Teachers' Network



We offer an extensive list of belly dance teachers throughout New Zealand. Simply click on the NZ region name to be taken to a list of teachers in that area, or scroll down our geographical list. 


Northland Teachers

Brier Abal (Brier Taylor) with Tiny Camel Belly Dance

09 432 2047 or 022 398 6890 * Brier_abal@outlook.com


Tiny Camel Belly Dance is an all inclusive Belly Dance school in the centre of Whangarei. I encourage individuals of all ages and abilities to join in a weekly class and learn the fun and sensual art of Belly Dance along with learning a new art-form. 

Styles Offered: Folkloric,Cabaret/Oriental,Fusion

Evening classes in Badminton Hall, 41 Porowini Ave, Whangarei.

Private classes. Workshops.

I have been interested in Middle Eastern dance since 2005 when I first saw it performed. I immediately started to teach myself - eating up instructional books and videos. I started classes in 2012 and began dancing with the Mirimah dance troupe in 2013. I became a resident restaurant dancer in 2014 and began taking classes with another local teacher until she moved away leaving me her dance students. Started Teaching: 2016


Joined MEDANZ 2013

Updated: 14/06/2020

Nur Belly Dance (Eva Corne)

09 437 1765 or 021 296 4840


Joined MEDANZ 2008 

Updated: 26/07/2020

Auckland Teachers
Agate Ponder-Sutton


Joined MEDANZ 2015

Updated: 24/03/2017

Candice (Candice Frankland)
with Phoenix Belly Dance and Phoenix Belly Dance Group
Phoenix Belly Dance, Wellesley Studios, 113 Wellesley Str West, Auckland CBD

021 170 4183 * phoenix.candice@gmail.com


Candice aims to show her students that belly dance has benefits for everyone, both psychological and physical. Many of her students have found belly dancing to be a catalyst for their personal growth, and becoming part of a caring community. The multiple layers and genres of belly dancing that Candice teaches, allows students to explore and find the styles they are most comfortable with, ones which make them feel beautiful and powerful.

Egyptian Raqs Sharqi, Fusion Belly Dance

Available for evenings and Saturday classes.

Private classes. Workshops.

Candice Frankland is the Founder and Director of the multi-award-winning Phoenix Belly Dance Company. Her company provides lessons to all levels of students from shiny new Beginners to seasoned Professionals with established backgrounds. Some of the highlights of her career have been invited perform and teach internationally in Turkey, Fiji, Australia, South Africa, and Samoa as well as landing featured roles in Jillina’s Belly Dance Evolution and BellyQueen’s Silk Road Shows.

Started MED: 2004 Started Teaching: 2006.

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2020, 2019, 2017 (Details available on request) 

Joined MEDANZ 2010

Updated: 8/10/2020

Christine Haviland

021 266 0161 thespiritinc@gmail.com

Joined MEDANZ 2010

Updated 21/2/2021

with Phoenix Belly Dance and Phoenix Professional Troupe

021 170 4183 phoenix.candice@gmail.com https://www.phoenixbellydance.co.nz/


My mixed-level classes are fun and focused on executing beautiful basics and learning combinations in the style of contemporary fusion belly dance/transnational fusion dance. In my classes you'll sweat, work on clean isolations, and integrate movements across the floor.


Available for weekend classes.

Danielle is a Canadian dancer and scholar who flew south and fell in love with the Bay area and all it has to offer, especially fusion dance. Training for Teaching: American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA), Dance/movement therapy credential, 2017. San Francisco City College, Certificate in African Heritage Dance, 2013.

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2017, 2016, 2015 (Details available on request) 

Joined MEDANZ: 2018

Updated: 11/03/2021

Samia Abait

021 0853 0580 samiaabait@gmail.com

Joined MEDANZ: 2020 

Updated: 21/02/2021

Sekeeta (Diane James) with
Habibi Dancers and Habibi Middle Eastern Dance Troupe

09 817 5711 or 027 273 1258 * danceartnz@xtra.co.nz 

70 Wirihana Road, Titirangi, Auckland 0604

To make Middle Eastern dance and music accessible, achievable and understandable to a wide range of abilities. To share with others the joy that is in the dance and the beauty in the music.

