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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!

Happily Never After

When I first heard about the Nova Nouveau production “Happily Never After”, I knew that I wanted to be in it. I’ve been in ballet productions but to be in a belly dance one would be an amazing learning opportunity and so much fun. My plan was to keep auditioning until...

World Belly Dance Day

Zahra's has upheld the time-honored tradition of World Belly Dance Day since our studio founder put on our first May show back in 2010. World Belly Dance Day is celebrated globally every 2nd Saturday of May. The aim is to bring together dance studio's within a...

Belly Minute

Jessica and I have been working on a YouTube series with all the basic movements from our classes. We have called it Belly Minute. With so many of our ladies wanting to practice at home, we decided it might be helpful to record the important aspect's of a movement, so...

Class Etiquette

There’s nothing like a good dance class. It can brighten up your day and make you feel amazing. In order for you and your classmates to get the most out of each class, there are basic class etiquette practices that should be followed. Your whole mood can then be...

Beginners Course

Our next beginners' course, starts again now in February 2018. It's an exciting time for Jessica and myself, we make plans and space for a new group of ladies in our studio. For myself meeting these new ladies is always a treat. I know Jessica loves to share the art...

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...

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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