International Oriental Dance Festival Committee

Every year a great deal of planning, preparation and just plain hard work (the proverbial blood, sweat and tears) goes into the IODF.  The festival plays host to hundreds of dancers from across the country as well as across the seas and has become a highlight of the South African belly dancing calendar.  Each year sees the dance festival becoming bigger and better, thanks to a handful of volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the year. Although one may think that the organisation of the IODF starts a few months prior to the festival each year, in truth … Continue reading

CIAD International Oriental/Fusion Dance Competition

New! After a very successful launch of the CIAD competition in South Africa last year, Palace of the Winds will be collaborating with CIAD (Confederación Interamericana de la Danza), an International Dance Organisation based in Argentina to once again host a competition taking place at the Michael Oak Large Hall in Kenilworth from 12:00 until 4.00pm on 23 October 2015. 10th IODF Competition Application (2015) 10th IODF Competition Application (2015) (French) Spectators’ tickets will be on sale at the door for R50.00 Our official photographer for the 2015 CIAD competition is Jason Herman. Dancers wanting to order photos from the competition can contact him on Parking at the … Continue reading

Welcome Announcement

We are ready to welcome you!!! Don’t miss the 10th International Oriental Dance Festival with its all amazing offers! Enjoy the dancing, make friends and help the Saartjie Baartman Centre! Keep checking back to find out where you can join us… Where, when and what is going on: The famous IODF welcoming party will be at ANATOLI Turkish Restaurant in Cape Town on 22 October 2015. Don’t miss this opportunity to book your dinner and spend your evening in a relaxed atmosphere with many international and local Oriental and fusion dancers. Come to make friends, network your business, eat brilliant food and have … Continue reading

Opening Gala Evening

Friday, 23 October 2015 The Opening Gala Evening will be held at the Michael Oak Large Hall, 4 Marlow Road, Kenilworth. You will be able to enjoy performances by professional International and South African Oriental Dancers. Tickets are R150.00 and are available at Computicket or contact Food and beverages will be on sale at the venue. Parking at the venue is limited as it is a residential area. The dancers will be able to park in the school grounds. Patrons to the show should note the following: Parking in Marlow Rd is limited, and it will be most helpful if you drive from … Continue reading

10th IODF Fringe Program

at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre Cape Town NB: All performers dancing at the Amphitheatre need to complete & return the V&A Waterfront Indemnity Form to Yolanda Meyer – click here for more information. Sunday, 25 October 2014 10.00 Name Performance Title From 1 Ajsa Samia’s IODS Marco Polo – Veil Dance Cape Town 2 The Belly Dancers The Belly Dancers – Beginners (Eh El Hekaya) Johannesburg 3 Sanaa-Moon Belly Dance Studio Group Drum Solo Cape Town 4 Beli-Zimo Dancers Egyptian-Gypsy Fusion with Shaabi style Knysna 5 HipNotize Bellydance Academy Belly Dance Medley – Egyptian Fusion Cape Town 6 Maya Dance … Continue reading

Fringe Performers

V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre: NB: All performers dancing at the Amphitheatre need to complete & return the V&A Waterfront Indemnity Form to Yolanda Meyer – click here for more information. Al-Masrah Academy Cape Town Beverli is Mesopotamia Kurdish Restaurant’s resident soloist here in Cape Town, though she has been raised on stage in Europe and the Middle East by some the worlds finest traditional Middle Eastern Dance performers, instructors and musicians, and has worked around the world in Oriental Dance and field research for more than 15 years. That puts the total at 35 years in dance theatre, having also studied … Continue reading


WORKSHOP Saturday 24th October 2015 Venue: Protea Hotel Sea Point, Arthur’s Road, Sea Point, Cape Town TEACHER Time WORKSHOP Dancers level Prof Rodolfo Solmoirago 9:30.00 – 11:30 I am a belly dance star Advanced and professional level but all levels welcome Guzel-Eunsuk Hur 11:45 – 13:45 Drum Solo Intermediate to advanced level but all levels welcome Irina Shamira 14:00 – 16:00 Golden Age oriental dance All levels Pili Rubi 16:15 – 18:15 Bollywood modern style All levels Artemis 18:30 – 20:30 Modern cane dance All levels Workshop Descriptions and Teachers I am a Belly Dance Star – Prof Rodolfo Solmoirago … Continue reading

Gala-Fringe Application Form

Applications are now open for the 9th International Oriental Dance Festival open. Download applications forms for both the Gala & the Fringe Program here: 10th IODF Gala Application 10th IODF Fringe Application 10th IODF Gala Application (French) 10th IODF Fringe Application (French) NB: Please download and save forms onto your computer first before completing and returning to us. … Continue reading