The MEDANZ Annual Festival

Every April, MEDANZ holds a 3-4 day festival to showcase its dancers and provide a series of workshops with national and international teachers for members and non members alike. Of course, being a member assures you a place at a reduced price. Even if you have never attended a belly dance festival before, it is a very worthwhile and enjoyable experience for anyone with an interest in this beautiful dance form and it's associated musical styles.

Festival History

When MEDANZ formally became an Association in 1992, its members would gather for the AGM in Auckland. In 2000 Festival was held outside of Auckland for the first time, in Christchurch. This consisted of two full days of workshops, a show where dancers could dance for each other, their friends, family and the general public, a swap and shop and the AGM.

Of those who attended, many were from Christchurch. However, other members also came from Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin. The following year an extra day of workshops was added along with a professional theatre venue, and a grant was received in order for Gendi to organise it.

The MEDANZ Archive has footage of many of the early shows from 2002 (all now converted to digital media) where you can see some of the popular NZ teachers in their bellybaby phase. 

The festival has been held thoughout New Zealand, with international keynote tutors as follows:

2000 - Christchurch 
2001 - Christchurch - Keynote: Maria Masselos (Azziza) from Brisbane, QLD and Barbara Wolfkamp (Zahraa) from Melbourne VIC
2002 - Christchurch - Keynote: Azziza (QLD)
2003 - Nelson - Keynote: Azziza (QLD) and Paivi Mielikainen (NSW)
2004 - Wellington - Keynote: Azziza (QLD)
2005 - Wellington - Keynote: Shamira (Adelaide, SA)
2006 - Wellington - Keynotes: Sahara (Sydney, NSW) & Shamira (SA)
2007 - Timaru - Keynotes: Devi Mamak (Blue Mountains, NSW) Sahara (NSW) and Tina Hobin (UK)
2008 - Auckland - Keynotes: Zahraa (VIC) & Yeow (VIC) Drum
2009 - Auckland - Keynotes: Lily Tsai (Austin, Texas, USA) & Matt Stonehouse (Melbourne, VIC) Drum
2010 - Tauranga - Keynotes: Zahraa (VIC) & Matt Stonehouse (VIC) Drum
2011 - Tauranga - Keynotes: Laura Bucknall & Kathy Sheean (Las Hermanas) NSW
2012 - Dunedin - Keynotes: Melusina (VIC) & Andy Busuttil (NSW)
2013 - Dunedin - Keynotes: Darshan (USA) & Alan Burden (Wellington) Drum
2014 - Orewa (Auckland) - Keynotes: Ava Fleming (USA) & Karim Nagi (USA) Drum
2015 - Christchurch - Keynotes: Nerissa (QLD) & Evangeline (SA)
2016 - Wellington - Keynotes: Leila Haddad (Paris, France) & Alice Knox (QLD)
2017 - Christchurch - Keynotes: Kami Liddle (USA), Zaghareet Daniela (EGY/SVK), Doug Brush (USA/AUS) and Bilge Özgün (TUR/AUS)
2018 - Napier - Keynote: Saqra (USA)

Each year the festival has improved and changed, using feedback from the previous years attendees and current members to guide keynote choices and Festival format and timing.

Over the Festival weekend the Show, Open Stage (at the Bazaar) and the Hafla are popular performance platforms with groups and soloists from all over the country submitting items each year and often planning work especially for the MEDANZ festival.

Comprehensive list of MEDANZ Festival Tutors by Year

2017 - "MEDANZ 25th Anniversary Festival", Christchurch

Keynotes: Kami Liddle (USA), Zaghreet Daniela (EGY/SVK),20161217_MEDANZ_showl_event_cover.jpg
Music & Drum: Doug Brush (USA), Bilge Özgün (AUS)

Kiwi Tutors in alplabetical order:

