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Brescia, Italy

  • Teacher: L’Aura dance association.
  • Email contact: info@asdlaura.it
  • Location of classes: Brescia, Italy.
  • Level of lessons: from beginners to professional.
  • Time and cost: Weekdays afternoons and evenings and Saturday mornings. For more up to date times and costs, please contact L’Aura directly or check www.asdlaura.com.
  • Types taught: Sharki and folk.
  • Contact address: A.S.D. L’Aura, Scuola di Danza Orientale e Percussioni, Via S. Francesco d’Assisi 10, 25122 Brescia, Italy.
  • Telephone contact: +39 3383841563.
  • Other information: L’Aura is a sport association based in Brescia, Italy, entirely dedicated to the study and divulgation of Middle-Eastern and Egyptian dance, both classical and folkloric. L’Aura also provide courses on Arabic rhythm, percussions, Arabic language and other forms of dance, such as tribal-fusion, Hawaiian and Polynesian dance and Bollywood dance. In additional to running regular Egyptian and Middle Eastern dance courses, L’Aura organise workshops, seminars, meetings, trips, festivals and shows.
  • Interesting information: The sport association L’Aura has been founded by Laura Cernigliaro, who is one of the teachers among other qualified oriental dance instructors teaching at the school.

Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Teacher: Tamsyn.
  • Beginners classes in the Yoga Room, Edinburgh, UK
  • Location of classes: Yoga Room, Edinburgh, UK.
  • Level of lessons: Beginners.
  • Time and cost: Tomes vary so please contact Tamsyn for updated times.
  • Types taught: American cabaret.
  • Phone number: 0131 516 7940.
  • Information: Tamsyn is a performer and teacher of weekly classes in tribal fusion and American cabaret belly dance in Scotland. She first studied Middle Eastern dance when she was ten, has trained with some of the world’s best instructors and performed in the UK, USA and Japan.
  • Schooled from an early age in ballet, Russian character dance, and modern jazz, Tamsyn has also cross-trained in yoga, flamenco, ice dancing, competition cheer-leading, and martial arts. She sees bellydance as an expression of individuality, an outlet for creativity and a rejoicing in the female form. Tamsyn’s teaching style focuses on clear breakdown of movements and understanding of body mechanics that prevent injury and improve dance form. She encourages questions, is happy to accompany dance steps with information about how to train and strengthen muscles required for each move, and fosters a fun and supportive class atmosphere. Her diverse background in dance and physical training enriches and informs her instruction.

Lisbon, Portugal

  • Teacher’s name: Yolanda.
  • Email contact: yolanda@yolandadance.com.
  • Location of classes: Santos/Lisboa. Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Level of lessons: from beginners to advanced.
  • Time and cost: Normally evening classes. For detailed times and prices email Yolanda directly or check www.yolandadance.com.
  • Types taught: Egyptian classic, baladi and folkloric.Also has classes with live percussion i.e. drum solo with live music!
  • Telephone contact: +351 919495800.
  • Other additional information: The classes taught by Yolanda are structured in 7 different levels: Beginners 1, 2 and 3; Intermediate 1, 2 and 3 and Advanced. From the first level to the top level, students will cover different aspects of belly dance, starting from the basic posture and technique, to isolations, layering movements, choreography, improvisation, Arabic rhythms and musical interpretation. Yolanda also teaches props, such as veil and cane, as part of the programme. In addition to these modules, there are additional modules available for advanced students, including flamenco fusion belly dance and strengthening and preparation techniques for belly dancers.
  • Interesting information: before becoming interesting in oriental dance, Yolanda trained for several years in various types of dance, including Argentinean tango.

