The Studio boasts a selection of teachers with skills and knowledge from all styles of Belly Dance. We encourage you to enroll in as many different classes to help you find your preferred style and of course broaden your own dance knowledge. From Gypsy Caravan, Egyptian, Middle Eastern Dance, to Oriental; there is something for everyone!

Richelle

Hi I am Richelle, I started dancing at the tender age of 3, but it wasn’t until my late 30’s that I discovered bellydance! My dance passion is Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance. It defines my lifestyle and is what gets me out of bed every day with a spring in my step and a smile on my face.

The attraction to GCTB® for me, is the feeling of connection with each and every dancer in our dance circle, dancing together improvisationally using a vocabulary of signature movements that feel so beautiful on your body, creating magic and allowing you “to be in the moment”. The wonderful sense of community it evokes, the divine feminine connection, working with our inner goddess and the glorious costuming and musical choices we get to dance to.

I regularly perform with my dance troupe, Silk Road Gypsies all over WA and beyond; I am the Director of Caravan Project Western Australia and a member of CPAustralia and Gypsy Caravan Dance Company International.

I have attained Collective Soul 1-5 and Teacher Training 1-3 and am a Tribal Grooves Master Teacher and instructor and teach as part of the Free Spirit Community. I teach many different classes weekly at including GCTB Beginners, intermediate to more advanced and with my troupes and Tribal Grooves which is like a tribal bellydance version of Zumba a fun, non stop dance movement class divine feminine fitness for the mind body and soul.

I also facilitate Dance Sanctuary on a Sunday: a monthly Goddess circle and workshop for women, focusing on dance as Ritual, to allow women to step into their power and walk or dance the earth like the goddess they are, and facilitate Red Tent Temple: holding space for women to be heard and seen, celebrating the womb, beautiful women at the dawning of the new moon.

Dance makes me happy, fills my heart with joy and love, grounds me and connects me to other beautiful like-minded spirits. Look forward to dancing with you in our circle soon. Namaste xx

Contact Richelle at richellespencer@westnet.com.au, on 0416 547 906 or on Facebook 

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Phynia

Phynia is a Middle Eastern Dance Artist based in Fremantle, Western Australia. Her authenticity and warmth in her interactions with her audience and passion for performing, make her a highly sought after performer and teacher in Australia.

Phynia initially discovered Middle Eastern dance at the age of eight, after her mother begun classes with Belyssa Radzivanas. After attending classes for a while, she moved to study with Keti Sharif, who specialized in children’s belly dance.

Since then, she has continued to develop her performance skills over the years under the tuition of Perth’s most accomplished dancers, including, Eva Cass, Dawn White, Rose Ottaviano as well as many international artists. Phynia has also continued to study and teach Drama in a high school context, which has broadened her outlook on performance and teaching.

 As a teacher of Middle Eastern Dance, Phynia sees each student as a unique individual, with their own style and aims to help her students develop their own sense of self through dancing. Her approach to dance is holistic, with focal points in her classes including : self-expression, playfulness, musicality and origins of music and movement, improvisation, engaging an audience as well as drilling technique and learning her signature moves and style. Phynia is very personal in her instruction and approaches teaching with playful humour and openness, creating an inclusive environment for all students in their diversity.

   Contact Phynia on 0406 102 771 or at p.anastas@hotmail.com and find her on Facebook.

Princess Fee


If you love raqs sharqi, danse orientale, getting your spooky on or just boogieing on down to arabic music in a hip belt, you're in the right place!

I am lucky enough to be very eclectic in my Bellydance loves, and dance everything from hot pink cabaret, to sassy shaabi, to tribal and tribal fusion, all the way through the glorious spectrum of dance to gothic bellydance.

It DOES mean that my costume wardrobe has it's own postcode, but it means that you have a music suite and a repetoire for any event, any theme or any mood you need to express.

I run two classes at the Mata Hari Studio on a Wednesday night. 

6.15pm Class - Sayyida - a fun class based on Egyptian and Turkish bellydance styles. We explore different 

styles, props, rhythms and fashions throughout the bellydance world. We learn a choreography each term for performance and this class is suitable for intermediate students with some bellydance experience.

7.30pm class - BellySlink - a more challenging class for beyond-beginners. This is an improvised gothic-fusion dance style called Zyama and is slower, slinkier and more muscular, so it's great for toning and strengthening your core. Slow things down and get slinky with it!


Contact me at PrincessFeeBellydance@gmail.com or on 0415 881 370 or on Facebook!

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Eva

Originally from Greek/Egyptian background Eva took her first Belly dance lesson with Belyssa Academy in 1990 and from that day ‘Dance Orientale’ became her passion and remains so to this day. She began teaching 26 years ago and still to this day loves to inspire committed dancers and is affectionately known as Eva the Diva by the dancers she coached and inspired.

Eva has also attended many master classes in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore, such as Hossam & Serena Ramsay, Ibrahim Farrah, Russya, Tito, Kaishe, Dr Mo Geddawi, Raqia Hassan, Momo Kadous, Randa Kamel, Aisha Ali, Suraya Hilal, Claire Naffah, Tereska, Liza Laziza, Beata and Horacio Cifuentes, Shareen el Safi, Kazafi, Leila Hadad, Mahmoud Reda, Yasmina Nour, Amera, Krissi and many more.

