Sitara Svanda

Sitara is a professional instructor, choreographer and performer based in Essex who has been teaching and performing belly dance since 2002. She is also the Artistic Director of the Eastern Roses Dance Troupe.

Over the years Sitara has studied with many local and UK based & award winning international teachers in the industry including  Ansuya, Sonia Ochoa, Amar Gamal, & Bozenka ( USA Bellydance Superstars) & Aziza.Her biggest inspiration has always been the Belly Dance Superstars. Sitara was approached by Miles Copeland in 2004 to audition for the Bellydance Superstars however due to personal commitments she had to decline the offer.

Sitara also holds a  JWAAD Foundation Course Certificate which she completed in 2009.

Sitara has been invited to dance at many Top London Venues such as The millennium Hotel, Planet Egypt, London University, Oxford University in front of the Turkish Ambassador and for Friends of The Petrie Museum to name but a few. She has toured with the famous belly dance break beat band Oojami and has also been featured in a BBC Period drama.

In 2011 she made it through to the judges live auditions with her troupe Eastern Roses on Sky1 HD Got to Dance only just missing the opportunity to make it through to the live vote semi-finals. They were invited back the following year as ‘extras’ for the programme. Sitara has also appeared on the opening credits of Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 and most recently her performance clips were used throughout BGT 2018!

She is also the founder and director of three hugely successful Bellydance Shows;  Belly Dance Odyssey- Quest for the Precious Stone (Towngate Theatre Basildon 2011), Belly Dance Odyssey 2 -The Magic Lives on (Civic Theatre Chelmsford 2015)  and  Bellydance through the Looking Glass (Civic Theatre  Nov 2018)

Sitara also holds a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

About

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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