It’s already November and December with the festive season is rolling towards us at an astronomical speed. But before we get all swept away, it’s first time to celebrate our hard-working students, with our 5th (not sure I can believe it’s been 6 years already!) Student Showcase. This year it’s a High Tea Hafla!

Most of us know what a high tea entails, cakes and cookies and yummy delicious coffee! But what is a hafla, you may be asking yourselves?

A Hafla is a get together of family and friends to celebrate each other, there is food and music and of course dancing.

This year we are joined by Gigi Belly dance from Grahamstown, we are very excited as her longtime student Ronel will be doing her very first veil solo! 

We will be using the coffee shop area of the Open Door Assemblies of God Westpoint, it’s a stunning area.

Now as most of you know, finding a venue is often so very tricky. This year was proving more tricky than not. We wanted a small intimate area for the hafla – this meant our usual venue (Rowallan Park School Hall) was too large. The space needed to be open plan, with coffee and tea facility’s, oh and did I mention we have a limited budget!

My mini and I were on a mission one Saturday to put up pictures of a family shoot. As we ran around the corner at Metlife Plaza (a local strip mall) who is standing outside the shop but a dear friend and ex-bellydancer Lee. We got to chatting, and one thing led to another and well, we had a potential venue! Now to wait on what the church said! Happily, they agreed.

In exchange as we hadn’t set down the charity for the show, we offered to collect goodies for the Educare Centre the church supports in Greenbushes. They provide a meal every day for the kids and over Christmas bring along gift baskets or hampers for each child.

Doors Open:

1st of December at 3 pm,


Cnr De La Ray and Brand Street, Westering


R50 and a small gift (anything from a toothbrush or underpants to stationery or a toy) The children’s ages and gender are available from us.


Lathitha Ilanga Educare


There will be yummy cakes, cookies, and treats on sale along with coffee, tea, and juice.

Pop along to the ticket booking page and get your tickets now!


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.