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New host facilities/programs are welcome!   Please contact Nicola at  or  text 204-330-0913.

 *Please read before registering! Get informed.

NEW/UPDATED:   Class Policies & Procedures



 Maximize the “yum” on your dance class experience:  read  the listings (below) and policies (above) before registering!

Registration is  O P E N:    Spring2018.RegistrationForm

Advance payment is suggested –classes run on numbers.

STUDIO:  Shirley’s Dance Studio

                       255 Tache @ Eugenie


                       lower level      back studio

New host facilities/programs are welcome!

Please contact Nicola at:    or     text 204-330-0913.

Please take note of spring choices:


Prompt registration is needed to guarantee a spot.  

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

Returning students (in the same calendar year) only need to submit the payment portion (last page) of the Registration Form.

TUESDAYS:   Tuesday classes are cancelled.  

Sorry, we can’t run session on drop-ins. 

Please check back soon for Tuesday spring class offerings!

To be placed on a waiting list, please email Nicola at:

First notification will go out via the newsletter-– please sign up off the home page.

BFF–Bellydance Fun Flow

TIME:   7-8 pm

STARTS:   January 16      

ENDS:    March 20

10 classes total

PLEASE NOTE:  Prior experience only.    If you are a beginner, please register for Level 1, from 8-9 pm.

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 “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.   Those with prior experience in Am-Cab or ATS/tribal also welcome.

Continuing Essentials

8-9 pm

STARTS:    April 10

10 classes total

A fun and frolicsome immersion in the yummy and playful dance of Egypt.

Primary focus on “bellydance” /raks sharqi.   The essential (most common and important)  movements and their common variations  to play and embellish.   These movements can be adapted and modified for the unique needs and preferences of each dancer.

Basic veil work, beginning finger cymbals, and Arabic music “101” .

Accessible for all body types, sizes, ages.  Most supplies included.   See SUPPLIES,  below.

Want a “trial” class?   Use the drop-in option at class #1.  

Sessional registration encouraged and consistent attendance is to your benefit.

Regular Drop-ins spots are intended for those with prior experience only–“coming and going” from class is confusing and you will have a hard time learning.

Men are welcome, if you are coming to dance – adaptations will be offered.

*For Spring session, those who are continuing will be learning a short choreography.  Sequences from this choreography will be taught in the winter session, as preparation.

Level 1 techniques should be mastered before attempting Level 2. 


returning students        130.

new students — session      140.   

late/partial      14.  x  number of remaining classes

drop-in       15.   (space permitting, with prior experience)




 Level 2– Variations & Embellishments (Intermediate)   


A comprehensive and thorough grounding in the intermediate technical skills and knowledge for intermediate dancers.   Prepares you thoroughly for performance track intermediate*.


  • applying Essential movements in combination and sequence, to common drum rhythms and musical patterns
  • common finger cymbal patterns/rhythms
  • veil techniques for entrance
  • cane dance (Saïdi)
  • posture, travel steps, turns, transitions
  • instruments, melodic structures & interpretations of Arabic music
  • “texturing”, embellishments, & variations
  • basic improv techniques (e.g. for baladi  and  taksim)
  • sequences & choreography for  shaabi, baladi,  saidi, & sharqi
  • drills, exercises, in-class challenges, partner work, combinations, and more.

Choreography will be prepared for season-end:   saïdi cane dance, raks sharqi, and time permitting, a short drum solo.

Recommended that you have minimum one full year of beginners (3 continuous sessions) before registering for these classes, and/or previous dance experience in another style, and/or enrolment in Essentials also.

Syllabus (list of what’s taught):

Please see SUPPLIES, further below.   Please arrive prepared for the class with the supplies you need.

*This is the stage that many eager dancers rush.   Most aspiring dancers over-estimate how much time it takes to get the good, solid techniques in the body, and instead, rush to learn a long list of groovy moves.   Nicola’s approach is to “go deep”.



late / partial rate        18. per class,  x  number of  classes

drop-ins             20.  per class  (space permitting)


LEVEL 2/3:  Technique & Choreography for Performance

7:30-9:30 pm     STARTS April 11 !

7:30-8:30     Technique– Golden Age, drum solo, baladi, saïdi

8:30-9:30     Choreography

STARTS:   April 11           10 classes/20 hours total

                                             *10 classes/10 hours for Technique hour

Must have minimum 3 continuous years of dance at the intermediate level or above to register.

