Dancing adds richness to everyday life and a touch of excitement to your week.
Get an energising, thorough workout in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere while learning to move gracefully to mystical, ancient rhythms. No dance experience is required, so begin Bellydance classes and get fit the fun way!
My Bellydance History
It all started with a TV show called I Dream Of Jeannie. I remember watching it as a child, and loving Barbara Eden's costume. Using Kid Logic I figured that if I could just get my hands on that outfit, then I’d also have the magical powers that go with it.
Well, that was the seed planted, but the actual Bellydance journey began when I started learning Bellydance in 1992 by doing a few classes with a local teacher.
I loved it from the start and practiced a lot at home as I hopped from teacher to teacher. Rather than strictly following one teacher or style, I learnt from a variety of people, which has given me an understanding of Bellydance from many different perspectives.
Despite the fact that I've never had a main
teacher, I did have a wonderful mentor - the legendary
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The help she's given me over the years has been invaluable.
Despite the fact that I've never had a main teacher, I did have a wonderful mentor - the legendary Amera (formerly ofAmera's Palace
). The help she's given me over the years has been invaluable.
Anyway, after three years of learning Bellydance, I began performing in 1995.
My teaching life had already begun in 1991 when I became a fitness instructor and swimming teacher. I’d already had quite a lot of teaching experience, so the progression to starting up some Bellydance classes in 1997 at my local university seemed a natural step.
Then I decided I wanted to teach and perform Bellydance full time, so I completed two business certificates before starting my own business (I wanted to do it right!), and in 1998 Dreaming Of Jeannie Bellydance was born. I worked very hard, and quickly built my school up as one of the biggest Bellydance schools in Sydney.
In my years teaching I've trained some of Sydney's top dancers, the most accomplished being the lovely Bellydancer Georgette. You can learn with me too, even if you're not in Australia, as I teach by Skype. Click here for more information: Bellydance classes or try some of the short Bellydance videos on this site.
I dance at all types of events, with the exception of buck's parties.
A show can include Arabic, Greek and Turkish music and any or all of the following:
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There are no refunds for performance fees.
If I turn up and the performance is cancelled, the cancellation fee is half of the agreed price.
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SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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