specialised workshop mainOffer your Belly Dance students a chance to develop by hosting a workshop with Joanne

Joanne is an exciting instructor who understands how difficult it can be to learn Belly Dance and the many styles and techniques the dance involves.

She has been praised for her clear explanations and ability to make workshops challenging but fun.

Whether you want a workshop that teaches graceful arm work or delicious drum solos Joanne can give your students something to aim for in their dance journey.

Workshop Topics Available


The Art of Arms and Hands

Ever seen a dancer performing beautiful technique but her arms are weak and lifeless? If you have you will know just how important learning how to dance with your hands and arms is.

Arms are the last piece of the puzzle and are often what challenges dancers the most. Arm and hand work is essentially another layer to your dancing.
The way you hold and move your arms can greatly change the way a dance is performed.

In this workshop you will learn arm strengthening exercises to help you create strong and controlled moves. How to make the same move look different each time you perform it with basic arm frames and paths. We will also go over fluid hand movements so that your technique goes all the way to the end of your finger tips. Lastly we will see how dancing with our arms to a drum solo is much different to a slow taqsim.

Length: 2 hours

Level: Open Level


Modern Oriental Choreography

An exciting choreography created by Joanne which has all the basics of an Oriental piece.

The dance includes an intro, medium tempo section, slow section and a fast finale so you will get a better understanding of the structure.

In this workshop you will learn an intermediate choreography to an edited version of ‘Escape From Cairo’ by Mohammad Al Hasan Abo Abid. This includes many ballet style moves edited for Oriental dance such as arabesques and ronde de jambe as well as earthy Egyptian moves and basic layering.

Length: 2 hours

Level: Improvers/Intermediate


Belly Dance Veil

Dancing with a veil adds that extra mystery to your performance which is why it is Joanne’s favourite prop to dance with.

Often dancers stick to a few basic moves with the veil and either discard it soon after or over use the veil so it becomes the star of the dance rather than the actual performer.

In this workshop you will learn how to use the veil to enhance your dancing though techniques such as framing, transitions and crescendos. You will also use the veil to create an emotional response with speed and intensity.

Basic chiffon veils will be supplied but a rectangular silk veil is preferred due to the way they flow

Length: 2 hours

Level: Open Level


Rhythms of Bellydance

Knowing basic Bellydance rhythms can help you to prepare when improvising and choreographing. Knowing how long a rhythm is and where the accents are in the rhythm will allow you to become familiar with Arabic music and know that no matter what happens you can follow along to the beat.

In this workshop we will explore 4 popular belly dance rhythms – Saidi, Malfuf, Chiftetelli and Maqsoum. We will talk about the sound and counts of the rhythms as well as the Doums and Teks.

So if you want to be more confident in Middle Eastern music as well as your dancing then this is the workshop for you.

Length: 2 hours

Level: Open Level

Workshop Prices


2 Hour Workshop


A 2 hour workshop for belly dancers who want to explore a certain topic or style.


Please note that travel is not included in the above prices. You will be given a full break down of the charges when booking

A discount will be applied when booking more than one workshop


Workshop Information
  • Travel costs outside of Ashford are not included in the performance price
  • The instructor shall turn up 30mins early to prepare for the workshop
  • You will need a space (e.g. event room, classroom) and a sound system (although a small one can be supplied)
  • Please wear something comfortable (gym clothes/leggings and tops) as this will help the instructor to see your moves
  • Please wear soft soled shoes
  • Bring some water to rehydrate
  • You do not need to have your belly on show
  • If you have any previous injuries please let the instructor know at the beginning of the class
  • Please check with your doctor before participating in any physical activity
Specialised Workshop Deposit – £30.00