Welcome to Om Laila – a note from director, Roula Said


Om Laila Wkshop gals w flowersMy name is Roula Said.  I am a dancer, singer, qanun player, percussionist, and teacher with over 25 years experience.  I would like to welcome you to my world of beautiful Arabic dance and song, and health-giving Seven Waves movement.

Om Laila is my boutique studio, my temple and my treehouse.  I am happy to share this very special space with an awesome group of women.  Classes here are small and very much tailored to the people in the room.  Our approach is holistic both in terms of our view of movement and the body and in terms of the material that we teach.  At Om Laila you can learn a choreography to an Arabic song, learn to sing it, and to play it on finger cymbals or even a drum.

I teach 3 levels of Essential Bellydance, a Technique Tune-up class, and a unique class called The Musical Dancer which is a training ground for anybody interested in joining the Bellydancer Choir.   I also teach monthly intensive workshops where you will learn an entire choreography and the song to go with it.  And, I will be offering my second round of 20 hour Teacher Training with detailed video accompaniment to a select group this Fall 2014.

I am also happy to welcome some of my recent Teacher Training graduates to the Om Laila roster.  They will be offering some fabulous specialty classes on Saturdays.  Check the schedule and the class description for details.

If you are interested in joining us, please connect first to make sure we have space and to determine whether we are a fit for one another.  Finding the right teacher at the right time can make all the difference.

Hope to see you soon.


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The Musical Dancer Class and Choir

The Musical Dancer class is geared toward the intermediate/advanced/professional dancer that wants to dig deep into Arab music, movement and sound. The class is learning a fun and challenging dance using only zills, while the choir continues to expand their repertoire of songs. At the end of the class we put our songs, choreography and percussion together, and voilà! Musical Dancers!

musical dancer choir

Learning Songs in The Musical Dancer Choir Thursdays at 7pm

Here are some examples of past collaborations with Roula, her students and other artists!

New Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Bellydance Workshops and More!

The new term of classes is well underway but new students can drop in for $20 any time!

Try a bellydance class in Toronto

This week Level 1 is working on essential bellydance moves: tilts, slides, twists and “the drawer,” as well as basic hip drops. The Level 2 class learned Roula’s basic zill methodology and has started on a new choreography.

Level 3 tonight at 6, followed by mixed level technique. The Musical Dancer Class is tomorrow at 6 (zill emphasis) and Musical Dancer Choir at 7 (singing). Any Om Laila student can attend the Musical Dancer Choir for free. For Non-Students the term fee is $50.

Belly dance Toronto

The 11:00 am Seven Waves class is FULL but there is almost enough students to start one Tuesdays at 11:00 am. Email info@omlaila.com to reserve a spot.

Two events coming up soon!

Roula is singing at the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto this Saturday, September 20. Check out this article in The Toronto Star or join the Facebook event group 

Aga Khan Art

“The Garden of Ideas” Contemporary Art from Pakistan at Aga Khan Museum in Toronto

Finally, Om Laila Studio’s Fall Workshop Series starts with the first on Sunday September 28. This three-part series is a tribute to Warda and focuses on learning the song and a choreography. Each choreography has a different character and energy to embody and communicate. More information on the Workshop Page and there is also a Facebook Event Group. Take one or take them all!

See you in class!

New Bellydance Classes in Toronto Start Today

We are welcoming new and returning students to the fall term today with Beginner Level 2 at 6:00 pm and Beginner Level 1 at 7:30 pm and showing student appreciation by offering a handmade gift. Excited to see what everyone will pick! Here’e some pictures of the Om Laila-style bling.

om laila studio gifts