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or Brigid Kelly

Zumarrad a.k.a. Brigid Kelly is based in Christchurch, New Zealand. She started studying Middle Eastern dance in 1998 and began teaching in 2002, initially under the tutelage and mentorship of Christchurch's Gendi Tanner. Today she is an independent belly dance teacher, researcher, and performer, offering workshops and private classes, creating occasional events and delving deeper into our rich, intriguing and developing dance form.

Contributor to the Belly Dance Reader Volumn 1

Brigid graduated MA (Distinction) in Cultural Studies from the University of Canterbury in 2009, having completed New Zealand's first masters-level academic inquiry into belly dancing – Belly dancing in New Zealand: identity, hybridity, transculture ­- under the supervision of Rosemary Du Plessis and Dr Nabila Jaber. Her thesis paid particular attention to how belly dancing intersected with concepts of a New Zealand identity, and she was invited to present some of this research at the International Bellydance Conference of Canada in 2010.

Brigid is a journalist and works by night as a subeditor for several great metropolitan newspapers, all at the same time. She also takes adult ballet classes and dances tango when she can.

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