Melika - Belly Dancer - Calgary, Alberta, Canada     403-383-3043


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 disappointed.  

Cindy Roberts (Calgary, AB)

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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 the moves.
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. Hugs!
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.
Lorraine 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)