Alanya Bellydance

Every Body Has the Right to Dance

13 Moons

13 Moons Midsummer Bellydance Retreat

A unique residential dance experience to enhance your expression and performance 

with Alanya and Lisa Michaela

 'Viva La Diva!' 


Friday 21st-Sunday 23rd June 2019

Bookings open now £130.00

Day Pass

Saturday 22nd June

Long Day Pass inc. Evening Hafla £55.00

Short Day Pass Workshops only £50.00

Our Event:

Alanya and Lisa Michaela are thrilled to invite you to join us for this unique Bellydance weekend experience.  13 Moons Midsummer Bellydance Retreat offers 11 residential places for a relaxed 2-night stay with Bellydance workshops and activities in the Herefordshire countryside.

You can attend any of the workshops, enjoy dancing, parties and meals together, and spend time in the Resource Centre, explore the surroundings, relax or book a private lesson or JWAAD Levels Technique Review.

A further 6 Day Passes are available for the Saturday :

Short Day Pass (10.00am-6.30pm) includes all workshops and picnic lunch

Long Day Pass (10.00am-late) as above plus informal hafla and buffet supper

Our Venue:

Anybody’s Barn is a large converted barn in the rural countryside bordering the Malvern Hills.  It is specially designed to accommodate affordable educational events and retreats for those who may not normally be able to enjoy such beautiful and secluded surroundings, and comprises:


Inside:                                                                                       Outside:

Large carpeted room (‘Salon’)                                              Garden with fire pit

Converted stable (‘Workroom’/ Resource Centre)           Orchard

Communal kitchen/diner                                                      Car park        

Bedrooms with bunk beds                                                    Access to Nature Reserve

3 WC/shower rooms

Booking includes:

2 nights’ accommodation in single bunk in shared room (2-4 sharing)

All meals

Dance workshops

Other workshops

Informal hafla

Welcome drink & nibbles

"What a wonderful weekend! Heartfelt thank you's to Abbie and Lisa for doing the do so brilliantly well in fab workshops, food and hosting. Thank you to everyone for making the whole experience magical. It was lovely to be with you all."

"Lots of learning, dancing, great conversation, fun, laughter, really good food . Met lots of lovely people. Place was so relaxing and peaceful.  Really enjoyed the classes.... came away with so much from this weekend! Thank you so much Abbie and Lisa .... you have been such perfect hosts and amazing teachers! Really looking forward to the next one!"

To book your place, please e-mail for a booking form

Your tutors:

Lisa Michaela

A trained instructor from the Josephine Wise Academy of Arabic Dance ( JWAAD), Lisa Michaela has been a professional instructor, performer and choreographer since 1998, working in the UK, USA and currently based in Spain. An expressive, lyrical and vibrant dancer Lisa Michaela has performed in theatrical productions, numerous dance shows, film, public and corporate events, balls, parties & restaurants. She performs as a soloist and with her dance company 'The Moon of Delight' and is an inspirational instructor and choreographer.


Lisa Michaela was Alanya’s first Bellydance tutor, and she subsequently took the JWAAD Teaching Diploma on becoming a professional instructor herself. Now based in Herefordshire, Alanya teaches regular classes across the county, and one-off workshops around the UK, leading her student troupe ‘Odalisque’ and developing her dance company. As well as performing as a soloist, she specializes in group choreography and encourages students to develop their performance skills.

Details of last year's event 'Stories & Starshine' :

Programme June 29th - July 1st 2018 

Date & Time
Friday 29th June
 Arrivals inc. welcome glass of wine/fruit juice & nibbles
 Kitchen Diner/Verandah
 Discussion Workshop - 'I Am & This is Me': Our identity as performers
 Lisa Michaela
Kitchen Diner
 Optional private lessons/PDPs
 Lisa Michaela & Alanya
 Light evening meal
 Kitchen Diner
 Saturday 30th June
 ShimmyFit Warm Up
  Lisa Michaela
 Breakfast/Day Pass Welcome
Garden/Kitchen Diner 
 Workshop 1a - Drama & Storytelling
 Lisa Michaela
 Workshop 1b - Beginnings & Endings
 Workshop 2a - Choreography: 'Scheherezade'
 Lisa Michaela
 Workshop 2b - Kit & Polish
  Picnic Lunch
Garden/Kitchen Diner 
 Workshops 1a & 1b Rpt
 Lisa Michaela/Alanya
 Workshops 2a & 2b Rpt
 Lisa Michaela/Alanya
 Short Day Pass departures
 7.30pm onwards
 Informal Hafla inc. buffet supper
Long Day Pass departures
 Sunday 1st July
 ShimmyFit Warm Up
 Lisa Michaela
 Kitchen Diner
 Workshop 1 - Duet Choreography: 'Swan Shake' 
 Lisa Michaela
 Workshop 2 - Duet Choreography: Flamenco Fusion 
 Lisa Michaela & Alanya
 Garden/Kitchen Diner