I work as a teacher of Middle Eastern, Body Groove and holistic dance, as a facilitator of relaxation holidays to Morocco and part-time as a freelance Communications specialist for not-for-profit environmental projects and volunteer for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust,
When I am not teaching, dancing or working I like to spend time with my husband, Tony, and our three dogs, Molly, Ellie and Stanley, walking in the beautiful Lancashire countryside.
I am learning to play djembe, tabla and frame drums, chanting and taking yoga classes when I can, am interested in herbs, herbal medicine, gardening, healthy eating and am filling my life with pleasures!
I qualified as a Body Groove dance facilitator in May 2018 and am currently teaching classes at the Conservative Club in Longridge near Preston on some Tuesday evenings 7.15-8.30 pm as part of Chill Out Tuesdays (other nights you can learn bellydance with Gail and meditation and relaxation with Claire) I teach private bellydance lessons for performers from 8.30- 9.30pm on some Tuesday nights (please book). I also teach bellydance workshops and weekend residentials and perform at haflas and festivals throughout the UK. I started training 23 years ago and am a fully qualified JWAAD teacher. Sara Farouk has been my mentor since I started dancing and took me to Egypt for the first time and many times since. Previous dance experience in jazz, tap, modern and contemporary dance and have dabbled in African, Burlesque, Bollywood and anything else that takes my fancy.
Morocco - desert and city adventures
I run and organise relaxing 10 day desert holidays called Desert Dance Healing with two beautiful friends, Barbara Conroy and Allal Yamine, (the Mad Nomad) and a wonderful team to the Moroccan Sahara for dance, drumming, Sound and Reiki healing, shamanic work, camel riding, star gazing and relaxation. We also organise week long and 3/4 night breaks trips to different parts of Morocco for leisure, dance, cookery, photography, hammam and souk shopping.
Forthcoming trips are:
11th - 18th May 2019 - Valley of the Roses, Morocco. Barbara, Allal and Anne are offering a brand new trip to the Valley of the Roses in May to coincide with the rose harvest. The trip is for relaxation and fun.
2 - 12 Nov 2019 - Desert Dance Healing, Sahara Desert, Morocco. Our annual visit to the Moroccan Sahara for relaxation and fun and on this occasion a little time each day if possible working to help establish a permaculture garden in the desert.
Email me for details of any of the above or future trips.
My other major passion is photography and in particular nature photography. I am on a continuous learning path with this sometimes doing very little, sometimes obsessive, but always free and without the constraints of hundreds of lens and tripods if I can help it, just me and a camera on the lookout for anything that catches my eye.
In Feb 2017, 2018 and 2019 I was commissioned to photograph the Randa Of Course dance week in Cairo which included individual portfolio shoots as well as photographing the evening shows and dancer's live performances.
My first exhibition of photographs was in Marrakech in 2017 in collaboration with another photographer. The exhibition 'Desert Memories' featured images taken in the Sahara over many years.