Sunday, October 21st, 2012
Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2: American Tribal Style Bellydance® Workshops
Jennifer is excited to return to Kelowna for a weekend of workshops, incorporating her latest learnings from the FatChance BellyDance studio, and training with additonal southern California sister studios.
Revisit your basics to get the most out of your dance, and then challenge your mind and body with intermediate and advanced topics throughout the weekend.
Times & Topics
- Saturday, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Enhancing Your Basics
- Saturday, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Advanced Movements
- Sunday, 9:00 am - 11:00 am: Powerful Duets
- Sunday, 11:45am - 1:45 pm: Planning a Performance Set
Enhancing Your Basics
Revisit the FCBD Level One moves to gain fluidity, strength, and beautiful lines. Work into your muscles and bring new focus to your moves. Because the basics are the building blocks of all ATS moves, enhancing these brings new life to all of your dance vocabulary.
We'll choose four movements from the FCBD Level Three syllabus and review them in-depth, focusing on technique as well as how to incoprorate them in dynamic combinations. Students should be familiar with the Level One and Two vocabulary and formations.
Duets allow for a very different presentation than our standard trio and quartet formations. We'll explore how to make the most out of duets with their unique formations and passing movements. The connection between two dancers is very dynamic, and we'll look at ways to share this connection with the audience while keeping it strong between the dancers. Students should be familiar with the Level One and Two vocabulary.
Planning a Performance Set
While our movements may be improvised in the moment, creating a set involves some planning. We'll consider the audience, location, music, number of dancers and other factors to plan to perfect set for a specific performance. Pre-requisite: Students must attend workshops 1 - 3, and should be familiar with the Level One and Two vocabulary and formations.
- $40 each class, OR:
- $70/Saturday, OR:
Class 4 pre-requisite: Classes 1, 2 & 3.
Please email Normajean to arrange payment via PayPal or cheque.
Classes by Jennifer
Sunday, June 10th, 2012
I am sad to announce that Blackthorn Bellydance is closing its doors in Kelowna. I have taken a job opportunity in California, and will be moving there soon.
The last three years have been an amazing journey for me! I truly feel honoured and blessed to have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful women and to have watched my students grow into beautiful dancers. I am most proud to have witnessed so much personal growth in many of students, and to have seen new friendships blossom, and a new passion for dance ignite in so many.
Thank you to all of my students (current and past) for the opportunity to introduce you to American Tribal Style® Bellydance and to share my passion with you. Whether you've taken one session with me or have been dancing with me for years, I am grateful to have met you and danced with you. Teaching dance has been a life-changing experience for me, and I am so grateful to have shared this time with you.
Please stay in touch, and I hope to dance with many of you again soon - in Kelowna for a workshop, or maybe the Cues & Tattoos Festival next year. Let me know if you're ever in LA, too.
General by Jennifer
Friday, February 17th, 2012
Blackthorn Bellydance is now offering lip balms for sale. These lip balms are a partnership between Jennifer and Herb & Petal, a local natural herbal skincare company. Danika of Herb & Petal is also a BTBD student.
Here's some more information from Danika about the ingredients and creation process:
Blackthorn Bellydance vegan lip balms are crafted by hand with all natural, locally-sourced or supplied materials, like moisturizing wild-crafted plant butters and waxes, and nourishing cold-pressed oils and healing herbal extracts. They are flavoured and scented with a small amount of pure steam-distilled essential oils. Custom made with love by Herb & Petal, Kelowna, BC.
The lip balms are available in two yummy flavours:
- Orange Blossom
- Lavender Mint Chocolate
They can be purchases in class for $6 each, or if you can't decide between flavours, 2/$10.
General by Jennifer
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Create your custom tassel belt with us! Together, we'll make tassels, prepare the belt bases, and decorate our belts.
Here are the details:
- When: Sunday, February 12th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
- Where: Okanagan Mission Activity Centre, 4398 Hobson Rd (at Sarsons Beach). Map
- Cost: $25/$20 Early Bird before February 2nd. Registrants who purchase a belt base and beaded guls will receive $5 off their purchase.
To register: please just send me a message to let me know you'd like to attend, or let me know in class. Registration is confirmed upon payment.
A sewing machine, serger, and fabric for backing belt bases will be provided. Please bring:
- Yarn. I recommend purchasing thick natural fibres (wool, cotton, not acrylic). Try visiting Art of Yarn (3003 Pandosy Street) and check their clearance bin. Bring at least 3 skeins, and choose any colour that jumps out at you - don't worry about matching!
- Belt base. I have some belt bases for sale (pictured below, $25). You can also purchase these online, or buy a cushion cover from Worldly Accents (2999 Pandosy Street) that can be cut into a triangular belt base. (My tassel belt, pictured above, is made from a cushion cover!)
- Embelishments. You may also wish to add beaded guls, kuchi pendants, short fringe, beads, shells or other decorations to your belt.
- Sewing supplies: Though not required (as I will bring spares), you can also bring some dark thread, a sewing needle, and safety pins.
Belt Bases and Guls for Sale
These antique belt bases are decorated with beads and mirrors ($25). Beaded guls ($9 each or 2/$15) are also available for sewing onto the ends of the belt bases, which both decorates and extends the belts. (Click the images to enlarge.)
Here are some links to images of a wide variety of tassel belts. Use these pictures as inspiration for planning your belt!
Classes by Jennifer
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
Blackthorn Bellydance students once again donned pink pantaloons, hip scarves, and pink hair flowers to participate in the CIBC Run for the Cure. Our fundraising total for 2011 is $2,831, putting us in third place for fundraising amount in the Women's Team category in Kelowna this year.
With 11 members, we had 4 more members than last year's inaugural Kelowna Shimmies for a Cure team. We also surpassed the 2010 fundraising total of $1,521. The Kelowna Shimmies team runs in partnership with Harmony Bellydance's Shimmies for a Cure Team in Victoria, BC. Combined, the Kelowna and Victoria teams raised more than $11,000 in 2011.
It's an honour to take part in this event, and to put our positive energy towards a cause that touches so many of our lives. Next year, the BTBD Shimmies for a Cure team will aim to beat this year's record-setting total!
Check out more photos in our Shimmies for a Cure 2011 photo gallery and on Facebook.
General by Jennifer