“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
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 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
Sabrina O’Donnell, creator of Sabrina Butterfly Designs and a Parkdale-Cromdale resident, has been selling her clothing for 20 years. It’s a favourite of Folk Fest attendees, Premier Rachel Notley, professionals, mothers, daughters, and anyone who favours comfortable yet classic clothing. Continue reading Embracing the Sabrina Butterfly effect Local designer opens new store in Montrose
A spy agency psychologically profiles a West German secretary and delivers her perfect man to embark on a romantic relationship with her to elicit confidential information.
Sounds fictional, right? But this actually happened during the Cold War and Trina Davies, a playwright who lived for years in Edmonton, found inspiration in history. Continue reading History provided playwright with inspiration The Romeo Initiative tells a tale of deceit and love
On Jan. 20, four experienced ice carvers coached seven participants in a day-long ice carving workshop on the front patio of Alberta Avenue Community League.
The group worked collectively on a chair and individually on a series of smaller sculptures to show different aspects of the art. Continue reading Came for the ice and stayed for the chainsaw Veteran ice carvers coached participants during workshop
Tradition is important for our family and Valentine’s Day is one of our favourite celebrations. It wasn’t always that way, and it’s taken work to get there. Continue reading Sharing love and community on Valentine’s Day How a holiday became a beloved and treasured family tradition
History and heritage provided organizers with inspiration for this year’s Deep Freeze Festival on Jan. 13-14. Continue reading Evoking our area’s history and heritage Deep Freeze delves into richness of homesteading past
Yule Ave brings the holidays home for people this December with an emphasis on the values of the season.
The event returns for its sixth year at Alberta Avenue Community Centre on Dec. 16 to bring free fun for the whole family.
“I want people to create Christmas, not to buy it,” said organizer Frank Zotter about the upcoming one-day event. Continue reading Annual festival returns to the Ave for a one-day event Yule Ave celebrates the holiday season with families in mind
Christmas is celebrated around the world in many different ways. Now that I’ve been in Canada for four Christmases, I understand Christmas as a good spirit that affects everyone. Continue reading Christmas encourages the spirit of sharing An African immigrant contemplates Christmas traditions