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.

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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 yahabibimalta@gmail.com