Monday, January 8, 2018

Belly Dance Boot Camp

So excited to begin our 2018 classes and Belly Dance Boot Camp this week. I have the following lovelies registered for this session:
  • Shannon
  • Ana
  • Tanja
  • Heather S
  • Andrea
  • Kylwanna
  • Crystal
  • Adelle
  • Scynder
  • Myrtle-Rose
  • Irene
  • Jess

Also, I have automatically registered all 2017 students and troupe members with 4 or more class credits on their class card for the upcoming session. This includes:
If you emailed to register/sent paypal and you don't see your name, don't panic- just shoot me an email and I'll double check. Remember registration is required. To register, email to confirm participation.

Belly Dance Boot Camp will be made up of two sessions
- 4-week session will run from January 11-February 3rd
- 2 Special POST-MARDI GRAS Drop in Classes on February 22 and 24
- 6 week session running from March 8-April 21

If you purchased the NEW YEAR SPECIAL (4 week Class Card $40, 10 class card $75) remember they EXPIRE. The 4 week class card expires February 28th and the 10 class card expires December 31st.

You can purchase a class card at any time
Class Cards can be shared or transferred
Class Card Options are:
4 classes for $60
6 classes for $80
10 classes for $100
20 classes for $175

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

What to Expect: Belly Dance Boot Camp

Wondering what to expect in our New Year Belly Dance Boot Camp classes?

If you're like me, I like to be prepared (at least mentally) for what's coming so I can feel more confident with my participation. I thought I would share for those of you who are like me :)

Here's a brief description of what you can expect this boot camp
  • Check in: I recommend arriving 5 minutes before class to check in
  • Arrive (2 minutes): We start class with a brief moment to pause from the day and "arrive" in the space, as well as set an intention for class.
  • Warm Up/Conditioning (10 minutes):  For our belly dance boot camp, we expand our warm up to include a more intense core workout. We will invite movement into our body, increase circulation and flexibility through stretching exercises, tone and condition incorporating elements of yoga and pilates as well as dance strengthening exercises (Thursdays we will focus on abdominals, lower back muscles, pelvic floor, inner and outer thighs. Saturdays we will focus on hips, glutes, hamstrings, calves, and abdominals)
  • Technique (15 minutes): Belly Dance Technique (breakdowns and drills) comes next. Names and isolations for these moves are broken down and explained. Proper technique, posture, full body position is taught.
  • Drills (10 minutes): We incorporate belly dance technique and combo drills to assist in building muscle memory, improve coordination, and to raise our heart rate to cardio.
  • Choreography Sequence (10 minutes): Using the technique and movements we learned in class, we will put combinations together to create short sequences (introducing different styles of belly dance- Oriental, Baladi, Saiidi, Khaliji, Tribal Fusion, etc.) This is where individual movements become a dance. This is where you begin to see "belly dance" through your own expression and movements.
  • Shimmy (2 minutes): Our shimmy goal is to hold a comfortable, powerful shimmy for at least 2 minutes. We will teach this, drill this, practice this, and close each class with this!
  • Cool Down (5 minutes): Incorporating visualization, meditation, and mantra... we close our class with a restorative cool down.
What to wear?
Stretch pants and a fitted shirt or tank. Something that allows a full range of motion. We do class barefoot. Bring your own coin scarf or borrow one from us!

Bring Water. Bring a Yoga Mat if you have one!

Register today! Email
or purchase your class card
  • 10 classes for $75 New Year Special, offer ends January 6th - card expires 12/31/2018
  • 4 classes for $40 New Year 4 Week Special, offer ends January 6th - card expires 2/28/18

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gift Certificates NOW available

Give the Gift of Dance!

Gift Certificates NOW available!

$20           (Single Drop in class)
$60           (Single Private Lessons or 4 Class Card)
$80           (6 Class Card)
$100         (Two Private Lessons or a 10 class Card)
$150         (Three Private Lessons)
$175         (20 Class Card)

  • Gift Certificates expire December 31, 2018
  • Class Cards may be used for any regularly scheduled classes year-round.
  • Private Lessons may be scheduled within 3 months of receipt of Gift Card.

Once your payment has been received, you will receive an image that can be printed to include in your gift.

For gift certificates of $100 or more, a beautifully wrapped gift card will be mailed to either you or the gift recipient within 5 days of receipt of payment.

