More than 400 people will shimmy and shake their way to the Illawarra this weekend for the second Wollongong Belly Dance Festival.
Organiser Virginia Keft-Kennedy, of Cinnamon Twist Belly Dance, said some of Australia's top belly dancing teachers and choreographers would be coming to town for the three-day event, which kicks off on Friday night.
"The festival is all about bringing together dancers from around the country to celebrate Middle Eastern dance," she said.
"It's a dance genre that is full of colour and variety and we want to showcase its diverse traditions and its modern fusions."
Ms Keft-Kennedy said it was the second biennial belly dance festival to be held in Wollongong, and this year's line-up included spectacular performances, workshops and a market bazaar.
"We first held this festival in 2011 and it was very well received," she said.
"It not only provides dancers from around the country with a chance to expand their knowledge and share their skills, it also introduces community members to the magic and fun of belly dancing.
"It's an open dance style that anyone can do regardless of their background, age or level of ability. It's empowering both physically and mentally, and it engenders such great community spirit."
A Moroccan indulgence and film screening at the Wollongong-based belly dance school will start the proceedings on Friday night, before a belly dance party at the Illawarra Master Builders Club in Wollongong on Saturday.
On Sunday, the Builders Club will be turned into a market bazaar with shopping, tarot readings, henna artists and more as well as a range of belly dance performances and workshops.
For tickets and inquiries visit bellydancefestival.com.au.