Shimmy for Charity

May 2, 2012

Jane Camilleri (Ya Habibi School of Middle Eastern Dance) and Angelez Diaz, proudly present “Shimmy for Charity” – a World Belly Dance day fundraising event that will be held on Saturday 12th May in the afternoon.

For those who are unfamiliar, World Belly Dance day is a global event that has been celebrated annually, every second Saturday of May for the last six years. On this day, dancers around the world unite to celebrate their love for and promote oriental dance arts, whilst at the same time raising funds for charity. This year, Malta will be joining the international community for the first time through an event which will hopefully bring together the local bellydance scene.

During “Shimmy for Charity”, Jane, Angeles and Haydar will each be teaching a number of fun classes targeted at both members from the general public as well existing dancers of different levels, from complete beginners to the more experienced. The following are the classes on offer:

GYPSY FUSION – Learn a complete fusion choreography oozing with fiery gypsy flavour! Please bring a full circle skirt with you!
Level: Mixed
Time: 2:00pm till 4:00pm
Teacher: Angeles Diaz
Minimum Donation: EUR 20 (EUR 25 recommended)

DABKE – Get a taste of this joyous line folk dance native to the Levant region.
Level: Mixed (Beginners also welcome!)
Time: 4:00pm till 5:00pm
Teacher: Haydar Abu Asser via ACIS
Minimum Donation: EUR 5 (EUR10 recommended)

BELLY DANCE TASTER – Never bellydanced before? Then this is the class for you! Come give it a try, as we take you through an oriental journey of figure eights, circles, hip drops and we’ll even throw in a few shimmies in between. So rally your friends and join the fun! No dance experience required, all shapes, sizes and ages welcome!
Level: Complete Beginners
Time: 5:00pm till 6:00pm
Teacher: Jameelah Sultan (Jane Camilleri)
Minimum Donation: EUR 5 (EUR 10 recommended)

ORIENTAL SALSA – Salsa enthusiasts are bound to love this unique blend of oriental and salsa.
Level: Mixed (Beginners also welcome)
Time: 6:00pm till 7:30pm
Teacher: Angeles Diaz
Minimum Donation: EUR 15 (EUR 20 recommended)

SHIMMY BOOTCAMP – Ya Habibi’s trademark Shim-A-thon is back! Join Jane in this mixed level class that is guaranteed to make you shimmy, sweat and giggle till you drop – all in the name of charity!
Level: Mixed
Time: 7:30pm till 8:30pm
Teacher: Jameelah Sultan (Jane Camilleri)
Minimum Donation: EUR 5 (EUR 10 recommended)

Classes will be held at: GARDEN VIEW COMPLEX, Swieqi.

The minimum donation amount for each class applies to both participants and sit-ins. All ages/levels welcome!

Kindly note that neither Jane, Angeles, nor Haydar, will be receiving any money from the event: all profits from “Shimmy for Charity” will be donated to Dar Fejda and Dar Jeanne Antide, residential homes that house young females between the ages of 11 and 18 years with personal, social and familial difficulties who have already gone through a number of serious letdowns and rejections in their life.

For more information on this event, make sure you visit our website’s Event Section.

Layali Arabiya

January 6, 2012

Join us for an exquisite evening of Middle Eastern food, music and dance! Indulge yourself in a FIVE COURSE arabian dinner, enjoy authentic oriental dance shows and chill out to classical arabian melodies. Everyone welcome!

Photo of Belynda Azhaar by Bert Aricheta, courtesy of Bellyfest 2010


WHERE: Sharma Ethnic Cuisines, Triq il-Mahzen, Mdina.
WHEN: Friday 20th January 2012
TIME: 20:30 onwards
PRICE: EUR 30.00* (drinks not included)

*Walk-ins on the night at EUR 35.00 (space allowing)



* Authentic oriental dance shows featuring international guest artist BELYNDA AZHAAR (Australia / Korea), JAMEELAH SULTAN (Malta) and students from the Ya Habibi School of Middle Eastern dance. Shows will feature a myriad of music and styles, from Saiidi to Baladi, Sha’abi, Classical Egyptian, Modern Oriental, American Cabaret, Fusion and Arabic Pop.

* Five Course Arabian Dinner

Reservations (and payment) close by Tuesday 17th January. Space is limited, hence early booking is recommended. Only paid reservations will be taken as confirmed, whereas bookings will be treated on a first-pay-first-come basis. Entrance via Guest List.

