For years I had always heard belly dancing is so
much fun and it’s a good way to exercise your abdominals. Always saw
advertisements for it but always felt that you had to be physically fit and
have a good physique. Let’s face it, we are in a society that deems women
to have the picture perfect body. When my son started to take a break
dancing class at Soul Connexion, is when I saw the classes for Belly
dancing. So I picked up a brochure and started looking on line.
What I found was that prices were all pretty much the same so I hummed and
hawed over it and finally signed myself up. There was no turning
back. I remember my first class with Tammy, very unsure if I could even
get my body to do those things. You want me to move how and in what way? Yikes!
I kept going back even after my car accident.
At one point I wanted to
quit. I felt that I just wasn’t getting it. It seemed to me that
the other ladies were able to do the moves and I couldn’t. So I told
Tammy what I was thinking about and she basically told me that I wasn’t allowed
to quit, that everyone learns things at a different pace. What may be
easy for one, maybe harder for another. Well she had a point. I
also thought, what kind of an example would I be showing to my son? That
it’s okay to quit? No. I had to show that when the tough gets
going, you beat them. So I started to watch videos on YouTube, of all
places, on bellydancers. I have never been so inspired to learn
something. I am now in her intermediate class and I have learned to
move and isolate certain parts of my body that I never thought was
possible. Once you step inside this unique community, you get the
opportunity to meet some very talented wonderful people and also the ability to
dance and learn from with renowned dancers.
Tammy’s way of teaching is very motivating, very fun,
out-of-the-box thinking and inspiring. I have had the opportunity to
watch Tammy perform on stage. I tell you, it makes you want to get up and
do it and shake what your momma gave you, The movements, the costumes,
the fun, you just want to jump up and be part of it. Tammy teaches you
that no matter your size or how long it takes you to learn, you are
beautiful. You don’t have to do this to be a professional dancer; you can
simply do this for yourself. She has a very upbeat personality, her
classes are a lot of fun, but serious, she is very personable and, be prepared
to work! I am happy that I didn’t give up on myself and continued
to learn the art of belly dancing. Anyone who is looking at learning this
art of dance, I would recommend taking Tammy’s class. You won’t be
Cindy Roberts (Calgary,
GIGPARK Testimonials (www.gigpark.com)
Melika is a very talented performer and instructor, her
personality shines through in everything she does. Some students might find it uncomfortable
to do belly dancing and have the focus on them but Melika makes sure the shy
ones don't fade into the back and makes you feel very confident when rehearsing
Alycia Wilson (Calgary, AB)
She is really passionate about dancing and her enthusiasm is
evident in her classes. But her dancing is where she really shines (and it is
not just her costumes) . . .she is a must see in performance.
Justina Labute-Jarche (Calgary, AB)
Melika always makes the night about the whole group.
I never feel out of place or that she doesn't want me to do great.
Chantal May (Calgary, AB)
Melika is one of a kind amazing teacher and performer.
Paul White (Calgary, AB)
I recommend Melika because she is a great dancer, teacher and a great person.
Vivian (Acme, AB)
Melika was born to belly dance. You see this passion in her
eyes when she is dancing. When she is teaching, she makes you feel comfortable.
She not just teaches you to dance, but how to feel it.
Cindy Roberts (Calgary,AB)