Spring your hips in motin with Ya Habibi! All new beginners classes now also available at the Feelgood Wellness Spa, Preluna Towers, Sliema and at a new venue in Gozo, details of which to follow.

The updated class schedule is as follows:

BEGINNER 1 (for complete beginners) – Technique only
 – Every Monday @ Garden View Complex, Swieqi: 26th April – 14th June, from 7:15pm till 8:30pm
 – Every Thursday@ Feelgood Wellnes spa, Sliema:22nd April till 10th June, from 8.00pm till 9:15pm
 – COMING SOON – info on Gozo classes!

BEGINNER 2 (beginners with experience) – Technique only
– Every Wednesday@ Garden View Complex, Swieqi: 28th April – 16th June, from 7:15pm till 8:30pm

BEGINNER 3 (advanced beginners) – Technique + Choreography
– Every Wednesday @ Garden View Complex, Swieqi: 28th April – 16th June, from 8:30pm till 10:00pm

INTERMEDIATE 2 – Saiidi Technique + Choreography
– Every Monday @ Garden View Complex, Swieqi: 26th April – 14th June, from 8:30pm till 10:00pm

SHIMMY BOOTCAMP – Shimmy drill/workout class
– Friday 14th May, 28th May and 11th June @ Garden View Complex, Swieqi.  From 8:15pm till 9:15pm.

Classes are based on classical / folkloric egyptian styles and are conducted by local instructor and performer trained in Egypt.  A live tabla player may occasionally accompany some classes from the B2 level up.  Students following choreography classes will get the opportunity to perform in student showcases.  Free gift for first 20 to book*, free vouchers for first 50 to book*.  Class size restricted, early booking recommended.  All sales are final.  Terms and Conditions apply.

REGISTRATION DAY:
TUESDAY 20th April 2010 from 7:15pm till 8:15pm @ Garden View Complex, Swieqi.
WEDNESDAY 21st April 2010 from 7:00pm till 10:30pm @ Garden View Complex, Swieqi.

BELLYANCE TASTER:
WEDNESDAY 21st April 2010 from 7:15pm till 8:15pm @ Garden View Complex, Swieqi.

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I am pleased to inform you that all Ya Habibi students are entitled to a 20% discount on tickets for the TAP RELOADED show, to be held at the MCC on the 17th and 18th April.  FREE transport is also being offered on group bookings from ONE location point per group. 

To avail yourself from this discount, bookings must be carried out through the school – so if interested, please email me with your requirments asap! 

For more info on the show please click HERE.

Rehealsel Schedule

April 1, 2010

Those who are participating in the San Anton Gardens showcase on May 1st are kindly requested to attend practice sessions/rehealsels as follows:

–          KISS KISS choreography practice

  • Wednesday 21st April between 8:30pm and 9:30pm, €8.00, Minimum 5 persons. 
  • Wednesday 28th April between 10:00pm and 10:30pm (after class), €4.00, Minimum 5 persons.

–          HABIBI YA AINI veil choreography practice

  • Wednesday 21st April between 9:30pm and 10:30pm, €10.00, Minimum 3 persons.
  • Monday 26th April between 10:00pm and 10:30pm, €5.00, Minimum 3 persons.

–           A general rehealsel will be held on Friday 30th April between 8:00pm and 8:30pm.  This rehealsel is free of charge, and we will be going through the programme once or twice, staging the whole show, fixing everyone’s placement, entrances and exits.  Feel free to make this your dress rehealsel, should you so wish.  Please note – this is NOT a practice session but a run-thru.

Dear friends and members of YaHabibi,

Summer is around the corner and what better way to work off all the “figolli” and easter eggs than bellydance?  Not only is it a fun way to workout, but it is also an excellent opportunity to meet new people, making new friends whilst learning something new. Whether you are a returning student or a total newcomer, I am sure you will find a class that suits your level and goals. 

The new term kicks off with a one-off Bellydance Taster on Wednesday 21st April between 7:15pm and 8:15pm.  If you are a newcomer and would like to give bellydancing a try first before commiting to a course, then this is the class for you.  So rally your friends and for only €12.00 per person, you get to try something new whilst sharing a few laughs together.  Group discounts will apply for groups of 8 and more.

This spring, we have two student showcases scheduled.  On Saturday May 1st at 8:00pm, students from the advanced beginners and intermediate classes will be joining me in a performance at San Anton Gardens during the annual Horticultural show. The show at Baystreet will be held on Sunday 6th June at 9pm. Please keep May 8th – World Bellydance Day – free for our quarterly Hafla, the details of which will be announced shortly.

As part of our promotion, we have teamed up with Charlene of Soap Cafe (www.soapcafemalta.com) who will be offering samples from her hand-made lavish soaps for the first 20 students and discount vouchers for the first 50 students to book.  Please note that bookings are only valid if confirmed with a payment and will be treated in the order payment is received.  Do not loose your chance of benefitting from this unique promotion!

