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Spring Forward! – New Term, New Venue…

March 22nd, 2013

Ladies,

I’m very excited to share with you the news that this spring we’ll be moving our regular classes to a new venue. A venue which is almost as fabulous as we are!*

I took the decision some time ago to move our classes to a new venue after a series of recurrent issues at The Studio Below in Tollcross. I put right what I could however many issues remained out with my control. The Studio Below was originally part of a fitness centre that operated at the premises next door. When the hairdressers took over the lease they also took on this basement studio, primarily for their own in-house training and secondary to utilise as a privately hireable space. Bellydancingbarbie has held very successful classes at The Studio Below for over 3 years now but unfortunately as the hair salon upstairs has gradually become busier, the standard and care of The Studio Below has dropped and it seems so has the ceiling! I don’t doubt that at some point the company will rectify these issues but I feel we deserve a venue which matches the quality, positivity and enjoyment of our classes together, so it’s time for a change up!

Whilst searching for a new venue to house our Tollcross classes I received shock news that our other regular class venue of 1 year, Edinburgh Studios in Leith, would be closing. This is a very recent development, much to the distress of the current proprietor. This venue is now to operate under new management. Calling on my experience in this industry I’ve taken the decision not to currently use this venue.

We might seek to use these large multipurpose studios for one off workshops, rehearsals and events but for our regular classes I feel we deserve this positive change because we are unique and we are fabulous and because we are definitely worth it!!

I’m delighted to announce that after many weeks of intensive searching and viewing, as of the second week in April all Bellydancingbarbie spring term classes will be held at:

Somewhere with friendly reception staff to greet and assist you. A unique studio space with warmth, soul and community. Formerly the Bristo Yoga School, Ashtanga Yoga Edinburgh opened it’s new doors next to the meadows in just January of this year.

I have booked us into the rather gorgeous and sophisticated “Sun Studio” which has views out over the meadows. We shall have 3, smaller, more exclusive classes running per week and as ever there will be an abundance of joy, colour, smiles and shimmies!

Booking is now open over on the Learn page of our website for our new spring classes. I recommend block booking your space now as once it’s full, it really is full! Those with existing 8 Class Passes should contact me to check there is still a space to reserve. Please note, Drop-Ins spaces may not be available but if any exist these will be made visible on the Learn page class listings from week 2 of term. You will notice a necessary price increase which I have kept as modest as possible. I trust you  will view this as acceptable in return for the more enjoyable, tailored experience it will provide.

Thank you up to the moon and back for joining me in our previous venues, I look forward to dancing with you in The Sun Studio at Ashtanga Yoga Edinburgh and to hearing your open feedback of our exciting new change up!

…If you’re just joining our journey, welcome, your right on time!

Shimmies and exciting times,

Lindsey Marié Silver
info@bellydancingbarbie.com

* the only thing this venue doesn’t currently have is mirrors but nobody’s perfect right!

Without change there’d be no butterflies

March 21st, 2013

If it’s appeared a little quieter on here lately that’s because I have been very busy in all other aspects of BDB.

Although you might not be aware of this right now, Bellydancingbarbie is growing, improving, redefining and changing.

At the turn of the year I could sense this would be a great year for us and indeed I was correct, all will be revealed in the fullness of time…

I look forward to sharing the most colourful and patterned future with you!

 

New Term of Bellydancing Classes

March 6th, 2013

Ladies,

I know you are all very keen to get booking for our next term of classes! This is fabulous news. ‘more, more’ ‘..I’m totally hooked’ ‘it’s so powerful & positive’ are the chants I’m hearing! I can’t tell you how delighted I am to hear how much you enjoy our classes together and want to try others! I agree, there is something truly magical about our Bellydancing Classes :)

So, it’s taking a little longer than usual to organise new term dates and book in with studios but please know that as soon as dates are confirmed they will be added to the Learn page for booking and announcements made here on the Chat page, then in a group email to those on my list and then on social media sites Facebook, twitter & google+ No bookings will be taken prior to going live on the website but stay tuned as based on the number of enquiries I’ve had for this term I expect spaces will book up quite quickly!

