One of Melbourne's most highly sought after belly dancer and instructor, Ekaterini, has been involved in the art of Middle Eastern Dance since 2001. She has performed hundreds of shows across Australia at festivals, corporate events, weddings, birthdays and other special occasions.
Her expression of belly dance is elegant, authentic and polished, bringing presence and a natural musicality to her performances. Her style of dance and choice in music can vary from classical and modern Egyptian, Turkish Oriental, Lebanese and Greek Tsiftitelli.
She uses traditional belly dance props including colourful silk veils, scimitar sword, zills (finger cymbals), saiidi (cane),and isis wings to add excitement and wonder to her performances. The performance can be customized to your specific needs.
You can also book a live Middle Eastern drummer to accompany Ekaterini's performance for a truly authentic and exotic experience! A popular choice for weddings and roving entertainment.
Ekaterini has spent many years training with several reputable teachers in both Sydney and Melbourne all of which have been influential in the development of her own unique style of belly dance.
In 2014 Ekaterini traveled to Turkey and trained with some of Istanbul's most respected belly dancers including Ozlem Idilsu and Serup Su. In 2010 she traveled to Egypt and completed private belly dance workshops with master choreographers in Cairo including Raqia Hassan, Randa Kamel, and Soraia Zaied. Her training has also extended to workshops with world renowned dance artists Jillina, Aziza and Tamalyn Dallal from the US, and Mohamed Kazafy from Egypt.
In 2011 she collaborated with celebrity Jason Coleman (TV judge on So You Think You Can Dance) to perform at a high profile event held at the Grand Hyatt, and has since been invited to teach belly dance workshops to the full-time students at Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance.
Ekaterini was also been selected to be one of the new faces of Ausdance Victoria, representing belly dance in 2013.
Belly dance is an incredibly enchanting art form that is appropriate for all ages, bringing joy to your event like nothing else can. Ekaterini is dedicated to promoting the beauty and integrity of belly dancing. With its graceful control and discipline, belly dance is a magnificent expression of feminine power.