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Welcome to Phoenix Belly Dance 

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 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. Therefore, our mission is to promote a fun learning environment and supportive performance demonstrations, with pride, passion, and grace.


Phoenix Belly Dance Show 2014

Tickets for our annual magnum opus are now for sale!

Phoenix Belly Dance invites you to our show: A journey into the world of belly dance with professional belly dancers, special guest artists and our star students! This year our show has a brand new state of the art venue and our performance has been tailored even more for our audience's viewing pleasure.

Saturday, 22 November 2014 - 7pm Show (doors open 6:30pm)

Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls' Grammar School, Silver Rd, Epsom

Tickets available at iTICKET

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For more details, check out the Facebook event page or our upcoming performances. See you there :)

Auckland Aziza Belly Dance Retreat Update

Unfortunately, one of our dancers is no longer able to attend our Auckland belly dance retreat. They will be sorely missed, and we wish them well.

However, this does mean we now have one more spot available for anyone who might have missed out earlier. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you're interested. For our out of town friends, Air New Zealand is currently having a sale- if you book your tickets soon, you can make a round trip from Christchurch for less than $150!

We also have some workshop spaces available in Christchurch, and that Air NZ deal still applies. See you there!

Short n Sweet

We had a blast performing at the Short n Sweet dance festival! Thank you so much to all our lovely students for joining in as wedding guests, and to everyone who came along to support the show.

New Classes

We're starting to run some new classes in Auckland! The Tuesday Takapuna beginners class will be taught by Cindy. In the same time slot of 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Candice will be teaching a new intermediates class (same venue, different room).

We're also running a new class in Panmure. On Wednesday, there will be an intermediates class from 6.00pm - 7.00pm at the SwingFX Dance Studio (Lower Ground Floor, via Basin View Lane), 3 Korma Lane, Panmure. We will trial it for a 10 week period starting 10 September until 26 November (with a term break on 1 and 8 Oct). Like all our non-Citydance classes, 10-week concession cards will be available for $120 (that's $12 per lesson instead of the standard $15).

Can't wait to see you there!

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Belly Dance Extravaganza

Beloved by bellydancers across the globe, internationally acclaimed dancer Aziza is coming all the way to New Zealand! For one night only, the Christchurch public will be able to come along and watch her perform. This is an amazing opportunity to see a master of middle eastern dance in action!

This is the only time on her NZ tour that Aziza will be performing for the public, so book your tickets now! Tickets can be purchased through our webstore or by direct transfer (details on FB page).

Saturday 25 October 2014 
8pm (doors open 7:45pm)
Hagley Community College, The Open Stage
510 Hagley Avenue, Christchurch

Guest performance submissions are now open, for full details check out the Facebook event page :)

Click here for info on the Christchurch workshops, and here for info on the Auckland ones.

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Retreat 2014 Teacher Announcement!

With ten weeks to go until the retreat, it's time to announce our last teacher- our very own Candice Frankland!! For more info on what she'll be teaching, head over to the retreat page :)

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Aziza Competition- WINNER!!

After months of plugging, we finally have a winner for the Aziza Contest.

The winner of a full workshop pass to all four Aziza Christchurch workshops is… SIOBHAN MILNER!!! 

(insert loud celebratory trumpet noises here)

Congratulations!! Since Siobhan had already booked her Christchurch workshops, she can gift the prize to a dancer of her choosing :) SEE YOU IN CHRISTCHURCH!!!!

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2014 Mid Winter Chill Out Show

Where to start with this fabulous event… thank you so much to everyone who helped make it a huge success!! From the friends and family who came to support us (and SOLD OUT the event to the point where we had a waiting list!), the lighting and sound crew, our backstage manager Cindy, our last-minute MC and teacher Lynette, all the amazingly talented students, and our crazy teacher/director Candice!! You are all so wonderful, and we can't wait to do it all again - after a little recovery time first :)

Did you come see the show? THANK YOU! Would you mind filling out a feedback form for us? There's always stuff that we can improve on :)

Hope to see you all at our end of year show, with an exciting new venue… details coming soon!

New Videos

We've got some brand new videos for you to check out! Below on the left is the trailer for our 2014 Retreat, giving you a taster of what it's like to be surrounded by bellydancers for a weekend of epic silliness and dancing!! On the right is the official footage from the Phoenix performance in Sydney as the opening act for Bellydance Evolution in Oz: The Dark Side of the Crown. Thanks to Tristan Baker from BAM studios who filmed and edited the show!

Latest Performance Videos

Here is Candice's latest uploaded performance video of her Voi and Drum Solo which was her winning audition for Bellydance Evolution Australia Tour.

We've also got the footage from the 2013 Coca Cola Christmas in Park, featuring the Phoenix troupe performing with Vince Harder! Loving the look of our new costumes :)

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Workshops with Candice in Christchurch

What an awesome weekend! Thank you so much to the Ruby Lady, Dori and James for being such wonderful hosts, and to all the fabulous Christchurch dancers who came out to dance. See you all in October with Aziza in tow!

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MEDANZ and BDE in Oz Screening

A massive thank you to the entire MEDANZ committee for putting what many are heralding as one of the best festivals in the history of the organization! It was absolutely spectacular. Another big thank you to everyone who came to all of our workshops and the BDE in Oz Screening and panel we hosted, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

See you all in Christchurch for the 2015 Festival!!!

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Kaeshi Chai in Auckland March 2014

Straight from her Bellydance Evolution performance, the beautiful Kaeshi Chai visited Auckland to share her wisdom and knowledge with us! It's safe to say that all who participated came away with fresh ideas and inspiration. We also had a fantastic hafla, with fantastic performances from local dancers and Kaeshi herself.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this event possible!! We hope to bring Kaeshi back again someday, hopefully for a little longer next time!
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The Phoenix Troupe shared the stage with Bellydance Evolution in Sydney, March 2014!!!

On top of the incredible news that Candice won the casting competition for Bellydance Evolution, Candice has also been asked to choreograph an item for her Phoenix Troupe of professional dancers for the opening act of the Pre-Show Entertainment! Sydney, here we come for round two!!

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Aziza Workshops October 2014

Aziza, international acclaimed belly dancer, is coming to New Zealand in 2014! Check out our upcoming workshops page for more details.

Bookings are now open and spaces are limited!! Register for the Auckland Retreat, Auckland Workshops or Christchurch Workshop Intensive Weekend!

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Corporate Entertainment

If you're looking for corporate entertainment for your company function, whether it's an Arabian Themed evening or you're just looking for professional entertainers to get your party started, we are offering special packages! You can book our troupe of pro dancers for large events, our solo and duet shows for smaller groups, and even fire dancers to give your guests a spectacular show! Click here to find our more about our award winning entertainment packages for companies! Or simply fill in the form to get a free quote.

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