Want to try something new to kickstart 2019? We’re offering a free trial belly dance class at STUDIO Hillegersberg in Rotterdam!

Greenstone Belly Dance Free Trial copy

If you’d like to join us, simply visit our classes page to register, or just contact us for more information.

Missed our trial class? Not to worry, you can drop-in for a casual lesson at any time during the Winter Session for just 15 euro! If you love the class, discounted concession cards are available so you can keep coming back for your shimmy fix.

We look forward to dancing with you in Hillegersberg, Rotterdam!

A thought-provoking fusion piece performed by our winter workshop tutor and hafla performer, Shems. Don’t miss the chance to study with this dancer in the Netherlands!

“Looking at Western media interpretations of the Middle East, a two pronged message comes across strongly and repeatedly, on one point eroticism, seduction and belly dance; on the other terrorism, war and violence. It is in part Orientalist stereotype and fear-mongering and in part a simplified reflection of the real and complex cultural struggles found in these regions of political repression. My war dance is a metaphor of this devil’s trident, dedicated to the third spike, the people caught in the middle of it all.”

Siobhan and Greenstone Belly Dance are ecstatic to announce that we’ll be hosting Shems (USA) to teach a saidi workshop and perform at our winter hafla in Delft in January 2019! Read on for all the details.

Greenstone Belly Dance Winter Hafla Delft Netherlands 2019 (2)

Shems is a professional belly dance instructor and performer currently residing in Enschede. Previously based in Baltimore, Maryland, Shems directed the professional dance company Barakaat, taught regular classes and workshops, produced theatrical dance events, and was a popular performer at regional venues and national events. Shems has studied with several internationally renowned Middle Eastern dance instructors, and has been honored to perform with world-class musicians. Shems honors the many beautiful cultural dance traditions of the Middle East and North Africa and continues to learn, practice, and share the joy that they bring her with others.

Open-level dance workshop with Shems (USA), followed by Winter Hafla (casual belly dance party/show!)
Buurthuis de Wending, Raamstraat 67, Delft
Saturday January 19, 2019
Workshop Details:
Open-level Saidi workshop with Shems (canes provided for those who register in advance). 30 euro before January 6, 2019, 35 euro thereafter.
Hafla Details:
A fun, casual event, this hafla (the arabic word for “party”) will allow dancers and non-dancers alike to mingle, have a shimmy, and enjoy belly dance performances .From 19:00 onwards, nibbles provided. Spectator tickets are 7 euro (payment via bank transfer or exact change only; performers do not pay entry).
To Register: Simply visit Greenstone Belly Dance’s event page.

Saidi Workshop and Hafla with Shems (USA) in Delft, Netherlands. Greenstone Belly Dance.

A special thank you to Luna and bellydance-events.com for sharing our event on their website. Check it out to stay up to date with belly dance events around the world!

Things are getting busy in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year here in the Netherlands! I’ve been performing at several private and public events, and I’m organising the 2019 belly dance class roster. If you want to learn belly dance in Holland next year, stay tuned, as Greenstone Belly Dance will be offering classes in multiple locations!

At the beginning of this month, I danced to a favourite classic at MounaMay’s 10 year anniversary show in Den Haag – the beautiful Lissa Fakir! Watch it below!