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Meet The BDB Team | Introducing …Lisa!

June 30th, 2013

Hey I’m Lisa. I’ve been learning with Bellydancingbarbie for about two years.

 I first experienced belly dance when I was about 12 years old. On holiday in Spain with my mum we attended a cabaret show and I’ve been hooked ever since! I decided to take up lessons after my mum passed away as it was something we had both wanted to do.

Since joining Lindsey’s classes I’ve performed at the Edinburgh festival and won third place in the group category at Miss Fabulous Belly Dance Competition. I’ve now joined Team BDB as an intern hoping to increase my skills and knowledge even more.

My love of tribal style dance reflects my love of music. Finding alternative music to use in dancing has become something of an obsession!  I love that like music, belly dance is something which everybody can relate to, no matter what language we speak.

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
- Billy Joel

Meet The BDB Team | Introducing …Marysia!

June 23rd, 2013

All the way from a small town called Elk in North-East Poland, through capital Warsaw, with a couple of stops on her way, she came straight to Edinburgh. Here she discovered her passion for cultural festivals and her marketing skills. Here she did her first shimmies, omis and mayas.

Marysia is a recent graduate from Marketing with Festival and Event Management (MSc) at Edinburgh Napier University showing real passion for her profession. She has experience in administrating social media content for a live music venue, promoting various festivals and events and in managing volunteers and paid staff. Running busy festival life Marysia still has time for her other passions like travels, baking, looking after her friends’ cats and of course belly dancing.

Dance was always somehow present in Marysia’s life. As a child she went to ballroom classes and felt in love with tango and jive. However due to health problems she missed too many classes and left the course. She remembered watching dancers competing in tournaments at her primary school dreaming to spin in a beautiful dress one day. It was a challenge to build up the confidence to start dancing again, however she followed her dream.

She tried salsa, modern jazz, contemporary and contact improvisation however her true love she found in belly dancing. Beautiful music, discovering muscles you would never think of and first of all, feeling the connection with other women – all that made her fall in love with this ancient art of dance.

Belly dancing to Marysia means being within a community of amazing women, sharing their passion and time together. She is excited to join the Bellydancingbarbie team for this unique internship. She is looking forward to developing numerous skills from belly dancing to marketing and to have a great time with fabulous bellydancing women.

Meet The BDB Team | Introducing …Amy!

June 19th, 2013

Hiya!

I’m Amy, you might already know my face as a regular in BDB’s BellyDance classes and I occasionally drop into the BellyJam Classes as well.

I started off in the Basics Winter term 2011 with very little belly dance experience, and now, well; there is no stopping me! I’m completely hooked and have a great enthusiasm for Belly Dancing Barbie and the BDB Community.

I’m so excited about this internship opportunity. Genuinely looking upon this role as a fresh way to explore and learn new level of Bellydance interests. What I’m hoping to get out of it is some fabulous chances to get behind the scenes, be creative, to learn something new, and have something to challenge my day-to-day routine this summer and at the same time spark some personal development and possibly even add a new level of social outreach into the bargain! I can’t wait to get stuck in!

So….  I love being a part of The Mala’ikah Project Last summer was amazing learning a new routine and performing as a troupe at the Edinburgh Festival, so I’m really keen to see another awesome summer dancing with you ladies.  I’m thrilled that the routine of 2013 is going to be a powerful traditional piece, (don’t want to give too much away in case it sounds like a spoiler)

I have to admit I’m more at ‘home’ with traditional Cabaret style, but by no means does that mean I’m not up for trying a bit of Tribal, Oriental, Fusion and Improvisation.

So regardless of what you’re into, or what level you’re at, in my opinion …. I think you must know when you are a belly dancer in spirit because you can dance to anything and everything with a shimmy and a smile.

Keep in touch

A x

Building A Bellydancingbarbie Team!

June 17th, 2013

You may recall that I posted an ad on here back in the spring for Summer Internships to build a Bellydancingbarbie Team!

The response was far greater than I could ever have imagined! The calibre of applicants was really high, the skill set varied and plentiful and I spent many an hour, ok several days actually, making my selections to compile a shortlist of applicants to invite to interview.

Interviews were held over a three week period and I thoroughly enjoyed the process, the echo of the BDB ethos and the enthusiasm that ripples outwards. On a personal level can I just say that I’m absolutely WOW’ed by your support for BDB, your passionate interest in joining me in what I do and your desire to help me ensure we can continue and progress this fabulous positive thing we got going on! Thank you to all who applied and to those who shared this opportunity with your friends.

In the end I didn’t find two suitable applicants - I found three!!

So over the coming months BDB Team members will be assisting me in shipping some goals and life long dreams. Helping us progress as a healthy and thriving women’s dance and wellbeing community. We’ll be bringing you a delightful plethora of exciting bellydance news, reviews, articles, events and more! …and of course, in true BDB fashion, we’ll be making history. This is the first specialised Bellydance Internship Programme ever to be offered!

