Saturday, May 30, 2009

Register by Monday for the New Beginner's Belly Dance class!

Narah starts a new Beginner's Belly Dance class Tuesday June 2nd! for the registration form. 

Register by by Monday by mail, fax (293-7491) or in person (room 401A at the CAC). Questions to: or call 304-293-4841 x3168

This class will be held in Beautiful E. Moore hall, Tuesday evenings from June 2nd to June 29th. 7:00-8:00pm

5 weeks for $50.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Urban Tribal Dance Company workshop location confirmed!

The Urban Tribal Dance Company workshop in Morgantown, WV July 11th will be at the Monongalia Arts Center (the MAC-, 107 High St., Morgantown, WV 26507! 

For lunch and dinner between the workshop and show, you can easily walk across the street for Indian food, and the delicious Ethnic cuisine and Tapas at Madeleine's*. Just down the street are yummy wraps at Black Bear burritos*,  and coffee, salads, smoothies and more at the Blue Moose cafe*. Also within walking distance is the Mediterranian Deli and the Cold Stone Creamery. All restaurants have delicious vegetarian options, and these are just some of the choices downtown Morgantown has to offer. 

*experience gorgeous artwork at these restaurants as well

Come early and enjoy the Farmer's Market on Spruce St., (8:00am-12:00pm) just one street over from High St.!

If you're coming from out of town and need a place to stay, the historic Hotel Morgan is right next door to the MAC!  

Not only do you get to experience the amazing Urban Tribal Dance Company, local and regional dancers, musicians and their incredible talents**, but you get the convenience and charm of downtown Morgantown (voted Best Small City!) 

**Sadiqa, Ishtar- Pittsburgh's BellyRock band, Tribal Desires, Narah, Jala, Narah's students, Avani, Marisa Herbert, and more! 
This beautiful historic building is also the location for the Hips Around the World Show that evening, headlined by Urban Tribal and featuring local and regional dancers. Not only will you see different styles of Belly Dance, but you will also be treated to Polynesian dance, Flamenco, Raqs Assaya, Bollywood fusion, Dunyavi Rom dance and more!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Registration for Beginner Belly Dance class starts May 26th!

Hello All!
I hope you are enjoying our journey into Summer! 

*The next set of Beginning Belly Dance classes is coming up soon!  Join us for Fun, Fitness and Empowerment!!

The classes will be on Tuesday nights 7-8 PM in the BEAUTIFUL E. Moore Hall dance studio (downtown WVU Campus)

It will be a 5 week class running from June 2nd to June 29th.  

Cost is $50

Register through the WVU Community Arts Program May 26 through June 12, Monday-Friday, 10:00am-noon, 1:00-4:30pm in Rm. 401A of the Creative Arts Center. (They will be closed on May 25th in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.)

You can also visit the website at  for class and registration information, including a registration form, policies and teacher bios.  Per usual, you can register by mail, fax (293-7491) or in person.  They will not accept in-office registrations for group classes until the first official day of registration on May 26th. To be courteous to all, we ask that you adhere to this policy. We will, however, accept mail-in registrations prior to May 26th. 

For questions, please email or call 304-293-4841 x3168.

*Don't forget The Urban Tribal Dance Company is coming to Morgantown July 11th!!! You must take advantage of this amazing opportunity to have  such incredible talent in your back yard! 

Please let me know if you'd like removed from the list.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Eva and Tamalyn in the 'burgh, Jill in DC, Urban Tribal in Morgantown

Summer's shaping up to be extra exciting with lots of belly dance workshops in the area!

*Eva Cearnak in Pittsburgh May 30 and 31:

*Tamalyn Dallal in Pittsburgh "June 19-21st"
Start Time: Friday, June 19 at 7:00pm
End Time: Sunday, June 21 at 5:00pm
Where: Workshops -- Bodiography  *  Show -- Union Project * Book Lecture -- Joseph Beth Booksellers
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below: 

*Jill Parker in D.C.:3 hour Ooey Gooey Slow & Slinky & Bah Blam Combos workshop with Jill Parker
When: Saturday June 6th 11am-2pm
Where: Saffron Dance 3260 Wilson Boulevard, 
Arlington, VA 22201
(3 minute walk from Clarendon Metro)

Workshop: Ooey Gooey Slow & Slinky & Bah Blam Combos! We'll start
with technique/posture drills, move into slinky gooey movement quality
with a focus on full body integration, extension, form, shape,
expression, then we'll take it up a notch moving into stylized
combinations galore!

How to Pay: $45 in advance, $55 at door
Please confirm your attendance with Tessa at
Make checks payable to Tessa Myers and mail to 39 Prague St San
Francisco CA 94112
postmarked by May 20th
Paypal , $1.50 fee for paypal

Also a 4 day immersion thurs.-sun.!  apply to above address

*Urban Tribal Dance Company in Morgantown, WV July 11th!!!!! 

