Category Archives: Meet the Instructors

Claire

To dance is the ultimate freedom; to be one with yourself, the earth, the air, the rhythm... From an early age Claire has loved to dance, instantly drawn to and in love with belly dance after her first taste in 2001. She has attended workshops with local and internationally established dancers. Claire is at ease…
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Gülten

A co-director and instructor at Belly Dance Amethyst, Gülten is of Turkish descent and is one of the few belly dancers of Middle Eastern heritage in Australia. Having performed this dance since childhood, she has Oriental dance in her DNA. Beginning her formal study of belly dance in 2003, she became an instructor in 2005…
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Myra

Myra's dance studies and experience have been wide and varied in Australia and overseas. After studying ballet for many years with Joanne Priest she began a 20year exploration of the dance styles of Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, Central Asia and the Middle East, becoming an instructor in 1983. As a result, Myra has developed a…
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Kate

In keeping with the folk origins of the dance Kate believes it is most vibrant when performed at a grass-roots level. She is delighted to appear regularly at community events and nursing homes as well as at private functions. Kate began belly dancing in the 1980s and has performed as a soloist for several years.…
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Solange

Solanges’ dance background began with classical/cabaret style of Middle Eastern dance, its variations and some Tribal study. A continuation and exploration of ATS, Tribal/World and Tribal fusion followed, and the inception of the Babylonia Tribal. The core fundamentals of ATS as a base, layering and incorporating variations of Tribal, has led Solange to develop her…
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Lorralei

Lorralei was lured back to belly dance when her passion for dance was rekindled with her introduction to gothic, industrial and tribal fusion styles. Over time she has continued to experiment with the theatrical, world fusion flavours, and dimensions of emotional expression. Lorralei has a love for collaborative dance work, and cofounded Mandragora which is…
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Joanne

Jo first started belly dance classes in early 1997 and has been devoted to belly dance and all its styles ever since. Jo is influenced and inspired by other dance forms, especially flamenco, contemporary, fusion, and folkloric, and incorporates these varied influences into her own choreographies. She also loves using veils and swords and is…
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Nicole

Nicole’s love of dance started at the age of 4 spending all her childhood in calisthenics then moving to ballet, jazz and cheer leading in her teenage years. Wanting to return to dance after having children Nicole fell in love with the exotic rhythms and beautiful costumes of Egyptian style belly dance. She has been…
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