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BFF class– Bellydance Fun Flow

by on Oct.03, 2017, under Class Resources, Information, News & Events



BFF–Bellydance Fun Flow

TIME:   7-8 pm

STARTS:   November 7    ENDS:    December 12

Prompt registration is needed to guarantee your spot.

If you pre-pay by Paypal, e-transfer, or mailed payment, you can bring your completed form to class #1.

Nicola’s fun and funky answer to dance  fitness!  Gentler than Zumba, easier than Jazzercise, with some added perks for your heart, soul, and brain.

Egyptian bellydance done flow-style, in fun follow-the-leader combos that will get you moving, keep you grooving, and work up a sweat.   Repetition as well as options to embellish and ornament your movements.

A great beginner level option as well as a “just dance” experience–a great way to learn transition and flow for more experienced bellydance students.    Dance veils will be provided, or bring your own.

All ages and shapes welcome!


sessional      80.   

drop-ins (space permitting)     15.



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CANCELLED–Roula Said in Winnipeg October 27-29

by on Aug.23, 2017, under Class Resources, Information, News & Events

Event now cancelled.

WORKSHOPS   Orient Express 5

with Roula Said

of Toronto, Canada

Come learn with this delightful and innovative teacher, dancer, musician, and vocalist.

Rejuvinate and invigorate your dancing, teaching, and playing!

Truly, something for everyone–Egyptian, Lebanese, Am-Cab, fusion, tribal–Roula transcends boundaries!

About Roula:

Roula Said is a multi-faceted artist who has mainly dedicated her talents to Middle Eastern music and dance.

One of Canada’s leading lights in the world of bellydance, Roula is the director of Om Laila Studio and the vocalist, dancer and percussionista of Gypsy/Arabic funk band, Nomadica (which she co-leads with Juno-Award Winning trumpeter and composer, David Buchbinder). Roula is also principal Arabic vocalist for David’s upcoming project,Routes of Andalucia, which will premier on opening night of Toronto’s new cultural institution, the Agha Khan Museum, in September 2014.  Nomadica were nominated for a 2017 Juno award.

Roula is an inspiring teacher who has been sharing the wisdom and pleasure of bellydance for over 25 years. She has taught workshops from coast to coast in Canada, as well as in the US. Along with her warm and poetic teaching style, Roula also brings to students her fluency in the Arabic language and vast knowledge of Middle Eastern music. As a musician, she sings and plays qanun and percussion, having studied with George Sawa, Simon Shaheen, Bassam Bishara and master musicians in Aleppo, Syria.

Roula is also a masterful finger cymbal player and has developed a thorough and challenging methodology for teaching and playing the saghat/zills which she is currently setting to video.  She is also excited to launch the Musical Dancer Choir in the fall of 2014, presenting Arabic song and dance as never before.

LIMITED SPACES! Content may be revised pending registration numbers.  

This is a not-for-profit  educational event.   Prices are fixed.         

LIMITED SPACES! Content may be revised pending registration numbers.
This is a not-for-profit educational event.

Friday Location: TBA
registration/shopping 6:30 pm
Open to dancers and percussionists.
Authentic Arabic rhythms for dance. Explore the relationship between dancer and drummer. Open to percussionists, dancers, and any interested. Roula’s experience as both a musician and dancer are invaluable resources. No drum? There will be a couple of extra on hand. You may also attend and enjoy this as lecture and demonstration. ______________________________________________________________________________
Saturday Location:  Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre/CCFM,
registration/shopping 9:30 am
10 am – 12:30 pm GET ZILLY!              Open to dancers and percussionists.
Mini intensive, all levels. Rhythms, drills, combos. Study Roula’s methodology from the ground up and fall in love with your rings and clacks. Learn rhythms, patterns, how to keep the beat with your feet, use a metronome, make high-quality sounds, and put it all together with your dance to live or recorded music or your vocals. Take-home materials to keep you busy for hours!
~~~~~~~~~~~ lunch break/shopping/registration 12:30-1:30 pm ~~~~~~~~~~~~
1:30 pm – 4 pm GET ZILLY! CHOREOGRAPHY         Open to dancers only.
Learn with Roula’s signature teaching style, incorporating Seven Waves plus her zills methodology. A lovely and luscious dance “El Gourya”. Yummy up your dancing!_____________________________________________________________________________________________
Sunday Location: Rising Star Academy of Arts   10-1600 Regent West at Panet Road
A day for dancers to go deeper, connect, be challenged. Content is intended for more experienced dancers.

Connect to your body in a new and nourishing light through Roula’s multi-level movement methodology. Work ever-evolving layers of hip and chest families, shimmies, waves, 8’s, spirals and circles and feel how they are pathways to feminine strength, sensuality and self-care, with deep roots in the Middle Eastern traditions.

Whole day only for the best experience. Gain a deeper understanding of the gorgeous music used for raks sharqi from a native speaker, singer, musician and dancer. Create and explore the energy to embody and communicate through your dance, with special focus on powerful performance techniques – breath, facial expression, inner story, attitude.

10 am – 12:30 pm Part 1
~~~~~~~~~~~ lunch break/shopping/registration 12:30-1:30 pm ~~~~~~~~~~~~
1:30 pm – 4 pm Part 2








Roula Said in performance:

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Level 3 class starts September 13

by on Jun.14, 2017, under Class Resources, Information, News & Events

Fall session for LEVEL 3  is scheduled to start September 13.

Location is Shirley’s Dance Studio, Tache at Eugénie.   The studio is on the lower level and we dance in the back studio.

Wednesdays is choreography for performance.    7:30-9:30




Beginner     7-8 PM    

Intermediate techniques      8-9:30 pm


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“Raks into Summer” ?

by on May.31, 2017, under Class Resources, For Dancers, News & Events

Hello and thank-you to teachers, students and performers who’ve asked if R.I.T.S. is happening this year.

We are taking a year off in hopes that next year there will be more willing teachers and their students wanting to present this group effort recital on the theatre stage.

So much work is required to make this show happen, and with Scheherazade just having been danced in May, we are a little tired!

If you are a teacher or performer and would like to contribute to next year’s show, please contact Nicola at   Beyond performers, we need help with poster creation and distribution, promotions, ad space, social media visibility, tickets sales, day-of tasks, and more!

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Become a Patron of the Arts: Go Fund Me for “Scheherazade”

by on Apr.18, 2017, under Information, News & Events



I am hard at work co-directing and co-producing Scheherezade and the 1001 Nights with Pedro Aurelio of Bolero Dance Theatre .   This fusion show will combine Egyptian, Spanish, flamenco, ballet, and interpretive dances.   BDT will dance with my group, Nicola & Amar Egyptian Dance .

Pedro and I are passionately dedicated to honouring the heart & soul of our genres, as we push boundaries to create new and exciting expressions with meaningful stories.   As community dance groups developing local amateur talent, we are dedicated to bettering local dance theatre through  beautiful, well-crafted shows.

We’re celebrating 20th anniversaries–20 years for Bolero and 20 for me in the world of bellydance as Nicola .
This is a true dream project for Pedro and I.  We’ve previously created Cleopatra, which played in 2012 and again in 2013 at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.

We are not eligible for what little arts funding exists for our big expenses such as studio rentals, costuming, musicians, and props.   We are drawing from personal incomes.
We’re very skilled at working with a tight budget, but this year’s is tighter than ever!   We’re in the home stretch–needing patrons-at-large to support our hard-working groups.
None of the dance cast is taking a pay cheque from this production, the directors included.  We do this because we love to dance and want to share our passion.
Funds will be for:
-costuming our cast of 20 dancers — pants, skirts, hip scarves, jewellery, fans, wings, head dresses, etc.
-honoraria to our sewing help
-prop purchase & creation
-sets & technical features–including light, smoke effects
-ideally, honoraria for the cast.
The Show is May 6 & 7 of this year!
Funds needed urgently.
Support will mean I can avoid personal debt in completing this production, and we can guarantee a sparkling, awesome show experience for our local fans.
There are truly no words to describe how grateful we will be to get this support.
We will be thanking all donors in our program and on our websites.
Reward levels are in place, however, you can donate what you choose.  Every $5 helps!   

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by on Apr.18, 2017, under News & Events

Nicola & Amar Egyptian Dance with Bolero Dance Theatre proudly present…


A sumptuous feast for the senses.   20+ dancers and musicians in a lively re-telling of the Arab fairy tales.

May 6   7:30 pm

May 7  2 pm

Centre Culturel-Franco Manitobain

340 Provencher

Tickets $20 adults

$15 kids/students/seniors 55+

From McNally Robinson or online from <>

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Oasis Dance Camp North 2017 with Cassandra

by on Oct.25, 2016, under News & Events

The incomparable Cassandra Shore returns for another year at the iconic and one-and-only Oasis Dance Camp…


The details below have changed, please click the link above and contact the organizer. OR, join the Facebook event page:
Photo of Cassandra
Link to Camp North Link to South Retreat Link to Morocco Retreat & Tour

Come to Camp South instead this year!