Styles Offered: Egyptian, Folk Availability: Private classes. Workshops.

First learned in Hamilton. Attended classes with Farouk Darwish, Takapuna. 1980 - 1984 Jamila Salimpour San Francisco, Aida Al Adawi (San Francisco), Drum & Finger Cymbals with Mary Ellen Donald. Ibrahim Farrah (Perth, New York, Brisbane), Yousry Sharif (New York), Bert Balladine, Amaya, Kathryn Ferguson, Sharifa, Raqia Hassan, Karen Gehrman (Fat Chance) Paulette Rees- Denis (Gypsy Caravan), Mahmoud Reda, Aisha Ali, Cassandra (Oasis DanceCamp). Started MED: 1976 Started Teaching: 1979


Training for Teaching: Certificate in Adult Teaching & Learning, Level 1 (AUT, 2004); Community Dance Teachers’ Certificate (DanceWorks, Auckland College of Education, School of Performing Arts and Centre for Trainers of Adults). Maintenance of Dance Training: 2007 (Details available on request) 


Joined MEDANZ 1992

Updated: 23/11/2017



Setsuna with Setsuna Dance
Styles Offered: Folkloric, Cabaret/Oriental


Joined MEDANZ 2017 

Updated: 21/06/2018

Tais with Arabellas Bellydance 

tais@tais-bellydance.co.nz * tais-bellydance.co.nz

Styles Offered: Folkloric, Cabaret/Oriental, Fusion

Joined MEDANZ 2008

Updated: 5/07/2020

Vanessa (Castro) with Phoenix Belly Dance

027 366 1669 * studiovanessacastro@gmail.com 


Styles Offered: Folkloric,Cabaret/Oriental,Fusion

Joined MEDANZ 2016

Updated: 42972

Coromandel Teachers
Gaida (Catherine Corcoran) with Ibis Tribe

021 210 2438 (Whitianga) * smile.alicat@gmail.com

To empower my class by teaching moves and steps that will enable them to dance, improvise (when they're ready) and most of all have fun. I promote good posture in the dance and find it is a way to reduce and prevent back and other musculoskeletal pain.

Styles Offered: Global Caravan Tribal Bellydance Tribal Grooves Improvisation Daytime classes. Zoom. Private classes. Workshops.

I began Raqs Sharqi in 1990 taught by Suraya Hilal in the UK and have learned from many teachers since then both in Britain and since I moved to New Zealand in 2003. Started Teaching: 2009. Training for Teaching: Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance Teacher Training Level 1 in 2016, Level 2 in 2017 and Level 3 in 2018 and Tribal Grooves Teacher Training in 2019. Maintenance of Dance Training: 2020, 2019, 2019 (Details available on request). Has current First Aid Certificate: 2019.

Joined MEDANZ: 2009

Updated: 16/11/2020

Suher with Art of Middle Eastern Dance

07 869 0191 (Thames) * 027 329 2288

Convey precise technique of movements & applying them correctly to various sections in the music. Relaxing into the music and experiencing the Middle Eastern feeling for it. Enjoy each others company while working together in a supportive way.

Styles Offered: Folkloric, Cabaret/Oriental, Fusion

Private Classes, Workshops, Performances Group + Solo

Evening Classes in Thames (txt or call for venue),

Born and raised in Germany Suher started learning MED (Middle Eastern Dance) from an Egyptian dancer. This influence impressed the style, technique, and feeling for ME Music on her helping to create authentic choreographies. Travels through various ME countries also gave Suher an insight into the cultures. 1996 Suher moved to New Zealand and she enjoys the Kiwi-Middle Eastern way ever since. Writing short Theatre plays in recent times gave her the opportunity to also create choreographies tailored to fit a theme.

