Discover more about the artists who will participate in the
fifth BellyFusions festival.
And find out more about the artists of the previous editions
in the archives section.
Cie AMIRA ART COMPANY
Amira Art Company was founded by Amira in 1998. The compagny is specialized
in bellydance and theater plays, using a lot of fusion styles. In the last
years they include a gypsy fusion in their choregraphies and it was a big
success! They performed in several european festivals such as Bellyfusions,
Gypsy Dance Fest in Madrid, Silk Road Dance in Venezia, Nomad Dance Fest
In Milan. This year, Amira has studied traditionnal dances in a gypsy
village. This experience inspired her new fusion choregraphies.
- Site web : http://www.amirahastanc.hu
Cie ALCHEMY DANCE THEATER
Based in New York, Alchemy Dance Theater is a company
of artists with diverse movement backgrounds, that draws from traditional
and contemporary sources around the world to evolve a new alchemy
from these varied forms. Artistic Director Sarah Johansson Locke
began her study of Tribal bellydance in 1994 and has been at the
forefront of establishing and cultivating the New York Tribal / Fusion
scene since 2001. She directs two companies, Alchemy Dance Theater
and the Alchemy Tribal Collective and teaches dance and yoga.
- Site web : http://www.alchemyperformance.com
After the A-level Henneth got a Diploma in medical physiotherapist and
fell in love with bellydance. She studied Tribal style and Tribal Fusion
with Moria Chappell, Sharon Kihara, Suhaila Salimpour and other well known
artists. In 2009 she won the 3rd Contest Bellydancer of the world Duo and
Solo. She teaches regular classes and workshops in different cities in
Germany. Henneth Annun improves her skills in contemporary fusion bellydance.
She is also one of the first members of "The Violet Tribe" and
is working as a dance performer, musician and singer.
- Site web : http://www.henneth-annun.de
Yvette is a senior tutor with JWAAD, the organisation responsible for the UK's
most respected Arabic dance teacher training programme. She has taught and performed
at many international festivals and prestigious events over the last 15 years,
including GOTHLA, Fantasia and the Bellydance Congress. Yvette is a founder member
of Johara Dance Company and a soloist in its most recent production, Hoochie
Coochie Girls. Known for her dramatic and expressive style, she specialises in
theatrical bellydance, blending oriental dance with burlesuqe, clowning, eccentric
dance and vintage western dances.
- Site web : http://www.danceyourselfhappy.co.uk
Cie SMOKY EYES
The Smokey Eyes is four dancers coming from different
dance backgrounds (gymnastics, ballet, Indian dance, hip-hop and
circus). In 2002 the company decided to move on from the stage
to the streets to make dance and art accessible to everybody.
- Site web : http://thesmokyeyes.e-monsite.com
FaoroBellyFusion (FBF) style is the logical evolution of my alternative
journey in jazz New School. A style based on an academic and rigourous
Jazz technique but drawing its originality from a subtile fusion of other
various styles of dances (modern, hip hop, afro, bellydance) and in bellydance.
Resolutly different, L.F sees herself as an expression of the urban society
she lives in, diverse and pluricultural. She is an international choreographer
for both entertainment and cultural events, and she also teaches in several
professional dance schools.
- Site web : http://www.lindafaoro.com
Nadyka is a tribal fusion duo, with dark and various backgrounds.
Their two worlds meet to create a single, mystic and powerful, entity.
- Site web : http://www.nadyka-tribal.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. Trained with different oriental teachers in Spain and
elsewhere. Combining training in raks sharky and arab folklores
with the study of Flamenco. Her curiosity and passion for dance
has also led her
into contact with other styles like contemporary and african
dance, whusu, ballet... As a dancer, Patricia has been part of
several dance companies and has worked with various musical groups
in many international
shows and festivals. Now she regularly travels to different
where she teaches workshops.
- Site web : http://www.patriciaalavarez.blogspot.com
Cie DE NOVA LUCE
Francesca Pedretti is an Italian choreographer and soloist.
She was the leader of Les Soeurs Tribales Company for
several years. Originality and innovation are Francesca’s
marks. She created various
combinations for her company which turned out to be the
first Italian tribal style company. Her work and contribution
to the Tribal Belly
Dance style has been spotted and recognized across Europe
but also in the US. Francesca was invited by Paulette
Rees-Denis (Gypsy Caravan)
to teach and perform at the Tribal Quest North West,
in Portland. Francesca has taken workshops and classes
with and by many talented artists such as Ada Went, Jamila Zaki and
Aziza Abdul Ridha, but also Carolina Nericcio (FCBD),
Rachel Brice, Geneva Bybee,
Darshan, Urban Tribal for tribal fusion style. In October
2009, Francesca created a new vocabulary of movements
through “ De Nova Luce – emotional tribal belly dance
“ which offers a mix of oriental modern dance, recent
tribal fusion and spectacular improvisations. Their work
focuses on emotions, imagination
and interpretation. Choreographic sequences alternate
with improvisations… and Emotions turn into forms and
gestures. Within a year she prepared and directed the
show CORPOACORPO, along with Nova De Luce presents her
work in international festivals
in Italy (Milan, Rome, Genoa, Venice, Ancona, Viareggio)
and abroad, Spain and France.
- Site web : http://www.francescapedretti.it
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Valentina (Unity) emerges
as a performer and instructor in the arts of belly dance, hoop dance,
fire and burlesque. Her ability to seamlessly combine these dance
forms gives her a unique and provocative vision unlike any other.
