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.
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 under legends in ballet and jazz. Supporting cross-training and active empowerment to dancers as an athletic art, she runs Al-Masrah Academy in Sea Point with training studio of classes raising the next generation of dancers and master courses for advanced and PROs who wish to specialise deep into Middle Eastern authentic styles. Aside from specialising in traditional Middle Eastern Dance, Beverli also teaches healing and body rehabilitation through the dance modules and yoga modules, and many dancers who have had their bodies and spirits broken have found the most magnificent set of wings and learned to soar. It is all about being gentle and powerful at the same time, and acknowledging that everything is a process. When the mind and the body are compliant, then the art can start to unfold. And it is in the history of the oriental dance where the secrets lie… it is like a fountain of inspiration… the deeper you peer into where this dance came from, where it is being nourished and the great stars into whose lineage we fall, the more you see your art as a drop in a beautiful waterfall… and this cascade of beauty and grace gives women a wellspring of nourishment… I wish every female would dance this dance to discover herself…
Aphrodite Belly Dance Studio
Aphrodite belly dancing Princesses and Divas had a great year in 2015. They have won a place in all categories that thy have entered for Belly dancing championship in Johannesburg. We are grateful to be part of IODF.
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Bailla Morena Belly Dance Studio strives to create dances a bit different to the traditional choreography.
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My joy is to join together with others to dance.
My intention in my dance classes is to free our bodies, dance to intriguing music and engage our minds and bodies in harmonious movement
Belly Dance celebrates the beauty and expression of the female body while mind and body are in harmony.
Belly Dance Classes and Performances: Patti: 084 7033 455 / email@example.com
Sam is a Fusion dancer with Durban-based BellyFusion, the first local studio to extensively combine Bellydance with influences of Modern, Latin American, Bollywood, Hula and Spanish dancing. She teaches a student class and trains the performance troupe in Tribal Fusion technique and choreography. She also studies American Tribal Style® and dances with fellow KZN teachers as the Durban Tribal Collective. She was selected to perform in Bellydance Evolution’s JHB production of Alice in Wonderland, danced in the collaborative “Roh Masr” (Spirit of Egypt) show directed by Yasmina of Cairo with Mohammed Kazafy, and was part of the BellyFusion team that danced for FIFA at the World Cup Fanpark in 2010.
Belly Phunk directed under Mish Hendricks is a vibrant oriental dance troupe. Our main objective is to achieve, through our dance style, the upliftment of women and the girl-child in surrounding areas of Cape Town and to get them involved in the art of dancing, to gain confidence, obtain fitness and experience the joy and fulfilment of oriental dancing.
From Pretoria, now based in Strand. Bring the Fab 40 concept to Cape Town!
The group is a newly formed group led by Cheri. Both Melanie and Carolyn are novice oriental dancers who have shown themselves to be committed to learning the dance form over recent months.
For more information, visit her website: bellydancecheri.weebly.com
Children of Isis
Children of Isis is a small studio based in Milnerton with the emphasis on good technique, love of dance & fun! Marguerite opened the studio in 2013 after much (or not so much) persuasion by friends which has now developed into a strong sisterhood.
Daughters Of The Alhambra are a Cape Town group based in Ottery.
Diamonds of Kahire Dance Troupe
Fariha Belly Dance Studio has since 2012, strived to learn as much about the art of Bellydance from national and international dance teachers. The studio’s philosophy is to get woman back in touch with their femininity. This year they will present the audience with a Shaabi dance.
