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Introduction to Bellydance, online class, April 27th, 2020
  • Introduction to Bellydance, online class, April 27th, 2020
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Embody coordination, balance and strength through movement

When: 6:00-7:00pm Monday evenings on Zoom starting April 27th

To register: Registration for this class is now open and to reserve your spot please contact Barbara Aubie at Studio Sephira.

Cost: There is NO COST for this class and it is open to all current and past Studio Sephira students. It is also open to all the women in South Eastern NB who is an ESSENTIAL WORKER during Covid 19.

Description: At the beginner level we have fun together learning the key concepts and basic moves of the dance required to move on to all the other classes offered at the Studio. Each week we will experience full warm up & cool down exercise and in between we will learn different isolations & steps until we are ready to start using them in a short choreography & improvisation exercises. At this level, we start to look at some historical & cultural information about the art form. If the need arises, we will dance together in a bilingual class.

Pre-requisites: No prior dance experience is required. It is also an excellent class for women who have previously taken bellydance classes and want to review the basics as well as for all dancers who have studied in other dance styles.

Bio: Barbara Aubie has been bellydancing for over 20 years and has had training in a wide variety of subjects with expert teachers from all over the world. Although well versed in Egyptian and Turkish styles of Middle Eastern Dance, Barbara specializes in the Vintage Oriental Style, also known as AmCab, or vintage American bellydance. This older style of Oriental dance is versatile & passionate and was performed in the United States beginning with the 1960s. It is now a rare but valuable style from the Oriental dance world of America that is slowly making a comeback on the international scene.

Barbara also has her BA in History/Sociology, is well experienced in a number of body-mind healing modalities and has over 13 years experience working with women in the non-profit sector. She combines all her training with her Bellydance practice to give you a safe, fun & well-rounded experience that includes a lot more than the fundamentals of this beautiful art form.

Bellydance classes with Barbara Aubie at Studio Sephira for Fun, Fitness, Wellness or to Study of the Art of Bellydance.

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Continuing Fun(damentals), online class, April 23, 2020
  • Continuing Fun(damentals), online class, April 23, 2020
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Continuing Fun(damentals), online class, April 23, 2020

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Embody coordination, balance and strength through movement.

When: 6:00-7:00pm Thursday evenings on Zoom starting April 23rd

To register: Registration for this class is now open and to reserve your spot please contact Barbara Aubie at Studio Sephira.

Cost: There is NO COST for this class and it is open to all current and past Studio Sephira students. It is also open to all the women who have previous bellydance training with another teacher.

Description: If you have taken an Introduction to Bellydance class anytime in the past few years and want to work on fully embodying the fundamentals then this is the class for you! This class is structured to help you continue learning at your own pace in a safe and fun atmosphere alongside other great women while exploring the art form. In these classes, a student builds on her movement vocabulary while working on skills that will help develop her abilities with improvisation and choreography. As always, historical & cultural information about the art form will be shared during the session and, if the need arises, we will dance together in a bilingual class.

Pre-requisites: A student must complete an Introduction to Bellydance class at Studio Sephira or the equivalent with another Bellydance teacher.

Bellydance classes with Barbara Aubie at Studio Sephira for Fun, Fitness, Wellness or to Study of the Art of Bellydance.

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Introduction to Bellydance, September 14th, 2020
  • Introduction to Bellydance, September 14th, 2020
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C$210.00

Embody coordination, balance and strength through movement

When: 6:15-7:35pm Monday evenings starting September 14, 2020.

Registration for this class is now open and will close on September 14 at 2pm. To reserve your spot make your payment with Barbara either in person or online (cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, e-transfer, PayPal).

Cost: 14-week sessions are $210 (HST included) We have a no-refund policy, but a very generous makeup class policy. Ask Barbara for details.

Former Studio Sephira students returning to class receive 50% off the cost of the beginner level class!!

New students joining in groups of 2-5 also receives discounts!

  • group of 2 = 20$ each off

  • group of 3 = 30$ each off

  • group of 4 = 40$ each off

  • group of 5 = 50$ each off

Description: At the beginner level we have fun together learning the key concepts and basic moves of the dance required to move on to all the other classes offered at the Studio. Each week we will experience full warm up & cool down exercise and in between we will learn different isolations & steps until we are ready to start using them in a short choreography & improvisation exercises. At this level, props such as zills (finger cymbals) and veil are also introduced and we start to look at some historical & cultural information about the art form. If the need arises, we will dance together in a bilingual class. Students will be given opportunities to perform the improvisation skills and the choreography learned in class. The details for performances will be shared at a later date.

