Tabetha Vagliviello (Zahara)


I have danced constantly since I was about 5 years old, learning Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary Dance.

Qualified as a personal Trainer and worked in the industry for 10 years through out the state.  I specialise in ladies fitness and weight loss. I developed Dance to fit as I love to dance but also need to exercise and do not enjoy going to the gym.

My Middle Eastern Dance Training began in 2002, with Belyssa from the Belyssa Academy of Dance Orientale. Training with Belyssa’s 30 years of dance experience and research has given me diversity and a broad knowledge of Middle Eastern Dance and culture.

In 2003 I was asked to join the school troupe The Flames of Araby, where I learnt costuming, how to apply stage make up and other elements of stage craft. The Flames performed at a lot of festivals/fetes and other occasions. For bigger performances we supported the professional troupe Desert Fire.

2004 saw my initiation into Desert Fire, at which we would perform for Arabic Weddings, Birthdays, The Annual Oz Concert (televised on SBS) and various other professional events.

In 2004 I started teaching for Belyssa, TAFE and continued as the belly dance instructor for Orphean’s dance studio’s until 2011 when it closed.

In 2006 I completed my teachers training course with Belyssa. This course is an in depth study of teaching belly dance from different styles and techniques of belly dance and teaching through to performing, choreography and musicality.

I have also attended workshops with the likes of Liza Laziza, Tito and Kazafy, Randa Kamel, Hossam Abdel Ghany, Farida Fahmy (to name a few) all from Egypt, Jillina Carlino (Bellydance Evolution) Ozgen (Turkish Romany International sensation) Rose Ottiviano, Alma Sarhan Jrisi Belyssa and many more.

2007 to Present has seen myself and my troupe perform in performances such as Darlington Arts Festival, Canning ton Show, Buddha’s Birthday Celebration, Midland Comes Together show, Swan Festival of lights and WAMED. I have Choreographed and performed Oz Concerts 2010 and 2011 (Televised on SBS), Australia Day Perth Foreshore, Perth Festival Stage 2010, 2011 and 2013


RAMADAN 2006 I TRAVELED TO EGYPT, MOROCCO AND TO THE BAHARIYA OASIS IN THE DESERT. The cultural celebrations were amazing, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the original Tanoura and other shows at Saida Zaineb including the Reda Group.

SYDNEY FOR THE FARHA TOUR IN NOVEMBER - an international and national cast of professional Middle Eastern dancers, musicians and instructors.

SYDNEY DECEMBER 2012 AND 2014 – Jillina Carlano and the Bellydance Evolution Dance Company. Advanced/Master workshops for skills improvement and Classical Egyptian technique review/choreography – Jillina is one of the best Dancers/Workshop facilitators in the world, and I would encourage anyone with the opportunity to attend to do so!


Good technique is imperative to become a better dancer, coupled with knowledge of the style and feeling behind the music - as there is more to dance than just movement.

I always want to remain open to learning no matter the source of information (from a beginner to a professional dancer), as there are an infinite amount of possibilities within dance...


  • Cert iv Health and Fitness
  • Certificate IV health and Fitness
  • Senior First Aid and Resuscitation
  • Recent Police clearance as of the 29 Jan 2013
  • Working with children card
  • RSA (responsible serving of alcohol)
  • Cert of completion - Equal opportunity (employees) -E3 Learning