NileStar Oriental troupe

NileStar Oriental troupe

The NileStar Oriental performance troupe has a bellydance repertoire inspired by the dances of Egypt and beyond. Our shows are always a fun, vibrant and uplifting experience for audiences.

Dancing with the troupe is an opportunity for students to present work at a professional level. Participation in troupe performances is optional and decided on an opt-in basis.

The NileStar Oriental regularly performs at festivals, charity events and haflas around Sydney. Members of the troupe may also be invited to perform at private functions.

Recent performances

  • Sydney Middle Eastern Dance Festival, Hurlstone Park, 3 May 2015
  • Parramasala Parade, Parramatta, 17 October 2014
  • Belly Dance Expo, Hurlstone Park, 17 August  2014
  • Eurofest, Ararat Reserve, Frenchs Forest, 13 September 2014
  • Rotary Spring Fair, Forestville, 30 August 2014
  • Mass Bollywood dance, Parramasala Parade, Parramatta, 4 October, 2013
  • Le Carnivale Bellydance Extravaganza, Balgowlah RSL, Seaforth, 21 September 2013
  • Eurofest, Ararat Reserve, Frenchs Forest, 14 September 2013
  • Cheekni Chameli Nite, Bowmans Hall, Blacktown, 1 June 2013
  • Mind Body Spirit Festival, Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, 19 May 2013
  • An Oriental Night to Remember, Grand Royale, Granville, 16 November 2012

For more about joining the NileStar Oriental troupe see the information about open classes.

Contact us for information about NileStar Oriental troupe bookings.

Fifi Renoux professional bellydancer

Fifi Renoux professional bellydancer

Fifi is an accomplished soloist who is much sought after around Sydney. Her shows are fun, unique and spontaneous. She has an elegant, charismatic style that makes her an instant hit with audiences.

Oriental dance

For weddings, birthday parties and other family events, Fifi’s Oriental dance shows incorporate classic tunes with either Lebanese or Egyptian songs. Props like Isis Wings, sagat (finger cymbals) and sword may also be used.

Specialised Middle Eastern dances

Depending on the occasion Fifi performs Saidi (cane dance), Khaleeji, Turkish Romany, Tarab, Baladi and Shaabi. She also has a particular interest in the Reda style of dance from Egypt.

Bollywood

A mixture of bellydance and Bollywood dance makes a perfect, high-energy combination. Fifi has worked with master choreographer Prafulla Parida to incorporate elements of hip hop and Bollywood into her shows which can be performed in Oriental or Bollywood style costume.

Choreography

In addition to the NileStar Oriental repertoire, Fifi regularly collaborates with Terezka Drnzik’s Studio Danse Orientale as a guest teacher and choreographer. Projects include co-choreography of the Pyramidstique troupe performance to support Dina of Cairo in 2010. She has also created Baladi and Shaabi pieces for Studio Danse Orientale which have been performed at the Haldon Street Festival (Lakemba), Lebanon Carnival (Darling Harbour), and the Egyptian National Day celebrations (Darling Harbour).

Learn more about Fifi.

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NileStar Oriental

NileStar Oriental

NileStar Oriental is a dance school and performance troupe inspired by the dances of Egypt and beyond. Our shows are always a fun, vibrant and uplifting experience for audiences.

Artistic Director Fifi Renoux is an accomplished soloist who is much sought after around Sydney and has been teaching Oriental dance (or bellydance) since 2005.

Taking an Oriental dance class is a great way to get fit, have fun and meet likeminded people. Classes focus on movement technique and musicality in the context of the cultures behind this dance.

About Oriental dance

About Oriental dance

Situated in Sydney’s Lower North Shore, NileStar Oriental specialises in Egyptian dance. In Egyptian Arabic the word for dance is Raqs, so the name for what we do is Raqs Sharqi ‘Dance for the Stage’ or Oriental dance. In our intermediate level class, we also explore other Egyptian dances that could be grouped under Raqs Shaabi ‘Dance of the people’.

By most accounts, Egyptian dance was first seen in the West at Chicago’s world fair in 1893. People had never seen dances where the pelvis and hips were used so ‘the belly dance’ was coined.

Nowadays the term ‘bellydance’ is widely used to refer to dances of (or inspired by) the Middle East whether theatrical or folkloric, or fusion. It is used to refer to dances from Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and the Gulf – a wide range of dance styles from a wide range of cultures. While in common use even among professionals and practitioners, ‘belly dance’ is not, strictly speaking, the most accurate way to refer to dances of the Middle East.

About Fifi

About Fifi

Originally from New Zealand, Fifi (Fiona) fell in love with Middle Eastern dance in 1999 while travelling in Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. The experience of such rich cultures with deep histories made an everlasting impact. But it was a small town called Cerincie in Turkey that was to bring the dance decisively into her life.

