Josephine Wise - Professional Training Tutor/National Assessor
Josephine is one of the world’s top exponents of Egyptian Dance. She is in demand internationally for her teaching style and her commitment to the development of each dancer’s talent and ability.
In 1990 she set up the Josephine Wise Academy of Arabic Dance (JWAAD) to promote the highest standards in Arabic dance, the JWAAD Summer School and the JWAAD Teacher Training Diploma Course. After her partner in the creation of the course, Maggie Caffrey, retired, Josephine invited five of her senior teachers to deliver the course with her, and Kay Taylor to head the Professional Training department of the Academy. The Academy now runs two Diploma Courses, a Teaching Diploma and a Performance Diploma, and JWAAD professional courses are now being accredited by the Open College Network (OCN).
Calling on her extensive career as a performer, Josephine has developed a very distinct and accessible method of teaching both the physical technique and the cultural intricacies of Belly Dance. Josephine is a teacher of the Alexander Technique and she uses Alexander principles in her dance teaching, particularly alignment of the spine and release in the muscles. She is also trained as a Pilates teacher and uses Pilates style exercises when needed for core strengthening for dancers.
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Head of Professional Training
Kay Taylor - Professional Training Tutor/National Assessor
Kay Taylor is Head of the JWAAD Professional Training Program and is responsible for having achieved accreditation for the units of the Diploma Courses. One of the seniour JWAAD Tutors, Kay is in demand throughout the UK to teach workshops and perform. She is recognised internationally both as a teacher and promoter of specialist belly dance events such as the Farha Festival in Luxor, which is based on working with live music. Kay is passionate about people's development as dancers. She is responsible for both Farida Adventures, her holiday business, and Farida Dance, purveyor of all things to do with belly dance.
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Professional Training Tutors/National Assessors
Yvette Cowles was a founder member of Josephine Wise’s Masriat Dance Company and is now a soloist with Johara Dance. She has taught and performed bellydance for over 15 years and her background is in Egyptian style dance, although she now specialises in theatrical bellydance. She is a senior JWAAD Tutor and trains bellydance teachers on the Foundation and Diploma Courses.
Yvette has taught extensively across the UK. Events include London Fantasia, the International Bellydance Congress, several Farida Dance weekends at Ford Castle and the Jewels of the Nile show. She also teaches at the annual JWAAD Summer School. While living in South-West France, she taught regularly in Bordeaux and Marmande and performed as a soloist in La Nuit de la Danse Orientale at the Casino Municipal in Biarritz.
Yvette's work also focuses on the healing power of dance particularly with women who, like herself, have suffered from or are living with cancer.
After studying music for 20 years and Modern Jazz Dance for 3 years, Raphaelle started Oriental Dance in London in 1995. She obtained her JWAAD Teaching Diploma in 1999 and has been teaching in Paris and Europe since. She regularly teaches at JWAAD events (Fantasia and Summer School) and was also part of the teaching crew at the International Bellydance Congress in 2007 and 2009). She has been a Tutor on the JWAAD Diploma Course since 2005.
Raphaelle has studied with many Western and Egyptian teachers but her main influences are Josephine Wise, Yousry Sharif, Randa Kamal, Suhaila Salimpur, and more recently Jill Parker and Sera Solstice. She has also studied darbuka and req for 2 years with Habib Yammine in Paris.
Interested in 'The Difference' in terms of music, performances and costumes, Raphaelle has performed with artists like Trans-Global Underground, Natacha Atlas, Recycler and Oojami in France, the UK and Hungary, as well as in the opera Oberon. She has also appeared in videos and TV programmes in France and the UK, and has recently collaborated with Beach Bellydance Bablyon as a singer and recorded Oriental cover version of 'Trust in Me' and 'Fever'.
As well as adding her 'French Touch' to her performances, she is known for her work with props and floorwork. She specialises in zills and has developed her own method, which she teaches extensively in Europe.
Raphaelle is also co-organiser of BellyFusions fusion festival in Paris and is a founder member of the Oriental Dance Circle (ODC) - an association created to promote and develop Oriental dance France.
Gwen Booth is the JTA's Training Coordinator, and a tutor on the JWAAD Foundation and Diploma Courses. She specialises in the use of props (sword, stick, veils, fans, shamadan) and in the fusion of Egyptian dance with ballet and theatrical Western styles. Gwen is known for her elegant and dramatic style. She has performed and taught at national and international events including the International Bellydance Congress and Bellyfusions Festival Paris, and is a member and soloist with Johara dance company. Gwen is based in Oxford, and is available for workshops, performance and private tuition throughout the UK and abroad.
