New Website, New Term and Om Laila Students Rock!

Posted on February 21, 2015

This week has been super exciting for us at Om Laila Studio. For one thing, we finally launched the new website, which has been in design + development since January. If you are in Toronto and have always wanted to take belly dance classes, the new website should make finding and purchasing classes very easy. We have also added a new Introduction to Bellydance Course on Saturday at 12:30 pm. Here’s the link to the Intro Course in the shop.

In other class related news, the new term is starting in just over a week! Please see the new schedule and register for your classes soon to reserve a spot.

kaleena, shaila and Liz

Prepping for Performances!

On the events side of studio happenings we have been VERY busy preparing for performances. Roula, Kaleena, Shaila and Liz recently performed a funny skit and drum solo at the Sarah Skinner and the Sisters of Salome’s fundraiser Be Bine or Bite Me on February 13. It was a fun night spent with new and old friends!

Upcoming performance prep includes the Hip Hip Hooray Cabaret that is next Saturday, Feb 28th and the biggest Bellydance Choir undertaking yet, the Star Bellydancer Canada competition on March 15 (21 days away!). The piece we are performing has been evolving and refining since last summer.

The Bellydance Choir is also making their own costumes and rehearsing for an extra 1-2 hours together every week. We thank them for their hard work and dedication. Even if we all fall off the stage and come in last place we have all been making progress as individuals, and as a group, and that’s already a huge success!

See our events page for more information about these performances.

om laila fairy

Studio Fairies

We do have permanent studio fairies but in addition, the Om Laila students are also crafty and resourceful fairies that always help to make the studio better for everyone by bringing in decoration, snacks for the back-to-back-to-back classes, painting (the stairs in the studio were painted entirely by long-time students!), cleaning and making fabulous and practical items like a hanging business card holder and fancy, fuzzy boards for choir songs!

Thank you students for caring so much about everyone and the space. We appreciate your generosity but most of all we appreciate your presence. You are all bright lights and shiny stars 🙂

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New Intro Course and Om Laila’s Luscious Love-In Wrap Up

Posted on February 10, 2015

It may be cold but the coach house is always very warm and we have been enjoying a technique-based winter term across all Essential Bellydance levels from Intro – Level 3. And while we’re on the topic, we added an Intro course to the curriculum! There is a special promotion right now in celebration of our new website! This Introduction to Bellydance Course provides 4 classes for $75 and offers the fundamental technique that is necessary for a strong start in belly dance! Click Here to take the course!




Saturday was great fun! Thank you to all that came out in the cold and snow to celebrate an early Valentine’s Day at May Cafe. We plan to bring our parties back in 3-4 months. Don’t worry – We will be back but Nomadica received a grant and needs to work on their recording, and the studio will also be working hard (more news to come!) to make Om Laila an even better experience for its students!


We are extremely grateful to our performers, the Bellydance Choir (for singing three songs!), volunteers and musicians for their hard work and spectacular talent! We were very happy to see a packed dance floor and the fogged up May Cafe windows! We definitely all love to dance and these shows have been some of the best dance floors we have seen given the size of our humble studio and venue. THANK YOU EVERYONE

Luscious Love In Trio


Our next show is the Sisters of Salome party on February 13. We will also be performing on February 28th at the Hip Hip Hooray Cabaret and of course the Star Bellydancer Competition in March!


Finally, the Musical Dancer class on Thursday has just started a new Vocabelly number. Have you seen one of these before? It’s really cool. If you want to try it out, now is the time to start!

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Student Facilitators Week at Om Laila Studio

Posted on January 27, 2015

Class at Om Laila have been off to a great start! We also had a full and fun zill workshop that included take home videos of drills and songs to play along with. We covered patterns, rhythms and a song. There was a lot of ringing, clacking and 1,2,3s!


We also have another show coming up on February 7th with Nomadica. Performances at Om Laila’s Luscious Love-In include Abigail, Valizan, Kranti and studio dancers Kaleena, Liz and Shaila. Here is the Facebook event group!


Roula is on holiday this week but the students are still attending classes to rehearse their material from this term. This is a collaborative effort between students that don’t want to miss a week of dance and music. Anyone is welcome to join in on these classes. It’s PWYC.

It’s cold outside but the studio is nice and toasty. Come visit anytime! :)

Finally, we have a new poster in the studio! Yay!


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Thank you Students and Friends for an Amazing 2014 at Om Laila!

Posted on December 26, 2014

It has been a fun and fabulous 2014 at Om Laila Studio. A big huge hug and thank you to students and friends for the big time enthusiasm and support that comes through for such a small space!
Thank you to Anna and David at May Cafe for hosting our bellydance parties and to the event organizers that ask us to dance at their shows. Thanks to photographers and videographers that come out to capture our happiness and joy.

We are super excited for classes, events, workshops and performances in 2015!!!
Have you seen the new newsletter? Or the new video?

Register for classes soon. The studio is small and spaces are limited!

We ended the year with a few groovy gigs and here are some pictures. Happy New Year and see you in 2015!

– “The Healing Market” photos by Michael Zender

– Shaila, Roula Said and Kaleena Lawless before dancing at a holiday party

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Last Day of Classes and Fabulous Show!

Posted on December 15, 2014

Today is the last day of classes before the holiday break and will resume on Monday January 5th.Registration is now open to sign up for the new term. Om Laila is a boutique space with limited class sizes so register soon to guarantee your spot!

The studio also has some new signage that we’re very happy about. You will be seeing this new look around the website and social media pages

Om Laila’s Badass Bellydance Bash

Om Laila and Nomadica had an amazing show on Saturday night at Mây Cafe. Many of our friends came out to see us perform and to celebrate the start of the holiday season. Soloists, Melissa Gamal, Michelle MacAleese and Miruna Soiu rocked their performances and Om’s students also brought it in a big way!! Here’s the videos from the performing classes. The first is the Om Laila Bellydance Choir’s back to back number Ala Warag il Foul and the Zill/Drum Solo, which was also a collaboration between level 3 and the Musical Dancer class.

The second video is the level 2’s performing La Te Tab Alayee

Stay in touch for more events like this is 2015 and here is the upcoming schedule:

January 2015 Schedule:

Mondays – 7 weeks –

January 5 – February 23 (no class Feb 16):

6:00 -7:15 Essential Bellydance II w/ Roula

7:30 – 8:45 Essential Bellydance I w/ Roula

Tuesdays – 4 weeks – January 6 – January 27

11:00 – 1 pm: Intensive for Intermediate – Pro dancers w/ Roula:

1 hour Seven Waves, 1hour zill building

Wednesdays – 7 weeks January 7 – February 18:

6:00 – 7:15 Essential Bellydance III

Wednesdays – 4 weeks – January 7 – January 28:

7:30 – 8:45 – Introductory Course with Liz

Thursdays – 7 weeks – January 8 – February 19

11:00 – 12:15 Essential Bellydance/Seven Waves

6:00 – 7:00 Musical Dancer Foundations w Roula

7:00 – 8:00 Bellydancer Choir w Roula

8:00 – 9:00 Choir Choreography with Kaleena

Saturdays – 7 weeks – January 10 – February 21

11:00 – 12:00 Karma Bellydance with Shaila

more TBA

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