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An Ancient Mystic Art Form that has it’s origins as an ancient religious ritual. The Araby Belly Dance Academy was founded in 1990 by Artistic Director Elenie Vlismas-Smith. Elenie, with Greek heritage, has entertaining experience of 35 years with the last 25 as a Middle Eastern Dancer/Entertainer. Elenie completely embraced this beautiful Art Form from the Middle East. Elenie’s academy on the Gold Coast has students with ages ranging from 9 years to “Still Breathing”.

The Academy encourages students from all walks of life, of all nationalities, all ages, religious backgrounds, all levels of dance ability and with different health histories. All are able to learn, understand and benefit from this universally interesting and increasingly popular “Exotic Art Form” in Dance Exercise. Students learn a disciplined form of dance, music and rhythms, musical instruments, language and gestures, customs and traditions another countries. This Art Form will allow the student to be creative with-in themselves, and to express themselves through dance. They will develop confidence, self-esteem, co-ordination. flexibility, strength, stamina and fitness.
Belly Dance is a safe and exciting Dance Art. Increasing body awareness, enhances sensuality and femininity and can establish a feeling of “Fun, Fantasy and Fascination”