Hanan Aboud

Hanan Aboud is the founder of the Ahlam Belly Dance Centre in South Australia. Of Middle Eastern origin but growing up in Africa, she overcame many obstacles to realize her dream of studying dance in Lebanon, the land of her roots. With over 30 years’ experience in dance, Hanan is passionate about authenticity in Middle…

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…

Amber Hansen

I’ve just finished browsing through Amber’s beautiful website, TheTree.com.au, and recommend you do the same! The Tree (Ash-Shajara) is the name of her “creative initiative dedicated to traditional and contemporary performance, creative arts and research within the fields of Arab, Middle Eastern, Oriental and Diaspora culture, art, music and dance”. Of all the bellydancers I’ve…

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…

Sonya Manzalini

Sonya is a long-established Newcastle bellydance teacher.  In fact, her “Dance of Life” belly dance school is the longest-running school in the Hunter region. Sonya focuses on traditional and gypsy style belly dance, but she also draws on Bollywood and flamenco influences in her choreography.   For timetables, visit her website, danceoflife.com.au. I’m so glad that…

Vonika

I’d like to welcome Vonika, who is a recent arrival in Sydney but already making her mark on the Sydney bellydance scene.   Her training and experience extends beyond Tribal and Tribal Fusion bellydancing into bodymind modalities such as yoga, tantra and ritual dance, which she draws on to create her workshops on “Dancing the Chakras”…