Keynote Tutor


2017 was Saqra's 40th year in this dance form.

Award-winning instructor, performer, musician, costume designer, event producer, featured in 17 instructional DVDs. Her technical skill, research skills, and powerful ability to make movement approachable and understandable, and her passion in performance have made her in demand as an artist throughout the world.

Saqra, is based in Seattle in Washington State, USA.  

Saqra's workshops are:

Teaching Belly Dance to Adults (Friday, 10:45am)

Pop snap and whack (Saturday 8:45am)
Musicality (Saturday, 2:00pm)

Double Veil (Sunday, 10:30am)
Floorwork (Sunday, 1:30pm)

For more info about Saqra:

Other Great Festival Tutors

Tracey SaundersAaralyn (Tracey Saunders)

Tracey of TribalDiva Belly Dance Company in Christchurch specializes in Tribal and Tribal Fusion styles of belly dance. She regularly travels internationally to undertake intensive training with Tribal and Fusion Belly Dance superstars including Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle, Mira Betz, Jill Parker and Rachel Brice as her love of dance is matched by her love of learning, and this ensures that she will continue to learn from local teachers, and travel to train with international tutors to further her own skills and abilities.

Tracey is committed to providing a safe, fun and challenging class environment for her students, and is proud to play a part in providing an environment where students of all ages and abilities can enjoy themselves, make lasting friendships and express themselves creatively.

Tracey's workshops are:

 Morning Wake Up for Body and Mind – TribalDiva Style! (Saturday/Sunday 8am)
Glam, Electro-Swing  – Tribal/Fusion 25yrd Skirt Choreography (Saturday 2pm)
Sword Moves and Combos for Tribal Style Belly Dance (Sunday 8:45am)

For more Info about Tracey & TribalDiva Belly Dance Company:

AidaAida Oryantal (Aida Sajadi)

Aida is a second-generation belly dancer who has been dancing for over 15 years. In 2015 she was invited to perform in Dance for Unity in Shanghai, one of the biggest fusion dance events in Asia.  In 2017 with the support of MEDANZ she competed in the Miami Belly Dance convention and placed as a finalist in the professional soloist category of the competition.  She reestablished her dance school Auckland Belly Dance in 2015. Students describe her teaching style as challenging, hilarious and always motivating.

Aida's workshop are:

Classical Persian (Saturday, 11am)
Modern Baladi (Sunday, 1:30pm)

For more information about Aida:




AngelaAngela Mott (Shakeelah)

Angela (aka Shakeelah) has been studying belly dance and its many variations for the past 25 years, with a particular interest in the Egyptian styles. Angela retired from teaching weekly classes in Auckland (Takapuna) in 2012, and now resides in the beautiful Bay of Islands, whilst keeping her passion for belly dance alive with regular workshops and online research.

Angela's workshop is:

Millayah Laff (Saturday, 11am)







Kashmir wth shamadanKashmir (Judith Varga)

Kashmir started studying Middle Eastern Dance in 1991. Within a couple of years she was drawn to the underpinnings of the dance – its culture and its history. Due to her day-job she was able to travel internationally and attend classes, intensives, festivals, along with a couple of trips to Egypt. In addition her work allowed her to correspond with other dancers and researchers well before email and the internet became commonplace.

Influential teachers included Denise Enan and Dr Mo Geddawi both of whom have decades of experience as professional dancers and teachers as well as first-hand experience in the field with Egyptian folk from the 1960s. (More information on Kashmir's background online)

Kashmir has a passion for research and has been teaching various aspects of what and when and who with regards to belly dance and Middle Eastern Dance since 2000 throughout New Zealand. In 2017 she started a YouTube channel to reach a wider audience.

Kashmir's workshop is:

A Short History of Belly Dance Props (Saturday, 2pm)

For more Info about Kashmir and Belly Raqs:

PipE-Lysaah_2017.jpgPip E-Lysaah

She is an international teacher, performer and tribal fusion artist who is about to complete her Integrated teacher training in Portland, Oregon.  She has performed over 500 times and is most well-known for creating belly dance entertainment.  She has been teaching since 2005 and studied her craft initially with local NZ teachers before travelling internationally to study with Rachel Brice, Ashley Lopez, Heather Stants and others.  Her investment in training includes 50-80 hours of intensive workshops every year since 2009.

Her teaching is based on dance conditioning with strong fundamentals that can be applied to any style.  Her students include beginner and advanced dancers across Tribal, Oriental and Fusion, they come to improve their technique and learn fun choreographies, and some have one on to run their own dance schools in Germany, Ecuador and New Zealand.

Pip E-Lysaah's workshops are:

ITS (Improv Tribal Style) a 90 min Taster (Saturday, 11am)
Lyrical Tribal Fusion Style Choreography – Strunk (Sunday, 10:30am)

For more Info about Pip E-Lysaah & The Red Queens:


Setsuna is a seasoned dancer, known for her eclectic study of many forms of dance from around the world. As a performer she is earthy and graceful. As a teacher she is dedicated to developing solid technique and strong healthy bodies. Most importantly, she seeks to assist her students in finding their own personal style.

Setsuna's background with silk fan dancing comes from her years in a Chinese dance company. When the belly dance world began to embrace silk fans in their performances, Setsuna used her training as a belly dancer and in Chinese fan dance to offer classes that educated on some of the background of the prop while adapting it to belly dance aesthetic.

Setsuna's workshop is:

Silk Fan Technique and Creative Combos aka “fan veils” (Saturday, 8:45am)

You can learn more about Setsuna's dance practice and research at: 





With over thirty years of Belly Dance teaching and performance experience Tanya (aka Madame President) brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to New Zealand Belly Dance. Her talent for absorbing and passing on knowledge and producing consistently high quality dance produ


ct is well known and respected in the New Zealand belly dance community.

With an early background in classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance Tanya started studying Belly Dance in 1988 and was quickly hooked on the fascinating dance form. She began dancing and teaching Belly Dance professionally 1992.

In 1995 she moved overseas, taking the opportunity to perform and study Belly Dance in Luxembourg, Germany, France, England and Tunisia. She also accepted invitations to teach workshops in Germany and France.

On returning to New Zealand 1997 Tanya established her own dance school, Art of Movement, which continues to thrive today. She manages and directs the award-winning community dance troupe, "Belly Hoo", as well as her own professional dance team "Dangerous Curves Ahead".

Over the past seven years she has developed a special, exciting dance and, drum partnership with a truly talent

ed dance drummer Daniel Dib as well as branching out to other dance forms such as fusion and Burlesque.

Tanya has a special knowledge of and affinity with Beledy and Orientale styles of Belly Dance, but continues to expand her knowledge and dance repertoire. This drive to continue her dance development has seen Tanya travel to Australia, Tunisia, Egypt, the UK and the USA to seek dance training from masters. She also takes advantage of local and visiting international instructors in New Zealand.

Tanya’s teaching philosophy is driven by her passionate belief that building a strong, safe and beautiful base technique, and nurturing a respect for the culture, aesthetics, substance and feel of each performance and dance style, will give a dancer a strong base on which to build any style of dance.

Tanya's workshops are:

Shimmy Madness (Saturday, 8:45am)
Tanya's Belly Dance Drills (Sunday, 8:45am)

For more about Tanya and Art of Movement: