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Online Bellydance Shop Relaunch!

February 26th, 2014

After countless days of vision, creativity and round the clock hard work, our new online bellydance shop is now live on the website!

Coded entirely by Shaun in time for a Valentines treat for us ladies, I have to say, it’s pretty slick! ♥︎

Here’s a before and after…

online_shop_before_after

You can now browse by category, rate items with the neat wee “Love it” feature, change up your own dance wardrobe by selling your own items in our Preloved section and buy & sell tickets for Events as well!

When you buy from the Shop online all items are lovingly gift wrapped & packaged up before being sent out to you. The prices shown include UK delivery (unless otherwise stated)

When you sell from the Shop page your item is listed online with your description and agreed price, to be viewed by your target audience and can also be displayed at Little Egypt Bellydance Studio for potential buyers to view your item in person. We do all the hard work for you and simply forward on your profit to you!

By supporting our little bellydance shop, not only do you help our bellydance community in Edinburgh to survive, even thrive, but you also boost the UK economy by around 33% by buying from an independent retailer*

“A rising tide raises all ships”

I’ll be adding lots of gorgeous new items on a regular basis, many of which will be unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. I hope you’ll stop by for a browse and enjoy using our new Shop.

Thank you Shaun, I for one ♥︎ Love It! 

*Ingeniousbritian.biz, December 2013.

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. 

 FULLY BOOKED 

Yalla! Xx.

2014 Belly Dancing Classes in Edinburgh

December 4th, 2013

Little Egypt Bellydance & Holistic Health Studio EdinburghThe new year brings with it a new golden era of Belly Dancing Classes in Edinburgh.

From January 2014, Little Egypt will host our full timetable of Bellydancingbarbie classes! As we step forward in our future as a sisterhood we wave a very fond farewell to our friends at Meadowlark who from 2014 will no longer offer midweek hire of their studio but whom we shall collaborate with to host occasional workshops.

I’m sentimental, this is true, I also know this to be something of a blessing in disguise for us. My focus can now be maintained on providing you with the best possible experience in our own bellydance studio… Scotland’s bellydance studio. This brings us all together in the hub of things and develops our own sense of community. It’s a logical step forward. The year ahead will provide us with more bellydance love and joy than we can even begin to imagine!

Here’s our timetable for new year term kicking off with a hafla on Saturday 11th January (see post below) then classes starting the week beginning Monday 13th January 2014. This timetable may be added to if there is enough interest for a particular class at a particular time.

NEW YEAR 2014 TIMETABLE
……
Mondays | 7.15-8.15pm | at Little Egypt
BellyStretch | shaping a leaner, elegant, more relaxed silhouette
Best for: Flexibility, strengthening, toning, relaxing
8 Classes £49 |  FULLY BOOKED 
……
Tuesdays | 7.15-8.15pm | now at Little Egypt
BellyBasics | All the basics, technique & conditioning
Best for: Learning, strengthening, toning, flexibility
8 Classes £57 |  FULLY BOOKED 
……
Tuesdays | 8:30-9:30pm | now at Little Egypt
BellyDance | Layering, choreographies & improvisation
Best for: Learning, styling, confidence, expression
8 Classes £57 |  FULLY BOOKED 
……
Wednesdays | 7:15-8:15pm | at Little Egypt
BellyDance-A-Long | Dance now, think later!
Best for: Fun, transitions, grace, poise
8 Classes £49 |  FULLY BOOKED 
……
Thursdays | 7:15-8:15pm | now at Little Egypt
BellyJam | Energising aerobic bellydance class!
Best for: Fitness, toning, calorie burning, flexibility, energy
8 Classes £49 |  FULLY BOOKED ★
……
Saturdays | 10:00-11:00pm | at Little Egypt
BellyMummas | Pregnancy bellydancing
Best for: Fun, gentle exercise, easier & calmer birth
8 Classes £74 |  Drop-in Spaces 
……
Saturdays | 11.30-12.15am | at Little Egypt
BellyBubbas | Mother & child bellydancing
Best for: Fun, early learning & development, bonding together
8 Classes £57 |  Drop-in Spaces 

Little Egypt Bellydance & Holistic Health Studio offers a warm, cleansing dance experience with hot & cold refreshments & costuming souk shop available between classes. For venue specifications, map & directions click HERE

All classes are live for booking now and in true BDB tribe fashion are booking up quickly already! Visit the LEARN PAGE to secure your spaces, alternatively book over the telephone on 07853 197 964 or in person at Little Egypt Mon, Wed, Sat 4-7pm. For your convenience all major credit cards are now accepted as well as cash payments in person. Classes often fully booked out in just days so it’s advisable to book your spaces asap if you’d like to join us!

