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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!

Meet Termare

It is our last installment of our Who are we series and today we Meet Termaré. I am Termaré Pugh and I have been dancing for 6 years with Zahra’s Oriental Dance Studio. My introduction to belly dancing was in December 2012  when I attended a class at Janka’s Oriental...

Meet Karla

It's another who are we insert this week and this week we get intimately acquainted with Karla, here's this week's Meet Karla. My name is Karla Bouwer and I have been dancing for about 20 years. I am a qualified Junior Modern dancing teacher. I have always had a...

Meet Jessica

We start our 2018 blog with an introduction by Jessica. It's our who are we series. So lets meet Jessica! My name is Jessica Perelson. I’m a mother of twins and have been married for 10 years. It was shortly after I got married that my belly dancing journey began, but...

Meet Ruthie

Hi! I am Ruthie Smuts and this is my "Meet Ruthie". I have been enjoying the art of belly dance for fours years. I have always loved dancing and did Ballroom and Latin American dancing for four years while attending high school. A number of years later, I came across...

Meet Melanie

Let me introduce myself, my name is Melanie Wallis and I have been dancing for about 11 years. I am a qualified health and fitness instructor as well as a dance instructor. My first introduction to Belly Dance was an article in the Express Newspaper about my dearly...

Looking forward 2018

After a wonderful showcase on the 2nd December, we start to look at what 2018 might have in store for us. Looking forward is always fun, Jessica and I had our sit down this week and we are planning a jam-packed year. Classes start again 15th January 2018, with our...

Bellies and Beat part 3

Almost show time, this weeks Bellies and the Beat part 3 blog is all about our vendors or exhibitionist's. Each year we look at doing the show just a little different, this year we decided to include a few crafters; painters; photographers; beauty products and a few...

Bellies and Beat Part two

What else can you expect from our show Bellies and the Beat, in our part two blog. We introduce you to the other two amazing studio's joining us this year. Meet our first time guest performer all the way from Grahamstown: Gillian Jacobs Gigi has a life-long love of...

Bellies and the Beat

Bellies and the Beat, our name for this year's student showcase. It's a highlight for our year, we love all the activity that goes into putting on a show. This year we are raising funds for Groom a Girl Inititative, an amazing organization that has a heart for young...

Adding your straps and clasp

As promised, here is the last of the bra installations. Straps and Clasp's. Now, I don't always remove the back of the bra. Mostly it depends on how much time I have and how many bra's I am doing, if the material has enough of a stretch, I will sew it on the existing...

RECYCLE ADVENTURE

Our studio has embarked on a recycle adventure. We have joined the Waste Trade Family and are collecting recyclables. Saving the environment one plastic container, tin, cardboard or glass at a time. Our recycling hub is not huge at the studio and each little...

Stuttgart Festival

I know, so long over due! But better late than never. Here are all the juicy details of my trip to the Stuttgart Festival in March, but also opportune in a way. as Artemis is hosting a Fusion Festival this coming October. Tribal Fusion and Fantasy meets Caberet The...

Morocco journey continues

So to finally continue on our journey among the various cultures - Morocco here we come. Confession time! I had a laugh at myself the other day when Jessica and I where chatting about the blogs and I was like. Let me do this series, I can work on my research skills...

Happy moment

Having a happy moment! Our new beginners' course started last night and I got to do some of my favourite things:  meeting new people and sharing the wonderful world of Oriental Belly Dance with a new group of ladies. We run three beginners' courses every year and this...

Final Chapter Improv Challenge

Improv Challenge final chapter, it's the last week of the improv challenge. It's been a great month of learning, growing and improving each of our ability to channel the music. Without getting bogged down with thoughts of who, what and why of a song. You have heard...

Improv Challenge Week 3

We have just completed the week 3 of Courtney's Improv Challenge. Oh my giddy aunt, I am learning so much about myself. Not only from watching me dance, but also watching how other dancers interpret the same song. As I enter the last week of the challenge, I am...

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