Hizi-Hizi Bellydance

IOANNA PIAGALIS

How and When I started Dancing:
I started taking dance lessons when I was about 7 years old. I first did ballet with Rosemary Gallaghar for 3 years and then made a transition to Modern Dancing. It was only at the age of 11 that my mom took me to one of her Belly Dance classes that she was attending with a friend. After the lesson I felt inspired and knew that Belly Dance had something special, something different. I then started going to classes 3 times a week and couldn’t get enough!

Training Background:             
2001 to 2002 - The Oriental Dance Studio  (South Africa)
2003 to 2005 - Oriental Fusion Dance Studio  (South Africa)
2005 to 2007 – Own Training and Research
2007 (6 months) – Belly Dance studio (Richmond,London)

Recent Workshops:
December 2011 – The Goal Shift 3 day intensive training in Egyptian Oriental Dance Ava van Aarde.
October 2011 - Instructors Master Class with Danisa 
March 2012 –  Raqs Bootcamp 2 day intensive workshop covering Beginner basics through to Advanced professional.
March 2012 – Wings Workshop with Anastasia   
June 2012 – 8 hour Tribal Fusion Foundation with Marion Nowak
July 2012 – Workshops with Kash Athanatos on Tribal fusion

Performance History (Current & part regular gigs):

Ala' Turka Restaurant  May 2005 –  October 2011
Greek Boys Restaurant November 2006 – March 2008
Crystal Restaurant October 2007 – January 2009

                       
Performance Highlights:
Definitely the moment of my dance career that stands out the most is sharing a stage with Bozenka, from Belly Dance Superstars, and Karim Nagi. In 2012 I was the first runner up at The Miss Belly Dance South Africa competition.


Travels:
At the age of 18, I went to London for a short working Holiday. I signed up at a Belly Dance Studio in my area and attended regular classes for the duration of my stay which was 6 months.
In August 2012 I travelled to Greece for an Oriental Festival called Cairo by Night and was asked to perform in their Gala Show. The festival is 4 days long and 21 International Instructors presented workshops.


Media appearances (TV, magazines, Newspapers, Online):
Appeared in RaksAfrica, our national Belly Dance Magazine.

 

Apart from Dancing,

Studies & Job:
I have completed BPol Sci degree in International Politics. I am in the process of doing my Honours Degree in International Politics and also an Honours Degree in Philosophy.