About Natalie Clark

Natalie first fell in love with belly dance in 2001 when she was enraptured by a live drum solo performance by Candida Di Giandomenico. This ancient dance form was a brand new experience for her, and after witnessing the most beautiful and awe-inspiring performance she had ever seen, she was immediately hooked. Soon after that memorable performance, she attended her first belly dance lesson with Candida and thus began her lifelong journey into the art of belly dance.

Natalie attended weekly belly dance classes with Candida di Giandomenico and Charlotte Blignaut at Jewels of the Nile belly dance studio for three years. In 2004, she joined a new studio, Belly Dance Goddess, and started attending weekly belly dance classes with Angela Sanders. Natalie also started performing professionally in 2004 and teaching in 2005 under the banner of Belly Dance Goddess.

Besides the thrill and excitement of performance, Natalie has a passion for sharing her love of dance and thrives on seeing dance students grow and flourish. Women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and backgrounds are transformed by belly dance into more passionate, confident, and happy people. Being a part of this transformation is a continual source of inspiration and motivation for Natalie. From something as simple as seeing postures improve to delighting in the joy of a first-time performance, teaching dance is one of the aspects of her career that Natalie holds most dear. She was very proud when she founded Dancing Divinity Dance Company in February 2006.

Natalie is a spirited, free soul with a colorful personality and an affinity for the eclectic. Therefore, she loves all types of dances, especially belly dance. She’s an eternal student with an insatiable desire to learn as much as possible. Although she hasn’t completely mastered them all, she has trained in several dance styles, including Oriental Style Bellydance, Fusion Style Bellydance, ITS Style Bellydance (Improv Team Sync), FCBD Style Bellydance, Polynesian Dance (Hawaiian and Tahitian), Fire/Poi Dance, Swing, Hooping, Ballet, Salsa, and Flamenco (which she recently started studying).

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Karma Echoes Certified Teacher
Karma Echoes Certified Teacher

Achievements

Some proud moments for Natalie from when she was allowed to compete in the Miss Belly Dance South Africa competition (before she became co-organiser) include:

  • Miss Belly Dance SA 2009:
    • Natalie won 3rd place in the title category of Miss Belly Dance South Africa
  • Miss Belly Dance SA 2010:
    • Natalie won 1st place in the Non-Title Solo Magnificent Modern category
    • Natalie won 2nd place in the Non-Title Solo Balancing Props category (with sword)
    • Natalie and Saret won 1st place in the Non-Title Group Divine Drum Solo category
    • Natalie performed in and choreographed a fan veil choreography that won 1st place in the Non-Title Group Sensational Props category
    • Natalie won the award – Choreographer of the Year

Other moments she holds in high regard are:

  • Natalie performed with Valenteena Ianni in Valenteena’s “Shadow Cursing” Performance Intensive and “Bad Guy” Karma Echoes Crew Performance in Johannesburg in November 2023
  • Natalie performed with Olga Meos in Olga’s “Sentinels” Performance Intensive and in 5 of Valenteena Ianni’s group choreographies in the Progenies of the Great Apocalypse show in Rome, Italy in October 2023.
  • Natalie was chosen as the “People’s Choice Winner” and got to perform her winning solo in the pre-show of Belly Dance Evolution’s Alice in Wonderland in Johannesburg, 2015
  • Natalie performed in many group choreographies in Belly Dance Evolution’s Alice in Wonderland in Johannesburg, 2015
  • Being honoured as one of 12 belly dancers in the RakSAfrica Belly Dancer of Inspiration 2013 Calendar. The honour of “A Belly Dancer of inspiration” was bestowed on dancers seen as: A Southern African Belly Dancer who has uplifted, supported and inspired the growth of, and made a difference to, Belly Dancing in Southern Africa 
  • Natalie was featured on the cover of the “Belly Dance Japan” Magazine in 2011

Natalie has performed in Italy, Uganda, Mauritius, Botswana, Zambia, Swaziland, Namibia, Mozambique, Zanzibar and all over South Africa. Highlights of her international career have included performing at, among others, the Progenies of the Great Apocalypse in Italy,  the James Bond Quantum of Solace Movie Premiere in Uganda, the Simunye Music Festival in Swaziland, the Royal Ascot Goat Races in Uganda, the King of Swaziland’s Birthday Celebration in Swaziland,a Royal Banquet for the Vice President of Uganda in Uganda, the Coca Cola International Bottlers’ Conference in Swaziland, and – a genuinely inspiring experience – performing at a rustic old theatre for a Centennial celebration in Zambia. Natalie also performed in support of a drug-free Zanzibar in Tamalyn Dallal’s Oriental Festival held in Zanzibar.

