Charni has been bellydancing since 1995, and danced in a troupe called Wildfires in the 1996 Adelaide
Fringe Festival. The troupe also performed at 12 schools as part of the Youth Education Program of the Festival, with Charni performing solos. Charni continued her tuition with all the major schools of Adelaide, and took workshops with visiting artists in a variety of styles. She also performed the part of “Azuri” in a production of The Desert Song choreographing and performing several numbers.
After moving to Melbourne in 2002, she continued her tuition both in regular classes and workshops and has performed in a variety of concerts, fund-raisers, festivals and functions.
She has choreographed and taught many group numbers for stage performances. Charni has shared her passion for this expressive dance at Box Hill Neighbourhood House since 2003 instructing women and girls of all ages. She started teaching at a second location in 2007 at Endeavour Hills Neighbourhood Centre. She loves teaching and gets a real kick out of watching the improvement in technique and confidence in the students from one week to the next.
Charni also teaches regular classes during the day by private arrangement for companies, schools and organisations. One such organsiation is “Alkira Centre Box Hill”. Alkira strives to meet the needs and wishes of people with intellectual disabilities, through care and support to enrich and challenge them to be part of the world community.
Besides teaching belly dance classes, she also provides opportunites for the students to perform. Some of the more recent performances include the Whitehorse Spring Festival, Kizmet Bazaar, Casey Multicultural Festival and the Dandenong Show. Having students perform increases self esteem and confidence.
Charni has also had students with illnesses or disabilities join in on regular evening classes, this has included, down syndrome, anxiety disorders (one student had a lovely companion dog who came to class) depression and self-esteem issues (such as connected to weight). Charni’s welcoming environment, a belief that anyone can learn (some just need a bit more time or a different way of teaching) as well as experience as a Life Coach and masters level of NLP helps students feel safe in learning something new. Lets face it, learning something new can be scary as well as exciting!
Wanting to learn belly dance, but feeling a bit shy? Have a look at our frequently asked questions such as “I’ve never danced before, can I learn?” “Is there an age limit?” and “Is it hard?” plus others. If you still have questions Charni is more than happy to answer them, you can either email or call her on 0416 236 132 or email happyhipsbellydance.
Charni has a level 2 First Aid Certificate and always uses safe dance practices.
And introducing new Happy Hips Belly Dance teacher – Sam!
Sam started bellydancing in 2002 and fell in love with the beautiful elegant femininity of it straight away! She’s studied extensively in many different styles with many different teachers from across Australia but her real passion is for the Egyptian styles and has travelled to Egypt in 2009 to study bellydance at its source. Sam has been teaching since 2011 and enjoy sharing technique, musicality and tips for both choreography and improvisation and running her own school, Border Bellydance. She was also a key member of NEMEDA which hosted the bi-annual Fire in the Belly Festival in the Albury/Wadonga area which I had the privilege to attend a few years ago. She is warm, caring and knows her stuff! I hope you will help me in welcoming her to the Happy Hips Family. Those savvy dancers who get Oasis Magazine will have seen her articles which were featured in the last two editions.