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.
Belly Dance Tour to Turkey September 2015
Yes, you read that right. No, we're not kidding. Next year, Phoenix Belly Dance is offering a full tour to Turkey for 16 days. We'll be attending Tarazade, a full-on international belly dance festival (the same one where Candice met Aziza a while back, and where she'll be teaching this year!), with a 10 day guided tour of the country, shopping trips, all accommodation, transport, flights, festival, shows, included!
We're working hard to make this as affordable as possible, and we're just waiting on a few more contacts to see if and where discounts are available. We're also organising packages for plus ones, so you can bring along your non-dance partners or friends.
More information coming soon! Please register your interest as we will be working on a first come first served basis for spots and they are very limited. We'll send you the details as soon as possible. Flick us an email at email@example.com, and start making budget plans. :D
2015 Workshops with Vanesa Moreno and The Ruby Lady
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up for your first batch of workshops in the new year! From January 3rd -4th, the fabulous Vanesa Moreno of Spain will be in Auckland for three workshops (and a hafla :)), covering Oriental and Flamenco fusion, Shaabi, and teaching a nifty drum solo! Then, prepare to welcome home the gorgeous Ruby Lady, fresh off the plane from Egypt, from February 7th - 8th (details on workshop and hafla times and locations coming soon).
Both these dancers are incredible, and we can't wait to start 2015 by learning from them! For more details, check out the workshops page, or our FB event pages:
Phoenix Belly Dance Show 2014
Our show this year was a fantastic success! Thank you so much to the dancers for all your blood, sweat and tears over the year preparing for this, to all our phenomenally flexible and fast-learning behind the scenes people, and to all the audience members for coming out to support us. You guys are amazing, and we love you so very much. More photos from Nina G Photography coming soon via Facebook!
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!
Belly Dance Extravaganza
Featuring some of the top belly dancers from New Zealand and Australia, Belly Dance Extravaganza was an amazing experience! A big thank you to all our performers, our crew, and our audience members, many of whom got up the next day bright and early for another day of full on workshops with Aziza. Thank you all so much!
Check out this awesome review by Emily Napolitano on Theatre Review!
Aziza in New Zealand 2014
After two weeks of utter dancing madness and laughter, we're left feeling exhausted and exhilarated. We can't thank you all enough for coming out to both the retreat and the Christchurch workshops and shows, we hope you had as amazing a time as we did and left feeling inspired and full of ideas for your dancing! An extra special thank you to everyone who helped out behind the scenes, and of course, to Aziza herself for coming all the way out to our tiny country in the far corner of the world. It has been a truly incredible experience.
Keep checking in as we post photos from the weekend up here and on Facebook, as well as for our announcements regarding all the other cool stuff we have coming up!
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