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Free Spirit Classes

Free Spirit supports local teachers who provide fun, accessible classes in a variety of community facilities around Perth. Free Spirit is proud to partner with these talented dance educators and support them with subsidised venue hire to keep class costs down and provide performance opportunities for their dancers.

Andriya

Bellydance Classes in Traditional and Fusion Middle Eastern Dance Styles, offered in Perth’s northern

suburbs. Having dipped her toes into most available forms of bellydance at various times, Andriya has found

herself strongly drawn to Egyptian dance in its many styles and flavours. She also revels in theatrical

styles and working with props – sword, cane, veil, zils, riq, shamadan, wings, voi… there aren’t many

that she hasn’t had a play with or collected over the years.

Andriya offers classes at three levels:
 

Beginners/Basics: Thursday evenings, 6:00 – 7:15pm.
New to bellydance, or wanting to brush up on basic technique? This class will progress through the

foundational elements of Middle Eastern dance with musicality and cultural context.

Enjoy the cognitive, social and physical benefits of dance within a supportive community.

 

Ignite: Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 7:15pm.
This choreography-driven class is aimed at advanced beginners to intermediate level students, or for those who just want a fun and social way to get some exercise. Expect to dabble in props, define your movements, delve into various rhythms and styles, and generally have a good time!

 

Raqs Shula: Thursday evenings, 7:30 – 8:45pm.
This choreography-driven class is aimed at high-level intermediate and advanced students, and those looking to develop their performance skills with a group focus. Props are frequently used, adding an extra element of complexity and coordination. 

 

Classes are held at the Heathridge Community Centre (Sail Terrace, Heathridge WA):

$25 for a casual class, or $200 for a 10-week term.
It’s recommended that students join at the beginning of a term; however, if you’re up for the challenge, feel free to join at any time and play catch-up with that term’s content. Dance terms roughly follow WA school terms, although there may be some flexibility with dates to match the progression within each class.

More details and enrolment form at the website (andriya.dance) or FB page (facebook.com/Andriya.Dance)

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Contact Andriya on andriya@jabawok.net or see her website and her Facebook page.

Alura

Alura was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia and started bellydancing with Belyssa Academy Of Dance

Orientale in 2010 after finding an ad in the local newspaper when searching for something new in her life.

To name a few, she has studied Persian and improvisation with Michelle Ridsdale; Egyptian cabaret and Khaleegy

with Princess Fee Bellydance; Oriental and Khaleegy with the Daughters of Horus; Samba with Yamina Hofer;

oriental with Carolyn Verhoef and tribal with Sandy Burrow.

With these organisations she has enjoyed dancing continuously in WAMED, Ariel the story of a wilful mermaid,

the Zahgareet Hafla 2019 and local community events. She has recently commenced studying improvisation and

professional performance techniques. Her solo debut improvising to American Chicano music at the Zahgareet

Hafla produced by Adrianna Gordon received amazing feedback.

Alura continues her study internationally by participating in programs such as Awaken the Dancer Within (Bali),

World Tribal Fusion (Bali) and Egypt Revisited (Egypt) and; organising the annual Mahtowa’s Hafla. 

Thinking about trying Bellydance but don’t want the pressure of performing and buying costumes?

Try Alura’s Bellydance Fit classes Saturday mornings! Alura’s Belly Dance Fitness classes are designed for the everyday busy woman wanting to invest some time for herself. Alura will teach you technique and self-care while enjoying being fit. Students can choose how hard they want to work during class. Classes are suitable for beginners wanting a fun workout regime; a time out for self-care and friendly atmosphere to explore femininity. Start your Belly Dance Fitness class now!

 

Bellydance Fitness with Alura - SATURDAYS 9-10am @ 2/15 Port Kembla Drive, Bibra Lake

This class is a fun way to claim your 30 minutes of daily exercise, aimed at the busy woman wanting time for herself once a week. Focussing on enjoying the movement, beginners of all ages are welcome. Class starts with a hearty warm-up, drills to learn the moves and then the fun part…putting it all together.

Students can join this class at any time but are encouraged to start first week of term. Follow Alura's Event Page on Facebook for the date of next term. Wear comfortable clothing you can move freely in like leggings and a cotton top. Coin belts, fringe belts and hip scarves are encouraged and are available for loan in the class. This class will not perform and students are not required to acquire costumes.

Classes are $15 casually or $100 for a 10-week term.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Soul

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Contact Alura on 0408 617 633 or at alurasbellydance@outlook.com or Alura's Bellydance Facebook page

Princess Fee

If you love raqs sharqi, danse orientale, getting your spooky on or just boogieing on down to arabic music

in a hip belt, you're in the right place! Princess Fee is very eclectic in her bellydance loves, and dances

everything from hot pink cabaret, to sassy shaabi, to tribal and tribal fusion, all the way through the glorious

spectrum of dance to gothic bellydance. Princess Fee runs her classes at 111 Wellness Space in Medina,

and all her classes are available on Zoom for regional, remote and interstate dancers.

