Summer School


30th Birthday!

20th – 27th August 2020

7 days: 20th to 27th August
5 days: 22nd to 27th August
3 days: 20th to 23rd August
2 days: 21st to 23rd August

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

2020 is the year JWAAD turns 30 years old, and we are celebrating in style at Summer School in August.

We will have lots of new and exciting things to tempt you throughout the week including:

Three shows:
— Exclusive show ‘A Bellydance Odyssey’ by Helwa and Johara Dance Companies
— Onstage with Live Music – a new show that you can apply to perform in (Professional Performance Course)
— Gala Show – All Summer School dancers are invited to perform a solo or dance they have brought with them or in group dances learned during the week

Star teachers for this year:
— Abeer Wills – from Egypt/Germany
— Yasmina – from UK/Egypt
— Maelle Mayel – from UK/France

JWAAD Master Teachers:
— Josephine Wise
— Kay Taylor
— Gwen Booth
— Raphaelle Masson
— Catherine Bartholomew
— Ishtar

— over 45 hours of workshops and activities
— over 15 fabulous teachers from the UK and abroad
— workshops at all levels in a huge choice of dance styles
— advanced level masterclasses and workshops with live Egyptian music
— shopping in the souk and a wonderful fashion show

This intensive residential 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, walking in the woods, shopping in the souk, or enjoying a drink in one of the caf├ęs.

Evening entertainment includes a hafla, fancy dress party, theatre show (with you in it!), talent night, and fun in the common rooms!

The Courses

We have over 45 hours of classes and activities including:

— Authentic Egyptian and Middle Eastern Styles
— Advanced level masterclasses
— 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
— A souk with dance gear for sale all week
— Weekenders can perform at our Hafla
— A chance to wear a fabulous costume in the fashion show
— A relaxed and fun talent evening
— A chance to perform solo or in groups in our Theatre show
— Time to relax, socialise or go for a walk in the grounds

Professional and Advanced Dancers at Summer School

There are plenty of high-level classes to keep you challenged and learning, as well as performance opportunities. More information coming soon.

Classes and Levels

All classes and activities are optional. You do not have to book classes in advance, just decide what you fancy doing each day.

You are welcome to do classes at different levels in different subjects. For instance, you might decide to do a lower level in stick than veil, if you haven’t done much stick dance before but are a bit of a veil expert. You may choose whichever ones you want to go to, but do remember that teachers cannot slow down a class if you have chosen one that it too hard for you. Level 4 classes are restricted to level 4 dancers in order to give them enough space to dance.

You can choose between:

— 7 days for the full experience – show/parties/all activities
— 5 days – includes two parties and our wonderful show
— 3 days – stretch that weekend a little further
— 2 days – includes our Saturday hafla
Your booking includes all meals, classes and activities, and use of all facilities (non-residential does not include breakfast).

Our 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 modern theatre. We will dance in a mixture of gorgeous historic halls and modern dance studios.

Click here for map
Click here for the history of Wellington College

Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in our accommodation and there are two cafes (one is a cafe/bar) on site. All meals are included and there is a good choice of dishes at every meal. Vegetarian and vegan diets are catered for (please state when booking).


Accommodation is comfortable and modern, though not ensuite. We have mostly single rooms plus a small number of shared rooms for 7-day bookings only. We can often provide sharers if needed. If you’d like shared accommodation, book early as these rooms often fill up fast. We always endeavour to put friends together or very close to each other, so let us know who your friends are!

Getting to Summer School

Click here for travel instructions by train and car. If you come by car there is plenty of parking.

Summer School dancers recreate the Battle of Waterloo!

Wellington College
RG45 7PU

If you have any questions about Summer School please email or phone 07531 357 846

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