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.
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: phoenix-belly-dance.teachable.com
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:
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.