The Celebrating Dance Story

Find out more about Celebrating Dance, one of the UK's longest running most friendly festivals there are!

Celebrating Dance is an annual dance festival held each October at the Toorak Hotel in Torquay, Devon. It is well known for its welcoming, friendly & fun atmosphere, offering quality workshops from international stars and popular UK-based teachers.

The festival is currently hosted by Arabella, also known as Anna Chandler, who is a UK based dancer & teacher, Egyptian-British dancer Zara Dance who is a professional dancer in Egypt and the very much loved Sandra, known for her UK based Bellydance Shop: Zara's Zouk. 

The next Celebrating Dance Festival is set to be 28th-30th October 2022. We are excited to be bringing you a great line up teachers, as well as great shows and hospitality. BOOK NOW and come and join the Celebrating Dance family!

How it all started

Celebrating dance was created and run for 16 years by International Teacher & Performer Afra al Kahira & her husband John F Hancock.

Afra started the festival when moving 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 Nikki Livermore. Nikki and her husband Neil will be dealing with the organisation of the festival from the 1st November 2016.

Although Afra & John remain on the team, from 2017 they have handed over the reins to new Group Organiser Nikki Livermore. Nikki with husband Neil, carried on the beautiful festival until handing over to Anna and Zara, in 2021 who are now the current hosts. 

Nikki, Neil, Afra and John will always continue to part of the Celebrating Dance team, so you will still see them at the festival itself. Celebrating Dance is a family as much as it is a festival and we invite you, now you know our past, to come and be part of our future! 

Enjoy some pictures from past events

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Come and join us!

So now you have read all about us! We hope that you come and join us at the next Celebrating Dance Festival and become PART OF THE FAMILY ! 

Love and shimmies Zara & Anna

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