Summer is here,  and what better way to make the most of the long sunny days than to take up a bellydance class? Whether you are a novice or a more experienced shimmy-diva, we’re sure that you will find a class to suit your level and objectives.

Here is the timetable for the summer term:

BEGINNERS
Every Monday from 19:15 till 20:15, starting 16th June, no class on 7th July, ending 28th July.
This class is aimed at complete beginners who have no experience whatsoever. During the course we will go through some of the fundamental movements found in bellydance, like figure of 8’s, circles, hip drops, shimmies as well as correct posture and various stances. We will also start working on a short, simple, fun choreography.

Early bird price: EUR 40* (If paying via PAYPAL: EUR 42)
Bring a friend along and pay only EUR 75 – that’s EUR 37.50 each (If paying via PAYPAL: EUR 79)

Normal price: EUR 46 (If paying via PAYPAL: EUR 48.50)

BEGINNERS WITH EXPERIENCE
Every Monday from 18:15 till 19:15, starting 16th June, no class on 7th July, ending 28th July.
This class is aimed at those beginners who have taken at least three months to a year of regular classes. During the course, we will revise the basic fundamentals, introduce travelling and layering concepts, as well as compound movements. We will also work on Choreography.

Early bird price: EUR 45* (If paying via PAYPAL: EUR 47.50), Refer a friend and get 5% off

Normal price: EUR 50 (If paying via PAYPAL: EUR 53)

INTERMEDIATE
Every Monday from 20:30 till 21:30, starting 16th June, no class on 7th July, ending 28th July.
This class is aimed at intermediate/advanced level students who have taken at least two years and over of regular classes. During this course we will be focusing on Technique for Raqs al Assaya / Saiidi, as well as Choreography. The Assaya (saiidi cane) is a required prop for this course: bring your own or hire one from me. Only a limited number of Assaya’s are available for rental at EUR 1.50 per class and prebooking is necessary.

Early bird price: EUR 48* (If paying via PAYPAL: EUR 51), Refer a friend and get 5% off

Normal price: 54 (If paying via PAYPAL: EUR 57)

 

* Prices quoted cover the full session (6 lessons of 1 hour each) and are valid for bookings made by 12th June and paid by no later than 14th June. Bookings made after this date will be at the normal price.

The studio is located in San Gwann.  Full address will be disclosed to booked participants only.  Payment can be made via online bank transfer, ATM deposit, paypal or cash.

 

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HOW TO BOOK

Send an email to yahabibimalta@gmail.com with your full name, mobile number, chosen course and preferred method of payment. You will then receive an email with further instructions on how to pay.  Make sure you settle all fees before the closing date to ensure that your place is guaranteed. Only paid bookings will be considered as confirmed.  Class sizes are limited to TEN students, so early booking is highly recommended.

 

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Just a little reminder about the new classes in Gozo and Mellieha starting tomorrow!

GOZO: A taster session will be held TOMORROW, Saturday 2nd October @The Bern Hersey’s Health, Beauty and Fitness club in Ghajnsielem Gozo, from 10:00am till 11:00am.

MELLIEHA: The taster session is scheduled for THIS TUESDAY 5th October at The Maritim Antonin Hotel & Spa from 19:30 till 20:30.

FEES: Pay only EUR 12 for the trial class, or sign up for the full 8 week course for just EUR 75 (that’s including the EUR 5.00 one-time reegistration fee payable by newcomers to Ya Habibi.).

Class sizes are limited, early booking is recommended. Call 99065142 now!

Classes in Gozo

September 29, 2010

 YA HABIBI does GOZO!
Yes you read right.  The long awaited Gozo bellydance classes will be starting this Saturday (2nd October) at The Bern Hersey’s Health, Beauty and Fitness Club in Ghajnsielem!

Try it out THIS SATURDAY from 10:00 till 11:00. Register and pay up for the full 8-week course on the day for just EUR 70.00 or just pay for the one session at EUR 12.00 (you will not be registered).

Please note that a one-time registration fee of EUR 5.00 is payable by all newcomers to the Ya Habibi programme. Classes are aimed for adult beginners or beginners with some experience. All ages, shapes and sizes welcome. Early booking is recommended as class size is limited.  Classes are based on classical oriental, folkloric egyptian and cabaret styles and conducted by local performer and instructor trained in Cairo, Egypt.
 Call Jane on 99065142 or email yahabibimalta@gmail.com and book your place NOW!

Spring your hips in motion with Ya Habibi this Autumn! All new bellydance classes starting Saturday 2nd October in GOZO, whereas classes in MALTA resume next Monday!!

