The Josephine Wise Academy of Arabic Dance has existed since 1990. It is dedicated to improving the standard and raising the profile of Egyptian and Arabic dance in the West.


Nadia Hamdi


Josephine Wise

Head of Professional Training

Kay Taylor

We run and promote:

classes, workshops and performances worldwide including:

A belly dance workshop at the Fantasia Festival in Chiswick, London in December each year with workshops, competitions, a large souk, bazaar, and a great show on the Saturday evening



The fabulous Fantasia Festival, London's most prestigious bellydance event, is held in London in December each year. We have famous teachers, over 30 workshops, three competitions, an amazing show, and a wonderful souk for buying dance gear, CDs, DVDs, costumes and everything you need for dancing.



Belly dancers at the JWAAD Summer School show, currently held at Wellington College, Berkshire with a week of classes, activities, parties, souk and the show




A wonderful 7-day residential Summer School in the beautiful English countryside. An intensive and exhilarating dance experience with classes for all levels, the JWAAD Professional Performance Development Course, a student show, a souk, talks and much more.



JWAAD Diploma Course students studying in class and exchanging ideas




The JWAAD Professional Diploma Courses. JWAAD trained teachers now teach across the UK from Scotland to Jersey, in France, Spain, Norway, Belguim, Ireland and Australia. JWAAD dancers and teachers are a strong force in the dance world and are featured at many dance events and festivals.