Hearing the sound of music while walking through the village she was drawn into a tavern where the local men were playing drums while women danced. Asking if she could join them, Fifi was welcomed and given a scarf to tie around her hips. The spontaneity of the drumming, goodwill and festivity that surrounded that evening left a lasting impression.

Moving to Sydney in 2001, Fifi began to study Middle Eastern dance with master teacher, Terezka Drnzik who has remained a mentor. By 2003 Fifi was a regular fixture dancing at Turkish and Lebanese restaurants. In 2005 she began teaching at Terezka’s Studio Danse Orientale.


On the move again, Fifi spent much of 2007 in London, where she studied with Asmahan at Pineapple Studios. In that time she performed at Planet Egypt and travelled to Egypt several times, taking private lessons with Farida Fahmy, Mohamed Kazafi and Liza Laziza.

Since her return to Sydney, Fifi has become involved in numerous performances and choreographic projects including a collaboration with Terezka Drnzik supporting Egypt’s own Dina in 2010, and performing at Amr Diab’s Sydney concert in 2013.


In 2011 Fifi started her own dance school and performance troupe, NileStar Oriental and is becoming recognised as a capable and inspiring teacher.

Though Fifi is a specialist in Egyptian dances, she has also found a passion for bellydance-Bollywood fusion. In 2013 Fifi participated in the filming of a Bollywood style music video for the Bengalese market.

Information about Fifi’s solo performances.

Fifi’s teaching style

Fifi’s teaching style

How would you describe your teaching style?

“Most of my students are adults and I feel that when you’re picking up a dance form as an adult it’s important to learn good technique right from the start. So I would say that the fundamentals of basic posture and creating good habits are very central in what I teach.

Oriental dance (bellydance) is such a subtle and complex art, if you haven’t learnt the basics well it is harder to move on to layer movements and create the variations of movements that allow you to convey different feelings through your dance.

So yes, technique is a focus. But also fun. I studied psychology and my cognitive psychology lecturer used to have a ‘joke break’ in her lectures. She would tell jokes and they weren’t even related to the lecture topic – she said that the humour helped retention. Let’s hope she’s right! It’s a nice way to learn something, so I like to joke around, especially in the beginner’ class because it also helps people fell less self-conscious.”

What about the more advanced classes? What do you do differently there?

“With the intermediate/advanced class I tend to think that these ladies are here to really learn. They’re not just trying something new, but have decided that they’d like to master it. I offer challenges because it’s good to be on the edge of your comfort zone – a lot of learning happens there. You also need to ensure there’s a sense of achievement bringing in familiar moves and working with them, you know, working with energy and quality in movement. It’s all good stuff!!”

So what about the dance itself? What are your influences?

“I have had such wonderful teachers. Terezka Drnzik, here in Sydney, has been a tremendous influence over the past decade. She really brought the dance to life for me. She is a one-of-a-kind teacher who can bring out the dance within, you know, not just teaching moves but teaching the spirit of the dance as well. Then there’s Asmahan in London – a woman of extraordinary talent and experience.

I guess another influence is the country of Egypt itself. I’ve been there four times (and counting!), and whether it’s just walking the streets of Cairo or standing with your feet in the sand by the Nile you just get this sense of shared history and timelessness. The people, the landscape and the modern colonial history of Egypt all contribute to the dance we do.

I also read all of the Middle Eastern dance literature I can get my hands on so having that understanding of where the music and the dances come from is really important to me. It helps you know your dance in a context so that you can respect it, and it connects you with other cultures and their history, and their art.”

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Choreography

Choreography

Take the lovely and graceful moves you learned in the Fitness and Technique class and put them into a dynamic choreography. Move through flowing isolations, exciting floor patterns, shimmies, and tempo changes.

For those who are looking for a bit of extension, there are optional performance opportunities.

Classes are held on Sydney’s North Shore. For more information see our Contact page.

Fitness and technique

Fitness and technique

This class is great for students new to bellydance and those who want to refresh skills or practice the basics. Explore Middle Eastern dance by developing a strong foundation in posture, isolation techniques, muscle control, choreographic sequences, and musicality. In addition, you will learn terminology and the history of Middle Eastern and Bellydance.

Timetable and pricing

Timetable and pricing

Class times and pricing

Fitness and techniqueTuesday6.30-7.30pm$160 per 10-week term$18 casual
ChoreographyTuesday7.30-8.30pm$160 per 10-week term$18 casual

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Find out more on Fifi’s teaching style and student performance opportunities.

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Children

Children

Though these classes are designed for adults, mothers and daughters are welcome to attend together. Girls over the age of 8 will benefit from a sense of confidence, grace and positive body image.

Before enrolling, please consider the ability of your child to participate in a structured 1-hour class.

Children under the age of 14 may attend for half price.