As a young girl I witnessed my first belly dancer and
was captivated by the impossibly beautiful movements that the
dancer displayed. The image stayed with me until eventually I
found a Turkish style belly dance studio where I could
begin my passionate dance affair. Having no previous
dance training, I expected to find it difficult to learn the movements,
but from that first class, it was like a glove that moulded perfectly
with my body... as if my body was always meant to move this way.
My teacher, Marlene, encouraged me to participate in shows and
exams to expand on my aptitude for the dance, and I
took part in exams and received Awards from Jewels of the Nile.
Later I joined an Egyptian style belly dance studio,
Belly Dance Goddess, where I met Angela Anzilotti who has made
massive efforts in the South African Belly Dance scene with the
first Middle Eastern Dance festival in Johannesburg, the first
Miss Belly Dance South Africa Contest, and brought over many international belly
dance stars to South Africa. Angela supported me in becoming an
integral part of Belly Dance Goddess as a teacher, performer,
Candice is organizer of Phoenix bellydance in Auckland, New Zealand.