Paul Staunton known as Ishtar is an experienced artiste and teacher working for diverse communities, who is is also a researcher and writer of dance ethnography and spiritual dance.

She teaches and performs belly dance as well as traditional Middle Eastern forms and Bollywood dance, creative Belly Dance and a variety of fusion styles.

Ishtar runs workshops and retreats in various countries based around dance, creativity, ritual and divine feminine themes.

She has also produced and directed dance theatre pieces and has worked as a choreographer for various events and organisations.

MSc in Spirituality, Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology (Dissertation in Spiritual Dance)

2-1 BA Hon’s degree in Applied Psychology/Women’s Studies

Professional qualifications in Holistic Therapies, Stress Management, and teaching