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Art of Movement
Art of Movement has been teaching Belly Dance to women from all walks of life for over 20years. We are an established part of the Tauranga, and New Zealand Belly Dance scene, teaching classes and workshops, performing at festivals, shows and restaurants and generally enjoying being a fun, slightly exotic, and always fabulous part of the dance and arts scene.
Belly Dance, like all dance, flows in and out of fashion. But one thing remains the same. Belly Dance is a wonderful way of developing and maintaining whole body health and functionality, focusing on core movement, coordination, strength and grace. It lends itself to inclusion of people with a broad range of body types, sizes and abilities while introducing dancers to a unique and beautiful way of expressing them selves. From experienced dancers to complete novices Belly Dance is inclusive and great fun! Art of Movement is dedicated to promoting recreational and performance Belly Dance in New Zealand and within our local community.
Tanya, Art of Movement's principal, has been learning, performing and teaching Belly Dance for three decades and has developed teaching methods that provide safe and excellent movement training, while paying homage to, and encouraging knowledge of the origins, history and development of the dance.
We'd love to have you join us.
With over thirty years of Belly Dance teaching and performance experience Tanya brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to New Zealand Belly Dance. Her talent for absorbing and passing on knowledge and producing consistently high quality dance product is well known and respected in the New Zealand belly dance community.
With an early background in classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance Tanya started studying Belly Dance in 1988 and was quickly hooked on the fascinating dance form. She began dancing and teaching Belly Dance professionally 1992.
In 1995 she moved overseas, taking the opportunity to perform and study Belly Dance in Luxembourg, Germany, France, England and Tunisia. She also accepted invitations to teach workshops in Germany and France.
On returning to New Zealand 1997 Tanya established her own dance school, Art of Movement, which continues to thrive today. She manages and directs the award-winning community dance troupe, "Belly Hoo", as well as her own professional dance team "Dangerous Curves Ahead".
Over the past seven years she has developed a special, exciting dance and, drum partnership with a truly talented dance drummer Daniel Dib as well as branching out to other dance forms such as fusion and Burlesque.
Tanya has a special knowledge of and affinity with Beledy and Orientale styles of Belly Dance, but continues to expand her knowledge and dance repertoire. This drive to continue her dance development has seen Tanya travel to Australia, Tunisia, Egypt, the UK and the USA to seek dance training from masters. She also takes advantage of local and visiting international instructors in New Zealand.
Tanya’s teaching philosophy is driven by her passionate belief that building a strong, safe and beautiful base technique, and nurturing a respect for the culture, aesthetics, substance and feel of each performance and dance style, will give a dancer a strong base on which to build any style of dance.
I first heard of Tanya Bamford-King via two of her students, when we were chatting over my coffee machines about belly dancing. Both speaking of her commitment to belly dance as an ant and her commitment to ensuring her students get authentic technique. I felt so lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from her. She travelled to Whakatane for monthly classes for a year of so. She has such a broad physical library of moves and information from where they cam. She lives the dance.
Liane Bell (Opotiki)
To whom it may concern,
I have danced with many teachers in the last few years and feel that Tanya does not just "show us" a choreography" but teaches it like she is introducing a close friend. She knows and shares everything about the music, it's origin and how body movements should react and flow accordingly. Tanya is able to adjust her instruction so that each dancer learns in a way particular to their own ability and style. She also leads by example as she is a beautiful artist in her own dancing.
Jo Adams (Student, Art of Movement, KatiKati
Tanya has been my belly dance teacher for 7 years now. I chose her because of her teaching abilities, and that accounts for the fact that Tanya lives some 4.5 hours drive away from me. So travelling that much distance is definitely worth the tuition that I get! I am originally French and I have lived several years in the Middle East (United Arab Emirates and Yemen), and as a consequence I have been able to experience many different and very qualified teachers and I rate Tanya highly.
Tanya regularly organises workshops and because of her abilities she is able to attract a wide community of dancers, including at times people coming from overseas.
More recently, Tanya was able to bring a group of 13 dancers from many parts of New Zealand to perform a 15 minute piece at the recent MEDANZ festival in Wellington. It is a real credit to Tanya's teaching abilities to drive such an outcome. In addition to the fact that the group was spread in many locations, none of us had before then danced such a significant piece. She certainly inspired us and enabled us to deliver well beyond our original expectations. This is an ability that very few teachers have and being myself a senior executive in an international company, where we coach and develop our staff to very high standard, I recognise her abilities as exceptional!
Christine Coppell (New Plymouth)
I have been a long term student of Tanya's for approximately 10 years and would enthusiastically recommend her for this sponsorship. Her commitment to providing her students with authentic knowledge and passion for this beautiful dance form is what makes her one of the best teachers in New Zealand. A chance for her to further her belly dancing training will not only benefit her as a beautiful dancer, but also those lucky enough to train with her as she passes this fantastic knowledge and learning on.
