Helen found her passion for dance at a very young age; coming from the Middle East was the greatest inspiration for her to follow belly dancing where this exotic dance has got a root in.
Helen is a talented, professional belly dance performer, choreographer and teacher. She taught gymnastics and belly dancing in the Middle East and went on to gain gymnastic medals and win the belly dancing star competition. Helen’s interest in language and culture culminated in her obtaining both BA and MA Linguistics degrees from the University of East Anglia. She believes dance is a form of language and communication and without a doubt it interacts with culture. It is not just learning the techniques that make you master the dance but understanding the culture would play an important role to dominate the dance floor as well. Helen teaches belly dancing at Hawi Belly Dancing School. The classes are encouraging, energetic and full of fun! Each class is unique. Students are taught a variety of techniques as many as they can take in, learning how to move less active or relatively inactive muscles and different parts of their body in isolation and altogether harmoniously in an elegant dance form.
Helen enjoys teaching belly dancing and her goal is to increase her students’ flexibility and to boost their confidence.
Helens’ main style is raks Sharghi (sharki) with a twist of Persian and other Middle Eastern dance styles .She says, “studying dance is a life-long process, it frees the spirit and gives health and fitness”. Helen performs her unique dance style at venues in London, Essex, and the South East.
*Raks Sharkiرقص شرقی is a literal translation for Oriental or Eastern dance, which was originated from Arab and some non-Arab countries in the Middle East.