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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!

contact Nicola at:   


text 204-330-0913

Please take note of spring choices:


Get in gear!  Early birds get the worms!

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.


Based on the Spring Survey, Tuesday classes will focus on technique. Schedule is being finalized.

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






check fall 2018 listings

 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)


Intermediate Egyptian

Technique & Choreography

for Performance

7:30-9:30 pm     STARTS April 11

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

8:30-9:30     choreography

STARTS:   April 11           10 classes/20 hours total

                                             *10 classes/10 hours for technique hour only

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 classes, or contact Nicola regarding combined private instruction/home study plan.)

Learn technique in context through more challenging choreography.  Take a deep and delicious dive into the divine essence of Egyptian dance, as we explore core techniques and embellishments.   Focus on style and expression.

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”.)

Syllabus given in class.

Please see SUPPLIES, below.

Fees are calculated to reward those dancers making a commitment to their learning and growth by committing to the full session.


session   220.

technique hour only       165.

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

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

drop-ins     20.   technique hour





AIEWA! Fitness Flow Bellydance


Contact 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,  or to learn transition and flow for more experienced bellydance students.    Whole-dance introductory experience ideal for kinesthetic learners!

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

All ages and shapes welcome!  

wellness expo



By private/semi-private lessons or workshops:

-consult on or customized choreography

-coaching of solo/group dance

-collaboration on a special project


-technical tune-ups

-“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 very 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,  figure out What The Hell is going on with your _________, clear away the clutter, and clean up muddled technique.

Get some clarity and enjoy some real progress.



Click here:   Winter Registration Form


-print, fill out, mail (or drop off)

-cut and paste the form, fill it out digitally,  email  to

( 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 and be counted in the class numbers


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

– cheque  (NSF $35)

– money order

*cash payments for drop-ins only — safety/security concerns

-anyone wanting to pay at/in the first class can’t be guaranteed a spot and won’t be counted in the class numbers

-continuing students can do timed payments–pay at least 50% by class start date; provide a payment schedule attached to your  registration; and be fully paid by the halfway class.

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