Festival of belly dancing heads to Hartlepool’s historic ship

Last year's belly dance convivial. Photograph courtesy of Chris Armstrong
Last year's belly dance convivial. Photograph courtesy of Chris Armstrong

A festival of belly dancing is days away from returning to Hartlepool – and tickets are still available.

Hundreds of people are expected at HMS Trincomalee where this year’s Belly Dance Convivial will be held on Friday, July 17. Ten dancers will be performing, and doors open at 7pm, with the dancing starting at 8pm.

We want to raise awareness. We need more people to see that belly dancing is accessible to everyone. There are a lot of classes which are held throughout the North East and they are all inclusive

Belly dance event organiser Sarah Game

The organiser is dancer Sarah Game, who said: “We want to raise awareness. We need more people to see that belly dancing is accessible to everyone. There are a lot of classes which are held throughout the North-East, and they are all inclusive.”

Dancers from the Tees Valley, Newcastle, Sunderland and Catterick will be performing at the Hartlepool show. Sarah added: “We do still have tickets available for people to see the dancers who are semi-professional.”

HMS Trincomalee Trust general manager David McKnight said: “This annual event, now in its second year, allows belly dance students from across the region to showcase their learning in a unique setting.

“Although the audience is mainly from the dance community and its supporters in the north of England, all are welcome to attend this ticketed event.”