Here are some testimonials that satisfied clients have provided to me over the years. There are some for Custom Sewing, Halyma's Belly Dance DVDs, as well as lovely comments from Belly Dancing students.
Custom Sewing testamonials
"The girls looked absolutely amazing and I felt like a total princess in my dress. Thank you again for doing such an amazing job! We appreciate you so much." - Sylvie
"Well, we did it! We're married! It was a perfect day. Couldn't have asked for anything better, I tell you. I can't tell you how many compliments we had on the outfits that you made for us. Thanks to your expertise and to all the extra help you gave us with selecting the material, the coordination with other seamstresses, and the endless questions, etc., we were able to have the wedding that we really and truly wanted to have - something different and unusual. You played a huge part in that and we thank you for it. :)" - Keri
"Hi Tracey, My wedding was really really wonderful, and everyone was commenting on how beautiful the dress was, thank you so much for making it! ... I wish you luck with your dressmaking, you're very talented. Thank you again," - Anele
"Hi Tracey, Thanks for the wonderful evening on Tuesday. It was terrific! I have not bared my belly in public in 20 or more years, but I felt great in the costume you made for me so it was okay that I forgot my sheath! " - Heather
"Thankyou, thankyou......and on and on... I am really pleased with your work - and of course - your original design. All I have to do now is settle down and pick a new piece of music, find an excuse to dance, and SHOW OFF!!!! I am really, really pleased!! I will make sure to take a picture of both costumes .... Thanks again, " - K.
"Hey Tracey! I just really wanted to say thank you SO!! much for helping me with my costume and making it look so great! Everyone who saw it on stage and off couldn't help but stare and be dazzled by its amazing look! They all loved it just as much if not more than me I beleive! Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH! I love it so much and im so gratefull!! " - Chandrika
"Hello Tracey Mark and myself, Patricia, would like to thank you again for making our beautiful outfits, thanks. Everybody loved my dress and Mark's outfit as well. Blessings " - Mark and Patricia
"Hi Tracey, I've used my Thighsavers quite a few times already, and I just want to let you know that they are awesome! It makes it a different experience entirely to wear a skirt. I will be recommending your services to my friends. " - Amber
"The wedding was a fabulous success!!!! By the way, the dress made everyone say WOW!! All wanted to know where I got it from...and I was so comfortable and felt so beautiful. The dress held up fantastically too, even through all my dancing :-) " - Nicole A.
"Tracey did a wonderful job on my custom-designed water proof windbreaker" - W. Thomas Leroux
Belly Dance DVD testamonials
"I finally watched your video!!!! It's absolutely great!!!! Wow, never knew there were so many moves and body isolations....you make it look sooooo simple!" - Claire
"Hello, Tracey... Thanks again for a great day of fun, exercise, and inspiration. Love your DVDs...fun, down-to-earth, and well-executed!! take care," - Stephanie
"Hi! I recently purchased your second instructional DVD and I have to tell you that it is just as fabulous as the first one. Thank you so much for making this dance so approachable. I hope you are able to make some more advanced DVDs. You're guaranteed a customer by me! Thanks again! Much love," - Bianca P.,Bellingham, WA
"Halyma Raks!! The other day, I picked up a few things from Julie T.. One of which was your instructional dvd: Lesson 2 and had to watch it from start to finish just to absorb the content and found your dancing to be very mesmerizing!! Great job on an awesome practice companion and for talking about the elemental energy in the dance. Zhagareeet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bright blessings " - *~Z
"Hi Tracey, Thanks for DVDs 1and 2, which reached me today. Oh by the way - They are great. Thanks ! Greetings from cold Germany " - Barbara
"Hi Tracey, I just love your DVD Lesson 1 and am looking forward to receiving lesson II. My friend will also be writing to you to order a copy of Lesson I." - Joan
