Great news for Queenslanders - Aradia, one of my fave bellydance teachers, is moving to the Gold Coast.

She has invented a unique style - industrial bellydance! The combination of hip-hop style locks and pops with sinuous snake-like movements is mesmerising to watch.


Don't panic if you're a beginner - Aradia won't expect you to pop and lock! Her Beginners classes are designed to give you a solid foundation in general belly dance technique.

For those who can't attend her Gold Coast classes, Aradia regularly runs dance workshops across the country.  If you can make it, go - you'll learn some great technical tips to improve body awareness and muscle control.  Can't get to a workshop?  You can now buy her DVD - here's a clip:


The DVD is available to purchase from her website

Aradia has a varied background in other styles of dance besides belly dancing, including hip hop, jazz and competition level ballroom. She has used that knowledge to launch an exciting new fitness method, Human Fusion. Watch out for it at your local health club soon!

Interview with Gold Coast Belly Dancer Aradia

1. How did you get started with belly dancing?

After over 15 years of various dance styles, I landed in competition ballroom dance. Just before a major competition, my dance partner was permanently disabled from a work accident so I decided to try something new. I had seen ‘Dreaming of Jeannie Bellydance Academy’ every day driving past to Ballroom and had always wanted to try it. After the first lesson, I was hooked.

2. What was the inspiration for your unique Industrial belly dance style?
Honestly, I had started to feel a little like a clone in the bellydance world. I had all this other dance experience under my belt (pardon the pun!) and decided to mash it all together to see what happened. Over the years I have refined what it is exactly that I do and how my movement style can work with other bellydancers - so not only do they not have to change styles, but they can apply the technique used in Industrial belly dance to further enhance other styles. Industrial is more a technique of execution of movement.

3. What advice would you offer an aspiring belly dancer?

Get in there an enjoy it. Your heart beats to a rhythm so find the style that works with your heart. Persevere as the first few classes can be intimidating and confronting but the rewards far outway that within weeks. Your body is made for this movement... So go for it.

4. Your new HumanFusion fitness system includes a belly dance module. Do you have to be a fitness instructor to participate, or are you keen for belly dance teachers to participate?

Absolutely! HumanFusion has a strong value of maintaining the integrity of various arts (such as belly dance), so we want real dancers teaching the REAL dance style with REAL technique. Belly dancers can absolutely teach the classes and will supported along the way to gain their fitness industry qualifications to ensure safe dance fitness practice through HumanFusion.


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16 Responses

  1. Kat says:

    This woman is the most incredible thing I have ever seen in Bellydance. Aradia is a fantastic performer with so much vibrance and personality and her movement is out of this world with her crazy popping and locking. I did her Sydney Industrial Bellydance workshop and found it to be the best value for money day I’ve ever had. We were given a hard days work with drills and a small choreography as well as lunch, a tank top and cd. I left that day with a new inspiration for what I can do with bellydance now. Thank you Aradia and never stop what you are doing as you are truly just an inspirational woman.

  2. sirena says:

    I agree, Kat. I went to the Sydney workshop and while I confess I was hopeless at the industrial pops and locks, I learned a huge amount from the workshop and was lost in admiration for her control!

  3. Kate says:

    Unfortunately I never had a class under Aradia, but I have seen her perform her Industrial style & it is fantastic.
    She has so much body control it is amazing to watch. Aradia is one belly dancer who you really appreciate watching perform.
    A very insperational belly dancer!

  4. Marie says:

    I love Aradia’s workshops – talk about value for money they go for most of the day- included is a wonderful catered lunch- a goody bag with a t-shirt- not to mention fantastic drills and choreography then ending on a wonderful meditation to boot. She is a wonderful teacher and I cant recommend her classes enough. We in Canberra consider ourselves very luck to have this wonderful woman and wonderful teacher

  5. Dominika says:

    Aradia has been the most inspirational teacher I have ever had…. all I did was the one Melbourne workshop and my dancing has changed forever!! What a generous teacher sharing her incredible skills and knowledge and then also providing lunch, t-shirts and a CD (and freddo frogs). We were blown away. And with Industrial I have found my new passion in belly dance, and have been so inspired myself since. I haven’t danced everyday for a long time but these movements just keep coming and I can’t stop. Very grateful and can’t wait till she comes back 🙂

  6. Liz says:

    I am in total agreeance with these women. I have never seen anyone like Aradia anywhere in Australia. It’s great to see someone who is the same as everyone else and she has this brilliant refreshing attitude with no ego like some other dancers out there. My dancing too has changed forever and I feel as though she has opened the gates to what I can do with my own dancing. She’s bringing out a DVD on Industrial later this year apparently and my students and I are just hanging for it. If you haven’t seen this woman dance… go to her site or better still, go see her in person – she takes you on a journey as though you’ve never seen dance before.

  7. Cindy says:

    I attended the Melbourne workshop and was really impressed. the quality of teaching was brillant.
    Vaule for money, and she makes you feel welcome and at ease. I havent been to any other workshops that can compare….
    Loved it and would go again in a heart beat,,,when are you comming back??

  8. Ebony says:

    I am verye xcited to be dancing alongside Aradia at Canberra’s Multicultural Festival 2009!!

    I hope to start an Industrial Class next eyar as well. She is incredible live.

  9. sirena says:

    Phew! I attended Aradia’s Sydney workshop yesterday – what an intense day! I enjoyed myself so much, I didn’t realise how tired I was until I got home and flopped on the couch!

    I managed to “get” the ticking and locking a bit more this time – but for me, that wasn’t the object of the workshop. What I got out of it – a better understanding of how the muscles drive various movements, a “Eureka” moment when I finally understood how to do a bottom-to-top undulation, and a new way of improvising. Loved it!

  10. Aradia says:

    You girls are all so fab! Thank you for leaving great feedback! I had the best day with you all and look forward to doing more next year. xxx

  11. Jen says:

    Aradia is by far my favourite bellydancer in Australia. I did her workshop and I hear she is about to do the next round. I found her teaching to be so easy to understand and yet thorough. She really knows her stuff and never made me feel inferior or like an idiot if I didn’t get it. We need to celebrate dancers like her more!

  12. sirena says:

    Yes Jen, I agree! I’m sorry so many “classical” dancers are scared off by the Industrial tag, because so many of them would benefit from the workshops even if they never plan to tic and lock in their lives!

  13. Caroline says:

    Omigod.. I just received her DVD a week ago and she is so talented! She makes it so easy to understand and isn’t she a stunner! I haven’t had the pleasure of learning from her in the flesh but from what everyone says on here maybe I should check out when she is next in town in Sydney. She seems so down to earth and not stuck up herself like lots of dancers in Sydney. Come to Sydney Aradia!

  14. Thea says:

    Caroline, I’m not sure when Aradia’s due back but you can register for her workshops here:

    It’s definitely worth going to her workshops if you can, they’re great.

  15. Melody says:

    I just did Aradia’s workshop at the Wild Honey Festival in Byron Bay this weekend and it was great! She shared so much information in such a short time (only 2 hours) and yet we were all wanting to keep going at the end – it was 30c too! It just goes to show how great a teacher she is. Her depth of knowledge is so huge and yet she made it so easy for us to understand more about our own bodies and I love how she explains movement executioin. I would love to do more with her! Oh yeah – she also gave all participants a copy of her DVD as a surprise which was amazing! She gives us notes and a double DVD. I am still quite spellbound pardon the pun at what an immense workshop she delivered and incredible performance at the show. There truly is nothing likeher out there is there. Mel

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