Agate Ponder-Sutton
Aida Sajadi
Alan Burden
Angela Mott (Shakeelah)
Bronwyn Mohring & Jacinda Baker
Candice Frankland
Debbie Sumner
Martin Fastier & Tanara Stedman
Mirian Caberlon
Pip E-Lysaah
Rachael Lundy (The Ruby Lady)
Samantha Murphy
Stefanie Kalmakoff and Lisa Maia Ambrose
Tracey Saunders (Aaralyn)
Vanessa Castro
Zumarrad

2016 - "Windows of the East" MEDANZ Festival, Wellington

Keynotes: Leila Haddad (France) & Alice Knox (QLD)2016Logo.jpg

Kiwi Progressive Tutors: Tanya Bamford-King & Ziva

Kiwi Tutors in alplabetical order:

Aaralyn
Alan Burden (Drum)
Candice Frankland
Carlotta
Catherine Corcoran
Christine Haviland
Farida
Jane Steane
Lisa Lawford
Mirian Caberlon
Pip E-Lysaah
Sandy Danford
Siobhan Milner
Tatyana Laptsevich
Victoria 

2015 - "Roots & Branches" MEDANZ Festival - ChristchurchRNBLoto_2.jpg

Keynotes: Evangeline Feary (SA) & Nerissa (QLD)

Kiwi Progressive Tutors: Tatyana Laptsevich & Christine Haviland (Iman)

Kiwi Tutors in alplabetical order:

Aaralyn (Tracey Saunders)
Candice Frankland
Elena (Yoga)
Farida
Kashmir
Lisa Ambrose
Mirian Caberlon
Moonjelly
Rachel Bond (NSW)
Sahher (Carol Hunt)
Sandy Danford
Siobhan Milner
Stefanie Kalmakoff
Fern
Victoria
Zumarrad
Doug Brush (Drum)
Unfortunate Repercussions (Drum)

 

2014 "Out of Egypt" MEDANZ Festival, Orewa (Auckland)

Keynotes: Ava Fleming (USA) & Karim Nagi (USA)OOEposters.jpg

Kiwi Tutors in alplabetical order:

Alan Burden (Drum)
Candice Frankland
Diane James
Farida
Kashmir
Khalila
Massarah (Cindy O'Brien)
Moonjelly
Nina Gastreich (Photography)
NomadZ (Craig Kilpatrick) Drum
Pip E-Lysaah
Sam Brass (TribalDiva)
Sandy Danford
Shakeelah
Suher
Suraya (Rosie Cook)
Tais Derbasova
Tanya Bamford-King
Tatyana Laptsevich
Rachael Lundy (The Ruby Lady)
Tracey Saunders (TribalDiva)
Zumarrad

 

2013 - MEDANZ Festival Dunedin 

Keynotes: Darshan (USA) & Alan Burden (Wellington)MEDANZFestival2013.jpg

Kiwi Tutors in alplabetical order:

Alan Powell (Drum)
Angie
Candice Frankland
Cydonia
Dallia
Iman (Christine Haviland)
Jane Steane
Jen Allen
Louise Flemming
Pip E-Lysaah
Suezy Robertson
Tanara Stedman
The Ruby Lady (Rachael Lundy)
Unfortunate Repercussions (Drum)
Ziva
Zumarrad

2012 MEDANZ Festival, Dunedin

Keynotes: Melusina (VIC) and Andy Busuttil (NSW)

Kiwi tutors in alphabetical order:

A'mal
Adilah
Angie
Candice
Cdonia
Dallia
Dori
Iman
Kenny Chan
Pip E-Lysaah
Saffron
Tais
The Ruby Lady
Unfortunate Repercussions
Victoria
Ziva
Zumarrad

 

2011 MEDANZ Festival, Tauranga 

Keynotes: Lara Bucknall & Kathy Sheean - Las Hermanas (NSW)MEDANZFestival2011.jpg

Kiwi tutors in alphabetical order:

