Read more about the artists who took part in the first
BellyFusions festival: Amira Nemeth, Anasma, Damage Control
Dance Theater, Isabel de Lorenzo, Kimberly Mackoy, Linda Faoro, Nea's
Tribal Group, Shakra, The Uzumé, Valérie Romanin, Vatra.
The show also featured in the first half the following guest artists: Geneva
Bybee, Wicked Mystic, Urban Shamans, Gwen Booth, Erifily, Patricia Alvarez, Caroline
Achouri & Sarah Avril, Elodie Chan, Julie - Anamaya, la Luna del Oriente.
Amira is a Hungarian artist, innovative and enchanting.
She also performs in plays or with musicians. She travels a lot to
share her shows and her knowledge of fusion including Balkan and
Hungarian Gypsy danses, turkish Karsilama, Egyptian Ghawazee, Andalousian
and oriental dance.
- Website: http://www.amirahastanc.hu
Anasma is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer
who regularly performs in Europe and the United States. As
a member of Bellyqueen, she works on a fusion between Middle
Eastern Dances and Ballet, Flamenco, Popping and Locking, Hip-Hop,
Modern Jazz, Chinese and Afro Haitian. Being herself half Tunisian
and half Vietnamese, her message is universal: meeting and
- Website : http://www.anasmadance.com
Caroline Achouri & Sarah Avril
An original duet wher traditional oriental dance and Kalbelya
meet. Caroline Achouri and Sarah Avril play with style, mouvement
and energy creating compositions.
- Website : http://www.carolineachouri.com/ &
Damage Control Dance Theater
Based in San Francisco, they created Funk Fusion mixing
Street Dances with Oriental Dance and folklore. The company
includes professional dancers trained in ballet, tap, Modern
Jazz, Flamenco, Salsa, Dunham and of course oriental dance.
- Website : http://www.damage-control.org
This young French artist (stage and street performances) finds
inspiration in African Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop as well as Oriental
Dance. Her style is strongly influenced by Amercan Tribal Style
- Website : http://elodiechan.com/
Erifily is a Greek Oriental dancer as well as a yoga teacher.
She finds inspiration in several arts to create a n original and
dynamic fusion : Tribal dance, Gypsy style and ballet.
- Website : http://www.trin404.net
Gwen Booth brings a theatruical approach to her oriental dance
offering fusions between modern and classical styles. She is elegant
and versatile and also combines Burlesque which is particularly
developed in the UK.
- Website : http://www.elegantbellydance.co.uk/
Isabel de Lorenzo
Isabel is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer
in tribal and oriental style. Isabel's work is influenced by
gypsy, classical and contemporary styles. Co-director of the
Carovane Tribale company she has also founded the San Lo dance
studio which promotes events and multicultural dances.
- Website : http://www.isabeldelorenzo.net
Based in Marseille, this young dancer is keen on mixing styles
within her strong Egyptian Dance in order to open it to new ways
- Website : http://www.anamaya.fr/
Kimberley Mackoy has trained with Rachel Brice, Jill
Parker, Frédérique David, Carolena Nericcio and
Suhaila Salimpour. Her approach in Tribal Fusion mixes fluidity
with high energy, traditional and modern styles. Her varied
influences bring a refreshing aspect in her creations.
- Website : http://www.kimberlymackoy.com
La Luna del Oriente
This young company gets inspiration from Middle Eastern folklore
and tries to widen their horizon by mixing different styles
of Dance : moder jazz, contemporary, hip hop, flamenco, egyptian
- Website : http://www.myspace.com/lalunadeloriente
Linda Faoro is a dancer and choreographer whose work
oscillates between grace and power. Her background in Jazz
New School and Oriental dance enabled her to create an Oriental
Jazz Fusion with which she can explore new choreographic territorries.
- Website : http://www.myspace.com/lindafaoro
Gabriella has been dancing for more than 20 years making
her a pioneer in Germany. She created the N company with 8
dancers who are now developping fusion with Tribal, Oriental
and Medieval styles. Improvisation being the key word in ATS,
it allows them to create their own combinations.
- Website : http://www.neastribal.com
From Spain, Patricia Alvarez offers an elegant, harmonious and
expressive dance linked to tradition. She explores the origins of
oriental dance confronting them to the power of Flamenco and the
energy of Gypsy Dance.
- Website : http://patricialvarez.blogspot.com
Saada Tribal Group
Saada Tribal Group is the first Tribal Dance company
created in Spain with 8 dancers, musicians and a professional
singer. Tribal Style is mixed with the power and dynamism of
the founder Kerensa De Mars. This company is unique with their
ritual dances, their use of weapons and their fusions with
other oriental techniques.
- Website : http://www.saadagroup.com
Shakra company is the reflection of N, H and B who have
been trained in western as well as world dances. They use different
moves and concepts to modulate and combine them in choreographies
which tell stories inspired by oriental as well as gothic music.
- Website : http://www.shakra.tribalgrove.com
This company was created in the Netherlands by 4 dancers
who explore rhythm and bewitch their audience with choreographies
based on traditional and electronic music. Their tribal fusion
style is unique and reflects their feminity and grace.
- Website : http://www.the-uzume.com
Urban Shamans: a Tribe looking for their roots, a burried knowledge,
as if tatooed in the collective memory. Lead by Julie de Saint Blanquat,
they experiment oriental dances fusions as a necessary break from
the anciant codes and their bewitching repetitions. A marginal aesthetic.
- Website : http://www.urban-shamans.com/
Valérie Romanin created a fusion combining Flamenco and oriental
dances which she called Flamenco Descalzo - Barefoot
Flamenco - going back to the roots of Flamenco, Moorish
as well as Gypsy. Based in
London, she regularly travels to teach in France and
- Website : http://www.flamencodescalzo.com
Vatra is a multi talented French performing company:
from juggling to stilt walking, from dance to magic, they combine
different atmosphere: medieval, oriental, nomadic, steampunf,
cyberpunk and freaky performer. They've toured all around the
world and invite you to discover their world.
- Website : http://www.cie-vatra.com
Wicked Mystic Company offers a fusion between Gothic Oriental
style, Fire Dance and Tribal Fusion from darkness to fantasy, bringing
their own aesthetic far from what we usually see.
- Website : http://www.ciewickedmystic.com