Belly Dance Info

Ranya & Jenni WAMED

Jenni - Belly Dance Teacher, Passionate Belly Dancer, Percussionist, Egyptian Historian and Dreamer 

Ranya/USA, Samra/Egypt , Farida Fahmy/Cairo Egypt, Mahmoud Reda/Egypt,  Layla/Aust, Keti Sharif/Egypt, Rachel Brice USA, Yasmina of Cairo/Egypt, Ma'isah to name a few and my wonderful student's have all moulded me into the belly dancer I am today, inspired always by my idol, Egyptian Dance Legend Suheir Zaki and Beledi.

“Beledi” is a sensual, beautiful Egyptian belly dance art form. I aim to create awareness of “Beledi” belly dance in its purest form,  a traditional Egyptian belly dance art, I hope to give it the profile and recognition it deserves for the passion, hard work and skill it takes to dance this original style and be true to the art.  Qualified educator and instructor. 

*Beledi Middle Eastern Belly Dancer since 1993.
Jenni & Farida
Egypt 2016
Bupa 2018
Egyptian Belly Dance also known as Raqs Baladi,  consists of movements that are executed throughout the body. The focus of the dance is the pelvic and hip area. It is, fundamentally, a solo improvisational dance with its own unique dance vocabulary that is fluidly integrated with the music's rhythm.

Belly dancers internalize and express the emotions evoked by the lyrics and the music. Appropriately, the music is integral to the dance. The most admired Belly dancers are those who can best project their emotions through dance, even if their dance is made up of simple movements. The dancers goal is to visually communicate to the audience the emotion and rhythm of the music. Raqs Baladi  translates from Arabic as "dance of the Country" or "Home Dance". This is the oldest dance in the world.  

Many see Belly dance as a woman's dance, celebrating the sensuality and power of being a mature woman. A common school of thought believes that young dancers have limited life experience to use as a catalyst for dance Sohair Zaki, Fifi Abdou, Lucy, Nagwa Fouad, and Belly Dancer Dina are all popular Egyptian dancers above the age of forty.

'''Egyptian-style''' Belly dance is based on Baladi and later the work of belly dance legends Samia Gamal, Tahiya Karioka, Naima Akef, and other dancers who rose to fame during the golden years of the Egyptian film industry. Later dancers who based their styles partially on the dances of these artists are Sohair Zaki, Fifi Abdou, and Nagwa Fouad. All rose to fame between 1960 and 1980 and are still popular today.
Though the basic movements of Belly Dance  have remained the same, the dance form continues to evolve.  In Egypt, three main forms of the traditional dance are associated with belly dance: '''Baladi/Beledi''', '''Sha'abi''' and '''Sharqi'''.

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2013 I started coming to belly dance lessons in my late thirties when my son was eighteen months old. He never slept very well so I always came to class with my eyes "hanging out my head" but I always left class feeling a whole lot better than when I went in.
Right from the start, belly dancing has been a healing and self nurturing part of my life.
Learning this dance proved a lot more difficult than I had expected, but the more I learned, the more I fell in love with the music and the dance, so practising is a pleasure. The biggest challenge is finding the time to practise whilst juggling the commitments of a busy family. I manage to squeeze in enough practise to keep moving forward though.

I'm not a very religious or spiritual person but I find that belly dancing gives me a connection that can be meditative, healing, energising or grounding, depending on what I need at the time. Therefore, belly dancing is so much more to me than learning dance moves.

This connection has overflowed into my daily life and I find that the more I look after and express myself, the more creative I feel in my dancing.

I experience a lot of anxiety and at times, some depression and I have found belly dancing to be very beneficial. Sometimes, if I don't know what I'm feeling, dancing can bring it out and articulate it creatively which is very therapeutic for me.

Along with this, I have met the most divine women; my classmates and our wonderful teacher who are amongst my dearest friends.  We enjoy dancing together and we have lots of laughs in a very supportive environment.  

Our teacher, Jenni Jones, is patient, encouraging and inspiring and she knows how to work with us in a way that acknowledges the different ways in which we learn best.

I think belly dancing is a beautiful experience for all women to share together regardless of your age, body shape or whatever limitations you may be struggling with. Getting all dressed up and performing together is pretty cool too. Challenging, but well worth the effort.
Even though I have been belly dancing for four years, I still feel like a beginner in many ways because there is just so much to learn and I can't get enough of it. I love it!

Caroline Smith
'There is nothing quite like the freedom you feel when you belly dance.  I am not a natural dancer but thankfully Jenni is a natural teacher. Her passion, patience and commitment to making sure you enjoy your session and learn to dance at your own pace, is extraordinary.  And learn to dance I have - leaving the outside world behind and discovering a greater enthusiasm for life, a fitter and firmer body and the joy to keep trying new things."

Regina Pascuzzi | Business Strategist | Business Development

With Jenni, learning belly dance is made easier because her classes are enjoyable, creative and meaningful but remaining authentic. It is about fun in a friendly social environment.

Jenni's teaching qualifications are recognised by The Australian National Training Authority.