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The Phoenix Belly Dance 8th Annual Retreat, 1-3 November 2019

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You've found one of New Zealand Belly Dance's most exciting, popular, and fun events of the year! The Phoenix Retreat! 


Our vision is to enable you to learn and grow in your dance, to reach dancers who feel out-of-touch or are struggling to get inspired in their dancing, and to make the retreat a safe environment for dancers to really let their hair down, be silly and play while mingling throughout the weekend with our incredible international and New Zealand teachers. 



The Phoenix Belly Dance 9th Annual Retreat , 1-3 November 2019

The Belly Dance Retreat is an incredible weekend where you will experience inspiring technique, choreography and discovery workshops with international and local teachers, entertainment, games, non-stop laughter, relaxation, and a chance to make new dance friends! There are 35 spots available and we have been sold out several times over the last few years, so if you would like to book your spot please register now. 


You couldn't find a more beautiful spot to relax and have fun than at the stunning Bella Rakha Retreat Centre, boasting 32 acres of native bush and bliss, just 25 minutes from Auckland CBD. 



International Teacher - MARTA KORZUN

This year, you will get the chance to learn from one of the hottest international teachers traveling the globe today: Marta Korzun!


Marta is a belly dance star from Ukraine, one of the most prestigious master teachers and bellydancers in the world. She is a unique performer and teacher of Raks El Sharqi, and has her own unique individual style. She started her career in 2006 and has taken part in various competitions in
the Ukraine and abroad, including Cairo. She has attended in depth training with great masters of oriental dance including Kazafy, Raqia Hassan, Mahmoud Reda, Khaled Mahmoud, Randa Kamel, Wael Mansour, Yousry Sharif, Aida Nour, Lubna Emam, Amir Thaleb, Hatem Hamdy and many others, as well as sought after Ukrainian and Russian teachers. From USA to Japan, from Europe to Australia - her work is known and loved all over the world. Beautiful lines of hands, sculpted accents, spectacular posture and extraordinary charisma! All of this will make you fall in love with Marta and recharge your inspiration for dance by simply watching her. With a Variety of movements, exclusive technique, complex elements in the hips (and belly), and exquisite hand work - everyone can take something special away from training with her.
Marta is a truly fascinating dancer. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from the her to take your dancing to the next level and find your own style of dance!


International Teacher - KATERYNA SIHAM

Kateryna Siham is a master teacher in oriental dance, working and performing in UAE, Bahrain, Oman, and Egypt. She specialises in classical oriental dance and traditional folkloric dance forms of Middle East.

Since 2009, she has been performing at the most prestigious venues across the Gulf region and has been researching local traditions and dances including Khaleeji, Iraqi and dances from the southern parts of Iran.  

Not only is she currently a working dancer in the Middle East, she is has won the world championship of oriental dance (IDF, 2011, Italy) and is a two-time champion at the Eurasia International Dance Federation championship in Georgia (IAED, 2014). She has been a judge at international dance competitions, and a soloist of National Bahrain Troupe -  Mohamed Bin Faris Band performing at cultural events and Bahrain's National Day. This talented beauty is also a graduate from the British Theatre Dance Association. 


New Zealand Teacher - CANDICE FRANKLAND

Candice Frankland is the Founder and Director of the multi-award-winning Phoenix Belly Dance. Candice aims to show her students that belly dance has benefits for everyone, both psychological and physical. Many of her students have found belly dancing to be a catalyst for their personal growth, and becoming part of a caring community. Some of the highlights of her career have been presenting performances and workshops internationally in Turkey, Fiji, Australia, South Africa, and Samoa, as well as featuring in Jillina’s Belly Dance Evolution twice, and BellyQueen’s Silk Road Shows. She has also led her troupe to win the Jambalaya multi-discipline dance competition, the Viva Eclektika Asia Vision Cup, and the NZ Corporate Event’s Best Entertainment Company Award. Candice is not only a performer and teacher, but also an event producer and organises international belly dance tours to the Middle East and North Africa. Candice's annual retreat has hosted international guest teachers like Aziza, Hadia, Anasma, and Sahra Saeeda and is a favourite event on the New Zealand belly dance calendar!

Candice’s long term goals are to uplift, support, and help educate the belly dance community, share this art form with the public, and produce modern concepts while preserving the integrity and the cultural roots of the dance.


New Zealand Teacher - VANESSA CASTRO

Professional belly dancer and master teacher from Brazil, Vanessa Castro has around 16 years of experience in belly dance. Before moving to NZ, she was the director of her school in Curitiba Brazil. 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. Vanessa has something to offer for dancers of all levels- solid foundations and movements for beginners, and advanced technique for the more experienced. Her expert veil work and musicality are what she is renowned for, and her ability to translate these ideas to her students makes her an incredible teacher.


