Bey News

Putting the fun back into dance classes

By Bey Dance

By Kate Stanton Business reporter, BBC, Melbourne, Australia

22 June 2017

" Back in Melbourne, Liz Cahalan's company Bey Dance is devoted almost entirely to the spirit of the singer Beyonce.

A dancer by profession, Liz says she was inspired by her love of the music video for Beyonce's 2008 hit single Single Ladies.

The first Bey Dance studio opened last year in the Australian city, and has since expanded across the country to Perth and Adelaide.

Liz now employs 35 people to help teach the classes and maintain the business.

"It became about more than just a dance class," she says. "It became about teaching women that it is OK to have curves, to feel powerful about the way that you stand with your body."

Liz adds that she thinks the rise of classes such as Bey Dance and No Lights No Lycra was "one of those zeitgeist things". She says like-minded people became tired of feeling like they "couldn't dance because we weren't a certain body shape, that we didn't have a certain technique, or do ballet"."

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The year ahead for Bey Dance in 2016!

By Liz Cahalan

What's been happening?

BEYBY LOVE!
Bey Boss Liz gave birth to beautiful baby Rose on November 26th. Liz was dropping it like its hot and dancing and teaching for most of her pregnancy and had a whirlwind 4 hour labour! People say its because of the dancing. Who knew that all that grinding and shimmying in class was the perfect preparation for pushing out a baby! Now her and Rose are healthy and happy and enjoying some time off with Rose's dad, Jordan. 

 

Photo credit Liz Cahalan

 

LAUREN LEADS THE BEY TEAM (and learns to juggle)
Lauren definitely misses her Beyboss buddy. It was quickly realised a sidekick in Adelaide would be great, and thus the role of 'Money Bee' was born, and Maria was welcomed to the team in Adelaide. She helps Lauren with emails, bookings and invoices. The last few months have seen Lauren in Melbourne quite often; for captain chats, showcase and plenty of parties... I mean business meetings! Lauren also started her Chartered Accountancy studies (yes, on top of her full time job and the company she runs in her 'spare time')... but all for the love of Bey! The more accounting and management knowledge she gains, the more equipped she is to do whatever it is she does with all those spreadsheets! 

Lauren loving every minute of Melb Showcase - credit Teresa Photo credit Theresa 

KEELY HARD AT WORK
With Liz in baby bliss land, someone needed to help Bey Boss Lauren in running the Bey Dance community behind the scenes. Bey Captain Keely has been helping out with some of the admin and organisational side of things. Its really nice to have more diversity in our leadership team and a fresh perspective on Bey Dance's direction and focus :)

Keely performing at the Melbourne Showcase. Photo credit Aidan Min


SUMMER LOVIN'
Its heating up outside! With the festive season, Bey Dance classes have been on hold between December 18 and January 10th. But we will be back with a bang in 2016! Check out all our new classes below or click here.

FESTIVAL TIME!!
Tis the season to go to festivals, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la! Bey Dance is spreading the Bey Dance love at the following festivals this summer:

  • SOUTHBOUND, Perth. Jan 8-11. Bey Dance are teaching the festival goers at Southbound some Bey Dance moves on Saturday and Sunday at 9am at the Commedia Dell Southbound stage! Dress-ups encouraged and there will be prizes for the most passionate Bey Dancers! Click here for details.

  • FRINGEWORLD, Perth. Feb 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10. Bey Dance are running their famous Bey Flashmob workshops! Last year they sold out and won all sorts of prizes so don't miss out on this opportunity! Come and learn some Bey moves and then flashmob the Fringeworld punters with your amazing new dance moves! Click here for tickets.

  • FRINGE FESTIVAL, Adelaide. Feb 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and March 4, 5, 6. Bey Dance are running their famous Bey Flashmob workshops! Last year they sold out and won all sorts of prizes so don't miss out on this opportunity! Come and learn some Bey moves and then flashmob the Fringe festival-goers with your amazing new dance moves! Click here for tickets.

  • SYDNEY ROAD STREET PARTY, Brunswick, VIC. March 6. Bey Dance will be dancing in the streets and teaching some dance moves to the public at this amazingly fun Brunswick festival! Click here for info.


      Here's Liz leading one of the famous Bey Dance Flashmob Workshops at Fringe 2015! 

    New classes!!! 

    2015 has seen Bey Dance classes go in some interesting and amazing new directions!
    We have had Beylesque classes in Melbourne and coming soon to Adelaide! Beylesque blends Beyonce's sexiest dances with Burlesque influences. There's chair dancing, sometimes a bit of a strip tease and a whole lot of owning and celebrating your body and sexuality! 

    Beylesque at the Melbourne Showcase. Photo credit Stacey Hynes


    Bey Yoga came to Brunswick in late 2015! Bey Yoga teacher Keely is a long time Bey Dance Captain and Trained Yoga Teacher. She teaches authentic Sivananda and Hatha Yoga practice to contemporary Beyonce-inspired tunes. She weaves in some Beyonce dance techniques such as a twerkshop, powerstancing and of course, lots of hip-openers. It turns out Beyoncé and Yoga go together like two peas in a pod! A blissful, beautiful pod! Adelaide, keep your eyes open for a weekend Bey Yoga workshop! 



    NEW CLASSES IN ADELAIDE

    LOVE ON TOP (NEW choreography), Mondays, 8:30pm
    Begins: 11th January 2016
    Length: 6 weeks (ends 15th February)
    Level: Beginner
    Teacher: Lauren
    Location: 240 Franklin St - Belly Dance Academy
    Even the most cynical customer will feel totally loved up and smiling out from ear to ear like a great big goof ball in this mo-town inspired class.
    Beyspiration click here


    Love on Top at the Melbourne Showcase. Photo credit Theresa Harrison

    HIP HOP WORKSHOP - B**** BETTER HAVE MY MONEY
    Date: Saturday 16th January 2016
    Time: 1pm - 5:30pm (includes 1/2 hour break)
    Teacher: Rhys (Melbourne Bey Captain)
    Location: 240 Franklin St - Belly Dance Academy 

    HIP HOP WORKSHOP - ANACONDA 
    Date: Sunday 17th January 2016
    Time: 1pm - 5:30pm (includes 1/2 hour break)
    Teacher: Rhys (Melbourne Bey Captain)
    Location: 240 Franklin St - Belly Dance Academy

     

    Rhys' Hip Hop at the showcase. Photo credit Theresa Harrison

    FRINGE WORKSHOPS - click here
    Bey Dance will be running workshops (90mins each) almost every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Click the link above to purchase tickets - they will sell out!

