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Summer Series: Bellydance Workshops

Learn from top international and local teachers
January school holidays in Chatswood (Sydney's North Shore)

Summer Series Bellydance Workshops

Most dance classes close down altogether over the summer school holidays. So you don't lose your shimmy, here's a fantastic opportunity to refresh your dance skills and perhaps try out some new styles, as well as being introduced to fantastic new teachers.

5 workshops - 5 teachers - 5 nights!

Please see the next page for registration and bookings.


All workshops are to be held at a large, mirrored, wooden floored studio in Chatswood:

Chatswood Seventh Day Adventist Church Hall
19 Devonshire St, Chatswood (on the corner of Johnson St, just down the road from Westfields)

Free on-site or street parking, easy walk from Chatswood train station

Timetable and Descriptions

All workshops are open level: as long as you've got the basics of bellydance under your shimmy belt, you're welcome to attend.

Each workshop runs for 2 hours, 7-9pm. Arrive any time from 6.45pm to get ready.

Topic Teacher Date
Pop with Cymbals Christine Wednesday 10 Jan, 7-9pm
Winging It: SOLD OUT Rachel Monday 15 Jan, 7-9pm
Put the Belly into Bellydance Tahira Wednesday 17 Jan, 7-9pm
Pilates and Yoga for Bellydancers Ann-Marie Monday 22 Jan, 7-9pm
The Classic X Factor Sophie Alize Wednesday 24 Jan, 7-9pm

Christine Yaven (Jakarta) - Pop with Cymbals

Wednesday 10th January, 7-9pmChristine Yaven

Give some extra pop to your dancing by adding Finger Cymbals! In this workshop Christine will teach a cute choreography to a lively pop song by Hakim, while adding some interesting cymbal patterns. You can choose to use cymbals or not for the choreography. Spare finger cymbals are available to borrow or purchase, please let us know in advance.

Christine Yaven is the principal of Bellydance Jakarta, Indonesia's premier bellydance school. She is an expert choreographer and teacher who specialises in classic Egyptian style. Students loved her 2016 workshops on balady and improvisation. Now she's back in Sydney with a totally new offering.

Check out some of her teaching and performing on her Instagram channel.

Rachel - Winging It - SORRY, SOLD OUT!!

Monday 15th January, 7-9pmRachel Bond Bellydancer

"Wings of Isis" are a stunning prop for bellydancers: ideal for when you have a big space and want to make a big impact! They add drama to any entrance, form an elegant backdrop for your moves, and are simply spectacular with turns. We'll explore basic technique for using wings, along with arm lines and framing; practise several kinds of turns and spins; and put together some combinations. You'll be fluttering, swooshing and gliding - but be warned, it is an arm workout!

Several sets of wings are available for loan, or you can purchase them from Amera's Palace for delivery at the workshop.

Rachel is the principal of Inspire Bellydance. You can read more about her here, and see a little taste of her dance with wings in this video.

Tahira - Put the Belly into Bellydance

Wednesday 17th January, 7-9pmTahira

Tahira is one of Sydney’s most beloved belly dancers. She captivates audiences with her energetic personality whilst showcasing a unique fusion of modern and classical technique. Her dynamic and distinctive style is heightened by her special flair for entertaining.

Tahira was born with a love for music and dance, feeling her calling to belly dancing at the age of nine. The now in demand dancer spent years honing her skills under the best dancers in the countryand abroad.

Join her this summer for 2 hours of fun as she demonstrates the versatility of one of her signature moves, the belly roll. This workshop will include exercise and techniques to enhance those muscles as well as break down on how to add that WOW factors to your shows by using your belly!

Check out her Instagram channel.

Ann-Marie (Ireland) - Pilates and Yoga for Bellydancers

Monday 22nd January, 7-9pmAnn-Marie

Yoga and Pilates are two wonderful practices within their own right. However, many athletes choose to take on these forms of exercise in order to prevent injury, increase strength, flexibility and to recover from muscular effort. In both practices we will build on body awareness which will allow you be your own body worker. Learning to tune in to what feels rightfor you and ultimately avoiding injury. Work with your body to enhance your best movements and challenge yourself to work with any limitations.

These are just some examples of how yoga and pilates can enhance your Belly Dancing:
- Increase the effectiveness of your undulations and backbends by learning how to articulate your spine correctly.
- Increase the sensation of feeling grounded for performing shimmies, smooth travelling steps and spins.
- Increase the range of your movement in figure of 8's and Mayas by opening up the outer hips.
Please advise of any pregnancies in advance of the workshop.

Ann-Marie discovered the holistic benefits of Yoga & Pilates in 2009 when recovering from a dance injury. During this time she was able to use both practices to maintain and improve her flexibility as well as build strength and increase body awareness. She returned to a full time dance career and chose to continue her yoga and pilates training.
In the period of 2010 & 2011 Ann-Marie completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga Room as well as becoming a Certified Pilates Mat Instructor. In 2013 she trained as Reformer Pilates Instructor and most recently completed her 300 hour Yoga TT at a beautiful Ashram in India.
She has worked as a Folklore Dancer in Egypt as well as teaching Egyptian Dance in Ireland, and is now an active member of Farrah: The Egyptian Dance Artists in Sydney.

Sophie Alize - The Classic X Factor

Wednesday 24th January, 7-9pmSophie Alize

Ok so you've got some sweet belly movements happening, now how to add that extra va va boom that makes you embody the movements. This workshop will explore how to express emotion, have strong stage presence and embody the ideal confident magical dancer. A short choreography will be taught so that we can explore applying these elements as we move.

Sophie Alize is a popular Bellydancer in Sydney, and a regular teacher with Inspire Bellydance. Read more about her on our Teachers page.

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