More info on how to book: | 99065142 |

We are excited to announce that Bellydance Ya Habibi will be hosting another oriental dance teacher and performer of international acclaim: Belynda Azhaar

Belynda Azhaar is a professional Performing Artist with more than 20 years experience in TV, stage, and screen productions.  As a performer, she is known for her musical approach to dance, her use of sagat (finger cymbals), innovative theatrical concepts, and ability to captivate and entertain the audience. Her dance style is mainly influenced by Egyptian dance (classical, modern, and folkloric), but she also incorporates elements of Lebanese, Turkish, Moroccan, American Cabaret and other styles.  She is the founder of MECDACK(Middle Eastern Culture & Dance Appreciation Club in Korea) and has also organized and participated in various charity fundraiser events in Korea including Aid Gaza Benefit Night, UNRWA Special Gaza Appeal, and various Korean Women’s charities. As a judge, she has served in the 2009 Asia-Pacific Open (International) Oriental Competition and the Taiwan Open Bellydance (National) Competition 2009 in Taipei, Taiwan. She has also taught workshops in several countries, including Australia, Turkey, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Phillipines, Vietnam, China and Egypt.

During her stay in Malta, Belynda will be giving a number of interesting workshops as well as performances in January 2012, so stay tuned for more information.

Upcoming public performances

September 22, 2011

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Join us for the dance soirees at World Tourism Day, organized by the Malta Tourism Authority.  The Ya Habibi Oriental and Arab Folklore student troupe, led by myself, will be giving a number of performances as follows:

– Friday 23rd September, Bugibba Square @ 20:20
– Saturday 24th September, Marsalforn (Gozo) @ 21:00
– Sunday 25th September, Marsascala @ 20:40

And don’t forget to join us on Saturday 1st October at the Auberge de Bavarie, for our Notte Bianca special.  Entrance at all the aforementioned performances is free!  Not to be missed!!!

Autumn is on our doorstep, and what better way to brighten the days ahead then a shimmy or two?

Shake your daily stresses away by joining one of our bellydance classes. All new beginner classes are being offered in Swieqi, Mellieha and Gozo.

Check out our new timetable here and take advantage of our special offers:

Registrations for the new term are being held on Monday 26th at Garden View Complex, Swieqi from 6:45pm till 8:30pm (ask reception for the aerobics room). Early bird discounts expire on this day, so make sure you don’t miss out! Additional discounts apply if you take up more than one course, please consult timetable via link provided above for more details.

Those newcomers who wish to give it a try before committing to a whole course, may attend taster sessions which are being held Monday 3rd (Swieqi) and Tuesday 4th (Mellieha).  These sessions are FREE if you sign-up for the course, only EUR 5.00 if you don’t.  Space is limited, first come first served.  Call 99065142 or email to place your booking.

Arabian Night

May 9, 2011

Join us for an exquisite evening of Middle Eastern food, music and dance! Indulge yourself in mouth-watering arabic mezze, enjoy authentic oriental dance shows, dance the night away to lively oriental tunes or simply chill out to classical arabian melodies. Everyone welcome!
Two dance shows featuring Jameelah (Malta), her students and special guest star MARIA AYA (Greece/Egypt). 
Audience interaction featuring a mini-debke lesson!
WHERE: The Black Pearl, Ta’ Xbiex
WHEN: Sunday 22nd May 2011
TIME: 20:30 onwards. Dance shows at 21:30 and 22:45
PRICE: EUR 15.00* (drinks not included)*covers entrance, a variety of arabic mezze and shows.
Click HERE for more info.
*covers entrance, a variety of lebanese mezze and shows.
[catering by native lebanese chef!]
Please note that this is not a seated event. Some seating will be available (sofas/standup barstools/tables) on a first come first served basis.
Limited VIP seating is available starting at EUR 8.00 per table.  Each table seats 4 persons.
!!!!RSVP (and payment) by Wednesday 18th May 2011!!!!

Tickets are limited, so hurry!  Call Jane on 99065142 or email today to book.  Tickets available from Jane Camilleri at Garden View Complex, Swieqi (Monday 15th May from 7pm till 10pm and Wednesday 18th May from 7pm till 10pm) or Jimmy’s Car Rentals, Mellieha; and also from Yacht Cafe, Ta’Xbiex (Opening hours Monday to Saturday, 9:00am till 4:00pm).  Alternatively, you may pay via online transfer or cheque and collect your tickets at the door on the day against presentation of e-receipt issued by Ya Habibi Malta.

