Charni

Charni has been belly dancing since 1994 and teaching belly dance since 2003. She started her training in Adelaide and after moving to Melbourne started her own school, Happy Hips Belly Dance, which now runs classes in Endeavour Hills.  She also teaches workshops regularly, and is in demand to perform or teach at birthday at…

Aya

We have many belly dancers from all over the world here but I wonder, is Aya the only French belly dancer in Australia?    Aya danced in France, India, Morocco, Algeria and Vietnam before reaching our shores, and now teaches and performs in Melbourne. She is also passionate about pre- and post-natal care and runs a…

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…

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…

Julia

Hailing from Russia and having toured extensively in Europe, Julia is now based in Melbourne.   She can be booked through the Arcana Star agency

Melissa Cristina

I had the great pleasure of attending one of Melissa Cristina’s workshops at the Sydney Middle Eastern Dance Festival this year, so I’m glad to find a clip of her to feature. Melissa Cristina teaches and performs in Melbourne, but these days concentrates more on Samba than belly dance.  Her background includes jazz ballet, Flamenco,…

Kaylah

Kaylah is a Melbourne dancer who specialises in performances for parties and festivals as well as dancing to accompany live musicians.   Seen here dancing with the Bellyslap drummers. Kaylah also performs duo with Sianna of Hipnotic Beats. For bookings visit her website www.kaylahdancer.com

Kristen

Kristen is the director of the Belly Dance Theatre in Melbourne.   She’s ideally qualified to run a dance school and performance troupe, as she holds a diploma in Arts Management and has been teaching dance since the tender age of 16!    Also, her work as a Sports Kinesiologist means her teaching is informed by a…

Amulya

Amulya has recently relocated from the Northern Rivers area of NSW to Melbourne (though I’m told she’ll be making regular return visits to perform, so Northern Rivers fans need not despair!). With 15 years of dance teaching and performing in Europe and Australia under her belt, I’m sure she will soon make an impact on…