After valiantly battling brain cancer for over four
years, Rose Champagne passed away on February 6, 2008. Her family
has requested that this Web site remain active, as a memorial, an
inspiration, and a source of guidance for the Middle Eastern Dance
Rose's obituary can be found here: Rose's
obituary at MassLive.com
There is also a Guest Book linked to her obituary,
with reminiscences from family, friends, and students: Rose's
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THE SPOTLIGHT - JUNE 2006
EASTERN DANCE NEW
ENGLAND: JEWEL OF THE VALLEY
SHOW - FEB. 2005
THE JOB - SEPT. 2005
- JUNE 2005
PUBLICATIONS - JUNE 2005
BUZZ - JAN.2007
NEW ENGLAND: JEWEL OF THE
VALLEY SHOW - NOV. 2006
TESTAMONIALS FROM STUDENTS, PROFESSIONALS, PROMOTERS,
are the definition of feminine beauty. I still
get goosebumps thinking of your performance. It
was tantalizing, erotic,
and simply amazing.
In fact, it was one of my
most favorite aspects of the wedding. Thank
you so much for your professionalism
and for bringing a little
bit of Egypt here to my family. Everyone
has told me how much they enjoyed your show!!!
I will make sure to tell anyone looking for a
bit of the exotic in their wedding or other events
all about you!!!"
and Kindest Regards,
Amy and Eli Margolis
June 18, 2006
the Macys Cosmetic Department for a Moroccan/Arabian
we were planning the event your name came up several
times. You have a GREAT reputation as a dancer
in the valley."
Group Sales Manager Eastfield Cosmetics
one of Rose Champagne’s belly dancing classes
are inspired. And while the primary motivation
is to learn to dance—and dance you will--you
will find yourself feeling empowered to own and
love your body. I felt myself getting physically
and spiritually stronger. In a society that continues
to objectify and exploit women, Rose’s belly
dancing class builds self-confidence and pushes
us to reclaim our bodies and our sexuality. From
the physical to the spiritual, with depth, meaning,
and heart, Rose’s class will have an impact
on who you are, while bringing you incredible
joy and pleasure!"
By Nisa Zalta,
a new student
want to commend you on your wonderful performance
last weekend at my brother's surprise birthday
party at the K of C hall in Enfield, Connecticut.
It was innovative, lively,
and beautifully executed; you dance with a self-confidence
and poise that even some professionals
lack, and it was a pleasure to watch you.
quite a few cranky children on our hands before
your arrival--once you started to dance, they
calmed right down. I think my favorite part of
the performance was when you had my brother in
law (a self-proclaimed NON-dancer) standing up
with you, and doing some dance moves. It was fabulous!
you so much for bringing your art to our gathering.
It meant an awful lot to my sister in law, Linda,
who had been planning the party for months and
wanted everything to be just right."
By Dara Bowlng
wanted to say a great big THANK YOU for making
yesterday(Friday) so much fun! We all had a blast
and you and your explanations and combinations
and movements were just phenomenal! You truly
are an artist. It's gonna be cool to watch your
career, seeing you get better and stuff! We're
already talking about doing another private, it's
just a question of when! WE really love how you
teach; you put so much into it and you teach how
to be better. Ok, that doesn't make a lot of sense,
but what I'm trying to say is...you seem to have
found the pulse point, the life-force of belly
dancing and you're sharing that with your students.
Aka, you're good. And it's awesome! Thanks so
Rose, it's Z....
wanted to thank you for Friday night...you were
absolutely incredible....many people after the
party spoke very highly of you and enjoyed your
show very much....I appreciate you driving all
the way down here to do this for me...I'm very
interested in doing something with you again.....you
should be charging a little more because you're
worth every penny....I can not describe how thankful
I am for you and for your show friday night ...."
dinner last night with (dance friends). One of
them was telling the story about how she was visiting
her other daughter before she came here, from
boston and how she went to this show and went
into detail about the performers. She said there
was this amazing dancer there, Rose Champagne,
who was the best dancer she'd seen in a long time...'
then she went on and on about your stage presence
and how you seem so much older on stage (in a
good way) because you have this regal presence
and she couldn't believe how young you were when
she congratulated you. She went on about your
style and how beautiful you are and how your dancing
had her mesmerized and how you are 'the perfect
look for a bellydancer' because you could be of
so many nationalities but very exotic and how
you have such a great body and everything. Anyway,
lets just say that if you were there, your ego
would be so big right now you wouldn't be able
to fit through the door. Rose, all I can say is,
can I have your autograph??? "
A Dance Friend
off, lemme tell you what a truly beautiful dancer
you are ...second you are a joy to work with ...
You are SUCH a delight!"
the internationally famous
Thank you for that wonderful performance at Amanouz
Cafe in Northampton. Your footwork was impressively
agile, especially considering how little room
you had to perform! I also particularly enjoyed
your serpentine hand and arm movements. The audience
(including me) adored you, and I hope you will
be back. The close-quarters venue gave a special
energy to your performance. "
By David Makinster
heard many good things about your
performance and personality from the December
4th party. Then again I already knew all the good
things they said. I told them to expect nothing
but the best... thanks Rose.. I'll call you for
some more parties if you're interested..."
a beginner belly-dancer three years ago, I was
thrilled to find Rose as a teacher. Her style
of teaching and breaking down the moves step-by-step
helps me to visualize and then actualize doing
them myself. Rose has a sense of humor in class
with her analogies and little visual cues that
clearly explain the movement she is teaching.
