Saturday, May 24, 2008


Besides the classes that Samra will be teaching in Mt. Airy, NC and in August at Surry Community College in Dobson, NC, these classes are available at MOVING ARTS CENTER,
Woodlawn, VA (centrally located between Hillsville and Galax)

SUMMER FITNESS DANCE at Moving Arts Center, Woodlawn, VA)

Regular Classes will start on week July 7, depending on the night of the class. Also, there are some intensive camps mixing dance with other art forms and culture. Weekly classes $30 per month (4 classes) or $10 per class. Group and family rates available.

MONDAY NIGHTS: Alternating. Beginning Salsa and Other Latin Dances (assistant instructorinvited)
TUESDAY NIGHTS- Dance exercise/Belly Fitness for ages 14 –mature adults 6:30 Dances from Around the World 7:45-8:45

THURSDAY NIGHTS- Belly Dance: Children: 5:45 , Beginners: 6:00, Advanced: 7:15
SATURDAY: July 26th. Donna Mehalko’s workshop: Dance Performance for Holidays and Luau, and African Belly Dance Fusion (At Southwest Virginia Training Center and SHOW) Register early to reserve your spot in the show.


FOR ALL THE CAMPS,PAID PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY JULY 5 - Minimum 6 students required for each camp. Registration on the first day of event is possible if space remains. Class sizes will be limited. Short break on the hour. Snacks are permitted during the break. Because of diet and health concerns, each person brings own.

BELLY DANCE FITNESS FOR TEENS: July 14-17, July 19 (rehearsal and performance at a local venue) 6:00-8:00. Basic technique and a full choreography will be taught. $60 Includes notes and a CD. COIN hip scarf will be ordered for PRE-REGISTERED students at a discount.

DANCES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Egypt, Hawaii and Gypsy Inspired Ages: 7-12 ( or younger with instructor’s approval)
10:00-12:00 - $70 includes ALL SUPPLIES: TOTE BAG to be Decorated by students, practice CD with music used in class, and a written outline of the course. Performance opportunity at the conclusion. July 21-25

BELLY DANCE FITNESS OR DANCES FROM AROUND THE WORLD FOR ADULTS (Sampler): Latin, Hawaiian and Turkish Gypsy(Rom). Mini- Basic Routines for each style. July 28-August 1. 6:30-8:30 $60


How Was Bali?
Lotus Dance Retreat has come and gone and everyone unable to go is asking how was it?
Bali as always was enchanting. This year our retreat spent 3 nights at the Batukaru Mountain Resort, and 6 nights at Pelangi Bali Resort on the Beach. This gave the opportunity for the participants to have more diverse experiences. Although we all loved the beach, the shops and other tourism activities, we were all sad to leave the mountain resort. It was 3 days in paradise. It is located right in the heart of a tropical forest in the mountains, in a very personal setting with comfortable accomodations, wonderful food, and entertainment brought each evening just for our group. We enjoyed A Balinese show, a night of Drumming and Dancing under the Stars, and on our first night after our yummy welcoming meal, we were entertained by our talented host, Richard, to his melodious singing accompanied by his guitar. If you go to Bali, be sure to stay at this magnificent, yet affordable place on top of the world.

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Our participants this year were from Norway, Ukraine, USA and Guam. Our instructors were Siri, Samra and Barbara.Barbara Donahue was a guest instructor. Due to the sudden illness of one of our planned core instructors she taught more classes and did a great job filling those slots at the last minute!
We had a real wonderful time, whether we were in classes, or dancing at the two shows we presented at Pelangi Bali, exploring the natural beauty of Bali, going for massages, elephant riding, or doing what we do universally: shop.
While staying at the beach we counted to Yani, our travel representative to take care of all of our needs. From carrying her laptop around to offer emergency internet services, to taking photos and videos when we forgot or got too busy to do it, and just about anything that we needed. If you plan to visit Bali for any reason, I strongly recommend her to take care of your travel needs. She becomes a member of your family and takes great care of everyone during their stay.

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We hope to see you at a Lotus Dance Retreat in the future. Probably the next retreat will be closer to the USA to accomodate those who wish to participate but are unable to make the journey to the other side of the earth. It is certain, however that the Lotus will resurface somewhere soon, so keep your eyes open for announcements. Until then...