Hello and Welcome to Dance Of Life Belly Dance & Drums


We offer professional classes in Gypsy style Belly Dance and Arabic percussion.
Dance courses available include: Beginners, Advanced/Intermediate.
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To register for a Beginners Course please click here.

The main dance focus of the school is traditional Gypsy belly dance, which is the origin of most other styles of this genre of dance. Cabaret, Tribal and Fusion all find their roots in the dances of the gypsies and desert tribes of North Africa and the Middle East.

We have also incorporated a blend of other cultural styles to enrich the dance experience, including Flamenco/Belly Dance Fusion and Bollywood.

Book the Dance Of Life for an Event

The Dance Of Life professional Dance Troupe with the Dance Of Life Drummers can bring unique entertainment, colour and a real sense of celebration to your event. We have experience in all types of events: Corporate, Private and Community.
We can provide a range of entertainment, from full troupe and drummers, to duets and soloists. Our shows can be purely performance based or we can include audience interaction.
The Dance Of Life is well known and well received throughout Australia, presenting professional and spectacular performances.

Corporate Events

Corporate Functions such as staff parties, conferences and staff development can be enhanced with performances and/or interactive workshops by Dance Of Life.

Private Events

Private Events include Hen’s Nights and Girls Nights Out Parties at your venue or we can arrange a venue for you. These are perfect events for incorporating interactive workshops and entertainment.

Community Events

Dance Of Life has always been active in the community.  We can provide workshops and entertainment at minimal cost for community based events and we are also available for fund raisers.

Young Engineers Dinner
Newcastle Jockey Club Broadmeadow Racecourse

Private Function at the Regal Cinema, Birmingham Gardens, Newcastle NSW.

Roaming in Beaumont Street Multicultural Festival, Hamilton, Newcastle NSW.

Keynote Speaker & Presentations

Sonya Manzalini has been teaching belly dance in Australia for 28 years and with that comes a wealth of knowledge.
Sonya has studied the history of the gypsies, tribes and dances of North Africa and the Middle East and has created “Herstory”, an historical presentation on the subject.
“Herstory” has been presented at special presentation evenings for students and community at the Dance Of Life Studio with such popular demand for it to be included as a keynote presentation for the wider community at larger venues.

She is also learned in the health benefits of belly dance for woman, from physical to mental, and has presented keynote presentations on the subject at various seminars and conferences around Australia, including the Rural Doctors Annual Conference and Womens Health Conferences.

Presentations can include a workshop component with participant interaction which helps solidify certain health benefits discussed in the presentation.

Get free shipping in Australia on a variety of gypsy and tribal costumes, coin scarves, jewellery, ethnic clothing and much more.
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The Dance Of Life family is Sonya Manzalini and a wonderful community of dedicated women, men and children who all have a hand in making this happy and supportive family work.

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(Principal and Choreographer)