance this time round don’t worry there’ll be another get together happening in the not too distant future. Keep checking back & be quick to RSVP to avoid missing out.

Looking forward to it!


Club Bellydance | Bellydance Superstars | Edinburgh

March 8th, 2012

The Bellydance Superstars are coming to town for a one night only event called “Club Bellydance”

For those of you yet to discover the BDSS, they are a professional American bellydance troupe who travel worldwide doing what we all love and doing it with some real showomanship and groundbreaking flair! They are a bit special and this event is a BIG deal for Scottish Bellydance! (Well done to those who made it happen ;) )

Last year 10 of us BDB girls were lucky enough to travel to Dunfermline for their debut Scottish performance to see the stage show “Bombay Bellywood” – A fusion of bellydance & bollywood. Here’s a video from that show:

This new event called “Club Bellydance” will take on a form closer to that of a large community hafla or a more intimate show with the local community providing the first half and the Bellydance Superstars providing the second!

Sounds fantastic doesn’t it!!

When: Thursday 24th May at 7pm

Where: Pleasance Theatre, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ, Edinburgh, UK

Why: A fabulous opportunity to enjoy some great bellydancing in our community

What: 3 hours of live bellydance awesomeness

How: Tickets £12 | £10.50 (+50p booking fee) from

Tickets have literally just gone on sale and I imagine they may well sell out for this one! I’ll be booking my ticket very soon, if you’d like me to book yours at the same time get your ticket money to me asap and I’ll get on it…

Looking forward to it!


Dates For Your Diary…

February 8th, 2012

Hey everyone,

A quick reminder about some upcoming events:

  •  This Sunday, 12th February, 7-11pm, is a Bellydance Hafla (Party) at La Tasca Restaurant. Should be a good night. Email or comment below if you’d like to go as a group. I could be tempted to perform!
  • Monday, 13th February, 8-9pm, is our Valentines BellyDance Workshop at new Edinburgh Studios. This is an open level workshop and is ladies only. See the Home page for details and booking. Spaces are filling up.
  •  Thursday 23rd February, 8.30-11.30pm is BDB Girls Get Together Drinkies. Everyone’s welcome from all classes, past, present & future. We’ll be meeting outside Medusa after BellyJam and heading somewhere swell for a drink and socialising outside of class. You are 100% guaranteed to know at lease one person!
  • Booking is now open for our brand new Leith classes. Please help me to spread the word for us by telling any fabulous friends you know about them. Details & booking are over on the Learn page now.

These dates are all listed in our class calendar along with lots of other dates for your diary and I’ll of course be adding to the calendar regularly so keep checking back there by clicking on the calendar icon at the top right of the screen.



BDB Girls Xmas Get Together!

December 16th, 2011

A few of us are meeting up this Sunday (18th Dec) for a Christmas girly get together!

If you can make it we have a table booked at Hanam’s (beside the castle) from 7pm. The plan is have a bite to eat there (it’s BYOB) and those who want to can then go for a couple of drinks/dancing afterwards.

and here’s the Facebook event I’ve created

Let me know if you wanna join us and they’ll increase the size of our table accordingly!

Dress code: whatever makes you happy!

Looking forward to it,
Shimmies Xx.

(there’ll be another Belly Dance Night Out in January so if you can’t make this one hopefully you can make that one!)

Belly Dance Blockbusters

December 13th, 2011

Jennifer, Assistant Producer at talkback THAMES has contacted me to ask would I like to appear as a contestant on the new revamped 80′s classic quiz show BLOCKBUSTERS!! Hahaha, brilliant! They’re keen to have a diverse range of contestants on and it would make for entertaining viewing. The question is: would I like to?

She’s also asked me to let other dancers know how to apply since you can team up in pairs. Then the question is: would you like to?

Here’s the blurb…

Belly Dance Blockbusters -| Bellydancingbarbie

Sounds like random fun, let me know if you’re up for it & I’ll send you the application form & details for your audition!

New For 2012 – Google Hangouts!!

December 8th, 2011

Starting January 2012 I’ll be hosting the first Belly Dance Google Hangouts which will take the form of an online practice session streaming straight into your home, wherever you are in the world! All you’ll need is a Google+ account and a decent internet connection.

If you’re block booked on any Bellydancing Barbie Class you’ll automatically be invited to join in!

I’ll fill you in with more details very soon but thought I’d share some of the 2012 excitement with you all now.

It’s gonna be a great year!

Gala Evening of Middle Eastern Dance

September 9th, 2011
Fiona Gossart and students invite you to a

of Middle Eastern Dance

Your chance to sparkle!

Friday 30th September 2011
@ Gorgie/Dalry Community Association
22 McLeod Street

Doors open 7.30pm – 11.00pm

Tickets £5.00 with lucky draws (contribution to association)

Tickets/performers/stallholders call 0131-332 4079

BYOB, (soft drinks & nibbles available)

Spread the word!

A group of us BDB girls are going to this “hafla” should come with! ..We’ll also be working towards a great fun group performance at this “hafla” in ChoreoImpro on Tuesdays, it’ll be simple & effective and suiting to the timeframe, join us if you wanna get hooked on performing! I’ll also be performing an improvisation, my favourite, to what I have no idea yet, I’ll take musics we’ll see how the moment sweeps me on the night!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!