Belly Dancing For Beginners
Join Velvetina in The Joan’s Borland Lounge at this exciting Open Fridays’ event as she introduces you to this beautiful style of dance.
Learn about traditional, fusion and ATS bellydance styles and the history of belly dance while you shake your hips and have plenty of fun in the process!
Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and feel free to tie a scarf of coin belt around your hips if you have one! LGBTIQA+, BIPOC and dancers of all abilities are welcome at this introductory class.
$10 per person, Bookings recommended.
Born and raised in the beautiful Blue Mountains, Velvetina was attracted to glamour, beauty and movement from an early age. After an inspiring performance at 5 years old as ‘Nina Ballerina’, she was told by doctors her ankles were not up to dancing. After years of self-doubt and insecurity she was re-inspired at the age of 15 by local dance icon Devi Mamak and the world of Bellydance, to overcome these issues and dance again.
On the journey towards earning her accreditation in ATS Teacher Training (now Fat Chance Belly Dance style) she took forays into Cuban Salsa, Indian Fusion and Flamenco to broaden her dancing horizons. Over the years she has been lucky to learn from local and international teachers in the many forms of belly dance. She also took an inspiring workshop tour of Italy, her ancestral homeland, learning from many international Fusion Bellydance teachers she had idolised for years.
Velvetina has a passion for teaching young dancers body positivity through the art of dance. Under the guidance of Porcelain she is furthering her dance studies with The Stone Cold Foxes in Burlesque, Jazz and Feather Fan Dancing and is currently undertaking her Asia Pacific Dance Association Jazz Teacher Training.
Open Fridays is supported by the NSW Government as part of the Culture Up Late: Western Sydney program via Create NSW.