Melanie, the principal teacher of Veils of Arabia Belly Dance school has been performing and teaching Belly Dance since 1999, having learned the art form from some of the best dancers both in Australia and overseas. In 2012, she traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for the Tarazade Festival, where she studied with World Masters of Belly Dance.
Veils of Arabia was founded in 2002, as a small performance troupe with just 3 members. Since then it has evolved into a fully-fledged belly dance school offering children’s, beginner, beyond beginner,
intermediate and advanced classes. Within these classes there are women of all ages, body shapes and sizes, as well a all levels of interest – from those who just want to have fun, to those with a serious interest in performing. Melanie’s aim is to make classes enjoyable while still learning the correct technique and posture.
Veils of Arabia is Gladstone’s leading troupe of professional Belly Dancers, dancing to a wide range of Arabic, Turkish, Lebanese and Modern music. Props such as canes, zills, veils, candles, Wings of Isis and swords are also used.
Melanie also conducts costume workshops and sells a wide range of Belly Dance costumes, hip scarves and accessories.