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Belly dance performance: Leeds, Harrogate, York

Belly dance performance available in Leeds, Wetherby, Harrogate, York, Bradford, and Manchester. Other areas considered.

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Solo shows

A 20 minute show mixing authentic Oriental dance with glamorous modern belly dance. Your perfect highlight.

Helena and her Orientale Dance Company group perform with silk fan veils

Troupe shows

From glamorous cabaret shows to cultural folkloric Egyptian dances; stunning choreographed shows of 2+ dancers.

A bridal procession or "zeffa" with Helena and her dancers dressed in ivory and balancing shamadan (candelabra)

Weddings

From Arabic “Zeffa al arousa” (bridal processions) to hen party taster sessions – everything for your dream day.

Helena: award winning dancer

One of the top belly dancers in the UK, Helena is an award-winning performer known for her vivacious, elegant style, infectious enthusiasm – and shimmies that will knock your socks off!

Her authentic, expressive style makes her particularly popular with Arab and Turkish audiences, who delight in finding an English dancer with such a genuine connection to the soul of their dance.

A member of Equity and established professional with over a decade of experience, Helena has performed for clients including Harvey Nichols, Centrica, Conde Nast, Girl Guiding UK, Leeds Metropolitan University and Jet 2.

Helena won the inaugural Rising Star award at the Jewel of Yorkshire festival in 2010 and features in the film Lies We Tell (due for release 2017).

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From the moment belly dancer Helena began her routine the capacity audience was hooked…a breathtaking performance of grace and elegance – almost balletic at times – and displaying a mesmerising control.

Evesham Journal

As I live in Marrakech, I have seen many performances of belly dancing at restaurants and private parties. However, I have never seen one perform as skillfully and gracefully as Helena. She is visual poetry!

Peggy

Moroccan Custom Travel

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Belly dance classes

From the Middle Eastern folk dance to global phenomenon, belly dance has captivated us for centuries.

Too long portrayed in the West as kitschy or seductive, the real thing is graceful, gutsy and full of character.

  • A gorgeous cultural dance style
  • Low impact exercise to gently shape and tone
  • Boosts confidence and mental well being
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Timetable

Fun, friendly dance classes in Leeds city centre with award-winning dancer and master instructor Helena. All classes are held as 10 week courses.

Beginner belly dance course

Master the basics.
  • Monday 6:20-7:20pm @ Dance Studio Leeds
  • No experience necessary - 2 left feet warmly welcomed!
  • Hip scarves provided

Improver and Up belly dance course

Advance your dance!
  • Monday 7:30-8:30pm @ Dance Studio Leeds
  • Suitable for those with previous experience
  • Build technique and add flair

Advanced belly dance course

Take your dance to a whole new level.
  • Monday 8:30-9:30pm @ Dance Studio Leeds
  • Suitable for those with extensive experience
  • Challenging and inspiring!
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Beginner belly dance course: Leeds

Fun, friendly belly dance classes in Leeds city centre! Shimmy and undulate your way through this gorgeous dance with award-winning dancer and master instructor Helena - one of the UK's top belly dancers.

  • Mondays 6:20-7:20pm
  • Venue: Dance Studio Leeds
  • Cost: £70 for 10 lessons
  • Next course starts: 03 April 2017 (NOTE: no class Easter - April 17 and May Day - May 1)

You will be dancing fast with this fun, friendly 10 week beginner belly dance course. Suitable for total beginners; no partner required – two left feet warmly welcomed!

Decorated hip scarves are available to borrow so you can really get into the feel of the dance.

How full is this course?
95%
  • You’re just the best bellydance teacher ever! Makes me feel amazing after every session.

    Martha
  • Thank you for introducing me to the wonderful world of Egyptian dance – it came at a very difficult time and gave me the courage to smile again.

    Carol
  • I’ve enjoyed every class…I love how you make every class fun! Thank you for all the effort I know you put in, and especially for your patience. We just love you!

    Christine
  • A really inspirational dance teacher who identifies your style immediately and really works to bring your dancing to the highest quality.

    Claire
  • Being a tall/big girl can sometimes take a toll in my self-confidence when dancing/moving before others. Helena’s classes helped me to feel more comfortable with my body. Thanks Helena!

    Maria
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  • You’re just the best bellydance teacher ever! Makes me feel amazing after every session.

    Martha
  • Thank you for introducing me to the wonderful world of Egyptian dance – it came at a very difficult time and gave me the courage to smile again.

    Carol
  • I’ve enjoyed every class…I love how you make every class fun! Thank you for all the effort I know you put in, and especially for your patience. We just love you!

    Christine
  • A really inspirational dance teacher who identifies your style immediately and really works to bring your dancing to the highest quality.

    Claire
  • Being a tall/big girl can sometimes take a toll in my self-confidence when dancing/moving before others. Helena’s classes helped me to feel more comfortable with my body. Thanks Helena!

