Instructors and Performers

Alecia

Owner

Alecia began her Middle Eastern dance training in 2000. Since then, she has been studying and performing Egyptian style bellydance with teachings from Hadia, Jillina, Suhaila Salimpour, Sonia, Veena & Neena, Sadie, Orit Maftsir, Suzanna Del Vecchio, Dahlia. The Bellydance Superstars.

Background studies in fitness and personal training allow Alecia an informed perspective on the anatomy of movement, around which she designs her teaching of technique. Her nomination for the Women of Distinction Awards in 2005 has truly shown that she continues to empower women through the art of dance, spirit and expression.

Her special rapport with her audience keeps her in high demand. Her tasteful, enthusiastic style brings something special to any occasion. She performs in venues from weddings to conventions, intimate parties to large gatherings.

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Julie

Performer and Teacher, Belly Flow Bellydancer

Julie began her dance journey at the age of 5, having already imagined herself as a dancer. Julie has studied various forms of dance for over thirty years.

When living in Halifax, Julie’s dance life took a big turn when she started her eastern dance training through Dalhousie University’s Dance Society. Her studies were furthered when she moved to Hamilton and studied with Alecia May at BellyFlow. Julie has gone in depth with her training, studying in Toronto with renowned teacher Yasmina Ramzy. As well as studying with well known artists such as Melissa Gamal,  Luna of Cairo, Dr. George Sawa, Robert Desrosiers and Sashar Zarif.

She is a sought after solo performer for such events as private parties, weddings and many social functions. Julie also performs with the wonderful group of Belly Flow Bellydancers, and loves teaching her students at Bellyflow!

As an apprentice with the Arabesque Dance Company, Julie has had the opportunity to perform with Cirque du Soleil in the Pan Am Opening Ceremony and at The Fleck Dance Theatre for Dance Ontario Dance Weekend.

Julie has been known to her students and audiences to bring joy and light to her dancing.

Julie bellydance belly dance teacher in Hamilton, Ontario



Jocelyn

Belly Flow Bellydancer

Jocelyn was born in El Salvador and was naturally exposed to Latin rhythm and dance. Her passion for dance was fuelled by the huge Christmas block parties. This base expanded her curiosity for dance and she decided to be a part of her high school cheerleading team. Ever since she was a child she has had an affinity for Egyptian culture, especially it’s ancient eras. This encouraged her to take up a new form of dance, and of course, she found Belly Flow Fitness in 2008. The music, rhythms, and movement of belly dance became a part of her life, and she praises its challenge and intricate nature.

 

“Belly Flow Fitness has brought joy and fearlessness into my spirit!”


Alethea

Belly Flow Bellydancer

Born and raised in Hamilton Ontario, Alethea’s passion for dance began at the tender age of 4; watching her parents dance in the living room on idle Saturday afternoons. When she joined in, they noticed how she kept to the rhythm of the music. Alethea took every opportunity she could to dance, taking some ballet classes, participating in school productions, fundraisers and church functions.

It was at one of these church functions – at 16 years old – that she was exposed to Tsifteteli; a Greek/Turkish version of bellydancing and she fell in love. However, finding instructors in the late 80’s proved to be challenging. It was 20 years later when Alethea would be able to take bellydance classes with a friend. And she’s been a part of the Belly Flow team ever since. Discovering her new found courage to perform and keeping fit at the same time helps to motivate Alethea to reach her full potential and personal goal: to be a counsellor by day and a bellydancer by night.