May 13, 2012


This Spring’s OMEDS hafla at the O’Reilly Theatre featured the lovely Delilah - 2010 Miss Bellydance UK winner and former OMEDS president.  The event allowed OMEDS to showcase their various bellydance student groups and solo dancers and alongside them our very own Kay's ATS® OMEDS Beginners Class, In-Tuition who, for the first time, ventured a performance and put their best foot forward – well done to Janet, Lucy, Johanna, Esme, and Sara!  We caught up with good ol’ regulars like Nikki and John Sleiman, Hathor, Isisters and Zanoba ladies, and welcomed new faces such as Barefoot Bellydance and when we had the opportunity, hit the dance floor to some good live music.

May 07, 2012

Oxford Festival with Oxford Drum Troupe (ODT)

I'm feeling rather delicate this morning – I’m back at work after a weekend of dancing in and around the Oxford Castle and Oxford City Centre with the rest of the Ashnah ladies and in collaboration with the wonderful guys from Oxford Drum Troupe (ODT).  How fortunate were we!  I’m sure none of us would hesitate to sing hallelujah to all the various gods of weather and rain and storm and general element interference NOT conducive to outdoor dancing, musical playing and general merriment for looking down on us and granting us their blessings!!  At worst, there were a few drops of rain which lasted all of a few minutes.  The Oxford streets were awash (pardon the pun) with a whole host of Morris dancing sides and pubs and cafes joined in the spirit of the event by throwing their doors open to live music, recitals and dancing - a big thank you to Folk Weekend Oxford for stepping in to cover for Oxford Folk Festival.  It is much appreciated!

Swimathon - Team Tribal

Well, there was no escaping it - the day came upon us and I do believe we were all raring to go!  Sunday 29 April 2012, 10am at Wantage pool (my first time there and it’s really rather nice).  Kay, Philippa, Fiona, Sue and I were out to have a blast and we did.  We swam our 40 lengths each, egged each other on, and managed to finish in what was for us a record time of under 40 minutes!  By which time of course we were all starving and thirsty and in need of much deserved sustenance so we made to our favourite pub, The Shoulder of Mutton in Wantage, where our favourite landlord Peter topped up his pub’s contribution further and offered us teas, coffees, and ... crisps!! Crisps??  Well the kitchen was closed and our lovely Mr Fowler had been out the previous day to a beer festival ....... I rest my case!!!

Now to the big gi-normous thanks we owe so many people – we managed to raise over £600 (final total to be confirmed) and the contributions came from many of our work colleagues, friends and all our families – Thank you all!!!