Shawn L. Bird

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dancing September 23, 2012

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I’ve been off the blog because I’ve been attending dance workshops the last couple of days.  Get Bent Yoga and Bellydance came up from Penticton to do some classes with us.

If you are in Penticton, you need to check them out, they have drop in classes! If you’re in a town where they tour, you won’t be disappointed with their show!



When I’ve recovered from the exhausting hours of exercise and mental effort, I’ll write you a fascinating blog post, I promise.  Well.  I’ll write a blog post, at least! 🙂


Jamila Mai at the Roots and Blues August 23, 2011

Some members of Jamila Mai performing at the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues

Jamila Mai Belly Dance of Salmon Arm offers classes for beginners and intermediate belly dancers of  all ages.  Classes run in three sessions a year: generally Sept to Dec, Jan to Mar, Mar to May at the Downtown Activity Centre (former Salmon Arm Elementary).

For details, contact Rachael  at two-five-zero-eight-three-three-nineteen-fifteen or email her at


wiggle, jiggle and giggle… June 12, 2011

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Today a group of us went to Kelowna to watch a performance of belly dancers.  A group from Kelowna performed in the first half, and in the second half the headliners from Get Bent Active Arts Society in Penticton performed their Bollywood Hollywood. Their show was upbeat, energetic and commanding.  I have never seen such fast costume changes in my long theatrical life!  (In the finale, they revisited every number in the costume with about 2 seconds transition).  Beaming smiles, excellent skills, and narrative choreography added to audience enjoyment.  Of particular  notice was the kewpie doll grin of Marianne (her solo begins at 2:19 in the video).  She has matured even more in skills and still conveys absolute joy and good humour to the audience.  It was an delightful  afternoon and so I thought I’d give you the opportunity to participate in our fun by sharing this youtube video of the tour group from a previous tour:



For more information about classes or to support Get Bent’s work with youth  in the community, please see their website at  We are hoping that we’ll be able to participate in a workshop with them or go see another performance again.  It was a show that exceeded our expectations.


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