August classes with Heather @ The Dark Side Studios

Heather is a Dancer with The Dark Side Studio’s “Lavish Dance Company”.  She was most recently seen in Lavish’s production called “Affogato”.  Heather is a well versed dancer and artist and has been studying with Audra Simmons for several years now.  


Time:  Wednesday, August 3 at 6:00pm – August 24 at 8:30pm

Location:  The Dark Side Studio, 355 A College Street, Toronto, Ontario

Heather Labonté will be teaching Basic Black and Dark Side Boot Camp for 4 weeks – August 3, 10, 17 and 24. The Fall session begins the week of Monday September 12, 2011

6 to 7 pm Basic Black
Drop in (if space permits) or sign up for all 4 weeks – discount of 15% on the 2nd class applies if you sign up for all 4 weeks of both Basic Black and Boot Camp
Basic black is the level for absolute beginners who have no experience in any style of belly dance as well as a requirement of those who have previous belly dance experience but are new to classes at The Dark Side Studio (with the exception of Valizan’s ATS classes). The basic concepts central to tribal fusion style belly dance are introduced at the Basic Black level through verbal breakdown and demonstration. Posture, muscle isolation, and dance movements are taught using stretching and strengthening exercises in the class warm up as well as in the drills used throughout each class. It is here in Basic Black that the concepts of this format used at all levels of the studio is introduced and practiced stationary and with basic footwork. Basic arm positions and hand movements are introduced and paired with isolations.

7:15 to 8:15 pm Dark Side Boot Camp (multi-level)
Drop in (if space permits) or sign up for all 4 weeks – – discount of 15% on the 2nd class applies if you sign up for all 4 weeks of both Basic Black and Boot Camp
This multi-level drill style class is designed to assist dancers in refining your technique, in dancing with proper posture and continuing to develop your muscular isolation. Each week will focus on 2 to 3 isolations in stationary and moving drills done at various speeds, alone and paired with various foot and arm patterns in both stationary and moving drills.

This class is not meant to break you, but to develop your skills. Not intended for absolute beginners – some experience in belly dance is required.

Each class for the 4 weeks is $80
Take both classes for $148
Drop in classes are $23 each
(All prices include hst)

Online registration please click here.

Heather’s Bio:

Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Labonté currently lives in Toronto. In nearly sixteen years of dance, she has trained in belly dance, jazz, ballet, modern and a number of other styles, along with a background in music and theatre. In St. John’s she appeared regularly as a soloist, taught a variety of bellydance classes and performed for two years with the OhMaya Bellydance Company, for whom she also choreographed extensively.

In 2009, she relocated to Toronto to continue her studies with Audra at the Dark Side Studio, where Heather now teaches regular classes. In Toronto, she also continues her studies in hip hop, modern dance and classical bellydance and continues to take opportunities to travel and learn from top instructors, including, among others, Rachel Brice, Mardi Love, Mira Betz and Zoe Jakes.

Heather has also performed regularly as part of Lavish Dance Company, and toured in Summer 2011 with the company’s sophomore Fringe production, Affogato.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in History and Political Science and works as a social media specialist in the television industry.