Spirit of the East Belly Dance


We are Spirit of the East Belly Dance: a friendly, committed and enthusiastic belly dance troupe based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Welcome to our new website.

Formed by Ann Blagden under the name “Egyptian Spirit” over 10 years ago, we forged a unified group of  sisters and evolved the name to encompass all the different styles of dance we perform- hence Spirit of the East. This includes Egyptian Belly Dance, classical Indian, Bollywood and Bhangra just to name a few. We also love dancing with veils, fan veils and wings. Check out our videos to see the variety of dances we can perform at events and shows.

Ann teaches in the Gloucestershire area still under the name of Egyptian Spirit (and we highly recommend her as a teacher!) We enjoy performing at events and belly dance haflas around the Gloucestershire area and beyond, as well as raising money for charity by organising our own shows.

As well as weekly classes we constantly develop ourselves as belly dancers by attending workshops with teachers in the UK and abroad; such as Egypt, India and Morocco. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, but also our sense of fun. We encourage audience participation and create join-in dances open for anyone to come and dance with us!

We typically perform at stage shows, WI’s, village fetes, and curry evenings around the Cheltenham and Gloucester area. Previous venues have included The Parabola, Sundial Theatre and Cheltenham Playhouse.

Please get in touch if you are interested in booking Spirit of the East Belly Dance for your next event.