Belly Dance – My Story

I talked all about “why belly dance” and realized I never really shared my story with you about how I got into belly dance and how it developed for me.  This is the short version of a lot of years.

Once upon a time when I was still working as a Medical Secretary at Women’s College Hospital, there was a very well known Belly Dance School in Toronto called Arabesque Academy which at the time was located on my walk from the subway to the hospital. One day  I said to my best friend and a close work friend, lets go try belly dance! The work friend bailed on us, but my best friend went with me. After one class we were hooked!!  This came at the perfect time for me because the guy i was dating had just broke up with me and I needed somewhere or something to help me through the healing process. Belly dance was perfect for that.

We took classes for a few years, did recitals, made other friends there, and then started an amateur dance troupe for fun.  Over the years I trained with a few different dancers at this school. Later I ventured out and studied with Roula Said  at Om Laila, and at what was once Hannan’s Belly Dance Studio and later became Egyptian Dance Academy.

Somewhere along the way I went back to University for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. My friends there got wind of the fact that I was learning to belly dance and asked if I would teach them. So i figured, sure, I could show them some basics, and i wouldn’t charge a lot, but enough to make sure i could pay rent for a studio on the University Campus. People loved it, and if i remember correctly, I taught them more than once.

It was at that point that I realized, maybe i wanted to get a  bit more serious about belly dancing and teaching belly dance. I told my significant other at that point that i was thinking about trying to find a belly dance/middle eastern dance teacher certification. I found this amazing internationally renowned dancer on google – Hadia. She had a 3 level middle eastern dance teacher training course. Level 1 was all the way out in Victoria, B.C. I told my best friend about it and asked her if she wanted to go. We went out there together. It was one of the best things I ever did. Over the years, I continued to complete level 2 and then level 3 to get the whole certification. I also spent two weeks during two summers in her intensive Professional Course. It was hard work, and I felt most dancers were more advanced than me at least the first year. But I toughed it out, and feel I gained so much. I also had fun travelling to different parts of Canada to do this!

I went on to teach actual belly dance course sessions and workshops and developed my own dance troupe in to a company later on with Belly Dancers and Flamenco Dancers. Everyone’s lives got busy, so i shut down the dance company. Off and on i would go back to either teaching belly dance or performing belly dance. I don’t perform belly dance that often any more. Last time was at a Purim Event a couple years ago, and most recent as a birthday gift to a close flamenco friend of mine this past weekend.

I also off and on taught some drop in classes at a private gym I was doing personal training out of. After another long break, I am bringing belly dance back under my Fitness Business – KellyKinetics.

I am very excited to bring it back!!

I will be offering a short bellydance teaser class at:

CAMH’s “One Brave Night Fundraiser

http://give.camh.ca/site/TR/OBN/OneBraveNight?px=1184442&pg=personal&fr_id=1130 – visit and help me donate to a great cause.

And I plan to run a free Intro Belly dance workshop on Wednesday May 15th from 12:00-1:30pm  – I will be providing a link to sign up for that soon!

Hope to see you there!

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Spring Updates

Happy April!!

Photo Credit – pablo-guerrero-from unsplash

Spring has finally sprung, and things at KellyKinetics are in full swing.

I have been getting myself reorganized and ready to bring the best of myself to you.

While I have been working towards developing my business, my source of part-time income as a contract employee has suddenly changed. My wish to be fully running on KellyKinetics has arrived, just way sooner than I anticipated!

Tax season is here! Have you done yours already, or have you not even started. Take this as a reminder that it is time to start if you haven’t already.

What’s happening now?

With Spring’s arrival, it’s time to think about new beginnings as the birds, flowers, trees and grass come back to life!

If your goal is to look and feel great for summer, the time to start is now!  Really the time to start for summer bodies is December/January…. But most people don’t realize that. A Lot of people wait until June, and then expect a miracle! Forget that…it is not realistic. I work on realistic goals with people. The next best time to start working on that body is March/April. Contact me to start with an initial consultation.  If you have other aspects of your life you want to work on, you can book a free 30 min call with me that will help me learn how best to help you.

There will be a variety of different emails and blogs you will see in any given month. Watch for them, there will be some great stuff coming your way.

I am currently working on the development of my new website, I have a 6 month plan for completion and by September it should be available.

