Posted on August 13, 2015
The autumn schedule and event calendar is up with exciting new classes, workshops and happenings. Let’s get to it! You can register for any of these classes and events by visiting The Store
Open House! We would like to invite you to our open house on Sunday September, 6 from 1-5pm for a costume sale, lemonade party and Om Laila style hospitality including percussion, dance and singing. Bring a friend!
We now offer a monthly membership
$200 no tax
Any 2 classes
Or 1 class and a private
Monday 6:00pm-7:15pm Essential Bellydance Introduction to Intermediate
Connect to your body in a new and nourishing light through Roula’s multi-level movement methodology.
Level: Foundation and Further (Introductory – Intermediate)
99+HST for 4 weeks
Tuesdays 11:15 am -12:45 pm – Bellydance and Beyond – intermediate to Pro
Dive in and develop more of you in this mixed-bag class supplementing dance technique with experiential musical training.
$120+hst for 4 weeks
Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm Percussion and Voice Immersion with Roula and Naghmeh Farahmand – All Levels
6:00 – 6:30 Rhythms and Technique
Multifaceted master instructors, Roula Said and Naghmeh Farahmand teach rhythm training, technique and drills on various percussion instruments. Explore frame drums/daff, tambourine/riqq, darbuka, dahola, zills. Specialize in one instrument or try them all.
6:30 – 7:00 Singing and Lyrics
This 30 minute segment will focus on freeing and embodying the voice, learning song melodies, and learning the pronunciation and translation of the lyrics.
7-8 Ensemble Class
The ensemble class puts the rhythms and songs together so they can really be brought to life. Learn traditional songs from the Arab world and from Iran. People will have different parts to play and/or sing to make up elements of the whole. Here we put technique and drills into context and actually make music!
$120+hst for 4 weeks
Wednesday 8:00-9:00pm Rehearsal with Roula and Naghmeh
Audition or Invite Only
write to email@example.com for more information
Thursdays 11:00 – 12:00 pm – Seven Waves All Levels with Roula
More details coming very soon!
$99+hst for 4 weeks
Sundays Sept 13, Oct 4, Nov 8, Dec 6 11:00 – 1:00 Ecstatic Chant with Live Drums
Drawing from intoxicating traditional and original Sufi-inspired melodies and rhythms. Simple hypnotic words in Arabic, Farsi and English make this inviting to all. PWYC at the Door
Private Classes with Roula
Private Classes with Roula Said in the following:
Essential Bellydance and Seven Waves
Qanun, Arabic rhythm and drumming, singing and zylls/saghat/finger cymbals.
Mentoring classes to emerging and established professionals who seek to deepen their work or venture into cross-disciplinary exploration.
Workshops and Events at a Glance
September 6 1-5pm: Open House, Costume Sale, Lemonade and Om Laila style fun and hospitality at the studio
October 17-18: Whirl and Chant Workshop Retreat at Wyldwood in Marysville
October 25: Autumn Zaar
November 1: Joy of Aging Show in Vaughan
Looking forward to a fun and exciting fall at Om Laila!
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Posted on May 12, 2015
Thanks to the students in the Get Zilly Again workshop! We had a fun and informative day with a lot of take-home video! At the studio, we are now in our spring term and have a performance and a couple of specialty workshops coming up for May and June.
The performance is at the Healing Market. We performed this show back in December.
This is a FREE Admission Event.
Markets have been with humanity through out history, a place where culture, knowledge and wisdom is shared and spread, where the exchange of ideas and inspiration spark, and where interaction with our human fellows make us more UNITED.
“The Healing Market” will be a family friendly market experience including Energy Healers, Craft Vendors, Organic Food Vendors, Conscious Businesses, Music and performances. The idea is to co-create community, promote alternative and natural healing, and more conscious gift-giving through out the seasons, giving city people an outlet to purchase healing and handmade meaningful gifts, and the opportunity to learn where they can find these services throughout the year. This seasonal market will also give local healers, artisans, and Conscious Businesses an affordable means to outreach and spread their services.
For workshops at Om Laila, the studio is hosting two in May and June and both are based on the fun of G Day Toronto and Roula’s workshop with girls ages 10-12. One is for just girls on May 30 and the other is Mothers and Daughters on June 7. The Mothers and Daughters workshop only has a couple spaces left so Register Soon!!
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Posted on April 15, 2015
It’s spring! Our garden is waking up, the birds are returning and we hope to see your warm and friendly faces this coming Spring term, which begins April 27! We are very excited about our cute new homepage, a couple of new classes in addition to all of the favourites from last term AND an Earlybird Special for Spring.
If you register by April 26 through any method of payment you receive a $10 discount off one class per week and $20 off two classes a week. (Please note that this applies to the regularly priced Essential Bellydance, Musical Dancer and Seven Waves classes – not to the intro classes or choir/choir choreo classes).
We have already started Introduction to Om Laila Studio at our cozy Toronto belly dance studio. We do a lot in this studio including bellydance, wellness, music and singing lessons. This class offers a taste of everything we have across the schedule in one class. It is suitable for complete beginners, students new to the studio or current students that want to try something else the studio has to offer before making the commitment.
We are also introducing Sensual Fitness with Roula Thursday morning at 11am and Kaleena Saturday at 12:30. This class combines Seven Waves, Essential Bellydance technique and some drills and conditioning for a well-rounded mind-body workout.
