biography

While studying for a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Performance Techniques at Flinders University in South Australia , Zubaidah discovered Belly Dance classes and was instantly captivated by the beautiful music and flow of this dance form. She spent several years attending regular classes with the two main instructors at the time, Marjolein and Lassa.

Upon graduating working as an actress in Adelaide she relocated to London and worked in many restaurants in Central London including a five year residency at the popular Greek restaurant Cafe Corfu in Camden . She also enjoyed dancing at a variety of private parties including birthdays and weddings, themed events and cabaret nights.

Highlights include performing for the Nigerian Embassy, Stelios and the staff from Easyjet, Uri Geller and family and in the Bollywood film, Pyaar Ki Dhun. She has also enjoyed dancing at a tribute evening for the influential 1960s musician Davey Graham.

She has a particular affinity with the cabaret style of Bellydance and has utilised this in her theatre work, in particular playing Tania the rebellious daughter in the premiere world tour of a theatre adaption of My Beautiful Laundrette (Snap Theatre Company) and in the physical theatre /cabaret show The Piranha Lounge with Dende Collective ( Time Out, Critics' Choice)

As a result of her experience as a Youth Worker and Drama Facilitator, she was invited to teach classes at both Hammersmith and Ealing College and Southall College.

Other experience includes teaching year six students a short dance as part of using drama and improvisation to enhance the topic of Ancient Egypt.

Following on from this she then attended the JWAAD Foundation course to gain a certificate in teaching Belly Dance safely and as a result, she taught a very popular class at Eastham Leisure Centre for two years.

Zubaidah has always sought to learn more about this dance and has attended many workshops and blocks of regular classes with both international and local advanced level teachers.