News & Updates!

  


December 2019
Happy Christmas & Happy New year & Happy Holidays to everyone! 
This month we had our last meeting of the year. Most of the drum group had got her or himself a drum and it's starting to sound great. We have our first gig organised in Wales for summer 2020 and we have been putting our heads together to agree on a name for our group. There are not many if any authentic Arabic drum groups in Merseyside so it's great to get together and create something for the huge belly dancing community here in Merseyside. Who knows we could be coming to a town near you! 



November 2019
Gentle Flow Belly Dance For Pregnancy Fertility & Healing Course 

Start Date Time and Venue
- Starting Wednesday March 18th
- 1pm
- Wallasey Village United Reformed church Hall
Price 
-Full Course £36
-Introduction Taster session £6 
(this session is only available on the start date which is 18th March)
 Booking - Please book the course by email tarasdanceinfo@gmail.com
Payment - You are welcome to pay with cash at class or reserve a space by paying £6 deposit and the rest can be paid on the day. You are welcome to pay for the full course in advance if you prefer. Payments can be made by PayPal.
*It is advisable to reserve a place on the course in advance as space may be limited. 

ehe Course - 
The course is suitable for those wishing to take part in belly dance whilst taking it easy. Although belly dancing is known to be low impact some of the movements such as shimmies and sharp hip accents can be a contraindication for some students who may be pregnant suffering from certain ailements or those who need rehabilitation from an operation. This course fuses the staple fluid movements of belly dance along with activities and techniques that promote mindfulness relaxation and healing. I have been involved with dance for therapy for many years have danced through many if life's up and downs including two pregnancies gestational diabetes polycystic ovaries syndrome  two cesarian sections and post traumatic stress syndrome from domestic violence.
 I have benefited from being involved in dance. 
 Having helped clients friends and family with issues such as stress depression anxiety low self esteem rehabilitation fertility and other issues this subject is close to my heart. I have witnessed the transformative and healing effects of belly dance as therapy this course is held in a safe space environment and suitable for pregnant ladies over fifteen weeks pregnant and people who are healing. Please ensure you have had permission to participate in dance and / or exercise a medical professional who is in charge of your medical care before taking part in the course and also make sure you feel ready. I am not a medical practitioner however I have taught people who have benefited from participating in my belly dance class many of whom where referred or advised to try belly dancing by medical practitioners. Some of my students have had the following health issues 
Arthritis
Dementia
Depression
Pregnancy
Post natal women
Rehabilitation after certain operations / stomach
Osteoporosis
Post breast cancer
Mental health problems
Stress
Depression
Digestive problems
Post traumatic stress syndrome
Self esteem and confidence issues
You will be asked to fill our a medical questionnaire before taking part. 

The course runs in 6 week blocks and should be booked. It costs £36 and runs for one hour once a week. Starting in March. Date times will be confirmed soon. 


October 2019
The first drum circle lesson was held this month and it was a success. As well as learning two rhythms (Saidi and ayoub) we also had a drum jam at the end if the lesson where we played ayoub the rhythm that is predominantly played for the Zar a type of trance dance used in various countries of Africa and Middle East for its therapeutic healing benefits. New members are welcome to join the drum circle. We meet the first Monday of the month at 6.30pm in Wallasey. The lesson ends at 8pm and costs £10 paid directly to the drum teacher. Check out the video of one of our class members playing the drum.

WIRRAL BELLY DANCING - Class schedule 2020!
I am pleased to confirm the classes will start again on Saturday January 25th at 11.30am. The class runs for an hour and costs £5 per session. See the online offer below. Suitable for women if all ages
 and dance abilities. Beginner and intermediates welcome. Various styles of modern tradition folkloric cabaret and theatrical fusion dance from Turkey Egypt and other parts of North Africa and the Middle East is taught. Held in a community dance setting that is a safe space that encourages all to be involved in dance. Tara's classes focus on cultural social dance, performance art and fun fitness that is therapeutic and beneficial for women. There are regular social dance events to attend for those who want to as well as performance opportunities for those who are dedicated and put themselves forward. Social and performance is optional. All welcome! No need to book just turn up!

