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Published November 5th 2012
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Male belly dancers, hmmm, do they exist, you ask? Yes, they do. And what's more, they are every bit as good as their female counterparts, if not better in some ways. So where do you find these gorgeous artists? Hang in there, while I round up the latest info on male belly dancing in Melbourne.
Chris Chris is known as Australia's premier male belly dancer, and you'll quickly agree when you see him move. This 24 year old from Melbourne has had a passion for the art of belly dancing since he was 15. Now he has built himself up into something of a modern legend in male belly dancing with his tantalising performances incorporating Egyptian, Turkish, Romany, Lebanese, and Greek influences to stunning effect.
For a down-to-earth looking guy Chris scrubs up nicely in his belly dancing avatar. His Middle-Eastern/European background gives him a natural born talent that certainly adds to the package. There's more to him than his belly as you can see from his massive resume that boasts scintillating experience in modelling, acting, dancing, and television. From the Moomba Parade to Channel 10, this bloke's been there and done it.
You can catch his act at the Cupido Middle Eastern restaurant at 152 Lygon St, Carlton, Vic 3053 on Fridays and Saturdays at 9.30 pm. He is also available to teach, perform -- solo or as a total entertainment package, at private functions, weddings, anniversaries, hens' night out, or any occasion where you feel a belly dance is in order. You can contact him at ChrisBellyDance or give him a call at 0431 565 787
Jimmy Jimmy is definitely more than a pretty face who can shimmy and undulate with male sensuality. His forte are belly dance and Greek dance and he is a qualified teacher and choreographer. He'll blow your mind with his pharaonic fantasy style and sword belly dance. He is well-versed in traditional Greek dance forms like the hasapiko, sirtaki, zeymbekiko and more; as if I'm making complete sense! Well, you just have to see him do what he does and enjoy his mastery over his fit body and mind.
Jimmy's tremendous experience in the field of male belly dancing covers workshops in Turkey, as a judge in European festivals and contests, and a study titled, "The Technique of Male Oriental Dancing". And you thought he was just a pretty face, hah? Jimmy is available to perform at all sorts of events and conducts private and group lessons in case you want to pick up some moves yourself. You can get more details at Jimmy Dance or give him a call at 0403 468 049.
Where Male Belly Dancers Perform in Melbourne You can catch male belly dancers in their act at Achelya Turkish-Mediterranean restaurant every Friday and Saturday nights. As you enjoy the delectable Middle Eastern spread and begin to think life can't get better than this, you hear the tinkle of coin belts that soon rise to a crescendo as the Cobra's Kiss male-female duo set the floor on fire. Achelya is located at
Rumeli is known as the premier Turkish Bar Restaurant & Entertainment experience in Melbourne. For now, we'll concentrate on the entertainment bit for that's where the male belly dancing comes in. This fabulous business is run by five brothers where one is the chef, another manages, and three belly dance keeping the audience spell bound. Friday and Saturday nights are Turkish banquet nights when the brothers go all out with the food and the entertainment that involves fire and a pet snake. On these days they are open from 6 pm – 3 am. Rumeli is located at
624 Sydney Rd
Please note that timings and performers may vary at a later date. You might want to contact these establishments to make sure you get what you're looking for. If you know of any other place in Melbourne that has male belly dancing performances, do leave a note in the comments section.