Award-winning dance artist, teacher, choreographer and dance judge, Meilyn is a lover of Egyptian and Turkish Oriental, Turkish Romani dance and Fusion Bellydance. Based in Leeds and known for her clear teaching style and magnetic performance, she teaches regular classes from beginner up to advanced levels and performs regularly with her class group, Lola Hips.

Meilyn's theatricality and drama won her first runner up in the Entertainer Award at international bellydance festival, Jewel of Yorkshire, 2012, where she has now become one of the local teachers. Commissioned to teach choreographies for nationwide tours, competitions and business launches, Meilyn has also been invited to London by Ozgen to perform her Turkish Romani group choreography as part of his 'One Day in Istanbul' stage show. Recognised for her affinity to the dance, she takes pride in sharing real Turkish Romani 9/8 technique and knowledge about the culture.

Meilyn began her bellydance education at Leeds University and, after a year of studying abroad in Turkey, she returned to take on presidency of and teaching for the Leeds University Union Belly Dance Society (LUU BDS) in 2008. Continuing with her undergraduate and then masters studies, within three years she took the club from a single weekly class to five classes a week. She remains resident bellydance instructor for LUU BDS.


Dark Princess

Beautifully feminine expression, dripping in morose intensity, the Dark Princess workshop is a choreography based session, where dancers will take home dynamic and emotive combinations to Deine Lakaien's haunting piece,'Return'. Embracing both fluid and staccato movement, Meilyn will break down the moves and sequences for you, guiding you down the road to wistful self discovery.

Technique will include gentle layering, how to add power behind a move, intricate combinations, along with simpler, easy-to-remember sequences.

Meilyn is renowned for her sinuous, slinky movement, striking choreographies and her passionate and searing performances. Don't be fooled by her friendly teaching style and easy demeanour; on stage, she will burn the walls down with a glance.

9/8 Rhythm for the Fusion Dancer

Fusing dark fusion technique with authentic Turkish Romani, join Meilyn for a revealing workshop on how to dance 9/8 rhythm to a drum solo, Turkish Romani music as well as dark fusion pieces. Turkish Romani dance is a street dance belonging to the Roma people of Turkey, but is expected in a set by an 'oryantal' ('oriental') Turkish bellydancer.

Meilyn's expertise in the dance and her slinky and involute tribal fusion technique will take you on an infused trip down the lively backstreets of Istanbul and the darker spirals of tribal fusion.

Dancers will be introduced to more than one 9/8 rhythm, Turkish Romani dance technique and learn how to anticipate and interpret the elusive beat in the 9/8 rhythms. Dancers will also take a short choreography home with them.

Open level.

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