Delighted to announce that I am back in Dublin and as of January 2014, have resumed teaching Tuesday night classes at
Rua Red!  Classes will continue throughout spring and summer of 2014.  For more information, click here!

Please note: there is a mistake in the March 2014 brochure for Rua Red, which lists this class as starting at 8.30 - it actually begins at 7.30.  I apologise sincerely for the miscommunication!


I'm a bellydance instructor, performer and active member of the Dublin bellydance community, and I have trained with both prominent local bellydancers and internationally-recognised artists. Currently, I teach bellydance classes in Tallaght, and perform both as a solo artist and with the Emeralds dance troupe, of which I am a founding member.

Having studied
various styles of Middle Eastern dance since my teens, I've performed as a bellydance and hula artist for the past nine years at venues as diverse as the Ballina Street Festival and the Helix Theatre.

This website is intended as a resource for my students and anyone interested in bellydance, in Ireland or elsewhere.  If you're interested in taking up bellydancing, the information on my Classes and FAQ pages should be of use.  For up-to-date news of my own work and events in the Irish bellydance community, have a look at the Events and News page!  And if there's anything you'd like to know more about, you can always contact me.

Thanks for stopping by!


  • Guest teacher: Catala, Tuesday March 18th In much better news, I am happy to announce that the lovely Catala will be taking the Tuesday evening class on March 18th 2014.  Catala is a wonderful bellydance performer ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2014, 4:44 AM by Karen Emeralds
  • Mistake in the Rua Red brochure: Tuesday night class time Hi all - am posting to call attention to an error in the Rua Red advertising booklet for March.  The booklet mistakenly lists the class details for last year, and states ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2014, 4:40 AM by Karen Emeralds
  • From Galway to Tallaght: my return to Rua Red Hello all - am delighted to announce my return to teaching classes at Rua Red as of January 2014!  Because of a very busy schedule, the wonderful Vawn is stepping down ...
    Posted Feb 21, 2014, 4:34 AM by Karen Emeralds
  • New Directions: New Teacher in Rua Red Hello all!It's with much regret that I announce I will be leaving the class in Tallaght.  Sadly, because of a move to Galway, it's no longer practical ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2012, 5:44 AM by Karen Emeralds
  • New choreography - Aanjane Chehre Current students will be pleased (and no doubt surprised!) to hear that our new routine is now fully choreographed, and the notes are available in the Downloads section.  Yay!  If ...
    Posted Jun 19, 2012, 8:44 AM by Karen Emeralds
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