For more information, email

Friday, December 1, 2017

Ticket Available at the Door

Shimmy Soul Show
Saturday, December 9

Doors Open 7:30pm
Show 8pm-10pm

At NOLA Spaces
1719 Toledano St. 
New Orleans, La 70115

Discounted ticket prices extended to Wednesday, December 6th!
  • Saturday Show Tickets: $30 (at the door)
  • Private Party & Hafla:  $30 (at the door)
Workshop Same Day Registration available Saturday 12/9 and Sunday 12/10

For Workshop registration info, see below!


Workshop DescriptionKick-off SpecialVIP All Weekend PassEarly BirdJust In TimeLateSame Day
8/16/17 through 9/4/1711/25/17
through 12/2/17
9/5/17 through 10/31/1711/1/17 through 11/24/1711/25/17 through 12/2/17After 12/3
12/9 and 12/10
All Weekend Pass (5 workshops)$125
Not Available
Not Available
$175$190Not Available
Flash Mob Workshop + RehearsalIncluded in Kick-Off SpecialIncluded in VIP Pass$20
Not Available
Not Available
Single WorkshopIncludedIncluded$40
Not Available
Not Available
VIP PartyNot Included in Kick-Off SpecialIncluded in VIPNot Available
Saturday Pass
All 5 workshops included
Not Available
Not Available
$120Not Available
Sunday Pass$80
Not Available
Not Available
$100Not Available
Individual Show Ticket
Not Included in Kick-Off Special
One Show Ticket Included$20
Not Available
Not Available
available until 12/6
Sunday Private Party & Hafla (Dinner Included) beautiful French Quarter Location 5:30pm-8:30pmOne Ticket Included in VIP pass for workshop participant

All guests must purchase a ticket
Not Available
Not Available
available until 12/6
VIP ALL WEEKEND PASS Includes All Weekend Workshop Pass (5 workshops), Closing Reception (Private Party & Hafla) Dinner included. This is a great package for those planning to be available Friday evening and/or depart Sunday evening. It will give you access to scheduled events to kick-off and close the weekend. Our VIP party* will allow you to experience the New Orleans Night Life without the hassle, and our closing reception will be a more intimate/casual setting- A Private Party & Hafla. Your pass includes dinner at this event. It will allow another opportunity to enjoy the city and build a sense of community with the dancers, performers, and Instructors you meet this weekend. For local New Orleans participants, this event is open to your guests as well, with tickets available for purchase. VIP Party details TBA.
  • No Refunds. Registration or tickets may be transferred to another participant.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Schedule (2nd Annual Shimmy Soul)

2nd Annual Shimmy Soul Schedule 

Friday, December 8
VIP Party
VIP Registration $250 by 12/2: 
All 5 workshops, VIP Party, One show ticket, One hafla ticket)

Saturday, December 9
Registration 9:00am
Workshops 9am-3:30pm

Shimmy Soul Show
Doors Open 7:30pm
Show 8pm-10pm
$30 (after 12/2)

Sunday, December 10
Workshops 9am-2:30pm

Flash Mob 5pm

Private Party & Hafla
$30 (after 12/2)

To Register, click here


December 9, 2017
9:00 AMRegistration
9:15am-11:15amTantalizing Drum SoloSandra(Mexico | Houston, TX) Featured Instructor (Click here for bio)Learn an exciting and high energy drum solo choreography with Sandra! In this workshop, we’ll break down a new choreography that includes juicy shimmies, basic to intermediate isolation patterns, sassy hip work, and a little attitude on top! We’ll go over the construction of the drum solo choreography and discuss the arrangements of patterns and the selection of specific movements according to the various rhythms played within the song.

This choreography is perfect for any performance setting or stage -we’ll even go over staging and how perform this choreography in duet or troupe setting! Bring your hip scarves and get ready to dance, shimmy, and discover your inner diva!
11:30am-1:30pm"Art of Balancing" (Candle Tray: Dance & Floorwork)Amae (Austin, TX) Featured Instructor (Click here for bio)"THE ART OF BALANCING- CANDLE TRAY DANCE & FOOTWORK"

“The Tricks of the Tray" We will take time to learn about different styles of tray, the best way to prep your prop, materials, and safety.
“The Balancing Act” We will focus on technique, posture, and the best way to isolate your upper body for your prop. From there, we will take basic belly dance moves and learn how to incorporate levels and layers. This really adds to the depth of your performance while using balancing props .
“Floor work Technique” We will then focus on descending (the proper way to get to the floor) and variations, as well ascending from the floor. We will then learn floor work movements and combinations best for balancing props.