Ladies of all ages & abilities are welcome to join us for bellydance fun, fitness and friendship so invite your friends, sister, mum anyone you think is fabulous!

Yelp – ★★★★★
“To anybody who thinks bellydancing is not for them!Just come and see yourself how much fun we are all haveing!I just love Bellydancing and Bellyjam cause is more than just a class.I feel these classes give me very good energy, self-confidence, new friends and I am burning calories in a very fun way!:)Lindsey is the happiest person on earth! She always makes me smile!:)Love it, love it ,love it!”

Looking forward to dancing with you in the new year!

Shimmies,
Lindsey Xx.

Spaces correct as at Thur 2rd Jan, 8.00pm.

BDB & Friends Perform at Edinburgh’s Christmas Light Night!

November 21st, 2013

…well, the cat’s well and truly out of the bag now! Yesterdays Evening News top story on page 3…

light night evening news article

Bellydancingbarbie & Friends will perform a very special group piece at this years ‘Edinburgh’s Christmas Light Night’ celebrations!

This is the first year Underbelly have undertaken the organisation of the Christmas festival and my oh my does it look wonderful!! 10 stages positioned all along George Street, showcasing Edinburgh’s most talented entertainers, schools and community groups from 2.30-5pm when Sir Chris Hoy will be switching on the Christmas lights on the golden stage. The event will culminate with a fireworks display and I imagine for many then a wander around one of the new markets!

You can come see our performance at this free event on Sunday, we’re on the red stage at 3.20pm …and yes, we will be in full bellydance costume, in November!

Upcoming Events & Charity Donations

November 15th, 2013

Hey,

Super busy here at BDB HQ right now, in fact there’s all kinds of busy happening at the moment, classes busy, hire busy, shop busy, brand new studio busy …super busy doesn’t even cover it! All in the best possible way I might add! Good times :)

As you might imagine, the festive season brings with it lots of glitzy events for bellydancers – performance bookings, party bookings and the odd private tuition lesson for those who’d like to entertain their friends and family themselves!

I’m currently working on a choreography for a major community event in the ‘Edinburgh’s Christmas’ calendar and at the same time glancing over the remainder of the year and early into next to pencil in our annual BDB Girls Christmas Get Together and …a bellydance hafla! ;)

Also, over the coming weeks I’ll be planning my main charity donations for 2014.
If you or your friends are organising a fundraiser in 2014 and you think Bellydancingbarbie can add something special to help raise the bar eg. a performance, raffle prize etc, check out the Philanthropy tab of the Hire page and get in touch… A friend of yours is a friend of mine. If I can do something for a good cause and there’s still space in the diary & room in the budget, I will.

At present I still have some diary space remaining for Bellydancer Hire at your Christmas parties, family gatherings and girls nights. I could be tempted to perform this Hogmanay since I thoroughly enjoyed myself last year so if you’d like to welcome the New Year with a bellydance performance from Bellydancingbarbie get in touch. Example options are available over on the Hire page HERE

Shimmies,

BDB Xx.

Belly Dancing Classes In Edinburgh

October 24th, 2013

Ladies,

warm yourself this winter in our fabulous Winter Term of Belly Dancing Classes in Edinburgh. This will be a spectacular term of bellydancing with lots of exciting new learning, performances, social events & parties…

Each class is brimming full of fun, positivity, exotic fitness & eastern promise!

