Summer is here,  and what better way to make the most of the long sunny days than to take up a bellydance class? Whether you are a novice or a more experienced shimmy-diva, we’re sure that you will find a class to suit your level and objectives.

Here is the timetable for the summer term:

Every Monday from 19:15 till 20:15, starting 16th June, no class on 7th July, ending 28th July.
This class is aimed at complete beginners who have no experience whatsoever. During the course we will go through some of the fundamental movements found in bellydance, like figure of 8’s, circles, hip drops, shimmies as well as correct posture and various stances. We will also start working on a short, simple, fun choreography.

Early bird price: EUR 40* (If paying via PAYPAL: EUR 42)
Bring a friend along and pay only EUR 75 – that’s EUR 37.50 each (If paying via PAYPAL: EUR 79)

Normal price: EUR 46 (If paying via PAYPAL: EUR 48.50)

Every Monday from 18:15 till 19:15, starting 16th June, no class on 7th July, ending 28th July.
This class is aimed at those beginners who have taken at least three months to a year of regular classes. During the course, we will revise the basic fundamentals, introduce travelling and layering concepts, as well as compound movements. We will also work on Choreography.

Early bird price: EUR 45* (If paying via PAYPAL: EUR 47.50), Refer a friend and get 5% off

Normal price: EUR 50 (If paying via PAYPAL: EUR 53)

Every Monday from 20:30 till 21:30, starting 16th June, no class on 7th July, ending 28th July.
This class is aimed at intermediate/advanced level students who have taken at least two years and over of regular classes. During this course we will be focusing on Technique for Raqs al Assaya / Saiidi, as well as Choreography. The Assaya (saiidi cane) is a required prop for this course: bring your own or hire one from me. Only a limited number of Assaya’s are available for rental at EUR 1.50 per class and prebooking is necessary.

Early bird price: EUR 48* (If paying via PAYPAL: EUR 51), Refer a friend and get 5% off

Normal price: 54 (If paying via PAYPAL: EUR 57)


* Prices quoted cover the full session (6 lessons of 1 hour each) and are valid for bookings made by 12th June and paid by no later than 14th June. Bookings made after this date will be at the normal price.

The studio is located in San Gwann.  Full address will be disclosed to booked participants only.  Payment can be made via online bank transfer, ATM deposit, paypal or cash.




Send an email to with your full name, mobile number, chosen course and preferred method of payment. You will then receive an email with further instructions on how to pay.  Make sure you settle all fees before the closing date to ensure that your place is guaranteed. Only paid bookings will be considered as confirmed.  Class sizes are limited to TEN students, so early booking is highly recommended.


Shimmy for ISTRINA

November 28, 2012

This Monday (3rd December 2012) join me for my trademark shimmy bootcamp from 8:30pm till 9:30pm, at Garden View Complex, Swieqi. Learn 8 essential shimmies and some basic layering. Get ready to shimmy till you drop and have lots of fun, Fun, FUN!

No experience necessary, everyone is welcome (even complete beginners)!
Entrance is by donation (minimum EUR 5).
For more info call 99065142 or email

Spread the word!!! Yalla!!! 🙂


Due to popular demand, we are happy to announce a new beginner bellydance class in Lija.  Classes will be held every Friday at 7:30pm, starting from this Friday – 9th November.  The session will be four weeks long and the course fee EUR 34.00.  As always, there is a one-time registration fee of EUR 5.00 payable only once by new students.  

I encourage those who are interested to contact me asap as places are filling up fast.  

May 14, 2012

On Sunday 27th May, Jameelah (Jane Camilleri) will be performing in “Deja-Vu” theatre show produced by Maria Aya and Malema’s Banat in Athens, Greece.  The show is directed by Tassus Horrus and features original oriental and folklore choreographies by world renowned choreographer and master teacher Maria Aya.  If you’re in Athens, this is one event you shouldn’t miss out on! Proceeds go to “Kid Villages – SOS” charity organisation.

