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: every Friday live performance at Taksim Restaurant Mairangi Bay and Epsom
18 May - 15 June: 5 Week Professional Dancer Training Course
1-3 July: Joana Saahirah of Cairo Workshops and Show in Auckland
8-10 July: Palmerston North Belly Dance Workshops with Candice
22-24 July: Adelaide Belly Dance Workshops with Candice
11-13 November: Annual Belly Dance Retreat with Anasma
Retreat 2016 Teacher Announcement: Anasma
Fusion fanatics and improv imps rejoice, because next year's teacher is going to be… ANASMA, all the way from France.
Anasma is a versatile and complete artist: dancer, choreographer, Oriental Fusion master teacher, Yoga Teacher, singer, song writer, artistic director and producer. Drawing from her cross-training in academic, ethnic & urban dances, acting, pantomime, yoga, martial arts…, Anasma focuses on making dance meaningful and touching through storytelling, character development, truthful emotions and aesthetic powerful movement. She is recognized by her peers for her wild creativity, great expressiveness, constant risk taking and pushing the envelope. Registrations are now OPEN! Click here to find out more and register. Click here to check out her website!
Middle Eastern Memories - Joana Saahirah of Cairo Show
Phoenix Belly Dance is proud to present 'Middle Eastern Memories'. Featuring high quality local, national and international dancers, and starring Joana Saahirah, the dance sensation from Cairo, in New Zealand for one performance only. The Show, 'Middle Eastern Memories' is all about sharing moments of learning, sadness, joy, yearning, and everything in between, drawing on our own memories of the Middle East. Whether performing a style from Egypt, or a choreography learned from one of our mentors, or dancing to a piece of music that reminds us of our travels in Turkey, we're putting our stories and memories on stage to share it with you and transport you through time and space through the secret world of Oriental dance.
This is the only time that Joana Saahirah will be performing for the public. This is an amazing opportunity to see a master of middle eastern dance in action, so book your tickets now!
Friday 1 July 2016
7:30pm (doors open 7:15pm)
Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Cnr Gilles Rd & Silver Rd, Epsom (Free Parking Albury, Sharpe & Owens Rd)
Early bird Adults $39 (before 31 May) / Adults $45 / Kids u12, Students & Seniors $25 / Group Discounts / All Door Sales $55
Book via iTICKET or (09) 361 1000
Joana Saahirah Lecture and Hafla
Joanna's workshops have proved to be so popular that we've added on a couple of weekend extras! Click here to find out more about her lecture on Secrets of Egyptian Dance, and to learn about our hafla at Taksim in Epsom.
Auckland 2016 Shimmy Mob - World Belly Dance Day (May 14)
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.
5 Week Professional Dancer Training Course with Candice and Vanessa
Join Candice Frankland and Vanessa Castro in their 5-week Professional Dancer Training Course including 10 Modules on the most important aspects of becoming a professional dancer.Spaces are very limited to ensure high quality individual feedback for attendees!
Registrations are now open, click here to find out more!
Phoenix Belly Dance Annual Retreat 2016 - Teacher Announcements
We are pleased as punch and proud as heck to announce our next two teachers for the retreat- Moya Harvey and Ziva! 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. Head to the Retreat 2016 page to find out more!
Phoenix Belly Dance Annual Retreat - 2015 Teachers Performance Highlights
The 2015 Retreat DVD is all done! If you were an attendee and you haven't ordered yours yet, it's not too late- just flick Candice an e-mail and we'll get you sorted. Check out the highlight of the teacher's performances below!
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!
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!
Journey Along the Silk Road in Brisbane and Sydney
Candice, Cindy and Lisa are back from their intensives in Oz! Performing alongside Bellyqueen legends Kaeshi, Irina, Elisheva, Maki and Natalie, not to mention the fantastic local and international cast, was an amazing experience. They've learned so much, and they can't wait to share their knowledge with you in class! Thanks to everyone who supported the show, whether they came and watched or sent messages of love from afar, and to the Phoenix Belly Dance team for keeping things running while they were away!
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!
Joana Saahirah of Cairo in NZ 1st-3rd July 2016
Joana Saahirah is one of our new favourite masters of the art form, bringing the secrets of Egyptian Oriental Dance to NZ from the 1-3rd of July for workshops and a show proudly hosted by Phoenix Belly Dance! More details about Joana, workshop topics and prices are coming soon. Seriously, you don't want to miss her! For more info, click here.