At time of writing we are currently in the final week of our new year term. Tuesday classes, BellyBasics & BellyDance, have one remaining class on 12th March and drop-in spaces may be available if you’d like to join us!

Private tuition is also available in studio or the comfort of your own home, see the Hire page for details.

To be continued…

 

New Term Of Bellydancing Classes – Now Live For Booking!

July 7th, 2012

Ladies,

We have one week left of this current term, after which, two additional classes have been added. One exclusively for troupe members and one BellyJam class open to all (see post below)

Our brand new term of Bellydancing Classes in Edinburgh City Centre has just gone live for booking now and starts on Monday 13th of August running til Thursday 4th October. It’s an 8 week term and it’s going to be full of fun and absolutely fabulous excitement!

Remember, priority goes to those who Block Book their spaces, then to those who use an 8 Class Pass and finally, any remaining spaces are offered as Drop-Ins from week 2 of term and these are “first come, first served”

I anticipate this term being another popular one so I strongly recommend block booking your spaces in advance through the Learn page…

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Monday’s | 8-9pm
BellyJam™ | Energising bellydance aerobics class!
Best for: Fitness, toning, calorie burning, flexibility, energy
at Edinburgh Studios, 19 Arthur Street, Leith, EH6 5DA
8 Classes £40 | 11 spaces remaining
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Tuesday’s | 7-8pm
BellyBasics™ | All the basics, technique & conditioning
Best for: Learning, strengthening, toning, flexibility
at The Studio Below, 26 Bread Street, Tollcross, EH3 9AF
8 Classes £50 | 12 spaces
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Tuesday’s | 8:15-9:15pm **NEW CLASS**
BellyDance™ | Layering, choreographies & improvisation
Best for: Learning, styling, confidence, expression
at The Studio Below, 26 Bread Street, Tollcross, EH3 9AF
8 Classes £50 | 12 spaces
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Wednesday’s | 7-8pm
BellyBasics™ | All the basics, technique & conditioning
Best for: Learning, strengthening, toning, flexibility
at Edinburgh Studios, 19 Arthur Street, Leith, EH6 5DA
8 Classes £50 | 12 spaces
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Thursday’s | 7:15-8:15pm
BellyJam™ | Energising bellydance aerobics class!
Best for: Fitness, toning, calorie burning, flexibility, energy
at The Studio Below, 26 Bread Street, Tollcross, EH3 9AF
8 Classes £40 | 12 spaces
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8 Class Pass £50 | mix & match classes, valid for 6 months

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

We create our own sunshine. Come join us!

Shimmies,
Lindsey Xx.
info@bellydancingbarbie.com

Current Term Class Add Ons

July 6th, 2012

We have just 1 week left of this current term …time sure does fly when you’re having fun doesn’t it?!

I’m adding two classes onto the end of this term and these are:

 

 | Tollcross | Tuesday 17th July | 7pm

This will be a troupe members exclusive session working on performance choreography.

 

 

 | Tollcross | Thursday 19th July | 7:15pm

This will replace the class which didn’t run due to a technical fault in the studio. Open to those who are block booked on BellyJam at Tollcross June-July term and those who wish to drop-in at £5 and join the fun!

 

Any questions just ask..

New Costuming Stock!

June 16th, 2012

 

On this dreary summers day I’m brightening things up by ordering us some shiny new costuming stock for the class souk & online shop!!

I’ve picked out some gorgeous items from Egypt, Turkey, Morocco & the US and they’ll be on their way very soon… Let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like me to source, I already have a few requests I’m having fun tracking down and found a very special item that I know will be snapped up before you can say “AIWAAAA”!

