Phoenix Belly Dance is a multi-award-winning entertainment company and dance troupe based in Auckland, New Zealand. We love sharing the art of Middle Eastern dance through our classes, workshops, and performances that fuse contemporary concepts with the traditional roots of belly dance. Candice Frankland, the Director, has had the privilege of performing and teaching overseas, and has been working hard at growing the community and elevating belly dance in New Zealand to be taken as a serious dance form through extraordinary performances, theatre shows, collaborative projects, hosting international teachers and the annual Weekend Belly Dance Retreat.
We also offer large scale performances by our team of professional belly dancers for hire for corporate functions, festivals, concerts, and theatre productions. We take care of the hassle of entertaining your guests with stunning costumes, dynamic group and solo dances and interactive fun!
Our awards include:
• Best Nationwide Entertainment Company by People’s Choice Awards, Corporate Events and Wedding Guide (NZ)
• Trained by the Stars Award (Istanbul, Turkey)
• Winners of the Jambalaya Dance Festival Competition (NZ/Sydney)
• Belly Dance Evolution International Competition Winner (Los Angeles/Sydney)
• Viva Eclectika 2013 Asia Vision Cup (NZ)
Our vision is to develop and encourage participation by women and young girls of all walks of life to take part in the art of belly dance by providing regular classes, workshops, and performance opportunities. The relationships developed within the belly dance community, which include students of all ages and abilities, families, performers and teachers, are a vital influence on the success of this growing art form, and are life-changing for those who experience these bonds of friendship. Therefore, our mission is to promote a fun learning environment and supportive performance demonstrations, with pride, passion, and grace.
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1 August: First day of Term 3
26 August: Candice leaves to teach and perform in Istanbul, Turkey
25 September: Last day of Term 3
10 October: First day of Term 4
4 December: Last day of Term 4
6 December: Annual Show
Triple Threat: Workshop Weekend
We have three fantastic teachers excited to warm you up this Winter with our workshop weekend 18-19 July! Vanessa Castro from Brazil, Marian Jennings from Tribal Diva in Christchurch and Candice Frankland from Phoenix Belly Dance, Auckland. Head on to our Winter Workshops page to learn more, or go straight to purchasing your pass in our webstore. You can also learn more on the Facebook event page.
We also have a Dinner and Belly Dance show planned for Friday 17 July at Apadana Restaurant so you can see these dancers in action.
Mid-Winter Chill Out Show 2015
Tickets are also NOW AVAILABLE for our third annual Mid-Winter Chill Out Show! You can order them via the webstore or buy them off your teachers in class. Tell all your friends and family now and get them to buy their tickets so they don't miss a chance to see you dance! BYO picnic basket (no messy foods please), blanket and cushion... and dress ups are not only welcome but encouraged!
Sat 4 July 2015, 6:30pm
YMCA North Shore
5 Akoranga Drive, Northcote (free parking)
Adult Tickets: $15
Child (under 12 Tickets): $10
Door Sales: $20
Crystal Tops for Sale
You been asking for them for ages, and they have arrived. Introducing the official sparkly Phoenix shirt! We've got 'em in black and white, long sleeve, short sleeve, tank tops- we can even apply the crystals to the garment of your choice. We supply sizes 8-18. You can order them via the webstore.
Long sleeve: $40
Singlet/Racerback/Short sleeve crystal tops: $35
Supply your own tee: $25
New Performance Videos
We're always up for a movie marathon! Check out our new videos of us performing in shows, at weddings, and massive public events. All our performance videos are available in the videos section of our site.
When we brought Aziza over for her two week tour, we decided to pick her brains one last time in this exclusive interview with her. Grab a cup of your preferred beverage, sit back and learn more about one of our biggest dance inspirations.
Introducing New Teachers Marian and Lisa
Please give a warm welcome to our newest additions to the Phoenix teaching staff, Marian Jennings and Lisa Lawford!
Marian Jennings of TribalDiva in Christchurch is a seasoned performer and teacher. She's trained to be a bellydance instructor in South Africa AND holds a BA in Education from the University of Canterbury. Marian is teaching a brand new American Tribal Style (ATS) class in Glenfield on Thursdays. Check out the classes page for more details on prices and location.
Lisa Lawford of the Phoenix Belly Dance Professional troupe will be taking over the beginners belly dance class on Mondays. Expect solid technique for beginners, adventures in Middle Eastern culture, and lots of fun and laughter!
The Ruby Lady Auckland Workshops
What better way to welcome home a wayward dancer than to pick her brain for all the cool things she learned over her time away! The Ruby Lady left us tired, inspired, and (for those at the bambouti workshop) a new collection of bruises that was worth every penny. Thank you for sharing all your knowledge with us, and to all the lovely ladies who joined us for the workshops and hafla! We hope you had as much fun as we did, and we can't wait to hear about her next round of adventures.
Vanesa Moreno Auckland Workshops
A great big thank you to our first workshop teacher of 2015, Vanesa Moreno! It was such a pleasure having this lady over in New Zealand, she just radiates warmth and light. If you get the opportunity to study with her, take it. We had an amazing time learning from her and dancing with her at the hafla, and we'll definitely be bringing her back someday. Thank you so much to everyone who came along!
Belly Dance Tour to Turkey September 2015
We're completely sold out!! All the slots have been booked, the workshops have been selected, and everything is underway for the first Phoenix Belly Dance Turkey Tour! We'll be keeping everyone updated with our travel plans, whether you want to live vicariously through us or take note of the things you want to do on your own adventures.
Phoenix Student Scholarship 2015
This year it was so hard to chose just one scholarship nominee that we decided to give it to multiple recipients instead! The 2015 Phoenix Student Scholarship winner is Bex Wilson, with Tamara Raschka and Evge Niia receiving partial scholarships. Each of these women have worked so hard and are so deserving, and we're incredibly proud to have them in our dance school. You ladies are awesome!
Thank you to all the students who nominated each other, we couldn't do this without you and your support!