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Ahlan, ahlan, ahlan! 
It's February - please accept our best wishes for a Happy Chinese New Year and a Valentine's Day full of love! Also, we are delighted to welcome and introduce you to our new contributor, Kay!

Kay is a professional, passionate and creative choreographer and instructor! A natural born dancer with music in her blood, she enjoys teaching, choreographing and performing. With training in Kathak, Contemporary, Street Dance, Salsa, Belly dancing, Bollywood and Bhangra, she has a unique style which leaves audiences dazzled by her energy.

Kay is a qualified Exercise to Music, Belly dance, Bollywood dance, Zumba and soon to be Yoga instructor. She has a degree in Education Studies, a Masters in Inclusive education and a PCGE in Primary Teaching.

Kay founded LovetheBeat in 2009. Since then she has performed, taught and choreographed at numerous events. She also manages her own Dance Troupe for which she is currently recruiting and starting new Professional Dance Training Rehearsals (starting April 2016).  

To contact her for 1-2-1 lessons, performances or her new class, please email her at
You can also follow her social media channels:

Kay is the perfect teacher to unleash your inner divinity and experience a dance adventure you’ve never felt before! 
So, with a big thank you, let's hand over to Kay:

Hello Dancers!

I am delighted to write my first article for Zameena!

At the moment, I am in India and I have just returned back to my family’s home after a day in Agra – home of the Taj Mahal – the epitome of love! A perfect coincidence considering I am writing this article for February’s Valentine’s edition.
For many, ‘bellydancing’ and ‘love’ are an unfathomable duo which go hand in hand. How many times have you proclaimed ‘I love bellydancing!’ And what’s not to love about it?

It’s an ancient dance form. It celebrates women’s bodies. It signifies a love (there’s that word again) for particular instruments, sounds and music. It’s sensual, yet classy. It’s bold, but graceful. It’s cheeky yet feminine. It’s everything a woman represents.
We all encompass wishes and desires to change parts of our body, but in the grand scheme of this traditional art, nothing really matters and all flaws are celebrated. Our body is the vehicle that enables us to dance – we should appreciate ourselves far more than many of us really do.
What really matters is that you enjoy what you do and you execute it with pure devotion. Whether it’s a simple performance with tons of attitude, or a complex drum solo with grace and flow – whatever you perform it should be done from the heart and full of love.
When we act in the name of love, we bring joy to everyone around us. More importantly, we feed our souls with care, nourishment and tenderness. This can bring emotional fulfilment which can lead to a healthier life.
Remember ladies, you are all Divine. You are all Goddesses. There is no shame in loving yourself. By loving yourself, you build the capacity to love others. By loving others, we bring peace and harmony to our communities and that is what most of us wish to achieve through our bellydancing.
Although some readers may feel disillusioned about the ‘belly dancing community’, we must remember that change is a part of life. Nothing stays the same therefore our feelings cannot stay the same. But, if we remain bound to the fire that ignites our passion for Raqs Shaqi, if we tender our love for the music that we enjoy listening to, and if we practise privately - not always for money, publicity and attention - we have the power to rise above the politics and unite as a community that LOVES the dance and wishes to see it retained within this modern day. Nothing more, nothing less.
I would like you to close your eyes. Picture yourself in your most favourite attire – whether it be comfy leggings or a glamorous costume. Hear the sound of your favourite music piece playing in the background. Now imagine yourself dancing in a manner which is full of love. Dwell on this image and let it fill your mind, body and soul with affection, warmth and delight.
My message to you is:

Dance because you love to dance.
Dance for yourself and no one else.
Love the dance you do, whatever the style or reason.

Kay Dance xxxx
Happy Chinese New Year!
The Year of the Monkey starts on Feb 8th 2016 - enjoy the video!
We are offering this beautiful, Turkish necklace as the prize in our Valentine's competition. The ceramic cabuchon is hand painted and set on an aged metal base and comes with a twisted silk neck cord.
To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is answer a simple question and email the answer to us by 28th Feb. All correct entries will be placed in a hat on Leap Year's Day, 29th Feb, and the first one picked out wins!

The winner will be notified by email and the result published in the next edition of Zameena.

Here is the  question:
What does Kay say you build by loving yourself?
Please send your answers here.
Don't forget to check out Zara's Zouk Online Shop for your dance needs be they tribal, oriental, folk or something for class - take a peek!
You can shop in confidence with our no quibble money back guarantee on all returns. If you can't see what you want online, please ask as not everything we have is shown. 
If you would like to try on something or take a closer look it is easy to arrange a time and day to visit us at home in London E17 with no pressure to buy.
Call or text us on: 07854023948 - We'd love to see you!
Thank you for reading this month's Zameena.

Wishing you happy dancing and sensational shimmying!  

Till next month
Zara and Sandra xxx
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