Phoenix Belly Dance

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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 featuring Aziza, Marta Korzun, Anasma, Hadia, Irina Akulenko, Joana Saahirah, Jrisi Jusakos, Rose Ottaviano, Helene of Norway and more.

We also offer large scale performances by our team of professional belly dancers and entertainers in Auckland for hire at corporate functions, festivals, concerts, and theatre and event productions in New Zealand and internationally. We take care of the hassle of entertaining your guests with stunning costumes, dynamic group and solo dances and interactive fun!

Our belly dance teachers are among the best in NZ and we offer oriental and tribal fusion belly dance classes in Central, East, South, West Auckland and the North Shore, in Albany, Silverdale, Western Springs, Glen Eden, CBD, and Epsom.

Our awards include:

• Belly Dance Evolution International Competition Winners and Lead Soloist Role (Los Angeles/Sydney) 2014 & 2019

• 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)

• Viva Eclectika 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.

Looking for regular classes?

We offer lessons in the following areas:

  • Auckland CBD
  • North Shore
  • West Auckland
  • Auckland City Fringe

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Important Dates

  • Summer Workshops, Free Class, Hafla = 23/24 Jan 2021
  • Term 1 = Tue 9 Feb - Mon 12 Apr
  • Term 2 = Tue 4 May - Mon 5 Jul
  • Term 3 = Mon 26 Jul - Sun 26 Sep
  • Term 4 = Sat 9 Oct - Fri 10 Dec
  • SADIE in Auckland at the Phoenix Belly Dance Retreat = 5-7 Nov 2021

3 July: Mid-Winter Chillout Show

Come join us for a relaxed evening of Middle Eastern Music and Dance. Students, Teachers and Professional Dancers of Phoenix Belly Dance will entertain and delight you, and will get you up to shimmy with them in the social dance segments of the evening.

Bring your picnic basket as seating will be in cabaret style for fun and frivolity.
There will be special guest performances and you'll get the chance to learn social dances from Arab countries. 

We are fundraising for the North Shore Women's Centre, so please come prepared to bid on our auctions throughout the evening.
If you are interested in being a vendor or donating to the auctions please get in touch to sign up.

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Phoenix turns 10!!!

What a milestone. We had a spectacular showcase of belly dance art from our award-winning troupes and soloists and received rave reviews. We also had a full day of free activities to celebrate this milestone with the community. Our aim was to encourage cross-cultural exchange, diversity, women’s community, wellness, and positive body image.

Our free activities included:

  • Free community belly dance class.
  • Lunchtime Panel Q&A on "Belly Dance and Body Image" - To support and encourage body positivity and curiosity about this dance form and its place in New Zealand. The panel will include teachers, professional performers, and representatives of the North Shore Women's Centre and Middle Eastern Dance Association of New Zealand.
  • Open Stage
  • Lecture by Serenity Wise on the cultural implications of fusing dance genres from different cultures - To encourage discourse among students and the dance community and their responsibility to consider the implications of fusing different dance styles, particularly as it relates to dancers that are not of the same cultural origin as the dances they participate in.
  • Pre-Show - Professional artists presenting solo works from the last decade with Phoenix Belly Dance.
  • Hafla - A celebration with the community including student performances, socialising, and cultural traditions.

The show raised funds in aid of North Shore Women's Centre, which provides a wide variety of services for women and families in need. Services include a free legal clinic, counselling, social services and classes. 

We also had the pleasure of working with the genius film crew at HAPfilm ( who filmed the incredible video below. We highly recommend them. Check out their magic skills below.

2021 10 Year Anniversary Retreat with SADIE!

Join our Retreat 5-7 November 2021 with Sadie:

Retreat Page

Sadie Workshops and Show only in Auckland (no accommodation or activities)

Sadie in Wellington - TBA

Sign up for a Lesson

Check out our classes! We are also running online class options, so join us from your own home!

3 Phoenix Teachers among the Belly Dance Evolution Casting Competition Winners!

The March 2019 tour for the Los Angeles based Belly Dance Evolution's theatre show, Fantasm, presented by Jillina, went to Australia. Of the winners of the international casting competition, all THREE of the New Zealand dancers selected are from Phoenix Belly Dance!! Our Director, Candice Frankland was also cast in a lead role in the show. So much to celebrate :) 

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!

New Performance Videos

Take a look at our brand new performance videos! All our latest videos can be seen on our Youtube channel.

Phoenix Belly Dance Classes, Performers in Auckland, New Zealand
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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