Greek, Ballroom & Belly Dance Classes & Shows in Melbourne with Jimmy

Jimmy is an international performance artist, dance instructor and choreographer based in Melbourne and he specializes in many dance genres including, Belly Dance, Greek, Latin, and Ballroom. Jimmy's strengths as a performer and dance instructor lay in the vastness of his training, the power and grace of his movement, and his intense passion for the art of dance. His ability to combine an extensive dance vocabulary with immense experience on stage makes him an extraordinary performer.

Involved in performance arts for over 20 years, Jimmy is Melbourne's most sought-after dance entertainer and has built a trustworthy reputation for providing quality and value-add entertainment to any event he is hired to perform. He performs at private and corporate events, media events and product launches. He has showcased his talents on tv, in music videos and a movie.

His tremendous experience in the field of belly dance has enabled him to conduct a dance study, workshops and judging in contests.

Jimmy began his dance career in Greece and learnt latin and ballroom, Greek, ballet, jazz, and contemporary. He is a qualified dance instructor in Greek, latin, standard (ballroom), and belly dance. He completed his exams and received his dance diploma qualifications in all three genres and began teaching at several dance schools in Greece. Prior to his dancing career, Jimmy studied Ancient Greek Drama and acted in children's theatre and Ancient Drama theatre plays.

After continuing his studies in latin, ballroom and Greek dance, Jimmy decided to broaden his career and explored other dance genres including jazz, flamenco, and classical ballet (Vaganova method and French styles). He learnt techniques such as limon, Graham, release and improvisation.

In 2003, he commenced belly dance training and became a proud and accomplished student of Greece's belly dance icon, Deanna Rhea (aka as Rhea of Greece). The mentoring and coaching he received from Rhea led him to become a belly dance teacher and performer. Jimmy taught the sensual art of belly dance in many dance studios in Greece and is renowned for his expert dance artistry, sword balancing, creativity, and professionalism. He was hired to perform all over Greece in several restaurants and nightclubs, private and corporate events, festivals, product launch parties, drag shows and on Greek television.

In 2005, he registered his dance study titled "The Technique of Male Oriental Dancing" at the National Dance Council of Greece. He also appeared in Ancient Greek Theatre by choreographing and performing in the Greek Comedy play "The Birds" (Aristophanes).

In 2007, Jimmy competed in the 2nd Hellenic East Dance Competition at the Oriental Dance Greek Contest. He won 2nd place by performing a Tahtib choreography (Mahmoud Reda style) choreographed by Greece's renowned belly dance performer, teacher, choreographer; Maria Aya.

In 2008, Jimmy danced in the popular Bollywood movie,Wanted starring India's famous actor, Salman Khan.

In 2010, he was invited to be a judge at the European contest "Athens DanceSport Open" and judged in the categories of Belly Dance and Greek Dance. Jimmy's love and passion for teaching and performing have led him to work in and out of Greece. In 2010, he introduced belly dance training workshops in Turkey and collaborated with the dance studio "beden atölyesi" in Istanbul.

Jimmy moved to Australia in 2012 and became one of Melbourne's most recognized and sought-after belly dance and Greek Dance performers and dance instructors. He is invited to conduct belly dance workshops at many belly dance festivals in Australia.

In 2014, he received an invitation to be a guest speaker at The Melbourne University and presented a lecture on the History and Culture of Belly Dance.

Jimmy currently runs his private workshops and teaches Belly Dance and Greek Dance on a weekly basis, in Brunswick and Sunbury. He is available to perform at all types of events and teach dance across Australia and internationally.





DANCE CLASSES

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GREEK DANCE CLASSES

Beginner classes

Learn basic movements, technique and kinesiology of the most popular Greek dances such as kalamatianos, patima, syrtos, ipirotikos, ikariotikos, tsamikos, kotsari, tik, balos, zonaradikos and karagouna.

*Note: Classes are categorized and run according to the average ability of the participants. If you feel that you are at an advanced level then you should participate in the advanced level classes. If there are no advanced level classes running, then you will need to take private lessons.

Jimmy prides himself on his diversity and welcomes people from all different cultural backgrounds. Join in on the fun today!

All casual classes are $20 p.p. per lesson and 10 week enrolment course is $150 p.p. (save $50)

Advanced level

Suitable for students at an advanced level, this class focuses on honing in on the intricacies of the dance styles taught in beginner classes. Stronger levels of difficult movements are applied and the complete technique of each dance style is learnt.

The quality of this particular class is based on the Greek social dance standards which means that everyone is accepted regardless of their cultural background.

Advanced classes offer an immense fitness experience for the legs, hips and arms. Faster movements are taught and speeded up to a cardio like level that burns calories in a very joyful, social, cultural, qualitative and full on dance environment.

*Note: Students with serious health conditions such as heart disease, bone structure issues etc. must not take this class.

Zeybekiko class

This is a men's only improvisational class that promises to increase the male presence of any student-dancer on the stage by utilising high quality movements and techniques of this urban popular, passionate and beloved (Greek style) dance.

The class is conducted in a very comfortable and warm environment and is physically and technically demanding. It is designed for men's bodies and requires students with strong stamina and endurance.