A highly experienced teacher, much loved for her sensual, feminine style, Margaret teaches regular classes in Surrey and workshops around the country. She is a soloist with Johara Dance Company, a senior teacher on the JWAAD Teacher Training Diploma Course and the co-founder and co-artistic director of the Habena Dance group.
Area: Surrey, Hampshire
Claire first fell in love with Egyptian bellydancing in 1999, and has since studied extensively to develop her own style. She is known for her musicality and expressive quality of her dancing. An experienced performer, her personal career highlights include performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, Glastonbury Festival and in Algiers. She is a senior member of the Tarab Dance Company. Claire started teaching in 2003 and has a friendly and approachable teaching style; constantly developing ways of breaking down material to help her students learn. Claire is a Tutor on the JWAAD Foundation Course and is currently Chair of the JTA.
Krystina (Chris Gould) obtained her JWAAD Teaching Diploma in 2002 and has been teaching in the East Sheen/Barnes area of London for over 10 years. She is the Artistic Director of the multi-award winning Egyptianize Dance Company and also the proprietor of Bellydance Boutique.
She's been called the "Queen of Raqs Sassy" and "Slinky, with class"! Béatrice is a teacher, performer and eternal student of Arabic dance. Her style is resolutely Egyptian incorporating both the traditional folkloric and the contemporary Cairene styles. She regularly attends workshops with the top Egyptian teachers & dancers. She is known for the emotionality of her dancing and her understanding of the music. She teaches regular classes in Surrey, and workshops throughout the UK, and overseas. She is also a tutor for the JWAAD Foundation and Diploma courses.
Catherine has been studying Arabic dance for over 10 years and is a JWAAD qualified teacher based in Kent. Having always enjoyed the femininity of the dance, Catherine was thrilled to be able to dance throughout her pregnancy last year and even during the birth! Catherine teaches regular classes in Aylesford, Strood and Sittingbourne.
Samantha has been belly dancing since 2000 and teaching since 2003. She trained as a teacher with JWAAD and has trained as a dancer with the top teachers and dancers from the UK, USA and Cairo. She is well known for her fusion sassy style. Samantha teaches bellydance and Zumba in North London, Essex and Hertfordshire.
Sandra is a qualified JWAAD dance teaching, holding regular weekly classes in the Hull and Humber region together with regularly travelling to teach dance workshops in the UK. An experienced belly dance teacher and performer, Sandra has over 25 years experience in other forms of dance including jazz, ballet, contemporary modern, tap and Latin American. Her classes and workshops are varied and fun, and styles taught range from Egyptian Oriental, Baladi, Saidi and Khaleegy to Folk, Pop and Fusion.
Nisha is currently on maternity leave. Nisha is a full time teacher, performer and choreographer based in Sheffield. She set up AIM TO DANCE in 2006 and runs weekly classes in Belly Dance, Bollywood, Salsa and Dance Workout, as well as community courses, school clubs and workshops around the UK. In 2009 Nisha established the ASHAY Dance Troupe, who perform at local and national events.
Nisha began her training in 2000 at K.DEE.K DanceWorks. In 2005 she qualified as a UKA Salsa and Oriental Dance Instructor and in 2006 completed certified courses in Exercise to Music, Zumba Instruction and Pilates. From 2007-2009 she trained at JWAAD and completed the JWAAD Diploma Course to become a qualified JWAAD Teacher. In 2012 she went on to complete a BA (Hons) in Dance Practice (contemporary dance). Nisha also competes in the UKA amateur Latin and Ballroom Medal Competitions.
"Dance is my real passion and I believe it is an innate aspect of humans. It is not just about learning a piece of choreography and performing it, it's about all aspects: the history and culture behind the dance; the technique and style; the major influences of the style; how to develop creativity in the style and how the dance is evolving."
Adam Warne is a UK based multi-percussionist specialising in the drums and rhythms of Egypt.
Adam performs internationally as a member of Guy Schalom's Baladi Blues Ensemble and Glenn Sharp's Jadid Ensemble as well as adding a touch of Egyptian rhythm to the Indian and jazz influences of Olivia Moore's Unfurl. Adam also works extensively in dance, teaching and performing with members of the Banat Eshorouk troupe in Leeds, as well as with many other teachers nationally and internationally.
Not just a tabla player, Adam is one of the few UK percussionists to specialise in the Riq, as well as performing, teaching and recording with the Duf, Doholla, frame drums and an array of different drums from musical traditions around the world.
As a drum tutor, Adam is known for combining a fun approach with a clear, in-depth presentation of technique and rhythms.