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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27th March: End of Term 1 Classes
29th March: International Cultural Festival Performance
17th-19th April: MEDANZ Festival in Christchurch
2nd May: Start of Term 2 Classes
4th July: Mid-Winter Show Date
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!