Training & Certifications

Some of the certification programs that Natalie has completed are:

  • Certified as a Karma Echoes Level 2 Teacher with Valenteena Ianni in March 2023
  • Passed Dance Craft Key of Spades with Zoe Jakes in October 2022
  • Passed Killer Path Killer Immersion Volume 3: The Practitioner with Valenteena Ianni in July 2022
  • Completed SOLO Intensive with Olga Meos in January 2022
  • Certified as a Karma Echoes Level 1 Teacher with Valenteena Ianni in August 2021
  • Passed Dance Craft Key of Diamonds with Zoe Jakes in August 2021
  • Completed Intensive Phase 3: Creation with Olga Meos in January 2022
  • Passed Killer Path Killer Immersion Volume 2: The Apprentice with Valenteena Ianni in September 2020
  • Completed Intensive Phase 2: Skills Lab with Olga Meos in August 2020
  • Completed Intensive Phase 1: Advanced Level with Olga Meos in July 2020
  • Completed Intensive Phase 1: Beginner Level with Olga Meos in June 2020
  • Passed Killer Path Killer Immersion Volume 1: The Seeker with Valenteena Ianni in May 2020
  • Belly Dance Evolutions’ Artist Development Program in Germany in November 2017
  • Belly Dance Teachers Training Level 1 with Hadia in 2008
  • Belly Dance Teachers Training Level 2 with Hadia 2008

Over the years, Natalie has had the opportunity to study with many international belly dance teachers (in-person and online), priding herself on always continuing her education in this art form. These include but are not limited to Agata Zakrzewska, Ahmed Refaat, Alexis Southall, Amar Lammar, Amy Sigil, Anna Chepets, Ansuya, April Rose, Ashley Lopez, Asja Samia, Aziza, Badriyah, Bozenka, Carolena Nericchio, Colleena Shakti, Colette Todorov, Danielo Mendes, David Abraham, Dipika Vijay, Donna Mejia, Dr. Mo Geddawi, Ebony Qualls, Elizabeth Medina, Esmeralda Colabone, Fifi Abdou, Heather Aued, Heather “Henna” Louise, Jasirah, Jillina Carlano, Josefine Wandel, Julia Farid, Kami Liddle, Karim Nagi, Katarzyna Lidia, Kira Lebedeva, Latifa Saadi, Lauren Boldt, Liza Laziza, Louchia, Mahmoud Reda, Manca Pavli, Mardi Love, Marshall Bodiker, Medhat Fahmy, Melli Serina, Mercedes Nieto, Michelle Joyce, Mohamed Kazafy, Mohamed Shahin, Natalia Kalinina, Nesma, Oksana Peslyak, Olga Meos, Oscar Flores, Oxana Bazaeva, Rachel Brice, Rachael Redfern, Randa Kamel, Rania, Sadie Marquardt, Saida, Samantha Emanuel, Sandra Danse, Saralyn Anderson, Sedona Soulfire, Shahrzad, Sharon Kihara, Simon Sako, Tamalyn Dallal, Tiana Frolkina, Vaagn Tadevosyan, Valenteena Ianni, Victoria Teel, Yasmina of Cairo, Zoe Jakes, and many more.

Local belly dance teachers that Natalie has trained with include Angela Sanders, Ava van Aarde, Beverli-al-Masrah, Bhana van der Walt, Bianca Pieters, Heather Read, Ioanna Piagalis, Kash Athanatos, Mandy Lapperts, Marissa Cuenoud, Saret Steyn, Sascha Olivier-Sampson, Senta Duffield, Simone’ Biddulph, Tarryn Rego, Thelma Rose, Tina Kapp, and many more.

