Press

Textile Art

March 16, 2019

VOCM News, St. John's, NL

Art Exhibit Challenges Attitudes Towards Taboo Items

March 16, 2019

Weekend AM with Heather Barrett, CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

Come From Away in a can, period art, and being a better ally (segment begins at 22:00)

Dance

May 23, 2011

The Local East Village, New York, NY

Photos from the New York Dance Parade

May 22, 2011

CNN, New York, NY

Photos from the New York Dance Parade

Ainsley and dance partner Rebecca represent the Yale Belly Dance Society on WTNH Channel 8's CT Style, March 16, 2010.

September 5, 2008

Shirley Newhook for The Telegram, St. John's, NL

"Good weather and a great turnout also made the annual Pippy Park Summerfest a success.... A new addition, which was a hit with the audience, was Egyptian dancing, introduced by Ainsley of St. John's who was home for the holidays."

September, 2008

Leslie McNab for What's Happening Magazine, St. John's NL

"The workshop class had about 20 students. Our instructor, Ainsley, began with yoga-type stretches, then quickly took us into the unarticulated Ghawazee shimmy done to an Egyptian Saidi rhythm (an earthy drumbeat that goes "Dum Tek - Dum Dum Tek").... Watching myself in the mirror, practising over and over, I gradually got a feel for letting the momentum of the foot stamp shake my body's core in a shimmying motion. Bizarre and amazing at the same time!

"... My thighs and butt were already feeling that distinctive "burn" from a good, solid workout. Not only that, I felt proud of myself for doing something so extraordinary -- and potentially embarrassing -- in front of strangers.

"Belly dancing classes this fall? Sign me up!"