Phoenix Belly Dance

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Professional Performer Profiles

Candice Frankland

Principal dancer, choreographer and founder of Phoenix Belly Dance. 

Candice Frankland is the founder and director of Phoenix Belly Dance, a multi-award winning dance company and home to some of New Zealand's most sought after performers and teachers. Her troupe are the proud winners of the Jambalaya Dance Competition 2011, NZ Corporate Event’s Best Entertainment Company in 2012, and the Viva Eclectika 2013 Asia Vision Cup. Candice received the Tarazade Festival’s Trained by the Stars Award in Turkey in 2012, was winner of the Bellydance Evolution International Casting Competition in 2014 (LA/Sydney) and has taught and performed across New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Fiji, and will be performing and teaching in Spain in 2018.

Links to Solo Videos:

Award-winning performance submission with Voi and Drum Solo

Oriental Mejanse by Candice

Silk Veil Solo by Candice

Candice Frankland of Phoenix Belly Dance - Theatrical Fan Veil (Pregnancy Journey, 4 months)

Candice Frankland of Phoenix Belly Dance, Muwashahat          

Troupe choreographies by Candice:

Candice Frankland's Phoenix Belly Dance: Theatrical Oriental Fusion - Evil Queens

Candice Frankland's Phoenix Belly Dance Company performing Oriental dance

Aziza, Candice Frankland and Helene Skaugen performing Melaya Lef at Tarazade Festival Istanbul 2015


Teacher, Soloist and Troupe Dancer for Phoenix Belly Dance 

Professional belly dancer and master teacher from Brazil, Vanessa Castro has around 13 years of experience in belly dance. She's the director of her school, 'Studio Vanessa Castro', in Curitiba, Brazil, and studied with Brazilian belly dance titan Lulu Sabongi and Lebanese folkloric master Tufic Nabak. In 2014, Vanessa took her training to the next level, travelling around the Emirates, Lebanon and Egypt to learn more about culture and dance. Her passion for her art form is matched only by her love of teaching it.

Links to video:

Vanessa Castro of Phoenix Belly Dance performs Oriental Solo

Vanessa of Phoenix Belly Dance, Silk Veil Solo

Duet with Candice Frankland

Candice Frankland and Vanessa Castro of Phoenix Belly Dance perform Fan Veil Duet

Phoenix Belly Dance Troupe Sword Performance choreography by Vanessa              


Soloist and Troupe Dancer for Phoenix Belly Dance 

Astra is a beautiful red head with a passion for dance, having always danced in some form or other she first discovered her love of Belly Dance back in 2007 and started training under Kali Zahira. Since then she has strove to improve her understanding and performance of Middle Eastern dance, leaning towards the Oriental and Baladi Styles and incorporating fan veils, sword, isis wings and veil. In 2010 traveling to Egypt to further her training she attended the Nile Group Festival, where she studied with Mahmoud Reda, Aida Nour, Mona Moustafa and Nevein Ramez. In 2012 she attended the Tarazade Festival in Istanbul studying with Prof. Hassan Khalil, Azad Khan, Aziza, Serkan Tutar, Rose Ottaviano and Sema Yildiz before travelling to Cairo to study with Outi of Cairo. Back in New Zealand she has done workshops with Pip E-Lysaah and a weekend intensive with Ranya Renee. She is also an accomplished fire performer and can incorporate fire into her performances.

Links to Video:

Candice Frankland's Phoenix Belly Dance Company performing Oriental dance

Phoenix Belly Dance Wedding Veil Dance to Azerbaijan song: Bakh Bakh               

Phoenix Belly Dance Troupe Drum Solo at the Retreat with Hadia 2015               

Astra of Phoenix Belly Dance

Phoenix Belly Dance and Arli Liberman Concert Performance


Soloist and Troupe Dancer for Phoenix Belly Dance

Elea hails from France, and has been a dancer most of her life starting with ballet, that she practiced for 4 years, and eventually falling in love with belly dance 8 years ago. She has developed her belly dance skills from a variety of belly dance studios, and have attended many bellydance and fusion workshops from well known instructors from all over the world, such as Jillina, Aziza of Cairo, Kami Liddle, Diva darina... She is continuously trying to improve her dance style and technique by trying new styles or taking workshops with different teachers.
Elea has performed professionally for many years as a soloist, and joined the Phoenix troupe in 2017. Her dance is graceful and smooth, and she enjoys adding some props to it, such as cane, veil, fan veil, or Isis wings.

