Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bayou Belly is coming y'all..... and so am I!!!

Perhaps you've heard of me, been my student, maybe we know each other, or maybe you haven't even noticed the listing or know who I am. For this reason, I wanted to share a little more about my workshop, offering, and me!

This July, I have been honored as one of the featured instructors and performers at Bayou Belly Festivale in Lafayette. I am grateful for this opportunity to share a little bit about me and my dance and I want to tell you more about this workshop I have been working on, just for you....


This workshop was designed as a starting point for re-connection. The heart chakra is one of those most misunderstood energy centers. Heart doesn't necessarily relate to love or romance or positive thinking. The heart chakra bares all and feels all. In my opinion, the heart chakra is about connection, about breath, about the pause. It can sometimes be “feel good stuff”, most of the time it lends itself to confusion, and sometimes “not-so-good feeling stuff” as well as loss.

  • We will acknowledge our brokenness, our darkness, our struggle, and our fears so we can explore a new approach and learn techniques and practices that allow us to acknowledge those spaces and moments, release them, and use the power of this connection so we can truly express what the soul longs to share through our dance.

  • Most of our deepest connections come from times of despair or times of great joy. This polarity provides an opportunity to connect and exist in the breath and pause in between. With the ability to tap into those spaces (as observers) without absorbing the energies from those moments and people, we are able to connect more fully and grow.

What does that mean for the class structure?

  • We will begin with a brief discussion about the heart chakra and discuss practices and techniques to assess your energy centers to create openness and balance. Then, we will share in a short meditation and visualization exercise. We will spend the rest of our class using belly dance technique and oriental dance as a tool- using combinations and formations that encourage connection and learning about our body as a communicator.

Who would enjoy this workshop?

Here is one reflection.... If this is something that speaks to you, I think you would enjoy it:

Like me, many of you dance, teach, and/or perform. Many have several gigs/jobs, responsibilities, and relationships to manage in your daily life. How can we step out of duties and routines, challenges and struggles, the business side of this art form and effectively hop into a true soul space that is necessary for dancing with connection… dancing through our heart chakra?

How can we feel connected and expressive in a way that speaks to our heart, and when performing, to our audience? How can we peacefully move away from the burnout that comes from giving more and more and instead peacefully and more deeply connecting to our spirit so we are able to share rather than give of ourselves? How can we truly express, speak up, and be heard when we dance?

Who am i?
  • So… I have been belly dancing for 12 years and have been teaching for 9. I have only been performing (quite infrequently) for the last six years. I have led a troupe of my students for a short amount of time… approximately 5 years. What could I possibly teach you or be thinking in offering a workshop at Bayou Belly Festivale to a group of incredible dancers and amazing beings?

It’s simple to me, because when it comes to your heart chakra, it’s not about the ego, it’s about vulnerability and offering. My personal life experience (in adulthood, starting at age 19 with my first child) propelled me into a whirlwind that shook me, tore me down, ripped me apart. In retrospect, perhaps it was just what this stubborn soul of mine needed to see things from a different perspective (that, along with some past Karma I had to work out, I’m sure). I learned to connect and invite light/peace into my being. In this process.... I discovered belly dance, yoga, meditation, Reiki, visualization.... Becoming a devoted student of all those practices. All the while, succeeding at a Communications and Business Development career, running three businesses as an entrepreneur, raising three boys (now 21, 14, and 5), and taking up a full time “hobby” of belly dance training all around the nation.

The combination of all of these elements and the struggles of everyday life, work, and parenting (first, as an unhappily married woman for the first 10 years of my adult life, then a single parent for the following 5 years, and now a blissfully partnered being for the past 7 years) have made me one fierce, take no shit, kinda dancer and individual.

No matter what happens in life, when I hit that stage, it's about me, it's about what I have to say, it's about what I am fighting for, and it's about being heard. And THIS, makes it about the audience- the vulnerability that comes from baring all allows the most powerful connection and THAT is what I want to share with you.

I am honored with the opportunity to guide others in that connection to their own spirit through the abilities of our Heart Chakra and the practices available to all of us. Yes, we can use it in dance… but more important, we can use it in life!

So.... if you're not bored yet, I hope you will join me. Sunday, July 16th at 9am

In ANAHATA: DANCING WITH YOUR HEART CHAKRA, I will teach you techniques and practices that will allow you to effectively balance and open your heart chakra for powerful and peaceful connection in your dance. (Bayou Belly Festivale- Lafayette, LA)

Not to mention I have a VERY, VERY special gift for all attendees and I can't wait!!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Class Schedule

Plan your belly dancing schedule, May through August

Remember you can join our Facebook Group for class updates and other info.