HipNotize Bellydance Academy
HipNotize Bellydance Academy was formed in 2006 by Mandy & Simone. Over the years the academy has grown in numbers and in feminine strength and become home to over 100 girls and women. Whilst a blend of Turkish and Egyptian is their core style, the Academy is well known for delivering exciting fusion pieces. Both Mandy & Simone have attended workshops with renowned international belly dance legends like Jillina, Ansuya, Sharon Kihara, Tamalyn Dallal, Bozenka, Heather Aued and Donna Mejia to name a few. Their love and passion for bellydance has truly shaped the academy into something amazing. HipNotize took 9 awards at the 2015 MBDSA including Miss Junior Bellydance SA Title (for the second consecutive year), 1st place for Junior Prop, 1st place Junior Modern and 1st place for Adult Group Drum Solo. You can learn more about the academy on www.hipnotize.co.za
In Harem’s Way & Dark Harem Tribe
Founded and directed by Amira in 2006, this Johannesburg belly dance ensemble is a collaboration of hand-picked established tribal fusion and belly dance artists with personally tutored professional dancers from Shimmer Studio; all performing at the highest standards to
guarantee a quality dance experience.They are known for their style, grace and passion, alongside the daring choreographic twists and slick routines that are Amira’s hallmark as a choreographer. In Harem’s Way is proud to present its tribal fusion arm, Dark Harem Tribe.
Moondance Studio has been established for 8 years in the Table View area. We specialize in Tribal and Flamenco Fusion belly dance. Students are given individual attention in small group classes. Private tuition is also available.
Contact Anita: 083 570 3801
Web site: www.moondancestudio.tumblr.com
Nadia School of Belly Dance was founded in October 2003 and we opened our doors in January 2004. We are located in Durbanville & Somerset West. The style taught is Modern Egyptian with some Latin flavour. All ladies are welcome to learn this beautiful, sensual and empowering dance form. Enjoy the show.
Natraj Fusion Bellydance Studio
Natraj represents the Cosmic Dancer that balances life through dancing and movement.
Classes offered in Bloubergstrand and Melkbos bonding gals from all walks into a sisterhood, having fun!
Urshulah is a true gypsy spirit. She loves traveling to gain depth and a better understanding of the cultures and dance! She believes a good teacher will always be a student in learning more.
Natraj Fusion’s performance at the IODF is always fresh and something different, and this year is going to be a passionate fusion of belly dance with the Argentine Tango. Fusing with other dance forms in telling their own story in a unique way.
Facebook page: Natraj Fusion Bellydance Studio
For classes and performances contact Urshulah
Oriental Evolution is a fusion belly dance school situated in Langebaan on the west coast. Teacher and choreographer is Lynn-marie Burger.
Michelle forms part of a performance duo known as Oriental Siren with Lee-anne Ricketts. She aims to fuse the fluidity and flow of performance hula hooping with the enchanting mystery that is tribal fusion.
Rakshada was started by sisters Nicky Gouws and Amelia du Preez in 2011. Choreographer and solo dancer Nicky Gouws has strived to bring the beautiful passionate art of Bellydancing to women in Port Elizabeth.
Being one of 2 studios now left in Port Elizabeth, we strive to make a good impression where ever we perform. We are well known for doing a lot of charities in Port Elizabeth, as well as performances in various restaurants, etc. We also love to bring not just the oriental art of bellydancing but also combinations of Indian and Spanish fusion. Bellydancing for us is all about having that little time for ourselves and sharing it with other ladies, time to embrace our womanhood, confidence and mostly about having fun and enjoying this beautiful ancient art. It is not about competition but purely to embrace the oriental dance with fire and passion to the best of our ability.
This year we are joined for the first time in Cape Town by our group: Sulene, Belinda, Amelia, Nicky, Lorette and Lyndeen. We are once again humble and grateful being invited by Cape Town to share this wonderful time and experience with so many beautiful and talented dancers.
For more information, visit their page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rakshada.bellydancers
Raqs Sharqi Dance Company
Micah has been dancing since the age of 11 when she joined Pietermaritzburg’s first belly dance studio, Raqs Sharqi Dance Company in 2003, founded by Anne Knowles. She has since taken numerous workshops and classes with world-renowned dancers, choreographers and musicians including travelling to Egypt and European festivals to expand her knowledge. In May 2015, she was crowned Miss Belly Dance South Africa 2015, the first tribal soloist to take the title!
Micah enjoys blending Middle Eastern and folkloric dance with contemporary movement and costumes and is often inspired by music, books, movies and life experiences.