Producer & Event Organiser

Over the years, Natalie has had the pleasure of producing many belly dance events for the South African community. 

Natalie has had the pleasure of hosting the following international and local artists:

  1. Beverley Al Masrah (from Cape Town, South Africa) – May 2006 (Dancing Divinity)
  2. Marissa Cuenoud & Kash Athanatos of SOMA (from Cape Town, South Africa) – 2007 & 2008 & 2010 (Dancing Divinity)
  3. Liza Laziza (from Egypt) – October 2007 (Dancing Divinity)
  4. Mahmoud Reda (from Egypt) – March 2008 (Dancing Divinity)
  5. Akasha (from Cape Town, South Africa) – July 2008 (Dancing Divinity)
  6. Asja Samia (from Yugoslavia / Cape Town, South Africa) – July 2009 (Dancing Divinity)
  7. Ansuya (from USA) – March 2010 (in Johannesburg and Cape Town) (Dancing Divinity)
  8. Samantha Emanuel (from UK) – November 2010 (in collaboration with SOMA) (Dancing Divinity)
  9. Mercedes Nieto (from Hungary) – March 2019 (Dancing Divinity)
  10. Valenteena Ianni (from Italy) – November 2023 (Dancing Divinity)

Dancing Divinity Dance Company has plans in motion to host Olga Meos in November 2024.

Artists hosted by Goddess Divine Productions:

  1. Aziza (from Canada) – March 2011 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  2. Karim NagI (from USA / Egypt) – March 2011 and April 2012 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  3. Bozenka (from Crete / USA) – April 2012 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  4. Michelle Joyce (from USA) – April 2013 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  5. Kami Liddle (from USA) – April 2013 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  6. Jillina (from USA) – April/May 2014 and May 2015 and assisted in Cape Town in 2019 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  7. Heather Aued (from USA) – April/May 2014 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  8. Lauren Boldt (from USA) – May 2015 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  9. Sharon Kihara (from USA) – May 2015 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  10. Danielo Mendes (from USA) – May 2015 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  11. Louchia (from Moldova, Russia) – May 2015 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  12. Barakalofi (from Spain) – May 2015 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  13. Khader Ahmad (from Lebanon / Germany) – May 2015 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  14. Ayana (from Johannesburg, South Africa) – July 2017 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  15. Bhana van der Walt (from Johannesburg, South Africa) – July 2017 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  16. Heather Read (from Johannesburg, South Africa) – July 2017 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  17. Levona Bredenkamp (from George, South Africa) – July 2017 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  18. Mandy Lapperts (from Cape Town, South Africa) – July 2017 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  19. Micah van Schalkwyk (from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) – July 2017 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  20. Sascha Olivier-Sampson (from Windhoek, Namibia) – July 2017 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  21. Senta Seele (from Durban, South Africa) – July 2017 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  22. Tarryn Rego (from Johannesburg, South Africa) – July 2017 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  23. Thelma Rose (from Johannesburg, South Africa) – July 2017 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  24. Amar Lammar (from Mexico) – August 2019 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  25. Sadie (from USA ) – August 2019 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  26. Jasirah (from Poland) – March 2023 (Goddess Divine Productions)

Goddess Divine Productions has plans in motion to host Julia Farid in April 2025.

Natalie has had the pleasure of producing the following belly dance stage productions:

