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 influence of history and culture upon belly dance JWAAD courseNext Courses:

15/16 July & 4/5 November 2017 - JHC08 - Chippenham

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Accredited by the One Awards to Level 3 (of 'A' level complexity), this course has a credit value of 3, which means there are approximately 32 hours of study involved over two weekends.

As JWAAD is acknowledged as the leading training provider for the study of Belly Dance, we are working with the One Awards to increase the range of accredited certificates for dancers.

This course is designed by Belly Dancers for Belly Dancers (and anyone interested in History and Culture relating to Belly Dance).

These courses will be taught by Yvette Cowles, Kay Taylor, Gwen Booth, Claire Barnfather and Hilde Cannoodt.

Suitable for:

• Students who want to increase their knowledge of Middle Eastern History and Culture relating to Belly Dance
• Teachers of Belly Dance
• Performers of Belly Dance

The influence of history and culture upon belly dance JWAAD courseWhat is included?

The evolution of Belly Dance from Ancient Egypt to present day Cairo and Tribal Fusion
• The role and status of dancers, past and present
• Introduction to key figures who have influenced the dance and their legacy
• Costuming - different styles and their origins
• The ways in which East and West have drawn from one another, and the impact on subsequent generations of teachers
• The significance of dance in Egyptian cinema
• Culture, politics and the future of Belly Dance
• Dance classes with a focus on the development of Belly Dance over time, different dance styles, and ways in which Western and Middle Eastern dance have influenced each other
• The compilation of a portfolio of evidence for the Open College Network

For those who want to work towards either the JWAAD Teaching Diploma or JWAAD Performance Diploma, you need to be of Intermediate level and there are additional classes on each weekend, so the cost reflects this. You might want to contact Kay for further details on:

Costs and Payments

Non-refundable deposit to reserve your place: £50
Payment for Weekend 1: £185 (£215 for those working towards Diploma) payable 4 weeks before the start of the course
Payment for Weekend 2: £175 (£195 for those working towards Diploma) payable at Weekend 1 of the course
The One Awards registration fee will also be payable on weekend 1 (£25)

Courses are based on a minimum number of people, so cancellations made within 7 days of the start date will not receive a refund.
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Dates for 'The Influence of History and Culture Upon Belly Dance'
Kay Taylor teaching belly dance class

Chippenham JHC08

W1: 15/16 July 2017
W2: 4/5 November 2017
Venue: To be confirmed
Tutors: Yvette Cowles, Kay Taylor, Gwen Booth, Yasmina of Cairo

To reserve your place:

Online: To pay a £50 deposit to secure your place on this course, click on the 'Buy Now' button below. You will be directed to Paypal. If you do not have a Paypal account you will see that under the Paypal login you can click on 'Don't have a Paypal account'. Click on this to pay by credit or debit card. When you have paid your deposit we will contact you about your enrolment.

By Post: Send a cheque for £50 (payable to JWAAD Belly Dance Training) to Kay Taylor at Dean Villa, 26 Kayll Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR4 7TW. Please specify which course you are booking on, and include your contact details.

Deposits are non-refundable.



If you have any questions please email Kay at:



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Photos on this page:
Naima Akef and Rouchdi Abaza in the much-loved Egyptian film, Tamra Henna
A 19th century belly dancer
Kay Taylor teaching on JWAAD Training course.