WINTER 2013 TIMETABLE
……
Mondays | 7.15-8.15pm | at Little Egypt
BellyStretch | shaping a leaner, elegant, more relaxed silhouette
Best for: Flexibility, strengthening, toning, relaxing
6 Classes £37 | ★ FULLY BOOKED ★
……
Tuesdays | 7.15-8.15pm | at Meadowlark
BellyBasics | All the basics, technique & conditioning
Best for: Learning, strengthening, toning, flexibility
6 Classes £43 | ★ FULLY BOOKED ★
……
Tuesdays | 8:30-9:30pm | at Meadowlark
BellyDance | Layering, choreographies & improvisation
Best for: Learning, styling, confidence, expression
6 Classes £43 | ☆ 2 SPACES REMAINING ☆
……
Wednesdays | 7:15-8:15pm | at Little Egypt
BellyDance- A-Long | Dance now, think later!
Best for: Fun, transitions, grace, poise
6 Classes £37 | ☆ 1 SPACE REMAINING ☆
……
Wednesdays | 11:00-12:00pm | at Little Egypt
BellyMummas | Pregnancy bellydancing
Best for: Fun, gentle exercise, easier & calmer birth
6 Classes £56 | ★ FULLY BOOKED ★
……
Thursdays | 7:15-8:15pm | at Meadowlark
BellyJam | Energising aerobic bellydance class!
Best for: Fitness, toning, calorie burning, flexibility, energy
6 Classes £37 | ★ FULLY BOOKED ★
……
Saturdays | 10.00-10.45am | at Little Egypt
BellyBubbas | Mother & child bellydancing
Best for: Fun, early learning & development, bonding together
6 Classes £43 | ☆ 4 SPACES REMAINING ☆

Both Meadowlark & Little Egypt offer a warm, cleansing studio experience with refreshments & souk shop browsing available between classes.

Visit the LEARN PAGE to secure your spaces, alternatively book over the telephone on 07853 197 964 or in person at Little Egypt Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun 1pm-7pm. For your convenience all major credit cards are now accepted as well as cash payments in person. Our last 3 terms have fully booked out in just days so it’s advisable to book your spaces asap if you’d like to join the fun!

Ladies of all ages & abilities are welcome to join us for bellydance fun, fitness and friendship so invite your friends, sister, mum anyone you think is fabulous! Here’s the facebook event page

★★★★★ – yelp
“She’s a fantastic teacher highly reccommend! Its a great way to meet new people. i have gotten so much out of doing the belly basic course and the improv i can’t speak highly enough. she’s not just a dancer as she’s scientifically studied belly dancing so she’s really good at teaching good posture :) this is the best way to keep fit, socialise, have fun, confidence build and let your hair down after the stress of work!”

See you soon,
Shimmies! Xx.

Autumn Term of Bellydancing Classes

August 26th, 2013

Ladies,

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 ..new 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.

A Little Update…

August 15th, 2013

Very busy times behind the scenes right now, busier than ever before. Working hard & winning challenges! Lots of challenges, the ones to be expected and then all the hidden ones that eat up time and budget, like the roof leak etc. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Besides a few things to be wired in, fitted up etc “Little Egypt” is no longer a full on building site and I can now remove my site manager hardhat as we’re entering the final stages. Alongside these building works all social enterprise business processes are being streamlined, systems are being backed up, dead wood is getting gone, new content is being written and preparations are well underway for fresh new classes, workshops, therapies, parties and costuming goodies – we’re busy creating the future!

I’m aware that I currently have a substantial backlog of messages and enquiries to respond to. I’m steadily working my way through these as and when I can and hope to have replied to all by Monday, if not before.

A new term of classes will go live for booking on the website within the coming days. I anticipate the new term will run at both Ashtanga Yoga Edinburgh and Little Egypt. I’ll send round group emails, post here and link to social media in advance of them going live so everyone has a fair chance of securing their spaces. Interest is off the scale!

So keep a look out, remember fastest fingers wins! You can also follow the progress of Edinburgh’s Bellydance Studio renovations and read all about it through my previous post HERE

Enjoying this transient time. As I mentioned back in March  “Without change the world would have no butterflies” and since then I’m forever trying to help them find their way back outside! You know you’re following the right path in life when nature picks up your rhythm.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your support and encouragement, it will be rewarded.

Shimmies and love,

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
Edinburgh
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