Belly Dance Classes

Learn the art of Belly Dance with Ioanna

The Ultimate Dance of Femininity

The best time to start is now, regardless of where you are in your life journey. If you are drawn to Belly Dance, don't let your socially constructed perception of "correct" age or body type prevent you from pursuing your passion. Belly Dance was created BY women FOR women. It is the ultimate dance of femininity where you learn to embrace yourself, your body, your limitations and your perfectly imperfect flaws.

Belly Dance is a Great way to get Healthy and Active

Relieves Back and Joint pain

Better posture & core strength

Promotes Weight Loss & Toning

Decreases anxiety & stress

Helps in Preparing for Childbirth

Huge Self-Confidence booster

Helps relieve PMS symptoms

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Become a Student

Get in touch with us today at Oriental Invasion to book your first complimentary belly dance class. We welcome women and children of all ethnicities, backgrounds, shapes and sizes to attend classes. Learn at your own pace, with a variety of classes that cater for all levels. Attention to detail is prioritised in every class, by every teacher to ensure students understand every aspect of the dance.

Currently all of our classes are presented LIVE online and offer you a virtual interactive class. We hold our students accountable to attend so as to encourage discipline because we all know how lazy we can get in these winter months! You will need a steady internet connection. Classes will be held online and in the studio from: Lockdown Level 1. We already have our safety protocols in place.

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All Available Classes


09:00 — Hula

16:30 — Stretch

17:30 — Beginner Level 2

18:30 — Belly Dance Technique

19:30 — Beginner Level 3


17:30 — Tribal Fusion

18:30 — Beginner Level 1


09:00 — Beginner Level 1

16:30 — Stretch

17:30 — Intermediate

18:30 — MBDSA (Invite Only)

19:30 — Advanced (Invite Only)


16:30 — Stretch

17:30 — Belly Bodies

18:30 — Beginner Level 1


09:00 — Beginner Level 1

Spring Special
4 Classes per Week

  • 3 Belly Dance Classes and 1 Stretch Class per Week
    (16 Classes per Month)

  • Presented LIVE Online or In-Studio

  • For NEW Students Only*

  • R 250.00 Registration Fee

  • R 1’500.00 Normal Price

  • R 850.00 per month


Most Popular Memberships

Progress at your own pace.

2 Classes per Week

  • 2 Classes per week consecutively
    (8 Classes a Month)

  • R 250.00 Registration Fee

  • R 980.00 per month

1 Class per Week

  • 1 Class per week consecutively
    (4 Classes a Month)

  • R 250.00 Registration Fee

  • R 640.00 per month

Unlimited Classes

  • Unlimited Classes
    per week

  • R 250.00 Registration Fee

  • R 1'800.00 per month

Studio Address

Second Level
Bethesda Building
314 The Hillside street

How our Students feel about Iaonna's Belly Academy


I've always wanted to learn to dance, but you mostly need a partner and mine, well, he just doesn't feel the rythm. Belly dancing always look so sensual and I decided to try! My word was I intimidated when I saw the massive mirror and I had to face myself. In the beginning I reallly couldn't look at myself, don't like what I see. But the more I go the more I catch myself stealing a glimpse here and there.


Having known Ioanna for the past years, I find Ioanna very professional, talented and dedicated towards belly dancing.

Learning from the former Miss Belly Dance South Africa, Ioanna have never hesitated to share all her knowledge and dance experiences with us, in aim of mounding us into even better dancers. Ioanna's dedication and passion is evident as she has received great achievements as a result, one of the most recent was Miss bellydance South Africa choreographer of the year 2017. Ioanna is a great mentor, who displays great dedication and commitment towards this art form. 

Ioanna takes every opportunity to better herself as a dancer and teacher, she is an amazing Dance mother. I am a proud member of the Belly Academy family.

Avi Buldeo

I thought about what to say because there are so much to say… people sometimes ask me what my hobby is. I use to say 'belly dance'. Then I realised it is so much more than a mere 'hobby'. It is a life journey for me. Belly dance enriches me body and soul. I am part of an amazing sisterhood with Ioanna as teacher, mentor and friend.

Together we sweat and laugh and panic and sometimes cry. Ioanna and my belly sisters... thank you for this incredible journey!

Alta Van Der Walt

My dance journey started on the 15 may 2013. Every week I look forward to my Monday and Tuesday nights, because I know, I am going to Ioanna's class. As a teacher Ioanna is patient, kind, energetic and encouraging and she takes the time to really teach the technical aspects of belly dance.

Ioanna's Belly Academy is my favorite place.all my worries roll of my back when I enter. Best studio to learn how to bellydance and the best teachers ever.

Willemien Malan

William Arthur Ward said 'The mediocre teacher tells; the good teacher explains; the superior teacher demonstrates and the great teacher inspires’ .

He must have had Ioanna in mind when writing this as she is the personification of a great teacher. She believes in you even when you don't and inspires you to find the rhythm in your hips and a passion for live. Ioanna's love of dance is contagious and I am so privileged to have her as my teacher.

Tanita Bezuidenhout

I am passionate about dancing I call it the poetry of the body I come from Cuba where dancing is part of our lives so being here in South Africa I found a space and a great teacher where I can express myself but at the same time be able to learn a totally new dance for me, it is a challenge and inspiration. I have learned so much from her and from the ladies. In her class I am able to forget about all the worries and focus in the art of belly dance by looking at her and listening to her instructions.

She is passionate about belly dance so it is a contagious feeling!!! Love it !!

Cristina Fourie

Hi ladies, just wanted to share, since I’ve been doing these classes regularly I’ve noticed such nice improvements, my wrists always got really sore when I put weight on them in class, but that’s completely gone now. 😁 And my shoulder always seized up when I had to work on a computer, I was on some pretty strong painkillers for it, but I’ve had to take maybe one this entire lockdown, even though all my work is online now. Thank you so much ⁨The Belly Dance Academy⁩ !!

Carla Turner
Learn How to Belly Dance Belly Academy – Oriental Invasion