Posted on July 7, 2015
Summer Schedule and Upcoming Zaar
Om Laila's July Classes are up and running! This is the last term before September, as we are taking a holiday in August, for rejuvenation and studio programming. Plus, we need to give our lovely and hard working students a break to recharge their energies! Here is the current class schedule. You can take a class anytime. Just write to email@example.com to let Roula know you will be dropping by! One event for students that is less than 2 weeks away is the Zaar. We held one back in April and the demand was there to host another. Do you know what a zaar is? Well, A zaar is a ritual from Africa and parts of the Middle East for women to shake and dance out the stresses of life, and to rejuvenate and reinvigorate through a combination of guided and free movement, to the sound of live drumming. This is a very unique experience and a respectful reimagining of such a ritual for women here in Toronto in 2015. Everyone should try it at least once!
Visit the shop to register your spot! One more thing for you. If you want to see Roula performing this month be sure to check out Mediterraneo on Saturday July 25. Experience the feast of French, Hispanic, Ladino, Arabic, Italian and Armenian dance, spoken words and images, featuring a live World Ensemble, Soloists, Singers and Dancers. This shouldn't be missed! Buy a Ticket Toronto is beautiful in the summer so enjoy this fun and bright season and we hope to see you in the (air conditioned!) studio soon!
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Meeting Roula in her studio setting for the first time, the most poignant sensation I experienced was that she provides a dynamic, safe space where one instantly knows it is okay to be a “real person.” For me, this is a core factor when it comes to being able to tap fully into my creativity in an honest way. Roula is so authentic, natural, earthy, in-the-moment, sensitive, accepting, modestly confident of her own knowledge and talent – and observant without being judgmental – that I think it would be near-impossible for even the most timid and uncertain of people to feel uncomfortable for long.
Navigating this planet as woman in a world that often seems threatened by female empowerment is very difficult. Learning to embrace one’s own strengths and talents in an unapologetic way is even more challenging. But sometimes finding places (whether physical or otherwise) – especially in group settings – where just being one’s natural, sensual, creative, imperfect, laughing, crying, inspired, frustrated, embodied Female Self is the challenge of all challenges. Roula creates an atmosphere where it feels okay to be strong and weak at the same time but, almost more importantly, she magically does it in a way that generates supportive, loving and sisterly bonds amongst everyone in the room. Roula creates magic.
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