Watch out for our forthnightly shimmy bootcamps – a great workout plus an opportunity to polish those shimmies, plus learn new variations and layering techniques.  I have now split the material into two levels: Shimmy 1 (no layers) and Shimmy 2 (layers) – thus both beginners and intermediate students can pick a class suited to their technical level.

To those who have joined the last session’s classes and activities – THANK YOU for your enthusiasm and for being such amazing students!  I am very proud of each and everyone of you! 

Wishing you a figolliscious Easter…

Yours in bellydance,

Jane

YA HABIBI MALTA – school of Middle Eastern Dance

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List of Courses

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BEGINNER 1 – The fundamentals

Level: Complete Beginner

What: This introductory 8 week programme is structured to teach the fundamental movements found in bellydance.  Students will be introduced to basic technique, including isolations, slides, circles, shimmies, figure 8s, undulations, and various hip accents.

When: Every Monday from 26th April till 14th June, from 7:15pm till 8:30pm. 

Where: Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

Price: €90.00 (8 lessons, 1 hour 15 minutes each), minimum 8 students.  Drop-ins are welcome at €14.00 per class.

BEGINNER 2 – Movement Applied A+ Choreography

Level: Beginners with some experience / Students who have completed the Ya Habibi B1 Programme

What: This is a stuctured 8 week programme aimed at students with some experience in bellydance or those who have already completed the Beginner 1 programme.  In this course students will refresh the technique learnt in the Beginner 1 programme whilst introducing layering and travelling moves.  Additionally students will learn how to apply foundation moves to form basic combinations as well as explore more complex movements.  A fun short choreography will be taught during the second part of the course, allowing students to apply the movements learnt throughout the Beginner Programmes. 

When:

Part 1 (Technique only) – Every Wednesday from 28th April till 16th June, from 7:15pm till 8:30pm

Part 2 (Choreography) – Every Wednesday from 20th June till 28th July, from 7:15pm till 8:30pm

Where: Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

Price:

Part 1 (Technique only) – €90.00 (8 lessons, 1 hour 15 minutes each), minimum 8 students

Part 2 (Choreography) – €56.00 (5 lessons, 1 hour 15 minutes each), minimum 8 students

BEGINNER 3 – Movement Applied B + Choreography

Level: Beginners with some experience / Students who have completed the Ya Habibi B2 Programme

What: This is a stuctured eight week programme aimed at students who have completed the Beginner 2 programme.  In this course students will review and drill the movements, layers and combinations introduced during the previous programme.  The focus will be on polishing and refining the foundation technique learnt during the beginner courses which is essential for a smooth transition to the intermediate programmes.  Basic veil will be briefly introduced.  A fun short drum solo choreography will be taught during the first part of the course, whereas an arabic pop choreography is scheduled for the second part. 

When:

Part 1 – Every Wednesday from 28th April till 16th June, from 8:30pm till 10:00pm

Part 2 – Every Wednesday from 20th June till 28th July, from 8:30pm till 10:00pm

Where: Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

Price:

Part 1 – €114.00 (8 lessons, 1 hour 30 minutes each), minimum 6 students

Part 2 – €71.00 (5 lessons, 1 hour 30 minutes each), minimum 6 students

INTERMEDIATE 2 – Saiidi Technique and Choreography

Level: Intermediate students / Students who have completed the Ya Habibi I1 Programme

What: This is a stuctured 8 week programme aimed at students who have completed the Intermediate 1 programme.  In this course students will be introduced to traditional Saiidi technique and combinations using a cane.  A Raqs Assaya choreography will be taught.

When: Every Monday from 26th April till 14th June, from 8:30pm till 10:0pm Where: Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

Price: €114.00 (8 lessons, 1 hour 30 minutes each), minimum 6 students

INTERMEDIATE – Raqs Sharki Choreography

Level: Beginner 3 / Intermediate students

What: Learn an exciting original routine to Sahar’s “Drama Queen” oozing with Egyptian flavour. 

When: Every Monday from 28th June till 26th July, from 8:30pm till 10:00pm

Where: Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

Price: €71.00 (5 lessons, 1 hour 30 minutes each), minimum 6 students

Registration Dates: 

TUESDAY 20th April 2010 @ Garden View, from 7.15pm till 8.15pm

WEDNESDAY 21st April 2010 @ Garden View, from 7.00pm till 10:30pm

For more information on the courses or to book, please email me on yahabibimalta@gmail.com or call 99065142.  A registration form will be emailed or posted to you, which must be returned completed together with the payment to the address indicated on the registration form prior to, or handed in on the Registration Date.  Class sizes are restricted, therefore early booking is highly recommended.  Please note that the course prices are undivisable and all sales final.  There is a one time registration fee of €5.00 payable by newcomers.  Terms and conditions apply.

Please note that since the courses are syllabus driven, I am not able to accept drop-ins for the B2 level and upwards.