New Zealand Teacher - SETSUNA

Professional belly dancer and teacher from the US, Setsuna 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 workshops fun and educational. She has studied many other dance forms including Chinese Traditional Dance, R&B, Brazilian Samba, and Afro-Brazilian. Setsuna is an avid researcher and loves to share not only beautiful technique with her students, but also the cultural nuances and roots of the dance. 


Updates

You can find out about any announcements and activities both here and on our Facebook page, so stay tuned!


If you've never been on our retreat before (or you have and would like to relive the memories), please feel free to check out our past retreats, with information on activities, teachers, and testimonials. You can also watch trailers for the 2013-2018 retreats, which give you a pretty good idea of all the wonderful things you'll get up to!


Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions or would like to register your interest, I’ll be happy to chat to you!
Candice / 0211704183 / phoenix.candice@gmail.com



What else is included:

Dancing
There will be ample opportunities for you to dance, watch our teachers and other guests perform, and show off your improvisation skills. It’s going to be heaps of fun, whether you’d prefer to sit back and enjoy being entertained or if you’d like to share your dance with us! This is one of the most encouraging environments to perform, so feel free to perform no matter what your experience level! Send your music ahead of time if you’d like to present an item or two! Group and solo items are welcome! Works in progress are also welcome! 


Activities

You'll get a chance to participate in loads of fun and challenging belly dance games and activities throughout the weekend:

  • Morning walks and warm up classes to ease into the day
  • Brush up on your knowledge for the Belly Dance Quiz
  • Meditation and relaxation time
  • Hot Topics! Belly Dance discussions over breakfast lunch and dinner with our incredible teachers
  • Our famous Belly Dance Challenge
  • Optional extra: 1 hour Full Body Massage ($110), limited spots
  • Performances each night by our teachers and performance opportunities for participants
  • Meet & Greet with welcome drinks and gifts
  • Surprise activities... :D


NZ/International Teachers for 2018 Annual Retreat

Our teachers this year hail from far and wide around NZ and beyond! For their bios, please scroll down the page.

  • Marta Korzun (Ukraine)
  • Candice Frankland (New Zealand)
  • More announcements coming soon!


Workshop Descriptions

There will generally be two streams of workshops, including lecture/technique/style/choreography workshops, and also theory and discussion based workshops to broaden our knowledge. 


Workshop Topics:

  • Marta Korzun - Tarab
  • Marta Korzun - Traditional Baladi
  • Marta Korzun - Oriental Technique
  • Marta Korzun - Shaabi
  • Kateryna Siham - Khaleegy Theory
  • Kateryna Siham - Khaleegy Technique & Choreography
  • Kateryna Siham -How to Avoid Mistakes When Creating Your Own Choreography
  • Candice Frankland - Audience Connection
  • Candice Frankland & Vanessa Castro - Dynamic Duets
  • Vanessa Castro - Veilography
  • Setsuna - Turkish Oryantal 


Meals
Two wonderfully prepared healthy dinners will be provided for all dancers to fill their bellies after the days’ fun, and snack platters will be provided during the day between activities. Our chef Hayley has had the most amazing feedback on her meals each year - some people even say it is the highlight of the retreatYou can also purchase our pre-packed lunches and breakfasts or you are welcome to pack your own lunches, breakfasts and drinks for the weekend (we have structured it this way to help you make savings by supplying some of your own meals).

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email within a few days, and a detailed information pack a couple of weeks before the Retreat. This will include travel information and maps, a suggested packing list, daily schedule, and any other final details. Please let us know if you would like to share accommodation with any attendees in particular, and we will do our best to make it happen.

2019 Pricing


The Retreat prices include:


  • Accommodation for 2 nights,
  • All dinners and snack platters throughout the weekend,
  • 1 x Workshop with Marta Korzun included (extra workshops can be purchased at a reduced rate for retreat attendees)
  • All workshops with all our other international and New Zealand based teachers are included,
  • Retreat evening shows, movie nights, pamper sessions,
  • Welcome drinks and gifts
  • Entertainment and activities throughout the weekend

2018 Retreat Teachers

MARTA KORZUN


Marta is a belly dance star from Ukraine, one of the most prestigious master teachers and bellydancers in the world. She is a unique performer and teacher of Raks El Sharqi, and has her own unique individual style. She started her career in 2006 and has taken part in various competitions in
the Ukraine and abroad, including Cairo. She has attended in depth training with great masters of oriental dance including Kazafy, Raqia Hassan, Mahmoud Reda, Khaled Mahmoud, Randa Kamel, Wael Mansour, Yousry Sharif, Aida Nour, Lubna Emam, Amir Thaleb, Hatem Hamdy and many others, as well as sought after Ukrainian and Russian teachers. From USA to Japan, from Europe to Australia - her work is known and loved all over the world. Beautiful lines of hands, sculpted accents, spectacular posture and extraordinary charisma! All of this will make you fall in love with Marta and recharge your inspiration for dance by simply watching her. 


