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My experience at the studio has been nothing short of amazing. I went from being a mediocre teach-yourself belly dancer to becoming show ready in just a few months. Ioanna is such an amazing teacher! Not only is she a perfectionist so you will never be below standard, but she has heart and loves what she does and that passion spreads into her choreography or even a simple class drill. There is no isolation or exclusion; Ioanna pays attention to each and every student equally, she always goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is in top form and happy. This studio is not only a dance class for me but a family.

Jade Adegboye

This studio is definitely built on love, passion, creativity and absolute empowerment! You are free to be whoever you choose. You can express yourself in a way that is pure art! I’ve grown so much not just as a dancer but as a person! Learning to love myself and my body is all thanks to Ioanna! This studio is everything and more!!

Lilanie Kluyts

I thought I enjoyed bellydance before... I had no idea how rewarding it could be until I found this studio! A perfect blend of professionalism and fun!

Michelle Meyer

If you are looking not only for a dancing studio but a loving community and a teacher that shares for your personal development too, you are at the right place

Roula Inglesi-Lotz

Ioanna is an absolute professional as a studio owner and dance instructor, who has also received training in Egypt. My journey with the Belly Dance Academy has been one of energetic classes and informative dance workshops too. Don't hesitate to join a positive group of women in a safe and secure studio who all benefit from a highly skilled yet passionate instructor.

Michelle Lingham

I have never experienced dancing in such a peaceful environment. Your studio is truly more than just a studio. It is a true sisterhood. And never have I seen someone dance and teach with such passion. Your passion is truly obvious and that inspires us all.

Eolande Horn

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 oriental invasion belly dance family.

Avi Buldeo

The Belly Dance Academy is a safe space for individuals from all walks of life. You are taught to learn to love your body & isolate it in many different ways. It is a place where one can grow and develop a new skill whilst having lots of fun.
Ioanna is patient and aims to get the most out of her students. She is passionate about belly dancing and her love for dance is contagious. Learning how to belly dance with this instructor is an absolute must!

Caroline Williams

What sets Ioanna apart from the mediocre belly dance teachers out there? She not only talks the talk but boy can she dance the walk!

The difference lies in the extra mile she walks with each student and the safe haven and belly sisterhood she creates in leading by example.

Not only is she a phenomenal dance teacher and award-winning choreographer, but she invests in her students - (you can't nót thrive in such a positive and uplifting presence) - and that, I believe, makes all the difference.
The only thing I regret is not signing up sooner.

Michelle Kruger

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

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

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.

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

Tanita Bezuidenhout

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

Willemien Malan

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

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.