See what our members have to say about their journey with Oriental Invasion Belly Dancing 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.

I am going through a  rough patch at the moment but with Ioanna's love and passion for what she does and for her students, I look forwaed to take this journey and know there's someone there to hug u when you're down and guide you when you think you can't carry on. Ioanna, thank you for the support u give me and other ladies and to feel like a wpman again. I know my journey has just begun but I feel small changes every week.


I thought about what to say because there are so much to say‚Ķ 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

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

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

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.

Dance heaven 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

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
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