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The Phoenix Belly Dance 8th Annual Retreat, 2-4 November 2018

You've found one of New Zealand Belly Dance's most exciting, popular, and fun events of the year! Welcome :) 


Our vision is to enable you to learn and grow in your dance, to reach dancers who feel out-of-touch or are struggling to get inspired in their dancing, and to make the retreat a safe environment for dancers to really let their hair down, be silly and play. 



The Phoenix Belly Dance 8th Annual Retreat , 2- 4 November 2018

The Belly Dance Retreat is an incredible weekend where you will experience inspiring technique, choreography and discovery workshops with international and local teachers, entertainment, games, non-stop laughter, relaxation, and a chance to make new dance friends! There are 40 spots available and we have been sold out for three years, so if you would like to book your spot please register now. 


You couldn't find a more beautiful spot to relax and have fun than at the stunning Bella Rakha Retreat Centre, boasting 32 acres of native bush and bliss, just 25 minutes from Auckland CBD. 



International Teachers

This year, you will get the chance to learn from not one but two international keynote teachers at our 2018 retreat... the stunning, talented and knowledgeable: HELENE OF NORWAY and JRISI JUSAKOS OF AUSTRALIA.


Helene of Norway is one of the leading bellydancers and oriental choreographers in Norway. She is also creator of the group Divas of Bellydance. Helene runs Studio Orient, the largest oriental dance studio in Norway and organizes the semi-annual Oslo Oriental Dance Festival. She is currently one of the most famous dancers in Norway and has made appearances on the first season of the Norwegian So You Think You Can Dance, as well as the Norwegian "Dancing with the stars" (Skal Vi Danse). She has previously worked as a dancer in Turkey and has 20 years experience as a dance instructor and 18 years experience in oriental dance. Helene works with several other dancers and musicians and is the first oriental dancer in Norway to have worked with musicians to develop two oriental music albums, "Helene's raks sharki" and "Helenes raks sharki vol 2" by Mustapha Dahir Orchestra. She also has an instructional DVD, "Magedans med Helene". Click here to check out her website!  


Event producer, choreographer, performer and teacher, Jrisi Jusakos has her creative fingers in every pie. An award winning performer, Jrisi is one of the only Bellydance artists with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and has been the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts dance grant in 2002. She has taken part in Contemporary dance residencies and fellowships working with leading Contemporary choreographers and is considered one of Australia's leading dance artists within the Belly Dance community. She has travelled the world pursuing her passion for dance which has seen her train extensively in New York, Egypt, Lebanon and Germany as wells as teaching in Japan and Singapore. She has also released a series of Bellydance Instructional DVD's which have sold world wide and is currently a guest lecturer at the Australian College of Physical Education. She is also an accomplished producer and international sponsor who has brought one of Australia's biggest International events to life, Bellydance Evolution in Oz both in 2014 and 2019. Click here to check out her website!  



Updates

You can find out about the announcements of the lineup of workshop teachers and activities both here and on our Facebook page, so stay tuned!


If you've never been on our retreat before (or you have and would like to relive the memories), please feel free to check out our past retreats, with information on activities, teachers, and testimonials. You can also watch trailers for the 2013-2017 retreats, which give you a pretty good idea of all the wonderful things you'll get up to!


Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions or would like to register your interest, I’ll be happy to chat to you!
Candice / 0211704183 / [email protected]



What else is included:

Dancing
There will be ample opportunities for you to dance, watch our teachers and other guests perform, and show off your improvisation skills. It’s going to be heaps of fun, whether you’d prefer to sit back and enjoy being entertained or if you’d like to share your dance with us! This is one of the most encouraging environments to perform, so feel free to perform no matter what your experience level! Send your music ahead of time if you’d like to present an item or two! Group and solo items are welcome! Works in progress are also welcome!


Activities
You'll get a chance to participate in loads of fun and challenging belly dance games and activities throughout the weekend:

  • Morning warm up classes to ease into the day
  • Brush up on your knowledge for the Belly Dance Quiz Night
  • Meditation and relaxation time
  • Hot Topics! Belly Dance discussions
  • Our famous Belly Dance Challenge!
  • Optional extra: 1 hour Full Body Massage ($100), limited spots
  • Performances each night by our teachers and performance opportunities for participants
  • Meet & Greet with welcome drinks and gifts
  • Surprise activities...!


NZ/International Teachers for 2018 Annual Retreat

Our teachers this year hail from far and wide around NZ, Australia, and France! For their bios, please scroll down the page.

  • Helene (Norway)
  • Candice Frankland (New Zealand)


Workshop Descriptions

Updates with workshop desciptions will be posted soon. There will generally be two streams of workshops, including technique/style/choreography workshops, and also theory and discussion based workshops to broaden our knowledge. 


Meals
Two wonderfully prepared healthy dinners will be provided for all dancers to fill their bellies after the days’ fun, and snack platters will be provided twice a day during the day between activities. You can also purchase our pre-packed lunches and breakfasts or you are welcome to pack your own lunches, breakfasts and drinks for the weekend (we have structured it this way to help you make savings by supplying some of your own meals).

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email within a few days, and a detailed information pack a couple of weeks before the Retreat. This will include travel information and maps, a suggested packing list, daily schedule, and any other final details. Please let us know if you would like to share accommodation with any attendees in particular, and we will do our best to make it happen.

