Ishtar for the Gilded Serpent

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I have been teaching and performing belly dance for 13 years. I have always taught within a framework of Goddess spirituality. I also teach psychology, run self-esteem workshops for women and teambuilding events.

My paternal grandparents were both successful professional dancers. My Grandmother, ‘Little Supple,’ developed many innovative performance techniques and was famous for dancing on a glass stage. It was she who taught me my first dance movements. Since then, I have been taught by a wide variety of international teachers.

I have a degree in psychology and women’s studies and have professional qualifications in holistic healing and stress management. I also hold a teaching certificate.

I regularly perform to a wide variety of audiences. They include: Arabic and Turkish people, festivals, nightclubs, weddings, culture days, and community events. I teach and perform dances from the Middle East including cabaret belly dance.

As well as dance workshops, I have hosted a variety of team building and personal growth workshops, such as, RSPCA, middle and secondary schools, Women’s aid, and cultural organisations. I have hosted many powerful and transformative events. I have worked with a wide variety of people from professional dancers to users of women‘s aid services, school children, and the transgendered. I also collaborate with artists, musicians, and film makers.

Dance is a metaphor for life! We move to the rhythm of the music in our own way. Self-discovery is a prerequisite for self-mastery. Through the dance we can learn to exceed what we think our body can do and yet know its limitations.

I have produced a DVD called, ‘Arabesque’ and have had many TV and media appearances in the United Kingdom.I am based in Northwest England.

For info on classes, workshops, performances, and my online shop, visit my web site

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Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Ishtar

  • Belly Dance, Through the Eye of the Camera
    Males dominate photography and film industries in both the west and the east. As well as ideas concerning the status of the dancer and gender, films involving belly dancers can give us information on the class dynamic and stratification that exists