Rhythm Nouveau Dance Company
The Rhythm Nouveau Dance Company (RNDC) was born in 2011 and is the conception of passionate, professional SA Tribal Fusion Performer, Kash Athanatos, who teaches Belly Dance classes and workshops in and around Cape Town.
RNDC bridges the gap between the Middle Eastern dance form and Modern Contemporary. RNDC is a dance institute where working hard, meeting great people and having fun while getting results is their priority. At RNDC, we do excel in creating an enjoyable learning experience, and each class is guaranteed to be fun and cultivating as well as educational.
Winners of: CIAD Group 2014, MBDSA 2015 Troupe of the Year, MBDSA 2015 Fascinating Fusion Winners, MBDSA 2015 Choreographer of the Year.For more information on classes, please visit rndc.co.za
Rouge and Surah are professional middle eastern dance performers and qualified dance teachers from Melkbosstrand.
Sanaa Moon Belly Dance Studio
Sanaa means: “to gleam or radiate” like the moon.
Sanaa-Moon is owned by Genevieve, classes are given by her and 2 other teachers: Melanie and Tammy, they are all passionate teachers with many years of dance experience.
A feeling of “Sisterhood” is promoted in the classes encouraging each other through the joy of belly dancing. Evening classes are currently available in Lansdowne and Bergvliet. Morning class on a Saturday are available in Durbanville.
Soma Fusion Bellydance Studio
Soma Fusion Bellydance Company is the pioneer of Tribal Style in South Africa. We specialises in world class Tribal Fusion and American Tribal Style. Visit our website www.soma.co.za or our facebook page SomaFusionBellydance for more information on classes and performances.
Studio Tarab Middle Eastern Dance
Studio Tarab founded by Karole Al Dineh in 2012, is a Northern Suburbs, Cape Town based studio offering classes in Arabic style belly dance and folkloric styles. Studio Tarab strives to create a warm, welcoming environment for learning & growth through Middle Eastern dance. Karole is the resident performer at Al Diwan, Sea Point and MBDSA 2015 Solo Fascinating Fusion Winner. For more information please visit www.raqsbellydance.wix.com/karol
Surika Oriental Dance
Established 1994 – Master Performer and Dance Designer. Highlights include ” SA BELLY DANCER SHAKES UP EGYPT” published in Cape Times. Producer of sell out Harem Show at Artscape Opera House. Surika is one of the pioneers of belly dancing in South Africa, an accomplished authentic artist in the dance form ‘Raks Sharki’. She has appeared in people’s theatres in Egypt, Turkey, Mauritius, Greece and India, has choreographed dance shows and performed nightly seven days a week as the resident dancer for 17 years for Cape Town’s ritzy belly dance night spots Mesopotamia, Ararat, Baran’s and Anatoli unique to this city. She is now also a sought after dance trainer.
Her approach is embodied by an interest in contemporary clinical developments in the cosmetic arena as well as knowledge of ancient aesthetic practices. The Allied Health Profession Council awarded her as a Registered Therapeutic Aromatherapist. Surika Arendse has special interest in blending natural plant oils for cancer patients as Therapeutic Aromatherapist and Beauty Specialist in the experience of living beautifully. Her commitment to her clients’ aspirations is watertight. She heals students of belly dance using her sound knowledge of physiology, pathology and energy healing. Surika blends oils and believes in the benefits of preparations of naturally occurring cosmetic substances such as the Frankincense, Myrrh and Sandalwood plant and beeswax.
Impressions of Nefertiti, the Egyptian Queen famed for her loveliness, inspire Surika’s extraordinary originality at her Cape Town practice.
Her connections to a range of influences spanning centuries, is graciously aligned to her clients ambitions to live in a beautiful way.
The Dynamic Duo of Tabita and Levona will once again set out to dazzle the audience with their Belly Fusion dance. This will be their 3rd consecutive collaboration – proving that distance is no problem.
Johannesburg based studio comprised of ladies from all walks of life who get together weekly to share their passion for dance!
For more information, visit www.thebellydancers.co.za or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Feminine Divine Oriental Dance Studio
The Feminine Divine is one of Cape Town’s oldest belly dance studios with 2 passionate and skilled teachers teaching students ranging from new beginners to professional performers in and around Cape Town!
