Term 1 bellydance 2017 starts February 7 – it’s shimmy time!

Happy Hips belly Dance students after performing at the 2017 Dandenong Show

Happy Hips belly Dance students after performing at the 2017 Dandenong Show

Term 1 starts next week!
After a Summer break, we can unearth the hip scarves, veils, canes and Isis Wings because it’s time to bellydance!! I don’t know about you, but I have a little bit extra to shimmy with due to some particularly yummy treats over the holidays, so I think we’ll make some fitness and cardio a part of class!

Term 1 is an 8 week term starting Tuesday February 7th and finishing March 28th.

Intermediates: 6:30-7:30
Advanced: 7-8pm
Beginners: 8-9pm
at the Endeavour Hills Neighbourhood Centre
10 Raymond McMahon Blvd Endeavour Hills
(under the YMCA Leisure Centre)

Cost:
8 week block: $115/ $95 conc
Casual rate, per class: $15 ( $13 conc)
If advanced students want to do extra half hour only an extra $6 per week – 8 weeks = $48 plus $115 = $163

Pay by direct deposit (email to request details) to confirm your place (or cash on first week of class)

Book your place now!

Shimmies,
Charni

email me at: info at happy hips bellydance.com

 

Endeavour Hills is the place to learn how to bellydance!

Tucked away under the YMCA Leisure Centre (and next to the Library and Shopping Centre) is the Endeavour Hills Neighbourhood Centre at 10 Raymond MacMahon Boulevard. This Centre has been running since 1980 and is a part of the City of Casey Council Community Centres. They are a great place for the local community to meet, get support in English, computers, and crafts, as well as provide a huge variety of classes, one of which is belly dance! Charni has been running bellydance classes from the Endeavour Hills Neighbourhood centre since 2008 through Happy Hips Belly Dance, with hundreds of women (and a few men!) having had the chance to explore this fun way of moving. With students coming from all areas such as Dandenong, Noble Park, Hallam, Narre Warren, Berwick, Belgrave, Springvale and even Cranbourne and Pakenham to experience the fun and welcoming environment that Charni provides. It is exciting and sometimes a little scary to start something new, so be kind to yourself, be brave and do what you’ve always wanted to do – bellydance. Leave life at the door, come in and have a shimmy, you deserve some “me time”.

Click this link to show you where the Endeavour Hills Neighbourhood Centre is located.

Happy Hips Bellydance students performing a veil dance at the Dandenong Show November 2016

Happy Hips Bellydance students performing a veil dance at the Dandenong Show November 2016

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

School Holidays are over Sigh/Yay!

One of the topics that came up in my Mum’s Group yesterday, was whether we were happy that school was starting for term 3 (and my regular belly dance classes at www.happyhipsbellydance.com) and we were really in two minds.

School HolidaysAre we happy when the kids go back to school, or miss them and the freedom of a lighter timetable?

On the plus side for school starting means we can get back into routine, regular activities (and bellydance classes Yay!) a bit more time to get things done, and fewer children underfoot (and fighting with each other), plus organising activities duriing the holidays to keep them happy and occupied on the rainy days of winter is not so easy!

On the down side, we don’t see as much of our older children, we have to get up earlier (and Yay for a bit of a sleep in!) have to make lunches that the kids will eat AND is nutritious, and we have to get them up, dressed, fed and to school on time, plus ferry them back nd forth and to after school activities.

So I guess we will have to take the plus and the minus and enjoy each one as it comes!

Thanks go to my kids Jamie and Ellie – who had lots of fun during the school holidays!

Can you perform a classical Egyptian bellydance to Modern Western Music?

That is the question I am asking today. I think you can, but I will let you decide. Let me know whether you think it fits or not!

Here is a video of me performing a Classical Egyptian choreography to a modern Western song “Forever Young” by Fruit.