Bellydance Teachers in Wellington

A list of teachers to contact for anyone looking to learn Bellydance in Wellington

Want to learn how to Bellydance? Want to join a dance troupe? As I am no longer teaching in Wellington, you may like to try these teachers and groups…

Firstly, when picking a dance teacher, think about these things

  • what sort of style do you want to learn? Look into Cabaret Bellydance/Raqs Sharqi/Orientale, or Middle Eastern dance, or Tribal (ATS). You can do a Beginners Course and go from there;
  • the teacher’s experience: workshops attended, how long they’ve been dancing, what their students say about them;
  • the location where they’re teaching;
  • the price (at the moment you’re probably looking at $10-$20 for an hour class);
  • do you ultimately want to perform? You don’t have to if you don’t want to, and no teacher would pressure you to if you didn’t. If you do though and you’re starting out, you probably wouldn’t be performing for at least a year. Tribal takes a bit longer, as there are cues to learn and you need to be able to work with the group.

Costume Designer required for short film

Costume Designer urgently wanted for ‘Copper’

I’ve just placed a Crew Call for a Costume Designer on The Big Idea and StarNow.

Copper is the story of a deaf boy whose world is changed when he meets a Living Statue. This ten-minute short is the next film from film and theatre director Jack O’Donnell. Our aim is to create a striking visual film for submission to film festivals. The film is being shot in Wellington on 26-29 January.

The film is being done on a small budget. Unfortunately this means that we cannot pay crew (though we would love to). However we will be covering costs and will be providing catering on-set.

The Costume Designer will create the Living Statue costumes, and will be in charge of maintaining the visual aesthetic of the production in dressing the actors. The successful applicant will be able to work to a tight schedule and to budget in producing the costume; will be available for make-up/costume tests during the week of 14-20 January; will work with the Director, Director of Photography, Art Director, and Make-up Artist to create the visual look of the film.

NEW Beginner’s Bellydance Classes – KELBURN

I am very pleased to announce that I will be teaching a Beginner’s Bellydance class at the Victoria University Rec Centre in trimester 2.

You do not need to be a current student or member of the Rec Centre to take part in these classes.

Classes will be held Wednesdays, 4-5pm. The first 6 week block starts on Weds 13 July and runs to Weds 17 August.

No experience is necessary. All are welcome.

Costs are $10 per class, or $54 for all 6 classes, paid at the first class. CDs with music from the class will be available for $5.

There is a Facebook invite here, with further details. If you are unable to RSVP on the event page, please contact me to let me know if you are coming.

On another dance related note, I am currently arranging a hafla for the Sirroco Middle Eastern Dancers. The hafla is a wonderful opportunity for our Advanced and Beginners Classes to perform. I hope to have a venue confirmed soon, and we are looking at a date in late August. The hafla will include performances from other local dance groups (who will be announced once they are 100% confirmed). Current students, friends, and family will be invited to the event.

I know a published poet!

My friend Chris’ poetry is featured in the AUP New Poets book. The book release is on Thursday 17 March. I can’t go, so you all should.

My friend Chris Tse has been published in a book of poetry by the Auckland University Press (AUP). Very exciting! You can read his blog, The Asiatic League, here.

AUP New Poets 4, featuring Chris Tse


VicBooks and The Victoria University Library presents The AUP New Poets Launch  Thursday 17 March at Te Taratara a Kae, Victoria University Library, Rankine Brown Building, Kelburn Campus – 5-7pm.

I can’t go, so you all should.

The popular AUP New Poets series, which brings fresh new poetry to a wider audience, began in 1999 and has launched the careers of well-known poets such as Anna Jackson, Sonja Yelich and Stu Bagby. This fourth volume showcases the work of three distinct new voices: Chris Tse, Erin Scudder and Harry Jones. Chris Tse is a Wellington writer whose work draws on his family history and Chinese heritage. Canadian born Erin Scudder writes sophisticated, dark, and flavoursome poetry with close attention to the sound and shape of words. Tauranga based Harry Jones writes poems in which appearances deceive. On the surface plain, even easy, his poems open on depths of insight and feeling.

You can also hear one of Chris’ poems, The Family Village, on SoundCloud.

Fringe shows

Friends of mine are involved with the 2011 Wellington Fringe Show – and I’m trying to help with promotion any way I can. Also, a few notes on Film, Dance, and an email issue.

Fringe (TV series)
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Fringe Festival

The 2011 Wellington Fringe Festival is coming up. That means masses of awesome shows, and not enough time to see them all. Aaaargh!

I’ve been booked to film one of the shows – The Seductobot – which my friend Rose has written/directed/produced/etc. I’m also going to be helping building the sets for Choose Your Own Fringe, which my friend George is co-producing and has co-written, and for which my friend Gemma is writing music.

I’ve just written blog posts on the MASC website about 5 shows that people I know are involved in. They are…

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Help wanted – send stuff for me?

So I’m flat out. Anyone keen to help me send DVDs off to film festivals?

So, I’m flat out with work, sound for [SIC], and a few other things (damn Christmas). I’m struggling to get DVDs of Harmless sorted and to the post shop to send off for the film festivals I’m entering. I’m probably missing deadlines as I type this. Gah!

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Wellingtonista Awards

I just voted on the Wellingtonista Awards…

I just voted in the Wellingtonista Awards. The only vote I was 100% definite on was voting the International Film Festival as the best event.

And I’m about to add them to my blog roll… done.

The Wellingtonista Awards are on Friday night at Mighty Mighty (FB event here). The awards start at 7pm (doors at 6.30pm), and my friend Dan Untitled is playing, on around 8.30pm.

Eva Prowse Album Release

Eva Prowse’s album release is tonight … and I can’t go! Waaaaah!

I Cant Keep Secrets
Eva Prowe Album – I Can’t Keep Secrets

My friend Eva Prowse is having her album release tonight. I’m gutted that I can’t make it (as I have a meeting for The Lake, and then I’m attending the Script-To-Screen discussion with Peter Briggs, and then I’m meeting a friend about a job, and then have a skype date. Phew!).

For anyone who can make it, do go along. It’ll be fantastic! Eva was interviewed in The Capital Times this week.

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