John Sleiman

John Sleiman, is our  talented resident Musician at Celebrating Dance. Originally from The Lebanon, John has  accompanied many of the top dancers from The Middle East as well as the UK. He has taught and performed at most of the UKs  major  Middle Eastern Dance & music festivals.

John teaches popular & fun rhythm workshops, for dancers and drummers throughout the UK, generously sharing his vast knowledge and skills. He also provides the drums for these workshops.

John  specialises in playing percussion, notably tabla, however he also plays keyboard, aoud and violin. John provides the music at celebrations, parties and haflas, bringing his own sound system, to make your event special.He is especially popular at Arabic weddings.

John has ran his own building business in Swindon for the last 30 years, look him up if you would like any quotes 🙂




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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