Alan Burden
Adilah (Karen Walworth) 
Alan Powell
A'mal
Candice Frankland
Dori (Doreen Bestmann)
E-Lysaah (Pip Bennington)
Fern (Bronwyn Mohring)
Cindi (Cindi Baker)
Linley (Duncan)
Louise (Flemming)
Maarie (Hutana)
Moonjelly (Beverley Dowling)
Rachael (Lundy)
Shakeelah (Angela Mott)
Stefanie (Kalmakoff)
Tais (Derbasova)
Victoria (Escaip)
Ziva (Sylvia Edge-Perkins)

 

2010 MEDANZ Festival, Tauranga

 Keynotes: Zahraa (Barbara Wolfkamp) VIC and Matt Stonehouse (VIC) DrumMEDANZFestival2010.jpg

Kiwi tutors in alphabetical order:

A'mal (Amanda Macauley)
Abijii (Andria Goodliffe)
Chewy (Drum)
Chrystal (Clare Penberthy)
Fern (Bronwyn Mohring)
Hannah (Tapner) 
Jini (Jeena Monk)
Kachina (Melissa Charbonneau)
Karen (Walworth)
Lia (Lia Premius) Hairdressing
Linley (Duncan)
Louise (Flemming)
Maarie (Hutana)
Mihrimah (Tiana Edney) Feldenkrais
Pip E-Lysaah
Saxie (Lynne Roberts)
Schirin (Diba)
Suher (Iris Gerber)*
Tais (Derbasova)
Vicki (Langford)
Victoria (Escaip)
Ziva (Silvia Edge-Perkins)
* Shakeelah (replaced Suher due to injury)

 

2009 MEDANZ Festival, Auckland

Keynotes: Lily Tsai (Austin, Texas USA) and Matt Stonehouse (VIC) Drum 

Kiwi tutors in alphabetical order:

A'mal
Alalehe (Rosanna Marks)
Alan Powell
Amy Wilson
Andria Goodliffe
Angie
Anoushka (Sharon Denfield)
Dallia
Diane James
Fatina* (Cancelled)
Fern
Ishtar (Sharon Presnell)
Jeena Monk
Jo Hogan (yoga)
Joy
Karen Walworth
Kashmir
Maarie Hutana
Melissa Bryant
Mihrimah
Moonjelly
Pip E-Lysaah
Raven (Andrea Buchanan)
Saffron
Shakeelah
Stefanie
Suher
Tais
Victoria

 

2008 MEDANZ Festival, Auckland

Keynotes: Zahraa (Barbara Wolfkamp) (VIC) and Yeow (VIC) DrumMEDANZFestival2008.jpg

Kiwi tutors in alphabetical order:

Angie
Bronnie (Bronwyn Watt)
Dallia (Iphigenie Amoutzias)
Dark Cabaret (Amy Wilson)
E-Lysaah (Pip Bennington)
Fern
Kachina (Melissa Charbonneau)
Khalila (Kim Grison) (Singapore)
Moonjelly
Petro Smith (Qigong)
Saffron (Babriella Powell)
Sekeeta
Shakeelah
Stefanie
Suher
Tanya Bamford-King
Victoria Escaip
Zahiya (Glennis Jones)

 

2007  MEDANZ Festival, Timaru 

Keynotes: Devi Mamak (NSW) with Ghawazi Caravan, Sahara (NSW) and Tina Hobin (UK) 

Kiwi tutors in alphabetical order:MEDANZFestival2007.jpgUpdate

Alan Burden (Drum)
Alan Powell (Drum)
Angi
E-Lysaah
Farida
Fatina
Fern
Gretchen
Hassan (Ross Nixon) Drum
Maarie Hutana
Petro Smith (Qi Gong)
Saffira (Stefanie Kalmakoff)
Samya (Iphigenie Amoutzias)
Sekeeta
Shakeelah
Shekinah Moonjelly
Victoria Escaip
Yurie Somerville
Zumarrad

 

2006 MEDANZ Festival, Wellington

Keynotes: Sahara (NSW) and Shamira (SA)MEDANZFestival2006.jpg

Kiwi tutors in alphabetical order:

