Navel Gazers


Belly Dance Melbourne


Joyful  Exotic  Soulful


Welcome to Navel Gazers Belly Dance Melbourne where your Belly Dance dreams come true! Belly Dance Melbourne is one of the premier dance academies for traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern dance in Australia, with over 25 years in the industry. We offer very high quality, enjoyable Egyptian Belly Dance classes and Tribal Fusion classes and stunning professional performances.


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Unleash your wild heart and embrace your sensual soul at Navel Gazers 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. Navel Gazers 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 Malvern. Whether you're just starting out or you already have Belly Dance experience you'll find Navel Gazers Belly Dance Melbourne is a welcoming and transformative dance school.




Belly Dance Classes


Belly Dance Melbourne Classes

Term 1 2022

Jan 31st - Mar 10th

 Due to COVID-19 restrictions & density limits all classes must be pre-booked/pre-paid to secure your place. Physical distancing and a high level of hygiene will be maintained at all times.

In the event of a Coronavirus lockdown all classes will be taught as Video Classes.


Monday Classes (Malvern) 

6:20-7:10pm Beginners Belly Dance 
7:10-8:00pm Intermediate Belly Dance
8:00-8:50pm Advanced Belly Dance
8:50-9:40pm Tribal Fusion Adv Lvl 3

Thursday Classes (Blackburn Nth)

6:20-7:10pm Beginners Belly Dance
7:10-8:00pm Intermediate Belly Dance
8:00-8:50pm Tribal Style Foundations Lvl 1*
8:50-9:40pm Tribal Fusion Moves & Drills Lvl 2

Friday Private Lessons (Blackburn Nth)

By appointment. Contact melusina@bellydancemelbourne.com to make a Private Lesson booking


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

Discounts on Multiple Shimmies


If doing only one course of Belly Dancing or Tribal Fusion per term is not enough shimmying for you then you can do multiple Full Term courses and save! One course is $110 but if you book into two courses it’s $200 (save $20) and three courses is only $300 (save $30). To benefit from these fabulous savings on multiple courses contact melusina@bellydancemelbourne.com and indicate the courses you’d like to book in to. You’ll then be sent a prompt to secure your bookings at the discounted rate via the Navel Gazers Belly Dance bank account. THE MORE YOU SHIMMY THE MORE YOU SAVE


Class Pricing


FULL TERM – 6 x 50 minute classes:  $110

HALF TERM – 3 x 50 minute classes: $58

CASUAL CLASS/TRIAL CLASS – 1 x 50 minute class: $22*

PRIVATE LESSONS - 1 x 60 minute class: $80 (includes studio hire)
Fridays by appointment at Blackburn North Studio.

* All new students are entitled to a $22 Trial Class. After the Trial Class, if you wish to continue, that $22 goes towards a Full Term payment.

DISCOUNTS available for multiple course bookings.
Contact melusina@bellydancemelbourne.com for multi-course bookings and info.

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

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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. 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 Navel Gazers 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.



Malvern Studio


Monday Classes held at:


Hit The Floor Studios, Level 1, 245 Glenferrie Rd, MALVERN

Malvern Studio

Blackburn North Studio


Thursday & Friday Classes held at:


Suite 1, 36 Joseph Street, BLACKBURN NORTH


Blackburn Studio

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Summer Workshops 2022


LIQUID GOLD TRIBAL FUSION: Luscious Molten Moves

Succulent, syrupy-slow moves feature in this new slinky Tribal Fusion choreography. Piece together a rippling, fluid dance using unique Tribal Fusion movements and combinations that glide and ooze like honey. This choreography has lots of delicious, sticky sweetness so you can expect precise muscular control using sinuous undulations and melliferous curves. This workshop is suitable for both well practised Tribal dancers and those dancers wishing to experience Tribal Fusion styling for the first time. Recommended for confident dancers Intermediate level and up.

Tribal Fusion is a very modern form of experimental Belly Dance that derives from American Tribal Style. It incorporates traditional Tribal Belly Dance elements with Egyptian, contemporary and street styles of dance to create a sensuous, gritty style that is often referred to as ‘Industrial Gypsy’ or ‘Dark Cabaret’

SNAP, CRACKLE & POP! : Drum Solo Choreography

Get ready for some badass rhythmic accents! It’s time to channel your inner ‘Energizer Bunny’ and join us for this new, dynamic drum solo choreography. Filled with quick, cheeky sass and crunchy accented moves this choreography is sure to electrify. Hit, tuck, thrust, pop and shimmy with finesse as you playfully move through the drum beats. Recommended for Belly Dancers who love fast, fiery choreography or who love a good challenge.

Liquid Gold is on Jan 14th 6:30 - 9:00pm $45

Snap, Crackle & Pop is on Jan 21st 6:30 - 9:00pm $45

Book both workshops for $85. Both workshops will take place at the Blackburn Nth Studio which remains cool on hot Summer days. Contact melusina@bellydancemelbourne.com to book your place.



Video Classes Available


During the COVID-19 lockdowns here in Melbourne we continued classes via pre-recorded video. All videos remain available via a private You Tube link for any students wishing to learn in the comfort of their own homes. There are about 35 Videos in different levels (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced) and different styles (Egyptian Belly Dance, Tribal Improvisation, Tribal Fusion) covering technique, mini-choreographies, sequences and cardio workouts. For example, there is a full set of 9 thirty minute lessons for Beginners covering all the basic moves. For more information about the Video Classes contact melusina@bellydancemelbourne.com




Contact


Business Name: Navel Gazers Belly Dance Melbourne

Teacher: Melusina

ABN: 93982668148

For more information contact Melusina

Phone: 0424 867 775

Email: melusina@bellydancemelbourne.com

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Testimonials


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