I look forward to introducing you to the Bellydancingbarbie Team…

Shimmies,

Lindsey Marie Silver
Managing Director
Bellydancingbarbie

 

Adding some sparkle to your life!

Classes Are Fully Booked.. Again!

May 15th, 2013

 

 

All classes in our summer term are now:

Well done to everyone who booked their spaces! We have a summer full of shimmies to look forward to including a number of exclusive invite only events – news to follow!

As before, if you didn’t manage to secure a space on the full term keep a look out for one off Drop-In spaces as these may become available due to holidays etc. Check back soon for lots of exciting news, events, chat and details of our Auturm term…

Remember there’s also the option to have BDB deliver private tutorials & fitness training sessions for you and up to 2 others. These can be completely tailored to your learning and interests and are without a doubt one of the quickest ways to develop dancing technique, style & fitness. Discounts are available to BDB girls who have attended regular classes before and are booking a block of sessions in advance. Diary space currently available on Mondays, Wednesdays & Sundays. Check out the “Dance/Fitness Instructor” tab on the Hire page and send through an enquiry form.

Ladies, my excitement for this summer term and future terms is so great I actually feel like my heart could just leap right out of my chest! I cannot wait to share more of the joy of bellydancing with you all …YALLA!!

Shimmies & sunshine,

Bellydancingbarbie Xx.

Summer Term Of Belly Dancing Classes in Edinburgh

May 8th, 2013

Your feedback on the Sun Studio at Ashtanga Yoga Edinburgh has been incredibly positive and our classes there feel harmonious, wholesome, sophisticated and as sociable as ever! Spring has been a very well attended term and it’s glorious to leave class feeling warmed, revitalised and with spotlessly clean feet! You all love the look of the centre, the smell and have commented on enjoying added flexibility gained through the extra warmth. Kyle, our receptionist is an absolute hero and so friendly & helpful, he rounds off a fabulous evening of bellydancing every time! So, naturally, I’ve booked us in for another term!…

I’ve managed to secure the same time slots and you can expect all the good shimmies and moves you love …and LOTS of sensational new ones too! I’ve been gifted a designated space in the centre to store some kit including a plug-in fan which I intend to get and over the summer I was thinking to store our picnic rug there and our awesome portable WiFi Boombox for pre and post class get togethers at the meadows!

Ladies, our Summer term of Belly Dancing Classes in Edinburgh is now live for booking over on the LEARN page! It’s a 6 week term running Tuesday 4th June to Thursday 11th July and it’s going to be FANTASTIC!!

SUMMER TIMETABLE
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Tuesday’s | 7.15-8.15pm | at Ashtanga Yoga Edinburgh, EH9 1JT
BellyBasics™ | All the basics, technique & conditioning
Best for: Learning, strengthening, toning, flexibility
6 Classes £43 |  ★FULLY BOOKED★
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Tuesday’s | 8:30-9:30pm | at Ashtanga Yoga Edinburgh, EH9 1JT
BellyDance™ | Layering, choreographies & improvisation
Best for: Learning, styling, confidence, expression
6 Classes £43 |  1 SPACE REMAINING*
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Thursday’s | 7:15-8:15pm | at Ashtanga Yoga Edinburgh, EH9 1JT
BellyJam™ | Energising aerobic bellydance class!
Best for: Fitness, toning, calorie burning, flexibility, energy
6 Classes £37 |  ★FULLY BOOKED
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I MUST WARN: Within a matter of hours & before I’d even properly spread the word 11 SPACES WERE GONE so I imagine this term will book up very quickly too (the last term took only 3 days to be fully booked) so please act F-A-S-T if you’d like to join us for summertime shimmies beside the meadows!

If you have an existing flexible 8 class pass you’d like to attend with you must now contact me so that I can reserve spaces for you. This does not guarantee your space (unless I have specifically told you otherwise) however it gives you priority over Drop-Ins. Drop-In spaces, should they be available, will be calculated and posted up on week 2 of term at individual cost per class of £9 BellyBasics, BellyDance|£7 BellyJam.

If there’s anything at all I can help you with you can email me or text and I’ll do my best to respond straight away.

★ I also have some other very exciting news coming soon so stay tuned for that…

Looking forward to a sparkling summer of shimmies, wellbeing & excitement,

Lindsey Marie Silver

info@bellydancingbarbie.com

07853 197 964

* Spaces correct as at 20:44 on Wed 15th May

Classes Are Now Fully Booked

April 6th, 2013

 

 

All classes in our spring term are now:

Well done to everyone who moved fast and block booked their spaces!

