Jimmy

Male dancers are a rarity in Australia so it’s a pleasure to welcome Jimmy to our shores.  What makes it even more interesting is to see the differences between our home-grown male belly dancers and a European dancer (Jimmy hails from Athens, Greece).   Watch these videos and compare them to Shiva or Jamil, and you’ll…

Nancy Yousef

Nancy may be better-known to Sydneysiders as Nancy Nesnas.  She is now the principal teacher at Terezka Drznik’s Danse Orientale Studio in the Sydney CBD, and also runs her own “Hizzy Ya Nawaem” belly dance  classes at Burwood’s DanceXcite. Nancy is one of those (relatively rare) Australian dancers who are actually of Middle Eastern origin…

Cynthia

Cynthia moved from London to Sydney in 2010, and is now teaching belly dance at Amera’s Palace. Cynthia did most of her belly dance training in the UK and Egypt, including teacher training with Raqia Hassan: that background gives her a different  approach to most local belly dance teachers.    It’s always refreshing to be exposed…

Anita Ferguson

Anita’s Celestial Gems Belly Dance School is based in Gympie, Queensland.   Here they are in their “Jewels of the Nile Extravaganza”! I love Anita’s way of describing her belly dance classes – instead of beginners, intermediate etc, she has Emerging Emeralds, Shimmering Sapphires and Diamond Divas! Visit her website at www.celestialgemsbellydance.com.au Interview with belly dancer…

Tamara

Tamara Taylor is the director of the Hipnotic Bellydance school, and a well-known belly dance artist in Brisbane. She’s not only a belly dancer with over 20 years’ experience, but also a musician, performing with the Middle Eastern music ensemble Muziz.  As if that’s not enough, she’s also a qualified Pilates and fitness instructor!  

Rachelle Houston

Rachelle has taken over the well-known Dancing Tiger belly dance school from Idell Wadley. You can contact Rachelle through Talent.Me . Like many other belly dance teachers, she also teaches Zumba.

Shakeela

Shakeela is a versatile Adelaide-based dancer, with a strong background in both belly dance and Bollywood dance styles. Here she is in a Bollywood routine (she’s the blonde): Shakeela currently teaches Bollywood at the Belly Dance Arabesque school, under the name Marissa. She can also be seen performing regularly at various Middle Eastern and Indian…

Darshiva

There aren’t nearly enough bellydance instructors in country areas, so Echuca is very lucky to have Darshiva, who is not only a lovely dancer but a fully certified belly dance teacher.  She is a passionate advocate not just for belly dance but for Egypt and Middle Eastern culture in general. For more about Darshiva including…

Eve AppleSnake

Eve is an Aussie but has only returned to our shores in recent years. Although Eve studied bellydancing in her late teens, she turned to modern jazz, Latin and Hip Hop to develop her professional career.  She has danced in companies all over the world in a variety of genres.  During a tour of Egypt,…