Marta's Workshop Topics:

  • Tarab
  • Traditional Baladi
  • Oriental Technique
  • Shaabi


KATERYNA SIHAM


Kateryna Siham is a master teacher in oriental dance, working and performing in UAE, Bahrain, Oman, and Egypt. She specialises in classical oriental dance and traditional folkloric dance forms of Middle East.

Since 2009, she has been performing at the most prestigious venues across the Gulf region and has been researching local traditions and dances including Khaleeji, Iraqi and dances from the southern parts of Iran.  

Not only is she currently a working dancer in the Middle East, she is has won the world championship of oriental dance (IDF, 2011, Italy) and is a two-time champion at the Eurasia International Dance Federation championship in Georgia (IAED, 2014). She has been a judge at international dance competitions, and a soloist of National Bahrain Troupe -  Mohamed Bin Faris Band performing at cultural events and Bahrain's National Day. This talented beauty is also a graduate from the British Theatre Dance Association. 


Kateryna's Workshop Topics:
  • Khaleegy Theory
  • Khaleegy Technique & Choreography
  • How to Avoid Mistakes When Creating Your Own Choreography




CANDICE FRANKLAND


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. Candice received the Tarazade Festival’s Trained by the Stars Award in Turkey in 2012, was winner of the Bellydance Evolution International Casting Competition 2014 (LA/Sydney), taught and performed at the 2015 Tarazade Festival in Turkey, and was cast in a supporting role during the Bellyqueen Journey Along the Silk Road in Oz 2016 Tour. It's one of Candice's most closely held beliefs that belly dance has benefits for everyone, both psychological and physical. The multiple layers and genres of belly dancing allow students to explore and find the styles they are most comfortable with, ones which make them feel beautiful and powerful.


Candice's Workshop Topics:

  • Dynamic Duets
  • Audience Connection


VANESSA CASTRO


Professional belly dancer and master teacher from Brazil, Vanessa Castro has around 16 years of experience in belly dance. Before moving to NZ, she was the director of her school in Curitiba Brazil. 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. Vanessa has something to offer for dancers of all levels- solid foundations and movements for beginners, and advanced technique for the more experienced. Her expert veil work and musicality are what she is renowned for, and her ability to translate these ideas to her students makes her an incredible teacher.


Vanessa's Workshop Topics:

  • Dynamic Duets
  • Veilography


SETSUNA


Professional belly dancer and teacher from the US, Setsuna 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 workshops fun and educational. She has studied many other dance forms including Chinese Traditional Dance, R&B, Brazilian Samba, and Afro-Brazilian. Setsuna is an avid researcher and loves to share not only beautiful technique with her students, but also the cultural nuances and roots of the dance. 


Setsuna's Workshop Topic:

  • Turkish Oryantal


Past Retreat Teachers

Candice Frankland (Auckland, NZ)

Aziza (Montreal, Canada)

Anasma (USA / France)

Sahra Saeeda (Los Angeles, USA)

Hadia (Canada)

Rose Ottaviano (Perth, Australia)

Helene Skaugen (Norway)

Jrisi Jusakos (Sydney, Australia)

Bibiana Franco (Adelaide, Australia)

Vanessa Castro (Curitiba, Brazil)

Rabiya (Sydney, Australia)

The Ruby Lady (Christchurch, NZ)

Mirian Caberlon Chamberlain (Wellington, NZ)


Lisa Maia Ambrose (Dunedin, NZ)

Zummarad (Christchurch, NZ)

Christine Haviland (Auckland, NZ)

Angela Mott (Auckland, NZ)

Suezy Robertson (Auckland, NZ)

Julie Anterrieu (France / NZ)

Aida Sajadi (Iran / NZ)

Tanya Bamford King (Tauranga, NZ)

Dallia (Auckland, NZ)

Tatyana Tania Laptsevich (Belarus / NZ)

Margaret-Mary (Auckland, NZ)

Krishna Gotty (NZ)

More Info


Thrilling workshops, making new belly dance friends, non-stop fun and activities, relaxation time, and a stunning weekend away at our new location, the spectacular Bella Rakha Retreat Centre! The venue is surrounded by nature, facilities are lovely and inviting with comfortable one or two sleeper rooms, spacious workshop rooms and brand new kitchen and dining facility. The venue has recently been refurbished and plays host to several local artists and sculptors, and has a massive Frisbee golf course!


Testimonials from Past Retreats

'Thanks for an awesome weekend! I had a ball, learned so much, loved all the food :) ' -Wai Ling

'Had a fantastic time! The place was a great venue, wonderful tutors, delicious food and wonderful atmosphere.' -Anonymous

'Loved the whole weekend, and definitely will be back.' - Anonymous

'Just what I needed!' -Suezy

'Thank you so much- I've had a fabulous time. The photoshoot and massages were a great idea to have too! :) ' -Carol Hunt

'Loved the whole weekend and definitely will be back.' – Nyla Gray

'Awesome weekend ,Thank you :) ' - Viv Proffil

'Great intro to Auckland based teachers for me.' – Rachel Aitken

'Thank you, thank you, thank you!' -Anonymous