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Scotland’s Bellydance Studio Turns 1!

November 9th, 2014

Some footage from our Bellydance Studio’s first year celebration…

*NEW* Foam Rolling Class

May 29th, 2014

A few of you voiced interest in setting up foam rolling sessions so I’ve worked out a regular class format and BAM, there it is!

So, I hear you ask…

What is it & how does it work? ‘Foam Rolling’ is a form of Myofascial Release which has taken America by storm in recent years. It works with a similar principle to a remedial sports massage, however, this you perform yourself utilising your own body weight for leverage and applying pressure to the trigger points to stimulate the stretch reflex. Listening to your own body’s signals and reacting accordingly are also key to achieving a positive objective. Originally developed and used by Physiotherapists, this treatment is now offered by top trained fitness professionals who have seen it’s outstanding results and appreciate its potential benefits for their clients.  It’s applications are vast, here are just some of the benefits you can gain:

  • Relief from muscle soreness caused by tension
  • Increases flexibility and suppleness
  • Re-alignment & maintenance of good posture
  • Sculpts the body through toning to produce light, lean, elegant muscles
  • Transforms quality of movement
  • Increases depth of movement
  • Lymphatic drainage release of toxins
  • May be helpful in the treatment of scar tissue & cellulite
  • Increases circulation of the blood
  • Builds balance and harmony between muscle groups
  • Improves the condition of the skin
  • Raises general baseline level of fitness
  • Prevents injury from overworked muscles & stressed joints
  • Encourages steady weight loss when used as part of an exercise programme
  • Raises body temp making it an effective warm up phase of exercise
  • Effective stretch component during cooldown phase of exercise

…you can imagine the positive effects this can have not only on your dancing or sporting activity but potentially on your whole life!

Who is it for? Dancers (both professional and amateur hobbyists) sports persons, physical professionals, runners, yoga, pilates & aerobics enthusiasts and some of the fitter mainstream population can all benefit from foam rolling. You do require a good level of general fitness, a mild degree of upper body strength and moderate core strength to get the best rewards and the activity itself will develop these further. Our small group classes will allow for tailored tuition and teaching points so if you don’t have perfect bodily awareness this isn’t a problem, guidance will be on hand.

I’ve used foam rolling with many of my fitness clients. One client in particular had muscular back pain for approx 2 years and within 3 sessions of Foam Rolling they felt freed of the pain cycle. I’ve had a similar experience when I suffered a muscular injury. I now use Foam Rolling on a regular basis between classes to keep my muscles both strong and flexible ..and to release my calves after years of high-heel wearing! I LOVE foam rolling, it’s addictive and you’ll be amazed by the results! I can’t recommend this highly enough, it’s an investment in your health or at the very least it’s worth trying out!

What does it feel like? The first time you roll, I’m not going to lie, it can be rather uncomfortable. From there on in, with regular sessions it feels better and better until it starts to feel amazing! If you’re someone who enjoys a deep back massage with applied pressure, chances are you’ll like this. It’s a good discomfort, like a deep stretch, it feels productive. Within 10 minutes you’ll feel lighter and more supple and you’ll enjoy that sensation so much you’ll happily work through this feeling. As the health of your muscles improves, discomfort eases and warmth & relaxation follows. It feels satisfying and wholesome.

You’ll see instant results in 1 session and I’d recommend at least 6 consecutive sessions if you want deeper, more progressive results. After that you can go on and practice some of the techniques and teachings safely by yourself at home. You will likely find that joining us in ongoing classes gives you the best adherence and progression but you’ll have the lovely option of performing it yourself anytime. eg. wake up with a sore back? Heal it!

When does class start, where do I sign up?

Foam Rolling Class starts on:

Wednesday 4th June | 8.30-9.30pm at Little Egypt
Drop-In | £7 on the day | Just come along

This is a fitness class containing zero dance. Men are also welcome to attend this class. I will be in my personal trainer persona, expect lots of anatomical teaching points and to sweat for your results.

Where do I get a roller & a mat? A decent roller for this purpose is around £20-30 from a physio suppliers and they come in different densities. We will be using a “full length, full round” in classes. You are welcome to bring your own roller or you can purchase one at Little Egypt for under £20. You might like a mat for some of the exercises, preferably one around 6mm thickness, these can be ordered at Little Egypt.

What should I wear? Stretchy clothing like you’d wear to the gym or to a yoga class, preferably fitted for easy of movement. Barefeet, FootGloves or indoor trainers.

I’ve a previous injury, can I still do it? Depending on the injury, you may be able to proceed with caution. Email for my opinion and double check with your GP or specialist.

**Please do not attempt this form of exercise yourself without proper training as incorrect usage can lead to serious injury**

…for those of you who enjoy a flowing movement, stretch, wellbeing & meditation class you want to try get a space in BellyStretch. …and for those of you who’d prefer a more conventional relaxing massage, get in touch, I have diary space! £35 per hour session with pre & post treatment consultation. For this just email me!

