Gwen is an acclaimed professional belly dance instructor and performer based in Oxford, UK.
Gwen began dancing at the age of 3, and has studied many styles including ballet, modern dance, jazz, rock n’ roll and ballroom, in addition to training in gymnastics. Performing and teaching bellydance for over two decades, she has studied the Egyptian style extensively through many world-renowned master teachers and performers.
Known for her Egyptian and theatrical fusion bellydance, Gwen blends elements from western dance forms with Egyptian bellydance into a unique, sophisticated and graceful fusion. Audiences praise her elegance, poise, expressivity and musicality. She loves to use props including sword, finger cymbals, stick, veils, fans and shamadan. She is known for elegant, inventive and dramatic choreography and performance, has performed and taught across the UK and Europe.
Students and dance colleagues describe her as a gifted and inspirational teacher with a wealth of knoweldge and experience to share. Qualified as a Master Teacher (Level 5), assessor and mentor with JWAAD, and a director of JWWAD Bellydance Training Lmited, Gwen trains bellydance teachers on the JWAAD Safe Delivery of Bellydance Classes, History and Culture, Music, and Teaching Methods courses. She is an experienced competition judge.
Gwen is also one of the few belly dance teachers in the UK certified in the Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour formats. She is certified at Level 2 in the Suhaila format and Level 2 in the Jamila format, and has found the Suhaila format hugely beneficial for strong, precise dancing. She has toured Europe as a performer with with Bal Anat, the world's longest-running Bellydance company, and is a Principal Soloist with the prestigious Johara Dance Company.
At the moment, Gwen offers individual lessons and coaching for dancers, workshops, and hugh quality performance in Egyptian and theatrical fusion bellydance. She is also available for consultations on stage makeup, costuming, props and presentation.Tuition in the fabulous, elegant, showgirl dance style is also available.