Discounts again will be available on many items when you purchase in class. Prices shown online in the Shop are inclusive of shipping, pretty hand wrapping & packaging. Costume sets are sent in beautiful glittery storage boxes and hipscarves come in a handy organza carry bag.

Last time I ordered, many items hadn’t even arrived yet and people were contacting me to buy them!!! So as before, I’ll update this post with a list of items we’re expecting and if you’d like to preorder just email or text me with the item name, colour & whether you’ll be buying in class or would like shipped out. I’ll then mark it as on order for you.

As some of you will know, I also accept good quality “Pre-loved” items into the class souk so if you fancy trading for a change up of your BD wardrobe just ask me about this at your next class.

Happy shopping my little treasures!

***MORE ITEMS STILL TO BE ADDED, REFRESH YOUR BROWSER TO CHECK FOR UPDATES***

NEW ITEMS ARRIVING SOON & AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER NOW ARE:

  • Royal blue/ gold velvet hipscarf
  • Berry red/gold velvet hipscarf
  • Berry red/silver velvet hipscarf
  • Berry red/silver velvet bra top
  • Daffodil yellow/silver velvet hipscarf
  • Apple green/gold velvet hipscarf
  • Rosey lilac/gold velvet hipscarf
  • Hot pink/gold velvet hipscarf
  • Hot pink/gold velvet bra top
  • Sunny orange/silver velvet hipscarf
  • Deep purple/silver velvet hipscarf
  • Deep purple/gold velvet hipscarf
  • Deep purple/gold velvet bra top
  • Blackest Black/gold velvet hipscarf
  • Blackest Black/gold velvet bra top
  • Burgundy wine/ gold velvet hipscarf
  • Burgundy wine/ gold velvet bra top
  • Peacock teal/gold velvet hipscarf
  • Peacock teal/gold velvet bra top
  • Royal blue tribal fishnet gauntlet – £4 each | £6 pair
  • Red tribal fishnet gauntlet – £4 each | £6 pair
  • Black lace tribal gauntlet – £5 each | £7 pair
  • Black /gold cuff – £4 each | £6 pair
  • Royal blue/gold cuff - £4 each | £6 pair
  • Lotus flower drop earrings – £8
  • Lilac/royal blue/turquoise/diamonte cuff – £8 each | £12 pair
  • Deep purple feather fascinator headress
  • Various hematite necklaces & bracelets

New Summer Term Of Bellydancing

May 17th, 2012

I’m delighted to announce our summer term of Bellydancing Classes in Edinburgh City Centre!

This will be a 6 week term filled with learning, wellbeing, big bright summer fun, performance events and maybe even a bellydance “HAFLA” party!!! …Also if you’re a member of the BDB performing class troupe there are lots of very exciting opportunities coming up this summer that you’re automatically invited to be a part of!

….AIWAAAAA!!!

Here’s our summer term class line up:
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Monday’s | 8-9pm
BellyJam™ | Energising bellydance aerobics class!
Best for: Fitness, toning, calorie burning, flexibility, energy
at Edinburgh Studios, 19 Arthur Street, Leith, EH6 5DA
6 Week Term £30 | £5 Drop in | **Limited Spaces**
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Tuesday’s | 7-8pm
BellyBasics™ | All the basics, technique & conditioning
Best for: Learning, strengthening, toning, flexibility
at The Studio Below, 26 Bread Street, Tollcross, EH3 9AF
6 Week Term £37 | £7 Drop in | **Limited Spaces**
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Tuesday’s | 8:15-9:15pm
BellyDance™ | Layering, choreographies & improvisation
Best for: Learning, styling, confidence, expression
at The Studio Below, 26 Bread Street, Tollcross, EH3 9AF
6 Week Term £37 | £7 Drop in | **Limited Spaces**
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Wednesday’s | 7-8pm
BellyBasics™ | All the basics, technique & conditioning
Best for: Learning, strengthening, toning, flexibility
at Edinburgh Studios, 19 Arthur Street, Leith, EH6 5DA
6 Week Term £37 | £7 Drop in | **Limited Spaces**
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Thursday’s | 7:15-8:15pm
BellyJam™ | Energising bellydance aerobics class!
Best for: Fitness, toning, calorie burning, flexibility, energy
at The Studio Below, 26 Bread Street, Tollcross, EH3 9AF
6 Week Term £30 | £5 Drop in | **Limited Spaces**
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Alternative: 8 Class Pass £50 | use it to attend any 8 classes

Block booking is recommended for this popular summer term. Visit the LEARN PAGE to book Tollcross & Leith classes now!

As you may know, ladies of all ages & abilities are welcome to join us for bellydance fun, fitness and friendship so feel free to invite your friends, sister, mum… anyone you think is fabulous!

Looking forward to dancing with you all very soon, exciting times!

Shimmies,

BDB Xx.

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!

Shimmies,
Lindsey Xx.

Belly Dancing Classes Start Now..

March 20th, 2012

Congratulations on surviving winter!

If the nights have felt long & dark, your body sluggish and the sun nowhere to be seen then smile, fold away your winter woolies, hats & scarves and come out of hibernation because.. springtime BELLYDANCING CLASSES START NEXT WEEK!

You can have fun getting energised & revitalised with BellyJam, toned & trim with BellyBasics and creative & cultured with ChoreoImpro …plus a whole host of other health benefits! See my article on the Chat page here and also Wikipedia Yep, Bellydancing really is that good for you!

Due to popular demand this Spring term sees the launch of **2 NEW CLASSES** on our timetable. Based in an immaculate state-of-the-art studio in the Leith area, these are sure to prove popular as well! Those booked on spring term can also enjoy upcoming bellydance nights out, special treats and various community opportunities. Online classes are on their way and my first Bellydance Podcast (which includes a live competition draw to win an 8 Class Pass) is available to view over on the Chat page now. :)

Here’s the March to May class line up…
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Monday’s | 8-9pm *NEW CLASS*
BellyJam™ | Energising bellydance aerobics class!
Best for: Fitness, toning, calorie burning, flexibility, energy
at Edinburgh Studios, 19 Arthur Street Upper, Leith, EH6 5DA
8 Classes £40 | Booking is essential as spaces are limited
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Tuesday’s | 7-8pm
BellyBasics™ | All the basics, technique & conditioning
Best for: Learning, strengthening, toning, flexibility, fun
at The Studio Below, Medusa Hair, 26 Bread Street, EH3 9AF
8 Classes £50 | Booking is essential as spaces are limited
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Tuesday’s | 8:15-9:15pm
ChoreoImpro™ | Choreographies & Improvisation
Best for: Learning, styling, confidence, expression, fun
at The Studio Below, Medusa Hair, 26 Bread Street, EH3 9AF
8 Classes £50 | Booking is essential as spaces are limited
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Wednesday’s | 7-8pm *NEW CLASS*
BellyBasics™ | All the basics, technique & conditioning
Best for: Learning, strengthening, toning, flexibility, fun
at Edinburgh Studios, 19 Arthur Street Upper, Leith, EH6 5DA
8 Classes £50 | Booking is essential as spaces are limited
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Thursday’s | 7:15-8:15pm
BellyJam™ | Energising bellydance aerobics class!
Best for: Fitness, toning, calorie burning, flexibility, energy
at The Studio Below, Medusa Hair, 26 Bread Street, EH3 9AF
8 Classes £40 | Booking is essential as spaces are limited
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I strongly recommend booking your spaces through the website now as with only a few days to go classes are filling up. If you’ve already booked your spaces, wheeeeee… well done you! I’m really looking forward to dancing with you!

If you’re yet to book please note that last term some classes were full. Click to Book your spaces now

Spread the word, spring has sprung,

see you soon, AIWAAAAA!