    BLOW, Wednesdays, 8:30pm
    Begins: 17th February 2016
    Length: 8 weeks (ends 6th April)
    Level: Intermediate 
    Teacher: Lauren (with 23rd & 30th other captain)
    Location: 240 Franklin St - Belly Dance Academy
    Think Xanadu meets Bob Fosse meets Bubblegum pop and you have Blow. Ensemble dancing at its best.
    Beyspiration click here

    RUN THE WORLD, Wednesdays, 8:30pm
    Begins: 27th April 2016
    Length: 8 weeks (ends 15th June)
    Level: Advanced
    Teacher: Lauren 
    Location: 240 Franklin St - Belly Dance Academy
    We all know who run the world. Bey. Our hardest course and also the most satisfying to learn. You'll feel like you too can run the world with these moves.
    Beyspiration click here

    Run the World at the Melbourne Showcase. Photo credit Theresa Harrison

    NEW CLASSES IN MELBOURNE

    Fitzroy:
    BEY PARTY
    , Thursday and Friday, 6-7pm
    This is our casual, beginner-friendly, drop in class. NO PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED!!!
    Just rock on up to The LuWOW at 6pm and pay $15 on the door. No mirrors, low lights, no judgement and cocktails available before and after class. We do a different Bey Dance each class! 
    Teacher: Thursday, Keely. Friday, Danni.
    Location: The LuWoW, 62-70 Johnston St, Fitzroy. http://www.theluwow.com
    Follow this event on Facebook for Bey Party updates! 

    Brunswick:
    BEY YOGA:
     Sundays, 3pm-4:30pm **New Class**
    (Short Xmas break means Bey Yoga will return on Jan 10, 2016)
    This class is casual, not a course.
    Cost $20 per session (Please enrol and pay online before the class to secure your spot, we cannot accept cash payments) 
    Teacher: Keely
    Location: Kal Studios, Brunswick

    CONTEMPORARY BEY WORKSHOP: Weekend workshop of 2 classes, Halo and Pretty Hurts 
    Saturday (Halo) and Sunday (Pretty Hurts), 10am-2:30pm 
    January 30th and 31st
    Length: 2x1 day workshops
    Teacher: Chloe
    Location: Kal Studios, Brunswick
    **Chloe will teach Halo on Saturday and Pretty Hurts on Sunday. Come to one or the other for $70 or enrol in both for a weekend full of contemporary dance goodness!**

    BEYLESQUE with LADY KIKI: Back to Black Thursday, 8pm
    Begins January 14, 2016
    Length: 6 weeks
    Level: Intermediate
    Teacher: Liz and Lady Kiki (aka. Bey Captain Stacey)
    Location: Kal Studios, Brunswick

    RUN THE WORLD, Monday, 7:00pm 
    Begins Feb 1st 2016
    Length: 8 weeks
    Level: Advanced
    Teacher: Danni
    Location: Kal Studios, Brunswick
    We all know who run the world. Bey. Our hardest course and also the most satisfying to learn. You'll feel like you too can run the world with these moves.
    Beyspiration click here.

    7/11, Monday, 8:00pm **NEW COURSE**
    Begins February 1, 2016
    Length: 8 weeks
    Level: Advanced
    Teacher: Danni
    Location: Kal Studios, Brunswick
    Inspired by Beyonce's Global Citizen live performance that blew everyone away with its unique and new choreography and epic group formations. A bit cheeky, a bit hip-hop, and a lot of fun.
    Beyspiration click here.

    CRAZY IN LOVE, Tuesday, 8:00pm 
    Begins January 12, 2016
    Length: 8 weeks
    Level: Intermediate/Advanced
    Teacher: Rhys
    Location: Kal Studios, Brunswick
    What more can we say? As if you don't want to know exactly how to strut, pop and thumb lick grind like Queen Bey to this iconic song.
    Beyspiration click here



    HIP HOP WITH RHYS- 212, FEELIN MYSELF AND 7/11 MEDLEY, Tuesday, 7:00pm
    Begins January 12, 2016
    Length: 10 weeks (No class on Jan 26)
    Level: Advanced
    Teacher: Rhys
    Location: Kal Studios, Brunswick
    Challenging and amazing choreography to a medley of three awesome songs! 


    Hip Hop Medley performed at our showcase! Image by Theresa Harrison

    HIP HOP WITH RHYS- ANACONDA, Thursday, 7:00pm **NEW COURSE**
    Begins January 14, 2016
    Length: 6 weeks
    Level: Advanced
    Teacher: Rhys
    Location: Kal Studios, Brunswick
    Advanced, challenging and amazing hip hop choreography to this twerktastic song!
    Beyspiration click here

    BOOTYLICIOUS, Wednesdays, 7:00pm 
    Begins January 13, 2016
    Length: 6 weeks
    Level: Beginner
    Teacher: Gen
    Location: KAL studios, Brunswick
    Your booty can't help but start popping whenever you hear this song. Give it all the moves it requires to pop in style. Prove your body's too bootylicious for us babe.
    Beyspiration click here

    Photo by Theresa Harrison- Bootylicious at our showcase! 

    LOSE MY BREATH, Wednesday, 8:00pm **NEW COURSE**
    Begins January 13, 2016
    Length: 6 weeks
    Level: Intermediate
    Teacher: Gen
    Location: KAL Studios, Brunswick
    Bad-ass, old-school Destiny's Child moves. 
    Beyspiration click here

    Prahran:

    SCHOOLIN LIFE,
     Tuesday, 7:00pm 
    Begins January 12 2016
    Length: 8 weeks (No class on Jan 26)
    Level: Intermediate
    Teacher: Gemma
    Location: The Space, Prahran
    If you're a freak all day and all night, you wanna join this uplifting, smile inducing, disco pop class.
    Beyspiration click here

    GROWN WOMAN, Tuesday, 8:00pm 
    Begins February 2 2016
    Length: 8 weeks (No class on Jan 26)
    Level: Intermediate/Advanced
    Teacher: Gemma
    Location: The Space, Prahran
    Beyspiration click here

    Grown Woman at our Melbourne Showcase. Image by Aidan Min. 

