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Selected Past Events

Direct from New York City, first time in Sydney, Bellyqueen bring the theatrical spectacular "Journey Along the Silk Road".

Over 35 dancers under the direction of Kaeshi Chai bring you the story of a princess's journeys along the Silk Road to collect 3 magical ingredients, a lotus, snake scales and light to create medicine to save her dying mother, the Empress. Combining spectacular dance costumes, props and talent, we journey through the Silk Road and discover exciting group choreographies and breathtaking emotive solos. From Middle Eastern Dance, Contemporary, Tribal Fusion, Chinese Fan Dance and even puppeteering, this show has something for everyone. Perfect for the whole family.

2 Shows Only: Saturday 6 Feb Matinee 3pm, Evening Show 8pm



North Shore and Beaches Hafla (bellydance party)
Sunday 29 November, 1-4pm at Orchid Persian Restaurant in Crows Nest
This event combines Inspire Bellydance with 4 other schools based in the North Shore and Northern Beaches. Heaps of performances by students and teachers, plus a scrumptious Persian banquet. Tickets available in class: adults $39, under 12s $19.

Amera's Palace / Inspire Bellydance Christmas Party
Sunday 13 December, 2.30-6pm in Marrickville
Always a fun afternoon of dance. Come and support your bellydance classmates in their performances! Mark the date and stay tuned for updates.

Newcastle Bellydance Festival: 21-22 February, 2015

Shimmy Shenanigans Dance Party ~ Saturday Evening Concert "Electrique Mystique" ~ Performers' Bazaar ~ Workshops all weekend. Rachel performing in the Concert and Bazaar plus teaching "Don't Forget Your Feet!"

New Zealand Bellydance Festival: 17-19 March, 2015

Saturday Evening Concert ~ Open Stage ~ Dance Party (Hafla) ~ Workshops all weekend.
Rachel performing in the Concert and Open Stage plus teaching "Shamadan: Lighting Your Path" and "Legends of Egyptian Dance"

Sydney Middle Eastern Dance Festival: 1-3 May, 2015

Gala Concert ~ Dance Party with live band ~ Souk and Showcase ~ Workshops all weekend. Rachel performing in the Concert and Bazaar plus teaching "Snappy Hips, Juicy Jewels" Friday 12.30pm

Western Australian Middle Eastern Dance Festival: 29 May - 1 June 2015

Live music Soiree ~ Performance Showcases ~ 4 days of Workshops. Rachel performing in the Soiree and teaching "Creating Meaningful Choreography"

Wollongong Bellydance Festival: 18-20 October 2015

Featuring interntaional superstar special guest, Marta Korzun! Live music Concert night ~ Performance Showcases ~ Workshops. Rachel performing in the Concert and teaching (topic to be announced)

Stop the Traffik Fashion Exchange & ethical clothing initiative
Saturday 31 October 2-5pm, Waterloo
Play your part in making fashion free from human trafficking. Bring clothes to swap, listen to inspiring speakers, see a fashion show and bellydance performance, view the STOP THE TRAFFIK documentary to learn more and help make your fashion choices more ethical. Advance tickets $10 from Eventbrite.

Shimmy for Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation
Wednesday 18 November, 6-8pm, Erskineville Town Hall
Bellydance taster class and performance, information stalls, red carpet, photo booth and some really great prizes. Tickets $20 from Trybooking, with all funds raised from the evening will go towards growing the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundations (ACCF)'s programs supporting Australian women with cervical cancer. Dress code: All that glitters (wear something sparkly, or something orange to show your support).

Shimmy Shimmy Christmas Party: 14 December 2014

Christmas Party

Amera's Palace and Inspire Bellydance are coming together again to celebrate another year of dance. More than just a hafla, this event promises plenty of theatrical surprises! A gala afternoon of performances, including live drumming, social dancing and scrumptious delights. Glass of champagne on arrival to get you in the party spirit. Friends and family welcome.

Held at Amera's Palace, Level 2, 314 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville; at 2pm on Sunday 14 December.