Shimmy for Charity

May 2, 2012

Jane Camilleri (Ya Habibi School of Middle Eastern Dance) and Angelez Diaz, proudly present “Shimmy for Charity” – a World Belly Dance day fundraising event that will be held on Saturday 12th May in the afternoon.

For those who are unfamiliar, World Belly Dance day is a global event that has been celebrated annually, every second Saturday of May for the last six years. On this day, dancers around the world unite to celebrate their love for and promote oriental dance arts, whilst at the same time raising funds for charity. This year, Malta will be joining the international community for the first time through an event which will hopefully bring together the local bellydance scene.

During “Shimmy for Charity”, Jane, Angeles and Haydar will each be teaching a number of fun classes targeted at both members from the general public as well existing dancers of different levels, from complete beginners to the more experienced. The following are the classes on offer:

GYPSY FUSION – Learn a complete fusion choreography oozing with fiery gypsy flavour! Please bring a full circle skirt with you!
Level: Mixed
Time: 2:00pm till 4:00pm
Teacher: Angeles Diaz
Minimum Donation: EUR 20 (EUR 25 recommended)

DABKE – Get a taste of this joyous line folk dance native to the Levant region.
Level: Mixed (Beginners also welcome!)
Time: 4:00pm till 5:00pm
Teacher: Haydar Abu Asser via ACIS
Minimum Donation: EUR 5 (EUR10 recommended)

BELLY DANCE TASTER – Never bellydanced before? Then this is the class for you! Come give it a try, as we take you through an oriental journey of figure eights, circles, hip drops and we’ll even throw in a few shimmies in between. So rally your friends and join the fun! No dance experience required, all shapes, sizes and ages welcome!
Level: Complete Beginners
Time: 5:00pm till 6:00pm
Teacher: Jameelah Sultan (Jane Camilleri)
Minimum Donation: EUR 5 (EUR 10 recommended)

ORIENTAL SALSA – Salsa enthusiasts are bound to love this unique blend of oriental and salsa.
Level: Mixed (Beginners also welcome)
Time: 6:00pm till 7:30pm
Teacher: Angeles Diaz
Minimum Donation: EUR 15 (EUR 20 recommended)

SHIMMY BOOTCAMP – Ya Habibi’s trademark Shim-A-thon is back! Join Jane in this mixed level class that is guaranteed to make you shimmy, sweat and giggle till you drop – all in the name of charity!
Level: Mixed
Time: 7:30pm till 8:30pm
Teacher: Jameelah Sultan (Jane Camilleri)
Minimum Donation: EUR 5 (EUR 10 recommended)

Classes will be held at: GARDEN VIEW COMPLEX, Swieqi.

The minimum donation amount for each class applies to both participants and sit-ins. All ages/levels welcome!

Kindly note that neither Jane, Angeles, nor Haydar, will be receiving any money from the event: all profits from “Shimmy for Charity” will be donated to Dar Fejda and Dar Jeanne Antide, residential homes that house young females between the ages of 11 and 18 years with personal, social and familial difficulties who have already gone through a number of serious letdowns and rejections in their life.

For more information on this event, make sure you visit our website’s Event Section.

Student Showcase

May 1, 2012

This Sunday, 6th May at 6pm , join us for our end-of-term  Student Showcase at the SpringFest Horticultural Show in San Anton Gardens, Balzan.    The spectacular show will feature various Egyptian folk dances, from Nubian, Fellahin, Haggalla and Saiidi, as well as oriental dance numbers, some of which are being performed in public for the first time.   Joining Jameelah and her students for the show is Angelez Dias, an instructor/performer from Spain, who will be contributing some delightful fusion numbers.  This is one showcase that shouldn’t be missed!!

Layali Arabiya

January 6, 2012

Join us for an exquisite evening of Middle Eastern food, music and dance! Indulge yourself in a FIVE COURSE arabian dinner, enjoy authentic oriental dance shows and chill out to classical arabian melodies. Everyone welcome!