    Richmond:
    BEGINNER Single Ladies,
     Monday, 7:00pm 
    Begins January 11 2016
    Length: 10 weeks
    Level: Beginner
    Teacher: Gen
    Location: Dance Factory, Richmond
    This is where it all began for us at Bey Dance. Our original and most popular course. You will learn every single step. Then you will amaze the whole dance floor the next time the dj drops "if you like it then you should have put a ring on it". It is usually done as an advanced course over 8 weeks, but the amazing Gen has broken it down into beginner-sized chunks over 10 weeks for y'all. 
    **NOW SOLD OUT***
    Beyspiration click here

    BLOW, Monday, 8:00pm 
    Begins Feb 1st 2016
    Length: 8 weeks
    Level: Intermediate
    Teacher: Gen
    Location: Dance Factory, Richmond
    Think Xanadu meets Bob Fosse meets Bubblegum pop and you have Blow. Ensemble dancing at its best.
    Beyspiration click here


    Blow being performed at the Melbourne Showcase. Photo by Theresa Harrison.
    Sunbury:
    CRAZY IN LOVE, Tuesday, 7:00pm 
    Begins January 12, 2016
    Length: 8 weeks
    Level: Intermediate
    Teacher: Stacey
    Location: The Bold Studio, Sunbury
    What more can we say? As if you don't want to know exactly how to strut, pop and thumb lick grind like Queen Bey to this iconic song.
    Beyspiration click here

     

    NEW CLASSES IN PERTH

    There are no regular courses planned for Perth just yet, but we have plenty of fun coming to you with our Southbound and Fringeworld Workshops! Check it out here.

     

    Other exciting things happening this year... 

    ADELAIDE
    Adelaide's showcase is happening 14 May 2016! Anyone who has learned a dance with us before is welcome to perform it and invite their family and friends. Stay tuned for emails from Lauren.

     Photo from previous Adelaide Showcase! 


    MELBOURNE

    *As usual, Melbourne's showcase will be happening in October, so more news on that later on! 
    *Sydney Road Street Party is an amazing Melbourne Festival Day. On March 6, Brunswick's main street is closed to traffic and its party time! This day showcases some of Brunswick's best talented and amazing national and international artists too! Bey Dance have had the pleasure of being asked to perform and run a workshop for the public! Stay tuned to our Facebook for more details. Hope to see you there! 
    *People have been asking for kids classes for so long! And they are coming this year! Keep your eyes peeled to our Facebook and Website for more details! 
    *We are so lucky to be having the amazing Chloe from Adelaide coming across to teach us some beautiful contemporary dance choreography. Jan 30th and 31st in Brunswick. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1645241415726748/

    Winners! 

    We wanted to reward students who have shown us loyalty and contributed positively to the Bey Dance community, but of course there are so many of you that have done that! Here are the students whose names keep coming up time and time again. 
    Congratulations and thanks so much for your support! 

    $100 voucher for 'Bey Obsessed'
    award
    These students are totally obsessed! They have attended nearly everything we have on offer! We hope you keep coming along xx

    Kirsty Buhlert-Smith
    Jaclyn Bond
    Sophie Dodd
    Maria Drakoulas 
    Tayla Clemente

    $20 voucher (1 free class) 'Bey Spirited' thank you gift
    These lovely souls have given so much more to Bey Dance than we could ever ask for. Thank you for your generosity and love xx
    Ping Zhou
    Justin Sumner
    Sophie Cartelli 

    You will get an email in your inbox soon with the voucher - just email Lauren to make use of it.

    *****


    That's all from us for now!
    If you want further information on all things Bey Dance you can...
    Visit other parts of our website, and follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beydance/
    Instagram: @beydanceaus
    Twitter: 
    Email us: hello@beydance.com.au

    Lots of Bey Love,
    Lauren, Liz and Keely
    xxx

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    Bey Blog-letter

    By Liz Cahalan

    Hello Bey lovers!
    We've been planning a Newsletter for ages. But in the modern age, what really IS a newsletter, other than a Blog post on our fancy website? So here you go. Updating you with the latest happenings at Bey Dance is this Blog-letter.

     

    A word from our BOSS

    (Liz with an ego complex, not Beyoncé)

    Baby it's cold outside...

    First off, it's been cold. It's been flipping freezing! So we want to say THANK YOU for being brave and leaving the house in the evenings to warm up with us in the studio and stay fit and endorphin loaded through the last few bleak months. It's no mean feat and we realise that. Some days us teachers just want to curl up by the fire too, so we love all of you for keeping our energy high with us just when it's cruelly the hardest but the most beneficial to keep moving. 

    Over winter, class numbers do drop off. This is totally understandable and anticipated. You may have been unlucky enough to enrol in a course that we had to cancel because of low attendance. We are so sorry if we disappointed you, cancelling courses is always a yucky feeling, because we hate letting people down. We are making sure to schedule cancelled courses now that it’s spring and everyone’s coming out of hibernation. We hope that in the meantime you've found something to keep your Bey itch satisfied. And you can rest with smug ease that when everyone comes out of the woodwork this spring ready to get fit for summer, you already had a head start with your workout, and our undying love for sticking with us through thick and thin (read "frosty nights").

    But it hasn’t all been winter gloom! There’s so much happening. From new Captains joining the team, new styles and courses added to the repertoire, to performances, gigs, planning for Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth Fringe, our end of year Melbourne Showcase, planning Adelaide and Perth showcases…so much busy! So much to update you on!

    Before we get into the nitty gritty of Bey Dance news. Here's the important bit!

    New classes in Adelaide

    Belly Dancing Academy

    Diva: starting September 14 with Erin

    Single Ladies: starting September 16 with Abby

    All classes available for enrolments NOW on our website.

    New classes in Melbourne

    Kal Studios

    End of Time: Starting September 8 with Rhys

    Naughty Girl: Starting September 14 with Danni

    Beylesque, Crazy in Love: starting October 1 with Liz

    The Space

    Love On Top: Starting September 15 with Gemma

    Dance Factory

    Dance for You: Starting September 21 with Gen

    All classes available for enrolments NOW on our website.