If you didn’t manage to secure a space keep a look out for one off Drop-In spaces which may become available due to holidays etc. Check back frequently for news, events, chat and details of our summer term…

In the meantime there’s also the option to have BDB deliver private tutorials for you and up to 2 others. Private sessions can be delivered in the comfort of your own home or in a city centre studio. These can be completely tailored to your learning and interests and are without a doubt one of the quickest ways to develop dancing technique, style & fitness. Discounts are available to BDB girls who have attended regular classes before and are booking a block of sessions in advance. Diary space currently available on Mondays, Wednesdays & Sundays. Check out the “Dance/Fitness Instructor” tab on the Hire page and send through an enquiry form.

Looking forward to dancing with you all soon and in the future…

As ever, any questions just ask…

Shimmies & sunshine,

Bellydancingbarbie Xx.

SPRING TERM ALMOST FULLY BOOKED!!

March 30th, 2013

SPRING TIMETABLE
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Tuesday’s | 7.15-8.15pm | at Ashtanga Yoga Edinburgh, EH9 1JT
BellyBasics™ | All the basics, technique & conditioning
Best for: Learning, strengthening, toning, flexibility
6 Classes £43 | ★ FULLY BOOKED ★
……………………..……………………..……………………..……
Tuesday’s | 8:30-9:30pm | at Ashtanga Yoga Edinburgh, EH9 1JT
BellyDance™ | Layering, choreographies & improvisation
Best for: Learning, styling, confidence, expression
6 Classes £43 | 1 SPACE REMAINING
……………………..……………………..……………………..……
Thursday’s | 7:15-8:15pm | at Ashtanga Yoga Edinburgh, EH9 1JT
BellyJam™ | Energising aerobic bellydance class!
Best for: Fitness, toning, calorie burning, flexibility, energy
6 Classes £37 | ★ FULLY BOOKED ★
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I expect these three spaces will fill up within the next couple of days so if you want to make one of them To make it yours you best be quick! Secure your space over on the Learn page now.

If you have an existing Class Pass you wish to use this term this is your final opportunity to contact me to reserve a space. Once it’s full, it’s full! I don’t anticipate there being any Drop-In spaces this term but should any become available these will be posted up on the Learn page if there’s notice or on social media sites on the day if it’s at shorter notice. Class Pass holders have priority over those who do not.

I’m already receiving a large number of enquiries for our summer term and going forward I’m considering opening up a waiting list. I’ll let you know if I indeed do decide to do that and will be sure to give notice so as to give everyone a fair chance at being as high up the list as possible.

Looking forward to dancing with you all very soon and in the future!

Shimmies & exciting times :) Xx.

Summer Internships ~ BDB Is Recruiting!

March 25th, 2013

An exciting opportunity has arisen to do something really exciting this summer whilst gaining valuable experience and being paid in Bellydance lessons! Interested?..

I thought you might be!..

WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING

You will work individually, communicating with the mothership via the wonders of new-fangled technology and at times meet to work within a small team, probably whilst eating cake, although cake will be optional. This will be a great fun position which will also challenge you in many new ways.

You’ll be helping out Bellydancingbarbie, initially 3 hours per week, at times which suit you, assisting in a variety of behind the scenes tasks including exciting promotional and marketing projects, producing social media content, blog writing, researching articles and collating data, occasionally answering email enquiries, community event coordination with The Mala’ikah Project, listing costuming stock, typing and general administration. You will have some creative input and be allowed to be yourself!

THE IDEAL APPLICANT

Being a very special person who’s enthusiasm, energy and motivation inspires others, you have a magnetic quality and a natural creativity. You’ll ideally have a very keen enjoyment of all aspects of Bellydance and a strong foundation of knowledge from which to build on. An active experience of social media platforms is desirable. Experience within an admin, pr, marketing, writing or events background would be beneficial but is not essential. You should be based in Edinburgh, Scotland and have access to a fast internet connection. Having an understanding of the Bellydancingbarbie ethos and a desire to build on this will be considered more highly than any other factor.

PERKS

  • For every 1 hour you help out you’ll receive a credit for a 1 hour timetabled bellydancing lesson (value £9 each, no expiry)
  • Valuable experience & rare opportunity to join a community focussed micro social enterprise business
  • Reference for future potential employers
  • Earn the quirky and unique title “Bellydance Assistant” for the summer!

THE PROCESS

Send a CV and short covering letter to info@bellydancingbarbie.com stating what you can bring to Bellydancingbarbie.

Feel free to include details of any  Twitter, Facebook or blog pages you admin and would like to highlight to help show your style & personality and anything else you think relevant.

2 positions are available. 1x oriental bellydance enthusiast, 1x tribal bellydance enthusiast. The closing date is 12pm Monday 22nd April 2013. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted via email and invited for a coffee and a chat. If the ideal person doesn’t apply, the position may remain open.

Back in 2010 Bellydancingbarbie ran a similar, very successful, summer internship, you can see that from the archive HERE

Should you have any questions just ask, you may be the exact person I’m looking for!

“Leaders breed leaders and success breeds success”

Lindsey Marie Silver
Bellydancingbarbie