What: Dance classes
When: Saturday, July 24, Sunday, July 25 & Tuesday, July 27
Where: Meadow Park Sports Centre
Cost: $40/class; discounted rate for multiple classes
Leave your ballet slippers home this weekend, ladies: belly dancing is all about getting back to the basics.
"You don't have to be little or skinny. In fact, if you've got a little bit extra, it works better for you!" Bec Webb giggled. "It's all about shaking it, really!"
Webb started dancing relatively late in life. She was inspired to learn to dance at age 21, after seeing a Shakira music video.
"I was like, 'oh, wow, I want to be able to dance like that!'" she recalled.
"I read an article about her and it said she had done belly dancing since she was little, and I was like, 'that's it!'"
So, she started belly dancing immediately, learned some basic moves to use at the bar. Soon she was obsessed.
"At the time, I was at university studying psychology and sociology and stuff and if someone had said, 'You'll be a full-time dancer' I would have thought they were on glue or something."
Today, she is a full-time performer and dance teacher, doing about 10 shows and 15 classes per week.
Webb is from Melbourne. Like every second Australian (seemingly), she lived in Whistler for a few seasons with an ex who loved to ski.
"He wanted to ski a season and me being a dancer, I wanted to have a shot at go-go dancing at Tommy's," she explained.
They'd done their research - Whistler had the nightlife scene to complement the on-piste fun.
"We went there because of that, because I'm not really a snow bunny at all."
She found herself working as head go-go dancer at Maxx Fish, which led to some very memorable nights.
"There was this one night where it was the middle of summer and it was really, really warm and the air conditioners broke and my girl, Vanessa - she was my dancer with me at the time - we looked across at each other and we were like melting, sweat pouring off us and the whole club was packed... It was like a circus: the bartenders used to blow fire, and he was doing that, we were dancing and the music was going off and then one of the bartenders, because it was so hot, started spraying the whole crowd with the water gun down from behind the bar."
Webb also wanted to keep learning and pushing herself to improve, but discovered that there weren't any dance classes being offered, at least, not the type of dance she was interested in practicing.