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Christine Yaven

Dubbed, 'Indonesia's bellydance icon', Christine has almost 20 years of training and teaching Middle Eastern dance, studying with world-renowned Master teachers. 

Founder of Bellydance Jakarta, Indonesia's premier Middle Eastern Dance Center, Christine has captured the interest of local and international media and is known as one of the region's trailblazers. 

As the only certified bellydance instructor in Indonesia, she is often invited to perform and teach throughout the archipeligo as well as internationally throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.

Christine's performances are mesmerizing, a perfect fusion of liquid motion, subtle sensuality and exquisite musicality. Her talent is only rivaled by her teaching abilities which not only spans precise technique, but also the soul, values and heritage of Middle Eastern dance. 

As an award-winning choreographer, her students have won several international bellydance competitions in both solo and troupe categories.

Christine has also had the honor of directing and staging several successful large-scale bellydance productions as part of the prestigious Jakarta Anniversary Festival and GKJ International Festival hosted by Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Performing Arts Theater). 

She is also a very active in the Oriental dance scene regionally, hosting countless world-class master workshops, co-founder of South East Asia's biggest regional Oriental dance festival, Raks by the SEA, co-organizer for Miss Bellydance Indonesia Festival, Festival el Raqesa and many more.

Along with several colleagues from Malaysia and Singapore, Christine is also part of the International Oriental Dance Teachers Alliance (IODTA) – South East Asia teaching intensive professional certification courses for Oriental Dancers and Teachers in South East Asia.

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