Phoenix Belly Dance

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Welcome to Phoenix Belly Dance 

Phoenix Belly Dance is a multi-award-winning entertainment company and dance troupe based in Auckland, New Zealand. We love sharing the art of Middle Eastern dance through our classes, workshops, and performances that fuse contemporary concepts with the traditional roots of belly dance. Candice Frankland, the Director, has had the privilege of performing and teaching overseas, and has been working hard at growing the community and elevating belly dance in New Zealand to be taken as a serious dance form through extraordinary performances, theatre shows, collaborative projects, hosting international teachers and the annual Weekend Belly Dance Retreat featuring Aziza, Marta Korzun, Anasma, Hadia, Irina Akulenko, Joana Saahirah, Jrisi Jusakos, Rose Ottaviano, Helene of Norway and more.

We also offer large scale performances by our team of professional belly dancers and entertainers in Auckland for hire at corporate functions, festivals, concerts, and theatre and event productions in New Zealand and internationally. We take care of the hassle of entertaining your guests with stunning costumes, dynamic group and solo dances and interactive fun!

Our belly dance teachers are among the best in NZ and we offer oriental and tribal fusion belly dance classes in Central, East, South, West Auckland and the North Shore, in Albany, Silverdale, Western Springs, Glen Eden, CBD, and Epsom.

Our awards include:

• Belly Dance Evolution International Competition Winners and Lead Soloist Role (Los Angeles/Sydney) 2014 & 2019

• Best Nationwide Entertainment Company by People’s Choice Awards, Corporate Events and Wedding Guide (NZ)

• Trained by the Stars Award (Istanbul, Turkey)
• Winners of the Jambalaya Dance Festival Competition (NZ/Sydney)

• Viva Eclectika Asia Vision Cup (NZ)

Our vision is to develop and encourage participation by women and young girls of all walks of life to take part in the art of belly dance by providing regular classes, workshops, and performance opportunities. The relationships developed within the belly dance community, which include students of all ages and abilities, families, performers and teachers, are a vital influence on the success of this growing art form, and are life-changing for those who experience these bonds of friendship. Therefore, our mission is to promote a fun learning environment and supportive performance demonstrations, with pride, passion, and grace.

Looking for regular classes?

We offer lessons in the following areas:

  • Auckland CBD
  • North Shore
  • West Auckland
  • Auckland City Fringe

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2022 Important Dates

  • Term 1 = Tue 9 Feb - Mon 12 Apr
  • Term 2 = Sat 30 Apr - Sat 2 Jul
  • Term 3 = Mon 25 Jul - Sun 25 Sep
  • Term 4 = Mon 10 Oct - Sat 10 Dec

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

World of Cultures: Belly Dance Outdoors

The most inclusive festival in Auckland, come celebrate our region's beauty and culture. 🇳🇿 All classes are FREE.

19 Mar to 3 Apr

Class locations and schedule as follows, all classes at 9:30-10:30am:

📍 Sat 19 Mar with Setsuna: 203 Victoria Street West, Victoria Park

📍 Sun 20 Mar with Dani: The Strand, Takapuna Beach

📍 Sat 26 Mar with Samia: 670 Manukau Road, Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill Domain

📍 Sun 27 Mar with Dani: Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay Beach

📍 Sat 2 Apr with Canela: 186 Main Highway, Ellerslie Domain

📍 Sat 2 Apr with Elea: 99 Motions Rd, Western Springs Lakeside Park

📍 Sun 3 Apr with Candice: 156 Brightside Rd, Stanmore Bay Park

Book a class through this link:

Dance for Humanity

Fundraising event for people affected by the war in Ukraine. Online workshops will be on 26 -27 March and 2 -3 April, led by different talented dancers in our international dance community including Candice. All Teachers are donating their time.

Cost: Donate $65+ NZD/day for the online workshop & $17 NZD for the online hafla

Register by email to Please include the following in your registration:

- Full name

- Email address

- Which day(s) you wish to register for

All classes and workshops are open to ALL levels.

New online courses!

Phoenix Belly Dance now has online courses available that you can do any time. Best of all we have a FREE Foundations Course available for new students.

Check the courses out here:

Dream Come True!

In 2021, Candice and Phoenix Belly Dance were asked by the Egyptian Ambassador of New Zealand to represent Egypt with a performance at the International Cultural Festival. The team are so proud to have been able to present the folkloric and modern dances of Egypt to the public.

Phoenix turns 10!!!

What a milestone. We had a spectacular showcase of belly dance art from our award-winning troupes and soloists and received rave reviews. We also had a full day of free activities to celebrate this milestone with the community. Our aim was to encourage cross-cultural exchange, diversity, women’s community, wellness, and positive body image.

Our free activities included:

  • Free community belly dance class.
  • Lunchtime Panel Q&A on "Belly Dance and Body Image" - To support and encourage body positivity and curiosity about this dance form and its place in New Zealand. The panel will include teachers, professional performers, and representatives of the North Shore Women's Centre and Middle Eastern Dance Association of New Zealand.
  • Open Stage
  • Lecture by Serenity Wise on the cultural implications of fusing dance genres from different cultures - To encourage discourse among students and the dance community and their responsibility to consider the implications of fusing different dance styles, particularly as it relates to dancers that are not of the same cultural origin as the dances they participate in.
  • Pre-Show - Professional artists presenting solo works from the last decade with Phoenix Belly Dance.
  • Hafla - A celebration with the community including student performances, socialising, and cultural traditions.

The show raised funds in aid of North Shore Women's Centre, which provides a wide variety of services for women and families in need. Services include a free legal clinic, counselling, social services and classes.  We also had the pleasure of working with the genius film crew at HAPfilm ( who filmed the incredible video below. We highly recommend them. 
Proudly sponsored by MEDANZ.

Some of our latest Video performances:

Take a look at our brand new performance videos! All our videos can be seen on our Youtube channel.

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Check out our classes! We are also running online class options, so join us from your own home!

3 Phoenix Teachers among the Belly Dance Evolution Casting Competition Winners!

The tour of the Los Angeles based Belly Dance Evolution's theatre show, Fantasm, presented by Jillina, went to Australia. Of the winners of the international casting competition, all THREE of the New Zealand dancers selected are from Phoenix Belly Dance including Vanessa, Elea, and Candice!! Our Director, Candice was also cast in a lead role in the show. We are super proud of these women!

Corporate, Wedding & Hen's Party Entertainment

Looking for some award-winning entertainment for your event? Look no further - you've come to the experts. With international experience, glowing testimonials and an endorsement from Wedding Guide NZ, our team of professional dancers are ready to make your event memorable in all the right ways

Head over to our performances page to find out more about our pricing options and packages, or fill out the booking form and we'll get back to you with a customised performance quote. 

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