Newtown Middle Eastern Dance Centre

Bellydance Classes

Newtown Middle Eastern Dance Centre
Principal: Leonie Sükan
Studio: 18A Enmore Rd, Newtown
ph: 02 9519 3764, 0411 543 764

The Newtown Middle Eastern Dance Centre (NMEDC) has been offering belly dance classes for twenty years. Whether you just want to have fun and improve your fitness, or seriously pursue the dance, we have a class to suit you!

Class information
New Beginners courses run for a six week term at the discount price of $99.00. To enrol, download the New Beginners Enrolment Form (PDF - 9 KB). For more information, contact Leonie.

Other classes are $20.00 per one-hour class unless otherwise noted. Annual, 6 months and monthly memberships are available, entitling you to unlimited classes plus discounts on workshops and events.

NMEDC offers performance opportunities for senior students and successful graduates. See also: The Fabulous Turkish Delights. We also produce an annual bellydance pantomime which has a four-show theatre season in December each year. It is lots of fun and hard work and you are welcome to join us! Contact us to find out how to get involved.

Preferably a skirt or leggings worn on your hips, a top that doesn't obscure the teacher's view of your hip movements and a scarf for your hips. Bare belly is entirely optional!


Leonie, school principal, teaches most classes. See About Leonie for biographical and teaching information.

Ruth has been teaching beginners and intermediate classes at NMEDC for more than ten years. Ruth is a professional dancer who works at various venues around Sydney. She brings a background in classical ballet to her classes which emphasise technique through a syllabus of drills that she has devised to develop strength, control, flexibility and isolation. Ruth creates and choreographs our bellydance pantos - 'NOT the Nutcracker Suite' (2007), 'NOT Cinderella' (2008), 'NOT Little Red Riding Hood' (2009), NOT Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs (2010), NOT The Wizard of Oz (2011), Peta (NOT Peter) Pan (2012) and The Magic Lamp (NOT Aladdin) in 2013. She designs the school, Festival and Bellydance Pantomime websites and is Festival archivist.

2014 Class Timetable

Last updated: June, 2014

Classes are held at our Newtown studio unless otherwise noted. For more info contact Leonie.

Classes have commenced for 2014 unless otherwise noted below.

Monday 9.30 - 10.30 Seniors-Only Class (Leonie - at Hurstville Senior Citizens Hall) - Seniors price $5
12.45 - 1.45 Beginners (Leonie - at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL). Contact the Club for details: 9559 0000.
Tuesday 1.00 - 2.00 Beginners (Leonie - at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL). Contact the Club for details: 9559 0000.
6.00 - 7.00 Basic Technique (Leonie)
7.00 - 8.00 Zumba (Valentina) - must call beforehand 0423 408 876
Thursday 6.15 - 7.15 Beginners (Leonie - at Sutherland)
6.00 - 8.00 Panto Rehearsals (Ruth)
Friday 10.30 - 11.30 General (Leonie - at City Tattersalls Club) Contact City Tattersalls Womens Fitness Centre: 9287 6459
6.00 - 7.00 Zumba (Valentina) - must call beforehand 0423 408 876
Saturday 9.30 - 10.30 Beginners (Melika)
10.30 - 11.30 General Technique (Leonie)
11.30 - 2.30 Panto Rehearsals (Ruth)


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Class at the NMEDC Newtown Studio (above) and NMEDC shows (below).