Be Here Now is the bold, new multi-media dance show from Arabian Dance Theatre. The unique event is an explosion of modern, Arabic dance, music and culture – inspired by the events of the Arab Spring movement and its parallels with the 2011 London Riots.

This inspirational production, appropriately takes place in Tottenham, at the world-class Bernie Grant Arts Centre, on 12th and 13th of October 2012.

Dunya Bellydance’s Co-Founder, Michelle Deniz also serves as Arabian Dance Theatre’s Operations Director and is featured as a dancer in Be Here Now. She will also offer a free introduction to bellydance workshop for beginners on October 14th.

Michelle Deniz said, “I’m thrilled to be part of an inspirational and unique production that raises positive awareness of Arabic culture through music and dance in a world class theatre setting – there’s nothing else like it in the UK so don’t miss out!”

The show is a contemporary expression of youth, defiance and revolution and their effect on art; offering a rare and refreshing look at Arab culture through a vibrant mix of street and club culture, hip hop, rap, street, contemporary, pop music and dance, combined with modern Shaabi and Debke folklore.

With virtually no representation of Arabic dance elsewhere in UK theatres, the uplifting event will showcase rarely seen skills, while free workshops will inspire people to learn, participate in, and enjoy Arabic art and dance.

According to producer, Tara Lee Oakley, “With so much emphasis on negative elements of Arabic and Islamic culture in the media, we wanted to give people an opportunity to see many of the rich, positive and beautiful aspects of Arabic culture in an authentic, modern way. With so much artistic expression emerging right now especially from young people, we wanted to bring these exciting performances to the stage, and to an international audience.”

Purchase Show Tickets:

Discount show tickets are available in advance for £15 and £8 for under 16/OAP.  Tickets on the door are £17.

For tickets, call the Ticket Sellers box office on 0844 870 0000 or visit:


Be Here Now takes place at Bernie Grant Art’s Centre at Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London, N15 4RX on October 12th & 13th.

Book Free Workshops:

Free dance workshops on October 7th, 12pm-4pm, and October 15th, 11am-4pm, are limited to 25 people in each session on a first come, first served basis. Workshops include Modern Cairo Style, Introduction to Contemporary Dance, Beginners Belly Dance, Modern Egyptian Shaabi, and Khaleeji Now. Workshops are suitable for all skill levels with some focused on beginners and others challenging intermediate to advanced dancers. To reserve your place in a workshop, send an email to Tara Lee Oakley at with your name, contact number and your requested workshop.


For further information, please contact Tara Lee Oakley.

Tel: 0798 444 8488



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About Arabian Dance Theatre:

Arabian Dance Theatre is a London-based dance company focused on providing Arabic dance and entertainment in England and abroad. Established in 2008, we produce shows for theatre, festivals, commercial, private and educational events.Arabian Dance Theatre’s objective is to show the beauty, history, diversity, and depth of the Arab culture, through music and dance. Featuring the top female and male Arabic dancers in the UK, we create shows that raise positive awareness of Arabic culture and society. We present both traditional and contemporary styles of Arabic dance and also showcase a broad spectrum of dance styles from Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Saudi, Yemen, Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, Sudan, Turkey and Iran.

Arabian Dance Theatre have been shortlisted for The Arab British Cultural and Society Award 2010, as well as having featured on the BBC Arabic News, Al Aribiya news, Al Alamia TV, The Daily News Egypt, Al Arab Newspaper and Asharq El Aswat.

Arts Council England and Big Lottery Fund have sponsored Be Here Now, our fifth theatre production in October 2012.