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Jewel of Yorkshire Yorkshire’s First Festival of Bellydance

News at 16 July 2017...

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The ‘early bird’ prices have ended. But “fret not!”, as we say in Yorkshire, at full price we still feel we offer the best value for money in the UK.


This JoY is our 24th and will run from Friday 13th October to Sunday 15th October 2017.


Schedules for the workshops are available – follow the links in the box on the right of this page. Tickets are selling well. We now have 4 workshops sold out, 25 workshops that are at least 50% full and 2 where there’s just a few places left! Book soon to avoid disappointment.


If your first choice has gone please let us know and we can put you on a ‘reserve list’. Then, if someone cancels, we can offer the place to interested students.


Our festival teachers are Serap Su (Turkey), Serkan Tutar (Belgium) Maria Aya (Greece), Dud Muurmand (Denmark), Caroline (Belgium), Nawarra, Kay Taylor, Raheesha, Tracey Gibbs, Anne Kingston, Candi, Diana Mehira, Chris Ogden, Helena, Clair, Asif Qu, Carmen Duende and Rita Williamson.


On Friday evening, we will hold another Student Showcase. We are now fully booked for performers. We will hold a reserve list in case anyone drops out. Audience tickets for this event can be bought on the door on the evening or booked in advance as part of your workshop booking (Price is £6 for performers and audience).


The Saturday Festival Show and disco is shaping up to be another fantastic evening. Due to space limitations at the hall we do not sell tickets for this on the door on the evening so advance booking is essential.


Bookings for workshops and shows can be made by email, by post or online. Your place will be confirmed – by email where possible - within a few days. The online booking facility may be need to be withdrawn as workshops reach the final few places so that we do not over-book any session.


“When they are full, they’re full!” We have a policy of limiting the numbers in workshops to give you a better teaching experience. But, if a workshop is showing as full, you can ask to go on the reserve list by sending us an email. While nothing can be guaranteed, cancellations do happen (often at the very last minute) and we will try to get everyone what they want.

Follow this link to see information about Victoria Hall and the Saltaire area.

Local Information

Follow this link to see what workshops are on offer, and how they are selling.

The Workshops

Click the links below to get the latest schedule, list and booking form.

What’s on

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Gallery photos by Sarah Selwood and Ian Cartlidge

We now have an online booking system