    New classes in Perth

    Please don't think we've forgotten you Perth! Our beloved Captain Mel is away overseas. We'll line up classes as soon as we hear word of her return.

     

    Scan through the following newsletter for your city of interest and skip the rest if you like. We know how ubiquitous Melbourne is. So don't bore yourselves Perth and Adelaideans ;)

    Contents:

    Bey Courses

    Bey Party

    Special Event Courses

    Captains Updates: Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne

    Fringe

    What’s On In Your State: Showcase, classes, gigs, special events

     

    Bey Courses

    We continue to add and try new classes on a regular basis in Melbourne, and send our tried and true ones interstate. So you know you're always getting the best numbers to learn. Our most recently added Melbourne classes are Blow, Video Phone, Freakum Dress, Get Me Bodied and Deja Vu. We will offer them in Adelaide and Perth shortly soon as well. These are all what we call "classic Bey Dance" items. In these courses, we aim to channel Beyoncé's unique way of moving while teaching you choreography which stays true to the style you'll see in her music videos. These classes combine elements of Beyoncé's iconic choreography, with our own moves, designed to fit seamlessly into the style. We want these classes to satisfy the urge we've all had at some point when watching a music video to "know the dance". We love it when you take these recognisable moves to the dance floor on our social nights out and wow the room!

     Bey Party

    For those not wanting to commit to a full course, we have been running Bey Party for the past year in Melbourne. This casual, drop in beginner class teaches you a simplified version of our courses, so that you can learn them in an hour and get a good sweaty workout without having to return week in and week out. We run the class in a bar (The LuWOW in Melbourne) so that you really feel like you're just out for a night dancing, and not facing the intimidating for some prospect of a mirrored dance studio. We are really hoping to add these classes soon interstate, and are already negotiating with a beloved Adelaide venue to start there soon. Classes are a steal at only $15, so we hope this class meets the needs of time poor folks struggling to schedule regular classes, but also cash poor students wanting to dance on a budget.

    Currently, Bey Party is run in Melbourne by Captains Keely and Danni with Gen and Liz subbing in as needed. These teachers are highly skilled in making you feel like you’re just partying in your lounge room, so you don’t even notice the workout. They often provide dress ups for the occasion, and invite you guys to come dressed in theme also.

    We want to give other states the chance to join the party also, and are hoping to run a special Christmas themed Bey Party at a popular Adelaide venue in December with Bey Party creator, Keely. As soon as we have more details to share, you’ll hear about it!

     

    Special Event Courses

    As well as these classic courses, we also are trialing some brand new Bey affiliated classes. These are dance styles which are not necessarily recogniseably Bey, but set to her songs. Or sometimes not at all…As much as we love our queen, sometimes it’s fun to try something completely new too. 

    In Adelaide, Dance Captain Chloe Thompson has shared her knowledge of Contemporary Dance with her students, teaching beautiful routines to Beyoncé ballads like Smash Into You and Halo. We’re hoping to have her visit Melbourne to teach these dances soon too.

    In Melbourne, students have got super sexy learning burlesque routines to Bey's sultrier numbers with the Burlesque bombshell, Lyra la Belle in our Beylesque classes. In October, we’re running a new course with a very pregnant Liz to the 50 Shades of Grey version of Crazy in Love. Let’s see how that goes! We hope to bring these classes to Adelaide soon too.

     

    Dance Captain Rhys has had students pushed to the limit in his fierce Commercial Hip Hop choreography. Students have learned Feeling Myself, 7/11 and Azaelia Banks’ 212 and impressed us all. We’ll have a few more classes with Rhys before the year is out, so plenty of time to get get on fleek!

    In October, newly returned from 5 months yoga study, Dance Captain Keely, will start Bey Yoga classes in Melbourne to get you all flexy for summer. These classes will be set to Beyoncé and Solange tunes, so you can still sing along to your favourite tunes while stretching.

     

    And are very excited to have Parent and Beyby and children's classes in the works between Chloe in Adelaide, who has a degree in early childhood education, and Liz in Melbourne, who is going to know first hand all about little ones very soon with the arrival of her own. These classes will be a chance to get parents dancing to grown up (child appropriate) tracks, with their small humans, to give them a break from The Wiggles. Here's some youtube inspiration

    So all in all, we hope that we have something to offer everyone, and that we are managing to keep things interesting for you all.

    Captains

    Perth:

    Image by Chayla Taylor Photography

    Our newest city addition to Bey Dance, I was so happy to get to meet many of you in Perth when I came over in Feb to teach our Fringe Flashmob classes. I still feel dizzy at the memory of those 40C days in a tent with all of you bringing your full joy and energy! You were such an incredible and enthusiastic bunch, it was immediately apparent that once a year visits would not suffice. Luckily, I had my wonderful friend, Mel Naumoff, ready and willing to teach Bey Dance all year round in Perth and it's been wonderful to have such a shining woman join our team and keep Beyoncé alive and active in your dance schedule.

    Mel and I first met many years ago when we were introduced to each other by WA comedian Dave Callan. I had been performing Single Ladies in his show that year, and we needed another dancer for the Perth comedy festival. Mel and I hit it off instantly, and despite only having a day to rehearse together and actually performing together a handful of times, we knew we'd found a kindred spirit. Mel has come to dance late in life for a dancer (i.e., as an adult, not having learned as a child), but when you see her move you know that dance has always lived within her, she absolutely lights up when she dances. This is much like Melbourne Captain, Keely Windred, who took her first dance class with me in 2010, but to see her now you would believe she's been dancing her whole life. I only mention this because I know for many Bey Dance students, coming to dance for the first time, there can be a feeling of "I'll never be a real dancer". "Real" dance isn't about how long you've studied technique. It's about a passion and dedication at any age that fills your whole being.

    Perth got started with Bootylicious a few months ago and it looks like you had a ball, followed by Love on Top. Mel has had to go away for a couple of months, but we hope to have classes on offer again once she’s back.

     

    Adelaide

    I had the most wonderful weekend recently training with our new recruit Adelaide teachers. The busy super woman, Bey Boss Lauren Thiel, has run Adelaide for the past 18 months, with Captain Chloe Thomson as second in command for the past year. With the crazy demands of full time work and study on top of keeping you hungry students sated with for more Bey classes, it was clear more help was needed. 

