Today makes 21 day’s to our event and time just seems to be ticking by too fast. In today’s blog we introduce you to two amazing dance sisters – Gigi from Grahamstown and Sulene from Port Elizabeth.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets, don’t delay get them now, today…..

Meet Gigi all the way from Grahamstown.

Gigi Belly Dance Studio based in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape offers belly dance classes and workshops, as well as performance packages for corporate functions and charity events. With her life-long love of dance and a background in various styles, including classical ballet and synchronized swimming . She discovered Belly dancing in 2007, initially trained in the Classical Egyptian Style, and soon added American Tribal Style® to her repertoire in 2016 and is now a belly dance performer and teacher.

Sharing this art form with fellow dancers and audiences is an amazing source of upliftment. She enjoys that belly dancing is a creative outlet for her love of dance, music, as well as costume and jewellery design. The studio is proud to be associated with Zahra Oriental Dance, and privileged to share a stage with them on World Belly Dance Day. This will also be the stage debut of the beginner group, as well as the beginner ATS dancers.

We are excited to introduce you to our very own home grown talent – Sulene of Cairo Moon Port Elizabeth.

Cairo Moon PE is a branch of Cairo Moon Belly and Greek Dance Studio situated in the VAAL. The PE studio is run and managed by Sulene Camarinos. She achieved her level 1 dance teachers diploma and is continuing her studies under the guidance of owner and master choreographer Marina Basson. Sulene is a very talented dancer with a particular affinity for classic fusion. She has been dancing for five years, Sulene carries qualifications in Latin and ballroom dancing.

Belly Dancing is a way of living. It affects your whole being. The love and passion she has for dancing runs deep. She fell in love with this form of dancing many years ago, but only took up the challenge of mastering after she had my 2 girls, which are now learning from a young age. Her dream is to be their inspiration.

Sulene is inspired by her own teacher, Marina Basson as well as fellow dancers Levona Bredenkamp and Surika Arendse. She is in absolute awe when they dance. Tribal dancer Rachel Brice, Belly Dancer Yasira and Fleur Estelle Dance School are also among her favourites.

Sulene is looking forward to being part of the WBDD celebrations in PE.

Melanie Wallis

Melanie started dancing and performing for Janka’s Oriental Dance Studio in 2006.  Under the mentorship of Janka Kliment, Melanie began her training to become an Oriental Dance teacher in 2008 and completed it under Asja Samia in 2011.  Melanie is also a certified health and fitness instructor.   Following Janka’s return to Slovakia in 2013, Melanie and Jessica chose to carry forward the vision of their friend and mentor.  They purchased the studio and continue to teach the art and beauty of the dance to all aspiring belly dancers.