All RSDC teachers are members of the South African Dance Teachers Association (SADTA) and have completed their Amateur Grades 1 -7.
Alhena – Treasurer of the SADTA Bellydance Division
Ali – Social Member
Angela – Social Member
Meisie – Teacher Levels
Micah – Social Member
Nadia – Teacher Levels
Please visit www.bellydancingsa.co.za for more information about the SADTA Bellydance Division.
Alhena’s journey into dance began in Shalimar Harrison’s studio (Johannesburg – 1989). A move to Kwazulu-Natal created an opportunity to introduce ‘Maritzburgers’ to belly dance and RSDC was born in 1999. The RSDC Sisterhood came into being in 2014 and the small town of Bethulie in the southern Free State is now her home.
From Turkish style beginnings, Alhena’s path of study has meandered through a variety of studios and workshops of local teachers and international master teachers, including Mahmoud Rheda, ‘Grandfather of Modern Middle Eastern Dance’. Deeper insight into the cultural and multi-faceted aspects of the dance were gained by working visits to Lebanon and Egypt and Egyptian influence is now very evident in her dance.
‘Gypsy’ will, however, always be upper-most in nature and this is reflected in her preference for ‘gypsy-style’ costumes and a personal dance style which has become a fusion of Turkish and Egyptian. She also has a deep-seated interest in a version of American Tribal Style dance.
Anne has been heavily involved in pioneering a national assessment structure for South African belly dance and was instrumental in promoting the ‘Belly Dance Association of South Africa’ for inclusion in the SADTA. She administered SADTA Bellydance Division for a number of years and now fills the role of treasurer for the organisation.
“I believe that Bellydance and Holism go hand-in-hand”
Ali has been belly dancing since 2003 and loves every moment! She believes it’s a wonderful dance form, somewhat of a ‘sanity pill’ that feeds the soul and provides a safe place to build relationships with like-minded women while dancing, socialising and enjoying the music.
Ali has always enjoyed dancing and has done ballet, pop and modern dance classes. She has completed her SADTA-BD Amateur grading.
“What will be is up to me – with a bit of luck and dancing in the mix”
A natural mover and ex-Irish-tap dancer, Angela finally decided to try belly dance and joined RSDC in 2006. She brings a ‘funky-ness’ to our group and is in her element with Modern Egyptian style dance. Angela is a professional performer for RSDC and heads up the Advanced classes in Pietermaritzburg.
SADTA-BD Amateur Grading is behind her and Teacher Levels are her next step.
“Dance like no-one is watching”
Meisie began her belly dance career with RSDC in 2006 and has completed SADTA-BD Amateur Grading. A patient and enthusiastic, Egyptian-style teacher, Meisie also enjoys the flair of Arabic-Flamenco. She has attended a number of workshops given by visiting master teachers and is currently working through her SADTA-BD Teacher Levels.
“Dance with your heart; Dance with your soul”
Micah’s love for dance started at the age of 11 when she joined RSDC – it quickly became more than a hobby. This young woman began taking numerous workshops and master classes with world-renowned dancers and choreographers – including trips to Egypt, Europe and the USA. She has also completed her SADTA-BD Amateur Grading and, in 2015, won the title of Miss Belly Dance South Africa.
Micah finds inspiration for her dancing in music, movies, books and life experiences. Micah teaches Tribal belly dance, creative workshops and beginner courses at RSDC.
“I value the belly dance community and the powerful impact it has on women across the globe.”
Nadia began belly dancing with RSDC in 2007. Her Italian roots give rise to a passion which is stirred by the grounded, Gypsy elements of the dance. Tribal style is also dear to Nadia’s heart. She attends a variety of visiting master teacher workshop and has completed SADTA-BD Amateur Grading.
Nadia teaches beginner classes in Howick and she is currently working on SADTA-BD Teacher Levels.
“If you think positively – Sound becomes music; Movement becomes dance; Smile becomes laughter; Mind becomes meditation and life becomes a celebration!”