- Site web : http://www.unityhoops.com
Cie ACCES A LA DANSE - Mirjam SUTTER
Compagnie d'accès à la danse is a dynamic dance company featuring
professional dancers. The company exclusively focuses on presenting and
developing fusion forms of oriental dance and modern/contemporary dance.
Mirjam Sutter, the choreographer of Compagnie d'accès à la
danse, has been involved in classic and oriental dances as well as oriental
folklore dance for many years and she has developed a contemporary movement
language with narrative influences from the Maghreb and Mashriq. The artistic
work of Compagnie d'accès à la danse is not
just confined to the development of this movement language, but extends
to an engagement with cultural aspects of these regions as they relate
to the particular topics explored in dance. Another hallmark of Compagnie
d'accès à la danse is its close
cooperation with a range of different musicians who are specifically invited
to participate in individual creative projects.
- Site web : http://www.acces-a-la-danse.com
Exotika is the union of three different visions and trajectories.
All of them have a sincere necessity of artistic expression. They
find their own dancing language through different dance influences
and registers. Their strength, character and passion is reflected
on their stage work.
- Site web : http://www.exotikadanzafusion.wordpress.com
Illan is a young autodidact dancer who finds his inspiration around in
his everyday life. He is open to and influenced by all dances for finally
create his own style.
- Site web : http://www.myspace.com/illanriviere
Amirah is a Tribal Fusion dance artist with a theatre background. she is
known for her expression and dramatic stories. In November 2011, she won
the “Tribal Fusion Bellydancer of the world 2010" title in Duisburg
and she just got her Suhaila Salimpour Level 1 certification.
- Site web : http://www.amirah.be
Discover more about the new talents.
Ružica Tomic Rushka is one of the pioneers of belly dancing
She graduated Music Academy in Zagreb, Croatia and also
studied diferents kinds of dance styles including contempory
ballet, oriental dance styles technique and Argentinian
tango. She teaches and performs on dance festivals in Croatia
and the countries of Ex Yugoslavia.
- Site web : http://www.ples-spot.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. First ATS tribe in France, Urban
Shamans developed a style with the influence of tribal-fusion,
hip-hop or contemporary to invent a different look, very
modern, of the East dances.
- Site web : http://www.urban-shamans.com/
Those who saw her dance agree : Angelika’s creations
don’t match any particuliar classification, and don’t care too much
about it either. She goes through a variety of genres following the
moment’s fancy. From traditional dances to airy and jazzy compositions,
from ice-cold worlds, contemporary exploration to organic and down-to-earth…
Being a musician and a dancer, the movement and the sound eternally
travelling back and forth is what fascinates and inspires her, and
the infinity of the emotional possibilities thus created.
- Site web : http://www.angelika-info.com
Darkstar is one of the UK’s most celebrated performers
of Tribal and Dark Fusion belly dance. She has developed
her own unique style evolving elements of hip hop, ballet,
oriental and ATS which she has encompassed within a darker
aesthetic. She has trained intensively with Ariellah, Samantha
Emanuel, Asharah, Carolena Nericcio, Mira Betz, and more
passionate about inspiring students in this intense and
captivating dance style. Renowned for her creative choreography
and musicality, Darkstar has taught and performed all over
- Site web : http://www.darkstardance.co.uk
Cie LES ALMEES
Since 2008, Les Almées, composed of seven dancers, explores
the oriental dances through the show on the Upper Normandy.
Their meeting with the ATS gave them want to explore
new horizons and bring
more originality in our designs.
- Site web : http://www.alexandra-lesalmees.com
A dancer, a martial artist, a hula hooper... Even Dew blends
the genres to create sometimes amusing, sometimes poignant,
but always surprising shows. She is keen on sharing her
passion for tribal and fusion bellydance and teaches with
Orient Fusion, an association based in the surroundings
of Bordeaux.- Site web : http://orientfusion.org
Karine created a group with her friends that she has
chosen for their qualities as dancers and because they’re unique.
They have their own brightness she’s been working with, to search
for, feel and generate her expression. This blend is new but it operates
and got the advantage to reach a large audience because of its diversity.
- Site web : http://www.myspace.com/kenzaka
5 artists and a passion for fusions: to the east through
Polynesia, Bali and the balkan. The Tangerine company constantly
looks, traveling the world, immersing himself in traditions
to feed their
- Site web : http://www.compagnie-tangerine.com
NICOLE MC LAREN
Nicole McLaren is an international dance artist fr(om
Switzerland who performed in Egypt, United Kingdom, Germany,
the Netherlands or South Africa. She is a member a various showgroups,
teaches weekly classes, and regulary gives workshops
abroad. Beside she is doing Karate, where she achieve
with the black belt her Master Degree (1st Dan). She likes many styles
the Oriental dance art provides, such as the whirling dance.
- Site web : http://www.tanzkunst.ch
My personal dance and expression journey takes me all over
the place. You can call it Fusion Bellydance ; I prefer
to just dance. Kasia began her dance training at 4 years
after leaving her hometown of Krakow, Poland, in Zaria,
north-central Nigeria. After studying African dance, she
moved to the United States and discovered many disciplines
including dance contemporaie, martial arts and gymnastics.
Oriental dance is a place in his life from 2001. Now based
in Italy, she participated in the show Bellydance Evolution
while developing his method of teaching.
- Site web : http://www.kasiajarosz.com
The company consists of four dancers from different backgrounds:
oriental, classical, jazz, Tahitian and South America.
They have united their world and merge with Oriental dance
to offer original and inventive style.- Site web : http://association.kahema.xooit.com/index.php