We Dance in Leith

"ᗯE ᗪᗩᑕE I ᒪEITᕼ 2017"




At "We Dance in Leith" we look to bring different styles of dance together to celebrate the variety, richness and roots of each style.



As part of Leith Festival, we bring to you an evening of dance performances by artists based in Scotland.

Come and enjoy a great evening of Indian Dance, Bellydance, African dance and more. After performances there is also time for some dance so audience can put into practice some moves!!


Date: 10 June 2017, 8 pm - midnight.

Venue: The Thomas Morton Hall, 28-30 Ferry Road,

Edinburgh, EH6 4AE


Tickets: tickets can be purchased online via paypal or by bank transfer upon request of bank details (£5.00). Tickets will also be sold at the door (£7.00). Children 12 and under free entrance





























































































































































































Purchase your ticket


Online payments through paypal or bank transfer ar now closed. Limited tickets will be available at the door for £7.00


For any other inquiries please contact Iraya Noble on irayadance@gmail.com or by phone on 07917238341.





Turkish Karsilama and bellydance


Aino will be dancing a karsilama dance which is danced to a 9/8 rhythm. Karsilama can be danced as a folk dance, in pairs where the dancers face each other, hence the name karsilama, meaning " face to face greeting" in Turkish. In an oriental dance context dancers would perform solo. Karsilama has been most popular amongst Turkish and American bellydancers.

House Dance Duet


Helga Schram (Reykjavik) and Francine O'Brien (Sheffield) are both Edinburgh dancers based in Leith, where they met through their house dance teacher, Ashley Jack.

Helga trained in ballet and contemporary in her childhood and teenage years whereas Fran trained in ballet, tap and jazz.

Helga & Fran draw their inspiration from freestyle dancers that they admire. Their aim is to share the love for house by dancing to several genres of house music spanning from the early 80s until now.



Indian Classical Dance


After finishing my degree in Journalism, I discovered my love for Indian Classical Dances and devoted my life to the study of Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam styles. I began my studies in 2009 at Gungur Arts Buenos Aires, following Kalakshetra Academy and Kuchipudi Arts Academy traditions. After moving to Scotland I continued my studies at Ihayami Dance School and soon became part of the teaching staff and Ihayami Dance Company.



African Dance


Sankofa Beats brings together performers in Edinburgh who all have a passion for African dance and drumming. They fuse dance traditions learnt on their travels across the continent to create exciting new choreographies - high energy djembe dances, rhythmic gumboot, mesmerising belly dances and more. Sankofa Beats takes the audience on a journey to Africa and transmit their passion through music and dance.

Egyptian Bellydance


An international group of dance-lovers who love to share their passion for dance and with a serious shimmy habit. We try and try but we just can't shake it off!

Saidi dance


The cane dance, also called “raqs al assaya”, dance of the stick/cane, is a folkloric dance very popular in an Arabic Oriental dancer’s set.

Susi Arjona is passionate about oriental dance and her folklore, nourishing her roots in Egypt and training with teachers like Shokry Mohamed, Abdel Fattah Naeem or Mohamed el Sayed. She currently resides in Edinburgh where she teaches Bellydance and African dance.

Flamenco (Alegrias)


Alegrías is the best known form in a family of lively, vibrant songs known as Cantiñas, which developed during the Peninsular War in the early 19th Century when Spanish partisans gathered on the Atlantic coast near Cádiz to launch the first attacks against Napoleon. The music of Cádiz blended with jotas from Aragón, and the Cantiñas and its variations were born. The Alegrías has emerged as the most popular version of the song



Savita moved to Edinburgh from India. She was associated with The Swingers Dance Company in India for 7 years and performed in many stage shows. She has been identified as Dance Instructor in the Swingers dance company and has choreographed several pieces in various styles (Indian Bollywood, Jazz, Hip Hop and Freestyles). She participated and won the best dancer award in several inter-college and intra-corporate dance competitions. Despite of working as a software engineer in India, she never gave up her enthusiasm for Dance and has ignited this passion in more than 1000 young dancers. She is currently associated with Dance Ihayami and continues her passion for dance.



Erika, Mercedes and Cosette will be performing two Afro-Peruvian dances. “Festejo”: is a staple in the black coastal population and it celebrates the emancipation of slaves. Festejo is recognized for its high energy and the improvisation carried out by the dancers and it has a truly erotic and joyous movement of Afro-Peruvian people.

“La Anaconda”: is a water serpent that lives and thrives in the Amazonian river. The Shipibo people of this region characterize their dance to show their respect, appreciation and beauty of this unique animal.

"Working with chaos"


A chaotic contemporary dance piece. Chaos outside and inside. Energies colliding in the ever spinning and churning wheel of existence. Looking deeper into chaos, it ceases to be chaotic and familiar lines intersect and patterns emerge. Patterns of conditioning. The only way to tame the raging chaos is YOU.

African dance


"One Tribe" is an Edinburgh based group of African dancers performing accross Scotland, mostly doing traditional dance from southern parts of Africa.