    Image by Vicki Kelman Photography

    Two dedicated students stood out when Lauren and I were contemplating whom to add to our Dance Captain team. I first met Erin O'Donohue in what seems like another life time, when we bonded over a daggy love for dancing to Beatles cover bands in our wayward (read "goody two shoes!”) youths. To my delight, Erin and her sister Tara popped up at 2014's first ever Fringe Flashmob class and they both eagerly threw themselves into Bey Dance from that moment on. Erin epitomises the Bey Dance spirit. Coming from a self-belief that she wasn't a dancer, it has been incredible to see Erin grow in confidence and skill over her time with Bey Dance. Erin will be taking charge of beginner classes and will become the party host for Bey Party when we launch in Adelaide in the coming months. We hope that you will be inspired by Erin's experience as a beginner dancer, and that fellow beginners will gain confidence through her leadership.

     

    Abby Richardson was another keen student rocking out those early Rundle Mall flash mobs in 2014. With a background in cheerleading and dance, Abby picked up the Bey moves like a pro and has learned almost every dance Adelaide has had on offer ever since. Abby's sweet and thoughtful nature makes her an excellent Bey Dance representative, where we want, more than anything, for everyone to feel welcome. Abby has just completed teaching her first course, Crazy in Love, and will start teaching Single Ladies this month.

     

    Melbourne

    The Melbourne team has grown phenomenally since our beginnings. Beyond our original team of Keely, Gen, Gemma and Rhys, this year we’ve seen Danni Ray, Laura Frew and Stacey Hynes join the team. 

     

    Image by Theresa Harrison Photography

    Danni is a life long dancer, with training in a variety of different styles. But her true calling is her mad booty popping and twerking skills. She twerks circles around the rest of us! Danni’s kind and enthusiastic nature made her an obvious Captain candidate when we needed to expand our team. Danni is in charge of Monday night Brunswick classes and Friday night Bey Party classes. She’s recently added a new class to the repertoire, teaching the oh so popular Déjà vu.

    Laura and I met at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. It was immediately apparent that she was a keen, trained dancer, who picked up choreography at lightning speed. Laura ended up stepping in to perform with me at major Fringe events, like Hot Dub Time Machine, and back in Melbourne, she was perfectly suited to join the Bey team. Laura is currently away performing in this year’s Edinburgh festival, but you’ll see her hilarious self back in classes in the coming months.

     

    Image by Bri Hammond Photography

     

    Stacey joined Bey Dance classes earlier this year and her eagerness to join the Bey team was impossible to overlook. Coming with a life time of dance training and an open, enthusiastic heart, Stacey hails from Perth originally and is on a path to pursue her dance dreams in Melbourne. Stacey is currently our head Hen’s Party and Private Class teacher, but she will hopefully be taking on classes in the coming months in Bunbury, and Beylesque classes in the Melbourne CBD.

    FRINGE

    Back to where it all started, we’ve been madly getting our Fringe registrations finalized so that we can get you all flashmobbing again.

     Melbourne Fringe, we’ll be running some special Flawless with Bey Dance flashmob classes on September 19 and October 3 from 2-3:30pm in Footscray. Tickets can be purchased here.

    Liz will also be performing in the incredible Seen and Heard, by Becky Lou, at the Melbourne Fringe. This show is a story telling performance, and Liz will be sharing a very Beyoncé related tale, complete with a dance performance from the captains. Would love to see you there.

    Perth Fringe World: we have our registration application in and will have news of venue and dates shortly so we can get you sweating in a tent once more! Melbourne Dance Captain Keely will be heading over to get you partying, with all new routines. Can’t wait!

    Adelaide Fringe: we’re eagerly awaiting news of our venue for Adelaide Fringe for our Saturday and Sunday flashmob classes throughout Feb and March. We’ll be sending over different Melbourne captains to share their skills with you all, so you’ll get a different class each time. It’s going to be wonderful.

    What’s on in YOUR state: 

    Melbourne

    Melbourne, you have been keeping my hands FULL! Melbourne, where Bey Dance began, has the largest number of teachers, students and classes available. We are now teaching 5 days a week and taking on a huge number of private classes and hens parties. Our Captains, Keely, Gemma, Danni, Rhys, Gen, Laura and Stacey have been godsends with their energy and dedication, keeping Bey Dance running and energising students, a smile on their faces the whole time. The love I have for this team knows no bounds. I really feel lucky to have such incredible people who I get to work with every day.

    It has been a busy year for me personally, as I continue to work away getting our Victoria St dance studio completed while cooking a miniature human inside my belly. Some of you may know that the past few months have taken a huge physical toll, and I was devastated to have to step back from teaching in early August to protect my health. Thankfully, with such a strong team of incredible Dance Captains, my absence from teaching has affected me far worse than any of you! I miss you all but am glad that you can more than adequately get your Bey fix with all of our Dance Captains. And besides, I'm not got rid of that easily. I'll be teaching a new course in October, as well as overseeing our Showcase rehearsals.

    Studio

    You may remember we had a huge funding push to get our Victoria St studio up and running at the end of last year. Well, it has not been forgotten! Instead so much work has been happening away in the background all year. We are anticipating a late October studio opening, all going well! And Brunswick classes will move to the new location in January. If you want to read more about the project you can do so here.

     

    Performances

    Image by Theresa Harrison Photography

    So many of you brought your own personal sunshine to recent performances in Melbourne, and we hope it’s whetted the appetite for our end of year showcase.

    You blew everyone away with your wonderful work at Better Block Brunswick, getting the City of Moreland dancing in the streets. They loved us so much it’s likely we’ll be back for a summer season too!

     

    Image by Bri Hammond Photography

    A week later, you showed the true meaning of “The Show Must Go On” when you danced in the rain for the Docklands Winter Light festival. Such pros! You can find photos from these recent events in our Gallery, and extensively on our Facebook page.



    On Friday September 4 it was that magical day, which is like Christmas for Bey devotees: Beyoncé’s birthday. The Dance Captains all put in an epic performance at Swagger, showing off some Bey Dance favourites in the wee small hours of the night. It was wonderful to have so many students come along for a dance with us!

    Now to the big project. Our...

    Showcase.

     

    Image by Marlon Caracena Photography

    On October 30 we’ll be filling up the Union Theatre at Melbourne University with the power of Bey for our annual showcase.