Costume & Accessory Spring Sale

April 9th, 2014

I recently completed the task of doing our annual stocktake. Fiddly and phaffy? Yes, but actually pretty enjoyable when the stock you’re counting is so gorgeous and sparkly!

It occurred to me that we have way more items for sale than you’ve seen. Only a small percentage of the costuming and accessories that are available are on show at any one time in the studio and online. Many of these items are one-of-a-kind unique pieces, completely handmade and imported from all over the world – largely from Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Afghanistan, India, Turkey, Greece, USA and more.

With any luck, I’ll have more shiny new sparkles and treasures arriving for us in the coming weeks and summer months, some really special pieces, so it seems only fair to create a little extra space for them…





Come seek out your treasure at Little Egypt Bellydance & Holistic Health Studio before/after classes or during special opening hours: Saturday 2-6pm when you can browse the souk, try things on, chill out with tea, soft drinks, baklava & cupcakes!

Preloved items are also welcome, check out “how to sell your own items” at 

Beautiful bargains going fast! 

See you soon,

Lindsey Xx.

Introducing… Tigerlily!

January 19th, 2014

Tribal Bellydance TigerlilyMy name is Amanda but my stage name is Tigerlily. I am a Tribal Fusion Bellydancer and I have been Bellydancing since 2003. I find this as an art form and enjoy feeling emotions, the beat and creativities.

I tend to go on cruise ships from time to time through an agency and I like to travel abroad to seek new creative ideas and structure.

I have always loved teaching to others in a workshop, classes or a private lesson as you learn from one another. There is a saying for that “you learn from your students”. I have qualifications in National Certificate of Dance and BTEC level in Professional Stage Dance at Edinburgh Telford College.

I also love performing on big stages for a show, hosting other dancers from different countries, restaurants, charity events or a hen do.

 But most of all I enjoy every moment of life itself.

…Ladies, with much pleasure and delight please welcome Tigerlily who joins Little Egypt Bellydance & Holistic Health Studio as a freelance teacher from this February…

An initial 4 week term of modern tribal fusion style bellydance classes starts Monday 10th February, 6-7pm. Visit the Learn page for class listing details and booking. 


Yalla! Xx.

Drum Solo Session with Live Darbuka from Bernard Schembri

October 28th, 2013

Little Egypt Belly Dance Studio Edinburgh Arabic Coffee SetJoin us in this 1 hour treat session at Little Egypt with guest drummer, Bernard Schembri…

We’ll have fun piecing together elements of drum solo and combine baladi rhythm with a finger cymbal pattern giving simple and more complex combination options, all accompanied on Darbuka drum by the tremendous talent of professional musician, Bernard Schembri, visiting us from Malta!

This session will help you take your dancing to the next level through the invaluable experience of belly dancing to professional live music, helping you build on your knowledge and understanding whilst growing your styling and confidence.

You are also invited to enjoy complimentary middle eastern refreshments and a collaborative performance from Bernard and Bellydancingbarbie.

Monday 4th November, 8.30-9.30pm  at Little Egypt 
(3 spaces remaining) 

Join Class: Paypal payment to, over the phone on 07853 197 964 or in person at Little Egypt on Wed, Sat, Sun between 1pm and 7pm.

Dress: Belly bling
: Finger cymbals (class practice finger cymbals are available to purchase in advance and on the day at £6)

Looking forward to welcoming everyone on Monday, our first day of classes at Little Egypt!

PumpkinJam 2013 | Trick or treat?!…

October 28th, 2013


Join us this Halloween for a freakishly frightful belly dance fitness class at Little Egypt, 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! …oh, and there’s a treat, or is it a trick?? What’s behind door number 11c/2? Dare you find out??!..

Thursday 31st October | 7.15pm – 8.45pm
£10 (5 spaces remaining)
Join Class: Click HERE to go to PumpkinJam page

No one can resist the fitness of THE THRILLER MWAHHH HAHA HA HA…

Little Egypt Bellydance & Holistic Health Studio

October 23rd, 2013

LittleEgypt_logo-1-1 copy 2Little Egypt Bellydance & Holistic Health Studio opens this weekend!

We’ll be celebrating with…

Saturday 26th October, 7-10pm – Launch Party with music, dancing, bellydance performances, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods, drinks and of course, cocktails! This event is by invitation only check your email inbox & folders.

Sunday 27th October, 12-2pm – Launch Taster Workshop Give the studio a spin and sample elements of BellyBasics, BellyDance, BellyDance-A-Long, BellyJam & BellyStretch. Then relax and enjoy complimentary Middle Eastern refreshments and a professional performance. Details and booking are within the Learn – Workshop Page HERE

Sunday 27th October, 3pm-7pm - Holistic Health Sessions 30 minute taster sessions offered at the treat price of £10. These are delivered by me, Lindsey, your fully qualified health & fitness professional. Choose from: remedial massage | aromatherapy massage | sports massage | myofascial release (foam rolling) | applied nutrition | personal training.
Appointment times are: 3pm – BOOKED | Available: 4pm | 5pm | 6pm | 7pm
To book in your session just call, text or email with your chosen session type and preferred time.

