Life is short and there will always be dirty dishes, so let's dance.
James Howe, Totally Joe
It doesn't matter what shape, size, age, or gender you are - bellydance makes everyone feel great. If you're an absolute beginner looking to start dancing, or an experienced bellydancer looking to expand your repertoire and self-expression, you've come to the right place. Classes are supportive, encouraging and will keep you inspired.

You can learn a range of bellydance styles, with classes teaching technique, choreography and improvisation in Sha'abi, Folk-Baladi, Sai'idi, Golden Era, Reda-Styled Folkloric, and various Fusions from Dubstep through to Swing.

If other commitments are keeping you from classes, or you just prefer one-on-one tuition, we also offer private lessons in our Home Studio, or Online.

Classes are taught by Sam, and held at Nellie Hall in Melba and our Home Studio in Macgregor. Both venues have access to water, bathrooms and mirrors. Our lunchtime online class for those who can't get out to in-person classes is currently on hold.

Do you have questions? Check our FAQs, send us an email or give Sam a call (or text) on 0403020796.
ALL CLASSES HAVE MINIMUM & MAXIMUM NUMBERS, PLEASE REGISTER EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

Term 1 dance classes begin on 29 January 2024. Early Bird Registrations for Term 1 are available until 19/01/24. Fees must be paid in full on or before 19/01/24 to be eligible for the discount. For drop in classes, multiple class discounts and payment options, head down to Fees and Payments.

See the Calendar for additional term and event dates. Check class options below, then head to the Registration Page to sign up. Our standard term is 9 weeks.

Term 1 Registrations will be confirmed on 9th January - or after if registering after that date.

Term 1 Classes in 2024

BEGINNER LEVEL

Open to all levels including absolute beginners. Learn core movements and simple combinations with and without finger cymbals. In beginner classes, one choreography is taught each year with an option to perform at our annual showcase.
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NEW STUDENTS WELCOME
Hayati Inta


Thursdays
6:30-7:40PM


$170 / 9 week term
($160 Earlybird) ($155 Family)

This term we will begin learning the 2024 Penultimate Dance "Hayati Inta". All movements will be covered in class.
No experience is necessary to join!

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PREREQUISITES: No experience necessary.

CLASSWEAR: Leggings/yoga/dance pants and a fitted top. Bring along a scarf (plain is just fine) that fits around your hips.

LEVEL: Absolute Beginners & Beyond
MAX: Class maximum is 12 people
VENUE: Nellie Hall, Melba
KIDS CLASSES

Our open level kids (ages 4-10) classes teach core dance and Middle-Eastern Dance movement through games, props, experimentation, free dancing (improvisation), choreography and world music.

Costumes are age-appropriate, and our movement vocabulary is drawn primarily from folk dances of the Middle-East.

These classes include Creative Dance, Core Middle-Eastern Dance Movement & Middle-Eastern Rhythm Exploration. They are ideal for young dancers keen to explore movement and music outside of a standard western-style dance class.
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NEW STUDENTS WELCOME
Creative & Cultural Dance


Thursdays
4:30-5:10PM

$110/ 9 Week Term
($100 Earlybird) ($95 Family)


This term we will begin continue learning a dance with veil, and begin learning skills and techniques for a new dance later in the term.

As always, we will explore creative and core dance and bellydance movements through games, improvisation and percussion.

Classes make space for personal expression as we learn to appreciate and celebrate our own, and others, artistry and abilities. We work both individually and in small groups to develop musicality, gross and fine motor skills, cultural knowledge, and an environment that is welcoming to all.

Find out more about Kids Classes in our FAQ.

While choreographies learned in class are for performance at our Annual Showcase, performing is always optional - there is no pressure to get on stage. Students can participate fully in classes whether they choose to perform or not.

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CLASS SIZE: This class is restricted to a maximum of 8-10 students.

CLASSWEAR: Leggings/yoga/dance pants and a fitted top. Bring along a scarf (plain is just fine) that fits around your hips.

LEVEL: Open
VENUE: Nellie Hall, Melba
YOUTH CLASSES

Youth classes (ages 11-16) get stuck into more challenging technique, props and choreographies. They expand on improvisation skills and begin developing their own style.

During this very impressionable age, being part of a bellydance community can counteract the potentially damaging messages from the media and advertising around young people's bodies and their place in society. Our young dancers are encouraged to take up space, love the body they're in and appreciate all the amazing things they can do.
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!! 2 PLACES REMAINING !!

NEW STUDENTS WELCOME
Multi-Level Youth Bellydance


Thursdays
5:20-6:20PM


$165/ 9 Week Term
($155 Earlybird) ($150 Family)

This term we will be learning an Isis Wings choreography along with movements, drills, and combinations.