Zyama Foundations - MONDAYS 5-6pm ONLINE only - streamed live over Zoom.

A foundation course in Zyama - Princess Fee's signature style. This is an improvised dance format based on

a cue-and-response where you learn a vocabulary of movements - a Goddess Series - inspired by one of the

many deities, drawn from several pantheons. This is a beautiful, flowing and intentional style, a moving

meditation, that feels wonderful to dance. This class is an introduction and drill class. Zyama assumes a

basic level of knowledge of bellydance technique, so at least 12 months' experience of oriental dance

technique is recommended.

 

BellySlink Troupe Class - WEDNESDAYS 6.30 - 7.30pm

In Wellard AND ZOOM.

A more challenging Zyama class for beyond-beginners. This is an improvised gothic-fusion dance style and is slower, slinkier and more muscular, so it's great for toning and strengthening your core. Slow things down and get slinky with it!

 

Princess Fee class fees are $15 per casual class or $120 for a ten-week term. 

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Contact at PrincessFeeBellydance@gmail.com, 0415 881 370, website or Facebook page!

Phynia

 

Phynia is currently taking a break from teaching, but stay tuned for future

class opportunities.

Phynia is a Middle Eastern Dance Artist based in Fremantle, Western Australia. Her authenticity and warmth

in her interactions with her audience and passion for performing, make her a highly sought after performer

and teacher in Australia. As a teacher of Middle Eastern Dance, Phynia sees each student as a unique

individual, with their own style and aims to help her students develop their own sense of self through

dancing. Her approach to dance is holistic, with focal points in her classes including : self-expression,

playfulness, musicality and origins of music and movement, improvisation, engaging an audience as

well as drilling technique and learning her signature moves and style. Phynia is very personal in her

instruction and approaches teaching with playful humour and openness, creating an inclusive environment

for all students in their diversity.

Phynia is available for performance work, corporate events and weddings, please see the Book A Dancer

page for more information and add some serious sparkle to your next function!

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See Phynia's website or find her on Facebook.

Cat

Cat is currently on maternity leave and taking a break from teaching.  

When I attended my first class of Global Caravan Tribal Bellydance (GCTB) I felt like I had “found” my

dance home. I loved the vibrancy, colour, adornments, diversity in the women dancing, and the large

collection of moves that give you a feeling of being grounded and connected to yourself and others.

GCTB pulls together various passions and interests of mine. Dance and music have been woven through

my life from a young age, and I enjoy travelling and learning about cultural diversity. I love the rhythms,

drumming, and ziling (finger cymbals) in dance, and the ever growing repertoire of moves are influenced

by cultures all over the world. Ultimately though, my favourite aspect of dancing GCTB is the connection

you create with other women. Making eye contact and smiling with a friend, new or old, to share the

special moment in dance is beautiful. It’s empowering. It keeps me coming back for more! It’s exciting that

there are groups of women across Australia and the world dancing GCTB, and that I could jump in and

dance together with them. I am continuously learning and have completed Collective Soul 1 to 3, and Teacher Training 1 with our Master teacher Nina Martinez. Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me and GCTB. Please come join us and start your week with an evening of dance, music, and a wonderful group of women. I’d love to dance with you!

 

Global Caravan Tribal Bellydance: Beginners with Cat 

Please note that Cat is currently on maternity leave and taking a break from teaching. 

A fun class to start your journey in Global Caravan Tribal Bellydance! This is a class that will bring you connection with yourself and other women in our beautiful circle. Cat’s beginners class teaches the beginners collection of the diverse vocabulary of moves that GCTB has on offer, breaking them down and drilling in a fun way to assist getting them into your body. It’s for women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and dance levels, including complete beginners or those with dance experience and would like to learn the GC way. GCTB is a modern dance with a repertoire of moves that are inspired by many cultures including those from the middle east, India, Spain, and Africa, to name a few. We use props, including skirts, baskets, swords, and fans, and enjoy ziling and drumming together. The connection dancers have in GCTB is from a lead and follow format, and the wonderful and fun formations we can create together on the dance floor.  This class will warm you up, stretch you out, and get you smiling as you learn together with a beautiful group of women. It’ll evoke your inner goddess and let her shine through in dance.

Global Caravan Tribal Bellydance: Progressives with Cat 

Please note that Cat is currently on maternity leave and taking a break from teaching. 

Cat’s ‘progressives’ class is for women with experience dancing GCTB and would like to continue developing and refining their skills at a higher level. Please contact Cat for more information regarding this class, and whether it’s the right one for you. 

$15 per casual class and discounts available through purchases of a class pass (*conditions apply, please ask Cat for details). Please bring your own water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. If you have one, a lightweight scarf around your hips and adorn yourself with a flower. 

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Contact Cat at catrowbottam@gmail.com, on 0407 135 647, or via Facebook at The Silver Bloom Circle.

Please note that Cat is currently on maternity leave and taking a break from teaching. 

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