Performance

Katie Holland 

Teacher ~ Performer ~ Choreographer ~ Sacred Dance Therapist

Dancing from the age of three, Katie began her Middle Eastern dance training in 1994. Specialising in Egyptian style and developing an authentic fusion combining traditional dance techniques with her own unique interpretations. 

A highly sought after professional dancer, known for her amazing improvisations with live music. Katie is guided by a passion for exploring dance for self-empowerment, healing and spiritual development. Her love of, dedication and commitment to her dance shines through as she shares her knowledge in workshops and retreats around the world.

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Some of the many world renowned musicians and dancers she has performed with include Simon Webster, Hossam and Serena Ramzy, DJ Cheb I Sabbah, Jon Sterckx, Saleh Heby, Sukhbir, Amani of Lebanon, Digital Samsara, Kundalini Airport, Infra-Red, Futji, Graeme of UB40, for various Bollywood celebrities, fashion shows, product launches, film premiers, multi-national corporates, prestigious weddings and events for royalty, delegates, government ministers, wedding parties from all over Asia, West Indies, UK, Middle East and at countless 5 and 7* hotels across India. She was also the featured dancer for BBC World Music Award winning master maestro Abhishek Basu and his band ISM and can be seen in a highly acclaimed documentary by Digital Samsara.

Katie performed in India as a solo dancer for nine years, as well as choreographing for her own troupes and performing as the lead ‘filmy’ dancer with Bollywood groups. Regarded as one of the best foreign performers in the country she was filmed and interviewed many times for National and International Indian television. Some of these included: live and exclusive for STAR TV, 24 Ghauta, Zee TV, Bindass TV, Goa 24, HNC, Prudent, Radio Mirchi 98.3 Degrees and at the IFFI Goa Film Festival 2008 and 2010. She has also been featured in The Delhi Telegraph, The Times of India, The Daily Jagran, Navhind Times, Telegraph - Kolkutta, Kerala Times, Seeall Goa, The Goa Times, Goa Herald, UK Bellydance Magazine Mosaic, Society Mirror, Kathmandu, Jagran Times, Worthing Plus magazine, The Mother Magazine, Dancing in the UK magazine, Bellydance Finder, Banat El Raqs, Planet-Goa and Lonely Planet.

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Previous clients include: 

Bollywood singers Shaan and Soni Niggum, Vijay Malia, Immam Siddiqi, Katrina Kapoor at the Gitanjali Praineeta Collection launch, Salman Khan. IFFI 2010, Inauguration for Bipasha Basu, Madhuri Dixit, Yash Chopra, Arjay Dewegan. Manoj Prabaker, Sylvie Rodgers, Film shoot with Abhishek Bachan and Sonam Kapoor. Hindi film premiere 'Acid House' with Gitanjali Jewellery, Waves: Bits Pilani Festival, The Saturday Club; Kolkutta, Dance Jathre; Bangalore, Coca Cola, Binani, ITC, Birla Group, Percepts - Bridgestone, Bacardi, T2, Jorhat Gymkhana Races, Dewars, Pepsi, Amoda, Kingfisher Speed nights at HHIC, 'Force India'-Formula 1 Racing Team, Dainik Jagran, Goa International Marine and Boat Expo, Resolute, Brittania, Mahindra, Samsung, Cosmos Bank, Prime Coop Bank, Fun Holidays, Canara HSBC, Sanghi Industries, the launch of Hero Honda, Google India, Sony, Moet Chandon, Allied Domecq, Reliance, Airtel, Phillips, Maruti, HP Printers, Reliance, Dehradoon Private School, NGO Groups, The Super Marketing Company, Cipla, Coca Cola, Ballatines, Signature, 91.9 fm Friends, Ninehills, HTC, Bosch, Axis Bank, The Great Escape, Seimans, The Maharastra UCB FED Ltd, Oracle, Sab Miller, Goodridge, Volvo, 3M, Bajaj, The Round Table-India, Bayer Health Care, Iown, ICICI, Anatolian Airways, Indigo airlines, for the Indian Army, Navy and Airforce including Bangalore Air show.

Also performing for countless UK and Asian bellydance events and festivals, including; OrienTribal, celebrity charity ball 'Get your BIG PANTS on', Bodies and Beats, BeWitched, NADA AGM, MADN, Planet Egypt, Majma, Raqs Brittania, JoY, Mehifsa, Kookie Kaftan, Elyseum, Egyptian Moonlight, Gaunts House Festival, Saqarah, Veg Fest, Goddess Festival, Nafoura, Maria D'Silvas Midlands Extravaganza, Planet Angel, Bingley Bongley, Notting Hill Carnival, The Mahatma Gandhi Institute at Imperial College, London, Carnival Collective, Leicester Egyptian Museum, The Petrie Museum, Arabesque Nights and more. . She has also written articles related to her dance experiences for Mosaic, Findhorn, NADA, Shimmy in the Spirit of the Dance, Zameena and Nafoura online magazines.

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Katie is the creator of Awakened Bellydance; a transformative, self-awakening dance therapy process. After many years of studies with Masters of Sacred cultural dances, Tantra, Shamanism and Energy healing techniques Katie also has extensive experience as an Inner Dance Facilitator/trainer, Reiki Master/Teacher, Access Bars practitioner, Yoga teacher and energy worker. Her naturally intuitive ability to hold space is testament to her commitment and a wealth of experience facilitating dance and energy based workshops globally.  

Encouraging dancers to achieve their highest potential without compromising the quality or interpretation of the dance. Dancing from the philosophy that all you experience in this life has brought you to the place you are now. Use these experiences within your movement, feel your emotions, open your heart and allow your dance to shine from there.

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