***Early Bird Online Consession Offer! :- 3 consecutive class £10 (terms apply)  click the PayPal PayPal.me/tarabellydance/10 link to pay and email taradanceinfo@gmail.com with your name and details. You don't have to book your classes but you may prefer to. *see terms.

Gift vouchers available - 3 consecutive class £15 plus £1.50 postage cost.
 not inconjunction with any offers. No refunds on gift vouchers or missed classes.

September 2019
We where invited to give a presentation talk at a local coffee morning. The presentation was about the benefits of belly dance for pregnancy and after birth. Hosted by a local women's circle.

August 2019
After lots of interest and enquiries we are pleased to announce.... Our
new monthly drumming circle in Wirral. A friendly meetup group learning Egyptian & African rhythms. Taught by an authentic professional drum teacher.


July 2019
Tara is having a maternity break!
Classes workshops and performances will resume in January 2020.

June 2019
Tales Of Andalusia Creating Choreography
As Tara is winding down for her maternity leave she has created a dance fusion. With her mother's background in traditional Flamenco dance and her own interest in Andalusia she was inspired to create an authentic  her routine for her
students to go away with and practice. This video was a demonstration of the dance in motion.


May 2019
Whisc Mini Hafla & Workshop!
It was great to see the participants of the Whisc dance belly dance group in Liverpool enjoy this workshop and take part in performance. Looking forward to the next one. Check out our video

April 2019
Antenatal Bellydance 
Tara dance arts introduce new group sessions in antenatal belly dance. Low impact and safely taught by Tara who is pregnant.

March 2019
Liverpool classes at whisc to continue!
Funding has continued therefore the weekly belly dancing classes at whisc will continue until further notice. Classes run every Tuesday at 1.30pm at Whisc on bold street Liverpool. Women's class. 

February 2019
New Veil Choreography Workshop! 
This month a new dance veil choreography was created by Tara for the dance arts group in Wirral. We got our Shakira on! Check out the video!

January 2019 
New year Term!
It's great to be back after a lovely Christmas break. Looking forward to this year's ideas performances and welcoming new participants and existing members of both the Liverpool and Wirral classes. Lots of new things in the pipeline for 2019!

December 2018
Happy Christmas & Happy Newyear to all!
This month our group attended Helens charity Christmas event in Liverpool. We (Tara Brenda Jan Sheryl & Christine) had a great time performing our upbeat Turkish group fan dance with a lively mini solo from Sheryl and a teacher performance from Tara. Check out the videos!





November 2018
Sacred Circle Christmas Choreography!
So Tara got creative and put together a short choreography in sacred Circle dance whilst adding a festive touch within the music and as usual focusing on dance vocabulary from Egypt the middle East and North Africa as usual.
 The group quickly picked it up in less than an hour at class. Although we never got to perform it publically it was great learning all about the origins of both the circle dance and the music and we got to record it for practice. Who knows we may reinvent and perform it in the future. Video! 

October 2018
Wirral Arts Festival - Dancing With Silk Workshop
Once again Tara dance arts has had the honour of working alongside the Wirral Arts Festival. This year Tara held a workshop in dancing with silk (silk veil which is a long piece of see through material) Tara taught her style pulling from the core muscles as well as the arms and using breath in order to be able to dance with a veil gracefully .


September 2018
New Term Of Bellydance & .... Check out the Wirral group and their wing performance!!!
Great to be back after a short but sweet summer break. This month we welcomed new participants and existing members of the class all raring to get back into dancing. This video was from a performance we did at Azizas charity hafla event in Liverpool from the Nile to the Mersey events.





August 2018 
Theatrical Performance Makeup Workshop!
So in preparation for the Wirral groups second performance we thought a makeup tutorial would be beneficial considering the theatrical style of the dance and props. Check out the tutorial video!



July 2018
Helens Fancy Dress Belly Dance Event in Southport!