Intended for aspiring/current performers.   Teachers welcome–it’s fun to have a turn as the student!

Must have prior experience with finger cymbals and veil.    (If you need instruction on finger cymbals, please also register for the Tuesday Continuing class or contact Nicola regarding private instruction/home study.)

Learn technique in context through more challenging choreography.  Take a deep dive into essence of Egyptian dance as we explore nuance and embellishments.   Focus on flow, transition, and expression.

Syllabus given in class.

A variety of choreo will be taught, some in part, some in full, over the season.

Dances will include:   ALL NEW!   Nicola’s rockin’ drum solo using contemporary techniques; a new Golden-Age dance to a medley of star styles/songs featuring moves of the great stars (Tahia Carioca, Samia Gamal, and Naima Akef); a theatre folklore Saidi dance with assaya adapted from a Sahra Seeda/Farida Fahmy choreo; and a  juicy and frolicsome Fifi Abdo, Lucy, Dina, and Mona Said influenced baladi.   (The ladies from class have already declared this one “super cute”.)

Please see SUPPLIES, below.

The fees are calculated to reward those dancers making a commitment to their learning and growth in dance by committing to the full session.


session   220.

technique hour only       165.

late / partial rate           22. per class,  x  number of remaining/chosen classes 

                                              17.  per class x # of classes for Technique hour only

drop-ins     20.   Technique Hour

                       25.  Whole class





AIEWA! Fitness Flow Bellydance


Contact BB owner Sandi Knox to request the class:

LOCATION:   Body Balance Fitness
204-999-1016        1121 Henderson Hwy.

Prompt registration is required–online or in-person registration is through Body Balance.

Gentler than other dance-based aerobics classes, with some added perks for your heart, soul, and brain.   Egyptian dance done flow-style, in follow-the-leader combos that will get you moving, shimmying, and undulating.

Great for back and hip mobility, help with proprioception and balance,  to learn transition and flow for more experienced bellydance students.    Whole-dance introductory experience ideal for kinaesthetic learners!

Dance veils will be provided.  Please wear bare feet or dancer slippers (cushioned martial arts-type foam floor).

All ages and shapes welcome!  

NOTE: registrants must complete make-up classes for any missed ones during the same session– by attending another Body Balance class.  Not transferable to Nicola’s freelance classes.

wellness expo



By private/semi-private lessons or workshops:

-consult on or customized choreography

-coaching of solo/group dance

-collaboration on a special project


-“Old School” American Cabaret (Am-Cab) performance style– experienced students only — floorwork, sword balancing, veil dance,  The 5 Part Cabaret Routine — for those interested in becoming party/restaurant dancers.

Children’s,Tween/Teen, & School Programs:

Scheduled by request.

Nicola has developed educational units that meet Manitoba curricular outcomes, for use in school programs around the subjects of Egypt and Egyptian dance.

She will assemble companion hands-on learning kits on request and with pre-payment. Fees depend on the size of the kit and extent of lesson plan.  These kits may also be rented for a small fee by teachers.

Please contact Nicola at 204-957-7520 or at for more information .

NAVEL ACADEMY–Nicola’s Technique Intensive

A Winnipeg original, and the first of its kind here!

Typically scheduled in the summer months or by workshop.

Hard-targeted technique classes designed to find and correct glitches, simplify your understandings,  clear away the clutter of too many different approaches, and clean up muddy/muddled technique.    Get some clarity and real progress. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Click here:   Winter Registration Form

-No printer?   Cut and paste the form, fill it out digitally, then email it back to

Or, print, fill out, scan, and email back.  ( The public libraries will allow printing, as well as Staples.)

-limited copies available in class to keep costs/waste down

-make sure your advance payment is mailed, dropped off or completed by the due dates indicated to lock in the rate


-by e-transfer (preferred) or Paypal to: 

– cheque  (NSF $35)

– money order

*cash payments are discouraged except for drop-ins — safety/security concerns

-anyone wishing to pay at/in the first class can’t be guaranteed a spot

-continuing students needing a timed payment schedule must:
pay at least 50% by class start date;

                      provide a payment schedule attached to their registration;

                           and must be fully paid by the 5th class.

*Missing part of session for  travel, work commitments, health reasons?   Register for only the dates you can attend– late/partial rate.

Paypal & e-transfers to:

Please include a phone number on your Paypal  info so you may be reached in case of a problem.