Tenille Lindeque-Joshua opened the studio in 2003 and has since been featured on Top Billing, Cape Town TV and Spirit Sunday. Tenille has also hosted the Cape Town celebrations of World Belly Dance Day since 2009.
Tenille runs the studio with her sister, Tiffany, who has been dancing and teaching for the Feminine Divine since 2010.
Thelma Rose is a Johannesburg based oriental dancer who has performed at various functions, restaurants and events all over Southern Africa.
Thelma started her dance life in 1998 with Caribbean style dancing. In 2007 she started and focussed completely on Oriental dancing under the instruction of Cara, Aviva and Akasha consecutively where she has been and is still pursuing knowledge and skill in Egyptian style oriental dancing. She has been featured on the cover story of issue 9 of raqSAfrica magazine in 2011. In 2010 she coached the Miss India SA 2010 on her winning talent piece. She has also been featured in a local music video in 2009 as a dancer.
Thelma Rose founded her dance troupe “Alimah Roses” who currently train and perform in Johannesburg.
She has been privileged in attending workshops with Bozenka, Karim Nagi, Jillina, Heather Aued, Sandra, Chronis, Hossam and Serena Ramzy in London 2011, Aviva and Ashara from Oasis dance. Also with solo and group performances in the Samantha Emmanuel Show in Johannesburg 2010, Bozenka and Karim Nagi show in Johannesburg 2012 , Rohr Masr Show in Durban 2013 and the Oriental dance Festival hosted by Ajsa Samia and the Palace of the Winds in Cape Town 2011-2013.
She has also been a guest performer at various annual studio showcases including the Dancing Divinity Showcase 2011, Oriental Fire Showcase 2012, Oriental Invasion Showcase 2012 and 2013 and Belly Divas Hafla in Durban 2013.
She was crowned as the first ever South African Drum Solo Queen in July 2014.
Thelma is known to reflect and project happiness and energy on stage , and sometimes body poetry to suit the mood of the performance and music.
For more information, please visit the website.
Vanessa Biddulph (aka Vee) is a fusion belly dance artist, teacher & yoga instructor. Her style of fusion belly dance is based on principles & elements from yoga, tribal fusion belly dance, contemporary dance, and influences from the various other dance forms she has studied over the years. She teaches classes, workshops & private lessons in Hout Bay, & Gardens, where her primary focus is to train strong, healthy dancers & facilitate birthing the artist within each student. For her, dance is the ultimate expression, a moving embrace, a language not limited by words. It is a delicate balance of athleticism, emotional expression & artistry. You can view some of her work on youtube, visit her facebook page or contact via email for more info.
On-line: https://www.youtube.com/user/VeeDances & https://www.facebook.com/VeeDances
“For the love of dance”
Zahra’s Oriental Dance Studio
With the goal to help uplift women through the art of belly dance, Janka’s Oriental Dance Studio was founded by Janka Kliment in 2006.
Today the studio is owned by Melanie Wallis and Jessica Perelson and has been renamed Zahra’s Oriental Dance Studio, fulfilling a desire expressed by its founder. Melanie and Jessica have remained true to Janka’s vision and believe that the art of belly dance can benefit all women, regardless of their age, fitness level or body shape.
Zakira’s Studio of Belly Dance was first established in 2008 in the Natal Midlands. After relocating to Cape Town in 2011, Zakira’s Studio of Belly Dance re-established in Parklands.
We dance for the love of it, to celebrate our femininity. To revel in the thrill of the magical and mystical.
Special Guest Performers:
Guzel-Eunsuk Hur is an internationally acclaimed performer and instructor. Eunsuk Hur was born in Daegu, South Korea. She started Korean dance at the age of six. At the age of twenty she became a professional aerobics instructor and player in Sports aerobic. She has been awarded First place in the Single Aerobics Championship. She is also highly skilled in jazz, hip-hop and various other types of dances.
In 2001, Guzel start learning professional oriental dance. Guzel study many different oriental dance styles in various countries such as Japan, England, Russia, Turkey, Egypt and Germany. Currently she is the President of the Corporation of Korean Practical Dance Association and Director or Guzel Performance.
She has acquired a doctorate in Physical Education in South Korea. At the moment, she is also a professor in ballet and belly dancing in the Department of Physical Education at Yeungnam University.
Guzel has a dramatic style but technically, is very clean!
2009 – International Raks Sharqi Contest – first place
2012 – International Summer Bellydance Contest – 2nd place
2014 – Israel Desert Rose Festival Contest – 1st place
2015 Stuttgart Miss Belly Raks OTF Contest – 1st place.
Irina Shamira from Lithuania
Founder and head of the first Lithuania oriental dance school, “Orientalija” (since 2003), Irina was the first to start festivals in Lithuania and is the organizer of the annual oriental dance festival “Orientalis” since 2005.
Her first introduction to dance and oriental dance courses were taken in Lebanon in 1991. Since then Irina regularly participated in numerous festivals and events all over the world, some of which are: “Nile Group” Egypt, “Pyramida” Latvia, “Caravan” Latvia, “Orientica” by Belyssa, “Oriental Bazar” Germany, Denmark, Russia and Ukraine. She participated as a judge, teacher, dancer and student.
“I fell in love with Oriental dance so much I quit my office job and my stable career to dance, create and teach. The results were amazing – I developed a number of great teachers who work in both their own and my studios, I am proud of creating Oriental dance play “Arabia” that was performed in different theatres in Lithuania and of establishing the first and only Oriental Dance Academy which has been operating for two years now and educates new Oriental dance teachers. I have participated in numerous TV shows and projects as a soloist and also with my students representing the beauty of Oriental dance Art to audiences all over my country. After 13 years of teaching every day, I discovered several ways and methods to help each student, no matter their background, to reveal femininity, sensuality and grace through Oriental dance.”
Dancer and teacher specializing in Oriental Dance, Belly Dance and Bollywood Dance (From India).She started studying when she was 9 years old learning Classical Ballet, and after that she started Theatre at the age of 11 years. In 2009 she travelled to Egypt to perfect her style with the Master of Belly Dance, Mahmoud Reda. She graduated from Saida Helou´s School of Bellydance in Argentina in 2011.
In January 2012 she was recruited by the prestigious dancer Jillina Carlano to be part of her company, “Bellydance Evolution” in Los Angeles, in “The Dark side of the Crown” show.
From 2011 she dedicated herself exclusively to Bollywood Dance rather than the Classical, Folkloric and Modern Dances from India. She studied with the most recognized teachers from Argentina and Latinoamérica. At the same time, she travelled to Madrid to Learn with Sneha Mistri (from India) where she was invited to dance in “Bolly Madrid”, the greatest Bollywood Dance show in Europe.
In 2013 she produced and made the first Bollywood video clip in Argentina, being the choreographer and the producer.
Nowadays she is specializing in Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi and Kathak style, offering workshops and teaching all around the world. She has her own school in Buenos Aires “Pili Rubi Bollywood Dance School” and her own dance company “Pili Rubi Company Dance”.
She travel all around the world to both perfect her own technique, and to offer workshops in Bollywood dancing supported by the Indian Embassy from Argentina.
While living in Greece for several years, Artemis discovered her affection for Oriental Dance and folklore. Back in Germany and inspired by cultural experiences, she started studying the Egyptian style of bellydance. She continued her training in oriental dance as well as flamenco by attending courses with both national and international dancers.
Artemis says: “I possess a high knowledge of dance in theory as well as in practice. The joy and passion I feel for dancing and teaching is transfused to my students. Creativity, interesting and didactical classes are only a few of the reasons why my courses are so popular and well booked.”
Her favourite styles are Classical Egyptian Style, Raks Sharky and Baladi, as well as fantasy and fusion performances. Artemis is an international and popular dancer and workshop instructor with many years’ experience. She has already performed in countries such as Canada, Israel, South Africa, Egypt/Cairo, Italy, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Serbia and Mallorca.
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