Thursday 31st October, 7.15-8.45pm - PumpkinJam 2013 on Halloween night! Back for another year, this crazy wild dark and gory aerobic bellydance fitness class is so good, it’s wicked!! Details and booking are within the Learn – Workshop Page HERE

Monday 4th November, 8.30-9.30pm – Drum Solo Session with Live Darbuka from professional drummer, Bernard Schembri. We’ll have fun with drum solo elements and combine with a finger cymbal pattern giving you simple & complex combination options. Dancing with live music is an invaluable experience to further your dancing knowledge, understanding & ability. See above post for details and booking.

I hope you can join us for what will be the start of something pretty special!

Lindsey Xx.

Autumn Term of Bellydancing Classes

August 26th, 2013


The fringe may be coming to a close but the shimmies are just about to begin!

A new term of Bellydancing Classes at Meadowlark AYE in Marchmont is starting the week beginning Monday 2nd Sept. Same glorious venue, days and times. New learning, new shimmies, new energy and ventilation system?!
“That’s just over a week away!” I hear you cry. Yes, yes indeed, it is just over a week away, the wait is almost over! :)

All classes at the Meadows are live for booking on the website Learn Page NOW.
Please note: This is a 6 week term scheduled over 7 weeks as no classes will running the week beginning Mon 16th Sept. This is unusual for us but is necessary on this occasion. If unsure, just ask.

Interest in spaces is high as ever so please do not hesitate to book if you wish to join us for fabulous funtime shimmies!! This term is likely to fully book out completely. Remember the only way to secure your spaces in each class is to Block Book the term via the ‘Join Class’ button on the Learn page – these are priority spaces. Second priority goes to those who attend using a Flexible Class Pass. Those with existing passes must now contact me so I can reserve your spaces. Reserving does not guarantee your space but provides priority over those who Drop-In on the day paying cash. Again if unsure at all, just ask …quickly!

Bellydance Studio Launch

The team are hosting a “Little Egypt” launch party for close friends and passionate champions of “BDB” on Saturday 7th September from 7pm. This will be an intimate event by invitation only.

Following our Little Egypt launch I will announce our first timetable of classes and events there and I look forward to sharing these details with you later.

Looking forward to belly dancing with you all very soon …go the sisterhood, yalla!

Shimmies and exciting times,

Lindsey Xx.

Introducing… Little Egypt!

July 31st, 2013

The name Little Egypt carries an enchanting air of mystical legend within western bellydance history.

The story goes that once upon a time in 1893 a show was performed at the Chicago World’s Fair titled ”The Algerian Dancers of Morocco” at an attraction called “A Street in Cairo” One of the shows performers, a dancer of Syrian nationality reportedly named Farida Mazar Spyropoulos was billed as “Fatima” but because of her petite frame she was affectionately nicknamed “Little Egypt” Her stage presence and charisma completely stole the show. She popularised this exciting new form of dancing, taking it to the people. As a direct result of this newly sparked interest many tribute acts sprung up and toured across the entire US with many of their dancers also billed as thee “Little Egypt”

Farida Mazar Spyropoulos is believed to have been the original Little Egypt. The original show she performed in is believed to have been the first time the United States ever saw belly dancing. This ripple created the first wave of western intrigue in the sensational exotic dance that today we call Bellydance.

In the 120 years since then, Bellydance has continued to mesmerise western audiences and strengthen its passionate participants. It is a popular dance genre, very diverse in itself. It welcomes everyone and has a lot to give. It continues to grow in popularity and depth yet holds exclusive enough to endure whilst remaining deeply respectful of its roots, traceable back to prehistoric times. 

You might be drawn to belly dance for all sorts of reasons: health, freedom, fitness, love, beauty, strength, energy, culture, fun, community… I’m drawn to bellydance for the positive experiences I can share with you.

…and so, after a lifetime of dreaming and the culmination of over five years of blood, sweat, tears & plain hard work; including hundreds of hours of research, working simultaneous full time jobs, a ridiculous number of phone calls, legalities, legislation and the ultimate test of willpower…

Ladies, gentlemen, boys & girls, it is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to…

The UK’s first fully themed, custom designed, Bellydance Studio.

  • 50 Square metre regular shaped studio
  • Premium quality eco-friendly, non-allergenic, UV cured, solid bamboo flooring
  • Top end underfloor heating system with high performance underlay
  • Life on record wireless bluetooth audio systems with 3.5mm aux input & remote control
  • Full 8ftx16ft wall of mirrors
  • Daylight therapy lighting
  • Contemporary Middle Eastern & Mediterranean decor
  • Souk area & refreshments
  • Superfast broadband
  • On & off street parking
  • Excellent travel links
  • Neighbouring community park

Opening Autumn 2013 at:
11c Murieston Lane
EH11 2LX

Check back to follow the progress of renovations and stay tuned for news of our launch events…

With love & shimmies,

Lindsey Marie Silver
Managing Director
Bellydancingbarbie | Little Egypt