Started MED: 1982 Started Teaching: 1985. Training for Teaching: NZ Adult Tutor Training course (2008). Several Adult Tutor Training Courses in Germany. Maintenance of Dance Training: 2015, 2012, 2011 (Details available on request) 


Joined MEDANZ 1998

Updated: 4/07/2020

Bay of Plenty Teachers
Indigo (Jane Steane)
with Dance of Life and Devabelly

07 312 9881 * 021 206 1469 * nzflowyoga@gmail.com

Ancient Arts, 181 The Strand, Whakatane

I like to think I have created a learning environment which is safe, fun and an escape from the mundane. My classes cater for those who just come along for a fun way of keeping fit, who love to come and put on some jingles and sparkles and shimmy, and those individuals who wish to drill moves and develop their dancing style to performance level.

Styles Offered: Folkloric,Cabaret/Oriental,Fusion

Evening classes. Private classes. Workshops.

I have been a yoga teacher for around 10 years and moved to New Zealand 5 years ago from Cheltenham, England. My introduction to belly dance came 4 years ago and I was hooked after my first lesson. When our teacher moved to Australia, I took over the weekly classes.


Started MED: 2009 Started Teaching: 2011. Training for Teaching: Trained as school teacher and yoga teacher. Maintenance of Dance Training: 2013 (Details available on request) 


Joined MEDANZ 2013

Updated: 21/02/2021

Nelum (Raffaella Veneziano Cruickshank) with Arabian Spice

07 576 4112 (Tauranga) * 021 124 5982 * arabianspicebd@gmail.com 


We are dedicated in supporting Middle Eastern dance in our community through a laid back, fun atmosphere, with weekly practices open to everyone. We dance Egyptian style belly dance, and mostly we dance with each other, for each other. Occasionally we perform at charity events but no-one is obliged to do so!

Styles Offered: Egyptian, American Cabaret, Folkloric

Evening classes at Saint Columba Church Hall, 502 Otomoetai Rd, Tauranga.

I started Belly Dancing in 2004 with Tanya Bamford-King and started performing in a group, in public in 2005. I loved the music, dance and costumes from the first day and still have a driving passion for the art of Belly Dance. I learn all the time from workshops, MEDANZ Festivals, local teachers, instructional DVDs and Belly dance Retreats.

Started MED: 2004 Started Teaching: 2011. Maintenance of Dance Training: 2015, 2014

(Details available on request) 


Joined MEDANZ: 2010

Updated: 04/07/2020

Waikato Teachers
There are no MEDANZ Teachers listed in this area at this time.
Gisborne & Hawke's Bay Teachers
Kelly Tribal Belly (Kelly Blackwell)
with Wild Earth Studio and Wild Earth Studio Bellydancers 

wildearthstudionz@gmail.com (Gisborne)

My ultimate goal is to share my love for bellydance by providing a fun, informative, and inclusive dance space that promotes a stronger community by supporting the individuals within it.

Contemporary Fusion, Tribal Fusion, Global Caravan Tribal Bellydance Format

Weekend classes at Reset Yoga Studio, Gisborne

Private classes. Workshops

Stumbling upon a bellydancer while reading (Princess by Jean Sasson) I looked up classes and found Shana of Goddess Bellydance in Hamilton, in awe of her Tribal Fusion troupe I had to join them. I later joined GCTBNZ Master Teacher Christine Haviland in Auckland before moving home to a sadly bellydanceless Gisborne - encouraging me to set up my own classes.

Started MED: 2013 Started Teaching: 2020 

Joined MEDANZ 2014

Updated: 19/08/2020

Taranaki Teachers
Gypsophilia (Amanda Bound)

Mobile: 027 478 9029 (New Plymouth)

Philosophy: To provide a safe environment for dancers to learn and grow.


