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Holiday Specials ending January 5!


There’s still just a little bit of time left to take advantage of our Holiday Specials through January 5! You can use them for yourself, for someone else, or print them out and pass them on!

All specials may be redeemed in person with a coupon (printed or on your favorite technological device) or can be found online at


Holiday Party/Drum Circle

The end of the 2012 is upon us and we have one final event scheduled to give everyone a chance to dance, drum, hang out, and have fun here at the new studio before we close for the holidays.  It’s a combination December Drum Circle / Holiday Party / Studio Warming Party, this Saturday, December 22, 2012 from 7:30-10pm!  It is totally free and will start with a mini drum rhythm lesson/refresher for anyone interested (we’ll even teach you a dance move or two if you like so you can dance with us too).  We will then spend the remainder of the evening jamming (drumming and dancing) and socializing.  The Shambling Shimmies may even do a short fire dance or two at the end of the night, weather permitting.  Hand drums of any style, zills, tambourines, etc. or even just your hands for clapping along with the rhythm are all welcome. Drummers and all styles of bellydancers are welcome whether you’ve had years of experience or never danced or drummed a day before the intro lesson! The goal for this event is fun, community, and participation, not performance and perfection 🙂 So come out and jam with us – we’ll see you there!

(you can also check out the Facebook Event here)

Studio Closed for Holidays

After the party, the studio will be closed for the remainder of 2012 (12/23/13-12/31/13).  We will reopen for Tribal Bellydance, Shambling Shimmies Style at 6pm on January 1, 2013 – so you can start your new year off dancing with us!

January Schedule

The January Class Schedule has been set for the studio!  There are some new classes, some old favorites (some of which have new names), and some made over classes.

An online version of the January class schedule can always be found on the Class and Event Calendar.

A printout of the January class schedule can be found here: ClassSchedulePrintoutJan2013.

Descriptions of classes can be found here: Drop-In Classes.

You can also like our Facebook page and/or subscribe to our Newsletter to receive regular updates on new classes and class schedules.

Latest Newsletter

Here is the link to our latest newsletter!


New Studio Move-In Date!

The move-in date for the new studio has been set! As of Monday, December, 10, 2012, all classes will be held at our new location:

4131 NW 13th St., Suite 202

Gainesville, FL

We look forward to seeing you all there at the brand new studio!!



This Week at the Shambling Studio

Special Event:

Tonight, 11/27/2012, is Satchels Shakedown Night at Lightning Salvage!  Join the Shambling Shimmies, Swamp Daisies, and Honored Guests for some food, dancing, and fun:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
7:30PM – 9:00PM
Lightning Salvage / Satchel’s Pizza
1800 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville, Florida
No cover (Tips / patronizing the restaurant always appreciated)
All ages

New Studio Update:

We have completed the major renovations required prior to moving in.  We are now in the process of getting the final arrangements made for our inspection and hope to complete this within the week.  If all goes well, we hope to move in to the new studio the week of Dec. 9, 2012.  We will post here on the website, on Facebook, Twitter, send a newsletter and announce it in all classes when the date for moving classes is final.  You can follow us in any or all of these places for these and other updates:

Twitter (@ShamblnShimmies)
Subscribe to Newsletter

The location for the new studio is: 4131 NW 13th St., Suite 202

Weekly Classes:

This current Special Topics Class is Tribal Bellydance with Fire (Thurs. 6pm, $15 or 1.5 card punches)

This week’s Weekly Jam Class will be Improv Exercises and Jam (Thurs. 7:15pm, $10 or 1 card punch)

See the class and event calendar for other weekly class offerings.


Happy Thanksgiving from Shambling Shimmies!

The studio will be closed Thursday, 11/22/2012 and Friday 11/23/2012 for the holiday.  We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and we will see you back in class for our regular schedule on Monday.

New Studio Update/Progress:

As many of you know, we are especially thankful for our new studio!  The walls are painted, the floor is down, and the mirrors are up.  We still have some finishing touches to put on as we are preparing for our inspection.  We still plan to move in early December.  We will update you as soon as we have an official move-in date!



Here’s your weekly rundown of what you’ll find at the studio this week … you don’t want to miss any of it!



Shamblin’ Drum Circle – Sat., Nov. 10, 7:30-10:00pm at the Studio
FREE Intro to Middle Eastern Rhythms / Bellydance Intro 7:30-8:00pm
Drum Circle / Bellydance Jam 8:00-10:00pm



Class names following topics will be specifically covering those topics this week.  See the class calendar for scheduled times and days.  

Level 1 Tribal Moves: Full Vocabulary Review and Check-Up (Level 1 Tribal Moves and Jam)

Level 2 Tribal Moves: Slow Moves Review (Level 2 Tribal Moves and Jam)

Formation Focus: Standard Formation/Chorus (Level 1 Tribal Moves and Jam) 

Upper Body Technique: External Squares (Bellydance Technique)

Lower Body Technique: External Squares (Bellydance Technique)

Footwork: Paddle Turns (Bellydance Technique)

Zill Pattern:  Longa (RLR) alternating ending on downbeat and upbeat 8 counts each (Level 2 Tribal Moves and Jam) (Bellydance Technique)

Current Special Topic: Tribal Bellydance with Fire

Weekly Jam Class: Combos



Rhythm to Know: Baladi (D D _ T D _ T _ )

Dancers to Know: Elizabeth Strong, Fifi Abdou

Song to Know: Alf Layla Wa Layla


Be sure to connect with us on our Facebook and Twitter for daily updates, links, and more detailed information on some of these topics as well as suggestions for home practice.

New Studio!

Have you heard the big news? Shambling Shimmies has leased a new, bigger studio location!  We are currently renovating and decorating and we hope to move in by December 1.

The new studio will open up several exciting opportunities for us:

  • larger space for regular classes
  • space allowing for lit fire classes
  • space that allows for running certain classes simultaneously
  • space large enough to allow for events previously not possible or previously limited such as workshops and studio parties

The new location will be:

4131 NW 13th St., Suite 202

We have some pre-renovation pictures up on our facebook page here and we’ll keep posting the progress as we go for those of you who would like to follow along.

We are also accepting donations of the following to help with the renovations:

  • throw pillows
  • fabric
  • decor items
  • money (you can “chip-in” below)

Fine Tuning the Schedule

We want to thank everyone who voted in our poll to determine which class to put in the Monday 6:30-7:30pm spot!  Based on your feedback, we will be adding a new Choreography Class beginning Monday, October 1 at 6:30 and kicking things off with a Level 1 Drum Solo.

We are now looking to the future and working on setting our base schedule for the coming year.  Please help us once again by filling out the survey below so that we can offer classes to best fit YOUR schedule and preferences!
(if you have any problems with the survey below, you can open it in a new window here)


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