Belly Dance lessons Victoria B.C.

 

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I am "Najwa Sahbreen"

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250 642 1897

Victoria B.C. Belly Dance instruction

Performances, Classes- Workshops and Haflas on Vancouver Island and elsewhere

Najwa Sahbreen moved to Vancouver Island a little over 6 years ago. She began dancing in the U.S., almost 27 years ago. After about 5 years, she began teaching, and has formed troupes with her students both in the U.S. and Canada, many of whom are still performing. Najwa has performed professionally in Edmonton, Calgary, the Eastern United States, and in Europe, favoring the Egyptian style. Since moving to the Island, she has continued teaching Egyptian style belly dancing, and also focused on other important parts of her life, such as being a teacher for children with learning disabilities, teaching art and improvisational drama classes for children, and, with her husband and partner, running a B & B, and playing music as part of the group

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The study of the Art of Egyptian Dance is a lifelong undertaking. 

It is called The Dance of Life, because the full dance routine musically illustrates a woman's life, from carefree youth, through the earthy soulful middle years, to the freedom of fulfilling herself and becoming a woman of maturity.  Unlike other cultural folk dance representations, in the Egyptian dance, the dancer is to represent the music abstractly and not play the part of a person.  She is to be a painting of the music which represents the life.

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The Egyptian style of Belly Dance is intricate

in musical complexity as well as in the movement of the hips and in the body isolation.  The dancer maintains an upright, "tall" position as opposed to a cantilever pose, which can still be utilized as an accent.  Many Egyptian movements involve moving the hips while bearing the weight on the same side, with an emphasis on the down movement.

 

 Egyptian dance rhythms are recognizable as "sentences", or Mahkeems, as are some other Arabic rhythms.  These are counted as musical rhythmic patterns, instead of the western 2/4, 4/4 counts.  Some patterns you will learn are: beledi, wahd'a wah nos, masmoudi, malfoof, saidi, saudi, takseem,, to name a few.

 

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The Egyptian costume of today provides a more covered look Full dresses with fringes of glass beads on the dress, on sleeves, or embroidered on belts with sequins provide the "glitz" and glamour. The two piece costume is still worn with a mesh or other material worn as a body stocking. Scarves or veils are carried or worn around the neck and used as a prop to emphasize the dancers' movements. The dancer can wear slippers, heels, or dance bare foot, and still be in fashion. 

The attitude toward the dancer had more recently been one of respect, however, governmental changes have also made for societal changes in this regard.   When dancers reached a certain level, they would have many musicians in their band (a testament to the skill of the dancer), In that situation, the playing of finger cymbals, or zills, would be reserved for the Raks Beledi. When dancers perform with smaller groups of musicians or to recorded music, the playing of finger cymbals adds to the overall musicality of the performance.  Stomach movements, for the most part, are considered to be somethingThe Egyptian dancer uses a combination of rehearsed choreographed material, and spontaneous emotional response to the music that is a rehearsed knowledge of musical patterns, and step combinations. so that she becomes a visual painting of the music itself. not to perform in public. 

                           

The general structure of my introductory classes involves first, getting to know and appreciate the body you are in,.  The student will study Egyptian rhythms and learn my step combinations for those rhythms. Putting it all together by learning one or more choreographies is what I have found to be the most successful method of learning the dance at each level.  As dancers reach higher levels, they will be taught layering techniques, typical of the Egyptian style of dance.  teach all levels, from beginner to performance to pedagogy for teachers. I teach my step combinations for all levels with increased complexity for the more advanced dancer, and include instruction in the use of props, such as cane, sword, Shamadon and of course, zills.

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Najwa Sabrean

Type of lessons: workshops
Dance style: Egyptian Raqs Sharqi
Phone: 642 1897 or 866 328 3696;    
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Victoria B.C. 