Tribal Style
Evening classes at Henui Street Hall. Private classes.

I was drawn to belly dancing in 2005 and have now found Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance. I love the moves, the rhythms and the music, and look forward to sharing that passion.


Started MED: 2005 Started Teaching: 2007.

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2016, 2013 (Details available on request)


Joined MEDANZ 2005

Updated: 26/07/2020

Juniper Nichols with

Belly Dance with Juniper and Monarch Belly Dance Theatre (New Plymouth)



Students progress together in mixed-level classes. Technique is important to keep dancers' bodies safe, and I consider it a prerequisite for attending Choreography class. We learn finger cymbals and additional props matching the current style I'm teaching. I aim to give my students a broad overview of the belly dance family tree, as practiced in the US and/or the MENAHT cultures of origin.

Styles Offered: American Cabaret, Fusion, Egyptian, Folkloric
Evening classes at 6 Devon St W New Plymouth. Private classes. Workshops.

It has been my great privilege to study with some of the most prominent teachers of belly dance, in California's Bay Area and beyond. Innovation paired with respectful study of MENAHT (Middle Eastern, North African, Hellenistic and Turkish) masters keeps my dance both fresh and rooted in various traditions. I will dance to almost anything, from Egyptian orchestral music to progressive rock.

Started MED: 2002 Started Teaching: 2019. 

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2020, 2020, 2018 (Details available on request)

Joined MEDANZ 2018

Updated: 12/08/2020

Manawatu &
Wairarapa Teachers
Anisha (Eliana Medina)

021 0824 1781  * anishadanceproject@gmail.com

Joined MEDANZ: 2020 * Updated: 26/07/2020

Monique Ekdahl
with Hipnotize Belly Dance
Palmerston North

021 201 5124  hypnotize.bellydance@yahoo.co.nz

Joined MEDANZ 2020

Updated 29/9/2020

Selima (Carol Wald)

Aaminah Bellydancers and Aaminah Bellydancers Troupe


06 370 4131 * 027 600 1710 * pcwald@vodafone.co.nz

Styles Offered: Cabaret/Oriental, Fusion

Joined MEDANZ: 1999 Updated: 1/06/2020

Tamara (Tamara Allerhand)
Wairarapa and Lower Hutt

021 0223 1893  *  finalerh@actrix.gen.nz

Joined MEDANZ: 1994 

Updated: 10/03/2021

Tina Russell
With: Teezhareem Bellydance

021 185 4078  *  lilmisstinarussell@gmail.com

Started MED: 2005 Started Teaching: 2009

Joined MEDANZ: 2012 

Updated: 21/02/2021

Toni Blincoe

021 105 7649  *  inoty2016@gmail.com

Joined MEDANZ: 2004

Updated: 21/02/2021

Wellington Teachers
Mirian Caberlon with Mirian Caberlon School of Dance

027 303 3813 * miriancaberlon@hotmail.com * bellydancewithmirian.co.nz/

The greatest joy in my life is to see women find their rhythm and inner power through dance. Focusing in dance as an art, integrating body technique, musicality and expression, belly dance classes are an invitation to enter a beautiful journey of self-esteem, self-knowledge, creativity, femininity and of course, joy!

Styles Offered: Folkloric,Cabaret/Oriental,Fusion

Evening and weekend classes. Private classes. Workshops.

Dedicated to learning, teaching and performing oriental Egyptian and folkloric dances for the past 21 years, Mirian started her dance career in her home country Brazil, at Rakaça Temple of Dance school. Living in the US at the age of 18, she performed regularly in events and Middle Eastern restaurants. Mirian moved to New Zealand in 2014, where her passion for this dance form led her to start her own dance school in the capital, Wellington. Egypt has been a source of inspiration for her studies for many years, as well as a recent fascination with Indian art forms.

Started MED: 1999 Started Teaching: 2003.

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2015, 2013, 2013(Details available on request)


Joined MEDANZ 2014

Updated: 18/10/2020

Rosina June (Roslyn Hart) with Rose Hips

027 659 9770 * roslynjhart@gmail.com

My philosophy is to create a safe, warm, empowering and exciting environment for people to learn belly dance. My goal is for my students to feel confident belly dancing and have the skillset and ability to make artistic choices in their belly dance.

Styles Offered: Oriental,

Fusion - tribal and contemporary, Suhaila and Jamila formats

Private classes. Workshops

Proficient in both oriental and tribal fusion belly dance Rosa has invested a lot in her training, regularly travelling overseas to upskill herself. As a soloist Rosa has performed locally and internally. Rosa has a strong focus on technique, stage presence, musicality and dance composition in her performances. Rosa is also an experienced fitness trainer and group exercise instructor.

Started MED: 2008 Started Teaching: 2014

Training for Teaching: Bachelor in Health Science, majoring in exercise and sport 2008, Diploma in Exercise Science (including group exercise instruction) 2005, Diploma in Advanced Jazz Ballet 2005, Rachel Brice 8 Elements phase 1 and 2 2017, Suhaila Salimpour format level 1 20

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2019, 2018, 2018 (Details available on request) 

Joined MEDANZ: 2010

Updated: 15/10/2020

Nelson Tasman &
Marlborough Teachers
Debbie Sumner with Debbie Sumner Yoga, Dance, Wellbeing

027 689 0558 (Nelson) * dbsumner@xtra.co.nz


Debbie Sumner is currently teaching private lessons and workshops in the Nelson and Tasman region. She loves to share her knowledge, creating a space where dancers can come together and enjoy the beauty of Middle Eastern Dance.

Styles Offered: Eqyptian, Fusion
Daytime classes. Private classes. Workshops.

Started learning this beautiful dance under the instruction of Gretchen Howard back in 2001. Love everything about the dance, the music, the movements and creating community with other inspiring women and sharing the love of the dance with others.

Started MED: 2001 Started Teaching: 2010.

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2019, 2018, 2017

(Details available on request)


Joined MEDANZ 2013

Updated: 18/05/2020

Elena (Elena Lowry) 
with The Movement Connection and Nelson Bellydance Collective

021 144 4464 * elenah400@gmail.com

A dynamic movement practice that uses movement to create connections between body and breath, between people and between movement and music.

Fusion Bellydance/FCBD

Evening classes. Private classes

Elena has been dancing since 2007, and teaching since 2018. She loves performing, and is often seen on stage in her home town of Nelson as well as further afield. She likes to blend classic elements with modern music and enjoys creating new and exciting choreographies for herself and others.

Started MED: 2005 Started Teaching: 2017

Has current First Aid Certificate: 2016. Training for Teaching: RYT 200 2018;

Anatomy and Physiology 2019; Yoga Medicine Anatomy 2020

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2020, 2019, 2018 (Details available on request)


Joined MEDANZ: 2014

Updated: 6/10/2020

Greta Tapper

021 145 4272  *   gretapper@gmail.com

Joined MEDANZ: 2012 

Updated: 9-Mar-21

Gretchen (Howard) with ZENDA Belly Dancers


Providing a warm and friendly environment with quality instruction,

teaching the true spirit of Middle Eastern Belly Dance with style, elegance and grace.

Styles Offered: Folkloric, Cabaret/Oriental, Tribal, Fusion

Evening classes at St John’s Church Hall, Hardy St.

Daytime/weekend classes available on request. Private classes. Workshops.

I started dancing in Nelson in 1991 and performed in the Wearable Art Show. Teaching began after that and by 1994 the ZENDA Middle Eastern Dance troupe was formed to perform in that year's Wearable Art. Now have another dancer, Debbie Sumner, teaching the beginner and intermediate ZENDA classes. Gives me more time to focus on the troupe and my many other interests.


Started MED: 1985 Started Teaching: 1991

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2017 (Details available on request). 


