Bellydance Heritage

This is our most popular course: ‘The Influence of History and Culture upon Bellydance’.  Everyone loves it.  It gives you permission to immerse yourself in the subject you love.  From ancient Egypt, through the Golden Era to modern Egyptian and current Tribal and Fusion influences.  Lots of discussion.  It puts everything in context and you get to explore many different styles.  Academic sessions and dance classes to consolidate learning.  This accredited bellydance course is delivered in London, Newcastle / Sunderland, Manchester and Edinburgh.

This course has a credit value of 3, which means there are approximately 32 hours of study involved over two weekends.  This page is for those wanting to work towards the Teaching Diploma.  If you just want the accreditation, go to this link:

Yvette Cowles was hugely instrumental in developing this course and passionate about the content. It’s success is part of her ongoing legacy. Tutors who deliver this course:   Kay Taylor, Gwen Booth, Yasmina of Cairo, Claire Barnfather, Catherine Bartholomew, Ishtar (Dorte Evelyn), Hilde Cannoodt & Charlotte Wassell.

Suitable for:
• Existing Teachers who want to increase their knowledge of Middle Eastern History and Culture in Belly Dance
• New Teachers of Belly Dance
• Performers of Belly Dance

What 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

Not only do you get amazingly knowledgeable tutors teaching these courses but an exclusive on line resource area for your use from the first weekend of the course.

To work towards either the JWAAD Teaching Diploma or JWAAD Performance Diploma, you need to be of Intermediate level.  You might want to contact Kay for further details on:

Breakdown of Costs and Payments

  • Non-refundable deposit to reserve your place: £50
  • Payment for Weekend 1: £165  payable 4 weeks before the start of the course
  • Payment for Weekend 2: £195 payable at Weekend 1 of the course
  • Optional – the One Awards registration fee will also be payable on weekend 1 (£25)
  • Prices for International Study week here:

Total cost excluding registration fee:  £410

Total hours:  32 hours of tuition and guided learning.  4 days across 2 weekends 9am – 5pm each day.

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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Watch this video for an overview of the course:

Upcoming Courses

TD Bellydance Heritage JHC14 Sunderland 26/27 Sept 2020 & 20/21 February 2021

Location: Pallion Action Group, 5 East Moor Rd, Sunderland, SR4 6QW

Weekend 1: Sep 26th 2020 - Sep 27th 2020 /  This course will be rescheduled after the current coronavirus pandemic is under control.

Weekend 2: Feb 20th 2021 - Feb 21st 2021 /  This course will be rescheduled after the current coronavirus pandemic is under control.

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