What’s coming up next Month?!

I am working on developing some free introductory Bellydance classes and Beginner Bootcamps for people to try out and with interest I will start full sessions. Watch for emails and announcements regarding these. Likely as we are already into April, you can expect some starting in May. I will offer these free classes out of a variety of locations so you can choose where is best for you. Be sure to tell family, friends, and coworkers. The more the merrier!

I also plan to run a Mother’s Day promotion as of May 1st on personal training. Be sure to watch for it. If you’re mom needs to work on their health, this is the perfect gift to help them. If you are a mother who wants to work on goals and be a positive role model in your children’s lives give yourself a gift or ask for this as a gift.

Stay Connected!

You have access to me here, through email (by joining my emailing list), my facebook page, and instagram page. If you are a twitter fanatic, I am there too! Just look for KellyKinetics. Follow me. Invite your friends, family and coworkers to my pages as well.

I won’t keep you any longer, most people don’t have time to read a lengthy novel! Haha

Have a Great Day, and I look forward to sharing much more with you.

Kelly

Facebook Live Interview

Its been a while since i have written anything in my blog. Yet again, there is a ton going on! I am working hard towards developing the online side of my KellyKinetics business. I am working with 2 different coaches whose focuses are different so that I can progress my business in the best possible way. One is Cherene Francis a phenomenal Branding and Marketing Coach and the other is RU Anderson an amazing Personal Trainer who took the years of trial and error to develop a successful system for trainers to be successful online coaches.

On February 7th I will be a Guest Speaker and have a vendor booth at an event called Get Your Sexy Back.

Here is the eventbrite link to the event and here is the live facebook interview.

If you come out you will hear me talk in more depth about obstacles I have overcome in life which have got me to where I am today in the position to help women reach their goals. I will also have some great freebies to give away. There will be many excellent speakers and vendors. But there will also be entertainment and more! I can’t wait! Hope to see you there.

Facebook Live Interview

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/get-your-sexy-back-2019-tickets-54412420013?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

My Interview with Hey Latino TV

A couple weekends ago I jumped out of my comfort zone and in front of a TV camera!

The whole second half of this year, I have decided that I am going to continually find and put myself into uncomfortable but positive situations. I figure the more I jump out of my comfort zone, the more opportunities that will come to me, and the more successful I will become in developing my business and in developing myself in general.

I invite you to check out this video. I have set it up to start just as they are introducing the organization that I am involved with. “You and I for a better world”.

You and I for a Better World (Help for Health) is a non-profit organization which has been established to deliver medical treatments to low income citizens in worldwide. The primary focus is on low income individuals in the world who due to economic disparities, social neglect or political injustice are unable to seek medical treatment for life threatening ailments.
#youandiforabetterworld #humanity #health#oneness #support #worldwide #nonprofit#organization #help #today

Through them there is a project called the Kindness Project where we run different events based in health/wellness/fitness/dance etc. These events are free to the public to take take part in group services. We plan to run these events on a regular basis. People do not have to pay to attend, but if they like what “You and I for a better world” stands for and offers, people are welcome to provide donations (no set amount necessary).

The program is in Spanish, my interview answers are in English translated back into Spanish. Unfortunately they spelled my last name wrong. The interviewer said my name right. I have asked the person I have contact with to talk with whoever did the editing to see if they can fix this. If they do, I will provide a new link. But its time to share now.

Hey Latino TV You Tube Video

 

 

The Tattoo has arrived!!

I don’t even know where to begin! haha

I survived! And I am loving it! I think I will just put a bit of a slide show together showing moments. I am not sure if I can put video, but I will see.

Just think… in the featured image, we see the original thought, and look at what it became! Thank’s to Merlina Tattoo at Ink and Roll in Toronto! And that original thought was narrowed down from 70 different designs i looked at online!

I think the best moment was at the end, when my body was in shock, cold and shaky, and she tells me the design only called for 2 tail feathers but she decided it should have 3! LMAO

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Inspiration through Flamenco Guitar

There was another guitarist whose piece touched me on a massive emotional level….

In August I went to see a Tablao performance that was just guitarists.

