Celebrating our 30th Anniversary in 2022!

JWAAD Summer School 2022

19th – 25th August 2022

Celebrating our 30th Birthday!


Join us for days jam-packed with dance in the beautiful historic setting of Wellington College, Berkshire.

6 days: 19th – 25th August, 2022
4 days: 21st – 25th August, 2022
2 days: 19th – 21st August, 2022

2020 was the year JWAAD turned 30 years old, but due to the Covid-pandemic we will be celebrating the 30th Summer School in style this August.  Click here for prices.

What to expect

As always, we will have lots of exciting things to tempt you throughout the week including:

  • JWAAD Master Teachers
  • Gala Show – All participants are invited to perform a solo or group dance
  • Over 45 hours of workshops and activities
  • Over 15 fabulous teachers from the UK and abroad
  • Workshops at all levels in a huge choice of dance styles (see below)
  • Advanced level masterclasses and workshops with live Egyptian music
  • Shopping in the souk and a wonderful fashion show

This intensive residential course will provide a wonderful boost to your technique and performance. Spend your days taking classes in a wide variety of styles of Middle Eastern and Fusion dance, classes with Egyptian musicians, work on technique, rhythm and choreography. Book a private lesson with one of our teachers or spend time relaxing in the gardens, walking in the woods, shopping in the souk, or enjoying a drink in one of the caf├ęs.

Evening entertainment includes a hafla, fancy dress party, theatre show (with you in it!), talent night, and fun in the common rooms!

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The Courses

We have over 45 hours of classes and activities including:

  • Authentic Egyptian and Middle Eastern Styles
  • Advanced level masterclasses
  • Workshops with live music
  • Classes on technique and rhythm
  • Classes on choreography and performance
  • A variety of fusion styles
  • Dances to learn and perform
  • Daily sagat/zill practice
  • A souk with dance gear for sale all week
  • Weekenders can perform at our Hafla
  • A chance to wear a fabulous costume in the fashion show
  • A relaxed and fun talent evening
  • A chance to perform solo or in groups in our Theatre show
  • Time to relax, socialise or go for a walk in the grounds

Professional and Advanced Dancers at Summer School

There are plenty of high-level classes to keep you challenged and learning, as well as performance opportunities. More information coming soon.

Classes and Levels

All classes and activities are optional. You do not have to book classes in advance, just decide what you fancy doing each day.

You are welcome to do classes at different levels in different subjects. For instance, you might decide to do a lower level in stick than veil, if you haven’t done much stick dance before but are a bit of a veil expert. You may choose whichever ones you want to go to, but do remember that teachers cannot slow down a class if you have chosen one that it too hard for you. Level 4 classes are restricted to level 4 dancers in order to give them enough space to dance.

You can choose between:

— 6 days for the full experience – show/parties/all activities
— 4 days – includes a hafla and our wonderful show
— 2 days – includes our Saturday hafla
Your booking includes all meals, classes and activities, and use of all facilities (non-residential does not include breakfast).

Our Wonderful Venue

Wellington College, Berkshire, is the magnificent setting for our courses, with a huge complex of historic buildings, enormous grounds, lakes (including Swan Lake!), gardens, an outdoor swimming pool and modern theatre. We will dance in a mixture of gorgeous historic halls and modern dance studios.

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Click here for the history of Wellington College
Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in our accommodation and there are two cafes (one is a cafe/bar) on site. All meals are included and there is a good choice of dishes at every meal. Vegetarian and vegan diets are catered for (please state when booking).


Accommodation is comfortable and modern, though not ensuite. We have mostly single rooms plus a small number of shared rooms for 6-day bookings only. We can often provide sharers if needed. If you’d like shared accommodation, book early as these rooms often fill up fast. We always endeavor to put friends together or very close to each other, so let us know who your friends are!

Getting to Summer School

Click here for travel instructions by train and car. If you come by car there is plenty of parking.

Wellington College
RG45 7PU
If you have any questions about Summer School please email summerschool@jwaad.com

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