Fall Classes at the Abbey Studio

Hello Dancers, 

I am looking forward to a creative and dance’full Fall and it feels good to be putting more time and energy into the studio! Classes will start up the 3rd week of September, check the schedule below. I recommend pre registering as classes will be capped at 10, min 5

Hope to dance with you soon and don’t hesitate to contact me for more info, 
Cathy Stoyko

Weekly classes at the Abbey Studio, Fall 2015

Belly Dance for Fun and Fitness with Cathy Stoyko~  Mondays 6PM-7PM
Sept. 21st- Dec. 14th, no class on Thanksgiving Oct.12th
A great dance workout for body mind and spirit that focuses on fun while learning solid technique. No choreography or pressure to perform just drills, combinations, stretching and strengthening excersices. While getting a good workout learn about the many styles of belly dance ranging from tradition folk to fusion styles.  Explore traditional women’s dances from Middle east, Turkey, India and beyond and connect with other women in your community. Perfect for new students, beginners and intermediate dancers wanting to  review technique (layers will be added to challenge more experience dancers). 
Drop ins $12  or $120 / 12 week session. 
New students are welcome to come and try the first class before committing to the full session. Feel free to contact me FMI 


Int/Avd. Belly Dance & Beyond Drills and Technique with Cathy Stoyko~ 
Mondays 7:15PM-8:30PM,  Sept. 21st- Dec. 14th, no class on Thanksgiving Oct.12th
This session will focus on modern fusion technique, drills and combinations, also some review of the Indian Fusion Choreography that we worked on last Spring session. 
Perfect for int/adv dancers and continuing students. 
$120/12 weeks, $12 drop Ins (if space allows), max 10




Egyptian Twists Belly Dance with Carla Barriga, Tuesdays 7:15 to 8:30 pm
Sept. 29th - Dec. 8th, no class on November 10th 
FMI and to register contact Carla at barriga9891@shaw.ca



Goddess Dance with Cathy Stoyko~ Wed.10:30AM-11:45AM
Nov 4th- Dec. 6th, 6 week session/ $60 or $12 drop in
Explore women's traditional dances and celebrate the sacred feminine. 
Belly dance is great exercise for women of all ages, shapes and sizes, including pregnant women (I danced through both my pregnancies)Moms with young babies are welcome in class and there are comfy couches for breastfeeding. 
Students that enrol in the full session will get a CD and learn a series of movements and basic choreography for continued home practice.
Feel free to contact me FMI

Life Drawing presented by Cumberland Arts and Culture Society
Every second Wed. 7-9PM, next class Sept. 16th



Simorgh, Farima’s Comox Valley Dance Collective, Wed. 7:30-9PM starting Sept. 9th (ongoing every second Wed.) 
Persian Sacred and Traditional dance study group, practice time for collective members
 $5-$10 donation per practice
Dancers who attend the upcoming weekend intensive with Farima are eligible to join the collective. Contact me FMI. 



Ballet for children with Sarah Gibson
Thursdays, Oct. 15th- Dec. 3rd, 8 week session
Ages 5-8; 3:30-4:15PM~ A class where young dancers will be introduced to ballet movement, musicality, and expression using games and stories. 
Ages 9-14; 4:30-5:30PM~ Older dancers will learn technique and strengthen their foundation in classical ballet, and learn a performance piece for fun.




Adult Ballet with Laurie Montemurro
Thursdays, starting Oct. 1st, 6-7:15PM, 10 week session
Open to everyone 15 years and up, all genders and levels.
Ballet is the physical art of moving in geometrical precision with grace and dignity.  Using traditional and non traditional ballet techniques we will be ballerinas within our own bodies, safely.  Focus points for the class will be physical alignment, dancing as a corps and personal style.   Comfortable clothing and cotton socks are suitable garb.
$120/10 week session or $15 drop in, min. 5, max 10 students
Contact Cathy by email or phone 218-0704 to pre register. 






Romany Gypsy Dance with Cathy Stoyko, Thursdays, 7:30-8:45PM, Sept. 24th- Dec.10th
Explore fun and expressive dances that follow the Romany ‘gypsy’ trail from India to Turkey, Egypt, Eastern Europe and beyond. Learn technique, steps and gestures from a variety of regions. We will focus on Turkish Roman style this session and build on combinations for a new dance. I am inspired to create a new Turkish Roman Choreography and have some new insights, gestures and combinations to share since my last trip to Turkey! Students that enrol for the full session have the option of performing the new Turkish Roman dance at the Abbey Studio Hafla in December. New students are welcome! Some belly dance or some related dance experience recommended. 
Bring a long full skirt to classes (I have some extras to lend).
$120/12 week session or $12 drop in (no drop ins after the end of Oct., we will be building on choreography in prep. for the Hafla)


Don’t hesitate to call or message me for more info!


News and upcoming events~

*Friday, Oct. 23rd~ Costumes & Candies,  Pre-Hallowe'en Karaoke party presented by Lucky Village Enterprises. More details coming soon.

*Sunday, Nov. 1st~ Day of the Dead Community Altar and Celebration with Marianna and friends. 

*Sat. Nov. 7th~ Coal Dust Cocktail Lounge featuring piano lounge entertainment with estie and Paoul, prohibition era cocktails, DJ and other surprises! Glamorous attire is encouraged. Presented by the Abbey Studio and Lucky Village Enterprises.
8PM- Midnight, cash bar, suggested donation at the door $10

*Friday Nov. 13th~ Sema Gathering and Dance performances with Farima Berenji 
 Sat. Nov. 14th~Persian Dance workshops and sacred circle/Zikr
Sun. Nov. 15th~Persian Dance workshops
Visit this link for more info about the weekend intensive with Farima and to register online. Registration is now open and space is limited to 14 people so act soon, early payment also allows me to send plane fare further in advance and is much appreciated. http://cathystoykodance.blogspot.ca/2015/08/persian-sacred-classical-and.html
Feel free to contact me for more info about classes and the Farima dance intensive.

*Nov. 28th~ Turkish night featuring live music, DJ st. Izmir, dance performances, homemade Turkish food and bazaar! More details soon.

*Dec. 18th~ Abbey Studio Hafla

Cathy Stoyko
(250) 218-0704

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