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Shimmy News is a newsletter that comes out each term to inform students of what is happening in our area, including workshops, Haflahs and performances.  This area also includes the links and a listing of events and workshops.  If you would like details of your event added please let us know.  Events  We are very lucky to be able to organise many fabulous events in this area.  Open to dancers from all round the country visit Our Events pages for up to date news of what's happening. 


Useful Reading, Check in here for features of interest to Bellydancers


Quick Clicks--Take a Bellydance Class, Book a Performance,

Attend our Workshops, Find out more about Sara or Host a Workshop in your area.

Sara Shrapnell :  Find out more about Sara, the styles she teaches from Egyptian to Tribal and everything in between. Keep up to date with Sara's blog including her travels to study with some of the top Bellydance teachers in the world.

Classes.  A list of Belly dance classes and course taught by Sara in Berkshire and North Hampshire. For those of you thinking about joining the classes start at the quick class finder to see which class might be best for you and then click on the class name to find out more details.  To help you choose there is a page about the structure, a big section called "your first class" that explains all the things I would like to share with new dancers but never have the time, and also a list of the most frequently asked questions so you can find out more about what we do.  Also available is a page especially for Male Bellydancers, with links to some inspirational men from all round the world, and one aimed at the more advanced dancers to help them study outside class time and improve their dancing.  Please make sure you read my terms and conditions before coming to class.

Mersin, is our Belly dance performance group.  Here you will find pages with details of our recent shows as well as lots of photos.  Mersin regularly performs at events throughout the south of England--Haflahs, theatre shows and private parties.  If you are interested in booking our group al the details are in this section.


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Want to start classes ?

New students are always welcome to join any of the drop in classes any time.  Sports Centre Classes need to be pre- booked.  Take a look at the quick class finder page below for all the details, directions, lesson plans and available dates.



Video Clips of Sara !


Fire dance

Dance on Glasses

Baladi style

Email Sara Direct about workshops, bookings or joining a class.




Please note that Sara is on email each day and should be able to reply fairly quickly, but when on Blackberry that reply might be a tad brief.  Phone calls and text are not a good way to contact Sara.





Sara Shrapnell Home Page

Detained Dance Biography

Contact Sara

Workshops Available

Performance Booking details


2008 Trip to Las Vegas

2007 Trip to San Francisco

2006 Trip to New York



Quick Class Finder

About the classes


Your First Class

Terms and Conditions

Beyond the Basics

Find your level

Drop in or course - what is best for you

Why Bellydance


Booking a Performance

With Sara

With Mersin


Mersin Homepage

Mersin Biographies

Recent Performances



Shimmy News

Events Diary

Upcoming performances

Order Forms



Useful Reading

Men in Middle Eastern Dance

Performing in a Hafla

Book Reviews

Gift Ideas

Beyond the basics

Why Bellydance

Fan Photos

Video Clips of Sara

Video clips of favourite dancers

Class wear

Fitness and Bellydance

Wear it Pink !

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