Josephine Wise teaching OCN accredited JWAAD Professional Training Course

"...really great... I found it empowering and motivating, feeling like I have a goal to work towards now." Sari Naskinen

What It Is

We have had many requests from students for a system of technique assessments and a personally tailored development plan.

This already existed as part of our accredited courses (click here) so we are now expanding it to include everyone else.

It is open to all dancers, and provides the support they often need.

Why Do It?

There are many reasons why a dancer may need a more personal approach to their dancing. This programme is for you if:

Josephine Wise teaching JWAAD Professional Performance Development Training CourseYou have no regular teacher in your area or at your level.
You have got 'stuck' with your technique.
You are not sure where your strengths and weaknesses lie.
You are not sure of your true technique level.
You don't know how to get to the next level
You need a boost to your confidence and a plan to work to.
You want to speed up your progress.

You do not have to be on any JWAAD course to join the Personal Development Programme.

How It Works

The plan starts with a 30 minute Technique Review to identify your technique level.

The Assessor will give you:
• some specifics to work on which will help address the weaker areas.
• an appraisal of where your strengths lie.
• a time frame and suggestions for your development.

You will receive a Personal Technique Review Sheet with a summary of the Assessor's suggestions, and a Certificate with your overall dance level.

You can agree a timeframe for your next review or book it when you feel you have progressed and want to see how you are getting on.

In between reviews you can book as many private lessons with JWAAD Assessors or Teachers as you want or need, to speed up your progress.

When you book additional Technique Reviews and your level changes, you will receive an updated Certificate.

Josephine Wise teaching JWAAD Professional Performance training courseHow Much Does It Cost

Initial Technique Review: £35 for 30 minutes

Additional Technique Reviews: These are normally done on an ongoing basis as part of a private lesson - there is only an additional charge when your level changes and you request a new certificate. If it's a stand alone review, the charge is the same as for the Initial Technique Review.

You can ask to extend the 30 minutes session to 1 hour in order to have more specific feedback and tuition. There is a fee - check with the Assessor you contact.

Technique Review Days:

You can contact an Assessor (listed below) and book a review at a time suitable to you both. Or, you can attend a Technique Review Day. You still need to book your time slot. Currently planned are the following:

OXFORD - 8th November
Contact Gwen:

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Private lessons with JWAAD Assessors and Teachers: This is variable according to the Teacher and area they teach in. You can contact them individually for details. For a list of JWAAD Teachers click here. To find a JWAAD Teacher in your area click here.

Who is Assessing You

Below is a list of our current Assessors, the areas they are based in and where they can hold assessments. If you are interested in joining the JWAAD Personal Development Programme, you will need to either travel to your nearest Assessor - or invite one of our Assessors to your area if there is a demand for several assessments or a workshop.

Josephine Wise

London N16:

Kay Taylor

Newcastle: Sunderland, North East,
National /International

Yvette Cowles

Chiswick: London,

Gwen Booth

Oxford: South East,

Raphaelle Masson

Paris: France,

Claire Barnfather

Newcastle: North East,

Catherine Bartholomew

Kent, National

Sandra Thompson

Hull, East Yorkshire, Lincolnshire

Maelle Dubeaux Roger

London, South East



Dorte Evelyn

London, South East

Abbie Mason


Galit Mersand

Brighton, London, South East

For more information about our Faculty and Assessors click here.

How to Join

To join the JWAAD Personal Development programme, email us at with the information below and we will contact you with details of your nearest Assessor or Assessment day.

Contact Number:


JWAAD is the only Belly Dance organisation in the UK to offer accredited courses.