Pre-requisites: No prior dance experience is required. It is also an excellent class for women who have previously taken bellydance classes and want to review the basics as well as for all dancers who have studied in other dance styles.

Storm cancellation policy: In case of inclement weather, dates for replacement classes will be announced soon.

Bio: Barbara Aubie has been bellydancing for over 20 years and has had training in a wide variety of subjects with expert teachers from all over the world. Although well versed in Egyptian and Turkish styles of Middle Eastern Dance, Barbara specializes in the Vintage Oriental Style, also known as AmCab, or vintage American bellydance. This older style of Oriental dance is versatile & passionate and was performed in the United States beginning with the 1960s. It is now a rare but valuable style from the Oriental dance world of America that is slowly making a comeback on the international scene.

Barbara also has her BA in History/Sociology, is well experienced in a number of body-mind healing modalities and has over 10 years experience working with women in the non-profit sector. She combines all her training with her Bellydance practice to give you a safe, fun & well-rounded experience that includes a lot more than the fundamentals of this beautiful art form.

Bellydance classes with Barbara Aubie at Studio Sephira for Fun, Fitness, Wellness or to Study of the Art of Bellydance.

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Continuing Fun(damentals), September 14th, 2020
  • Continuing Fun(damentals), September 14th, 2020
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C$210.00

Embody coordination, balance and strength through movement.

When: 6:10-7:30pm Monday evenings starting September 14th, 2020.

To register: Registration for this class is now open and will close on September 14th at 2pm. To reserve your spot make your payment with Barbara either in person or online (cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, e-transfer, PayPal).

Cost: 14-week sessions are $210 (HST included). Payment plans are available. We have a no-refund policy, but a very good makeup class policy. Students who register in several classes receive the following discount (not valid with the Introduction class discount). Ask Barbara for details.

-> $20 discount for 2 classes

-> $50 discount for 3 classes

-> $90 discount for 4 classes

Description: If you have taken an Introduction to Bellydance class anytime in the past few years and want to work on fully embodying the fundamentals then this is the class for you! This class is structured to help you continue learning at your own pace in a safe and fun atmosphere alongside other great women while exploring the art form. In these 14-week mixed-level Continuing Fun(damentals) classes, a student builds on her movement vocabulary while working on skills that will help develop her abilities with improvisation and choreography. As always, historical & cultural information about the art form will be shared during the session and, if the need arises, we will dance together in a bilingual class.

Performance opportunities: Students will be given opportunities to perform either the improvisation skills and/or the choreography learned in class at the Student Showcase & Haflah party that will be held at the end of the Winter session as well as at the Year End Recital hosted by Danceast that takes place in June. The details for performances will be shared at a later date.

Pre-requisites: A student must complete an Introduction to Bellydance class at Studio Sephira or the equivalent with another Bellydance teacher.

Storm cancellation policy: In case of inclement weather, dates for replacement classes will be announced soon.

Bellydance classes with Barbara Aubie at Studio Sephira for Fun, Fitness, Wellness or to Study of the Art of Bellydance.

Photo by Rachel Richard

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Be The Canvas weekend workshop & show with Yasmina Ramzy

“We heal the world when strong, unique women express their power by reclaiming and reuniting with their glorious bodies.” 
Yasmina Ramzy 

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Studio Sephira is proud to be co-hosting this one of a kind workshop with LUNA Belly Dance and welcomes you to be a participant in the creative process with Yasmina Ramzy as she creates an innovative and original choreography with dancers of all levels gathered together for 12 hours over 3 days culminating in a performance. 

Friday 6-9pm 
Saturday 11am- 6pm 
Sun 11am-2pm plus performance later in day. 

Be prepared to rehearse at home Saturday evening. 
One size fits all costumes provided. 
Limit 20 participants. $299 (Option #2) 

No refunds. Transfers are allowed. 

To register: https://tinyurl.com/w73pugt 

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In addition to the Be The Canvas workshop, Yamina will also offer a Technique Inside Out workshop from 6-8pm, on October 22 where participants will learn in depth technique revelations to completely transform their approach to Raqs Sharqi movement. This workshop is for beginner to seasoned professionals and has a limit of 20 students. The cost for the Technique Inside Out workshop is $69 (Option #1). 