    Maria
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These beginner belly dance classes are designed to be taken as a block of 10. Classes are not available for drop in unless you have taken a beginner course previously.

Due to high demand and limited spaces, beginner courses must be paid for in full in advance to confirm your place. It’s not possible to try one lesson before you sign up.

  • Wear clothes suitable for exercise
  • No need to show your belly!
  • Go barefoot or bring ballet shoes
  • Bring a warm layer or two in winter months
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Improver to Advanced belly dance courses: Leeds

Improver to Intermediate belly dance courses with Helena - an award winning performer and master instructor with over a decade of experience. Her classes are renowned for being fun, friendly - and packed with serious technique.

If you want to advance your dance; to be challenged and inspired - this is the place.

Improver and up

  • Monday 7:30-8:30pm
  • Dance Studio Leeds
  • £70 for one course or £120 for any 2 courses
  • Suitable for those with some previous experience
Availability
90%

Intermediate to advanced

  • Mondays 8:30-9:30pm
  • Dance Studio Leeds
  • Suitable for experienced through to pro dancers
  • £70 for one course or £120 for any 2 courses
Availability
76%
  • I have been to many different bellydance teachers and love Helena’s lessons. She is generous with her time and knowledge. She gets to know you, your dancing style and body, pinpointing things you can do to take your dancing up another notch.

    Uma
  • I had belly danced for a year when my teacher left…I found other classes – but they did not feel right for me. Then I found Helena and it is wonderful. Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming; I feel a part of the group already!

    Sue
  • A really inspirational dance teacher who identifies your style immediately and really works to bring your dancing to the highest quality.

    Claire
  • I have been to many different bellydance teachers and love Helena’s lessons. She is generous with her time and knowledge. She gets to know you, your dancing style and body, pinpointing things you can do to take your dancing up another notch.

    Uma
  • I had belly danced for a year when my teacher left…I found other classes – but they did not feel right for me. Then I found Helena and it is wonderful. Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming; I feel a part of the group already!

    Sue
  • A really inspirational dance teacher who identifies your style immediately and really works to bring your dancing to the highest quality.

    Claire

Course dates 2017

  • Winter term: 16 January 2017
  • Spring term: 3 April 2017 (NOTE: skips April 17 and May 1)
  • Summer term: 10 July 2017
  • Autumn term: 9 October 2017
These classes are designed to be taken as a block, however if you have trained with Helena before and there is space on the course you may be able to attend on a drop in basis.
workshops

Belly dance talks, tasters and workshops

From festivals and events to community groups and Away Days, and from a fun icebreaker to an unusual team building exercise – whether educational, therapeutic or just for fun, a belly dance taster a belly dance workshop is a great way to bring people together!

Helena is an experienced teacher with over a decade of experience. She is a member of Equity and has full public liability insurance. Workshops and tasters in Egyptian dance and belly dance are available in Leeds, Harrogate, York and surrounding areas.

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Hen party/mehendi tasters

The perfect start to your party – kick off your heels, grab a hip scarf and learn some gorgeous dance moves!

Start by shimmying and undulating your way through the basics of the dance with award winning dancer Helena. Then put your new moves together in a short routine. Don’t forget to film it!

Belly dance is low impact so suitable for any age, shape and size – or during pregnancy.

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School workshops

Helena’s workshops in Egyptian dance and/or belly dance are ideal for enrichment days and sports/fitness days.

Younger children can handle and try dance props, learn to play finger cymbals and try out Egyptian dance moves.

Older children can try tailored workshops in Egyptian folk dance, Gulf dance or belly dance.

Need to get the boys engaged? What about a session in the ancient martial art of Tahtib?

Helena has also offered specialist Egyptian and belly dance classes to dance students. These sessions are tailored to suit those with prior Western dance experience.

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Community and specialist

Helena has taught workshops and sessions for community groups such as the Girl Guides, Women’s Institute, U3A and Yorkshire Country Women’s Association.

Helena also offers specialist workshops including:

  • belly dance for seniors
  • chair belly dance
  • belly dance for adults in social care
testimonials
  • We’ve had other belly dance workshops but they weren’t a patch on yours!

    Jane
  • We had such a great time, the consensus is that this has been our best WI meeting ever! Conversations around the business yesterday were of little else – all in all a BIG hit! A few members had been a little worried that they’d find it “embarrassing” (the possibility of showing tummies I think!) but the experience quickly dispelled any fears. One of our most memorable highlights!

    Janet, Bettys & Taylors WI
  •  We were ALL so impressed with your presentation – excellent – and skill/fitness – wow! You are most talented and have obviously worked extremely hard to achieve such spectacular success. I do believe I speak on behalf of everybody who was lucky enough to have been at the school in Nun Monkton last night, and want to say a very warm THANK YOU very much for giving us such an interesting and enjoyable evening.  

    Lavina, Nun Monkton Yorkshire Country Women's Association
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