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Inspire Bellydance

Inspire Bellydance is one of Sydney’s fastest-growing and most popular bellydance schools, and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary!
With venues in 8 locations across Sydney and suburbs, beginner and intermediate classes as well as Zumba Gold, there’s something for everyone.

Rachel and her team love sharing the joy of dance with students of all ages, backgrounds, sizes and shapes. Our students range in age from 4 to 91 years! Private classes are available as well. Please visit the Inspire Bellydance website for all the details. Quick links here:

Bellydance classGeneral information about the School and our Belly Dancing classes

Zumba Gold class information for those who want to get fit and have fun through world dance styles, in a safe low-impact format

Where and When: locations span Sydney’s North Shore, City, Eastern Suburbs, Southern Suburbs and Inner West.

How to Enrol: it’s easy! Enrol securely online with PayPal

Contact us: by phone or email

Special Belly Dance Events

Rachel also sponsors events with major international and interstate teachers and performers. The next big upcoming event is…

Lorna of Cairo in Sydney

Lorna of Cairo in Sydney: 25-28 October 2019

International Dancer and Master Teacher of Egyptian Style Oriental Dance, presenting

Lorna has been dancing and teaching Egyptian style Bellydance professionally since 1996. She has just returned to UK after living and performing in Cairo for 10 years!

In Egypt, Lorna starred at numerous respected venues including The Nile Maxim and Nile Pharaoh boats and the prestigious 5 star Fairmont Nile City Hotel, where she performed regularly at the oriental Bab El Nil restaurant. She also performed at many weddings and parties across the country and has appeared on Egyptian TV.

Lorna’s own dance style has developed over years of being a professional performer in Cairo and internationally; she now teaches in festivals, workshops and private classes to pass on her ‘Cairo knowledge’.

As a teacher, Lorna’s extensive experience has allowed her to develop a unique teaching style like nobody else. Her workshops usually ring with the gasps of ‘Eureka’ moments, and students typically report back that their dancing dramatically improves from the moment they leave the class with the inspiration she instills.

Lorna’s workshops are highly accessible but challenging, whether you are a recent beginner, stuck in a rut, or a professional dancer seeking a fresh perspective.

“I got so much from the workshop that she taught, last time she was here in Australia. Lorna didn’t teach a choreography, she went deep into the moves and helped us to connect with them emotionally in a way that sticks to your bones. Can’t wait to see what she brings next time! I can’t recommend Lorna of Cairo highly enough! 5 stars.”
– Caroline Smith (Melbourne)

Now for the first time ever, Lorna will be visiting Sydney as part of her “Down Under Tour”. No matter your level, style or background of dance, Lorna is sure to offer an educational, inspiring and invigorating workshop to help push you to the next step of your dance journey. In this trip to Sydney, she will be performing in a show, and teaching 4 workshops, as well as offering private lessons. This is a special opportunity to spend a whole weekend with master bellydance instructor and dancer.

The Cairo Connection - Gala Night

The Cairo Connection – Gala Night

An evening of Oriental dance and music, harking back to the golden age of the Arabic nightclubs in Sydney, this will be an extravaganza to treasure.

Performances from our phenomenal international star Lorna of Cairo, as well as some of the best dancers and troupes from Sydney and further afield; live music for your dancing and listening pleasure; delicious food to savour; all in a classic Arabic atmosphere.

Lorna of Cairo is renowned for her engaging and authentic performances. Combining exquisite skill with breathtaking energy and an overload of sassy personality, her dancing will have you feeling like you’ve been whisked away to Egypt.

Guest performances from some of Sydney’s finest soloists and troupes, including Fernanda, Ferah, Jrisi, Sahara, Andrea, Ma’u, Melika, Tahira, Michelle, Johara, Inspire Bellydance, Farrah The Egyptian Dance Artists, Hathor Dance Ensemble, Cynthia and Amera’s Palace, and more!

Live Arabic band: Jamal Zraika (tabla), Imad Rahim (violin), Jimmy (keyboard / vocals), and Ali Higson (riq) – playing popular Arabic classics.