    Already 70 students have signed up to perform. If you have missed a post or email about the showcase, you can fill out our survey and receive information on showcase rehearsals, costumes and requirements.

    This is going to be a logistically HUGE production, and going to require quite a time commitment, so go easy on yourself and choose only your absolute favourite and most flawless dances to save yourself too much extra rehearsal time. There is also a costume fee for some items, which you will  be alerted about via email once you've filled out the survey. You are not expected to stretch yourself beyond your budget so feel free to rethink your choices if you would rather save your cash dollars.

    Tickets became available TODAY! In the past, our showcase has sold out fast and we've had disappointed family members desperately trying to squeeze in. Don't be disappointed! Book now! And we can't wait to party out the year with you on October 30th!

    Adelaide

    It's been a quieter year for the Adelaide Bey Dance community. With your tireless leader Lauren starting her internship at a high profile Accounting firm and your second in command Captain Chloe undertaking her final year of uni studies, it's been a big job keeping the Bey Dance events and performances coming in! However, as mentioned earlier, the Adelaide team has now expanded to include Abby and Erin, and the Melbourne team have been working hard with Adelaide to make sure we keep the fun coming your way.

    Later this year, Melbourne Dance Captain Keely will visit Adelaide to launch our popular Bey Party classes for a special end of year Christmas event. Date is to be confirmed, but rest assured, the party will continue after the class has ended and this will be a night of partying for all the Adelaide students! We can't wait to see you all and have everyone together. Details will come through shortly.

    We are also looking at a skill swap between our Adelaide and Melbourne teachers. We're planning to have our Melbourne Captain Rhys Patea head to Adelaide to run a few special Commercial Hip Hop classes. These classes have been hugely popular in Melbourne and we can't wait to let Adelaide in on the action.

    Bey Party will also, we hope, whet your appetite for the mad Fringe schedule we have planned for you. Regular classes will take a hiatus during Fringe, as we focus on bringing our all to you with the flashmob classes. We can't give you more details till all is confirmed, but these classes will happen every Saturday and Sunday during Fringe with different dances being learned each time. Melbourne captains will be flying over for each weekend so you will get a taste of a range of Bey styles and teachers and really get a chance to learn and grow while having a tonne of fun.

    During Fringe we have one more very exciting plan in the works...

    Showcase.

    Yep. We're planning your annual student showcase to fall smack bang in the middle of Fringe. As mentioned, regular classes will be on hiatus during Fringe, but you'll certainly be busy as showcase rehearsals will take their place. We are yet to confirm the venue and date for this event, but it will be a part of the Adelaide Fringe official guide so friends and family will need to book quick when tickets go on sale to beat the general public! 

    We're hoping that with all this and more in the plans for the coming months, 2016 will be a mega year for the Adelaide Bey Dance community. Can't wait to kick it off with you sooner than can be believed!

    Perth

    We know we know, things have gone awfully quiet in Perth, but we have not deserted you! Once your gorgeous Captain Mel returns we will make a better plan for student showcases and classes for 2016, as well as kicking off the year with some fabulous Fringe World times. Hang in there! We will get you partying like Beyonce again in no time.

    Well that's all for us!

    Thanks for taking the time to read through this. We hope it gives you a better idea of what's been going on with the school and what's in the plans for the coming months.

    We love all of our students and you bring us more joy and dance magic than you could possibly believe. Running these classes is a two way street, and we hope we are making you guys just as happy as us as we dance like Beyoncé together.

    Liz xx

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    Beybies & Pozible & Captains, OH MY

    By Liz Cahalan

    So it's been a few months since our crazy relaunch of Bey Dance as a Fancy Official Very Proper Company, and things haven't got any less crazy for us here in Bey Admin. "Slowing the pace" just doesn't seem to be a thing any of us can understand!

    Firstly, thank you SO SO much to our students, new and old, who have patiently stuck by us through this transition. We know just how confusing and frustrating it's been, believe you me. It's always hard when you're used to things working one way, and suddenly it all up and changes. We asked no small thing of you getting used to a new way of doing EVERYTHING and we love you for believing in us. Change is hard for all of us, and we really wanted to maintain the core value of fun, inclusivity and community at the heart of Bey Dance. It was especially hard having to increase our prices, given that we want to keep Bey Dance affordable for people as much as possible. Please know that this was done with no inconsiderable amount of careful thought, based on huge increases in overheads associated with becoming "Official". Essentially, our price increase has not been implemented to rip people off, but to encourage people to pre-book and commit to courses. You pay no more for the course in full if you pre pay than you did previously. We had to do this to minimise admin in dealing with cash and to protect us against too high a student drop off from casual attendees. Courses run better and are more fun for everyone if people join at the start and stay for the duration, rather than dropping in and out. We thank you for your commitment to courses and for letting us know in advance when you can't attend.

    That said, we do cater to the commitment-phobes here at Bey Dance with our casual drop in Bey Party class at the LuWOW. This class will be coming soon to Adelaide also so keep an eye out. You don't need to pre book for Bey Party and can drop in casually with no requirement to ever show up again...although of course we hope you will ;)

    Our brand new Perth classes start in the coming weeks, with Love On Top soon to be added to the calendar for those who missed out on Bootylicious. We're sorry for the delay in getting the course up for you eager WA beavers! Please know that this was in no way due to lack of enthusiasm from us and purely based on lack of studio availability. 

    Here in Melbourne we've been very much enjoying an unexpected trend of students dressing up in costumes for the final filming of the last class in a course. Students Justin and Joseph even brought UV lights and paints for our last Blow class! We would love to see the same enthusiasm for dress ups from Adelaide and Perth...you know you want to ;) Remember to tag us on Facebook and Instagram if you do!

    Our Dance Captains all gathered on the weekend of May 23rd in Anglesea at the lovely Gen's family holiday house (can't thank the Simmons family enough for this!) for a weekend of training and prep so that we're ready to launch all the new classes with everyone on the same page and as prepared as possible to make a flawless experience possible for our students. This training camp was also the perfect chance for the Captains to get together and have fun in each other's company after a hectic few months of being ships in the night running between classes. We art therapied and danced and chatted and ate too much food on top of prepping for the term to come. It was especially wonderful introducing the Melbourne team to Bey Boss Lauren from Adelaide and to our head of Perth Bey Dance, Mel, for the first time. It was an amazing feeling to see what a great team we have assembled and how much love everyone has for each other and what we do. We were only sad to be missing Keely, who is currently in India, Chloe, who had to stay back and work in Adelaide and Angie, who has sadly left us to return to the UK. But let's leave a smile on your faces with this very tongue in cheek tribute we filmed to Beyoncé's iconic 7/11 video. No small amount of wine was involved in the filming of this...apart from for me. But more on that later!

