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Updates and important news for Seraka Studios classes and workshops.

Registration Open for Winter Classes

Registration Open for Winter Classes

posted on November 22, 2017 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Seraka Studios

It’s that wonderful time of year when we get back into the swing of things with our practise. We’ve just released our schedule and upcoming classes for the Winter session! See our schedule and options on our Classes page.

Classes will be held at our usually home-away-from-home at The Dance Centre (Coaker Meadows Plaza at 286 Torbay Road, in St. John’s NL) and start on Sunday, 7 January, 2018!

To register, send Vanessa an email to Registration open now!

Change to Winter Class Schedule

Change to Winter Class Schedule

posted on March 19, 2017 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Seraka Studios

After discussing with the class(es). I’ve decided to amend the scheduled for the remainder of the winter session, effective today 19 March 2017.

  • Level 1 Studies – good to go as scheduled. No changes
  • Fundamentals – good to finish with our last class tonight.
  • Remaining Spotlight/Combo classes will be cancelled, so that instead of 10-weeks, it was only 5-weeks. This class will not be held tonight.
  • DrillZilla will be modified to a one-hour class from 7:15-8:15pm starting next week (26 Mar), open to Levels 1+.

An email will be sent to students who’ve paid up front for classes to discuss refunds & shifting payments.


If you’re in the market for finger cymbals allow me to suggest the following:

  1. “Arabesque” in brass by Saroyan (smaller, lighter, less expensive)
  2. “Small Grecian” in brass by Saroyan (smaller, lighter, less expensive)
  3. “Afghani” in brass, or silver, or bronze by Saroyan (medium size, slightly heavier, moderate price)
  4. “Ghawazee” in bronze by Saroyan (medium size, heavier, higher price)
  5. “Al Taj” in brass by Saroyan (huge, heavy, expensive, cymbal-of-my-dreams)




Reminder – No Class Feb 12

posted on February 11, 2017 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Seraka Studios

Gentle reminder, per our regular schedule for the semester, that there is no class on Sunday, February 12.

As this was taken into account before classes were scheduled for the semester, it does not affect your registration or length of session.

For detailed dates & class times please check the Classes Page.

See you next week!


Level 1 Series Cancelled

posted on November 20, 2016 by Vanessa
in: Seraka Studios

The Level 1 Series for Nov/Dec 2016 will not continue as scheduled due to low registration numbers.  We will be offering a fresh batch of classes in Jan/Feb so keep your eyes peeled then.




AQUEOUS – Tickets Selling Quickly!

AQUEOUS – Tickets Selling Quickly!

posted on November 10, 2016 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Performances, Seraka Studios

If you’re making plans to see AQUEOUS on Sunday, you should grab your tickets while they’re still available in advance! It saves you $5 off the ticket price – but online sales & advance sales end on Saturday November 12.

Read more about the show here:

Read about how we created the show here: Aqueous – The Director’s Cut (Blog Post)

Join the Facebook event here:

Ticket will, of course, be available at the door for $20.

Classes Cancelled for Sun Apr 17

posted on April 17, 2016 by Vanessa
in: Seraka Studios

Unfortunately, tonight’s classes will have to be cancelled, due to instructor illness. We will see you next week for the last class of the session!

Be well, dancers!

Reminder – No Classes Mar 27 & Apr 3

Reminder – No Classes Mar 27 & Apr 3

posted on March 20, 2016 by Vanessa
in: Performances, Seraka Studios

Vanessa, Karen & Susan are travelling to Toronto to be part of The Lavish Project 2016 – an artist in residency program directed by Audra Simmons & Heather Labonté of The Dark Side Studio.  Working five 10-hour studio days with 12 dancers from across Canada to prepare and create pieces for “harmony/discord” on Sat Apr 2 at ROUND venue in Kensington Market.

Since we’re not in province, make sense that classes will be cancelled. The final classes for this session are: Mar 20, Apr 10, Apr 17 & Apr 24. See you at The Dance Centre!

