Professional belly dancer and master teacher from Brazil, Vanessa Castro has around 14 years of experience in belly dance. She's the director of her school, 'Studio Vanessa Castro', in Curitiba Brazil. She was a dancer in the famous “Khan el Khalili” in São Paulo Brazil and she has received many awards with her students. In 2014, Vanessa took her training to the next level, travelling around the Emirates, Lebanon and Egypt to learn more about culture and dance. Her passion for her art form is matched only by her love of teaching it. Nowadays she is living in Auckland working as a teacher and performer at Phoenix Belly Dance. 

Registrations at the discounted MEDANZ Members rate are now closed. Door sales available.

Workshops: Saturday 10 June 2017


Workshop 1: Taqsim


How to read and interpret the musical instruments as you have never seen before! Learn how to use energy, intention and personality to play each instrument with your body.

Workshop 2: Q & A with Vanessa (FREE WORKSHOP)

 12.30-1.30PM - BYO lunch

Workshop 3: Rhythms


Vanessa will present a way to facilitate the understanding of the rhythms for belly dancers. In addition, you will learn practical combinations for these rhythms and a variety of music.

7pm Doors Open

7.30-9.30pm - Its HAFLA/Party Time! 

If you are participating in the workshops and would like to perform, please make sure you tick yes on your registration form!



Workshops: Sunday 11 June 2017


Workshop 4: Veil Choreography


Charm and intensity, this choreography explores clean execution of movements with great elegance. 

MEDANZ: Q & A with the MEDANZ Committee


Join members of the 2017/18 MEDANZ Committee over BYO lunch, to hear about what they have planned for the rest of the 2017/18 membership year, check out the latest news on the 2018 MEDANZ Festival, and basically all things MEDANZ!

Workshop 5: Arms and Hips


Bringing control, suavity and grace to your dance.



Tarrant Dance Studios

125 Cuba Street, Wellington


ARO VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE 48 Aro Street, Aro Valley, Wellington 

Online Bookings: will be available between 24 May-6 June 2017 - Registrations are now closed.

Workshop fees:

Door Sales:

Per Workshop $55
Package Deal (5 workshops & Hafla) $215

**Door sales (CASH ONLY) will be available at Non-Member prices where space is available.

Hafla tickets:

Door Sales (CASH ONLY) $15
Children 12 years and under FREE



Registrations have now closed for the Wellington Mini-Festival with Vanessa Castro, but its not too late for you to join in the fun! There will be door sales to each event - admittance will be at non-member prices.