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This is our blog, where we write about events and happenings, discuss our thoughts on issues in the Belly Dance Community as well as share videos, images and other Belly Dance inspiration.  Enjoy!
Tanha Joy of Life

Tanha Joy of Life

It's that time of the year again for our annual student showcase. This year we celebrate life and anti voilence against women. Tanha - Joy of Life a fundraiser for Bet Sheekoom. This year our ladies wanted to raise funds and awareness for a charity that makes a real...

Miss Belly Dance South Africa

Miss Belly Dance South Africa

At the beginner of August, we jetted off to Johannesburg to attend the Miss Belly Dance South Africa competition and festival. We had so much fun and Jessica created a wonderful video library of the event. Which says so much more than words can about the friends we...

Ajsa Samia in Port Elizabeth

Ajsa Samia in Port Elizabeth

This month is full of exciting things. Our next big surprise is that we are hosting Marina "Ajsa Samia" Rehbein here in our own little city of Port Elizabeth. Ajsa Samia was born in Pirot, Serbia and married and did her nurses training in Germany. Her love of dance...

9th World Belly Dance Day

9th World Belly Dance Day

It's that time of year again. As we finalize our preparations for our 9th Annual World Belly Dance Day Celebration. Each year we strive to bring you something a little different! This year is no exception. We are partnering with Bonamia Restaurant in Walker Drive to...

Music Selection

Music Selection

Creating music for your class takes time and patience, we follow a formula to both educate and make the CD fun to listen too. Once Melanie and I have finalized the syllabus for the year, I start with each class’s CD. Firstly I find warmup music. I look for music that...

Launch

Launch

It was the official launch of our Kiddie and Teen classes, this past week.  Jessica and I are really excited about this aspect of the dance world. Especially in our belly dance community, among the young girls dancing today, we have been blessed to work with a few of...

Round up

Round up

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...

Packing for a Show

Packing for a Show

We are in the last week of prep for our show, now it's time to look at the best way to pack your outfits and jewelry! For many of our ladies, this is their first time doing more than one costume in a show. So I thought it prudent to put the "talk" I gave on Monday in...

High Tea Hafla – A student Showcase

High Tea Hafla – A student Showcase

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!)...

Dangers of Free Entertainment

Dangers of Free Entertainment

As a small business owner, I know we all look for free things and for "cheaper" options. But as a performance artist, there isn't much available that is free.  So how can we be expected to provide free entertainment It boggles my mind when it is just assumed that as...

Happily Never After

Happily Never After

Just in case you missed all of our photo's and comments and the post's about our trip to join dancers from across South Africa for the Nova Nouvoue Productions - Happily Never After. Here's our blog, giving you a sneak dancers perspective of the whole experience....

Shahrzad Durban 2018

Shahrzad Durban 2018

The lovely Senta from Maya Company in Durban invited Shahrzad and Marshall to be her guest for the end of May 2018. We hopped onto a plane and jetted off to learn from these amazing performers. Between us we attended all Shahrzad and Marshall's workshops, they sold...

World Belly Dance 2018

World Belly Dance 2018

We work so hard preparing for a show and in a blink of an eye, it's over. It was our 8th Annual World Belly Dance Show this last weekend. With so many people helping us make a success of the show! I thought it fitting to write a blog to thank all those people who made...

Questions

Questions

So often your block to starting something new is not knowing what to expect. I sent out a quick survey and asked the ladies what "Questions" would be best answered for those ladies who are uncertain about "Oriental Belly Dance". The top question's that came from our...

Melanie and Jessica are the owners of Zahra’s Oriental Dance Studio.  We are passionate about teaching dancing and love creating a community around this mystical art form.

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