Category Archives: teaching

Disappearing 9-patch (Australia Quilt part 2)

Hello again! I thought I would explain what a disappearing 9-patch is for those of you non-quilters out there who check into my blog once in awhile. 🙂 You’re welcome! 🙂 A nine patch block is made up of 9 … Continue reading

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Random Thursday & Beni wa Benak

Today is Random Thursday. Since I don’t have any quilting news, I thought I would finally get around to posting this choreography. This is my former dance troupe, Saba Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble, performing Beni wa Benak at the Yukon … Continue reading

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bellydance floorwork & Purvottanasana: upward plank pose

This is a re-posting from August 11, 2011. Bellydancers can benefit from including yoga into their personal fitness routine, and one way this is evident is in floor work. Floor work is an aspect of the dance that seems to … Continue reading

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Baba Mama

I first heard this song at a show in Saint John New Brunswick in late 2000. I was sitting in the audience, having finished both of my performances, all settled in and enjoying the show when this fabulously energetic music … Continue reading

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The Icing on the Cake: Kelly Collins wins the Yukon Order of Polaris

…a thick layer of frosting on an already rich and delicious cake. Congratulations to my wonderful husband on being awarded the Order of Polaris and inducted into the Yukon Transportation Hall of Fame! LOCAL PILOT HONOURED FOR 27 YEARS OF … Continue reading

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Classes this fall?

I’ve been wondering if you’ve been wondering about classes and troupe now that we are into the month of October! I’ve been giving it a lot of thought. In fact, I’ve thought of almost nothing else. I’ve decided to retire … Continue reading

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To Dance…that is the question

A dance newsletter came into my inbox this afternoon, and at the end there was a poll about dance names. I answered the questionnaire, which asked how you got your dance name (given by a teacher, a name reference, made … Continue reading

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Here we go!

I’m nervous. My classes for the fall 2011 semester start tomorrow…the first classes in the brand new schedule. After 10+ years of perfecting the old method, I’m embarking on something different. And I’m nervous! Well, I’m actually nervous at the … Continue reading

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Aunt Rocky

Morocco, better known as Aunt Rocky, has spent her entire adult life – over 40 years – travelling throughout Egypt & North Africa studying and documenting the dances of the region, and travelling throughout the world teaching them to the rest of … Continue reading

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Teaching Q & A: the Case of the Struggling Student

Question: Do you have any advice for teaching a student who is really struggling? In every class, there is always a student who just doesn’t get it. I tend to spend a disproportionate amount of time with them, when the … Continue reading

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You charge WHAT? for just DANCING?

“A guy calls the musicians’ guild to get a quote on a 6 piece band for a wedding. The rep says “Off the top of my head, about $2000”. He says”WHAT? FOR MUSIC?. “The rep responds ” I’ll tell you … Continue reading

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Changes, they are a’comin (for Celebrations Bellydance)

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin. Thank you for this quote, Amber. It comes at a very timely moment for me. … Continue reading

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