This year saw us doing some really fun things. So here is a round up of all the great stuff we got up to in 2018.

We started off the year introducing you to all our performance members on the blog. This was fun, as I got to outsource it to the girls to do their own writing.

We then opened up the beginners’ registration and in February met a whole new group of ladies, keen to learn all things belly. Many of these ladies performed in their first student showcase his past November and Jessica and I couldn’t be prouder of their achievements this year.

But that’s jumping way ahead of myself, after our beginners we started prepping for our annual World Belly Dance Day. We had two amazing dancers come and join us from Johannesburg, Thelma Rose, and Natalie Clark. These two amazing ladies wowed our locals with their pizzaz and sparkle.

You can read all about them in these two blogs we wrote at the time – Meet Natalie and Meet Thelma

In between all the prep, Jessica and I were also preparing for Nova Productions – Happily Never After. This was a wonderful experience for us both, as it gave us the opportunity to grow and learn. If you are in Durban 1&2 February 2019, they are repeating the production and you will be able to see our amazing Jessica who once again made the cast.

If you are wondering what the application process feels like, Jessica wrote a blog about it. Read her experience here.

Then we also popped over to Durban for the Shahrzad and Marshall festival. This amazing duo shared their love for Egyptian Dance with us, bringing a wealth of knowledge along.

You can read all about our experience here.

The year rounded off with our annual student showcase. After the initial bad start – venue’s are so difficult to come by here in our little city. We had an amazing time, our ladies looked spectacular and did Jessica and me proud. (I know I am repeating myself, but it bears repeating).

Now we settle down for the Christmas break and our planning starts for 2019, we have amazing things coming up so watch this space.

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.