Teachers Collage

Oasis Camp North, Traverse City, Michigan,

Rescheduled for September 13-17, 2017Photo of Twin Lakes Camp

OASIS NORTH is held at Twin Lakes Camp, located on private grounds on a small lake outside Traverse City, Michigan.  Woods, water, and wildlife contribute to the relaxing atmosphere. Facilities are clean, comfortable and modern. Four campers share a room with large common bath facilities.  You will need to bring your own bedding, towels, and toiletries. Hearty home-style meals and evening snacks are provided. Information packets sent by email to registrants three or 4 weeks before the start of camp include a suggested packing list and travel information.

New Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Twin Lakes has increased our fees resulting in an increase in the cost for Oasis North this year.

Registration Deadline August 1 – $ 675
Late Registration fee of $50 after August 1 – $ 725

Fees may be made by installments but must be paid in full by the deadline to receive discount.   Registration is limited.  A minimum $100 non-refundable deposit will hold your place at camp.Link to Teacher Discount Page

Camp fee includes:

  • 4 nights lodging
  • All meals and snacks
  • All classes and special activities
  • Camp Folder and CD

Camp Options:

  • Video Critique: $20 – a personal, private, and gentle critique with Cassandra. Bring a short video of yourself in performance on DVD. Limited spots available; sign up on your registration form.
  • Oasis Dance Camp Shirt: $30 Pre-ordered. Please state size on registration form.
  • Relaxing massage: You will have the chance to sign up for a massage at camp with a certified massage therapist.  Bring an extra bed sheet with you for your massage.
  • Private Drum Lesson: A limited number of private or small group class times with Nicole will be available. You can make arrangements directly with Nicole at camp.
  • Camp DVD: Includes demonstration of choreography and dance combinations, Hafla performances and other camp happenings. You may order DVD at camp or by mail after camp using the order form provided.

Check In/Out

  • Registration begins Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. followed by a light meal at 6:00pm
  • Introductions and Orientation begin at 8:00 p.m.
  • We conclude at approximately noon Sunday following a closing brunch.

Flight Info

Flight connections to Traverse City, Michigan can be made through Chicago or Detroit.

Download a Flyer to bring to classes or other dance events:

Link to printable flyers

“The camp has renewed my enthusiasm for the dance and has encouraged me to keep dancing and choreographing. I’m planning on next year!!
— Zubaida, Michigan

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Myth, Magic & Mischief –PHOTOS UP!

by on May.21, 2016, under News & Events

Letting our dreams and nightmares out to play...

Letting our dreams and nightmares out to play…

June 11  8 pm

PTE Mainstage

 Photos are up.  Visit the Gallery.

Starring:  Zafirah, Starfire Bellydance Collective, Ruth Reimer, Nicola, Pedro Aurelio, Lovely Lady Elle, Kevla, Kalila, Asra, Aremi, Amar Egyptian Dance Company.

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CLEOPATRA at Fringe Festival 2013

by on Jun.05, 2013, under News & Events



Bolero Dance Theatre and Amar Egyptian Dance presented their production of Cleopatra for the 2013 Winnipeg Fringe Festival, featuring Beatriz Barcelo from Madrid, Spain in the role of Cleopatra.


Shows ran July 19-21 and 25-28 at the Centre Culturel Franco Manitobain, 340 Provencher.


Check out this video preview of clips from the fall production!


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Free parent/child “Wiggle & Giggle” dance classes

by on Apr.02, 2012, under Class Resources, News & Events

Nicola teaches her Global Groovers class for the Wiggle, Giggle & Munch preschool child/parent drop-in program.  This funded program introduces young children and their parents to dance, movement, cooperative games,  and music.  All welcome! Boys and girls, moms and dads.

Alternating Mondays, 9:45 am at Ralph Brown CC, alternating Thursdays at Ralph Brown School Family Room,   10 am and 1 pm (call the school for the schedule or check here under “Classes”).

RBCC is on Machray Avenue, across from the McGregor Armoury–enter near the hockey rink. Ralph Brown School is the opposite end of the building. Parking lot is adjacent.  Barber House is on Euclid Avenue near Sutherland.   Street parking at all locations.

No pre-registration required! This is a FREE for parents and tots.   Snack and craft  included.  Guest  instructors appear each week, and have included circus arts, creative dance, powwow, hip hop, African, Irish, ballet, and more.

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Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.