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

Elysium Classes Online is here!

My very good friend and collegue Ma’isah of Raqs Gothique, has just launched her very exciting www.elysiumclassesonline.com and I wanted to share the news!!

What is Elysium? Well, it’s gothic and dark fusion belly dance in a tribal style format. If that does not make sense check out this video of her online eClasses and you will see how fluid, graceful and flowing the style is. Just gorgeous!

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!

Muslim party wins Egyptian election

Just to keep you up to date, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammed Mursi (or known as Mohamed Morsi), has won the Egyptian presidential elections it was announced yesterday. We will see how it will affect the future of Egypt and that of Raqs Sharqi in how he goes on the lead the country.

The New Egyptian President of Muslim Brotherhood

Mohammed Mursi is joyous at winning the election

As Muhammed Mursi, PhD, is an educated man (he received a PhD in Engineering from the University of Southern California after a Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from the University of Cairo) will this give him a more democratic outlook? He was an Assistant Professor at California State University for three years until 1985, before moving back to Egypt to teach at the Zagazig University. Will his time in the US give him a world-view in his dealings? He is, however, considered one of the conservative voices within Egypt’s oldest Islamist organisation, so we will see.

Both despair and rejoicing met the news of his election, with celebratory shots being fired in the air, in which 1 person was killed and 6 more injured as a result.

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.

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