|Store Type |||Fitness Club|
|Payment |||Cheque, Interac, MasterCard, Visa|
|Getting There |||Bathurst streetcar or Dundas streetcar|
|Cross Street |||Dundas Street West and Bathurst Street|
|Mon-Thurs 11AM-9PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-5PM, Sun 3PM-7PM|
Profile Last Updated: March 13, 2008
Om Laila, the downtown-most studio for Toronto Bellydance, is run by Roula Said, a highly skilled dancer who has choreographed film sequences, founded successful bellydance troupes and started her own studio. Om Laila means “bellydance for the body and soul.” The technique integrates yoga, pilates and chakra principles into belly dancing in order to strengthen the mind and body. This is a serious and thoughtful alternative to some of the trendier bellydance classes that have sprung up across North America in the last few years.
New Moves for the Novice
Om Laila offers beginner, intermediate and advanced classes at multiple times throughout the week so you can find a class no matter what your schedule. The studio even offers once-a-week classes for children aged 4-6 so you can bring your kids along when you’re in session. Purchase your classes in packages of six, 12 or 18 and enjoy a reduced rate. Advanced dancers should check out Roula Said’s popular Funkabelly classes: freestyle bellydancing to the tunes of DJ Medicine Man.
Hip Gear for Your Hips
Worried about what you’ll wear? Or maybe the outfits are part of the reason you’re interested? Toronto Bellydance sells high quality finger cymbals, scarves, coin belts, skirts, tops and veils. They also sell a complete range of instructional videos and music so you can practice even when you can’t make it to a class. Another unique feature of Toronto Bellydance? The studio rents dancers out to entertain at parties, provided those parties are all-female or male/female get-togethers.