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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.


Aziza Competition!!

You are going to want to read this!! We are giving away a Weekend of Workshops with Aziza! Yes you heard right, one lucky person will win a full workshop pass to the Christchurch Workshop Weekend! That's 4 workshops with international sensation Aziza visiting us all the way from Canada. The value of this prize is $550! To be in to win, you can either refer as many dancers as you can to sign up for our newsletter, OR share our Facebook event page and get as many likes on your post as you can! Or do both and double your chances of winning! For more details and T's and C's, click here!  Competition closes 31 July.

2014 Mid Winter Chill Out Show

Phoenix Belly Dance invites you to our mid-winter Chillout show!!! Performance showcase and opportunities to mix, mingle and dance :) We will also be having spot prizes and auctions! Tickets are available from your teacher at class or online in our webstore. Get in quick, seats are limited!

This event will be something between a hafla (party) and a show! We will have tables and chair audience set up, so bring your picnic basket with food, and dress up if you like!

Saturday, 26 July 2013

6:30pm Show (doors open 6pm)

Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, 14 Mills Lane, Albany

Tix: $15 adults /$10 kids (u/13) / $20 door sales / 0211704183 /

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!

Retreat 2014 Teacher Announcements!

We are so pleased to announce our new guest teachers for the 2014 Belly Dance retreat! Head on over to our retreat page to get a sneak peek of what they have in store for you.

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!

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!

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!!!

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!

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!!

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!

Candice made it into Bellydance Evolution, Sydney

Hi everyone! So this amazing thing has happened! I auditioned for a spot in Bellydance Evolution, an international theatre production coming to Sydney from Los Angeles and I made it in. Thanks so much for your support! 

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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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