Fire in the Belly

Belly dancers set to gather for workshops led by Candice Frankland of Phoenix Belly Dance New Zealand. Photo credit:

An annual weekend of belly dance workshops culminating in performances for the general public gets underway in Albury next weekend.

The Fire in the Belly Festival has attracted interest from dancers from across the region, as well as Canberra, Melbourne and beyond who will gather for workshops with guest teacher Candice Frankland from New Zealand.

Anyone interested in seeing the dancers perform are invited to a relaxed family affair on the Saturday night (hafla). There’s also a market (souk) running on the night selling items such as jewellery and costumes.

The Fire in the Belly Festival is organised by North-Eastern Middle-Eastern Dance Association based in Albury Wodonga and will be held at Mirambeena Community Centre in Lavington on October 21 & 22. For details, including ticket prices – visit: