Thank you to everyone who came along to our end of year Hafla, and particularly everyone
who performed. It was a wonderful night and a fitting way to end another year of
great Bellydancing ! I have not spent the last few weeks on the sofa eating chocolate
(Ok, I did a bit of that), but have been busy preparing lots of exciting ways for
us to spend the year. I hope that you can join me and make 2011 the best yet !
* The Saturday class is back on the 15th. 11.15am for beginners who will be
covering the Foundation course, 12.20 for general who will be learning to dance in
a more folkloric style. Pre book only - 01256 326331
* Tuesdays in Reading start back on the 18th. 6.30 for beginners/Foundation,
7.15pm for General who will learning some new moves and working on improving their
* Wednesday classes at Ridgeway resumes on the 19th. 7.15pm for beginners/Foundation,
8pm for Drillz and Thrillz, 8.45pm for Choreography and Performance.
* Finally the Thursday morning class at Oakridge starts back on the 27th at 10am
with a class that is suitable for all.
PAY IN ADVANCE
Having spoken to other local teachers as well as students I have decided to offer
the option of Pay in Advance for all my drop in classes. You will still be able
to pay on the night, but by purchasing your classes in blocks of 5 or ten you can
make considerable savings:
* If you want to do one 45 minute class a week, I suggest you buy either of the
Bronze tickets and bring the cost of your classes down to £5 or £4.50. You could
then use that ticket for the Tuesday Beginners class, Tuesday General, Wednesday
Beginners, Wednesday Drillz, Wednesday Choreo or the Thursday General. Feel free
to mix and match as much as you like until you have done five or ten classes.
* If you want to do two 45 minute classes a week back to back then purchase one
of the Silver tickets and they will cost you £4 or £3.80 per 45 minutes (£8 or £7.60
per session). You can use your silver ticket to do either Wednesday Beginners and
Drillz, or Wednesday Drillz and Choreo, Sunday Monthly Advanced or Tuesdays Beginner
* If you want to do as many classes as you fancy in a 12 week season then buy
the Gold. You could get the cost of your classes down as low as £1.30 per 45 minutes
! And you can use the Gold pass for any of the drop in classes within the season.
To Pay in Advance you can either bring cash or a cheque to your first class, or pay
on line via PayPal. All the details are Here : http://www.letsbellydance.co.uk/page26.html
is our student performance group, and January is a great time to join up if you want
to get more performance experience. Come along on the 19th and find out more about
the numbers they are learning and the performances coming up. or click HERE : http://www.letsbellydance.co.uk/page39.html
are back at the Anvil this Spring and I have block booked us tickets again ! This
is the top touring troupe of Bellydancers anywhere in the world, and they love to
come to Basingstoke because we love them back !! - last time they only visited Basingstoke
and London in the UK as part of their world tour !). Tickets are on sale now via
the Anvil, or if you want to sit with all your class mates like a good old school
outing you can get your tickets direct from me. I dont get any discount, or charge
a booking fee - but I do expect you to pass the sweeties my way. I'm afraid I can't
"keep" a ticket for you - I will be giving them to the first 20 people to put the
cash in my hand. I will also organise something like a pizza trip before, and a
pub visit after, so let me know if you are interested nearer the time.
IDTA BELLYDANCE EXAMS
Congratulations to everyone who passed their IDTA exams this year. I know many of
you worked really hard and the marks and comments reflect that. If you havn't already
got your awards then let me know when you will next be in class and I will bring
them along. I will again be asking Rebekah to come down and offer workshops in preparation
for Bronze and Silver exams in May and Gold in November. Please let me know if you
are interested as it makes it easier for me to calculate costs. Although I dont
have all the details yet some are available HERE : http://www.letsbellydance.co.uk/page43.html
Thank you to everyone who took the Foundation course last term - I hope you now have
all your colours filled in !, The course has proved to be a great way to help students
cover the basics in a logical and thourough way, while still being able to drop in
and mix and match their classes. If you would like to find out more click HERE :
MONTHLY CLASS - Advanced Bellydance, creativity and artistic interpretation.
One Sunday a month I teach a class at Viables aimed at Intermediate and Advanced
students who are ready to develop their dancing and explore concepts themselves.
Each session we take a topic to discuss and work on and I stand back and encorage.
If you would like to find out more click HERE : http://www.letsbellydance.co.uk/page45.html
SPRING DAY OF DANCE
The date for our next Day of Dance is the 9th April and it will be held at Oakridge
Hall for All in Basingstoke. This is a day for you to try out lots of new styles
of bellydance and this years special guest is CANDI ! - sadly Candi has decided to
retire this summer, so this is probably one of your last chances to learn from the
queen of UK resturant style. Her warmth when performing is inspirational and I know
you are going to love learning from her. I am currently sorting out a whole day
of different workshops, including the ever popular talks and crafts, so please keep
the date and look out for flyers in class soon. Find out more about Candi here :http://www.rakscandi.co.uk/19901.html
and watch this YouTube clip :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypTxnPpHEc8
ARTEMIS' UK TOUR TO INCLUDE BASINGSTOKE !
Artemis Mourat is coming to Basingstoke in September ! - more info coming soon, but
keep the 10th free to spend with Artemis !
When new students fill in their initial Fitness to Dance, the majority say that they
found out about classes through a friend - this sometimes makes me wonder why I spend
so much on advertising :). I am so delighted that so many of you love the classes
so much that you tell others about them, and this spring I have printed some new
postcards to go on noticeboards and to be handed out to prospective students. If
you know of somewhere I can advertise, or you are willing to take a card into work,
or to your local village hall or noticeboard I would be grateful. Cards will be
available in class along side the flyers for local events.
18th/19th January - I will be doing some brand new Drillz for those of you
who want to kick start your fitness in the new year. Join me at 7.15 on Tuesday
and/or 8pm on Wednesday and prepare to ache all over the next morning. please bring
a veil if you have one.
30th January - Hipnotic at Madjaski - http://hipnotic.org/default.aspx
6th Febuary - Monthly Sunday class at Viables -
4th/5th/6th March - Majma - http://www.majmadance.co.uk/
19th/20th March - Shimmytasticness - http://mehirajewel.webs.com/shimmytasticnessweekend.htm
27th March - Hipnotic (I'm dancing !) - http://hipnotic.org/default.aspx
31st March - Belly Dance Super Stars ! - http://www.bellydancesuperstars.com/
3rd April - Monthly Sunday class at Viables
5th/6th/7th April - Last chance to use up your Pay in Advance
9th April - Spring Day of Dance - Oakridge Hall for All, Basingstoke. Booking
forms out soon.
25th - 29th April - NO CLASSES !
15th May - Hipnotic (Mersin are dancing) - http://hipnotic.org/default.aspx
21st May - Bellymania (Nashida Abla are dancing) - http://www.bellymania.co.uk/
22nd May - Monthly Sunday class at Viables
4th June - Bramley fete (Nashida Abla Performing)
4th June - Hathor Hafla (Mersin performing) - http://www.hathor.org.uk/
10th September - Artemis workshops and show at Oakridge Hall for All.
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- or just find me SARA SHRAPNELL
* Email groups - simply email me to say you are interested and you can join my
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