Guest Workshops

Elysian Bellydance is delighted to welcome Vimala, “Yoga for Dancers”, Sunday 14th May 2023, 11.30am  – 1.30pm.

Dance Studio, Paradise Centre, Newnham Street, Ely CB7 4PQ.

Vimala is a fully qualified and experienced yoga instructor. She is a generous and approachable teacher and in this session, she’ll be focussing on how yoga can benefit dancers, looking at exercises and asanas to help posture, strength and flexibility to help us move with control and grace. All abilities are welcome. Places are limited and must be booked in advance.
For more details on Vimala, her website is To book for this session or to find out more, please email

Details: Vimala flyer

Previous Guest Workshops

Thank you Emma

Elysian Belly Dance is delighted to welcome Emma Chapman

Sunday 21st October 2018, Paradise Dance Studio, Newnham Street, Ely CB7 4PQ

11.30am – 1.00pm

Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!

The moments on stage when you stand still can be amongst the most compelling for the audience, but the most challenging for the dancer. Learn how to bring slowness and stillness to your dance whilst retaining energy, drama and an emotional connection. £25.00

2.00pm – 3.30pm

Getting to Know Alf Leyla Wa Leyla

An in depth look at one of the most beloved pieces of music in the classical Egyptian repertoire. Learn how to interpret the themes in this rich and varied composition. £25.00

Both Workshops £40.00. Places must be booked in advance. For further information and payment methods, contact

Elysian Belly Dance welcomes Gwen Booth

Saturday 28th July 2018, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Dance Studio, Paradise Centre, Ely CB7 4PQ.

Being Fabulous!
Go on, you know you want to…
A fun workshop to bring out the Diva in you: adding drama, characterization and theatricality to your bellydance.
Gwen specializes in Egyptian dance and in theatrical fusion bellydance, blending elements from ballet and western theatrical dance forms with Egyptian bellydance into a unique, graceful and elegant fusion. She is known for elegant, inventive and dramatic choreography and performance. Gwen is qualified as a Master Teacher (Level 5), assessor and mentor with JWAAD, and a director of JWAAD Bellydance Training Limited.
Workshop £25. Places must be booked in advance. For booking and payment details email

Elysian Bellydance is delighted to welcome Clair McGregor

Sunday 25th June 2017, 1.00 – 3.00pm.

Stylish and creative arms for performance

Increase the dynamics of your performance and add finesse and presence through developing confidence and creativity with arms and upper body technique.

Clair is known for her fun and encouraging teaching style and has taught and performed across the UK. Workshop £20. Places must be booked in advance. For details contact

Summer workshop with Icelandic Belly Dancer Kristina

Saturday 13th August 2016, 11.00am – 12.30pm.


Kristína started to learn belly dancing in Iceland in the fall of 2001.
She fell for the danceform, and has continued to dance and teach ever since. Kristína enjoys playing around with different music and techniques, and dances for her own pleasure more than anything else.
“When I dance, I forget the time and place. Whether I’m dancing a calm candle choreography or a powerful veil dance, I dance to enjoy the moment.”
In this workshop Kristina will teach a choreography. Please bring a veil. Tickets are £10.00.

To book your place email

Kristtina Workshop

Elysian Belly Dance is delighted to welcome Janai

‘Be Dynamic and Expressive with the Veil’

Sunday 12th June 2016, 12.00 – 2.00pm


Janai has been Egyptian Dancing for approximately nineteen years in East Anglia and teaching for nearly fifteen and during that time she has developed a passion for dancing with a veil. Adding a veil to the dance opens up a creative world of swishes and swirls that can be used in so many ways to add drama and sensuousness to the dance.

This veil workshop will centre on learning to:
– Keep posture strong whilst dancing with the veil;
– Keep the veil buoyant whilst dancing;
– Make gentle and strong veil movements sensuous and dramatic;
– Get the veil to dance to the length of the music notation;
– Make an entrance with a veil.
There will also be a short choreography.

Tickets £20.00. Places must be booked in advance. Contact

Guy Schalom and Baladi Blues Ensemble in ELY!

Workshop group 14-feb-16

What a fantastic afternoon! Thanks to Guy Schalom, Magdy Tewfik, Ahmed El Saidi, Adam Warne and all the dancers who came along.

Baladi Blues in ELY!

Baladi Blues in ELY!

Elysian Belly Dance  welcomes Guy Schalom and Magdy Tewfik, Sunday 14th February 2016.

Baladi – The Roots of Egyptian Dance

A two hour dance session with live music from darabuka player Guy Schalom and accordionist Magdy Tewfik.

Baladi specialist, Guy Schalom leads this interactive dance session focusing on the soulful improvised dance music of urban Cairo.  Guy will guide dancers through the various sections of an Ashra Baladi improvisation, including Awadi and Tet, allowing plenty of time for dancers to practice and internalise this soulful and dynamic style of Egyptian dance music.  The session will conclude with an opportunity for dancers to improvise with the musicians should they wish to.

Musician Guy Schalom.

Musician Guy Schalom.

Guy Schalom, described as “one of the most interesting and versatile percussionists working in the UK today” (fROOTS) has been an ambassador of Egyptian Baladi music for well over a decade. He has released eight albums with his band the Baladi Blues Ensemble and presented the popular BBC documentary “Bellydancing and the Blues”.

Born in Cairo, Magdy Tewfik has been specialising in Egyptian accordion for over 40 years. He has worked with top dancers Sahar Hamdi and Zizi Mostafa as well as singers Maher el Attar and Mohamed Abdel Motleb.   Since relocating to Germany, he has worked with Sayed Balaha, Mahmoud Fadl and Nubian band Salamat.

 Accordeonist Magdy Tewfik

Accordeonist Magdy Tewfik

Marking the launch of Schalom’s latest CD (Baladi Blues Reloaded Vol 2), this event will be a rare opportunity to experience classic Egyptian Baladi as it was in it’s original context – at close quarters!

Workshop Price £25.00

Places must be booked in advance.


KODAK Digital Still Camera

Elysian Belly Dance is delighted to welcome Galit Mersand


Sunday 14 June 2015, Dance Studio, Paradise Centre, Newnham Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4PQ.

Galit is one of the UK’s favourite bellydancers and she will be coming to Ely to give two fantastic workshops in authentic Egyptian-style dance.

Workshop 1  Camel & Undulation Technique (General Level) 12.00 – 2.00pm

This workshop focuses on the basics of undulation and camel technique. Drilling isolations and percussive moves as well.  Also great for the more experienced dancer!

 Workshop 2 Musicality (Improver +) 2.30pm – 4.30pm

In this workshop you will learn some musical terms in Arabic music. You will learn to recognise the particular styles of music playing, what the main instruments used in Arabic music are and how to interpret music into movement.  A truly inspiring workshop.

Thank you Emma for a fantastic weekend of workshops! 

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