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Katie Holland


Dancing from the age of three and having studied Ballet, Tap, Modern, African, Samba, Bollywood, Sacred Nepalese, Egyptian Bellydance, Gurdjieff Sacred Movements, Sufi Whirling, Martial Arts; currently Bharatanatyam, Balinese and Bulgarian Folk dance. Katie Holland is the creator of Awakened Bellydance; a transformative, self-awakening process. She is also an Inner Dance facilitator and trainer, Access Bars Practitioner Trainer, a Laughter Yoga facilitator and Yoga teacher. Katie's love of, dedication and commitment to her dance shines through and is evident to all who see. Combining traditional dance techniques with her own unique interpretations - fusing herself to an ancient culture whilst dancing forth into the new. Katie enthuses and inspires this magical energy to all she meets.

On her quest for deeper understanding and precision of movement Katie constantly pushes herself into the unknown and onto higher levels, keen to share her knowledge and expertise on her journey. This includes studying to be a Usui and Tera-Mai Seichem Reiki Master and massage therapist in 1999 and being one of the first to study on the Drumzy Advanced dance training course with Hossam and Serena Ramzy.

Currently having the time of her life living between Europe, India and Asia. Performing, teaching and organising Kashtat Bedu - Sacred Dance and Yoga Retreats whilst continuing her study of dance and life across the world.

Katie is actively involved with the development of Inner Dance UK and organised the first UK facilitator training in 2015.

Regarded as one of the best foreign performers in India, Katie is in high demand as a performer, teacher and choreographer for all kinds of events. To date she has performed with Hossam and Serena Ramzy and their Egyptian Ensemble at Planet Egypt, The Bloomsbury Theatre and Bath Middle Eastern Festival, DJ Cheb I Sabbah, Guy Schalom and the Baladi Blues, Sukhbir, The Arab League at Raqs Brittania, The Nile Band, with Amani of Lebanon, Simon Webster, Jon Sterckx, Socrat, Digital Samsara, Kundalini Airport, Infra-Red, Francis Lepcha, DJ Kaz, Graeme of UB40, Futji, at the infamous Titos, Mambos and Ingos Saturday Night Market, Goa, The Royal Kolkutta Golf Club and countless 5 and 7* hotels across India. She was the featured dancer for BBC World Music Award winning master maestro Abhishek Basu and his band ISM. 

Some of the countless shows Katie has performed for 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, Anatolian Airways, for the Indian Army, Navy and Airforce inlcuding Bangalore Airshow.

Also performing for countless events and festivals. Some include; celebrity charity ball 'Get your BIG PANTS on', Bodies and Beats, NADA AGM, MADN anniversary show, Planet Egypt, Majma, Raqs Brittania, JoY, Mehifsa, Kookie Kaftan, Elyseum, Egyptian Moonlight, Gaunts House Festival, Saqarah, Veg Fest, The Goddess Show South, 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, charity events, Sally Gunnells birthday, fashion shows, product launches, films, corporates, prestigious weddings and events for delegates, government ministers and wedding parties from all over Asia, West Indies, UK and the Middle East.
Katie has been filmed and interviewed many times for National and International Indian television including 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. Katie can be found in Lonely Planet: India and Goa. 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, Guest feature October 2010 for Bellydance Finder, Banat El Raqs, Planet-Goa and the highly acclaimed dvd by Digital Samsara. 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.

Founder and organiser of the UK festival Bodies and Beats World Music and Dance Events featuring the best teachers and performers from around the globe.

Encouraging dancers to achieve their highest potential without compromising the quality or interpretation of the dance. Katies methods of teaching and performing have evolved to an inspirational level and quality over the years. Her respect and thanks to her family, teachers, peers and students who have influenced, inspired, supported and encouraged her: including Sylvia Canetti, Anji and Pete Jackson-Main, Kate Johnson, Maggie Caffrey, Niina Martin, Amel Tafsout, Uppa, Adolfina Tham, Akash, Aisha Rose, Leila Haddad, Hossam Ramzy, Serena Ramzy.

Working and living from the philosophy that all you have experienced in this life good or bad is what has brought you to the place you are now. Whatever you take from these experiences and the dance, pass it on, use it within your dances and lives...let it all develop and unravel from there. 

Shanti, Shanti.........



NEW! Katie's unique clothing range is now available online due to popular demand: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shakti-Pants-love-your-curves-show-them-off-in-style/107426232624360.

Buy your very own personalised 'Shakti Pants', 'Pixi Coats', Indian and Nepalese jewellery.


Big thanks to the amazing photographers who have contributed to my websites: Maani Vadgama, Derek Lee, Mark Oakley and Tanya Nikola.


Join Facebook group pages 'Awakened Bellydance Tribal Sisters', 'Katie Holland Dance', 'Kashtat Bedu Retreats', 'What Moves You? By The Political Bellydancer', 'Delhi Belly Dance Studio' and 'Shakti Pants Love Your Curves'.

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Katie performing her funky veil dance at Planet Egypt, Darbuka club, London. Stunning photos courtesy of Anne White and Derek Lee.