Siluria began studying Arabic Dance in 1996 and combined it with her school teaching background in 2002, setting up a class and troupe, the Pontypool Follies, which ran for 13 years.

She has taught many classes and workshops in her local area of Gwent and further afield and helped develop the belly dance community in South East and West Wales.

Trained and mentored by Afra, she was the third person to graduate from the Al Kahira School of Middle Eastern Dance and has taught at past Celebrating Dance Festivals.

She encompasses a range of styles with energy and humour, including Egyptian, Klezmer and her own fusion: ‘rockabelly’.

“A one woman firework display”, Mal Pope, BBC Radio Wales.

Since 2008 Siluria has danced all over Wales and England in gypsy punk band Rogora Khart. The band won the Newport City Radio award for Best Entertainer 2017.

She regularly performs with her husband, belly dance DJ and saxophonist Andy Roberts. They have a five year old daughter who has (with Siluria’s experience of teaching early years) inspired the latest project of developing classes for mums and young children. Siluria aims to bring the dance to a wider audience and make it fun for all.

“Happy hour without the alcohol”, student.



Siluria will be teaching the following workshop:


  • Miserlou. This workshop will focus on the history and different versions of Miserlou, especially Dick Dale’s pulp fiction version and a more lounge floaty version. We shall also look at how surf guitar music was influenced by Middle Eastern music with a bit of Rockabelly thrown in for good measure.


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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