Glamorous Belly dancers for your next event, celebration or party. Internationally experienced, multi-award winning Belly Dancers to wow your audience & entertain your guests in style. Solo dancers, group performers, drummers and musicians available. Josie and her professional team have trained extensively in Egypt and Europe with top Arab and Middle Eastern teachers. She is able to enthrall and enrapture your audience, whatever the size. She has been featured on live television and has won multiple international dance competitions. She is authentic and full of personality. A perfect addition to your wedding, party or corporate event.
Introducing the amazing Josephine ( Josie ) Palermo.
Josie has conducted classes and various short term workshops in Arabic dance in Melbourne and Regional Victoria for many years. She has been performing Arabic dance (both Cabaret and folk) for 10 years. Her credits include television appearances; Sale of the Century (GTV 9), Red Light in Full Flight (SBS), Denise Show (7 network) and Ocean Girl (Jonathon Shift Productions), Jimmy Christo music video, and major festivals and events including the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Moomba, Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne Arts Festival and the Lebanese Festival. Josie is a very busy and popular performer, performing regularly in Melbournes finest restaurants, hotels and reception centres.
Josie has conducted courses for people at all levels of Middle Eastern Dance, Seventh Veil, Hawthorn and Hip to Hip Dance Studio, Richmond. Josie also conducts speciality workshops for advanced students featuring sword and veil work, as well as holding courses and workshops for intellectually disabled clients, Helping Hand Association, Coburg.
All our dancers are interntionally trained and have worked in 100s of shows wowing audiences and providing the ultimate in family entertainment. We also collaborate with talented world music band Jadida and the best drummers and only dabke group in Melbourne, The Lebanese Dancers for Peace with Audi Younes Platinum events and Productions.
As part of its mission to create high quality and culturally authentic middle eastern performance experiences for a range of audiences and clients, Melbourne Bellydance is also proud to offer classes and workshops through our school, Hip to Hip. You can also follow Hip to Hip on Facebook.
Josies Philospophy on Middle Eastern Dance
Middle Eastern dance is an art form that evokes the cultural context within which it was developed. It is fundamentally linked to the emotional expectations of the audience that views it - the dancer becomes a vessel for the expression of emotions that are often suppressed, inaccessible and transient. For a dancer like myself, who is Australian born of Italian immigrants, to learn the dance is to learn the culture, and to interpret that through my own ethnicity as best as I can. What emerges is a style that I am still developing that brings what I know to what I know about Middle Eastern dance. I embellish the movements to embrace a western theatrical style, which leans towards Danse Orientale. The music I use ranges from traditional Arabic songs to the new pop fads sweeping Lebanon today. My movements range from traditional taqsuim to the painful straining of a beautiful nay to aggressive African pelvic movements to the beat of a darabekki.
Featured on Australian TV, British TV and booked out on every weekend of the year
Melbourne Belly dance
We have hand picked the best Belly dancers in Melbourne. Our dancers are culturally authentic, with many years of training in Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey behind them. We are able to perform culturally specific dance styles with the appropriate types of costuming for community events.
Our dancers have been featured on Australian TV, British TV, they have competed in international Belly dance titles and know how to wow your audience.
We work with the best drummers and dancers in Melbourne. If you are looking to hire belly dancers and drummers for your event, then we can create the perfect package for you. Hire a professional Belly dancer for your party today!