  • Artis Curiosa – Roodepoort Theatre – November 2023 (Dancing Divinity)
  • Hocus Pocus – Evolution Dance Studios  – March 2022 (Dancing Divinity)
  • Not Another Fairytale – Roodepoort Theatre – November 2019 (Dancing Divinity)
  • Oriental Dreams featuring Southern African belly dancers – July 2017 & August 2019 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  • Night of the Stars featuring top Southern African professional dancers – July 2017 & August 2019 & March 2023 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  • Bellydance Evolution’s Alice in Wonderland featuring Jillina, Lauren Boldt, Sharon Kihara, Louchia, Danielo, Khader Ahmad, Barakalofi and the Casting Competition Winners – May 2015 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  • Silver Screen Glamour – Promusica Theatre – September 2014 (Dancing Divinity)
  • 5-6-7-8 RAQ IT! featuring Jillina & Heather Aued – Promusica Theatre – April 2014 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  • Elemental Evolution – Promusica Theatre – August 2013 (Dancing Divinity)
  • Desert Dreams featuring Kami Liddle & Michelle Joyce – Promusica Theatre – April 2013 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  • Eternal Odyssey – Promusica Theatre – August 2012 (Dancing Divinity)
  • Bellydance Yalla featuring Bozenka & Karim – Promusica Theatre – April 2012 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  • Bohemian Boogie – Promusica Theatre – November 2011 (Dancing Divinity)
  • Rhythmic Fire featuring Aziza & Karim – Promusica Theatre – March 2011 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  • Intertwined – Promusica Theatre – December 2010 (Dancing Divinity)
  • Raqs al Kimiya (featuring Ansuya) – Promusica Theatre – March 2010 (Dancing Divinity)
  • Tour of the Temples – Wits Great Hall – November 2009 (Dancing Divinity)
  • Cairo Carnivale – Wits Great Hall – November 2008 (Dancing Divinity)
  • Midnight Mirage – Wits Great Hall – November 2007 (Dancing Divinity)

Not only does Goddess Divine Productions host international stars to perform and teach, but they are also the organisers of the Miss Belly Dance South Africa competition.

Angela was the founder of the Miss Belly Dance South Africa competition which held its first event in 2009. Between 2013 and 2015, the Miss Belly Dance South Africa competition was jointly organised by Angela and Natalie under Goddess Divine Productions. Since 2016, Natalie Clark has been the sole organiser of the competition.

Natalie has had the pleasure of producing the following Miss Belly Dance South Africa Competitions held:

  • 4th Edition – Miss Belly Dance SA Competition – 2013 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  • 5th Edition – Miss Belly Dance SA Competition – 2014 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  • 6th Edition – Miss Belly Dance SA Competition – 2015 (Goddess Divine – in collaboration with Angela Sanders)
  • 7th Edition – Miss Belly Dance SA Competition – 2017  (Goddess Divine Productions)
  • 8th Edition – Miss Belly Dance SA Competition – 2019 (Goddess Divine Productions)
  • 9th Edition – Miss Belly Dance SA Competition – 2021 – this was held ONLINE (Goddess Divine Productions)
  • 10th Edition – Miss Belly Dance SA Competition – 2023 (Goddess Divine Productions)

Natalie Clark also collaborated with Bhana van der Walt and Sascha Olivier-Sampson and created Nova Nouveau Productions. 

Nova Nouveau Productions produced a professional theatrical belly dance production, Happily Never After. Casting was held through online auditions and dancers were chosen from across Southern Africa. Five lead roles were cast and 15 ensemble roles were cast. The storyline was conceptualised by Natalie, Bhana, and Sascha, and choreographies choreographed by Natalie, Bhana, Sascha, and Mandy Lapperts, and Senta Seele.

The aim of Nova Nouveau Productions is to connect and grow the Southern African belly dance community.

Happily Never After was held in the following locations:

  1. Johannesburg – July 2018
  2. Durban – February 2019
  3. Cape Town – February 2020

Nova Nouveau Productions also hosted workshops by the following teachers in Johannesburg in 2019, Durban in 2019 and Cape Town in 2020:

  1. Bhana van der Walt
  2. Mandy Lapperts
  3. Natalie Clark
  4. Sascha Oliver-Sampson
  5. Senta Seele

In collaboration with a team of other influential and passionate South African belly dancers and teachers, Natalie has also been involved in the arranging of the following community events:

  • World Belly Dance Day 2014 – Bright Water Commons – funds raised and gifts collected for The Johannesburg Children’s Home
  • World Belly Dance Day 2013 – Bright Water Commons – funds raised and gifts collected for Paws R Us
  • World Belly Dance Day 2011 – Sheikhs Palace – funds raised and gifts collected for Reach for a Dream