What you will need to bring:
If you have sensitive knees, I would suggest bringing knees pads and or a yoga mat.
If you don't have a tray, I will be able to supply small prop trays
1:45pm-3:30pmFlash Mob WorkshopKarla Marie(New Orleans | Honduras) Featured Instructor & Shimmy Soul Host (Click here for Bio)In this workshop we will learn a basic Latin Fusion Choreography specifically designed for a Flash Mob setting with lots of yummy moves, directional turns and changes, and a beautiful fusion of Latin Dance styles (Salsa, Bachata, Flamenco, and Kizomba) and Oriental Dance! Shimmy Soul Participants along with local Belly Dance Goddess Hour students will have the opportunity to perform in a Flash Mob on Sunday, December 10 at 5pm (French Quarter, New Orleans)
7:30pm-10pmShimmy Soul ShowShimmy Soul PerformersNOLA Spaces
December 10, 2017
9:00am-11:00am"Anahata: Dancing from Your Heart Chakra" (Energy Healing & Choreography / Modern Oriental)Karla Marie(New Orleans | Honduras) Featured Instructor & Shimmy Soul Host (Click here for Bio)In this workshop you will Learn practices that will enhance your Dance With Connection, With Intention, with Heart! We will activate and open our Heart chakra through powerful exercises, learning to unlock and balance energy through dance. Karla Marie is a Middle Eastern Dance Instructor and energy light worker, trained in Reiki and energy reading and healing, she also serves as a professional Communications Specialist trained in body language.

During this workshop, you will learn energy clearing techniques and chakra activating practices and incorporate them into your belly dancing. We will go through specific footwork, technique, isolations and drills, incorporating breath and visualization focused on the heart chakra, as a tool to enhance our dancing. Learn to connect with your energy and body to express authenticity and sincerity in your dance. Learn to connect with the audience during performance through specific communication techniques and movements that allow your dancing to come alive with intention and a deeper connection for stronger, more powerful presentation. Open Your Heart to the Power that is YOU and Learn to Dance with Joy, With Connection, With Intention, with Heart! 
Choreography: "Yearning" (Modern Oriental)
11:30am-2pm"Dancing to Oum Kalthoum" (Technique and Choreography / Egyptian Oriental)Alexandra Molina (Miami|Cuba/CR) Featured Instructors (Click here for bio)From technique to story-telling, Alexandra's "Dancing to Oum Kalthoum" Workshop will intrigue and dazzle your senses! Participants will work on dancing with expression using silky arms, juicy hip-work and level changes as well as how to interpret lyrical music of Oum Kalthoum. The workshop will focus on a choreography to "We Daret el Ayam (The Days Went On)."

Oum Kalthoum was an Egyptian singer, songwriter, and actress that strongly impacted the Middle East during times of war and peace in the late 20th century. A highly influential cultural and political figure, she was given the honorary title of "Start of the East."
2:00pm-2:30pmFlash Mob Rehearsal
Rehearse for Sunday, December 10th Flash Mob (Taking place at 5:00pm in the French Quarter)
5:00pm-5:15pmFlash Mob PerformanceShimmy Soul Participants & Belly Dance Goddess Hour StudentsFrench Quarter, New Orleans
5:30pm-8:30pmPrivate Party & HaflaTickets must be purchased
Details TBA
Closing Reception (Food included- Cash Bar) French Quarter New Orleans

Thursday, October 5, 2017


(all at NOLA spaces, except 11/25)


Thursday 7pm-8pm
*one card punch

Saturday 10:30am-11:25am
(Choreography Class)
*one card punch

10/14- 11:30am-12:00pm
(Despacito Mini Class) *optional
*one card punch

Sunday 10:45am-11:45am (Live Oak)


Saturday 10:45-11:45 (at Live Oak)
*one card punch

Saturday 10am-11:30am (1.5 hour class)
*one card punch

Tuesday 6pm-8pm
*two class card punches

12/7- Thursday 6pm-8pm
*two class card punches