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!!!

Arabian Night

May 9, 2011

Join us for an exquisite evening of Middle Eastern food, music and dance! Indulge yourself in mouth-watering arabic mezze, enjoy authentic oriental dance shows, dance the night away to lively oriental tunes or simply chill out to classical arabian melodies. Everyone welcome!
Two dance shows featuring Jameelah (Malta), her students and special guest star MARIA AYA (Greece/Egypt). 
Audience interaction featuring a mini-debke lesson!
WHERE: The Black Pearl, Ta’ Xbiex
WHEN: Sunday 22nd May 2011
TIME: 20:30 onwards. Dance shows at 21:30 and 22:45
PRICE: EUR 15.00* (drinks not included)*covers entrance, a variety of arabic mezze and shows.
Click HERE for more info.
*covers entrance, a variety of lebanese mezze and shows.
[catering by native lebanese chef!]
Please note that this is not a seated event. Some seating will be available (sofas/standup barstools/tables) on a first come first served basis.
Limited VIP seating is available starting at EUR 8.00 per table.  Each table seats 4 persons.
!!!!RSVP (and payment) by Wednesday 18th May 2011!!!!

Tickets are limited, so hurry!  Call Jane on 99065142 or email today to book.  Tickets available from Jane Camilleri at Garden View Complex, Swieqi (Monday 15th May from 7pm till 10pm and Wednesday 18th May from 7pm till 10pm) or Jimmy’s Car Rentals, Mellieha; and also from Yacht Cafe, Ta’Xbiex (Opening hours Monday to Saturday, 9:00am till 4:00pm).  Alternatively, you may pay via online transfer or cheque and collect your tickets at the door on the day against presentation of e-receipt issued by Ya Habibi Malta.

 Reservations close Wednesday 18th May 2011.  Only paid reservations by this date will be taken as confirmed.

It gives me great pleasure to announce the first oriental weekend intensive with one of the most famous greek oriental dancers, teacher and choreographer MARIA AYA!

Specializing in folkloric styles, Maria Aya is known for her authentic Egyptian baladi style, her deep emotional connection with Tarab music and sense of humour. She has taught workshops all over Europe, and is one of the featured teachers at the prestigious Nile group festival of Cairo. As the Director of the oriental charity group “Malema’s Banat”, she has produced more than ten Theatre Shows in Greece and her students won the April 2009 first price of the NileGroup Festival of Cairo group category. She has served as a judge in various Oriental dance competitions both in Greece and Internationally.  Maria Aya is also the Co-Director of the greek “Kazafy Troupe”.

Maria Aya

Maria Aya

There are a variety of value-for-money packages not to mention an early bird discount for those who book and pay by 28th April 2011.  Registered students of YaHabibi benefit from a further exclusive discount on the early bird packages.   Please note that choreography workshops come with a FREE music CD. 

A detailed list of available workshops is available here.  Don’t forget the show on Sunday 22nd May 2011, more details HERE.

Remember, early bird discounts close 28th April 2011 – don’t miss this chance to study with the fabulous Maria Aya!  Book now to avoid disappointment!  Call Jane on 99065142 or send an email to

It’s Hafla time!

November 29, 2010

Join us for an exquisite evening of Middle Eastern food, music and dance!

Indulge yourself in mouth-watering arabic mezze, enjoy an authentic bellydance show, dance the night away to lively oriental tunes or simply chill out to classical arabian melodies. Everyone welcome!

WHERE: Villa Madama, H’Attard
WHEN: Saturday 11th December 2010
TIME: 20:30 onwards. Dance show by Ya Habibi at 21:00.
PRICE: EUR 10.00* (covers FINGER FOOD only – drinks NOT included). 

!!!!RSVP (and payment) by Thursday 9th December 2010!!!!
For more information or to book kindly SMS Jane on 99065142 or email

– 5 tickets, 10%;
– 6 to 9 tickets, 15%;
– 10 or more tickets, 20%.


Please SMS 99065142 or email with the following information:
– Name & Surname (of all guests)
– Number of tickets
– Email address
– Contact number (preferably mobile)
– Selected payment method: online transfer (preferred)* or cheque**

* Account Info: HSBC 068-083039-001. Please remember to keep a copy of the transfer confirmation as this is your proof of payment.
** If paying by cheque kindly email me for the mailing address.

All payments will be acknowledged via email upon receipt.
BOOKING / PAYMENT DEADLINE: Thursday 9th December 2010.


– BABA GHANOUSH (eggplant dip)
– HUMMUS (chickpeas dip)
– LABENAH (cream cheese dip)
Served with Arabic pitta bread

Cold Mezze
– FATTOUSH (salad of croutons, cucumber, tomatoes and mint)
– TABBOULEH (salad of burghul, tomatoes, mint and parsley)
– MAHSHI – (vine leaves stuffed with rice)
– TOMEYYA (egyptian potatoe salad)

Warm Mezze
– LAMB KOFTA (lamb meat balls)
– BEEF KOFTA (beef meat balls)
– MUSAKHAN (chicken in sumac sauce)

This Sunday why not join us for an exquisite night of arabic music, dancing and shisha?

Bellydance shows @ 10pm and 10:45pm…

Come, bring your friends, chill out with a shisha or shimmy the night away to some fantastic oriental tunes….

WHERE: Surfside, Sliema
WHEN: Sunday, 15th August
TIME: 9pm onwards