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Welcome to Queen Bee Belly Dance Melbourne (formerly Navel Gazers) where your Belly Dance dreams come true! Queen Bee Belly Dance Melbourne is one of the premier dance academies for traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern dance in Australia, with over 30 years in the industry. We offer exceptional quality, enjoyable Egyptian Belly Dance and Tribal Fusion classes and stunning professional performances.
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The Movers and Shakers

Unleash your wild heart and embrace your sensual soul at Queen Bee Belly Dance Melbourne!

Discover your passion for the beautiful, ancient art form of Belly Dance through encouraging, first-rate instruction from the very best in the business. Queen Bee Belly Dance Melbourne classes are renowned in Australia for exemplary instruction in all levels of Egyptian Belly Dance and Tribal Fusion at two studio locations; Blackburn Nth and Ashburton. Whether you're just starting out or you already have Belly Dance experience you'll find Queen Bee Belly Dance Melbourne is a welcoming and transformative dance academy.

Belly Dance Classes

Queen Bee Belly Dance Melbourne Classes

Term 3 2024

May 6th - June 13th

(6 week term)

* Classes WILL run on 10/6 King's Birthday

 All classes must be pre-booked/paid to secure your place. Book in now to enjoy some of the best Belly Dance and Tribal Fusion classes in Melbourne!

Monday Classes (Ashburton) 

6:15-7:05pm Beginners Belly Dance 
7:05-7:55pm Intermediate Belly Dance^
7:55pm-8:45pm Advanced Belly Dance^
8:45-9:35pm Tribal Fusion Adv Lvl 3^

Thursday Classes (Blackburn Nth)

6:15-7:05pm Beginners Belly Dance
7:05-7:55pm Intermediate Belly Dance^
7:55-8:45pm Tribal Style Foundations Lvl 1*
8:45-9:35pm Tribal Fusion Moves & Drills Lvl 2^

Friday Private Lessons (Blackburn Nth) By appointment. Contact to make a Private Lesson booking

^ Denotes choreography class for mid year concert.

* Tribal Style Foundations requires a minimum of intermediate level Belly Dance experience.

Discounts on Multiple Shimmies

Would you like to do more Belly Dance or Tribal Fusion classes per term? Well now you can shimmy more by doing multiple Full Term courses and save! If you book into two courses you save $20 and if you book into three courses you save $30 on your total. To benefit from these fabulous savings on multiple courses contact and indicate the courses you’d like to book into. You’ll then be sent a prompt to secure your bookings at the discounted rate via the Queen Bee Belly Dance bank account. THE MORE YOU SHIMMY THE MORE YOU SAVE

Class Pricing

FULL TERM – 6 x 50 minute classes:  $120

3 CLASSES – 3 x 50 minute classes: $65

CASUAL CLASS/TRIAL CLASS – 1 x 50 minute class: $25*

PRIVATE LESSONS - 1 x 60 minute class: $65/$80 (includes studio hire)
Fridays by appointment in Mitcham or the Blackburn North Studio.

* All new students are entitled to a $25 Trial Class. After the Trial Class, if you wish to continue, that $25 goes towards a Full Term payment.

DISCOUNTS available for multiple course bookings.
Contact for multi-course bookings and info.

All classes must be pre-paid to secure your spot in class!


Class Descriptions

BELLY DANCING is a mesmerisingly beautiful ancient art form originally from the Middle East. Egyptian Belly Dance is distinctive for its sinuous undulations, rhythmic accents & curvaceous movements. Belly Dancing allows each dancer to create expressive movements that reflect their own individuality, musicality, & passion. Popular for health, fitness, sensuality & fun, Belly Dancing is accessible for anyone at any age. It is a relatively low impact dance which helps to strengthen & tone muscles whilst allowing for personal and spiritual growth & enjoyment. Queen Bee Belly Dance Melbourne classes strive to provide quality, uplifting Egyptian Belly Dance lessons for everyone.

Tribal Style  and  Fusion

*Prerequisite:  Beginners Egyptian Belly Dance*

TRIBAL STYLE BELLY DANCE  is a popular modern innovation originally developed in America & is often called ATS (American Tribal Style). It is largely an improvisational style danced in groups & combines folkloric Middle Eastern, Modern, & World Dance steps to create an exciting new dance form. The style repeats simple moves & symbolic gestures in patterns cued by leaders, building with the music & the interaction between dancers. At Queen Bee a format of moves, variations & cues are taught in this style called Red Belly Black. An eBook about this distinctly Australian take on the style & listing all the moves was written by Melusina to help students learn Tribal. Tribal style is powerful & elegant & often challenging but well worth the effort! It has a strong Flamenco-like posture & gorgeous Gypsy-style costuming. Tribal style is suited to dancers with a good grounding in regular Belly Dance & who love dancing together with others.

