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Protected: Segat (zills or finger cymbals) workshop with Karim Nagi (of Turbo Tabla)

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A few more photos from Shimmy…

Originally uploaded by mirvana.

I uploaded a few more photos from the Shimmy event. I didn’t get that many because my camera battery died. If anyone else took any photos at the show, please share!

New bellydance classes at CCAC

My bellydance classes are now listed on the schedule for CCAC, as follows:

YDB-230-1540 Bellydancing 02/14/2006-04/18/2006 Non Credit Course Tuesday 07:00PM – 08:30PM, Room to be Announced South Campus 02/14/06 04/18/06 M. Irvine $69.00

South Campus
1750 Clairton Rd.
West Mifflin, PA 15122

YDB-230-1101 Bellydancing 02/15/2006-04/19/2006 Non Credit Course Wednesday 07:00PM – 08:30PM, Room to be Announced Boyce Campus 02/15/06 04/19/06 M. Irvine $69.00

Boyce Campus
595 Beatty Rd.
Monroeville, PA 15146

These courses are *not* double tuition if you live outside PA.

You can register online at You can also register by mail, in person, by fax, or by phone (details on the Web site). To register by phone, call 412-237-2670.

Also, Dana is teaching Pilates and a Better Body fitness course at North campus. I can send you details if you are interested.

Protected: Le Weekend update; random comments about the bellydance scene

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Photos from the Zenith

I didn’t take any photos at the art opening but, nlanza did:

New photos

I recently did a photo shoot in dance costume:
mavi walking in alley

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Bellydance classes downtown, Pittsburgh

I teach a beginner-level bellydance class downtown at the YWCA, “Dancin’ Abs,” Tuesdays at 12:30, and it is in danger of being cancelled if attendance doesn’t pick up. I get 3-5 regular students each week, and that’s enough to keep it going for a while, but the other class that was offered on Thursdays at 5:30 was already cancelled and I’m just getting worried. It could still be reinstated, if there is enough interest. So, if you work or live near downtown and ever thought about taking a class, now’s the time to do something about it. Contact me or Carol Chatman at the YWCA for more info.

I still teach two other private classes downtown (I was renewed for another 8 weeks), so if I lose the YW gig, it’s no biggie, but my regular students really love the class and don’t want to see it go. I don’t blame them. It’s nice to have your choice of different fitness classes to break up the monotony.

Spark Tour Notes

My notes have been posted to mirvdance. Enjoy.

Sparks flying

I just got back from the Spark workshop. I took both sessions: one with Jill Parker of Ultra Gypsy and the other with Heather Stantz of Urban Tribal, so I’ve pretty much been killing my body since about 10 am this morning. I took notes every step of the way, and I’ll be writing them up and posting them soon on my dance journal, mirvdance. Right now, I’m just waiting for my pizza to be done, then hot soak in tub, then nap until the show tonite. I can already feel the kind of pain I will be in tomorrow, but it’s a good thing. I really enjoyed it. The Jill Parker session was a good pace for me, maybe not challanging enough, but the Heather Stantz session kicked my butt. She really packed a lot of strange moves and combinations in. I took a similar workshop with her at Spirit of the Tribes a few years ago, and it flew right over my head, but I think that this time, a lot more of it sunk in, and I got a lot more out of it. Jill Parker is closer to my teachers’ style and I was more familiar with her moves.


So I did indeed create a new journal to track what I’m teaching in my dance classes, and keep my notes from attending other classes: mirvdance. Comment if you wish to be friended, but I’m just warning you that it’s likely to be very boring.

Oh, and if you would like me to share my photos from Gulf Wars with you, and I have your email address, please just comment and I’ll send you the link (I posted it earlier in a friends-only entry).

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