Londonderry, NI

  • Teacher: Nini Dibb
  • Location of classes: NEWRY, Londonderry.
  • Level: Beginners
  • Time and cost: Various days according to the time of year. Email Nini for the latest.
  • Types taught: Wide range of authentic  bellydance styles – Egyptian (Baladi, Saidi & Stick, Classical & Veil), Turkish, Moroccan, and Persian folk.
  • Telephone contact: 07725518020.
  • Nina Dibb is a freelance dance maker, dance teacher, performer and artistic director of a Belly dance performing group. She has performed for 20 years, and trained originally as a dancer from childhood in Russia, where eventually she joined Russian folk dance, classical ballet and modern dance classes. Continuing professional development in contemporary dance (BA HONS in Dance).
  • Interesting information: “I have a particular interest in teaching dance with a focus on developing different culture folk) dance styles, using different modern dance techniques and a variety of music styles, including alternative, rock, pop, hip-hop/rap and classical music. I also have a particular interest in dancing and teaching to world and folk music by fusing contemporary and Middle East dance styles. As a dancer, I like to express emotions through the movement, as a facilitator I like to explore possibilities in creative work between professional and community dancers together in a dance projects, and as a choreographer, I like to develop different dance styles into new style/language or view in performances”.

Naples, Italy

  • Teacher: Eddy Sham.
  • Email contact: eddy.sham@libero.it
  • Location of classes: Naples, Italy.
  • Level of lessons: Beginners, intermediate and advanced.
  • Time and cost: all days different levels, advanced choreographic lessons, workshop and shows.
  • Types taught: Egyptian bellydance, modern sharky, fusion belly dance.
  • Other additional information: Eddy Sham is a dancer and choreographer with years of experience in dance. She started studying ballet and jazz dance from an early age. Later she came into contact with belly dance and she studied with the best teachers in the Arab world. Eddy Sham organizes training events. In 2000 she founded the Arabesque Centre, where she teaches bellydance with passion.
  • Interesting information: I love belly dancing and expressing my ideas through dance. My next goal is to make my style knows in Europe and also in other countries.

Oliveira do Bairro, Portugal

  •  Teacher: LuuLuu El-Sayed.
  • Email contact: luuluu_el-sayed@hotmail.com.
  • Location of classes: Agueda, Ponte de Vagos and Oliveira do Bairro, Portugal.
  • Level of lessons: various levels.
  • Time and cost: Lessons on various days, in addition to the option of private classes for individuals or small groups which can be arranged.
  • Types taught: Egyptian style.
  • Telephone contact: 914 790 867.
  • Other additional information: The aim of these classes is to achieve good posture, self confidence and physical well being through dance movements and also to meet new friends, thanks to this very old art form called belly dance. Practising Middle Eastern dance has many benefits, including mental and physical well being and stress relief. Belly dance tones the whole body, including the core, the arms, the legs and the abdomen. Bellydance increases flexibility, gives good posture, improves coordination, increases women’s self esteem and allows women to discover their sensuality.
  • Interesting information: LuuLuu has discovered belly dance since 2004 and studied in the dance school Sabor Latino for two years, from 2004 until 2006. Since then she has been studying and attending workshops with various belly dancers, such as Joana Saahirah, Iris, Ashraf Hassan, Elsa Chamce, Cris Aysel, Maira Magno, Alessandra Forte, Maya Gaorri, Diego Sacco and more. LuuLuu has also appeared in numerous shows since 2007.

Prague, Czech

  • Teacher: Amira Cle.
  • Email contact: info@amiracle.cz
  • Location of classes: Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Level of lessons: Beginners and intermediate.
  • Types taught: Egyptian belly dance.
  • Telephone contact: +420 776 360 188.
  • Other additional information: Amira dances since 1996 and teaches since 2002. Amira Cle started studying belly dance under Karima Komatsu in Tokyo, Japan, where she lives. Karima is known to be the first Japanese dancer who succeeded to pursue her career as oriental dancer in Cairo. Amira has carried on studying with Sadia Camille, award winning and sought after artist to accomplish her goal to become a soloist. At present Amira is an organizer of an international belly dance workshops and teaches workshops at Festa Orientale in Tokyo.

Teinen, Belgium

  •  Teacher: Isis.
  • Email contact: zohra_angel@hotmail.com
  • Location of classes: Tienen (Bost), Belgium.
  • Level of lessons: Advanced.
  • Time and cost: Contact Isis for updates.
  • Types taught: Classic and Fusion Bellydance.
  • Contact address: Klein Spanuit 86, 3300 Tienen (Belgium).
  • Telephone contact: +32 497196719.
  • Other additional information: National and international bellydance teachers ready to teach you here in Belgium. Isis has been teaching for several years and looks forward to teaching you in Tienen, Belgium.

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