Women of Maggie it's time to swing, shake and shimmie those hips. From now until the end of September, Eva will be giving belly dancing lessons at the RSL Hall in Arcadia.
Eva who hails from a small village in British Columbia (Canada) called Cawson is on a world push-biking tour with her boyfriend and when she has an extended stay in a spot (like she's having on Magnetic Island) she likes to share her love of Belly Dancing with the community.
Back home in Cawson (pop. 600), Eva is an organic basil farmer, however at night "I trade my gumboots for bells" says Eva who is a founding member of a belly dancing troupe that has been active for 4 years called the Desert Ladies.
To learn all the moves the troupe would hire belly dancing teachers to come to Cawson and teach the women who range from their 20s to almost 60. The Desert Ladies are well known in her village and are in high demand whenever there is a community event.
On Magnetic Island, Eva is keen to encourage women of all ages to join her classes. "Belly dancing is about letting go of your inhibitions and having a laugh too".
There will be two sessions. On Wednesday evenings a beginners class will start at 7pm finishing at approximately 8.15pm. The cost is $10 (or $40 for 5 sessions) and participants should wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water (not Tuesday evening as previously published).
An advanced class on Tuesdays (from 5.30pm - 7pm) for those Island women who feel confident enough to start putting together moves with the aim of putting on a performance in late September at Alla Capri (dates to be decided) will also be conducted.
In future sessions the advanced class will see some Arabic drummers (with influences from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran) travel from Townsville to provide the music for dancers.