Discover more about the artists who will participate in the second BellyFusions festival: Aepril Schaile, Anasma, Ariane Vega, Cie Desert Sin, Gwen Booth, Leï TheNight, Lily Tsai, Cie Manhattan Tribal, Patricia Alvarez, Cie Saada, Sophie Ménissier, Wendy Buonaventura, Yara de Zutter.

The show will also welcome the following guest artists: Cie Ambre, Karine Ghalmi, Mihrimah Ghaziya, Cie Nejma, Cie Urban Shamans.


Aepril Schaile
Aepril is a multi-talented artist : a musician and composer, a writer and story-teller, an astrologist and ... a witch ! Inspired by traditional and folkloric oriental dances, she offers a dramatic approach impersonating a ghost, a widow, a murderer or a seducer. Her performances transcend female archetypes with creativity and drama.
- Website : http://aeprilschaile.com


Anasma
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 sharing.
- Website : http://www.anasmadance.com


Ariane Vega
Ariane Vega is a Canadian dancer and choreographer mixing influences and styles but looking for authenticity. She was awarded a diploma from the Dance School in Quebec where she trained in ballet, contemporary and modern jazz. She trained in Oriental Dance with Yousry and Nourhan Sharif and uses the dance as a new form of expression.
- Website : http://www.arianevega.com/


Cie Ambre
This Paris-based dance company is composed of three different but complementary dancers-choreographers (Anouk Hingant, Yasmine Louati and Marilyne Giorno) who are working on the expression of joy in the dance and the communication with the audience.
- Website : http://www.compagnieambre.com


Cie Desert Sin
Weaving stories through movements between the beauty and the grotesque, Desert Sin has drawn its own creative world experimenting without boundaries since 1999. Oriental dance is mixed with a wide range of dance forms, drama, cabaret offering a unique entertainment. Their popularity is growing in the USA, especially with their latest show 'the museum of women"...
- Website : http://www.desertsin.com


Gwen Booth
Gwen Booth brings a theatrical 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/


Karine Ghalmi
Karine's choreographies are based on the evolution of Oriental dance. Traditional movements having travelled through time, it is now time to talk about mixing culture and gesture. The body becomes "clay" and is used for this sensorial experiment melting oriental and contemporary dance.
- Website : http://www.karineghalmi.com


Leï TheNight
Lei TheNight is a fully trained dancer and has been mixing styles from an early age : modern jazz, contemporary dance, oriental dance, african dance, salsa, hip hop... Thanks to her teachers and the emerging leaders of Wacking in Europe, Japan and New York, she has developped her own style, Belly'Wacking which is rich, unique and explosive.
- Website : http://www.myspace.com/leithenight


Lily Tsai
Lily was born in Taïwan and grew up in Huston (USA) where she studied music and developped her musicality. She has travelled in Europe, New-Zealand, Egypt, Lebanon and Asia where she started studying and then teaching oriental dance. In 2003, she discovered Tribal style which she included in her own style leaving her a great freedom to create and express herself using dances of the world.
- Website : http://www.lilybellydance.com


Cie Manhattan Tribal
Created in 2007 and directed by Mimi Fontana, Manhattan Tribal is the first ATS company based in New York. They've also been a FCBD Sister Studio since 2009 where they teach the style developped by Carolena Nericcio. Manhattan Tribal features Mimi Fontana, Kate Reid, Heather Bondra, Leigh-Ann Eliseo, Debbie Lakis & Stephanie Rubino-Ginsburg.
- Website : http://www.mimifontana.com/manhattantribal


Mihrimah Ghaziya
French dancer, teacher and choreographer, Mihrimah Ghaziya is based in Germany. She has trained in contemporary, Chinese and Japanese dances as well as oriental dance. Her style, based originally on a cultural and musical approach of different aspects of the Arab world, has been enriched by numerous readings and a deep reflection on this art which she mixes with other influences without leaving Oriental roots out.
- Website : http://www.mihrimah-ghaziya.de


Cie Nejma
The Compagnie Nejma explores fusions between oriental dance and other forms of dance such as Indian, ballet, contemporary dance and hip hop. Created by Veronique Ben Ahmed in 2003, they offer an open approach for all the audiences, especially the young ones.
- Website : http://www.compagnienejma.com


Patricia Alvarez
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


Cie Saada
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


Sophie Ménissier
Sophie Menissier has been dancing in Gypsy, Jewish and Oriental dance companies. She has now developped her own style, mixing the Gypsy spirirt, Oriental curves and a contemporary approach. Her dance is expressive, lively and colourful, highlighting the power of traditions and the freedom to dance.
- Website : http://www.isao-concept.com


Wendy Buonaventura
Wendy Buonaventura is a worldwide acclaimed writer, choreographer and dancer. While a documentary has been devoted to her reseach on British TV, she keeps working on new projects based on world culture. Her performances mix narratives and dances, exploring cultural myths and feminine sensuality. Author of the famous book "Serpent of the Nile", she is also the artistic director of the Sirocco Festival in Britain.
- Website : http://www.buonaventura.com/


Cie Urban Shamans
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/


Yara de Zutter (Cie Maïnumbi)
Yara de Zutter is Peruvian and Loran Dubois-Ramirez is French with different origins.They've been teaching African dance for many years, combining dance and music to create bridges between cultures. A lively exploration of Oriental gestures, spirals and undulations to West African drumming.
- Website : http://www.yvytu.fr