As a very strong dancing experience and a very good exercise for the entire body, Zeybekiko is a totally unique experience for men who want to have fun by expressing their male nature in their own unique way as all of the steps can be tailored according to their own taste and/or previous dance experience.

Zeybekiko classes are strictly private and one-on-one. Group classes will only be taught if there is a strong demand and interest for 8 and above students.

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BELLY DANCE CLASSES

Beginner classes

Suitable for students with little or no previous experience in belly dance, these classes are fun and are designed to improve your physical fitness such as core strength, co-ordination, body awareness, posture, flexibility and more. There are mental and emotional benefits as well, including enhancing body image, female empowerment, creative expression, spatial awareness and stress relief. All of which you will experience from the very first class!

Classes start with a soft ballet warm up combined with belly-yoga exercises that offer an all-round fitness experience. You will learn basic technique movements and kinesiology, whilst learning the sensual art form of belly dancing. The class ends with easy cool down exercises after dancing. All movements are easy and very fun to learn!

Beginner belly dance classes include fragments from choreographed routines, allowing each student to enjoy a pre-intermediate experience.

A variety of different cultural music is played such as Turkish, Greek, English, French and much more! Jimmy prides himself on his diversity and welcomes people from all different cultural backgrounds. Join in on the fun today!

Intermediate classes

This is a class for students with good prior experience and who have been belly dancing for several months or who have been attending my beginner classes and are ready to progress to the next level and learn faster and more intricate rhythms.

You will need to know the basics of belly dance techniques and be ready to learn how to layer other moves on-top of the basics. Expect to use the available space by dancing travelling steps with combined movements and advanced level isolations.

We work on a step-by-step choreography, which is essential for all participants. This class will develop your dancing with a focus on more complex combinations and footwork, improvisation and musicality, and more advanced techniques that build on your key belly dance moves from beginner classes. The fitness content of the beginner class is incorporated but at a more advanced level and includes "danse à terre" exercises to strengthen and tone the core of your body.

This is a very strong class for students who want to learn quality skills – with plenty of opportunities to perform – and are just a step before the stage!

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BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES (pending)

Learn the basics in ballroom dances such as mambo, samba, cha-cha, rumba, slow waltz, fox-trot, viennesse waltz.

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PERFORMANCES

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BELLY DANCE SHOWS

Jimmy is Melbourne's most popular male belly dancer and has developed an excellent reputation for providing the best entertainment Melbourne has to offer!

Book Jimmy for a solo performance or book Jimmy to perform along with Melbourne's most talented female belly dancers!

Jimmy performs in Melbourne and internationally in Greece and Turkey for many years! He performs at private events such as weddings, hens nights and birthdays. He also performs at corporate events, social and promotional events, launch parties, festivals and cultural events. Jimmy performs in restaurants, night clubs, music videos, TV and film!

Whatever your occassion may be, Jimmy promises to provide the ultimate entertainment for you and your guests! With his male sensuality and strong athleticism he will thrill and entertain your audience with his incredible master talents!

Choose from several entertainment packages including freestyle belly dance, sword belly dance, pharaonic style (ancient Egyptian dance), drum solo, Isis wings and Tahtib (Egyptian folk dance), to name just a few!

His costumes and performances are tasteful and appropriate and he can customise his look and dance routines to your premises in order to complement the theme for your party, your decor and overall ambience. His routines are adapted to suit both audience preference and cultural background. He has the ability to perform in small or large spaces and can interact with the audience if this is something you desire. The music he performs to is tasteful, modern and compliments his performance. He comes with a large selection of Greek, Turkish, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern music to cater for guests from many cultural backgrounds.

A standard freestyle belly dance performance is 12 minutes and can either be increased or decreased to meet your specific request. Jimmy can also perform an extra 5 minute performance with a prop such as the sword, Isis wings, double canes, and more. All of Jimmy's performances can be with Melbourne's finest female belly dancers and live drummers! Packages are discussed at the time of your booking and prices may vary depending on location and travel times.

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GREEK DANCE SHOWS

Jimmy delivers a unique and powerful solo Greek dance show that promises to provide the ultimate entertainment for you and your guests. The duration of the show is 12 minutes and will leave you and your guests/audiences feeling nolstagic and delighted.

The performance integrates modern dance styles such as Zeybekiko, Hasapiko, Syrtaki, Hasaposerviko and on some occassions, Karsilama. Jimmy is an expert at engaging and connecting with guests/audiences (large or small) and the show ends with Jimmy encouraging people to join him on the dance floor and dance to fun and easy Greek dance steps (typically the Hasaposerviko dance style).

Jimmy regularly performs Greek dance shows at the Turkish restaurant, Akdeniz Akşamları and is Melbourne's most sought-after Greek dance solo performer.

He also performs Greek dance shows at private events including weddings, engagement and anniversary parties, christenings and birthdays. Jimmy is also booked to perform at corporate events, social and promotional events, launch parties, festivals and cultural events. He performs in restaurants, night clubs, music videos, TV and film!

Jimmy's solo Greek dance show is guaranteed to get everyone in the mood and dancing! Book him today to add excitement and culture to your event.

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CONTACT

Bookings & Events manager George Michael