Joined MEDANZ: 1994

Updated: 1/6/2020

Lyndsay Jones


027 455 0026 *  ishtara22@yahoo.com

 Joined MEDANZ: 2020 

Updated: 21/02/2021

Rauhina (Raewyn Snook)

Mobile: 029 775 1853 (Mapua)

Styles Offered: Folkloric, Cabaret/Oriental, Fusion

Joined MEDANZ 2002

Updated: 5/07/2017

Tania Marsden
with Wildbloom

Golden Bay

027 256 6748  *  tania@taniamarsden.com

Joined MEDANZ: 2020 

Updated: 4/11/2020

Christchurch & Canterbury Teachers
Ayyam O'Brien

021 129 4139 * thedancingbelliesselwyn@gmail.com 


My goal is to get all ladies of different shapes and sizes to have fun dancing while they get their sweat on. My teaching style is very relaxed and I am someone who loves to not take everything so seriously as life is way too short.

Styles Offered: Egyptian Raqs Sharqi Turkish Oriental Iraqi Kawleeya

Evening Classes in Rolleston. Private classes.

I originally come from the middle east (Iraq) and I am self taught. Dancing runs in my blood organically as it is my cultural dance. I love getting lost in the music. Once I hear the Tabla or oriental music I am lost in my own world of dancing. I love sharing the passion and knowledge I have for belly dancing with anyone that wants to learn about it. Has current First Aid Certificate: 2019 


Joined MEDANZ: 2020

Updated: 3/07/2020

With Soul Star Tribe


Joined MEDANZ: 2012 

Updated: 21/02/2021


With Desert Veils Bellydance and Desert Veils Bellydancers

03 337 2683 * 021 344 455 * 

Chrystal Palace, 12 Chrystal St, Christchurch farida@bellydance.co.nz * www.bellydance.co.nz

Farida encourages her students to develop precise technique to underpin the emotional expression of the dance. To develop the dance to where the student wants to go. To interpret the music and communicate the dance in an authentic way and to encourage innovation and individuality within the art.

Styles Offered: Egyptian, Tuirkish, Lebanese, Folk, Fusion
Evening and weekend classes at Chrystal Palace. Private classes. Workshops.

Farida is one of NZ’s most experienced dancers. She returned to Christchurch in 1989 to establish a school for teaching bellydance and a performance troupe. She continues to update her bellydance skills with regular travel to workshops and performances in the Middle East, Europe, USA and Australia. Farida is known for lyrical, charismatic dancing and authentic musical interpretation, coupled with precise technique. 

Started MED: 1986. Started Teaching: 1990. Training for Teaching: Teaching for adults (ANU Canberra, 1984), Teaching for Continuing Education (Massey University, 1981), Teaching dance to the Elderly (International Dance Summer School, 1980).

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2013, 2012, 2009 (Details available on request) 


Joined MEDANZ 1992

Updated: 27/06/2013

Karyn Jordan with Soul Star Tribe

03 385 5229 * soulstartribe@outlook.com * www.soulstartribe.kiwi

I aim to share my love of tribal in a fun, creative,
and nurturing group environment.


Tribal Style
Evening and Weekend classes in Christchurch CBD and Richmond.

Private classes.

I began belly dancing with my daughter over 10 years ago and fell in love with Tribal. I have been taught and trained by many amazing teachers from New Zealand and overseas (eg Pip E-Lysaah, Ziva, Devi Mamak, Caralena Nericcio-Bohlman, Paulette Rees Denis, Kristine Adams). Now I have gained teachers' certification in American Tribal Style and Gypsy Caravan tribal styles. Started MED: 2005. Started Teaching: 2015.


Training for Teaching: Teacher Training in American Tribal style Belly dance in 2015 with Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman. Gypsy Caravan tribal belly dance collective soul teacher training Level 1 with Paulette Rees Denis 2017.

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2017, 2016, 2015 (Details available on request).