In the workshop department we have just sold out for the Zaar on April 19 but there is still room in Get Zilly Again. The last workshop sold out so register soon!
Also, if you have a young daughter or girl in your life between the ages of 10-12 consider bringing her to G Day for Girls This is a day-long event that celebrates and empowers girls as thy transition from childhood into adolescence. G day events inspire positive self esteem and supportive family and community relationships at this key life phase. Roula will be a presenter at this beneficial and necessary event!
See you April 27 in the Spring Term!
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Posted on March 13, 2015
Om Laila’s Bellydance Choir is competing at the Star Bellydancer Canada Competition this Sunday, March 15!
The choir is a very special group that has a keen interest in dancing, singing and playing percussion with Roula Said at Om Laila Studio in Toronto. We are a self-accompanied performance ensemble. The Om Laila Bellydance Choir sprouted last spring with only a few members and has since grown to 10! In almost a year this group has made great strides and has performed together many times within the bellydance and Middle Eastern communities and for private events.
Here’s some Interesting Facts about the Bellydance Choir
1. We perform 90% of the time to live music and Roula Said’s vocals. However, we also learn our dances to prerecorded tracks so we have the ability to perform without our band and singers.
2. We have 5 numbers so far but they are never performed the same way twice. The group is very versatile and this allows us to perform with any number and combination of singers and dancers available for the show!
3. Different Bellydance Choir members have different interests and goals. Some want to learn the songs, others the dances and some want to learn it all. Our commonality is the desire to authentically represent belly dancing as a rich and beautiful art form and to have fun while we’re at it.
4. Our numbers have many layers. Most of the group learns the song first in choir class, or a choreography in weekly classes and/or workshops. From there, the performers learn the piece in stages. The last step is usually adding zills/percussion.
5. This is our first time competing but last year Roula was one of the judges! We will likely be the only group in the troupe division performing to live music.
6. The Bellydance Choir operates as two classes. The choir is taught by Roula at 7 pm on Thursday and the Choreography class is with Kaleena at 8. This is a class format so some attendees are learning to perform with the Bellydance Choir while other belly dance students just want to be in class to improve their musicality or to learn the lyrics and meaning to popular Arabic songs.
7. After the competition we plan to slow the pace and welcome new students to this delightful and happening ensemble. If you are interested in attending choir and/or choreo class write to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are very excited to participate in the competition and would love to have friends come out to see and support us. To buy tickets visit the Star Bellydancer Canada official page!
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Posted on October 31, 2014
The seasons are changing and it’s the perfect opportunity to spend more time indoors bellydancing! Autumn is a time of letting go, itemizing blessings, recounting joys and balancing dark with light. Try reflecting on this significant seasonal change while walking the path to the studio and enjoying the garden’s new fall look!
Om Laila is preparing for a show that will be taking place on Saturday November 8 at May Cafe. The venue is at 876 Dundas Street West and is ideal for dinner, drinks and pinball! This show will feature 3 talented dancers: Alexandra Talbot, Anuka and Saba. We are also happy to re-debut a more grown up version of the Om Laila Bellydance Choir that will include 3 dancers and 6 singers!
You can purchase advance tickets through Paypal or get in at the door for $20
And remember to join the Event Group on Facebook for updates!
While you are eagerly awaiting next Saturday enjoy this performance by Roula from a show at Lula Lounge last week. This Ala Warag Il Foull choreography is being taught in the Level 3 class!
Om Laila studio is into a new fall term. Most classes are full or are filling up but it’s never too late to drop in or join a class that still has some space. Write to email@example.com to check availability and to come by for belly dancing or singing. The studio is also now taking payments by credit card!
The final Sing, Dance and Bring the Drama Warda workshop is sold out but there is a waiting list so write to Roula if you are interested in coming out to dig deep into the song, Batwannes Beek.
The Choir is still free to current students and $50/7 weeks otherwise. We rehearse Thursday at 7 and learning the choreography to the songs we are learning is at 8pm (PWYC)
On a final note, HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Om Laila students are very creative!
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Roula Said’s Seven waves is a moving experience. It is moving through space in a delicious way; moving energy through the entire body; spiritually moving , moving body and mind in a relaxed harmony which creates a grace of movement and a feeling of grace. One is moved by music that is beautiful, joyful and sometimes almost trance-inducing. It includes the smallest and subtlest of movements that bring remarkable comfort and release. It is moving to strength. The seven waves strengthen core muscles. My back problems have diminished. Without my even noticing, my abs are stronger than any time in my entire life. Wow. It’s an extra.
For me the Seven waves is also about moving forward into the future. In my 60’s, when I might expect to be shutting down and accepting the limitations of my aging body, accustoming myself to all the minor aches and pains, I am delighted instead to find myself opening up and finding that my body and I are happier together than we have ever been.
In her classes Roula speaks of allowing, inviting, opening, listening. Her approach is gentle – one never fears injury or strain. It is the polar opposite of boot camp. She has an uncanny intelligence about the body and a very sensitive intuition. Often when she initiates a subtle change to movement, it is exactly what my body wants, and I wonder: how did she know that?
Oh, and it’s not all airy-fairy cosmic either. Earthy is a better description and with Roula, laughter is always part of the process. A seven waves session feels like a total body massage and produces feelings of joy and contentment. Really. It is that good. I love it.
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