    As part of the training weekend we introduced our newest dance captain. Stacey has absolutely shone with enthusiasm in classes this year and we're delighted to add her to the team. For the moment, Stacey will be mostly in charge of workshop classes, but we hope to have a regular week night class for her soon. Stacey is originally from Perth and has studied all sorts of different dance styles as well as performing burlesque. We're so happy to have our Melbourne team complete.

     


    As well as getting our new systems running smoothly and training up our wonderful Captains, I've been as hard at work as ever on the major headache which is getting our Melbourne studio home, Factory Blue, built. This has turned out to be a project of mammoth proportions and cost and has been in no small way heartbreaking. But, I keep telling myself, one day when they make a movie about Bey Dance, we need to have our hero's journey: the Insurmountable Odds Overcome Through The Power Of Love And Dance. Don't you think it will be a wonderful film? Empowering Dance Community wins over a Cold Hearted Council and Wary Neighbourhood through the passion and joy of dancing and optimism? We'll get there! For those who remember, last October we ran a fundraising program involving a showcase performance and Pozible Campaign to raise money to take on the lease on a Brunswick warehouse. At that stage, none of us realised how huge a project this was going to be, especially with the school growing as fast as it was. Through the generosity of students and their family and friends, we raised enough money to sign the lease on our dream warehouse and put some aside for renovations. However, at this stage, council processes became a huge road block. The lease was signed in December 2014 and here we are by June 2015 with the space still empty and un-renovated and chewing through vast financial resources. However, it's not all bad news. We now have the ok from Council for the studio to be built, conditional on meeting sound proofing requirements. We have to build a semi soundproofed studio WITHIN the Victoria St warehouse to ensure that noise levels from classes are below the legal guidelines and cause minimal disruption to neighbours. We don't STRICTLY need to build a sound proofed studio, but I would rather Bey Dance cause as little angst to the street as possible as I can think of nothing worse than running classes in a hostile environment. At this stage, my goal is to move Brunswick classes to Factory Blue by August, but fingers crossed, I've been burnt before! For everyone involved in fundraising last year, don't you worry, your work and donations have not gone to waste! We will get our studio home. Just...a little later than we'd hoped. On that note, there was a bit of disruption to our distribution of Pozible rewards. If you haven't yet received yours, please email liz@beydance.com.au.

    And finally? Big news for me personally which will impact a little on Bey Dance. In early April I discovered, quite unexpectedly but not unhappily, that I was pregnant. Over the past two months, teaching in between bouts of exhaustion and morning sickness while working on all of the above mentioned projects has been a challenge like no other, but I'm reassured that it should get easier soon. We will have a little Beyby by December, which is a little more than my brain can wrap around right now! It was so exciting sharing the news with students over the past few weeks and finally being able to explain why I've been scattier than usual in class. Watch to the end of this Love On Top class video to see how the 9pm beginner class took the news. I can't wait to rock out my leotards once I have a proper baby belly to show off. But I will be cutting back on classes in the coming months. Despite my determination to continue as before, I'm finding teaching is taking more out of me than I would like. So I'll be moving down to just Wednesday classes in the near future. As much as I live by the rule WWBD? sometimes you've got to take the pressure off and say "just cos Beyonce did the Billboard Awards AND Glastonbury while pregnant, doesn't mean YOU have to". Also...full time in house staff and a chef would help a great deal...just an observation ;) The best news is, now I will be better prepped than ever before to devise Mummy and Beyby classes, which we'll get going in 2016. 

    Other big projects in the works are a Melbourne student showcase for October currently in the planning (let your Captains know if you want to be involved) and Flashmob classes for Brisbane Fringe in August, hopefully soon to be followed by regular QLD classes. We just want to keep spreading the Bey Love and hope to see you in a class, wherever you may be, REAL SOON!

    All the love,
    Liz xx

     

     

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    Bey Dance Pty Ltd BISHES!

    By Liz Cahalan

    From small things….

    Can you believe Bey Dance only came into creation in November 2013? Look! Here’s a picture of the very night Lauren, Gemma and I stood at the Mrs Carter World Tour and decided Bey Dance needed to be A Thing.

     

    For those of you who don’t know the back story, Here it is in a nutshell (which means: not really a nutshell at all, but I'll try to distract you with photos)…

    Bey Dance Director, Lauren, and I have been friends since we performed in an Adelaide Fringe show together in 2011. Incidentally this show closed with the dance to All the Single Ladies. Coincidence? I think not. 

    In 2011 I started teaching Beyoncé themed dance classes casually, once a week, mainly for friends and friends of friends.

    In 2013, Lauren suggested to me that Adelaide needed Beyoncé dance classes also. Together with Gemma, standing in the audience at that fated Beyoncé concert, we dreamed up Bey Dance. Here is the moment Beyonce herself stood in front of us and blessed us with the power of Bey:

    The next day we created a Facebook page, anticipating maybe 20 likes, maximum, from dedicated students only. At this stage I was teaching just one class a week (we were learning End of Time) and had only 5 students who had followed me to a dingy warehouse in Brunswick while I searched for an appropriate studio. None of us expected what happened next.

    With Lauren hard at work using her genius business brain doing the behind the scenes leg work and me teaching classes and working on choreography, we watched those Facebook likes climb and climb. Within a week we must have had 300 likes. It was phenomenal. To put it in perspective, my other dance page had sat on under 200 likes for over a year. Cray.