Summer Classes – Schedule Changes

posted on July 10, 2015 by Vanessa
in: Seraka Studios

Due to this year’s July and August being warm and summer-like, registration numbers are low for a number of classes in the summer schedule.  Sadly, this means some classes will be cancelled, including the following four:

  • Technique L1 (Tuesdays @ 7:45-8:45pm)
  • Technique L2 (Wednesdays @ 6:30-7:30pm)
  • Stagecraft (Wednesdays @ 7:45-8:45pm)
  • Fundamentals (Wednesdays @ 7:45-8:45pm)

We are still taking registrations for VEILS (Tue Aug 18 & Tue Aug 25 @ 7:45-8:45pm) and for FUNDAMENTALS (Tuesdays @ 6:30-7:30pm)

If there is enough interest in occasional workshops, they will be scheduled as requested.  If you have an idea for a class or workshop you’d like to take, we welcome you to contact us with your ideas and belly dance cravings.

Free Class for a Photoshoot

Free Class for a Photoshoot

posted on June 8, 2015 by Vanessa
in: Seraka Studios

It’s a camera! It’s in a studio! With dancers! IT’S A FREE CLASS FOR A PHOTOSHOOT!

Wednesday, June 17 @ 6:30pm – 8:00pm
The Dance Centre (286 Torbay Rd)


Vanessa will be teaching a FREE BELLY DANCE CLASS that’s suitable for all levels from “I’ve never belly danced in my life” to “I belly dance every day” – and inviting our dear friend Jared (of J. Reid Studios) to come take photos throughout the lesson. He’ll be moving in and out of the dancers getting shots as we go through a few exercises, drills & combos.

It’s an IN-CLASS PHOTOSHOOT and we need bodies to fill the beautiful studio. We’re looking for belly dancers, dancers from different genres, non-dancers, wannabe dancers, or really anyone who is willing to come in exercise clothes and smile about it.


What to Wear

Please wear anything you’re comfy in, but might we suggest…

  • fitted exercise pants: yoga, melodia-style, leggings, etc.
  • fitted tank top or sports bra.
What to Bring

If you don’t have anything on this list, don’t worry at all.

  • yoga or pilates mat.
  • water bottle.
  • finger cymbals.
  • coin belt or hip scarf… since it’s belly dance.
How to Look (Hair/Makeup)
  • light and casual, not stage-ready.
  • as you would if you were going to class… in a glamorous way… since it’s a photoshoot.


Grab a friend and signup by emailing

Technique L1 & Creativity L2 Starts THIS WEEK

Technique L1 & Creativity L2 Starts THIS WEEK

posted on April 1, 2015 by Vanessa
in: Seraka Studios

Seraka Studios’ classes for the second half of the Winter 2015 session is happening now! We’ve just finished two great workshops (Top Speed Turns 2, and Choreo KickStart), and this week we’re starting the 5-week series for Creativity L2 and Technique L1.

Classes run on Tuesday evenings @ The Dance Centre (286 Torbay Rd, in Coaker’s Meadow Plaza) with classes on Mar 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, and April 28


Technique L1
Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm @ The Dance Centre with Vanessa

Technique L1 focuses on learning, breaking down, and drilling those essential isolations, steps, shimmies and movements for belly dance. It’s designed for dancers who’ve taken our Tribal Fusion Fundamentals course, or those who have previous experience in belly dance and want some refinement in their technique.  This is a short run, only 5 classes, and is available by full registration ($70), 3-class pass ($45) or drop-in ($15 ea).

Class Dates: Mar 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, and April 28


Creativity L2
Tuesdays from 7:45-8:45pm @ The Dance Centre with Vanessa

Creativity L2 focuses on utilizing your dance technique that you’ve been working on in a tangible way. We work on improvisation exercises and tools for comfort and easing yourself in to free-form dancing (without combinations or choreography).  Then we work through a choreography designed to challenge you with foot patterns, isolations and a smidge of finger cymbals. It’s designed for those who are (or have been) taking Technique L2, or Creativity L1. This 5-week series is available for full registration only ($70).

Class Dates: Mar 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, and April 28


Email for more information, or give us a call!

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