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Soloist and Troupe Dancer for Phoenix Belly Dance 

Cindy has danced for as long as she can remember. Though belly dancing is where her passion truly lies, she has trained in contemporary, Indonesian Jaipong and ballroom and Latin dancing. Tutored by international dancers Sandra Bogart and Kim Grison, she made her way into the professional belly dancing world by becoming the resident belly dancer at Nomad Cafe - a popular Middle Eastern restaurant in her hometown - and spent her time there honing her skills and knowledge of the art form. Cindy has participated in workshops with various well known belly dancers, constantly striving to improve and perfect her technique and performance. She is proficient in many props – including veil, cane, Isis and silk wings. After moving to Auckland, she began training with Candice Frankland and promptly joined the Phoenix troupe, gaining experience in many areas – with performances ranging from restaurants, to hen’s parties, to large stage shows. She is a dedicated and experienced soloist and group dancer who brings passion and graceful flair to every performance, her infectious joy of belly dance will illuminate any stage and resonate with audiences. 

Link to Video:

Folkloric Egyptian Saidi Solo

Phoenix Belly Dance Lyrical Duet by Candice Frankland and Cindy Corne

Candice Frankland, Suei Lin & Cindy Corne of Phoenix Belly Dance: Spanish Fusion


Soloist and Troupe Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher for Phoenix Belly Dance

From a young age Suei has immersed herself in dancing and performed the art of Dun Huang dance. This dance involves very fluid and beautiful movements, many of which are similar to belly dancing. She has since found passion in belly dancing and went on to develop her belly dance skills from a variety of belly dance studios and have attended many workshops from well known belly dance instructors.

Suei has performed professionally for many years as a soloist, duo and within a troupe. This ranges from large scale performances to small settings such as restaurants and weddings. Suei's performances often include belly dance props such as sword, zills, isis wings, silk veils and fan veils. The belly dance training she has developed after many years along with her background in traditional dance has shaped her into the versatile belly dance performer she is today.

Links to Videos:

Phoenix Belly Dance's Suei performing a Double Silk Fan Solo               

Suei Lin of Phoenix Belly Dance - Classic Veil Performance

Suei of Phoenix Belly Dance, Drum Solo Wedding Performance

Trio performance by Suei, Lisa, and Candice in Christchurch


Soloist and Troupe Dancer for Phoenix Belly Dance

Sabrina hails from the US, and has always loved dance. She has developed her belly dance skills with Phoenix Belly Dance and enjoys making people smile when she performs. She is continuously trying to improve her dance style and technique by trying new styles or taking workshops with different teachers.
Her dance is fun, light, and entertaining!
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Soloist and Troupe Dancer for Phoenix Belly Dance

Started her studies in Tandil city at the age of 5 in the Municipal Dance School of Tandil, where she attended the Classic Dance Teacher Training College until she was 14. She then started to study Arab Dance in the Arab Cultural Center in Tandil, under the tuition of instructors Fernanda Alak and Alejandra Ape. At 17 she moved to Buenos Aires city and joined the Arabian Dance School of Amir Thaleb. Samia moved to live in Auckland in 2018. Samia is a very natural performer with an effortless style and a love for Arabic music and dance. 

Pilgrim's Tarab - Samia     


Soloist and Troupe Dancer for Phoenix Belly Dance

Danielle is a tribal fusion belly dance instructor with 10 years of tribal fusion belly dance instruction experience. Danielle is also a professional belly dance performer who has been cast in professional music videos and has experience at halls, clubs, and restaurants, and with live bands. Danielle has been part of dance companies in California, Toronto, and now Auckland. Danielle is a versatile performer with a variety of styles to offer.

Phoenix Belly Dance Teacher Danielle performs Tribal Fusion Solo 


Setsuna hails from the US and performs, teaches, studies, and revels in dance. A belly dancer since age 15, she has spent most of her life practicing this art form, and continues to learn all she can to make her classes fun and educational. She has studied many other dance forms including Chinese Traditional Dance, R&B, Brazilian Samba, and Afro-Brazilian. Setsuna also specialises in Turkish Oryantal belly dance. Her style is fluid and earthy and she loves performing for Middle Eastern and Western audiences.

Turkish solo and Silk Fans 

Setsuna of Phoenix Belly Dance performs Taheya Karioka Golden Era inspiration      

Phoenix Belly Dance Teacher Setsuna performing Egyptian Baladi

Phoenix Belly Dance Dabke Wedding Performance