Hereunder is the final class schedule:

BEGINNER 1 (for complete beginners) – Technique only
Every Monday @ Garden View Complex, Swieqi: 20th September till 22nd November 2010, from 7:15pm till 8:15pm.  Fee – EUR 85.00 covering 10 classes of 1 hours each
Every Wednesday @ Garden View Complex, Swieqi: 22nd September till 24th November 2010, from 7:15pm till 8:15pm.  Fee – EUR 85.00 covering 10 classes of 1 hour each
Every Saturday @ Bern Hersey’s Fitness Centre, Ghajnsielem – GOZO: 2nd October till 20th November 2010, from 10:00am till 11:00am.  Fee 70:00 covering 8 classes of 1 hour each

BEGINNER 1/2 (beginners with experience/refreshers) – Technique only
Every Saturday @ Bern Hersey’s Fitness Centre, Ghajnsielem – GOZO: 2nd October till 20th November from 11:15am till 12:15pm.  Fee – EUR 70:00 covering 8 classes of 1 hour each.  Please note:  this class will be at 10:00am on the 2nd October!

BEGINNER 2 (beginners with experience) – Technique & Choreography
Every Monday@ Garden View Complex, Swieqi: 20th September till 22nd November 2010, from 8:30pm till 9:45pm.  Fee – EUR 118.75 covering 10 classes of 1.25 hours each.

INTERMEDIATE  – Technique + Choreography
Every Wednesday @ Garden View Complex, Swieqi: 22nd September till 24th November 2010, from 8:15pm till 8:45pm.  Fee – EUR 142.50 covering 10 classes of 1.5 hours each

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 vouchers for first the first 25 to book*.  Class size restricted, early booking recommended.  All sales are final.  Terms and Conditions apply – refer to to website for details.

* only paid bookings are valid for this offer.

REGISTRATION DAY:
WEDNESDAY 15th September 2010 from 7:00pm till 8:30pm @ Garden View Complex, Swieqi.

BELLYANCE TASTER:
WEDNESDAY 15th September 2010 from 7:15pm till 8:15pm @ Garden View Complex, Swieqi.

Call Jane on 99065142 or send an email to yahabibimalta@gmail.com to book!

Yours in bellydance,

Jane
YA HABIBI – Academy of Middle Eastern Dance

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.

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.

::: PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE –  WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO MAY, DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED ::::

WHAT:  Fellahi Choreography Workshop

ABOUT: The Fellahi is a folkloric Egyptian dance style originating from the countryside danced by farmers. The words Fellahi and Fellahin mean farmer and farmers, respectively.  The music is based on the fellahi rhythm (which is a light 2/2 rhythm), and always includes vocals.  The dance  itself depicts the everyday work of the farmers, such as collecting water in a jug and gathering food in a basket.  Here are some good youtube videos showcasing this dance:

LEVELS: Beginners with experience (B2) and up.  Not suitable for complete beginners.

WHEN: Due to circumstances beyond my control, this workshop has been postponed to May.  New date will be announced shortly.

TIME: 14:00 till 16:00, total of  2 hours.

PROPS:  No props will be used in this choreography

CREDITS:  Original choreography by Aida Nour, adapted in parts by Jane Camilleri.  Workshop is being staged by Jane Camilleri. 

PRICE

Ya Habibi Students: PREPAY – EUR 30.00; AT THE DOOR – EUR 35.00.  

Non-Students: PREPAY – EUR 35.00; AT THE DOOR – EUR 40.00.  Additional registration fee of EUR 5.00 payable by newcomers only.

Space is limited, so register today! Call Jane on 99065142 or email yahabibimalta@gmail.com.

Are you ready to shimmy?  Join me again next Friday for a fun, shimmy-liscious evening!  Have fun getting a workout and learn nine different shimmies!

LEVEL: OPEN (all levels)

PRICE
Current Registered Students (i.e. students registered* with Ya Habibi who are currently enrolled in any of the technique programmes):
PREPAY –  EUR 8.00        AT THE DOOR – EUR 10.00                                                                                                                         

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

Non-Students (including Non-current registered students, non-students, and pay-as-you-go students):
PREPAY –  EUR 12.00        AT THE DOOR – EUR 14.00

Registration required! Call/SMS 99065142 or email yahabibimalta@gmail.com today!!

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

Learn the art of Bellydance this winter with local instructor and performer trained in Egypt!  Brand new bellydance courses for complete beginners starting THIS Saturday at Garden View Complex in Swieqi from only EUR 70.00!

This introductory 8-week programme is structures to teach the fundamental movements found in bellydance.  Students will be introduced to basic technique; including isolations, slides, circle, shimmies, figure 8’s, undulations and various hip accents.

WHEN: Every Saturday, from 5th February to 17th February, from 1:00pm till 2:00pm

WHERE: Garden View Complex, Triq is-Sidra, Swieqi

PRICE: €70.00 (8 lessons of 1 hour each) plus €5.00 one-time registration fee payable by newcomers only (former students registered with BDM are exempted). 

For more info or to register kindly call/sms Jane on 99065142 or email yahabibimalta@gmail.com

Get your hips in motion this winter with YA HABIBI Malta!

Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2009

Dear friends and members of YaHabibi,

Christmas is at the doorstep and it is with great pleasure that I announce the new classes for the new year.  As you will see, there has been some minor tweaking to the timetable and for this session, I’ve also extended the lesson duration for B2 and I1 to allow time for choreography. Students in B2 and I1 will also be exposed to live tabla players during some classes.  As the previous B2 can attest, a live tabla brings a lot of vibrancy to the class.  In addition, monthly specialty classes, such as shimmy bootcamps and additional choreography workshops are being planned – details of which will be annouced in due time. 

 For the first time, I’m also introducing a “drop-in” concept for current students.  This is aimed at students who are enrolled in any one of the technique programmes and wish to supplement their training by attending additional classes during the current session.  See below for more details.

 Next year, I intend to organise monthly HAFLA’s.  For those unfamiliar with the term, Hafla is basically the Arabic word for PARTY!  Essentially, a hafla thrown by a bellydancer involves Middle Eastern music, dancers taking turns performing for each other, and some open-floor dancing for everyone to get up and enjoy the music. At the end of the term, there will also be a student showcase in Baystreet.  Please note performing in public showcases, although highly encouraged, is entirely optional.  However if your concern revolves costuming, please talk to me as there are other more “conservative” options.

 To those who have participated in the last session –  THANK YOU for bringing such energy and joy to the classes! Congratulations to each and everyone of you – you have all done so well and I am very impressed by your progress.  May I also take this opportunity to applaude the B2 students for their first performance last Saturday – they did an amazing job in just two weeks! I hope that you have all enjoyed the lessons, and look forward to seeing you again.

 May you all have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy peaceful New Year!

 Yours in bellydance,

Jane

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List of Courses:

B E G I N N E R  1  –  THE FUNDAMENTALS

LEVEL: Complete beginner

WHAT:  This introductory10-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 hip accents.

WHEN:

Every Monday from 4th January till 8th March, from 7:15pm till 8:15pm @ Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

OR

Every Wednesday from 6th January till 10th March, from 7:15pm till 8:15pm @ Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

PRICE: EUR 85.00 (10 lessons), plus EUR 5.00 one time registration fee payable by newcomers (former students registered with BDM are exempted)

B E G I N N E R  2 – MOVEMENT APPLIED (+ Choreography)

LEVEL: Beginner with experience / Students who have completed the Ya Habibi B1 Programme

WHAT: This is a structured 12 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 and learn to layer and travel with it.  Additionally, students will be introduced to basic combinations and explore more complex movements as well as different arm and foot positions.  Basic veil will be briefly introduced.  A fun short choreography will be taught during the course, allowing the students to apply the movements learnt throughout the Beginner Programmes.

WHEN:  Every Wednesday from 6th January till 24th March, from 8:30pm till 9:45pm

WHERE: Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

PRICE: EUR 125.00 (12 lessons, 1hr15m each), plus EUR 5.00 one time registration fee payable by newcomers (former students registered with BDM / YA HABIBI are exempted)

I N T E R M E D I A T E  1 – TECHNIQUE, FOOTWORK and VEIL (+ Choreography)

LEVEL:  Students who have completed the Ya Habibi B2 Programme

WHAT:  During this 12-week programme, students will be exposed to more advanced combinations and footwork, and explore veils in more depth.  An egyptian pop choreography will be taught towards the end of the course.     Basic zill patterns will be introduced.

WHEN:  Every Monday from 4th January till 28th March, from 8:30pm till 10:00pm

WHERE: Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

Price: EUR 150.00 (12 lessons, 1hr30m each),

Registration Date: 29th December 2009 @ Garden View, from 7.15pm till 8.15pm

For more information on the courses or to book, please email me on jane.camilleri@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 below prior to, or, handed in on the Registration Date.

 Class sizes are restricted, therefore early booking is highly recommended.

 Terms and Conditions apply.

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A Note on Class Progression:

Returning B1 students can either repeat or move up one level.  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.  Studying any kind of dance is  not something to rush but to savour.  It can take months to master certain movements, so don’t be disheartened.  However, if you feel comfortable with the range of movements taught during the B1 programme, then do move up to B2 since we will revise and build upon the B1 knowledge whilst introducing new moves and combinations.  If in doubt, please contact me.

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Drop-In and Class Cards:

Students enrolled in any Beginner or Intermediate Programs are encouraged to attend as many additional classes per week AT or BELOW their level as they would like. The options available are as follows:

  Option 1: “Pay as you go” – EUR12.00 per 1 hr class

  Option 2: Use your 10- or 5-Class Card

Class Cards are pre-paid 1 hr classes and may be purchased for any currently enrolled student. 5-Class Cards cost EUR 50 (5 hours); 10-Class Cards cost EUR 80 (10 hours).  Cards are valid for the individual whose name appears on the card. Class Cards are valid for the session in which they were purchased and must be  presented before class begins. Class cards are non-replaceable, transferable or refundable. No exceptions!

PLEASE NOTE: Class cards and “pay-as-you-go” options are only available to students who are enrolled in a programme during that current session, and they do not apply to Workshops.