As much as I love flamenco, am passionate about it, and will dance it to the day I die, in shows in the past, if a guitarist had a solo within a show, for some odd reason I would be bored, and would use that time to shut my eyes and listen and wonder when it would be over. I must have gone through some kind of transformation during my rising from the ashes, because when I heard about this series of Tablaos in Toronto with the last one being 4 guitarists, I was like….well…I am going to go, and open myself up to this experience.

What came out of this?!?!? An AMAZING thing!

I was totally enthralled with each and every one of the four guitarists. Each had their own style, each played different Palos (styles of flamenco song), and in the end they did a group piece. The best part is that they only all got together fairly close to that performance to get ready.

 

They all played beautifully, and for the first time in my whole flamenco existence (19 years) I was not bored by just listening and watching flamenco guitar. Quite the contrary! I was fascinated by how each guitarist would sit in their chair and prop their guitar ever so slightly different from the next. I was fascinated by their facial expression and how their fingers moved so quickly with the guitar strings. I was fascinated by how the quality of sound varied from guitar to guitar and artist to artist.

There was one guitarist who I hadn’t seen in years, who was just on the verge of considering becoming professional at the same time I was about to get serious pushing to become professional in flamenco dance (except he pursued it and I took a break to pursue fitness as a career).  I was pleasantly surprised to see his development over the years.

There was another guitarist whose piece touched me on a massive emotional level….

This had never happened to me before. Even though I had never danced a solea, I knew of the Solea Palo. And I knew right away this was what he was playing. Deep feelings arose from inside of me, and I started to feel small tears well up in my eyes. I realized that everything I had experienced over the past 6-12 month or more was getting played about in this guitarist’s solea solo that night!

I knew immediately that I had to do a solea solo myself, and that I needed to tell this guitarist about the inspiration he was to me.

I am now working towards my solea solo and have surrounded myself with positive people who support me in this project. I CANNOT WAIT!!!!

My last comment is, that as far as flamenco music and dance, until this moment in time with the inspiration, I never really understood the slower flamenco Palos. I admired the dancers who performed this type of dance, but I didn’t understand them. I much preferred the Tangos, Rumbas, Alegrias, Bulerias, Tanguillos. But I have reached a turning point. Life has opened my heart up to the heavier darker flamenco palos, and I embrace it. Its the first time i will truly have to share emotion through flamenco with my audience. It freaks me out a little bit, because what if I truly go down the emotional rabbit hole???? What if i have a full choreography, but on the day of performance, I totally feel the emotions and i lose it???!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!! Hopefully I know the compas (Rhythm) well enough to take myself through and dance something regardless of if I remember the choreography or not! HAHHAHA

 

Arising from the Ashes : Flamenco

Arising from the ashes back in July, really ruffled a lot of “feathers” in me as a woman reaching mid-life. Perhaps you could even say I experienced a serious mid-life crisis! Doesn’t matter to me what you call it…hahah!

Fact is, I went down a dark path, somehow I found my way out even though i got very lost in a world i didn’t know, and because it all happened I am new and improved!

I have found a new zest for life, new found artistic creativity, and am open to all the positive energy that wants to surround me. When you are open to different energies it is what you attract. No more darkness for me…perhaps at that point in my life, I welcomed the unknown darkness because its something I never experienced before and as someone said to me recently,

Flamenco Juerga

maybe i felt guilt for something else I had done and felt it necessary to punish myself. When they said that to me, in my head I was like OMG!! They could be SOOOO right!

SOMETIMES actions we take are totally subconscious.

I am always willing to be open to new experiences…but there is a point when enough is enough and you have to know when to get out or you truly will be lead astray.  I had a moment like that, I was like….

Whoa….this just happened and this was scary…. i can’t let anything affect my ability to dance! %$%&@&$%@ THIS @@%$%@&&&!!!!

For the longest while, still being in “the darkness” was affecting my ability to concentrate in flamenco dance, it was affecting my willingness to push and create a short bit of choreography for a solo in the recital in June, and i hated this feeling. I didn’t know what to do. But I still kept going to class.

Once I put an end to “the darkness”, all of a sudden the light shone! And i mean did it ever shine!!!!

I decided to put any further energy whether positive or negative into the remainder of my flamenco classes in the last couple weeks leading up to our student recital!

And oh boy…..the light and the fire went WHOOSH inside of me ….and emanated out. My red dress…the yellow shawl….. it was the best performance I ever had. It was only the beginning of more!