Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Local business struggles to stay afloat Bedouin Beats hopes to increase interest in belly dancing

“Anybody, any body” is the motto of Bedouin Beats co-owners Michelle Kaplan and Stacie Clarke.

“It doesn’t matter what body size or age or ability, belly dancing can work for you,” said Kaplan.

But that’s a tough sell these days. Clarke recently posted on their Facebook page: “With registration and sales at record lows, we are not sure how long we can sustain this business as we hoped we could. If you had been considering taking a class, now is definitely the time to register.” Continue reading Local business struggles to stay afloat Bedouin Beats hopes to increase interest in belly dancing

SkirtsAfire celebrates female-centric work Annual festival brings audiences together to enjoy art

Actor Annette Loiselle has always intuitively known that women were at a disadvantage in the arts, but it took her some time to really pin it down.

“I don’t know if there was a specific point, because when I was in theatre school it didn’t even occur to me that things are stacked against us,” Loiselle said. “Even though, when I auditioned for the BFA program, one of their stipulations when they were putting together a class for that year [was] it had to be two-thirds men and one-third women.” Continue reading SkirtsAfire celebrates female-centric work Annual festival brings audiences together to enjoy art

Powwow dancing is a great way to stay fit Drum beats are central to this Indigenous dance

Powwow dancing requires agility, cardio fitness, stamina, and grace. Dustin Stamp, a fancy dancer from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, is committed to helping people develop and maintain these qualities in the Canadian Native Friendship Centre’s Pow Wow Practice. Continue reading Powwow dancing is a great way to stay fit Drum beats are central to this Indigenous dance