I began dancing to the beat of a “middle eastern” drum in January 1994. In April 1994, I performed publicly for the first time at an amateur party. I continued to perform at similar amateur parties for the next couple of years and then progressed to paid performances (many with drummers).
Being a clothing creator, I loved the new challenge of creating costumes for other dancers as well as for myself – when time permits!
In February of 1996, I co-sponsored “Celebrate Feminine”, a fashion show/performance fund raiser for Harmony House and realized how much I preferred dancing for the “fun of it!”
Since then, I have persued the “fun” performances and sharing the fun with others through hosting workshops and helping other local teachers with their classes. I enjoy both choreographing dances for performances and letting the music tell me what to do when I dance. As the classes available to me and a few friends were less convenient, I decided to offer my own class and began teaching in January of 1998 and happily share my love of the dance with any one interested in a fun way to get fit and feel good about the body she lives in!
Tracey becomes Halyma – A Dance History
Loved to dance – no formal training.
Studied ballroom dancing for a year or so!
Began belly dance lessons as a way to get exercise and fell in love with the artform. Began making costumes almost immediately!
First amateur performance at Sam’s Falafel and Tabouli Garden – introduced under the stage name “Halyma” – ask me about that one sometime.
Performed at and helped organize many OMEDA parties,as well as beginning to dance at some paid events and work with live drummers.
February of 1996
TAV Creations and OMEDA cosponsored “Celebrate Feminine”, a fashion show/performance fund raiser for Harmony House, an Ottawa Women’s shelter.
I began teaching a beginner class at the Routhier Community Centre in Ottawa’s Byward Market/ Lowertown area. Over these many years, my schedule changes a bit each season, depending on interest and location options so please see the “class schedule” for the latest course options.
Old Ottawa South Community Centre hired me to teach Tuesday evening classes which have expanded to 2 levels offered there.
May 27, 2000
TAV Creations hosted the first of many semi-annual Dancer’s Bazaars. It began as 7 tables in one room of the Routhier Community Centre. In October 2013, I retired from organizing the Ottawa Dancers’ Bazaar, passing the torch on to my colleague, Eurika, as she explores ways to change it up and keep it going!
July 14, 2002 – Belly Dancing For Fun presented the first Dancing With the Elements
A workshop for women designed to help fully awaken the Goddess of Dance within by implementing the power of the five elements. This has continued each summer as an annual workshop.
July 2002 – Summer Practice Evenings began…
Organized by Belly Dancing For Fun, these free practice evenings have been a sleeper hit with a variety of students each summer when classes slow down but folk still want to dance.
2002 to Present: Belly dance workshops
Ottawa Folk Festival
And many more!
2002 to Present: Performances
National Arts Centre for Abundance 2002,a fundraising event for “Breast Cancer Action”.
2002 Help Santa Toy Parade
Ottawa’s Fringe Festival
Orleans Relay For Life
Sparks Street Mardi Gras Parade Masquerade Ball
Ottawa Folk Festival
Fundraiser for Ottawa’s Doula Community
Indo- Caribbean Cultural Evening
and many more private functions.
2002 to Present: television appearances
CHRO- the Breakfast show
The New RO – News at Noon
The A Channel – Fitness feature with Lianne Lang
Rogers Community Television – Daytime – many times!
March 2003 – 2006
Belly Dancing for Fun Presents Costuming Information Session with Halyma and Leila.
2003 to 2010
TAV Creations/ Halyma’s Belly Dancing For Fun presented at the National Women’s Show
January 22, 2005
Halyma’s Belly Dance DVD Release Party at the Mercury Lounge in Ottawa
… and it didn’t stop here…
Continuing to today, Halyma is actively supporting the Ottawa Bellydance Community and you can find all of the events and workshops and more on our EVENTS page.