Alan Burden (Drum)
Aldabra
Angi
Bronnie
Dianna (USA)
E-Lysaah
Eva Mason (Drum)
Farida
Fatina
Fern
Gretchen
Hassan
Kashmir
Lynn-Frances Eaton
Saffira & Storm
Salima (Laurice Holland)
Samya
Shakeelah
Shannon
Shekinah Moonjelly
Suher 

2005 MEDANZ Festival, Wellington

Keynote: Shamira (SA)MEDANZFestival2005B.jpg

Kiwi tutors in alphabetical order:

Alan Burden (Drum)
Angi (Angela Currie)
Dianna (Dwyer) (USA)
Dunia (Donna bliss)
Eva Mason (Drum)
Fatina (Liz Irvine)
Fern (Bronwyn Mohring)
Gretchen (Gretchen Howard)
Iphigenie Amoutzias
Jezamin and Hassan (Joy Evans and Ross Nixon)
Lynn-Frances Eaton
Maarie Hutana
Shakinah Moonjelly (Beverley Dowling)
Tahiya (Stephanie Hobbs) Wellington/Los Angeles
Tanya Mabford-King
Yurie Somerville
Zumarrad (Brigid Kelly)

 

2004 MEDANZ Festival, Wellington

Keynote: Azziza (BNE)

Kiwi tutors in alphabetical order:MEDANZFestival2004.jpg


Alan Burden (Drum)
Angela Currie
Beverley Dowling
Diane James
Eva Mason (Drum)
Gendi Tanner
Glen Keith (Drum)
Iris Gerber
Joy Evans
Judith Varga
Kassie McCluskie (Pilates)
Liz Irvine
Lynn-Frances Eaton
Matthew Cronin (IRD and you)
Ross Nixon (Drum)
Tamara Allerhand
Yurie Sommerville

 

 

2003 MEDANZ Festival, Nelson

Keynotes: Azziza (BNE) and Paivi Mielikainen (NSW)MEDANZFestival2003.jpg

Kiwi tutors in alphabetical order: 

Farida
Fatina
Gendi
Jezamin
Kashmir
Kate
Neroli (Pilates)
Sarah (Makeup)
Sekeeta
Suher
Tanya
Yasmin
Yasser (Drum)
Yurie

 

 

2002 MEDANZ Festival, Christchurch

Keynote: Azziza (Maria Masselos) QLDMEDANZFestival2000A.jpg

Kiwi tutors in alphabetical order:

Eva Mason (Drumming)
Fatina
Gendi
Kashmir
Margy Morris
Suher
Susan Brown
Tanya (Bamford-King)
Zanny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDANZ Festival 2001

 

2001 MEDANZ Festival, Christchurch

Keynotes: Maria Masselos (BNE) and Barbara Wolfkamp (VIC)

Kiwi tutors in alphabetical order:

Gendi Tanner
Iris Gerber
Judith Varga
Liz Irvine
Tamara Allerhand
Tanya Bamford-King

2001 MEDANZ Festival .pdf

 

2000 MEDANZ Festival, Christchurch

Kiwi tutors in alphabetical order:

Fatina (Liz Irvine)
Gendi (Tanner)
Kashmir (Judith Varga)
Luna (Drumming Beginners)
Sekeeta (Diane James) Zills
Simon (Int. Drumming)
Suher (Iris Gerber)
Stage Makeup - Minifies

MEDANZ Festival 2000 brochure.pdf

 

1999 MEDANZ Workshops, Auckland

Kiwi tutors in alphabetical order:

Diane James (Sekeeta)
Jacqui Thorpe
Jude Varga (Kashmir)
Liz Irvine (Fatina)
Sherrill Dickie (Zahir) 

MEDANZ Workshops 1999.pdf

 

The above listings have been compiled from the historical documents of MEDANZ, however, some things may have changed from the published festival booklets to the festival itself (ie last minute cancellations) - if you believe that any of the above information should be updated, please email committee@medanz.org.nz with this information.

 

**Tutors names and the use of stage names change between festivals according to the promotional material.