Co-Director, Teacher, Performer
With over 21 years learning, 17 years teaching and performing Middle Eastern Dance and more than 5,000 shows under her belt, Ambyr is a highly experienced and accomplished bellydancer. After gaining her initial training and performance experience in Australia and the United States, Ambyr began working professionally in London in 1998. In 2000 she returned to Australia and settled in Melbourne, where she spent 3 years working full-time performing and teaching bellydance.
Since relocating to Brisbane in 2003, Ambyr has made her mark on the Brisbane bellydance scene as a successful and well-respected performer, instructor, and choreographer. A warm and caring teacher, Ambyr is proud to have supported the dance journey of many women; some for recreation and some from beginner levels all the way through to becoming working professional dancers. Ambyr’s choreographies are known to be exciting and innovative and her student performers are popular additions to many local community festivals and events.
In addition to offering public classes Ambyr has also been asked to teach workshops and classes for several organisations including: Queensland Ballet for their production of Peer Gynt, QUT – Garden’s Point Campus, the NRMA Dancing in the Street Festival at Southbank, the BEMAC Global Carnival, Pindari Women’s Service, and a number of schools, Community Centres and Gyms in Melbourne and Brisbane. After teaching for the Academy of Middle Eastern Dance for 9 years, in 2012 along with fellow teacher Nerissa, Ambyr began a new phase with the establishment of the Queensland Bellydance Academy.
To deepen her knowledge Ambyr has travelled to Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, India, the USA, the UK, Germany, and Spain for dance study trips as well as completing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Queensland and Certificate III in Dance at Northern Rivers Conservatorium. With early dance training in Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Jazz, Performance Art, Contact Improvisation, Flamenco, Bharata Natyam and Haitian Folkloric Dance, Ambyr brings a rich understanding of dance to her choreographies and classes.