Alicia Sinclair (Tauranga)
I met Tanya through her dance workshops about four years ago. She is an amazing dancer, teacher, and mentor. I decided it was worth my while travelling 100kms each way to attend her classes and have done so for 18 months. Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable in dance and its origin and evolution, she is incredibly talented in her ability to teach and that is why myself, and all her students love her. Tanya is passionate about dance. She is invested in dance. My life has benefited in ways I had not anticipated because of Tanya’s example and instruction.
Sincerely, Rachel Thomas (Whakatane)
To whom it may concern,
I have studied Bellydance under Tanya since 2006, she is a generous teacher sharing all that she has learnt with her students.
Tanya has a rare tallent of absorbing and retaining the information she has learnt over the years, sharing this knowledge with the wider NZ Bellydance community I feel is fundamental in the growth of Bellydance in New Zealand.
Sylvia Hewitt (Taupo)
To whom it may concern
As an amateur Adult dance student with aspirations to learn more, I went in search of Dance Teachers that would not only provide me with the dance technique, but were fuelled by a passion that matched or was greater than my own.
3 years ago I had the privilege to find Tanya who has not only give me the basic foundations for my dancing from which I draw in other disciplines, she has also been a role model and positive influence through all my endeavours to learn the language of dance.
Learning to work with Tanya provides her students with an opportunity to not only grow our dance technique, but to unfold previously hidden parts of ourselves, (or shy to say the least) and to learn to connect with a deeper more instinctive, passionate aspect of ourselves that gives us a deep sense of ‘being’ rather than doing.
I encounter other teachers whose sole focus is technique first, fun, passion and natural talent second. And this quite frankly is where Tanya excels. She not only has the ability to work with students as a group, she identifies with each student individually to help them grow through their own limitations, and introduces us to not only concepts and theory, she incites the imagination with her passion, invokes the most heartfelt reaction when she dances, and encourages us to do the same.
My dancing – as small and humble as is it, would not be what it is today if I had not met Tanya and am blessed to be part of her weekend retreats when I can make it happen.
Her contribution to the dance community, the language of dance and making it accessible to all is only one small part of her work. What she does for women and how she does it – is something to aspire to and something that needs to be fuelled, fed, nurtured and encouraged to grow – for all our sakes.
Leanne Adams (Thames)
What is Belly Dance?
Belly Dance is a beautiful fusion dance with its origins in Northern Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It weaves a glittering tapestry of movement and music that has grown and evolved into an international dance form embraced by thousands of dancers all over the world, of all ages, shapes and forms.
As a dance form it can be enjoyed as an amazing performance art or a fun, fabulous and accessible recreational activity.
New Zealand Belly Dance Flash Mobs
Have you ever wanted to have a go at Belly Dance? Just a little dip of the hip into the coin pool? Simply curious?
Here's your chance! And you can help raise money for Woman's Refuge at the same time.
The “New Zealand Belly Dance Flash Mob” is a six month long series of events held throughout New Zealand that aims to raise $10,000 for Women’s Refuge.
We will be offering workshops, performances, “fun”shops, mini classes and generally anything that will allow us to share a little Belly Dance fun, passion and sparkle while raising funds for the Woman’s Refuge to keep doing the very important work they do.
These events will cumulate in a National New Zealand Belly Dance Flash Mob day (In Summer 2018) where anyone who wants to be part of it can BOMB New Zealand with New Zealand Belly Dance Flash Mobs, performing the Belly Dance Flash Mob dance throughout New Zealand. It's the same dance, it's super simple to do (you don't have to be a Belly Dance expert...or even a Belly Dancer) so any dancers can be part of any Mob anywhere in New Zealand. Each Mob will have it's own spin on the dance; they can "pimp" it their way. Dress it up, Steam Punk it, Tribalise it, Glamorise it or Grunge it down; but the bones of the dance will be the same so anyone can join the fun! And the mobs can earn even more money for Woman’s Refuge!
Check out the Facebook page to see what events are happening near you. Or if there is nothing in your area contact us and we can help you set something up. You DO NOT have to be an expert dancers or teacher, simply someone willing to organise who would love to be part of it. The Dance instruction is online, simple and free to access. Just contact us and we will see what we can do to help you get started.
We are using facebook to assist with coordination of this event, but if you are a non-facebook-er please feel free to contact me through the contact page here for more informations.
About Art of Movement
Nice Things People Say about us
What is Belly Dance?
New Zealand Belly Dance Mob Women's Refuge Fundraiser
Performances and Workshops
Belly Hoo is our Community Performance Troupe. We are a recreational troupe with dancers who range from beginner to experienced; our goal is to participate, have fun and share our beautiful art form with our community.
We love to be part of Community Based and not-for-profit events helping provide colourful and exciting entertainment. From a five minute burst to a longer sets, we'd love to be part of you event.
If you need something a little different Art of Movement can provide professional dance entertainment at your function or event, including live drum dance performance.
We also create interesting and innovative participation workshops that will get you moving, thinking and creating.
For private functions to club, corporate and educational events we create unique, interesting and interactive dance experiences. From getting up and moving to the music, creating rhythms and movement or delving into the ethnic or historical context of dance; for small intimate gatherings to large crowd events. Art of Movement will get you moving.
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