Melika

We have several Latin-American belly dancers in Australia and they’re some of my personal favourites, because of their joyful, natural sense of rhythm.   Melika is one of them – of Lebanese descent, but born in Mexico City. Melika is now teaching in Newtown.   Find more details at her website, Bellydance with Melika. * Interview with…

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…

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,…

Despina Rosales

It’s great to be able to add Despina to this site. Her fitness training and broad experience of belly dance combine to make her an excellent teacher. In fact, her “Dreaming of Jeannie Bellydancing Academy” was one of the biggest belly dance schools in Sydney and produced some of our top dancers. In 2005 (much…

Johara

Johara is a familiar face on the Sydney belly dance scene, both as a performer and as a teacher at  Hips Don’t Lie Bellydance Academy. Johara is one of those lucky Australian bellydancers to have studied with Paivi Mielikäinen, and it shows, both in her technical knowledge and her understanding of folkloric styles. Slender, with…

Ileana

Most Sydney belly dancers will be familiar with the name Ileana – because she’s not just a belly dance teacher and performer, she also runs a busy belly dance costume and costume hire business. I often publish a written interview with the belly dancer, but in Ileana’s case I don’t have to do that –…

Tatiana

Tatiana is a former Sydney belly dancer who has moved to the Byron Shire, and teaches and performs all the way from Byron to the Gold Coast! Here she is (in green) dancing with Jacinta: Tatiana is available to perform at parties and celebrations.  I particularly like her baby shower package, “Birthing Ways”, which teaches…

Seda Jurin

Seda is a Sydney-based belly dancer and teacher.    If you’re wondering why her name sounds familiar, you may remember her from Aerobics Oz Style: However, unlike some would-be “bellydance aerobics” instructors, Seda is a genuine professional belly dancer, Turkish-born and trained, as you can see from this clip: Seda has published several belly dance DVDs…