    At this point, a student recommended us to her friend who worked at Time Out. Theresa Winters attended our Wednesday course in that dingy warehouse one November evening as we learned Diva. The owners of the site had forgotten about us. It had been left set up for an art gallery. There was nowhere for us to dance and no mirrors. In short, it was a disaster. Yet, by some miracle, that class had a life of its own. Here's that amazing article:

    Theresa’s article went viral. Within a few weeks we climbed to 30 students. By Christmas I couldn’t walk away from my phone for enquiries. By the time classes started up in January 2014, Bey Dance Melbourne had exploded from one, 7pm Wednesday class to five packed out classes. It was like a mad, terrifying and exhilarating dream meeting so many new students, wondering if I would live up to their expectations, hoping that Bey Dance was everything we believed it was, and wanting, more than anything, to ensure no one felt unwelcome, intimidated or judged in our classes EVER.

    As the classes grew in size, and with me about to head off to Adelaide Fringe to help Lauren launch her classes, I knew I needed help. This is where the Dance Captains came in.

    Keely, was a fellow art therapy student at La Trobe University when we first met. When I started my first Beyoncé class in 2011, Keely was my first student and it was also her first dance class EVER. Amazing. I knew instantly that Keely had what it took to spread the Bey love, despite never having taught a class in her life. My instincts were right. Keely has become a much loved, magnificent dance teacher and my second in command in all things related to Melbourne. She also is the power behind our popular Bey Party classes at The LuWOW. For the sake of reminiscence, here is Keely on her way to dance with me to Single Ladies at my Beyonce themed birthday in 2008:

     

    Gemma is my cousin, who can’t get away from me, even if she wants to. So instead, she has followed me around the world performing Single Ladies at Fringe and Comedy Festivals. We have been dancing together since we were kids when I would make her learn the choreography to things and we would perform together for our family (I am 8 years older so she had to do what I said). It’s only natural that she has become one of my most dedicated Captains. Here we are, rocking the best fashions 1996 had to offer:

     

    Gen was one of my first students in 2011, starting classes over the winter and learning Single Ladies with me. Noticing a pattern? Gen had taught for several years with a similar, grass roots dance movement called Groove, and her passion for teaching and dancing is infectious.

     

    Angie had performed at Adelaide Fringe with Lauren and me. We were all blown away by her dance skills and beautiful voice. She was living in Prahran, so it made sense to get her leading our South Side classes. Check out her rocking the hairography in Burlesque Beauties at the Adelaide Fringe:

    Rhys appeared in class in January 2014 and the second I saw him I knew he had to be one of my Captains. He exuded natural fierce grace. I also wanted a Bey Boy on my team and couldn’t have asked for more in Rhys. His dancing is completely swoonworthy.

    Danni joined Bey Dance several months later and has shown incredible dedication to the classes, with the most helpful and cheerful spirit you’ll ever encounter. Her dance background and natural ability and personality made her an obvious choice to become a second in command for Bey Party.

     

    And finally, our newest recruit, Laura Frew, became an unofficial Bey Dancer in Edinburgh when she attended my flashmob classes. She was a natural and trained dancer and picked the choreography up in the blink of an eye. Soon she was doing gigs for Hot Dub Time Machine with me, as well as her own show, Backwards Anorak. As classes have got bigger and with Angie moving back to the UK shortly, Laura was an obvious Dance Captain choice. Here's Laura and me voguing it up at Hot Dub in Edinburgh:

     

    So. With Dance Captains appointed to Melbourne, I headed to Adelaide for a Fringe festival where our flashmob classes sold out long before Fringe even started. This led to an incredible opportunity to take Bey Dance to the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as being a brilliant launch pad for regular Adelaide classes. 

    It wasn’t long before Lauren also needed to appoint a Dance Captain, and that is where the lovely Chloe joined our ranks, with her beautiful contemporary choreography and classic style. Chloe brings real grace to the Bey Dance team.

     

    The whole process of creating Bey Dance has been grass roots and community based to say the least. We’re dedicated to empowering people. We don’t look for perfect technique in our Dance Captains. We look for people who love Bey Dance, who are fierce, fab and passionate in their own ways, and who each bring something unique to the table. No two teachers share the same style, and we know that our students all have preferences for which style suits their learning needs. We hope that by demonstrating self confidence in our imperfections and joy in our dancing, we create an environment where students feel safe to try new things, make mistakes, and be a new version of themselves.

    We never want Bey Dance to become homogenized, or corporate in the clinical sense of the word. No matter what, we want our students to feel like they have a voice and our teachers to feel like they are valued for their difference.

     

    And this is what we have been working hard on as we head into the frightening and thrilling world of Business. Because…Bey Dance is now BEY DANCE PTY LTD BISHES!! Oh yeah. We’re now an official company. To be honest, it is so unnatural to me to say the word “business”, coming from a free spirited arts student background as I have, that Lauren and I can only refer to ourselves as Bidniz Ladies. It’s just too unpalatable to say the…other word…

    Why have we stepped it up to this terrifying new degree? Because we want to be able to take Bey Dance to as many people as possible. We believe in this 1000%. And as enquiries swamp in every day from new students, both in Adelaide and Melbourne, but also in states we don’t yet teach in, we realized we simply couldn’t reach everyone without becoming a little more….official.

    Lauren and I have been on the steepest learning curve of our lives, getting our heads around shareholder agreements, workplace safety, insurance, and all of the technological systems (like this very website!) which will streamline things, make it easier and clearer for students enrolling and set us up to spread the Bey Love all over Australia.

    So…where next?

    Well. This year I took Bey Dance to Perth. It went off. I couldn’t teach enough classes. So I asked my lovely friend Mel to become our Perth Bey Representative. Mel will be launching classes in Perth as soon as we have finalized our booking site so that everything is in place to make things as simple and easy for our WA friends as possible.

    In May and June I will be starting fortnightly Sydney classes at Dance Factory in Surrey Hills. I will also be looking at taking one off classes to Canberra and Brisbane to gage whether or not you fine folks want to jump on the Bey train. Our goal is to have Bey Dance classes in every state within three years.

    Always let us know if you have suggestions for classes, places you want us to visit or any feedback at all! Our greatest love is watching our students transform through the power of Bey.

    All the Bey love to you and please enjoy our new website! We’ve been working hard with the help of Clear Business Dynamics in Adelaide who have guided us with great care into this new world. We can’t thank them enough. And if you even need guidance in these areas, please look them up. Young, savvy and good hearted entrepreneurs who understand exactly what a community based business needs. They’re amazing. Thank you Michael, Chris, Christos and Patrick, you guys ROCK!

    As for the rest of you, see you in class real soon!

    Liz x

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