Jane Claridge aka Kara

I have been dancing for approx 16 years.   I started lessons with Hazel Kayes over in Tewkesbury in a humble scout hut and never dreamed that one day I would have my own troupe, perform live and teach others!  I teach workshops and give private lessons.  Weekly lessons are planned when I have more time!

My style is predominantly Egyptian and  I  have a passion for Saidi and Ghawazee!   I love the gypsy style and the use of the skirt as a prop.  I dance with veils, finger cymbals, stick and sword.  I attend as many workshops as I can, and have been trained  by Ozgen, Wendy B, Afra al Khaira, Vashti, Morocco, Dondi, Yvette Cowles, Melissa Abraham, Di Cox, Hazel Kayes, Maureen Pembleton, Maria d’Silva and many more!  I have also had workshops with some of Egypt’s top stars and continue to learn and attend as many workshops as I can.

I pay great attention to detail and always stress the importance of technique, as well as performance and presentation skills.

My troupe, Aziza of Cheltenham, is the best, and we work so well together.  We’ve had a few line up changes over our 11 years together, and we would ideally like two more members as we want to do our own shows in the future.  We all have a hand in our choreographies and come up with some great ideas.  We love new challenges and exploring new styles and music.

Middle Eastern dance is the best thing I ever took up and I would encourage anyone to do the same.  The dance is for all ages, sizes and shapes and can be very beneficial physically and mentally.  It improves self-esteem, posture, muscle tone and keeps you supple and mobile.  Costumes are of course everyone’s passion and I confess to owning rather a lot. But you can never have too many!

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Kara will be teaching two workshops and assisting John Sleiman in his drum & rhythm workshop

  • Confidence will zills/sagat. A simple no frills workshop to introduce zills into your dancing. Includes basic patterns, choosing & looking after your zills plus a short choreography to put it all together.
  • Witch Pagan Dance. A dance, visualization and meditation workshop to raise energy, connect  with the dark Goddess as well as each other, and to celebrate Halloween (Samhain)







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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