Latest News: Yasmina of Cairo is joining the JWAAD team! She will be bringing her expertise to the Music and History and Culture courses from July 2017.

The only provider of specialist accredited belly dance
courses and a national development programmeKay Taylor teaching JWAAD Open College Network accredited Safe Delivery of Belly Dance Classes course

Whatever stage your dance is at, we are passionate about your personal development. We believe that you never stop learning - there is always something new. Our courses are designed to challenge you, reinforce learning, build networking links and have fun!

Click on the links below for more information on each course. The drop-down menu on 'JWAAD Training' above has all of these links plus a quick link to dates for current courses.

What can we offer?

Personal Development Programme

Focusing on developing your own technique - tailored to help you achieve your goals.

Accredited Courses

The following courses are open to anyone interested in the subject, designed by JWAAD and externally accredited by One Awards.

• Safe Delivery of Belly Dance Classes
• The Influence of History and Culture Upon Belly Dance
• Understanding Music Used in Belly Dance
• Creating a Belly Dance Performance

JWAAD students studying on Open College Network accredited Professional Diploma CourseJWAAD Teaching Diploma

The Teaching Diploma is for dancers who are of Intermediate level (or close with a commitment to achieving Intermediate level) and either already teach or are planning to.

Consists of 3 of the accredited courses above plus additional classes and a final accredited unit: Teaching Methods Used in Belly Dance

JWAAD Performance Diploma

The Performance Diploma is for dancers who are of Intermediate level and want to enhance their performance skills

Consists of 3 of the accredited courses above plus additional classes and a final accredited unit: Stagecraft for Belly Dance.


JWAAD professional training courses started with the launch of the Teacher Training Course by Josephine Wise and Maggie Caffrey in 1992. It has always been recognised as a course of depth and excellence, and is the most prestigious and the most detailed course in the UK. JWAAD trained teachers now teach across the UK from Scotland to Cornwall, in France, Spain, Norway, Belgium, Ireland and Australia. To find out more about JWAAD Principal, Josephine Wise, click here.

Kay Taylor joined the team of Teacher Training Tutors in 2006 and is now Head of the JWAAD Professional Training Program. She is responsible for developing the courses with Josephine and is working towards One Awards accreditation for every course. To find out more about Kay click here.

In 2012, JWAAD Belly Dance Training Ltd was formed with 4 directors, Josephine Wise, Kay Taylor, Yvette Cowles and Gwen Booth. The structure of the company and the development route for learners, assessors and tutors was formalised.

Personal Development Programme - to help dancers, whatever their level, achieve their goals and improve the quality and range of technique.

Accredited Courses - to give dancers the knowledge to inform their dance with external recognition.

Diplomas - to challenge and develop fully rounded and highly skilled dancers/teachers/performers.

Assessors - JWAAD trained teachers can apply to become assessors and offer the 'Personal Development Programme' to dancers in their area.

Tutors - JWAAD Assessors can apply to become tutors on our accredited courses (dependent on demand for courses).

Tutors currently licensed to teach accredited courses:

Josephine Wise

London, South East, National/International

Kay Taylor

Newcastle, Sunderland, North East, National/ International

Yvette Cowles

London, National/International

Gwen Booth

Oxford, South East, National/International

Claire Novis

Newcastle, North East, National

Raphaelle Masson

Paris, France, UK

For assessors licenced to hold Technique Reviews and mentor learners through the Personal Development Programme click here



See Louise's comments on the One Awards accreditation of the JWAAD courses



JWAAD Belly Dance Training Limited
Registered Office: Dean Villa, 26 Kayll Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 7TW
Company No: 08267646
Registered In: England and Wales