You must be there!!!!

4 hour workshop and "Hips Around the World" show that evening!

Heather Stants, creative genius, innovator, supremely talented dancer/teacher/director will amaze and inspire you while breaking concepts down in easy-to-digest form!  workshop until June 30th, $70, July 1st on, $85 

PayPal to or send check/money order to:
Kimberly Minardi
1008 Summers School Rd.
Morgantown, WV 26508

"Hips Around the World" that evening features Heather and Juli from the Urban Tribal Dance Company, other various Belly Dance forms, Raqs Assaya, Flamenco, Bollywood Fusion and more!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Belly Dance Resources to explore

I made this list for my Morgantown students, but the websites are great for belly dancers everywhere.

Belly Dance Resources to explore!

1.     *Narah’s website- – belly dance history, costuming info, DVD, music and practice recommendations, WV Belly Dancer directory, and a market place where you can purchase Narah’s DVD’s- 

      Okhtee, a joint performance project with her sister Jala. Beautiful studio setting; improvisational duets and solos and a zill choreography!; Fire of the Soul, a compilation of performances from Narah’s 2005 tour featuring many styles and props, bonus performances of her with her student troupe, The Tribe of Fire; Narah and Jala’s Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Technical Foundation Instructional DVD- great to practice with at home! Insures you don’t forget what you learned and helps build skills as you repeat. Get the same instruction at home to reinforce what you learned in class!

2.     *WVU Belly Dance club- Free and open to the community at large. Meet other belly dancers from Morgantown, discuss events, arrange carpools, show off/see costuming in person, watch video segments and more! Next meeting sometime this summer. Face Book group here  

3.     *Online WV and Morgantown Belly Dance communities - – meet other wv bellydancers, learn about statewide and regional events, help the community grow and learn with discussions and more!

4.     *Drum class at the Monongalia Arts Center, 107 High St., Morgantown. Classes are the 2nd Saturday of every month at the Monongahelia Arts Center at 107 High St. from 10:30am to noon. Cost $15 each for facility rental. Learn rhythms essential to understanding belly dance music to increase your dancing skills! Sometimes they bring in people to teach and sometimes they just meet and learn from each other. Asta is helping run this group and will be involved in the wvu belly dance club as well.

5.     *Suhaila Salimpour’s  - articles, marketplace to purchase performance and instructional DVD’s, music and costuming; great vintage video footage of Jamila Salimpour, director of Bal Anat, the first Tribal Belly Dance troupe, under “the Salimpour legacy- Jamila”.

6.     *Shira’s website-  - a plethera of information on belly dance! Everything from a teacher directory, costuming information, belly dance dvd and music reviews, song lyrics, history, articles, and much more.

7.     *Fat Chance Belly Dance’s website-  - troupe directed by Carolena Niriccio, creator of American Tribal Style and Improvisational Choreography! great marketplace where you can purchase Tribal DVD’s, music, books, costuming and more. I got a great deal of my library from Carolena. Please tell her Narah (though she will probably recognize Kimberly Arrington) sent you!

8.     *Other dancers of interest- Jill Parker/Ultra Gypsy/Fox Glove Sweethearts (highly responsible for starting Tribal Fusion movement)- ; Urban Tribal Dance Company (highly responsible for contributing to and developing the Tribal Fusion movement)-  ; Morocco- many years of research, study and experience have made her one of the most respected belly dancers in the US. ; Zafira ( ; Pittsburgh, PA) and Awalim ( ; Atlanta, GA) –friends of mine key in helping develop East Coast/World Tribal Style

9.     *New Beginner’s class starts June 2nd through WVU’s Community Arts Program. 5 weeks/$50; I highly recommend repeating the beginner’s class since you will pick up so much more than the first, second, etc. time around when you were too blown away by the newness of it to hear all I said, or feel all you will later. J  

Monday, May 4, 2009

tonight's class at Lakeview canceled. new fitness/review class starts next week!

**just wanted to make sure everyone knew that we are pushing back the start date for this class. flood warnings and recovering from illness seem like enough reasons to cancel.  So, the good news is that there is still time to register! 
Send checks to:
Kimberly Minardi
1008 Summers School Rd.
Morgantown, WV 26508

PayPal to with "fitness/review class" in subject line

The correct dates (now that we are pushing back the start date) are: May 11th, 18th and 25th. Mondays at 7:00pm at Lakeview Fitness Center. 

****The new wvu community arts program class will be on tuesdays and start June 2nd. It will be a 5 week class.  

Happy Shimmying!