Astra is an international teacher & performer from the UK. Having trained originally in ballet, tap, modern & jazz, Bellydance became a part of her life when she joined her Mother’s (Kajira/Jan Piggott) classes at 17. She is a trained JWAAD teacher & a Zumba instructor. As a 2nd generation Bellydancer, she fell in love with the music, costumes, culture & femininity of the dance. She has since gone on to perform in India for many high profile weddings & events, & Spain where she taught regular classes & workshops, plus was a resident dancer of a well known high profile Marbella venue. She has performed at Majma, JoY, Planet Egypt plus many Lebanese, Turkish, Indian & Egyptian restaurants entertaining people with her lively & joyful style, & has regularly taught workshops at Jan’s Jersey & Torquay Bellydance weekends. Astra specialises in Oriental, Baladi, Bollywood & Burlesque/Latin/Charleston/Jazz fusion dances.  She enjoys teaching and performing with props, particularly wings, stick, fan veils, finger cymbals and fire props.


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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