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.
Regular: 8pm every Friday live performance at Taksim Turkish Restaurant in Mairangi Bay (404 Beach Rd) and Epsom branch (373 Manukau Rd)
2 December: Phoenix Student Christmas Party at Taksim Epsom
5 December: Term 4 Ends
10 December: Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park featuring the Phoenix Troupes
21-22 January: Summer Workshops with international teachers!
7 February 2017: Term 1 Begins
Retreat 2016 with a Anasma
We had the most fun ever at this years 6th Annual Retreat with Anasma! Check out the video that pretty much encapsulated the fun we had on the right!
We also announced the 2017 Special Edition Retreat with the internationally renowned Sahra Saeeda who will be presenting the Journey Through Egypt Level 1 for the first and only time in New Zealand! Journey Through Egypt 1 is a 20 hour intensive course produced by Dance Ethnologist and International belly dance icon, Sahra Saeeda, on the movement, steps, posture, clothing, history, and cultural diffusion in the different regions of Egypt. Sahra’s unique perspective follows how the dance transforms from the homes of the people to the sparkling stages of Cairo and beyond.
Follow the Facebook page for updates, registrations will open soon!
Auckland 2016 Shimmy Mob - World Belly Dance Day
Auckland was one of 202 cities participating in the International Shimmy Mob - a celebration of World Belly Dance Day. We fundraised over $400 for the North Shore Women's Centre who do amazing work in our community! Thank you to all the dancers and supporters who got involved! To find out more about the organisation or refer someone in need, click here.
Phoenix Belly Dance 5th Annual Retreat Highlights Video & Teacher Announcements
This year's retreat is going to be bigger and better than ever, head over to the Retreat page for more info and to book your place!
We are also pleased as punch and proud as heck to announce our next two teachers for the 2016 6th Annual Retreat - The Ruby Lady and Krishna! These ladies are amazing people and even better instructors, and we can't wait for you to meet them and to see what workshops they have in store for you.
Vodafone Warriors, Sky City Mystics, Arabian Nights
We've had some crazy performances in April- first for the Vodafone Warriors, performing at half time on the field with 42 other dancers, and next at the Sky City Mystics netball game! Both these performances were to promote the fun, free Arabian Nights themed dance theatre show at Sky City, happening every Saturday in April at 7pm. A big thank you to Diamond Entertainment for inviting us to be a part of it, we had such a blast!
Wedding & Hen's Party Entertainment
Looking for some top-quality entertainment for your hen's party or wedding reception? Look no further- you've come to the experts. With several years of experience, glowing testimonials and an endorsement from Wedding Guide NZ, our team of professional dancers are ready to make your event extra special.
Head over to our performances page to find out more about our pricing options and packages, or fill out the booking form and we'll get back to you with a personalised quote. We can usually accommodate special requests, so don't hesitate to tell us what you have in mind!