 Reservations close Wednesday 18th May 2011.  Only paid reservations by this date will be taken as confirmed.

Hello everyone,

Here is the timetable for the new term:

B E G I N N E R  1  –  THE FUNDAMENTALS (+ Choreography)

LEVEL: Complete beginner

WHAT:  This introductory 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. A short fun choreography is included.


Every Monday from 24th January till 28th March, from 7:15pm till 8:15pm @ Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

PRICE: € 85.00 (10 lessons), minimum 10 students.  Drop-ins are welcome at €12.00 per class. Please note that a one-off try-out session will be held on Monday 17th January from 7:15pm till 8:00pm. Fee: only €5.00 if signing up for the full course or just pay €10.00 for the session

B E G I N N E R  2 – MOVEMENT APPLIED (Part 1) + Choreography

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

WHAT: This is a structured course 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 19th January till 6th April, from 19:15 till 20:15

WHERE: Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

PRICE: EUR 108.00 (12 lessons), minimum 9 students.

B E G I N N E R  3 – MOVEMENT APPLIED (Part 2) + Choreography

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

WHAT: This is a structured course aimed at students who have completed the Beginner 2 programme.  In this course students will review,  drill and add on the movements, layers and combinations introduced during the previous course.  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 sagat will be introduced.  A fun short drum solo choreography will be taught.

WHEN:  Every Wednesday from 19th January till 6th April, from 20:30 till 21:30 WHERE: Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

PRICE: EUR 108.00 (12 lessons), minimum 9 students.   

I N T E R M E D I A T E   C L A S S    

LEVEL:  Intermediate students only

WHAT:  During this term, students will be exposed to more advanced combinations and footwork, and more veilwork.  Rhythms will be explored whereas basic Sagat patterns will be introduced. Includes choreography.

WHEN:  Every Monday from 17th January till 4th April, from 20:30 till 22:00pm

WHERE: Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

Price: EUR 171.00 (12 lessons, 1hr30m each),

Registration Date: 17th January 2010 @ Garden View, from 19:15 till 20:30

For more information on the courses or to book, please email me on 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 – click here for details.


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 for Workshops .

It’s Hafla time!

November 29, 2010

Join us for an exquisite evening of Middle Eastern food, music and dance!

Indulge yourself in mouth-watering arabic mezze, enjoy an authentic bellydance show, dance the night away to lively oriental tunes or simply chill out to classical arabian melodies. Everyone welcome!

WHERE: Villa Madama, H’Attard
WHEN: Saturday 11th December 2010
TIME: 20:30 onwards. Dance show by Ya Habibi at 21:00.
PRICE: EUR 10.00* (covers FINGER FOOD only – drinks NOT included). 

!!!!RSVP (and payment) by Thursday 9th December 2010!!!!
For more information or to book kindly SMS Jane on 99065142 or email

– 5 tickets, 10%;
– 6 to 9 tickets, 15%;
– 10 or more tickets, 20%.


Please SMS 99065142 or email with the following information:
– Name & Surname (of all guests)
– Number of tickets
– Email address
– Contact number (preferably mobile)
– Selected payment method: online transfer (preferred)* or cheque**

* Account Info: HSBC 068-083039-001. Please remember to keep a copy of the transfer confirmation as this is your proof of payment.
** If paying by cheque kindly email me for the mailing address.

All payments will be acknowledged via email upon receipt.
BOOKING / PAYMENT DEADLINE: Thursday 9th December 2010.


– BABA GHANOUSH (eggplant dip)
– HUMMUS (chickpeas dip)
– LABENAH (cream cheese dip)
Served with Arabic pitta bread

Cold Mezze
– FATTOUSH (salad of croutons, cucumber, tomatoes and mint)
– TABBOULEH (salad of burghul, tomatoes, mint and parsley)
– MAHSHI – (vine leaves stuffed with rice)
– TOMEYYA (egyptian potatoe salad)

Warm Mezze
– LAMB KOFTA (lamb meat balls)
– BEEF KOFTA (beef meat balls)
– MUSAKHAN (chicken in sumac sauce)

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

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 and book your place NOW!