Delicious, healthy Lebanese Meze (dips, salads etc), with vegan and vegetarian options, is included with your ticket.

Sydney hasn’t seen a night like this for bellydance lovers in years. Immerse yourself in this cultural experience!

Friday 25 October, 8-11.30pm
Golden Nights Restaurant, 12 Restwell Street, Bankstown, NSW, 2200

BOOKINGS:
Advance bookings are essential for catering purposes. Book a single seat, or organise a table of up to 12 with your friends.
General Admission $69 / Premium Seating immediately in front of the dance floor $79
Book now at EventBrite (booking fees apply); or avoid bookings fees by using bank deposit at the prices above, or $65 / $75 for cash: contact the organiser, Rachel, for details.

Eventbrite - The Cairo Connection


WORKSHOPS with LORNA

Make it “Masri”

Saturday 26 October, 12-2pm ~ All Levels

Muscle control and emotional expression to give your dancing that distinctive Egyptian (“Masri”) look and feel. Egyptians always say that ‘the feeling is the most important thing’, but they also have a particular physicality. What are the subtle secrets that differentiate it from other styles in the Middle East? Lorna will not only cover the Egyptian approach to movement and technique but also how to incorporate authentic emotion into your dancing.

Juicy Baladi Cocktail

Saturday 26 October, 3-5pm ~ All Levels

Baladi was the ‘homestyle’ dance of Egyptian people, long before professional bellydancers started putting it on stage; where it’s a huge crowd-pleaser! Understand the different flavours of Egyptian baladi, and learn to make your movement more luscious. Every bellydancer needs to be familiar with this genre of music and dance. This workshop is extra value because it combines 2 of Lorna’s topics, “The 3 types of Baladi” as well as “Sexy Baladi”!

Discover Your Style

Sunday 27 October, 12-2pm ~ All Levels

In a world full of imitations, be original! This development workshop will examine what is takes to discover and nurture your own style not only as a dancer but as a ‘performer’. Lorna will use one song and take you through 3 different ways to dance to it. She will also demonstrate the elements that define a “style” as well as discuss how you can hone an individual and unique style of your own. This is one of Lorna’s signature workshops and is highly recommended for all dancers, from keen Beyond Beginner students through to professionals wanting tools and inspiration to truly shine their own light.

Get Wild with your Stick

Sunday 27 October, 3-5pm ~ All Levels*

Swing your stick with style. Be warned: this is NOT the refined Mahmoud Reda version! In Cairo, Shaabi Fever has taken over and nothing is immune. Lorna will take us through the new, unique Cairo take on cane dance, which has evolved along with the music and spirit of the people dancing it. She’s an expert at this skilful, cheeky and energetic dance: just check out some of her videos! Learn how to swing your stick in the new sassy shaabi way, plus other new tricks and some signature Lorna stretches using the cane.

*Experience dancing with a stick is highly recommended. Spare sticks will be available for loan.

Workshop locations

Workshops 1 & 3: Sydney Vintage Dance Studio, Level 1, 249 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville NSW
Workshops 2 & 4: Amera’s Palace Bellydance Boutique, 2/314 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville NSW

Both studios are fully mirrored, and are only 2 mins walk apart. Parking is available behind Amera’s Palace on Tuohy Lane, or public transport by train to Marrickville (10 mins walk) or buses along Marrickville Rd.

COST AND BOOKINGS

Discounts apply for taking multiple workshops.

VIP
(sold out)
Earlybird
(until 1 Sept)
Full Price
(from 2 Sept)
At the door
(if spaces remain)
Any 1 Workshop
NA
$70
$80
$90
Any 2 Workshops
NA
$135
$155
$170
Any 3 Workshops
NA
$200
$230
$250
All 4 Workshops
$240
$260
$300
$320

Please make your booking through the Inspire Bellydance Website. 

The organisers reserve the right to change venues if circumstances change. In this instance, ticketholders would be notified and given suitable options.