Photo of Belynda Azhaar by Bert Aricheta, courtesy of Bellyfest 2010


WHERE: Sharma Ethnic Cuisines, Triq il-Mahzen, Mdina.
WHEN: Friday 20th January 2012
TIME: 20:30 onwards
PRICE: EUR 30.00* (drinks not included)

*Walk-ins on the night at EUR 35.00 (space allowing)



* Authentic oriental dance shows featuring international guest artist BELYNDA AZHAAR (Australia / Korea), JAMEELAH SULTAN (Malta) and students from the Ya Habibi School of Middle Eastern dance. Shows will feature a myriad of music and styles, from Saiidi to Baladi, Sha’abi, Classical Egyptian, Modern Oriental, American Cabaret, Fusion and Arabic Pop.

* Five Course Arabian Dinner

Reservations (and payment) close by Tuesday 17th January. Space is limited, hence early booking is recommended. Only paid reservations will be taken as confirmed, whereas bookings will be treated on a first-pay-first-come basis. Entrance via Guest List.

More info on how to book: | 99065142 |

We are excited to announce that Bellydance Ya Habibi will be hosting another oriental dance teacher and performer of international acclaim: Belynda Azhaar

Belynda Azhaar is a professional Performing Artist with more than 20 years experience in TV, stage, and screen productions.  As a performer, she is known for her musical approach to dance, her use of sagat (finger cymbals), innovative theatrical concepts, and ability to captivate and entertain the audience. Her dance style is mainly influenced by Egyptian dance (classical, modern, and folkloric), but she also incorporates elements of Lebanese, Turkish, Moroccan, American Cabaret and other styles.  She is the founder of MECDACK(Middle Eastern Culture & Dance Appreciation Club in Korea) and has also organized and participated in various charity fundraiser events in Korea including Aid Gaza Benefit Night, UNRWA Special Gaza Appeal, and various Korean Women’s charities. As a judge, she has served in the 2009 Asia-Pacific Open (International) Oriental Competition and the Taiwan Open Bellydance (National) Competition 2009 in Taipei, Taiwan. She has also taught workshops in several countries, including Australia, Turkey, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Phillipines, Vietnam, China and Egypt.

During her stay in Malta, Belynda will be giving a number of interesting workshops as well as performances in January 2012, so stay tuned for more information.

Upcoming public performances

September 22, 2011

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Join us for the dance soirees at World Tourism Day, organized by the Malta Tourism Authority.  The Ya Habibi Oriental and Arab Folklore student troupe, led by myself, will be giving a number of performances as follows:

– Friday 23rd September, Bugibba Square @ 20:20
– Saturday 24th September, Marsalforn (Gozo) @ 21:00
– Sunday 25th September, Marsascala @ 20:40

And don’t forget to join us on Saturday 1st October at the Auberge de Bavarie, for our Notte Bianca special.  Entrance at all the aforementioned performances is free!  Not to be missed!!!

Autumn is on our doorstep, and what better way to brighten the days ahead then a shimmy or two?

Shake your daily stresses away by joining one of our bellydance classes. All new beginner classes are being offered in Swieqi, Mellieha and Gozo.

Check out our new timetable here and take advantage of our special offers:

Registrations for the new term are being held on Monday 26th at Garden View Complex, Swieqi from 6:45pm till 8:30pm (ask reception for the aerobics room). Early bird discounts expire on this day, so make sure you don’t miss out! Additional discounts apply if you take up more than one course, please consult timetable via link provided above for more details.

Those newcomers who wish to give it a try before committing to a whole course, may attend taster sessions which are being held Monday 3rd (Swieqi) and Tuesday 4th (Mellieha).  These sessions are FREE if you sign-up for the course, only EUR 5.00 if you don’t.  Space is limited, first come first served.  Call 99065142 or email to place your booking.