There is a Combo Package available for both the Be The Canvas & Technique Workshop for $329 (SAVE $39) (Option #3). 

A Deluxe Package is also available. It includes the Be The Canvas weekend, the Technique workshop, a Half hour Private coaching, a One month free streaming 30 hours of online classes and a YR Arts t-shirt. The value of this package is $487 but the Special Deluxe Package is offered for $399 (SAVE $88) (Option #4). 

There is a BONUS Lecture entitled Raqs Sharqi as Spiritual Empowerment that is FREE to everyone taking place from 8:15-9:15pm on October 22. 

The Sunday (TBA afternoon or evening) PERFORMANCE TICKETS are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and are available for purchase online to be picked up at the door. 

No refunds. Transfers are allowed. 

To register: https://tinyurl.com/w73pugt 

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YR ARTS BE THE CANVAS DESCRIPTION: 
ONE WEEKEND * CREATIVE PROCESS * YOU PERFORM 

Yasmina Ramzy draws out the individual talents of all the participants while creating emotional and intricate ensemble choreography that has impact. 

Dance Artists – You learn to harness your emotions as a true interpreter 

Teachers – You learn how to guide students into harnessing their talent 

Company Directors – You learn how to conduct productive rehearsals 

Choreographers – You learn where to discover inspiration and creativity 

Achieve new artistic heights of expression that audiences will respond to in a visceral way. 

How Does Be The Canvas Work: 

In real time, the music is chosen as a group and the inspiration ensues, always original. Yasmina views ensemble dancers as different limbs of one body in three dimensional space. True art is created when you have no rules, tricks or crutches. Jump into the limitless possibilities with Yasmina as support and guide. This is a unique learning experience. The skills you gain are through first hand experience that will transform you fundamentally as a powerful artist. 

Yasmina Ramzy is best known for her large ensemble choreography with over 20 major dance companies internationally including Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra and the Bellydance Superstars. Intricate, complex, nuanced and soulful, her creativity is always highly acclaimed and ground-breaking. 

PROGRAMME (12 hours often over a Fri, Sat, Sun): 

1/ experiment with music and styles while Yasmina assesses the skills of the dancers involved as well as emotional responses (3 hours) 

2/ create ensemble choreography with elaborate staging and emotional nuance (6 hours) 

3/ rework sections if necessary, confirm position changes, rehearse and sync dancers, polish technique, dress rehearsal (3 hours) 

4/ performance (one size fits all costumes supplied by Yasmina for ad hoc groups or troupes can supply their own costumes) 

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Bio Yasmina Ramzy: 

Yasmina Ramzy is a visionary and pioneer. Her prolific and highly sought after choreography is best known for its originality, elaborate staging and full range of emotional expression. She has created over 200 ensemble choreographies for 25 dance companies in USA and Canada including Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra, Earthshakers and Bellydance Superstars. 

As mentor to countless professional Raqs Sharqi dance artists, Yasmina is known as a "Dance Whisperer" inspiring individuality and a path to artistic self expression. Her passion to represent an authentic art form compelled her to create 7 large international dance festivals featuring discussion and debate while staging as many as 150 artists in each festival and presenting over 50 master teachers such as Dina Talaat, Mahmoud Reda, Mohamed Khalil and Aida Nour. 

Yasmina received her primary training from various teachers in Egypt and Syria. Since 1981, she has taught in more than 65 cities around the world. Yasmina has performed extensively in the Middle East, primarily with the master Muwashahaat trained musicians of Aleppo, Syria. Her full length six day theatrical productions have been presented 10 times with as many as 45 dancers and musicians at a time. Some of her productions have toured in USA, Greece, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and across Canada. 

Yasmina has been awarded several arts grants from all three levels of government for her ground breaking and authentic choreography as well receiving awards from Arab communities for helping to nurture and uplift Arab dance and live music. She has produced 7 CDs and 15 DVDs. Currently, Yasmina teaches daily in Toronto as well as online, directs four dance companies (one online), offers the "Be The Canvas" programs in various cities, writing a book and in Spring 2020 will stage a new vision in presenting Raqs Sharqi dance and music with the production entitled "Al Qamar". 

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To register: https://tinyurl.com/w73pugt