HiP KiK

Belly Dancing and Fitness Studio for Women

Shop for Christmas at the Junction Winter Market!

Come shop at our store on Sunday December 7 at the Junction Winter Market for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts and more! Starts at 11 am.


ABOUT


Every woman has a leading role in her own unfolding life story. Through many years spent in fitness & dance facilities, I have heard hundreds of personal stories and realize that there are a multitude of reasons “why” women attend “class”. Some women attend when they are inspired to express inner joy and their love of dance; others when they find themselves to be in a situation which they need to understand or change. Whatever the case, it seems to me that women attend “class” in order to see themselves reflected in one another’s experience. Belly dance is a way for women to better understand themselves as it is both physically and emotionally moving. This is my personal experience of this magical, mythical, middle-eastern dance and the primary motivator for the creation of the HiP KiK Belly Dance and Fitness Studio. When a woman senses that there is a mythical dimension to something she is undertaking, that knowledge touches and inspires deep creative centres within her. I invite you to accompany us as we discover ourselves and one another through this ancient feminine art form.

My name is Souhaer Zarik and I invite you to join us in the dance of self discovery.

Souhaer Zarik

Locked in this dance is a secret language that tells the story of women's lives... their passions and their spirituality, their sacrifices, their joys, their intuitions, their emotional life drama.


~ Delilah ~



SERVICES



Classes

From Get Fit classes to Intro, Intermediate and Advanced Belly Dancing, you will be able to find something to suit you. Call for schedules. Discounts available the more classes you sign up for.

Event Entertainment

HiP KiK can provide your event with the utmost in professional belly dancing entertainment. Whether it is a wedding, bridal shower, birthday party, a corporate event or any other special occasion, hiring a belly dancer is sure to make your event exciting and memorable!  See details below.

Boutique

Belly dance costumes and accessories, hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry and knit-wear created by local artisans, workout wear. Gift certificates are also available.

Health Services

Associated Health Care Practitioners

  • Claudia Zarik, M.A., Psychotherapist
  • Olivia Zarik, R.M.T., Registered Massage Therapist
  • Nicholas Livadas, B.Sc., B.Sc.(O.T.). O.T.Reg.(Ont.), Senior Occupational Therapist

By appointment only.

CLASSES IN DETAIL



Introduction to Belly Dance is for those new to this style of dance. We start with basic movements and fundamentals such as posture, hand and arm movements, shimmy, and hip accents, as well as upper body movements. A warm-up is followed by the instruction and demonstration of each new move to be taught during that lesson. One on one instruction is provided to each student in order to ensure the proper execution of each move. Students are then led through drills of each new move to reinforce what they have just learned. At the end of every class the students are given a few minutes to practice what they have learned independently. This develops a good foundation for future classes. We recommend 3-4 introductory classes.

Phase 1 – Beginner is for students who are comfortable with the introductory moves and are ready to begin learning the isolation movements. Focus is upon the abdomen, hips and legs, while learning to travel with the basic movements. Choreography is introduced at this level utilizing the moves that have been taught.

Phase 2 – Beginner
This class is much like Phase 1 as there is continued reinforcement of the isolation movements. In Phase 2 we include more challenging movements which involve layering, (executing more then one move at a time) as well as an introduction to the use of the veil. Some time is spent on learning to identify the different drum beats and rhythms that are played in the music. New choreography is introduced using the movements that are being taught. A greater emphasis is placed on technique through this phase so that individuals intending on moving forward, are able to to so comfortably.

Phase 3 – Intermediate
Continued emphasis on technique and learning how to layer the moves is the goal through this phase. A large portion of class time is spent on drills as the layered movements take a considerable amount of effort. New moves and different styles of belly dance such as Tribal and Taxim are introduced. This phase is one of the longest and one of the most challenging, so students are encouraged to practice on their own at least 30 minutes, 4 times per week.

Phase 4-Intermediate
In phase 4 the moves you have learned up to this point should feel as comfortable to you as walking. Recognition of the rhythms in the music and matching them with the appropriate movements have become second nature at this point. The student is provided with a working knowledge of choreography construction and is guided through the subsequent application in active practice of freestyle belly dance. Through a progressive practice shift, the focus moves to speed, accuracy and technique as the final choreography in this phase is based on a drum solo.

Advanced
At this point students have been exposed to a variety of styles and techniques and are capable of performing on their own with competance and confidence. In order to enter this phase, the students will be required to write and perform their own choreography. Time is spent on stage presence, make-up application, “how to make a spectacular entrance”, posing, facial expression and costuming. Many who enter this phase have a desire to perform, however, it is not a requirement.

Get Fit Fast (GFF)
GFF is a unique workout which blends several different types of exercise in order to acheive optimal results in the least amount of time. It is based on light weight resistance training, stability ball work, as well as Pilate’s. Although exercises are revisited, you never do the same workout twice. Classes last approximately 50 minutes and the entire body gets a workout.

Boot Camp
Much like the Get Fit Fast class, Boot Camp gives the body a solid once over. However, it is far more intense as it places some emphasis on your cardiovascular ability. Not only are we strength training in this class, but we also get you sprinting, doing jumping jacks, burpies and the like. You do not have to be in shape for this class as you are encouraged to work at your own pace. What you do need is your willingness to push yourself hard.

Belly Fit
The Belly Fit class is a blend of belly dancing and Get Fit Fast. This class is designed mainly to hit the legs, stomach and butt. Anyone interested in doing this class will be required to take 5 belly dance lessons before getting started. This class is for those women who want to belly dance as a form of fitness, rather then learn choreography. This workout will make your legs and bottom as hard as steel and your stomach as flat as a board and the best part is, you will have fun doing it!

EVENT ENTERTAINMENT ESSENTIALS



What you need to know…

  • Your belly dance entertainment will arrive on time and fully prepared with music and a professional costume.
  • An audio system is required so please let us know if you do not have one.
  • The dancer will need a minimum of 10 square feet floor space in order to dance comfortably.   As well, she will need a place to get prepared.
  • A performance typically lasts about 20 minutes and from experience this seems to be just enough to get your guests warmed up for the rest of the event.  If you require it to be longer, it can be extended up to 30 minutes without additional charge.
  • If you require a performer for a longer period of time, please feel free to make your request and the price will be adjusted accordingly.
  • We do not perform for  “exclusively male” audiences.(if you wouldn’t allow a child to attend the event then it is safe to assume that we won’t attend  either)
  • A deposit of half the cost is required in order to book the date of your event.   The remainder of the cost is required the day of the performance (Cash Only).

Pricing

  • starting from $250 for a performance within the GTA
  • starting from $150 for an off site lesson (1 hour)

Please call for further details and special requests

Unique Party Favors

  • Hip Scarves – $20 each
  • Coffee Cup Readings – $20 each (*party favor price)
  • Coffee Cup Readings are available individually, by appointment only, at a cost of $40.

COME DANCE WITH US


Express your inner joy and love of dance.