Useful Links

Teachers, Classes & Workshops

  • Find a Belly Dance Class

    From beginners Belly Dance classes to accredited courses and much more.

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  • Belly Dances

    A very nicely set out site from our very own Claire Novis, a lovely dancer and JWAAD qualified teacher who is based in Newcastle,with information on classes, events and lots of other stuff.

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  • JWAAD

    Home page of Josephine Wise, and JWAAD. Josephine Wise is one of the UKs top established dancers and teachers,  and founder of Josephine Wise Academy of Arabic Dance, which includes the JWAAD Teacher Training programme, which has received accreditation with the National Open College network.

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  • Anne Kingston

    Fab dancer, Just Because volunteer and amazing photographer as well, Anne Kingston shares information and thoughts about dance, life and what inspires her.  Anne also organises ‘Desert Healing Trips’ a mix of dance, relaxation and just ‘being’ in the desert – check out her site for all information.

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  • Hip Sinc

    Charlotte is a teacher and performer based in Croydon. She is also the organiser of some great events in the South, and this yearincluding International Bellydance Congress, along with Kay Taylor and Jo Wise. Check out her website.

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  • Raks Candi

    Candi is a fab and fun dancer who has lots of experience bothteaching and performing, she is based in Yorkshire, and offersclasses and workshops.

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  • Shona Hagan

    Shona is a fab performer and qualified JWAAD teacher based in the South West (as well as a great advert for Farida Costumes, cos she always looks gorgeous in them). Check out her new site, which has info on classes, workshops and more.

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  • Galit Mersand

    Galit is a fabulous JWAAD trained dancer and teacher, who also has her own show “Belicious’ running at the moment.  This is a very attractive website with lots of information and some gorgeous photos too.

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  • Stephanie Belly Dance

    Stephanie is a teacher and performer based in Cardiff. She has a variety of specialist workshops on offer, including Pilates influenced dance and also iinformation on bellydancing during pregnancy.

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  • Belly Dance Adventure

    Group of dancers who teach and perform in Berkshire.

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Events

  • Gothla

    For those of you who fancy trying some dance from the darkside – an amazing festival held in Leicester every July. Something for Oriental, Tribal and fusion dancers, and Her Royal Hellness is none of the organisers.

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  • Jewel Of Yorkshire

    All you need to know about Yorkshire’s hugely popular weekend dance festivals.

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  • JWAAD Fantasia

    A great event with international and national teachers including our very own Kay Taylor, and of course gorgeous Farida bellydance costumes and classwear at the souk.  Fantasia is held in Chiswick in December, perfect for combining with a shopping trip to London.

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  • Majma Dance

    All the latest information about the South West’s great danceweekend, held at Glastonbury March 2008.

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  • Ford Castle

    The Venue for our fabulous residential weekends.

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Performers

  • Book A Belly

    This agency offers some of the UK’s top performers, including TheGreatDesiree, the only authentic Egyptian performing pantomime horse we know of in the UK.

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  • Tarab Dance

    Learn more about the fabulous (though I say it myself) Tarab dance company who’s members include Claire Barnfather, Anna Teed, Sabs and Joanne Miller. Their show ‘Strictly Bellydance’ has been a hit whereever performed.

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  • Belly Deluxe

    A blogsite – and lots more – from the gorgeous Jwaad teacher and fab dancer Raphaelle Masson, don’t be put off by the French, there are articles in English too and lots of good links, especially to some of Raphaelle’s favourite music.

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  • Sorchara

    A great performer, Sorcha not only dances, but can also provide fire eating, juggling, stilt walking and other great stuff – not all at the same time but she can do at least 2 of these things at once!

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  • Taste Of Cairo

    Tracey Gibbs is a very accomplished dancer and teacher who is based in Manchester. She also runs a dance agency providing danc-ers in the Manchester area.

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  • Caroline Belly Dancer

    Caroline is a performer and JWAAD trained teacher based in the Cambridge area. She also uses some great props including sword and Isis wings in her performances.

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  • Dance Yourself Happy

    Website featuring the gorgeous Yvette Cowles, an inspired performer and JWAAD teacher.

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  • Fereshteh

    Fereshteh is a fabulous dancer based in Edinburgh, and now has her very own website – check it out.

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Organisations

  • Nada

    NADA – A voluntary organisation promoting Arabic Dance in the North of England and Scotland. Subscribe to this fab magazine.

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  • Mosaic Dance

    Mosaic is based in the South and produces a superb magazine for lovers of Arabic Dance everywhere.

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  • Belly Dance

    A directory of classes workshops and events in the UK.

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  • Oriental Dancer

    A voluntary website set up to gather and publish information about belly dance in the UK. Go have a look and perhaps contribute something too.

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  • Just Because

    A very worthy cause – aiming to raise awareness and prevention of breast cancer for women in Egypt. Many UK bellydancers have already held events to support this new charity.

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Costumes

  • Farida Dance Dancewear

    Farida Belly Dance Costumes. Check out the Farida Souk for gorgeous gear from classwear to cabaret, including belly dance costumes from Eman, Hanan and more.

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  • Aladdin's Cave

    Our lovely friends Edwin and Irene at Aladdins Cave are still online with music, DVD’s and belly dance classwear and accessories – but we miss you at the souks.

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Music

  • Aladdin's Cave

    Top site for arabic, middle eastern and fusion music,with every-thing from traditional, to Tribal and Techno, speak to Edwin for help and advice. Also huge range of instructional and dance DVDs.

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  • Rhythmic Ginger

    The website of Adam Warne, aka Rhythmic Ginger. a name who will be familiar to some of you.  Adam is a great percussionist who teachers Arabic drumming and also drums along many of our dance friends, both in workshops and performances.  Adam is friendly and easy to work with, check out his website.

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  • Garsaaidi

    The website of Tim Garside, a name who may be familiar to some of you.  Tim is a  percussionist who has specialised in Arabic drumming since 1985.

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  • Shira Lyrics

    Middle Eastern Music: Translated Song Lyrics. A mine of information covering many well known songs.

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  • Abdel Wahab

    Official site for the great singer Mohammed Abdel Wahab.

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General Information

Overseas Dancers and Events

Desiree and Farida Favourites

  • CP Newcastle

    Our feline friends need your help. If you’re in the Newcastle area and would like to give a home to a cat or help with fundraising please check out this site.

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  • Sunderland Animal Adoption

    If you’d like to help all those animals less fortunate than Dessie, please visit this site. Details of 4 legged friends needing good homes, also lots of info and a photo of our favourite charity shop (great source of bargains and beneficiary of Krissies Klassie Klasswear)”Animal Krackers”.

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  • Fishnets Lingerie

    Visit this online shop! It has gorgeous underwear, gifts and accessories as well as chaise longues so any non-shoppers with you can relax while you browse.

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Restaurants

Miscellaneous