" just got this DVD in the mail and I haven't even watched it all the way through but I just had to write to you immediately!! I've been searching for a good instructional DVD HIGH and LOW because I don't have easy access to an experienced teacher. I have taken a couple of classes at my local "Y" but those were nothing special beyond really wetting my appetite for learning to belly dance. "Halyma's Belly Dance" is everything I have been looking for!!!!!!!! Clear, concise instruction with good camera work so that you can see exactly what she is doing! Also, she does the moves slowly enough that I can actually follow along. Most DVDs I've run into so far skimp on the instruction (and good camera work) because the dancer seems too intent on showing you what SHE can do rather than encouraging what YOU can do. I will be buying the second volume of Halyma's Belly Dance very, very soon (just as soon as I practice with this one a bit). I just wanted to say that you guys at TAV Creations put together a spectacular instructional DVD and I hope that the word spreads and that you sell thousands. It really is quite excellent! A hundred times: THANK YOU!!! Most sincerely (and excitedly!)," - Bianca P.,Bellingham, WA
Belly Dance Instruction testamonials
"Hi Tracey! I just wanted to say Thank You! A million times. I'd write it a million times if I could. The feedback from the dancing was so amazing. Everyone really enjoyed having you to watch/learn from while they were waiting in the lines. So I just wanted to let you know how positive/awesome your contributions was! Thank you for being patient with our sound system. The DJ really wanted to steal your music at the end of the night, and the reviews on our evaluation forms were wonderful! Thank you for being so fantastic, you really, really made the event special! Cheers, " - Cara
"This is a little late, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the whole event and your dance in particular (I’m a big Clash fan). I had listened to the original version and thought how great it would be for some type of belly dance choreography (I’m a way newbie to the field so thinking is about as far as I get). You did a great job and the Rashid Taha version made it perfect! We saw him at Bluesfest and thought the only way it could be better would have been with you up there dancing! Rock on Halyma! " - Jackie W
"It is always a great pleasure to attend one of Tracey/Halyma's events! Every detail is taken care of and she goes above and beyond to make sure everyone enjoys themselves. Her leadership and charm make her a popular emissary for the Ottawa dance community. " - Jocelyne Khan
"Hi Tracey, I just wanted to say thanks for all the time and effort you put into the class party. I'm glad our routine went over so well. It was a lot of fun, I'm already looking forward to the next one! See you in January. Enjoy the holidays!" - Kim G.
"Hi Tracey, I just wanted to say thanks for all the time and effort you put into the class party. I'm glad our routine went over so well. It was a lot of fun, I'm already looking forward to the next one! See you in January. Enjoy the holidays! " - Kim
"Hi Tracey, Everything about yesterday... location, stage layout, lighting, sound, set decor, dance line-up, volunteers, performances and even the audience was absolutely SUPER. It gets better and better all the time. Congratulations to you and all of the crew! Can't wait to get the DVD, Tom had a perfect viewpoint from his location. It will be enjoyable to watch all of the performances. Enjoy all the wonders of the holiday season! Big hugs for you and Tom, " - Ginette
"Hi Tracey, I just wanted to thank you and Michele for the workshop yesterday. I'm so glad to have been able to be there. I hope you continue to have them and look forward to attending another one. " - Julia
"Today was such an amazing experience Dancing with the Elements. Very good meditations and healing energies. Thank you so much for inspiring us to feel the essentials and move with them! " - Zeina
"Hi Tracey, Thanks again for yesterday. It was truly a wonderful experience, and I'm looking forward to participating again next year. :) " - Chantal
"Thank you for the wonderful day.... when I got home I had a delicious nap and could still hear the beatiful music as I drifted off to sleep... I truly appreciate the energy both you lovely divas gave as you lead us through our journey. xoxo " - Sandy
"I went to your site today so that I could find the link and send it to a potential future student. And WOW was I surprised :) Your new and improved site looks really great! Nice touch with the pictures and the sidebars and the quotes! It's so inviting, informative, fun and beautiful…it's so you!! ... Congrats again on the wonderful website :) " - Muneera (Mireille)
"Tracey, we had an awesome time with you, thank you so much! Everyone was impressed with your professionalism despite our constant interruptions, and I think we created some really good memories for Tammy." - Michele D.
"Hi Tracey, I got a wonderful compliment about you! One of my friends noticed what a beautiful energy you have, just from your two minute comments on the stage. I was saying that I always feel good when I see you, because you're energy is so light and airy!" - B.
"Hi there, This newsletter is terrific!" - Sophia
"Hi Tracey! I love this newsletter and look forward to it each week! Thanks for doing this!" - Terri R.
