Sheherazade (Shiraz) is a Gold Coast belly dancer who teaches under the auspices of the Araby Belly Dance Academy, run by Queensland bellydance icon Elenie Vlismas-Smith. Together they run classes across the Coast, including Benowa, Burleigh Heads, Isle of Capri, Nerang and Southport. Shiraz also has  a new performance troupe, Stars of the Sahara.

Kalikah Jade

Kalikah Jade is an Adelaide belly dancer, now based in Brisbane.  Trained by Adelaide’s  top Middle Eastern dancers, Kalikah has developed her own  blend of Lebanese and Egyptian belly dance fused with Tribal, Gothic and her own unique style. I like this clip, I think it’s the first time I’ve seen Tribal belly dance moves…


Idell Wadley will be well known to Queensland belly dancers as the founder of the Dancing Tiger belly dance school.  She retired, but we might’ve known Idell couldn’t be idle for long! She has started teaching again at the Hip Twitch School of Ethnic Dance in Ipswich. Idell’s video isn’t what you’d normally expect on…


Many of us will envy Madonna – her husband Peter is a drummer!  Together they’ve been running the tribal studio DrumDance Bellydance in Toowoomba, Queensland, since 1993. Here is the troupe performing at the Feast of the Senses: They offer both belly dance and drumming classes.  For details, check out their website at


Nerissa grew up with Greek music and belly dance, but has also studied Middle Eastern styles, mainly with Maria Masselos and Lorelle Hawkes.   She’s  a busy solo dancer at restaurants around Brisbane, as well as performing with the Oasis Dancers, and is now also teaching in Brisbane. Contact her through AMED

Saahirah Rayvn

Saahirah’s style is Gothic Fusion Belly dance. She performs and runs workshops in Bethania in Brisbane. Visit her blog on MySpace Back to Directory


Dee’s troupe Tribal Blossoms perform regularly in Brisbane and Ipswich – where she also offers Tribal belly dance classes  following the Gypsy Caravan Dance Format.  A powerful and colourful performance is always guaranteed! Dee has a passion for sword and travels around Australia sharing her “Deadly Sword” approach.  Her workshops are always packed, and deservedly…


Katina is a teacher based in Brisbane. Her school, Queen of the Nile Bellydance, offers classes in flamenco, Bollywood, tribal fusion, and Tahitian hula as well as belly dance, and has expanded to offer classes in Sydney (taught by Jane Jardine). The video above shows the premier of her “BellyFunk” style!


Great news for Queenslanders – Aradia, one of my fave bellydance teachers, is moving to the Gold Coast. She has invented a unique style – industrial bellydance! The combination of hip-hop style locks and pops with sinuous snake-like movements is mesmerising to watch. Don’t panic if you’re a beginner – Aradia won’t expect you to…