Montreal Trip!

The Invoketress ladies love a good road trip, having traveled multiple times to Michigan, Windsor, Sarnia, and all over Ontario to perform.  At the end of August, Ishra and some of the ladies traveled to Montreal to perform in the Spectacle Des Élèves Nocta Bellydance, thanks to an invitation from innovative and creative dance artist and choreographer Andrea Fryett, (an Elora native who now lives, performs, and teaches in Montreal) founder of Nocta Bellydance.  The ladies jumped at the chance!

The weekend started off with Ishra teaching the Montreal ladies a workshop based on her challenging, award-winning “Enemy Guns” choreography on Saturday.  That evening, Andrea invited the girls to dine at Menthe & Couscous, a Tunisian restaurant where she regularly performs.  It was an amazing evening filled with delicious food, lots of dancing by Andrea, the Invoketress girls, the restaurant owners, and the patrons.

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Natalie, Mary, Ishra, Audrea, Eleanor, and our lovely hostess Andrea at Menthe & Couscous restaurant.

Sunday was the day of the show.  It was held at Cabaret Lion d’Or, a charming theatre that evoked history and conjured stories of classic cabaret shows stemming from the 1930s.

Natalie with some classic cabaret performers of days gone by.
Natalie with some classic cabaret performers of days gone by.

It was Andrea’s student gala and the show was filled with a wide range of styles from traditional to fusion.  Invoketress performed their mystical mermaid number and Ishra performed her iconic “Enemy Guns” piece.

Photo by Jocelyn Lecours.
Photo by Jocelyn Lecours.
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Our lovely dance apprentice Eleanor. Photo by Jocelyn Lecours.
Photo by Jocelyn Lecours.
Photo by Jocelyn Lecours.
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Invoketress on stage at the end of the show.
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Audrea, Natalie, Eleanor, and Mary outside the theatre.
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Ishra outside of the theatre.

Outside of dance, the girls enjoyed the city with shopping, dining, walking, croissants, and enjoying the nightlife.  Thank you, Andrea, for your invitation to perform…it was a great reason to road-trip to Montreal, network with the Nocta ladies, and enjoy this fabulous city!

~ M.W.

Ishra’s “Top 40 Under 40!” Luncheon and Article!

Congratulations to our teacher and fearless leader, Ishra, for being honoured as one of the Guelph Mercury’s “Top 40 Under 40.” There was a lovely luncheon for all the winners on June 19th at the Guelph Youth Music Centre to celebrate all of the amazing achievements of the nominees.

Mary and Ishra at the luncheon.
Mary and Ishra at the luncheon.
Ishra with all the other amazing nominees.
Ishra with all the other amazing nominees.
Special insert in the Guelph Mercury.
Special insert in the Guelph Mercury.
Ishra's profile at the event.
Ishra’s profile at the event.

We are so blessed to have such a talented and ground-breaking instructor right here in Guelph.  Ishra, here’s to another 40 years!!

~ M.W.

 

 

 

 

Spring Fever

If you’ve been following our Blog or our Facebook Page, you’ll know that this spring has been chock full of performances! They all lead up to our highlight of the season – our Belly Blush Student Recital!  Do you have your ticket, yet? You can purchase them in advance from the Blue Ribbon in downtown Guelph or from any one of our lovely Invoketress ladies!

On Friday, June 7th, Natalie, Minerva, Mary and Ishra had the lovely opportunity to provide some entertainment to the Relay for Life, Cambridge walkers. Relays for Life are held all over to raise money for much needed cancer research.

On Saturday, June 8th, the ladies were blessed with a rain-free Guelph Multicultural Festival for the first time in years!  We were also honoured to be the Saturday night show-closers.  What a wonderful, receptive audience we had.  Be sure to catch some video highlights from our performance here.

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The lovely ladies at the Guelph Multicultural Festival: Paula, Nicole, Cindy, Mary, Ishra, Minerva, Tova, Natalie.

This Saturday, June 15, catch some of the Invoketress ladies as they participate in a celebration of the Speed and Eramosa Rivers at Guelph’s 2 Rivers Festival celebration! They will be accompanying a drumming procession down the river so you don’t want to miss this! Catch them at The Boathouse, 5pm.

Also, this Friday and Saturday, Mary and Natalie will be attending some workshops from some of Ontario’s finest instructors at Rakfest, hosted by Guelph’s Hiba. They will also be performing at the Saturday night hafla. Check out the amazing offering of workshops! You can still register before noon, Friday, June 14th!

Lots still to come this summer….so stay tuned!

~ M.W. 

Recent Community Events

We recently had the pleasure of performing at Bracelet of Hope’s “Go Red for Mothers” family fun day on May 11th in lovely downtown Guelph. They are a grassroots organization that engages Canadian communities to fight against HIV and AIDS in Africa. It was a chilly day but the atmosphere was warm with some Zumba, face painting, playing with clay, and live music all for a great cause.  Check out some video clips of our performance!

Keeping cozy! Nicole and Minerva cuddle up!
Keeping cozy! Nicole and Minerva cuddle up!

 

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Photo courtesy of DJ Charlie Clean.

Some of the ladies will also be performing at Cambridge’s Relay for Life for the Canadian Cancer Society. This year’s theme is “Fighting Cancer Around the World.”

Also coming up is our annual performance at the Guelph District Multicultural Festival. Invoketress is honoured to be the show-closing performers on the evening of Saturday, June 8th at 8:30pm.  Hopefully the sun will just be starting to set as we have some pieces to help illuminate the sky! We will be presenting a variety of solos, duets, and group pieces in a number of styles so be sure to check us out as we always aim to entertain!

Ishra on the GDMF poster for 2012!
Ishra on the GDMF poster for 2012!