Joined MEDANZ: 2008

Updated: 5/07/2020

Kashmir with Belly Raqs® with Kashmir

03 382 0071 * 027 438 7277 * kashmir@raqs.co.nz
www.bellyraqs.co.nz * www.facebook.com/bellyraqs

Personal expression of the music through dance but grounded in an awareness of the cultural background and safe dance practice.

Egyptian Raqs Sharqi, Beledi, Folkloric and Western Bellydance

Daytime and evening classes in South Brighton and Opawa.

Private classes. Workshops.

Kashmir is strongly influenced by Egyptian style, in part due to past overseas secondments as a software engineer/trainer which allowed her to study from Egyptian master teachers. From these Kashmir developed a strong knowledge of Egyptian folk styles which was deepened by annual attendance of Winter Warmup intensives. She has also studied Safe Dance Practices over a number of years including specific application to belly dance.

Started MED: 1991 Started Teaching: 1997. Training for Teaching: Teaching Training with Dr Mo Geddawi (2016); Certificate in Dance Teaching (QUT, 2003); Safe Dance Practices (QUT, 2002); ACE 2015; Workshops, lectures, hand- on and private consultations with Michael Dalgleish (1997-2011 approx 120 hours); Teaching Diploma (Christchurch Teachers College, 1985). Maintenance of Dance Training: 2017, 2017, 2016 (Details available on request) 


Joined MEDANZ 1995

Updated: 13/11/17

Kathryn (Kathryn Gilligan)


Started MED: 1997 Started Teaching: 1998

Joined MEDANZ: 2003 

Updated: 21/02/2021

Nova (Samantha Murphy)

027 652 5993  *  fyafairy@hotmail.com

Joined MEDANZ: 2012 

Updated: 21/02/2021


zumarrad@gmail.com * zumarradzeina.wordpress.com/

Zumarrad focuses on teaching belly dance technique safely and enjoyably to women and men of all ages and abilities, identifying bellydance as a culturally rooted, globalised performance art. She offers individual tuition, choreography, workshops and professional development.

Styles Offered: Egyptian-flavoured orientale, folklore

Private classes.

Zumarrad is passionate about Egyptian dance technique, musicality and feeling.

Started MED: 1998 Started Teaching: 2002.

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2021, 2020, 2020 (Details available on request)


Joined MEDANZ 2000

Updated: 9/03/2021

South Canterbury
Fatina (Liz Irvine)

021 254 2779 (Timaru) * fatinaliz@yahoo.co.nz 

Started MED: 1990 Started Teaching: 1993

Joined MEDANZ 1994 * Updated: 14/06/2020

Nadirah (Anne-Marie Chapman) with Beledi

03 971 0286 * 022 452 6691 (Timaru) * whichcraft@actrix.co.nz

Styles Offered: Fusion

I have been dancing MED for nearly 7 years, & did 5 years of ballet (as an adult) prior to that.

Started MED: 2013. Maintenance of Dance Training: 2017 (Details available on request).


Joined MEDANZ 2015

Updated: 18/05/2020

West Coast Teachers
Joy Aiton
With Dazana Fusion


021 569 252  *  joy@secan.co.nz

Started MED: 2003 Started Teaching: 2004

Joined MEDANZ: 2017 

Training for Teaching: Registered in the UK as a teacher (2003)

Updated: 21/02/2021

Otago & Dunedin Teachers
There are no MEDANZ Teachers listed in this area at this time.
Southland &
Stewart Island Teachers
There are no MEDANZ Teachers listed in this area at this time.
Dance Teachers &
Overseas Members

Amanda Pooley-Brand

With APB Dance and Melbourne Salimpour Collective

amanda@apbdance.com.au * apbdance.com.au * Melbourne

To enable all dancers to access and find a place in a dance class, while producing strong dancers who have safe technical skills, culture and musicality.

