About Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a fully qualified  teacher and performer of Arabic Dance based in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

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Elizabeth attained the JWAAD (Josephine Wise Academy of Arabic Dance) Teaching Diploma in January 2018. Accredited by ONEAWARDS, this qualification covers “Safe Delivery of Belly dance classes”, “The Influence of History and Culture upon Belly dance”, “Understanding the Music used within Belly dance” and “Teaching Methods”. She was awarded distinctions in all three categories: Practice of Teaching, Background Knowledge and Professional Awareness.

Elizabeth began training with Emma Chapman in 2008. In 2010 she began teaching beginners in Ely and Littleport and in 2012, she began teaching regular weekly classes for beginner, improver and intermediate level dancers. She continues to train, taking workshops around the country with UK and International dancers.

She regularly performs at events and haflas, and is involved in charity fundraising through her long-standing partnership with Shimmyfest and through her own weekend workshops. Elizabeth holds regular weekly classes in Ely for beginners and improvers and offers weekend workshops and private lessons.

Eizabeth’s love of dance is born from a genuine passion for music. At an early age she found that she had a talent for music. Since then she has performed instrumental recitals and sung in a number of choirs. In discovering bellydance, she felt a real connection to arabic music and the natural desire to express that music through dance. She loves the warmth and feeling of egyptian music from balady to saiidi to modern oriental and enjoys drumming, sagat and arabic singing!

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She is passionate about Arabic dance and loves to share her knowledge and enthusiasm to inspire others to dance. Elizabeth is a friendly, patient and supportive teacher. Her teaching has been graded “Excellent” by Ely College Community Education.  She is insured to teach under 14s, and has been CRB checked.

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