Saturday, July 29, 2017

2017-18 Season: Shimmy Shakti Troupe Application

Hi lovelies,
Interested in performing with Shimmy Shakti Troupe this season?
1) Join our Class Facebook Group
2) Email me at

I will send you all the info you need!
love, light, and happy shimmies,
karla marie

A New application must be submitted each season. All current troupe members who would like to continue performing with us this upcoming season, please email to confirm ♥

Important 2017 dates for troupe:
September 1- Application Deadline
September 9- Troupe Photo
October 21- Day Retreat
December 8-10- Shimmy Soul: Workshops & Show

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What's the difference between Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday class?

What's the difference between Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday class?

....without mirrors and at the park, our focus is TO USE BELLY DANCE as a de-stresser, connect to nature, and we focus on just the overall feel, along with footwork we have been working on in class, and general order of combos. Also, to get used to performing outside and in front of other people.

....with mirrors and at the studio (studio 1), the focus is to learn BELLY DANCE TECHNIQUE and Basic Elements- Foundational Moves. I teach a vocabulary of 12 basic steps and we DRILL these to build muscle memory and learn to isolate. We will spend time on each individual step and movement and mechanics of each.

....with mirrors and more space (studio 4), during our warm up we CONDITION, the focus of the class is DANCING- drilling COMBOS, putting together a "phrase" or set of steps and incorporating arm positions and transitions, as well as EXPRESSION! We learn footwork and choreography. We run through technique each class as part of the combinations and drills.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bayou Belly 2017

Ok, here it goes. My sappy Bayou Belly post. (And you can blame it on Eva Igo- the 14 year old on World of Dance, who I just watched dance and has got me in tears!!)

I have had a couple of days to process this past weekend... Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep it brief enough to call it a post. So, without further ado, here is my #PostBayouBelly  BOOK.


There are those things you see, those you hear, and there are those you feel… and today I FEEL. I feel good and I feel re-energized and I have you, Bayou Belly, to thank for it.

To the amazing beings that put this event together... you have single handedly validated all of my efforts as a student and teacher of this art form. For that, I am eternally grateful. My heart was full when I arrived at your festivale, but your welcoming spirit and amazing hospitality made it ten times brighter. My body was tired and sick, but somehow you gave me energy and your spirit, healing. Such a special place. Such special beings. I bow down to you in gratitude and I cannot thank you enough.

There are no words to describe the feeling. In the years I have been doing this, I have never felt so appreciated, so welcome, and so much love at festivale, and most of all… like I belong. It was the difference between a “check in table” and a “welcome to the family” committee. It is just so special.

I decided 4 years ago that I would start my belly dance training all around the US. I have been bellydancing since 2005 and teaching since 2008, but it wasn’t until 2012 that I made the choice to put time, money, and effort into getting to know the people and cultures that gave me so much through its dance and to seek opportunities to learn from amazing MENA masters. My travels have been limited to the US, but in this short amount of time, I have been able to study with more than 22 of the most incredible Middle Eastern dance instructors and performers in the world who have taught me so much and made me fall in love.

Yet, it was in the small town of Lafayette, Louisiana…. as I walked off stage, having left EVERYTHING on it, after my solo performance this past Saturday that it hit me. I had been preparing for my workshop for weeks and so much of it was about being present, about mindfulness, about being in the moment. It was at that very moment, as I hopped over the cords on the ground connected to the stage lights that followed each dancer’s move on stage, that I felt it.. what I was doing… where I was... and that I had just performed my own choreography, on stage, in a solo performance, at a belly dance festivale, the night before I taught my workshop… something I would have never, ever imagined the first time I stepped foot into that belly dance studio those 12 years before for the open house. In that moment, I felt connected to each one of my teachers, filled with gratitude for all they have given me through their hard work and dedication. I felt blessed to being able to use my body and movement to speak, to express myself, to connect, and to heal... in ways I have never been able to before. I felt validated and inspired to continue to share the music, the dance, and the stories of the cultures and the people that have given me (and all of us) so much.

This, all thanks to the beautiful loving space you created for all of us to share our love, our hearts, and our art with everyone.

Some love those they know, some reserve love for only their close family members, others give love away freely to all they come in contact with.... No matter who you choose to give your love to…. I think we can all agree that receiving it is always a very special thing.

Thank you for giving me more than what I offered you. Thank you for welcoming little ole me into your huge loving family and for allowing me to do what I do. Thank you for being open to receiving what I had to give. Thank you for sharing your creativity and artistry and lighting up my entire being! It has shifted me in ways I cannot describe.

It’s amazing how life comes full circle and how the universe has a way of bringing souls together at the right moment. I hosted my first annual Shimmy Soul: A New Orleans Belly Dance Experience in December of last year. There, I met so many incredible dancers that stole my heart on stage, two in particular…. Mistress Ilea Bizarre and Cybele Noire. We kept in touch and it was a wonderful door that opened. It allowed me to collaborate and welcome Mistress Ilea in my studio home and introduce her to my students on a weekend retreat workshop. It eventually led me to Bayou Belly Festivale this year as a student, performer, and instructor.

This beautiful gathering in the Bayou has allowed me to also experience a deep sense of appreciation for local dancers and instructors, who, like me…. have been traveling, seeking learning opportunities, teaching, sacrificing, giving of themselves, dedicating long hours and all of their energy to bring belly dance to students and to our local communities here at home (in the US), making connections across cultures/countries/continents. It has inspired me to continue to give those same opportunities in our community and I cannot wait to do just that!! THbees, my heart is with you forever. You inspire me to continue doing what I love because you showed me that it matters to some, and that is enough for me.

And to my Anahata students, I bow down to you in gratitude. Namaste my beautiful goddesses. And remember- release all that no longer nourishes you and shake off all that is not soul. When your heart dies just make sure your left knee is bent and GET PISSED OFF!!! Peace out.

Monday, July 17, 2017

July Schedule


Tuesdays 6pm-7:15pm (City Park)
Thursdays 7pm-8pm (NOLA spaces)
Saturdays 10:30am-11:30am (NOLA spaces)

July 18-August 5

Flash Mob (optional)
Saturday, August 5
White Linen Night

What do I do if I'm interested?
  1. First, you need to decide if you want to just "check it out" or commit to 4, 6, or 10 classes.
  2. Purchase a class card and this card NEVER expires. You can use it for ANY class (offered by Karla Marie)

How do I pay?
You can pay for your class card online before you arrive in class
OR you can pay with cash or check when you come to your first class

How do I confirm registration?
You email

What do I wear?
Anything that allows a full range of motion. Stretch pants and a fitted shirt/tank works great.

When can I start?
Register now! Start June 22 or June 24th

What if I want to perform just for fun?
In June and July, we will be learning two routines that will be performed in a flash mob in August. No costume required.

Join our Belly Dance Goddess Hour Group for class updates and reminders!