Eva has conducted workshops in Australia, Singapore and Greece. In 2004 Eva performed in Greece for Count Naxos. In 2005 Eva was privileged to an impromptu performance for Hossam Ramzy’s family in Cairo. Both remain the most memorable performances of her career.

Contact Eva at evabellydance@gmail.com or on 0412 956 354.


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Cat

When I attended my first class of Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance ® I felt like I had “found” my dance home. I loved the vibrancy, colour, adornments, diversity in the women dancing, and the large collection of moves that give you a feeling of being grounded and connected to yourself and others.

Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance pulls together various passions and interests of mine. Dance and music have been woven through my life from a young age, and I enjoy travelling and forever learning about cultural diversity. I love the rhythms, drumming, and zilling (finger cymbals) in dance, and the ever growing repertoire of moves are influenced by tribes and culture all over the world.

Ultimately though, my favourite aspect of dancing Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance ® is the connection you make with other women. Making eye contact and smiling with a friend, new or old, to share the special moment in dance is beautiful. It’s empowering. It keeps me coming back for more! It’s exciting that there are tribes of women all over Australia and the world dancing Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance ®.

I am continuously learning, and dance regularly throughout the week with our beautiful leader Richelle Spencer, and also with Caravan Project Western Australia and the Silk Road Gypsies dance troupes. I have completed Collective Soul 1 and 2 with our incredible Master teacher Nina Martinez and look forward to continue to learn, grow, and evolve as a dancer.

I’m teaching a beginners class on a Monday night from 6:45 – 7:45pm at the Mata Hari studio in Bibra Lake. The class offers a friendly and safe environment for women of all ages, body shapes, and dance experience. Complete beginners are very welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me and Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance ®. Please come join us and start your week with an evening of dance, music, and a wonderful group of women. I’d love to dance with you!

Contact me via catrowbottam@gmail.com


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Alura

Alura (Richelle Lundy) was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia and started bellydancing with Belyssa Academy Of Dance Orientale in 2010 after finding an ad in the local newspaper when searching for something new in her life. To name a few, she has studied Persian and improvisation with Michelle Ridsdale; Egyptian cabaret and Khaleegy with Princess Fee Bellydance; Oriental and Khaleegy with the Daughters of Horus; Samba with Yamina Hofer; oriental with Carolyn Verhoef and; tribal with Sandy Burrow.

With these organisations she has enjoyed dancing continuously in WAMED, Ariel the story of a wilful mermaid, the Zahgareet Hafla 2019 and local community events. She has recently commenced studying improvisation and professional performance techniques. Her solo debut improvising to American Chicano music at the Zahgareet Hafla produced by Adrianna Gordon received amazing feedback.

Alura continues her study internationally by participating in programs such as Awaken the Dancer Within (Bali), World Tribal Fusion (Bali) and Egypt Revisited (Egypt) and; organising the annual Mahtowa’s Hafla. 

Thinking about trying Bellydance but don’t want the pressure of performing and buying costumes?

Try Alura’s Bellydance Fit classes Saturday mornings! Alura’s Belly Dance Fitness classes are designed for the everyday busy woman wanting to invest some time for herself. Alura will teach you technique and self-care while enjoying being fit. Students can choose how hard they want to work during class. Classes are suitable for beginners wanting a fun workout regime; a time out for self-care and friendly atmosphere to explore femininity. Start your Belly Dance Fitness class now!

Contact Alura on 0433 957 919 or at alurasbellydance@outlook.com or Alura's Bellydance Facebook page

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Soul


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Dorothy

I started dancing at Applecross Tafe with Helen the Beautiful in  1998 (she is teaching the angels now) and from there I went on to learn from Eva, Ayesha and on to a lot of fantastic WAMED teachers. I started teaching  about 16 years ago in the old Sheik to Sheik studio and have danced for the last few years with a small troupe of dedicated beautiful dancers who perform with me around the traps in retirement villages and other senior-friendly spaces. I run weekly daytime classes at the Mata Hari Dance Studio on a Wednesday and these are aimed at dancers who would like to continue dancing, but are finding it a bit challenging to keep up the pace. I offer gentler classes suited to seniors who have either danced before, or are interested in becoming part of a troupe who performs in the community and learning a repertoire of low impact, senior-suitable choreographies. 

This is a gentle, low cost class for those who want to keep their minds and hips agile and full of fun. If you don't use it, you'll lose it!

My classes run at the Mata Hari Dance Studio in Bibra Lake on Wednesdays at 1.30pm. Classes are $5 each.

Contact Dorothy on 0439 526 215.

Janet
I have been teaching for over 12 years, with dance back ground from the age of 6, I am from the U.K.and have been here in Australia for 26 years.

Dancing is my passion. I have performed overseas in troupes, and danced in many places, too many to write down. Also attending Master workshops here in WA and in Sydney, Greece, Singapore.

I am passionate about teaching, and have been introduced to so many talented and interesting people. It has become so much a part of my life. Proud moments for me are to watch my students perform at concerts every 6-8 weeks. Belly dancing has a fantastic social life, it really does change your life, it changed mine.

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