Ashburton Studio

Monday Classes held at:

St Matthew's Anglican Church Hall, 334 High St, ASHBURTON

Ashburton Studio
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Blackburn Nth Studio

Thursday & Friday Classes held at:

Suite 1, 36 Joseph Street, BLACKBURN NORTH

Blackburn Studio
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Latest News

Mid-Year Concert 2024!

Excitement is building as we start preparing for our annual mid-year concert. This year the theme is RAQS RETRO VOL.II (bodacious 80s madness!!) and it will be held on the evening of Friday June 14th. Like last year year we will be at the wonderful Doncaster Playhouse. All Intermediate - Advanced level classes will be learning choreographies in Term 3 to perform in the show. Tickets go on sale May 17th at 9am and can be booked via this link: TICKETS


NEW DAYTIME CLASS! On Wednesdays, 11:30am-12:30pm at Mitcham Community House. Beginners/Intermediate Belly Dance. Great for anyone wanting to Belly Dance but can't attend nighttime classes. There is also a creche available at Mitcham Community House if you have young kids but need some Me-Time! Contact for all inquiries and to book into this class.


Due to the closure of the Ashwood studio at the end of 2023 we are moving the Monday night classes to a new location in Ashburton in 2024. The new studio is only a 5 minute drive from the former Ashwood studio: Upstairs, 413 High St, Ashburton in the Goju Karate building.


Business Name: Queen Bee Belly Dance Melbourne

Teacher: Melusina

ABN: 93982668148

For more information contact Melusina

Phone: 0424 867 775



F. A. Q.  S



A pleasure that lifts the spirit

After a year of Navel Gazers belly dance classes I can’t say enough about how impressed I am with Melusina as a teacher. Her ability to skillfully explain techniques combined with her warmth and humour make every class a pleasure that lifts the spirit. She has total empathy for every student’s level and confidence in their dancing. She corrects us very considerately and clearly loves to see us improve. I have had dozens of dance teachers in other styles over decades and Mel is outstanding among them as well as being a beautiful dancer and soul.

Marion Jamieson

Melusina’s teaching style is fun, professional and thorough

Melusina’s teaching style is fun, professional and thorough. Melusina is so committed to her school, she puts on concerts twice a year which are so magical and a wonderful way to demonstrate all we have learned through the year. My dance class is often one of my favourite times of the week and I’m so grateful for all that Melusina does to make this possible.

Arcadia Clover

Mel is a fantastic teacher

I’ve been dancing with Melusina at Navel Gazers for at least 3 years now and I cannot rate the classes high enough.  Mel is a fantastic teacher who not only has helped me to rebuild confidence in my dancing abilities but has also pushed me outside of my comfort zones in the most supportive and loving ways possible so I can reach my potential every time..! Thank you Mel!

Adela Savu

I keep going back.

I have done two terms of belly dancing with Mel, and I found her an absolute gem. Informative, positive and an all-round great teacher. I have done a couple of different classes with different teachers over the years, and I really love her classes. I keep going back. What more is there to say!

Annette Cashleigh

A welcoming and fun space

I’ve just finished my first term of tribal fusion with Melusina and I feel like I’ve already learnt so much, I absolutely love it! Mel is a talented, thorough and captivating teacher and I’m so excited to continue dancing with her and this tribe. Can’t wait to work my way through the levels as I’m happy to have found a welcoming and fun space to sink in and learn this beautiful art form. Big love!

Stephanie Sivani

Highly recommended!

I love Navel Gazers Belly Dance!! Mel is such a beautiful natural teacher and person, it’s a joy to learn from her! Her classes are fun and relaxed, and with lots of variety. As well as dance, she’s always sharing interesting bits of the history of belly dance. Highly recommended!

Karen Field

Mel is a master and an inspiration.

Highly recommend Navel Gazers! Mel is a master and an inspiration. As a student I always feel at ease and well-supported, and I am constantly learning new things. There is a lot of variety and Mel puts much thought into teaching us both the techniques and the theory. The classes are great fun and I leave each time feeling brighter and more energetic.

Kun Zhao

Inspired and empowered.

I have been attending Navel Gazers Dance classes for a few years now and I am always learning something new. I felt welcomed from the first class and always have a lot of fun. As a dancer of some years I look for a challenge, professionalism and safety in dance classes and Melusina delivers. I walk away from every class inspired and empowered.

Daniel Hayward

I always leave class happy!

I have been having classes with Mel for about a year. I’ve always loved dancing, but never thought I was coordinated enough. Mel is great at breaking the moves down and building everyone’s skills. I always leave class happy!

Sarah Sage

An exceptional teacher

I’ve been dancing with Mel for around 12 years now!!! She is an exceptional teacher, stunning performer and total legend of a woman!! I can’t recommend classes at Navel Gazers enough!!! 12 years and still coming back doesn’t lie!

Kerry Whittle