Giving Back: Girl’s Night In

Last Friday I had the privilege to take part in a “Girl’s Night In” to raise money for Breast Cancer, as organised by the wonderful Marj. I donated part of my fee in order to raise more funds and Marj and her friends together raised over $1000 congratulations Marj!! It wasn’t all serious, though! Marj had arranged a night of games, belly dance (by yours truly), prizes, a raffle and champagne! Squee!

Here is what Marj had to say:
“Thankyou Charni for supporting my Girl’s Night In. It was great fun and everyone enjoyed all the hip shaking, although we all found muscles we didn’t know we had the next couple of days”

Here is a photo of us all “pinked up” and hip scarfed! Thanks for the fun girls!

Marj arranged a fantastic Girl's Night in with Charni from Happy Hips Belly Dance

Marj arranged a fantastic Girl’s Night in with Charni from Happy Hips Belly Dance

The Joy of Giving Back

One of the fun aspects of teaching students at Happy Hips Belly Dance is the chance for us to have a reason to perform together. We find ourselves practicing as a “troupe” and have a goal we are all aiming for. While there are festival and community events we perform at, one of our favourite (and least nerve racking!) performances is when we provide entertainment at a local nursing home. By donating our time and dance, we feel good at that we are bringing something a bit different to the schedule of entertainment, as well as giving us performance practice.

I am so proud of the Happy Hips Troupe for giving back to the community and doing a great job at the same time!

Here is a link to one of the dances we did recently – it was actually the debut of a new dance we had learnt with a new style and new prop! Go girls!

What skills or abilities have you got to give back to your community? Then go do it! It feels great!

Winter Showcase for OMEDA this Saturday!

Devi will be performing at OMEDA's Winter Showcase

Devi Mamak will be performing at OMEDA’s Winter Showcase 2012.

I am most excited about the annual OMEDA Winter Showcase this time held at the lovely Thornbury Theatre, with special guest from Sydney Devi Mamak from Ghawazi Caravan and affiliated with Fat Chance Belly Dance and live music from ME Musicians “Alwan”. Yours truly will be performing too. So many different styles of belly dance; Classical Egyptian, ATS, Oriental, Modern, drum dances, veil dances, a sword dance and shaabi. It’s gonna be great!! Get your tickets quick!

Winter showcase poster 2012

PERFORMERS: Bellydance Kizmet, Studio Samba Students, Red Belly Black Troupe, Andrea Makris-Underbelly, Charni Happy Hips Belly Dance, Jewels of Temzik, Jewel & Kaylah, Melusina, Devi Mamak, Aya & Students – Jewel Bellydance, Red Earth Ghwazee, Hayley, Bellydance Sabiha, Aya, Lia –Studio Samba, Lady Serpentine – Cindy Hyde, Nicole – Blue Fire Bellydance, Bellique, Michelle, Dantilla troupe, Alazarin Tribal Dance Troupe, Nikki Sterel, Rita, Zabelle

Here is a sneak peek of the beautiful Devi performing. See you Saturday!

You asked for it! Charni performs!

I have just uploaded a video of me performing last weekend, so you can stop nagging me! Seriously, the main videos I have on YouTube have been to benefit students with choreographies, so as requested, here is one of some highlights of me performing.

It was a fun gig, for a birthday celebration at the beautiful Glendower Kartoffel House in Upper Beaconsfield, and one of the hosts kindly filmed it for me. She was standing behind me and the audience was in a u shape, so it’s not the best angle, however, any professional dancer worth her mettle knows how to accommodate!

So enjoy! The audience and I did!

Happy World Belly Dance Day 2012!

Last night I had the privilege of being a part of World Belly Dance Day

Charni was a part of World Belly Dance Day 2012 celebrations in Melbourne

celebrations for OMEDA in Melbourne at YDance in Thornbury. Every year around the world fundraisers are held for different charities using belly dance. We raised funds for Red Cross. The total amount raised for the night is $694, which is even better then last year!

It was a great night with many dancers donating their performance in aid of the charity as well as stall holders who had a variety of good to tempt as well as massages! I was MC and the Music Technician, I did try to be the photographer as well, but the sound booth was too far so I found somebody else to capture the night!

Thanks to all of those dancers and organisers who helped make it happen!

Belly Dance and Polynesian Dance

Polynesian dancers can shake their hips like a belly dancer!

I was at the Wachter Reserve Family Day Out today (in a Mum capacity not as a performer this time!) and had the privilege to watch the Cook Islands Royal Polynesian Dance Team perform. As I watched it, it got me thinking about how Belly Dance has similarities with many other cultural dances. They way these ladies moved their hips was very impressive, and their skirts really enhanced their moves. Great job!

As an aside, but worth a mention, also at the Festival was a very impressive band “Code One” made up of Victorian police officers. Their pint-sized female lead singer, Lerena Novoa,  really packed a full-sized punch as she belted out songs that had the whole crowd clapping and cheering. Fantastic public relations for Victoria Police, as they are awesome!

Charni from Happy Hips Belly Dance was very impressed with the Code One Police Band of Police Victoria