Egyptian, American Cabaret, Turkish, Fusion, Folkloric.
Evening and Weekend classes in Richmond, Brunswick.

Private classes. Workshops.

Amanda has been dancing for 10 years and is a current student in the Salimpour School.of Bellydance (USA), where she regularly makes trips to keep her certifications up to date.

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2018. (Details available on request).

Joined MEDANZ: 2017

Started MED: 2008 Started Teaching: 2018.

Updated: 06/07/2020

Siobhan Camille with Greenstone Belly Dance

contact@greenstonebellydance.com * www.greenstonebellydance.com

(Classes and coaching available online and across Zuid-Holland)

Delft, Netherlands

Our vision for classes is to create a safe, stress-free space, where all participants are encouraged and uplifted. Siobhan strives to help her students reach their dance goals, be it fitness, fun, or furthering of dance skills.

Styles Offered: Egyptian, Contemporary Fusion
Evening classes and online. Private classes. Workshops

Siobhan has taught and performed across North America, Australasia and Europe. Her love of music is equalled only by her love of movement, making belly dance her perfect match. Drawing on her background in exercise science, Siobhan emphasises safe dance technique and teaches students how to ‘find’ and activate muscles to create crisp, clear technique and well-defined movement. 


Training for Teaching: Certificate in Improving Sport Performance (Aoraki Polytechnic, 2010), Bachelors degree (Honours, First Class) in Exercise Prescription with focus on dance injury (University of Otago, 2014), Certificate in Recreation and Sport - Coaching and Instruction Level 3 (Skills Active NZ, 2015), Masters in Rehabilitation Sciences (McGill University, 2018).

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2018, 2017, 2016 (Details available on request) 

Joined MEDANZ 2012

​Started MED: 2010. Started Teaching: 2015.

Updated: 26/07/2020

Music & Drumming
Iris Gerber with The Arrythmias

07 869 0191 * 027 329 2288  (Thames)

Applying and practicing different playing techniques. Working through and filling Middle Eastern rhythms. Improving to play whole Drum Solos. Explaining connections between Middle Eastern music and dance. Having fun exploring different layers in the music and enjoying group dynamics. Other Middle Eastern hand drums are also included.

Instruments Offered: Darbuka

Buddhaloka Room, Pollen St. above Post Office, Thames.

Weekend evening class. Private classes. Workshops.

First got introduced to ME drumming in Germany 1986 by Bruno Assenmacher covering about 15 of the most common ME rhythms. Later started again in 2005 and since then learned from Yeow, Matt Stonehouse and HandsOn. Being a dancer by trade knowledge of rhythms is in existence. Sessions are done together with Andrea who advises on playing frame drums.

Training for Teaching: NZ Adult Tutor Training course (2008).

Several Adult Tutor Training Courses in Germany.

Maintenance of Dance Training: 2012, 2011, 2010 (Details available on request) 


Joined MEDANZ 1998

Started MEM: 1986 Started Teaching: 1986.

Updated: 27/06/2018

MEDANZ Teachers' Network

The MEDANZ Teachers’ Network is open to all members who teach Middle Eastern dance (including Tribal) or music (including drumming). 


  • All information is self reported.

  • MEDANZ does not endorse or provide guarantees of any teachers listed. Please use your judgement.

  • “Training for Teaching” - this includes study other than dance/music for example teaching methodology and safe dance practice. That is, how the teacher has been trained to teach. This would normally be 6 months-3 years of recognized tertiary study.

  • “Maintenance of Dance/Music Training” – this is how the teacher keeps up to date and extends their own skills. For brevity the register displays the years of the last three significant workshops/training the teacher has undertaken in the last five years. This should be beyond beginner level and with a (single) experienced and recognized teacher for at least 8 hours. Teachers may have also attended short mix and match workshops with a range of teachers – but these are not included.

  • MED – Middle Eastern Dance (embracing belly dance, folkloric, beledi, and Tribal)

  • MEM – Middle Eastern Music