 
    Aldiya
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Type of lessons: Weekly classes
Dance style: Oriental dance ( Belly dance )
Phone: (+1) (780) 488-0706;    
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    Alina
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Type of lessons: Weekly classes
Dance style: Oriental dance ( Belly dance )
Phone: (+1) (780) 989-0808;    
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    Arabesque Academy
Toronto, Ontario
Type of lessons: 40 classes/week, workshops, private instruction, instructional videos
Dance style: Egyptian Raqs Sharqi
Phone: 416-920-5593;    
E-mail    Web-site
    Arabia Adorned
Calgary, Ab
Type of lessons: Daily Classes, private instruction
Dance style: Egyptian Raqs Sharqi
Phone: 403.547.8601;    
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    Ariellah
Calgary, Alberta
Type of lessons: On going classes, workshops.
Dance style: Oriental, Mid East Folkloric, Fusion, Oriental...
Phone: 403-569-9196;    
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    Audra
Toronto, Ontario
Type of lessons: Private classes & workshops.
Dance style: Egyptian Raqs Sharqi
Phone: 1.800.431.0418, 416.925.1638;    
E-mail    
Web-site
    Awalim Studio - Patricia Savage
Hamilton, Ontario
Type of lessons: Daily Classes, Privates, Workshops
Dance style: Egyptian Raks Sharqi
Phone: 905.648.6052;    
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    Badia Star
Toronto Ontario
Type of lessons: Ongoing classes, private instruction, workshops, performance coaching, videos.
Dance style: Egyptian Belly dance and folklore
Phone: (416) 429-3208;    
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    Belindance Belly Dance Studio & Supply
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Type of lessons: Weekly class, private instruction, workshops, performance.
Dance style: Belly Dance
Phone: 902-455-7746;    
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    DancEgypt
Saskatoon
Type of lessons: Weekly classes, workshops
Dance style: Traditional Egyptian
Phone: (306) 384-9019;    
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    Dance Oasis - Oasis de la danse
200 St Joseph, Hull, Quebec
Type of lessons: ongoing classes, workshops, studio rental, private instruction.
Dance style: Oriental and Egyptian folkloric
Phone: 819-776-5033;    
Web-site
    Desert Princess
Markham, Ontario
Type of lessons: weekly class
Dance style: Belly Dance
Phone: 647-228-1350;    
E-mail    Web-site
    DG Entertainment
Montreal Canada
Type of lessons: private & shows
Dance style: bellydance
Phone: 514-846-8456;    
E-mail    Web-site
    Farideh
Victoria, British Columbia
Type of lessons: Weekly classes
Dance style: Belly dance
Phone: (+1) (604) 598-2043;    
E-mail    Web-site
     