Classes are a great way to make friends and become part of a community that welcomes everyone.

While choreographies learned in class are for performance at our Annual Showcase, performing is always optional - there is no pressure to get on stage. Students can participate fully in classes whether they choose to perform or not.

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CLASS SIZE: This class is restricted to a maximum of 10 students.

CLASSWEAR: Leggings/yoga/dance pants and a fitted top. Bring along a scarf (plain is just fine) that fits around your hips.

LEVEL: Open
VENUE: Nellie Hall, Melba
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Assumed knowledge of core movements and experience with combinations. Dancers expand on their movement repertoire and learn choreographies in various styles along with formation based group improvisation.
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Ya Sha'Eyya "Naughty Drum"

Thursdays
7:45-8:55PM


$170 / 9 week term
($160 Earlybird) ($155 Family)

This term you will begin learning a drum choreography. Learn shimmies, layering, 3/4 shimmy walks, a variety of combinations, and take-turn accents.

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PREREQUISITES: Confidence in Beginner Level Movement. Some experience in Intermediate Level Movement.

CLASSWEAR: Leggings/yoga/dance pants and a fitted top. Bring along a scarf (plain is just fine) that fits around your hips, and a circle skirt.

LEVEL: Mid-Intermediate & Beyond
MAX: Class & Performance Maximum is 12 people.
VENUE: Nellie Hall, Melba
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Ghazala - Choreography with Zills

Mondays
6:30-7:40PM


$170 / 9 week term
($160 Earlybird) ($155 Family)

A group dance with paired and solo features with styling from upper and lower Egypt. You will be dancing with finger cymbals and a selection of other props. There is some complexity in combinations, but with repetition throughout the dance.

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PREREQUISITES: Confidence in Intermediate Level Movement.

CLASSWEAR: Leggings/yoga/dance pants and a fitted top. Bring along a scarf (plain is just fine) that fits around your hips.

PROPS: Finger Cymbals. Other props will be dependent on your "solo/paired" section of the dance.

LEVEL: Confident Intermediate & Beyond
MAX: Class & Performance maximum is 12 people.
VENUE: Nellie Hall, Melba
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Aywa Di Ana - Veil Choreography

Wednesdays
6:30-7:40PM


$170 / 9 week term
($160 Earlybird) ($155 Family)

This term we will begin learning a TABLA bellydance Veil Choreography. While there are some complex movement combinations, there are repetitions (with variation) to make the dance easier to learn.

If you don't have your own veil, you can hire one for practice at home during the term.

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PREREQUISITES: Confidence in Beginner Level Movement. Some experience in Intermediate Level Movement.

CLASSWEAR: Leggings/yoga/dance pants and a fitted top. Bring along a scarf (plain is just fine) that fits around your hips, and a circle skirt.

PROPS: You'll need a veil. If you'd like your own, check with Sam about sizing. You can hire one for the term, or use the ones available in class.

LEVEL: Mid-Intermediate & Beyond
MAX: Class Maximum is 12 people.
Performance Maximum is 10 people.
VENUE: Nellie Hall, Melba
ADVANCED LEVEL

Assumed perfection of core movements and experience in layering and more complex combinations. Dancers explore the intricacies of various styles, further extending their technique and artistry. There are opportunities to create choreographies as a group, and to work on solos (choreographed or improvised) for performance.
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Merewif - Smooth Fusion

Mondays
7:45-8:55PM


$170/ 9 week term
($160 Earlybird) ($155 Family)

This term you will begin learning the TABLA Alternative choreography "Merewif". Expect locks, pops, smooth combinations, fast turns, laybacks and a high level of detailed correction! :o

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PREREQUISITES: Confidence in Intermediate Level Movements. Experience in Advanced Level Movements.

CLASSWEAR: Leggings/yoga/dance pants and a fitted top. Bring along a scarf (plain is just fine) that fits around your hips.

LEVEL: Advanced & Beyond
MAX: Class Maximum is 12 people.
Performance Maximum is 6, 9, or 12 (groups of 3)
VENUE: Nellie Hall, Melba
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More Tea - Parasol Fusion

Wednesdays
7:45-8:55PM


$170/ 9 week term
($160 Earlybird) ($155 Family)

This term you will begin learning a fusion dance with parasol. Expect fast combinations, layering, turns, parasol tricks and more!

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PREREQUISITES: Confidence in most Advanced Level Movements.

CLASSWEAR: Leggings/yoga/dance pants and a fitted top. Bring along a scarf (plain is just fine) that fits around your hips.

