MEDANZ Nelson Mini-Festival




Candice Frankland is the founder and director of Phoenix Belly Dance, a multi-award winning dance company and home to some of New Zealand's most sought after performers and teachers. Since relocating to New Zealand, Candice has built Phoenix Belly Dance from the ground up, using skills from her previous career as a business analyst to create a supportive belly dance school. Candice and her team of teachers are made up of women of various different training and backgrounds, and their aim is to share the rich cultural experience of Middle Eastern dance through fun and educational workshops and classes. Candice has trained extensively in many folkloric and oriental styles of belly dance. Her lessons also focus on building core stability and strength, crucial in preventing injuries in dancers. Candice has also been working hard at growing the community of belly dance and respect for the dance form in New Zealand with large scale theatre shows, hosting international festivals with teachers such as Aziza, Joana Saahirah, Kaeshi Chai, Hadia and Irina Akulenko, organising tours to the Middle East, collaborations, appearances on TV, in newspapers and magazines, and hosting her annual Weekend Belly Dance Retreat. The Phoenix troupe are winners of the Jambalaya Dance Competition, NZ Corporate Event’s Best Entertainment Company, and the Viva Eclectika Asia Vision Cup. Candice was winner of the Bellydance Evolution International Casting Competition (LA/Sydney), cast as a lead soloist in BellyQueen’s Silk Road (NY/Brisbane), and has been invited back to teach at the Tarazade festival in Istanbul.

1-2 JULY 2017

Saturday workshops 

 10-12pm - Shimmies, shimmies and more shimmies 

(all levels) 

Try different types of shimmies, layers, and techniques. Shimmies are essential for our dance form and they are just plain old fun to do, never mind the wicked additions you can make to your next drum solo!  

12-2pm- Lunch and Q and A with Candice - FREE WORKSHOP!

2-4pm - Booty Swing 1920's inspired Fusion Choreography 

(Open level) 

This one is by request! This is a ridiculously fun and sassy, easy-to-learn choreography fusing charleston moves with a good dose of belly dance to the electro swing version of the song Booty Swing.
I dare you not to have fun with this one. 

7pm - Hafla 

Enjoy a fun Dance party, enjoy local performances as well as performances from guest dancers and from the wonderful Candice Frankland.
Nibbles provided, bring your own drinks
Door sales available (all welcome) 

Children under 12 FREE hafla entry 

$15 - Door Sales

Hafla ticket is included in the Package Deal price!

For more details or additional tickets please contact your host Debbie Sumner from ZENDA Belly Dance on 0276890558 or 

Sunday workshops 

 9:30 -11:30am - Bollywood Fusion 

(Open Level) 

This is a very cheeky choreography to the song Lovely, combining both Bollywood and Belly Dance flair. We will do some Punjabi bouncing, lotus hands, and a few spins! This is a very upbeat choreography that is great for groups. 

11:30 -12:30 - Lunch - 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!

12:30 - 2:30pm - Group Skirt Dance 

(Open Level) 

By the pure nature of the fun swishing of skirts, this is definitely a big group Balkan style dance. It has loads of cheekiness, relaxed technique, and requires big skirt movements with lots of attitude.
Be prepared to spin, run, and yell! Please bring a big skirt.



Door Sales

Per workshop $55

Package Deal (5 workshops & Hafla entry) $215




Brightwater Public Hall 

12 Lord Rutherford Road 

Brightwater, NELSON