About the festival

Celebrating Dance is an exciting annual festival held in Torquay, Devon each Autumn.
It is the ONLY festival in the UK that is held in a 3 Star hotel,
offering a luxury belly dance weekend at a price you can afford!

How did it all begin?

Afra al Kahira started the festival in 2001 after she and her husband John moved to North Devon in 2000. She soon realized that there was a growing dance community which had very little access to quality workshops from top teachers. So she decided to rectify the matter and Celebrating Dance was born! The first few festivals were held in various locations in Bideford and it relocated to Torquay and the Toorak Hotel in 2005 which has been its home ever since. In 2016, after 16 wonderful years, Afra and her husband John decided to step down from the day-to-day running of the festival and are delighted to be able to hand over to the festival’s new Group Organiser Nikki Livermore. Nikki and her husband Neil will be dealing with the organisation of the festival from the 1st November 2016. Afra and John will continue to part of the Celebrating Dance team, so you will still see them at the festival itself but in a supporting role rather than being responsible for organising and running things.

Click here to read more about Festival Organiser Nikki Livermore 

What’s special about Celebrating Dance?

Apart from the lovely venue, there is the high quality of teachers. Nikki invites a selection of talented teachers including top names from either the US or Europe along with a line up popular UK-based teachers. The festival regularly introduces teachers to the UK who have gone on to be highly sought after at other events across the country.

The exciting package of UK-based and international teachers means that Celebrating Dance welcomes dancers from all over the UK and beyond who wish to take advantage of studying with quality teachers in a quality learning environment. The weekend’s workshops are designed to offer something to most levels of dancers from those just starting out to those at advanced level who are looking for a serious challenge! Either way our aim is for our delegates to go home with a wealth of dance information to add to their own dance experiences in the year ahead as well as great memories from a fun weekend.

As one of our delegates so aptly put it – “Celebrating Dance – a festival with a heart!”

Afra & John – the creators of  Celebrating Dance

They bring their own, very special brand of warmth, gentle humour and friendliness to the festival.

John’s MC-ing on Friday and Saturday nights is a particular favourite of our delegates!

Click here to read more about Afra, including how to book her for workshops and lectures.
John is also available as a professional MC.

About

Celebrating Dance is an annual dance festival held each October at the Toorak Hotel in Torquay, Devon. It is the only belly dance festival in the UK that is held in a 3 Star hotel and has a strong reputation for its friendly & fun atmosphere, offering quality workshops from international stars and popular UK-based teachers. It was created and run for 16 years by International Teacher & Performer Afra al Kahira & John F Hancock. Although Afra & John remain on the team, from 2017 they have handed over the reins to new Group Organiser Nikki Livermore a well-respected Teacher & Performer.

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