BELLYDANCE LINKS IN CANADA
(See this page for Favorite general bellydance links, including video clips.)
Heather H. and me (foreground) dancing on Denman Island
I'm adding this page to my website because a.) I'm a bellydancer (I danced with the Melissae Dance Company from Denman Is., BC, for about 6 years) and b.) it's sometimes hard to find Canadian pages that sell costumes, music, videos, DVD's, belts, hip scarves, beads, etc. . This isn't a list of dancers' sites, but some of the links below have such lists. I'm concentrating more on Canadian sites that offer bellydance gear and/or information helpful to Canadian dancers.
http://www.maqam.com/ A great source of Middle Eastern music and film-- great prices, inexpensive shipping (even to Canada!), fast service. A HUGE catalog!
On line Belly Dance catalogue shipping from Toronto, ON. Tribal and traditional costumes and accessories up to 2XL.
http://www.arabfilm.com/ A great source of films (some bellydance) from the Arab world. I have had great service and reasonable shipping rates to Canada from this Washington State company.
http://veganbellydancers.tribe.net/ (A tribe for Vegans who bellydance and Vegan musicians who play for bellydancers. Healthy body/mind/dance connection. This tribe is specifically for Vegans.)
Vancouver Island Bellydance: "This is a tribe for posting events, reviews and general information about the bellydance scene on Vancouver Island. Anyone interested in dance here on the Island is welcome to share news, info and network with other bellydancers and dance enthusiasts!"
Join the Van Is. MED (Middle Eastern Dance) List! Contact email@example.com to receive postings of performances, classes, workshops and events on Vancouver Island.
**Aroma Essence**-- A store with bellydance supplies and accessories in Nanaimo! Location : Rutherford Mall (4750 Rutherford Rd) in Nanaimo (Unit 125, Centre Court by Bentley and the lotto booth)
Hip scarves, chain belts, tons of jewellery, belts from Las Vegas, unbelievable prices! Bra and skirt sets can be ordered-- you can see a sample at the store. Also carry purses, pashmina shawls, home decor, gifts, essential oils and glycerin loaf soaps cut into bars, homemade bath bombs, and aromatherapy products. Soon will have a bulk blending station so customers can have products custom-made on the spot.
Rebekah Weaver, Owner
Links to many Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland dancers' websites (plus olther sites of interest):
Sacred and Sensual Dance; bellydance and burlesque dance | resources and reflections from Bronwyn (who happens to be my teacher!)
Lynette Harper "has developed a unique and effective teaching style in 3 decades of teaching and performing Middle Eastern dance in the Pacific Northwest. She is a versatile and passionate dancer, regularly invited to perform in theatres, bellydance shows, and special events. Her teaching goes beyond technique to share a deep understanding of music, movement, and culture with students and dancers at all levels of dance experience. Lynette’s dance is shaped by her Lebanese ancestry, her studies and her travels in the Middle East." Lynette is a great person and dancer-- don't miss a chance to take a workshop with her!
http://bellydancer.ca/ check out Ramona's website. She's an accomplished and exciting dancer who performs regularly and often, and teaches dance classes at Malaspina University in Nanaimo. Keep an eye open for her workshops!
Genya's Belly Dance Arts in Nanaimo. The Art of BellyDance - Lessons, workshops, festivals, fund raising, cultural events. firstname.lastname@example.org
MEDA: BC's Middle Eastern Dance Association website; lots of links and info, teacher information, events, etc.
http://www.bellydancevancouver.com/id2.html The website of Sarita, one of my favorite dancers in the Vancouver area.
http://www.rahmahaddad.com/ The website of another inspiring vancouver dancer and teacher, Rahma Haddad. “Teacher of teachers” (Adel Awad, Vancouver); “A powerful dancer of grace charm and soul” (Kari Berger, Seattle)
http://www.haremdancers.com/ A trio of lovely dancer/performers in Vancouver, BC who "fuse traditional Raks Sharqi with a modern flair to create an exciting and dynamic evening of entertainment. Choreographies include Turkish pop, Modern Egyptian, and drum solos as well as the use of props such as swords, canes, double veil and candles." They tell me they will soon have CD's and clothing for sale on their website. (You can see a few videos of them.)
Dream Souk Emporium-- Lyneene has a full selection of all bellydancer needs for Vancouver Island dancers!
Open Sundays 9-2 at Cobble Hill Hall (Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island); 3-6 at 4515 Green Brier Rd. Cowichan Bay, BC (just off Cherry Point Rd.); 250-746-1077
THE REST OF CANADA AND GENERAL CANADIAN SITES:
(I have listed the location of the following vendor sites, but almost all of them ship outside their immediate area.)
http://www.omeda.ca/ Middle Eastern Dance Association from Ontario-- lots of links, info, teachers, events, etc.
http://www.zahras.ca/ Ajax Ont. "Zahra's School specializes in everything belly dance, including belly dance classes, costumes, jewelry and music."