Shimmy Shakti Troupe Performances:
  • June 16- Snake Oil Festival (Howling Wolf- Time TBD)
  • July 14-16 Bayou Belly Festivale- Lafayette
  • August 5- Flash Mob
  • May 20 (Snake Oil Festival/BayouBelly) 10:30am
  • June 15 (Snake Oil Festival/BayouBelly) 7pm
  • June 22- Troupe-Only Class (Flash Mob/BayouBelly) 7pm
  • June 24- Troupe-Only Class (Flash Mob/BayouBelly) 10:30am
  • August 3- Troupe-Only Class (Flash Mob) 7pm
  • August 5- Troupe-Only Class (Flash Mob) 10:30am
  • New Season starts AUGUST 10th
Please note: Rehearsal date for each performance has not been included
Basic Elements of Belly Dance
Class Cards or Drop ins 
Choreography: Tribal Fusion (May 18-July 20)
  • 5/18
  • 5/25
  • 6/1
  • 6/8
  • 7/20
AUGUST 10: NEW SEASON BEGINS 8/10- 4 Week Series)

Saturday Belly Dance Intensive (Open Level)
New Students Welcome- Class Card Required
Choreography: Latin Fusion (May 27-July 79)
  • 5/27
  • 6/3
  • 6/10
  • NO CLASS ON 6/17/17
  • 7/22
  • 7/29
AUGUST 12 (NEW SEASON BEGINS 8/12- 6 week Saturday Intensive 10:30am)
Raqs Sharki Focus: August-April

Here is the schedule for our Flash Mob Prep Classes
(Open to all students- New/Beginner/Advanced)

Flash Mob Prep Classes:
  • 5/18- Basic Elements Class 7pm (Great for beginners)
  • 5/25- Basic Elements Class: 7pm (Great for beginners)
  • 5/27- Saturday Intensive- Flash Mob Class: 10:30am (open to all students)
  • 6/1- Basic Elements Class: 7pm (Great for beginners)
  • 6/3- Saturday Intensive- Flash Mob Class: 10:30am (open to all students)
  • 6/8- Basic Elements Class: 7pm (Great for beginners)
  • 6/10- Saturday Intensive- Flash Mob Class: 10:30am (open to all students)
  • 6/17- Saturday Intensive- Flash Mob Class: 10:30am (open to all students)
  • 7/20- Basic Elements Class: 7pm
  • 7/22- Saturday Intensive- Flash Mob Class: 10:30am (open to all students)
  • 7/27- Saturday Intensive- Flash Mob Class: 10:30am (open to all students)
  • 7/29- Saturday Intensive- Flash Mob Class: 10:30am (open to all students)
  • 8/3- Flash Mob Performers-Only 7pm
  • 8/5- Flash Mob Performers-Only 10:30am
For questions, email bellydanceneworleans@gmail.com
To purchase a class card, click here

Saturday, April 15, 2017


(Saturday, April 15)

- There is no class next week (Thursday or Saturday). Regular classes resume Thursday, April 27 and Saturday, April 29
- Troupe-only class for Audubon park performance will be 4/20 (Location TBD)
- Shimmy Shakti performs at Audubon Park for the CCFA Take Steps walk on Saturday, April 22. Walk starts at 10am, performance scheduled for 11am

Awaken the Goddess Retreat
Sunday, April 23rd 10:00am-3:30pm
(only two spots left)
To register visit:

For a complete schedule:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Belly Dance Challenge starts this Thursday!

SALUD to all my goddesses!

(Salud is the word Latinos use for "Cheers!" It means "Health" in Spanish) So, to all my goddesses dreaming about happy hour on this lovely wednesday.... Salud! I'm sharing our yummy shimmy menu for Thursday's Belly Dance Challenge Class. JOIN THE CHALLENGE!

#3weeks #4Classes #OneKickAssTime#AsRefreshingAsYourHappyHourCocktail

For more info, click here

Friday, March 31, 2017

Wild Moon Woman....


Over the last 9 years that I have been teaching Belly Dance, my Saturday class has been BY FAR the most popular day/time (by demand).....

Class starts at 10:30am

Arrive 5-10 minutes early to check-in

Choose 4, 6, 10, or 20 class card

You can pay via paypal by sending payment to karlamariefineart@gmail.com or cash/check when you arrive
What to wear:
Stretch pants, fitted tank or tee
No shoes- we do class barefoot
- you can borrow a shimmy scarf from me

Beginners and New Students WELCOME!!!!!

Studio Address:
NOLA Spaces- 1719 Toledano St. New Orleans, LA 70115

Upcoming Classes

Join us at NOLA Spaces- 1719 Toledano St. New Orleans, LA 70115

Regular Belly Dance Intensive classes:

  • Saturday, March 31 at 10:30am
  • Saturday, April 8 at 10:30am

Belly Dance Challenge classes:

  • (Choreography)
  • Thursday, April 6 at 7pm
  • Thursday, April 13 at 7pm
  • Thursday, April 27 at 7pm
  • Saturday, April 29 at 10:30am

Awaken the Goddess Retreat:

  • Sunday, April 23 10am-3:30pm