    Helene Eriksen
Montreal
Type of lessons: Internationally active as performer, teacher, choreographer and dance ethnology researcher
Dance style: Traditional Dances of North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, the Caucases, Iran, central Asia, Afghanistan and N. India
E-mail    Web-site
    Hiba
Guelph, ON
Type of lessons: Daily Classes, workshops, performances, instructional videos and boutique. Organizer of Raks Fest!
Dance style: Egyptian Raqs Sharqi
Phone: 519.780.2945;    
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    Ishra
Guelph, Ontario
Type of lessons: all levels weekly classes & workshops
Dance style: Raq Sharqi, Saidi, Zar, Candle, Cane, Sword, Egyptian Oriental, Rom, Tunisian, Umbilical Groove (Hip Hop fusion), more more folkloric styles
Phone: (519) 787-2837;    
    Jamilee Abir
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Type of lessons: performance, weekly class, private instruction, workshops
Dance style: Oriental dance
Phone: (+1) (403) 247-9776;    
E-mail
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    Jocelyne Khan
Ottawa, Ontario
Type of lessons: Classes
Dance style: Oriental dance
E-mail    Web-site
    Karen Hunt
Stratford, Ontario
Type of lessons: weekly classes
Dance style: Egyptian Raqs Sharqi
Phone: 519 273-2610;    
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    Karima Helou
Brantford
Type of lessons: Classes 6 days a week, all levels available.
Dance style: Lebanese style belly dance
Phone: (519) 732-9665;    
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    Khadija Jabiry
Montréal, Québec
Type of lessons: Daily class, workshops, private instruction
Dance style: Oriental dance, Sharqi, Ghawazee, Nuby, Saidy, Haggallah, Khaligee, Moroccan Popular-Hawzi
Phone: 514-728-8374;    
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    Khristal
Windsor, Ontario
Type of lessons: Daily Class, private instruction, performances
Dance style: Oriental Dance, Egyptian Folkloric, Flamenco
Phone: 519-566-4620;    
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    Laaryah, Studio Sublime
Calgary, AB
Type of lessons: weekly classes, private instruction, workshops
Dance style: modern belly dance
Phone: (403) 283-2921;    
E-mail    Web-site
    Lalita
Ottawa West and Almonte
Type of lessons: Weekly classes
Dance style: Oriental Dance
Phone: (613) 829-8582;    
E-mail    
    Leila Ghazaal
Calgary, Canada
Type of lessons: performance, weekly class, private instruction, workshop
Dance style: Egyptian Raqs Sharqui
Phone: 1-403-283-1683;    
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    Linda Kovach
Kelowna, B.C.
Type of lessons: weekly classes
Dance style: Belly Dance, Raks Sharqi, Folkloric, Veil.
Phone: (250) 860-2533;    
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    Lucie De La Fontaine
Sudbury, Ontario
Type of lessons: Choreograph, instructor, workshops, daily class
Dance style: Egyptian Raqs Sharqi
Phone: 705-673-0841;    
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    Marthyna
Montreal South Shore
Type of lessons: weekly classes & private instruction
Dance style: Oriental Dance, Dunyavi Gypsy Rom, Turkish rom & oriental, Gawazee, Saidi...
Phone: 450-462-2629;    
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    Mayada
Toronto
Type of lessons: daily classes, private instruction, workshops
Dance style: Oriental dance, Egyptian Raks Sharqi, Turkish, Fusions, Folk Dance
Phone: 416-405-8750;    
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    Middle Eastern Dance Association
P.O. Box 41092, Shaughnessy P.O., 2529 Shaughnessy St., Port Coquitlam, B.C. V3C 3G1, Canada
Type of lessons: Classes
Dance style: Oriental dance ( Belly dance )
Phone: (+1) (604) 688-6338;    
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    Monyah
coquitlam (vancouver Bc)
Type of lessons: Private instruction
Dance style: Egyptian Raqs, oriental danse
Phone: 604-939-8873;    
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    Nila Allat
North Vancouver
Type of lessons: Weekly and private classes, workshops
Dance style: Folk, Gypsy, Tribal and Fusion
Phone: (604) 929-7746;    
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    Noura
Toronto, Canada
Type of lessons: Lebanese Style Belly Dance, Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced, Private Instruction, Group & Solo Choreography
Dance style: Lebanese & Egyptian Style Belly Dance
Phone: 416 875 2391;    
E-mail    
    Raks Amar / Tatiana
Edmonton, AB
Type of lessons: Weekly classes, workshops, private instruction
Dance style: Oriental, Egyptian Raks Sharqi
Phone: 780-717-4200;    
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    Raks El Shark
SASKATOON-SK.
Type of lessons: Weekly&private,workshop
Dance style: Egyptian-Oriental dance.
Phone: 306- 373 0715;    
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    Sahira
Calgary AB
Type of lessons: Weekly classes, performances, private instruction
Dance style: Oriental dance, Raqs Sharqi, some Folk Dance
Phone: 1 (403) 835-6304;    
E-mail    
    Sarita
Vancouver, British Columbia
Type of lessons: Classes
Dance style: Oriental dance ( Belly dance )
E-mail    Web-site
    Sha' Vega Malibu
Buckingham, Quebec
Type of lessons: private lessons and weekly classes
Dance style: Raqs Sharqi, Turkish and Gypsy style
E-mail    Web-site
    Shahenda
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Type of lessons: Classes
Dance style: Oriental dance
Phone: (+1) (780) 421-0080;    
E-mail    Web-site
    Shahrahzad
Kamloops, British Columbia
Type of lessons: weekly classes, private instruction, workshops
Dance style: Egyptian, American, Fusion
E-mail    Web-site
    Shantell Powell
Fredericton, NB
Type of lessons: Weekly classes and private instruction
Dance style: Raqs sharqi, North American cabaret style, fusion
Phone: 506.455.7426;    
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    Shantell Powell
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Type of lessons: Weekly classes
Dance style: Oriental dance ( Belly dance )
Phone: (+1) (506) 455-7426;    
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    Shifra Soria Tobiasch
Winnipeg Manitoba
Type of lessons: Daily class, weekly class, private instruction, and workshops
Dance style: Balata Mandil other
Phone: 204-5867933;    
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    Suzy
Airdrie, Ab
Type of lessons: weekly classes, private instruction, workshops, instructional video's
Dance style: Egyptian Raqs Sharqi, Folkloric
Phone: 403-912-7899;    
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    Tahira Badre
Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton
Type of lessons: All level (group and private), workshops, videos
Dance style: Oriental dance, Lebanese, Shamadan, Folk Dancing
Phone: (905) 333-1370;    
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    Tara
West Coast Canada
Type of lessons: Daily class, private instruction, workshops
Dance style: Classical Egyptian, Westernized Nightclub, American Tribal, Afro-Belly, Belly Bangra, Gypsy-Rom, Fire, Goddess, Taoist
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    Venus
Vancouver, Canada
Type of lessons: Weekly classes
Dance style: Belly dance

Phone: (+1) 604 608-6608;    
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    Za'ina Dilshad
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Type of lessons: weekly classes, private lessons, dance parties, workshops
Dance style: Oriental dance ( Belly dance ), Western
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zed Nightclub
Phone: (204) 774-2499;    
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    Zelia
Ottawa, Ontario
Type of lessons: Group and private instruction
Dance style: Oriental Dance
Phone: (613)271-1135;    
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