"Tracey, hi! I wanted to thank for your newsletter. It is super! Thanks for taking the time to assemble and send it." - Carole
"Hi Tracey: I just wanted to let you know how much everyone is enjoying the dance routine you did at the workshop here in Trenton. I have shown it to the girls in my beginner's and intermediate classes and they just love it. We'll have to get you back here to Trenton for another workshop!" - Cindy
"Hello Tracey and the bevy of beautiful ladies..... thank you, thank you, and thank you so much for such a wonderful performance. Just to let you know that the audience appreciated it very much. Love and best wishes to you and your group for a successful future. Many thanks once again for your participation." - Geeta
"Dear Halyma & Zamira It was great to see you dance at the Tagwi Gala on April 20th. People were surprised to see belly dancers and amazed at your elegant body moves. It created a nice fun ambiance as you ran & dance through the crowd and invited people to clap hands. Thank you for sharing your talents with the Tagwi fundraising event. With your dancing, you create beauty, elegance , pleasure to Life. Thank you." - Monique
"Hello Tracey, First, I would like to thank you again for including me in your recital. It was very nice to be included in such a great event!" - Roxane
"Thanks so much for putting on the dance party yesterday evening. It was a great success and enjoyed by all. My daughters were ' wowed ' by the beauty and energy of the evening...." - C.
"Hey Tracey! The show was AWESOME!!!!! We had a fabulous time! And you were great! Thanks so much for an awesome time. I really enjoyed the belly dancing and although I'm sad to be leaving Ottawa, I will try to continue belly dancing somewhere in Mississauga! " - Ruby
"I just wanted to thank you for giving Chantal and I the opportunity to dance at your party last night. It was such a supportive atmosphere. I had fun." - A.
"Thanks again for your beautiful performance. We really enjoyed it and everyone is talking about it." - Frida E.
"Hi Tracey ~ Just wanted to let you know that the Dancing With The Elements workshop was a lot of fun. " - Nat
"Hi Tracey! I met you Saturday in Killaloe... Thanks for such a great workshop! Stephanie was already working in some of your pointers and moves last night. :) We look forward to the next one, too!" - Terri R., Barry's Bay, ON
"Hi Tracey, Thanks for all the work I assume you must do to put on your end of class shows. It was very heartwarming to see and feel your kindness and dedications to the belly-dancing community in Ottawa. It was GREAT!" - Ginette
"Hi Tracey, I just wanted to say thank you for your tremendous organizational efforts towards a very successful bazaar last weekend. It amazes me when I think back to how much this has grown over the years (and not that many years really). I think it's fantastic how many vendors we are attracting from out of town - I think this is a testament to your ability to put together an excellent bazaar/celebration of dance. " - Cynthia
"Good morning Tracey, thank you so very very much for all your great organizing. It was such a fun evening for the dancers and the audience. When I was dancing I could see you smiling of in the corner silently cheering us all on... I can say I felt proud to be up their dancing and thankful to be your student. Thank you once again and oh yes I loved watching you dance, poetry in motion. " - Sandy
"HI Tracey :) Last night's show was faaaaantastic! One of my favourites actually! The beginners were so impressive, the costumes were fabulous and all the dancers showed grace and cute smiles... It was great. Congratulations on organizing yet another fabulous party! :) " - Muneera
"Hi Tracey, I so enjoyed the performance; it was beautiful, colourful, and very entertaining. I thought you looked just ethereal and bewitching and your dancing ended the show with magic and enchantment. The next morning, I raved about the performance to co-workers, and I started talking how superb you looked and danced; I did not have a chance to finish what I wanted to say and C. interjected "Oh! Tracey is the best." I agree totally! I told her that she indeed missed a great show. The evening was quite a treat! " - Marie
"Review"Dancing with the Elements' Workshop: I wanted to thank you and Michelle so much for your wonderful workshop.. Had never been to anything so enlightening, so mystical and well instrumented...Every segment of the day was a treat, especially using dance and other forms to experience each of the elements in its different form. Am still feeling very relaxed and peaceful since the workshop a week ago! I highlyrecommend it for anyone seeking inner peace and relaxation!! " - Sue E.