Rose is a teacher for all ages and abilities which
makes me feel comfortable to pursue a new and
important passion in my life."
By Robin Rieske
(Rabiah), a student of three years
an asset to the Dance Center and a wonderful instructor."
By April Lee
October 3, 2006
for an inspiring workshop. I have enjoyed watching
you grow from a bright, talented young woman just
starting as a really good teacher, into a brilliant,
talented,gorgeous woman full of heart, who is
a leader and an inspiration
to women of all ages. Here are some thoughts
from last night.
teacher puts students at ease and helps them get
over their discomforts/fears just by modeling,
coaching and keeping a balance between learning
and playing,left brain,right brain. Always
genuine. Getting silly
when students are getting too serious/discouraged.
"Gets" the spiritual part and shares
it without preaching."
of all the belly dancers I have dealt with, you
are the most professional, organized, beautiful
and know your stuff..
I'm not just saying that either..you know that
if I have to say something I would say it whether
it is a compliment or not..you are an absolute
"10"and I get compliments from all the
jobs that I hire you for."
Agent for Belly
Dancers and bands
August 8, 2006
Champagne ... is a beautiful dancer with a remarkable
story. She is definitely a dancer to watch in
the future. Her troupe danced later in the evening
and were quite good."
From a review
of Rakkasah East on the Phillyraqs
website by Monet Raths
you so,so much for sharing yourself and your dance
with us. I don't know if you truly realize or
understand the gift you have given me. Your patience
and acceptance, your beauty and your grace, your
expertise and experience, your heart and your
soul...When I watch you dance I feel as though
I am in another world...i think of nothing else
except the beauty of what is before me.....your
dance. I am inspired and motivated. You honestly
have open up such a new world for me. At the risk
of getting personal...for years I struggled with
accepting myself...trying to hide who I am and
how I look. The thought of showing myself to others
scared me to death. I hid, numb to the outside
world. Dancing has changed so much of that...I
can't even begin to explain it. I can now watch
myself and others and revel in the beauty of what
it is to be a woman, and what it means to watch
others. It has changed my perception of myself
and the cold un accepting world I once knew. And
the beautiful thing about you is that you not
only share your dance with us, you share yourself,
your soul, your heart, your mind. I admire that
so much. So when I thank you, it isn't only for
the show....which was fantastic...its for the
positive influence you have given me. Thank you
for this priceless gift. With deep admiration
and respect and thanks."
are awesome! I've always respected you as a fabulous
dancer, an insightful and talented teacher and
a gem of a human being but I'm so glad to find
out that while you are still sweet and kind, you
also know how to deal with difficult people. I'm
enjoying watch you rise to the stardom you deserve!!"
you are a wonderful teacher, superb dancer, and
I think dancers can learn a lot from you...you
have a lot to give. People like watching you dance
because your execution of the dance is so lovely
and so precise. Its like watching a firefly dance
in perfect harmony with the songs of the insects
on a hot summer's night."
who has been dancing and teaching for 30 years:
you may not remember me, but I met you a few years
ago. Once at a Hafla where you performed, I think
somewhere in Northampton and the last time I saw
at Café Lebanon in Springfield I believe.
I was just graduating from Umass and was wondering
when I’d ever see another spectacular performance.
Anyway, tonight I got my wish and saw another
spectacular performance at Byblos in Norwood.
That was an awesome performance. I was the guy
sitting by myself alone at a table. I was so nervous
about seeing you again, that I couldn’t
eat during your performance. You were stunning.
I really wanted to float dollar bills above your
head like I did at the other restaurant.
must say, though, you still look beautiful and
you have a gorgeous smile. Whenever you danced
close to my table and I look into your eyes, it
looks like they are bright with the glow of the
stars at night. In slow motion, the way you walk,
the way you move, it’s so ethereal. I just
wish you would’ve sat down at my table to
talk. That would’ve made my night more wonderful,
but seeing you was just beautiful enough.
just have that amazing ability to mesmerize the
audience. The babies at the tables loved it! I
thought that was so adorable. I really can’t
wait to see more awesome performances. Oh, and
if you want, I can send of the pictures I took
of you. That is if you wish. Anyway, I hope to
see you soon. You rock!"
my name is Layla. I tried to reach you at the
restaurant yesterday ( Saturday , 21 ) but you
were busy I guess. My sister is going to have
a wedding in a few month . All my relatives (
who like you very much ) would like you to perform
your wonderful dance at a restaurant where our
wedding party is going to take place. We are from
Azerbaijan ( country which is next to Turkey and
Iran ) so we know the taste of "belly dance"
very well. We would be very happy to have you
as our guest!"
"It was great , Rose
You are so sweet and sooooo nice. My parents fell
in love with you ( specially my Dad !) . My son
( who is 10 years old) said that he would like
to have a girlfriend like you in the future. My
daughter was so proud to get that little card
from you. What can I say? Thank you very much.
We are very excited about having you on the wedding.
Too bad we missed you that night. Oh well. But
I want to bring my friends over to your shows.
I told them a lot about you."
your email; Layla