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Louise has been dancing since the age of four when she began her training in classical ballet at the AVA Academy of Dance in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. During this time she performed in numerous shows and danced solo character roles in productions of Coppelia and Alice in Wonderland. She has since extended her training to include modern street dance, Ballroom and Latin styles.
Louise began belly dancing in 2010 under the direction of Emma Chapman and regularly performs at local haflas and public events.
Louise is a very patient and supportive teacher who places great value in the development of strong technique. She encourages all of her students to experiment and develop their own style through improvisation and musical interpretation.
As a dancer and choreographer Louise loves to experiment with props, formations and musical styles and She is known for her energetic, sass filled Saidi choreography’s as well as her graceful oriental dances
Wilma has been dancing for 8 years and is a performer with Banaat Bast, a Cambridge based dance troupe.
Wilma has studied Oriental Egyptian dance with Emma Chapman, a well known UK professional performer and teacher who has trained with world famous dancers such as Rhanda, Dina Yasmina and Khalid to name few.
Wilma loves to dance and enjoys all genres of dance from ballet, classical Indian through to African folklore/tribal. In her youth Wilma studied Martha Graham contemporary ballet at the “Place” in London. She came to Oriental Egyptian dance by accident after googling “flamenco in Cambridge”. Flamenco fused with belly dance was one of the styles taught by Emma. So, Wilma thought why not give belly dance a go, especially after seeing Shakira dancing to “The Hips don’t lie”!
Wilma loves the beauty and graceful art form of this dance, as is suites any age, body shape or gender.
Wilma has attended many workshops and has had lessons with renown dancers to progress her knowledge of the dance, develop her technique and find her own style. She has had lessons with world famous professionals such as Dina, Yasmina, Fifi Abdou, Eman Zaki, Khalid, Aziza of Montreal, Jillina and Sonia (Bellydance Superstars), Lorna of Cairo, Melanie (Arab Quarter), Morroco, Ozgen, Kay Taylor, Josephine Wise, Hilary Thacker, Candy, Beatrice Curtis and several more.
Her favorite style is Baladi because the style is earthy and grounded, but also favors the sharpness and elevated combinations of the oriental style. So you can understand why her favorite dancers are Rhanda, Dina, Yasmina, Aziza (Montreal) and golden age vintage dancers such as Tehia Carioca and Samia Gamal, They all have a distinctive and recognisable style that exudes passion and enjoyment in this beautiful and artistic dance style.
Emma is a full-time professional belly dancer, specialising in modern Egyptian belly dance. Formerly based in Cambridge, she has taught workshops around the UK and is renowned for her precise technique, dynamic performances and warm, friendly teaching style. Emma began learning in 1998 and continues to train with top dancers from around the world, constantly seeking inspiration to keep her dancing fresh and exciting. In 2011 she completed part one of “Randa Kamel of Course”, a week long intensive course in Cairo with superstar Randa Kamel. In 2012 she completed part two and was a finalist in the competition.
From August 2013 onwards Emma will be based in Salt Lake City, Utah, but will be back in Cambridge now and again to teach workshops for the Cambridge School of Belly Dance.