2018 Pricing


In the Retreat package we have included for you all workshops with Helene, our international guest artist


The Retreat prices include:

  • Accomodation for 2 nights,
  • All dinners and snack platters throughout the weekend,
  • All workshops with two international and NZ teachers,
  • 2 shows,
  • welcome drinks and gifts
  • entertainment and activities throughout the weekend

2018 Retreat Teachers


Helene of Norway 


Helene is one of the leading bellydancers and oriental choreographers in Norway. She is also creator of the group Divas of Bellydance. Helene runs Studio Orient, the largest oriental dance studio in Norway and organizes the semi-annual Oslo Oriental Dance Festival. She is currently one of the most famous dancers in Norway and has made appearances on the first season of the Norwegian So You Think You Can Dance, as well as the Norwegian "Dancing with the stars" (Skal Vi Danse). She has previously worked as a dancer in Turkey and has 20 years experience as a dance instructor and 18 years experience in oriental dance. Helene works with several other dancers and musicians and is the first oriental dancer in Norway to have worked with musicians to develop two oriental music albums, "Helene's raks sharki" and "Helenes raks sharki vol 2" by Mustapha Dahir Orchestra. She also has an instructional DVD, "Magedans med Helene". Click here to check out her website!  






Jrisi Jusakos of Australia


Event producer, choreographer, performer and teacher, Jrisi has her creative fingers in every pie. An award winning performer, Jrisi is one of the only Bellydance artists with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and has been the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts dance grant in 2002. She has taken part in Contemporary dance residencies and fellowships working with leading Contemporary choreographers and is considered one of Australia's leading dance artists within the Belly Dance community. She has travelled the world pursuing her passion for dance which has seen her train extensively in New York, Egypt, Lebanon and Germany as wells as teaching in Japan and Singapore. She has also released a series of Bellydance Instructional DVD's which have sold world wide and is currently a guest lecturer at the Australian College of Physical Education. She is also an accomplished producer and international sponsor who has brought one of Australia's biggest International events to life, Bellydance Evolution in Oz both in 2014 and 2019. Click here to check out her website!  






Candice Frankland of New Zealand

Founder and director of Phoenix Belly Dance, a multi-award winning dance company and home to some of New Zealand's most sought after performers and teachers. Candice received the Tarazade Festival’s Trained by the Stars Award in Turkey in 2012, was winner of the Bellydance Evolution International Casting Competition 2014 (LA/Sydney), taught and performed at the 2015 Tarazade Festival in Turkey, and was cast in a supporting role during the Bellyqueen Journey Along the Silk Road in Oz 2016 Tour.


It's one of Candice's most closely held beliefs that belly dance has benefits for everyone, both psychological and physical. The multiple layers and genres of belly dancing allow students to explore and find the styles they are most comfortable with, ones which make them feel beautiful and powerful.


Candice's Workshop Topic: 'The Berber Women of Morocco'

In this interactive workshop, we will cover some of the basic steps of Moroccan Chaabi, and look at the history and culture of Moroccan women. Candice brought back lots of videos, photos, Moroccan jewellery, dance adornments, even a couple of instruments from her travels through Morocco, and has been bursting at the chance to share what she learned about these enigmatic women and their traditions.

Past Retreat Teachers

Candice Frankland (Auckland, NZ)

Aziza (Montreal, Canada)

Anasma (USA / France)

Sahra Saeeda (Los Angeles, USA)

Hadia (Canada)

Rose Ottaviano (Perth, Australia)

Vanessa Castro (Curitiba, Brazil)

Bibiana Franco (Adelaide, Australia)

Rabiya (Sydney, Australia)

The Ruby Lady (Christchurch, NZ)

Mirian Caberlon Chamberlain (Wellington, NZ)

Pip E-Lysaah (Wellington, NZ)

Ziva (Wellington, NZ)

Lisa Maia Ambrose (Dunedin, NZ)

Zummarad (Christchurch, NZ)

Christine Haviland (Auckland, NZ)

Angela Mott (Auckland, NZ)

Suezy Robertson (Auckland, NZ)

Julie Anterrieu (France / NZ)

Aida Sajadi (Iran / NZ)

Tanya Bamford King (Tauranga, NZ)

Dallia (Auckland, NZ)

Tatyana Tania Laptsevich (Belarus / NZ)

Margaret-Mary (Auckland, NZ)

Krishna Gotty (NZ)

More Info


Thrilling workshops, making new belly dance friends, non-stop fun and activities, relaxation time, and a stunning weekend away at our new location, the spectacular Bella Rakha Retreat Centre! The venue is surrounded by nature, facilities are lovely and inviting with comfortable one or two sleeper rooms, spacious workshop rooms and brand new kitchen and dining facility. The venue has recently been refurbished and plays host to several local artists and sculptors, and has a massive Frisbee golf course!


Testimonials from Past Retreats

'Thanks for an awesome weekend! I had a ball, learned so much, loved all the food :) ' -Wai Ling

'Had a fantastic time! The place was a great venue, wonderful tutors, delicious food and wonderful atmosphere.' -Anonymous

'Loved the whole weekend, and definitely will be back.' - Anonymous

'Just what I needed!' -Suezy

'Thank you so much- I've had a fabulous time. The photoshoot and massages were a great idea to have too! :) ' -Carol Hunt

'Loved the whole weekend and definitely will be back.' – Nyla Gray

'Awesome weekend ,Thank you :) ' - Viv Proffil

'Great intro to Auckland based teachers for me.' – Rachel Aitken

'Thank you, thank you, thank you!' -Anonymous