JWAAD runs an annual residential course every summer, with classes for all levels in a variety of styles, taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers. Join us to celebrate our 27th Summer School!

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Bookings for Summer School 2017 are now closed. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

NEW! JWAAD Technique Intensive at Summer School!

On Monday afternoon we're having our new JWAAD Technique Intensive. This is a great chance to hone specific techniques and to take them away to practise. We at JWAAD are known for our precise explanation of technique, which makes it very logical and enables dancers to master complicated moves.

There are four classes to choose from, each an hour long. Each class will run twice, so you have two chances to do them.

For example, you could brush up on your Undulations and Camels with Kay for the first hour, then get some Ideas for Costuming with Eman for the second hour. Or choose Taqs and Isolations with Gwen for the first hour, then Figure Eights and Circles with Margaret.

You can do any combination of the four subjects. All you need to do is put your name on the booking lists the evening before.

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Raphaelle Masson teaching class at JWAAD Summer School in Wellington College Berkshire


JWAAD 27th Summer School

11th - 18th August 2017

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Performing at the JWAAD Summer School hafla party"A dance holiday like no other!"

Join us for days jam-packed with dance in a beautiful historic setting.

This intensive course will provide a wonderful boost to your technique and performance. We have a huge choice of classes and activities for all levels, with over fourteen fabulous teachers, including JWAAD's most senior and experienced tutors and visiting teachers from the UK and abroad.

You can spend your days taking classes in a wide variety of styles of Middle Eastern and Fusion dance, classes with Egyptian musicians, work on technique, rhythm and choreography. You can book a private lesson with one of our teachers, or you can spend time relaxing in the gardens, swimming in the pool, shopping in the souk, or enjoying a drink in one of the cafe's.

Evening entertainment includes talks and films, Harem night, fancy dress party, a show in the theatre (with you in it!), Sufi trance evening, and fun in the common rooms!

Catherine Bartholomew teaching belly dance at JWAAD Summer School at Wellington College BerkshireThe Courses

We have over 40 hours of classes and activities including:
•    Authentic Egyptian and Middle Eastern styles
•    Masterclasses with internationally renowned teachers
•    Workshops with live music
•    Classes on technique and rhythm
•    Classes on choreography and performance

•    A variety of fusion styles
•    Dances to learn and perform
•    Daily sagat/zill practice
•    Our amazing Sufi trance evening
•    A souk with dance gear for sale all week
•    A stall to sell your second hand costumes
•    A chance to perform solo or in groups in our Theatre Show
•    Weekenders can perform at our Harem Night Party
•    A relaxed and fun talent evening

•    Time to relax, socialise or go for a walk in the wonderful grounds

You can choose between:

•    7 days for the full experience - show/parties/all activities

•    5 day course with our wonderful show - with you in it!

•    2 day course with our Harem Night Party


Option Arrive Leave
7 days 11th August between 3:30pm and 5:30pm 18th August after lunch
5 days 13th August between 3:30pm and 5:30pm 18th August after lunch
2 days 11th August between 3pm and 5:30pm 13th August after last class


JWAAD Summer School Wellington College with lakeOur Wonderful Venue

Wellington College, Berkshire is the magnificent setting for our courses, with a huge complex of historic buildings, enormous grounds, lakes (including Swan Lake!), gardens, an outdoor swimming pool and a modern theatre. We will dance in a mixture of gorgeous historic halls and modern dance studios.

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Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in kitchens and there are two cafes on site. All meals are included, and there is a great choice of dishes at every meal. Vegetarian and vegan diets can be catered for (please state when booking).

2, 5 and 7 day residential courses include all meals, classes and activities, and use of all facilities. 


Accommodation is comfortable and modern, though not ensuite. This year we are back in our original accommodation, with the souk in with us. We have mostly single rooms plus a small number of shared rooms for seven day bookings only. We can often provide sharers if needed. If you'd like shared accommodation, book early as these rooms will fill up fast. We always endeavour to put friends together or very close to each other, so let us know who your friends are!


Previous feedback: "I came for the first time this year and met so many new
friends. The classes and show were great, as was the food. I'll be back next
year to dance and party!"
Chapel courtyard at Wellington College Crowthorne Berkshire


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If you come by car, there is plenty of parking at the venue

Wellington College
RG45 7PU

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Professional Performance Course at Summer School

This course is designed to mentor and develop dancers who are at the stage of having no one to take responsibility for their development, and who are serious about advancing their performance skills. The course has been running for several years at Summer School. Every year there is different choreography to learn.

Refinement of technique and body awareness
Performance skills and showmanship
Choreography and improvisation skills
Musicality and phrasing
Authenticity and expression
Individual assessment
Ideas for further development

The course is free as long as you have booked to come to Summer School for 5 or 7 days. Please check the Summer School timetable for more information. Please email Sophie at summerschool@jwaad.com if you'd like to join.


JWAAD Summer School ducks on Swan Lake at Wellington CollegeBooking

Click here for information on how to book your place.

You will need to provide a deposit of £150 for 7 or 5 days (£100 is non-refundable), or a non-refundable deposit of £100 for 2 days.

After 1st June the full price must be included with all bookings

If you would like to share a twin room, please let us know who you will be sharing with. If you would like to share a dormitory we can often find sharers for you. Please let us know if there is anyone you would particularly like to share with. 

Please book early to avoid disappointment.


If you have any questions about Summer School please email summerschool@jwaad.com or phone 07531 357 846.


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