Senta Duffield - Principal and Director

The Book, The Blog

Senta Duffield, a Durban based belly dance teacher, public speaker and business woman has written her first book.
‘Dancing with your Skeletons’ is a self-improvement book which brings George Bernard Shaw’s quote ‘If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best take it out and teach it to dance’ into our everyday lives.

Senta’s book teaches us that without even stepping into a dance class, we have access to one of the most powerful healing modalities, and can benefit from the profound joy, strength, grace and love that dance offers us!

We all have a skeleton in our closet. Something that we have done or that has happened to us that has made our lives difficult, has caused us pain and has left physical, mental and emotional scars.

Imagine the possibilities when you learn to dance with your skeletons, and ultimately to heal them in such a way that you will never put them back in the closet again!

Dancing with your skeletons is a three part book, offering the reader three different and separate ways to experience dance healing, or a book as a whole giving you an amazing tool to gently and easily facilitate dance healing in your own life. In Part 1 South African dancers share their personal dance healing stories, in Part 2 Senta explains dance and dance healing, and leads the reader through a series of fun, yet meaningful visualisation exercise, and Part 3 is a Dance Directory giving insight into the background, healing properties, dance movements and messages from 44 popular dances.

Every dance begins with one step, reading this book is your first step in a new, beautiful and exciting dance.


The Book

‘Dancing with your Skeletons’ is published internationally by Balboa Press and available on Amazon and the Balboa Press website as a hard-cover, paperback and e-book. Senta has self-published a South African paperback version, supporting local printers and giving South African readers a local book price.

Please visit for information on purchasing the book internationally, or contact Senta on to purchase it in South Africa.



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Berea Mail Article

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