LEVEL: Advanced & Beyond
MAX: Class Maximum is 10.people.
Performance Maximum is 8 people.
VENUE: Nellie Hall, Melba
DANCER'S PROJECT

This project runs over two terms, taking students through various aspects of the Choreographic Process in order to develop their own solos, duets or group pieces.

It is aimed at dancers working at a comfortable intermediate to advanced level. Performance is optional, but numbers are limited to ensure that all who want to can perform their work at the Annual Student Showcase
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DANCER'S PROJECT
Choreography Development

Tuesdays
5:10/ 6:30-8:00 /8:10PM

We will have make-up sessions this term while we break for personal time to work on your choreographies.

The project resumes in Term 2 to complete & polish your dances.
PRIVATE LESSONS

If you're new to bellydancing and would like to get a head start on technique, private lessons are the way to go. They are also a great alternative if you can't regularly make classes or just prefer to learn solo.

For continuing students, private lessons are a great way to work on technique you are finding difficult, catching up on things you have missed, working on your improvisation, expanding your repertoire or perfecting a choreography from class.
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PRIVATE LESSONS
Tuesdays
Wednesdays
Thursdays
Saturdays (fortnightly)
Sundays (single sessions only)


$30 - $60/session

Open Level
Tailored to suit your needs.

Home Studio, Macgregor.
 

Fees & Payments

DROP IN CLASSES

  • Drop In (new student): $20/single class only if there is space in the class.
  • Drop In (current student): $15/class for students enrolled in other classes.
  • 9 Class Pass: $190 Valid over 2 consecutive terms.

Please remember that payment plans and partial scholarships are available for those who need them. Please indicate on your registration if this applies to you.
1 CLASS PER WEEK
(70 MIN CLASS)
1 Student in 1 class/ week per 9 week term.

Term: $170
Earlybird: $160
Family*: $155
2 CLASSES/WEEK
(70 MIN CLASS)
1 Student in 2 classes/ week per 9 week term.

Term: $275
Earlybird: $265
Family*: $260
3 CLASSES/WEEK
(70 MIN CLASS)
1 Student in 3 classes/ week per 9 week term

Term: $380
Earlybird: $370
Family*: $365
4+ CLASSES/WEEK
(70 MIN CLASS)
1 Student in 4+ classes/ week per 9 week term.

Term: $485
Earlybird: $475
Family*: $470
RAKS NURA
(40 MIN CLASS)

Term: $110
Earlybird: $100
Family*: $95
RAKS BANAT
(60 MIN CLASS)

Term: $165
Earlybird: $155
Family*: $150
ONLINE CLASS
(60 MIN CLASS)

Term: $165
Earlybird: $155
Family*: $150
*Family discounts are for students in one family residing at the same address and where one person/parent is responsible for the payment of fees for all members of the family. Eg: Parent and child(ren), or siblings where parents of children are paying fees.

Online Classes can be included in multiple class discounts.

Early bird fees are valid only when paid IN FULL before the cut off date indicated on your invoice.
PAYMENT OPTIONS

Ghawazee Moon Bellydance accepts:
  • Bank Transfer (Preferred method)
  • Cash (In a clearly marked envelope)
  • PayPal (NOT AVAILABLE FOR EARLYBIRD. Please request a PayPal invoice on Registration)
  • Cheque (Made out to: Ghawazee Moon Bellydance)

BANK TRANSFER DETAILS
Please use your name or invoice number (if you have one) as a reference.
  • Ghawazee Moon Bellydance
  • BSB: 112-879
  • ACCOUNT: 430517536

Fees for returning students are due by the end of Week 2 of the Term. There is a $5 per week late fee for payments made after this date. Payment plans are available - please ask for one when you register for classes.
 

Class Venues

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NELLIE HALL

North Belconnen Community Hall
'Nellie Hall'
Chinner St. Melba.
Next door to the Melba Shops.

We enter through the playground gate and use the back door entrances to the Hall. Parking is at Melba Shops or in the Church Car Park behind the Hall.

BUS: Route 41, 42
Stop: Melba Shops
HOME STUDIO

Our Home Studio is located in Macgregor.
Address is given on confirmation of enrolment.
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ONLINE

Online Classes are held via Zoom. Access to links is through TeamApp. You will need to be signed up to our TeamApp in order to link to supporting materials and access class links.
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Celebrate your beautiful, creative & expressive self through the joy of Bellydance!

Ghawazee Moon Bellydance
ABN: 18 624 094 824
| Phone: 0403020796
'Nellie Hall', Chinner Crescent, Melba
| 'Ellycienne' Home Studio, Macgregor
Image Credits to Stephen Kaak Photography unless otherwise stated.