About the Academy

About The Academy, 240 Franklin Street, Adelaide

The origins of Belly Dance Academy in Adelaide began in 1987 and was further established by Nayima Hassan in 1995, soon blossoming to become a celebrated South Australian success story. Situated in the western precinct of Adelaide CBD in Franklin Street, this great location is easy to access with ample free parking. Set within a historic 1860’s church adorned with Pharaonic statues and treasures, you’ll be sure to feel right at home while learning an ancient dance with a modern Egyptian twist. With a large and beautifully decorated studio hall, your dance surrounds are inspiring and airy. The exotic décor evokes the mystical ambience of a by-gone civilisation, adding to your whole cultural dance experience. SA’s own little Egypt in the heart of Adelaide!

Through decades of dance experience the academy offers caring and professional tuition presenting Belly Dance as a vibrant and stylish dance art for women of all ages and fitness levels. Director and founder Nayima Hassan opened the doors 22 years ago when Belly Dance was still considered a fringe form of exercise. Since then, her academy has been home to thousands of Adelaide women who have enjoyed the art and exercise of Belly Dance through her carefully crafted teaching methods and repertoire. The academy has become famous for offering women of South Australia the most enjoyable hour of achieving fitness and well being through this creative and gorgeous form of recreation.

Postcards Segment Screened on Channel 9 Adelaide on 14th June 2009

‘Open Sesame’ – See Inside the Academy

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Re-Open Sesame

‘Open Sesame’ or rather ‘Re-open Sesame’. Nayima re-opened her Belly Dance Academy in 2013 after returning from a year in Egypt and Turkey. The extended time abroad gave Nayima the unique opportunity to further immerse herself in the dance, music and culture. She has returned home to Adelaide inspired and delighted to continue sharing the spirit of Egyptian dance with her favourite women in the world and that’s women of Adelaide in her own community.