Student Performances

As well as the Christmas Party, students of Inspire Bellydance recently performed at:

Bahar Bayram Middle Eastern Dance and Music Camp

15 – 20 October 2014

Join us for 5 nights and 4 days of Middle Eastern music and dance in the beautiful Numinbah Valley in the Gold Coast Hinterland of South East Queensland.

Bahar Bayram was founded in 2006 and is a memorable and inspiring experience, that many participants return to every year. The 2014 camp brings together some of Australia’s finest dance and music teachers; experts in genres from many different regions of the Middle East and North Africa. Our teachers are selected for their talents and knowledge and also for their friendly and generous personalities.

Immerse yourself in music and dance, develop your skills, meet people with the same interests and be part of a community of creative and inspiring people. All workshops, concerts, activities, meals and accommodation are included in the fees and the camp is very affordable. Families are welcomed and included, as are dancers and musicians of all levels of skill.

The next Camp will be held in October 2016.

End of Term Party at Kazbah Darling Harbour: Friday 11 April 2014

Celebrate the end of our course with an entertaining night out!

Our parties are a chance to meet students from our other locations, see some performances (by Rachel, Jessica and advanced students) and try delicious Middle Eastern food.

This term, we are going to Kazbah Darling Harbour: a stunning Morrocan restaurant overlooking the water. They've offered us a special deal: if we have 40+ people we can have the yummy Ottoman Dinner Feast for $40 per head. Partners etc are very welcome.

Advance bookings are required: please let us know as soon as possible if you'll be coming, and bring your cash payment to class to book your seat.

Winter Hafla (Belly Dance Party)

Winter HaflaA bellydance community event!

2-5pm, 1 July, 2012

This afternoon is an opportunity for dance students to strut their stuff and show families and friends what they've been learning. Showcasing a range of bellydance styles, from traditional and folkloric to modern and fusion, with dancers from beginners to professionals. All welcome!

Performers include:

Cost: Adults $12 prepaid/ $15 at the door, kids $5, includes nibbles. Tickets available in class.

Venue: School hall, Sydney Secondary College (Balmain campus) – Terry St, Balmain. Free on-site and street parking. Easy public transport: take any 500 series bus, less than 10 minutes walk from Victoria Rd Rozelle, or 433/434 along Darling St.

Arabic Dance Party

Friday 29 June 2012, from 7.30pm

The Red Rattler, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville

Dance to the hottest Arabic tunes all night.

Applications welcome from dancers wishing to perform up on stage or podiums during the evening. Contact or visit the website

Shimmy in the SunBellydance Fundraiser for the Flood Appeal: "SHIMMY IN THE SUN" on Sunday 30 January 2011.


Combined schools End of Year Party

Ho Ho Ho - Get your jingly bells on!

Celebrate the end of the year with performances, social dancing and the special treat of a live Middle Eastern musician! From 12.30pm on Sunday 13 December at Tony's Family Restaurant, Level 1/ 425 New Canterbury Rd. The cost of $55 per head includes full Lebanese mezza and a banquet meal, as well as a huge program of entertainment. Performances by students of Inspire! Bellydance along with Rachel, Georgette, Jamil, Attar, Farrah folkloric troupe and more. All students and friends are welcome, but bookings are essential. Tickets are available in class from Rachel, or contact Amera's Palace on 9519 4793 or

As well as a superb Persian meal, you will get to see Rachel and other special guests perform, followed by a live musician for the rest of the night who will also play Arabic and Persian music for you to get up and dance! I'll be staying the whole evening with you and encouraging you to don your hip scarf and practise all those moves we've been working on. Partners, friends and children are all welcome!

The Orchid has been recently redecorated to immerse you in a Middle Eastern feel. Their banquet menu, which we'll be receiving, includes 5 entrees, various kebabs and rice and salads for main course, and Persian icecream for dessert, for $38 (children under 10 are half price). This includes soft drinks and tea/coffee. The restaurant is BYO.

Date: 7pm, Friday 3 July

Location: Orchid Persian Restaurant, 325 Penshurst St, Willoughby.

Cost: adults $38, under 10s $20.
# Numbers are limited, so bookings with pre-payment are required.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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