Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June/July/August Schedule

June 20, 27
Saturdays 10:30am-11:30am
NOLA Spaces: 1719 Toledano St. (Uptown)

July 18, 25
Saturdays 10:30am-11:30am
NOLA Spaces: 1719 Toledano St. (Uptown)

6 Week Belly Dance Technique Intensive 
Starts August 1stAugust/Sept: 6 Week Intensive (New Session- August 1 thru September 12)
(layering, traveling, arms, hip, footwork)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Retreat Rescheduled to: August 9th

I am so excited about the upcoming Awaken the Goddess retreat. I had many requests for a reschedule and I was able to find the perfect date and book a live drummer for it. So exciting! Hope you'll join us! 

Lots of exciting things coming up....
Don't forget to "Like" our facebook page so you can get the latest info. Or visit the blog!
If you are already a Facebook follower, here are the links to the upcoming Events Pages:

love, light, and happy shimmies,
Karla Marie 

Monday, May 25, 2015

We want to see your belly jiggle!

What is the goddess circle? What if I'm not a dancer? I'm not coordinated! I have two left feet! Everyone better be ready to laugh! I don't have time! No one wants to see my belly jiggle! I'll come when I lose weight!
... I hear these things all the time when I speak about belly dancing class....

Join us! Challenge all your insecurities, face them and say: I am beautiful, I am graceful, I am strong, and I need to dance!

About the Goddess Circle: We're not here to judge, just here to dance. We want to connect with the inner goddess, we want to open our chakras and tap into the powefful, creative, positive energy that lives deep in our hearts.

We have insecurities, we have stress, we have too much to do and too little time, too many responsibilities, sadness and hurt... That's why we dance! Because "Hard times require furious dancing!" Join the goddess circle!

Other Great Articles about Belly Dancing and its benefits:

This August... A full day Awaken the Goddess Retreat- Belly Dancing and Restoration!
Then we have 2 classes in June and 2 classes in July so you can join us and check it out before we begin our next 6 week session in August! Join us and check out what belly dance goddess hour is all about! ‪#‎AdiShakti‬‪#‎AwakenTheGoddess‬ 

for questions, email

And PS: this is one place where YES! We DO wanna see your belly jiggle AND your two left feet!!!!!

Need an Energy Clearing?

Are you in need of an Energy Clearing... shaking off negative energy and activating your chakras to allow the flow of positive, strong energy?
Join us for our
Sunday, June 7th

Morning Session 9am-11am
Afternoon Session 12pm-3pm

@Swan River Yoga Mandir (Mid City)

To join the Event Page with details:

To learn more about Clearing Energy, visit the blog:

Friday, May 15, 2015

Blessed by the Dance Goddess!

During my eldest son's high school years, my middle ones transition into middle school, and my baby's first years of life, it was very difficult to travel... even on short weekend trips. Their schedules, as well parental and school financial obligations, took priority. After our oldest settled in his first semester in college, it seemed there was a shift allowing some wiggle room. I set out to train, as often as possible, with as many master instructors as possible, in the belly dance art form. 

Since January 2015, I have had the honor of learning from and training with Suhaila Salimpour, Isaam Houshan, Amani of Lebanon, Lebanese Simon, Valerick, Aziza Nawal, and next Tuesday with Zoe Jakes.

My belly dance experience started with Bozenka and Tamalyn Dallal in 2005 through the incredible MidEastern Dance Exchange in South Beach, as a Katrina transplant....never did I imagine this is where my belly dance journey would take me! I am beyond excited, and all I can do is zaghareet! Love, light, and happy shimmies!

So what does one do after being inspired by these amazing, legendary belly dancers and master instructors and their passion for dance? You share the love!

See you in class lovelies. I have so much to share with you... Signature moves, strong technique, new stylizations, Lebanese funk, shimmy combos and moves, zils & drills... it's going to be an awesome year for belly dance! Now is the time to join us! For events, like our facebook page and get updates:

Upcoming Schedule:
Saturdays 10:30am-11:45am
NOLA Spaces
May 16, 23, 30

Saturdays 10:30am-11:30am
June 20, 27
July 18, 25

Sunday, June 7 at Swan River Yoga Mandir
9am-11am and 12pm-3pm 
Details to come...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

6 Week Belly Dance Intensive (Zills Optional)

REGISTER BY MARCH 28th  |  Email

For this session, there is an *INTRO TO ZILLS* option.

Bring your zills to the first class. We will go over instructions to prepare your zills for practice.
What to look for when purchasing zills (finger cymbals)?
1) Always buy zills in sets of four, you will use two in each hand
2) They should be bronze or brass, look for "A Grade Zills"
3) They come in difference sizes, a good size for beginners is 2" in diameter
4) I recommend the ones with 2 slots side by side (instead of one single hole) This is for the elastic that will go around your finger.
5) Some come with elastic, some don't it's okay, You can purchase a small piece of elastic from your local crafts store.
Where to Buy Zills?
You can find them online or many local middle eastern shops.
Sound varies according to size, shape, and quality of the cymbals. If you want higher quality, my favorites (and my most recent purchase) Suhaila's:
Another high quality option that I would also recommend
Amazon also offers finger cymbals, these are less expensive and are a great option for students being introduced to zills:…/ob…/ASIN/B00E4XRPGQ/artofmiddleeaste

Friday, February 27, 2015

CLASS SCHEDULE: Belly Dance New Orleans

Belly Dancing classes will be held at
NOLA Spaces (uptown)
1719 Toledano St. New Orleans, LA 70115


Join us for Class:
Thursday, March 19 (7:30pm-8:30pm) LEVEL I TECHNIQUE
Saturday, March 21 (10:30am-11:30am) OPEN LEVEL
Thursday, March 26 (7:30pm-8:30pm) LEVEL I TECHNIQUE
Saturday, March 28 (10:30am-11:30am) OPEN LEVEL


Also in March:
Tuesdays: March 24 and March 31 (6:15pm-7:00pm)

We will meet across from NOMA  (if you are facing the museum on the grassy area to the left)
> Family friendly class (lots of room for partners and kiddos to hang out while we hold class in our relaxed, yet structured goddess circle :)



Sign up for this 6 week Belly Dance Intensive (4 week option available)
via EventBrite | PayPal using the "Send Money" option
or email for Cash/Check registration process.


Awaken the Goddess Belly Dance Retreat and Finger Cymbals basics coming this June at
Details to come... You won't want to miss this!!!