It’s HAFLA time!!!

January 30, 2010

This Friday, why not join me for an exquisite night of  Middle Eastern food, music and dance?  

The YA HABIBI HAFLA will be held at ORANNG Vin Lounge, Dragonara Road, St. Julians (opposite Vivaldi Hotel) and will kick off @ 8:45pm.  Guests will be greeted with egyptian mint tea and there will be a selection fo arabic finger food.  Amongst the delicacies that will be served during the evening you will find the traditional Hummus bi Tahina, Nan-o panir-o-gerdu on Toast, Shakshouka, Zaytun Msabbah, Tafta Kofta, Yalanchi – all being appetisers originating from the Middle East.  A selection of arabic sweets including the infamous Baklewa, courtesy of the talented egyptian chef Ahmed, will also be available.

At 9:30pm Jane and some intermediate students will give a short show. Arabic music will be playing all night, so if the music inspires you, feel free to get up and dance during the evening! Bring your hip scarf!

WHEN: Friday 5th February, 8:45pm onwards
WHERE: Oranng Vin Lounge, St. Julians (Opposite Vivaldi Hotel)
COVER CHARGE: EUR 10.00 (covering arabic finger food, drinks to be purchased seperately from the bar)
DRESS CODE: casual, or dress up if you like! (Bring your hip scarf!)
RSVP + full payment by Wednesday 3rd February!

Call Jane on 99065142 or email to book!



January 28, 2010

This Friday why not join me in a shimmy-licious marathon?
Learn nine essential shimmies plus variations and have fun getting a workout!

LEVEL: OPEN (all levels)

EUR 8.00 (special price for CURRENT registered* students, i.e. students registered with Ya Habibi who are currently enrolled in any of the technique programmes);
EUR 12.00 (for registered* students who are currently not enrolled in any technique programmes);
EUR 14:00 (for non-registered students);

* registered students are those who have paid a registration fee with Ya Habibi or BDM.

Registration required! Call/SMS 99065142 or email today!!

PS: Those who wish to join me for a beverage and chat after class are most welcome!

Interested in Bellydance but not sure if it is for you?  I’ve got the perfect solution!  Join me tonight for a one-time trial lesson at Garden View Complex in Swieqi, at 7:15pm.  Pay just 12 Euros for the trial class or 90 Euros for the full course (10 lessons, including the trial class). 

Get your hips in motion this winter with Ya Habibi!!

Only one more day and the much awaited new term will kick off.  If you still haven’t registered and want to secure a place in class, it’s not too late, there are still a few places left.  Click HERE to check out the schedule for the upcoming term.

If you are a returning B1 student you have the choice of repeating or moving up one level.  Remember this is not a competition, work at your own pace and enjoy yourself.  It took me months to master certain movements, so do not be disheartened and certainly do not compare yourself to fellow students.  Everyone will have one or two moves that they find challenging.  As a general rule, it is best to stay at a class level until you feel you have built the movements into your muscle memory.  If you feel comfortable with the range of movements however I would strongly suggest moving up to B2, since here we’ll revise and build upon B1 knowledge, introducing new moves and combinations.  If still in doubt please do not hesitate to contact me.

Students in B2 and I1 will also be exposed to live Egyptian and Maltese tabla players during some classes and as the previous B2 can attest, a live tabla brings a lot of vibrancy to the class. Ya Habibi classes are the only classes in Malta that feature live tabla.

If you are a current student and you want to supplement your programme by additional classes, then the new CLASS CARD / PAY-AS-YOU-GO system is for you.  This is aimed at students who are currently enrolled in any one of the technique programmes and wish to take on additional classes.   Use your class card to attend additional technique classes at or below your levels OR for specialty one-off classes of the same value. 

As a general rule, I am not able to accept drop-ins by non-current students during technique programmes.  However those who wish to give bellydancing a try without committing to a whole course, I will be holding a special one off taster on Wednesday 6th January.  Call me for more info!

As announced in my earlier email, 2010 will see the launch of regular HAFLA’s.  Here’s your first party for the year: Friday 29th of January.  Mark it on your calendar, bring your friends and let’s party

The first Ya Habibi School Showcase will be held in Baystreet, date to be announced shortly.  Participation is entirely optional, although strongly encouraged.  Those interested in taking part please let me know!

Here’s wishing you a healthy and prosperous New Year full of shimmies, hip drops and undulations!

Yours in bellydance,