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Urban Drift Bellydance is dance choreography inspired by big city culture and world music fused with sounds of rock, hip hop, electronic and dance music. After years of dance experience and training including Ballet, Hip Hop and African dance Michelle found herself in awe of the oriental art of Bellydance. She explores elements of traditional and fusion Bellydance and uses it to compliment an array of music and dance styles.
Imperial Belly Dance
Imperial Belly Dance are staff at St Mary's Hospital who have developed a passion for belly dancing. Some have been dancing for less than one year and this will be their 2nd performance. They recently performed this drum solo at the hospital's fund raising charity event.
Itsumi started bellydance only few years ago but fell in love with this gorgeous Art immediately. She used to be a figure skater in Japan and studied Jazz dance as well as Classic ballet from her early age. She is currently resident dancer in Monthly Hafla 'Arabesque Night" and a member of "Argerian ballet London" directed by Farah Nasri and they will perform in Nour Festival in November and Fantasia in December.
From early age I've always loved to dance including Contemporary, Modern Jazz, Hip-pop, Salsa, African dance. Tunisian dance was the first Arabic, folkloric traditional dance I learnt from a young age as I'm half Tunisian. I wanted to try something new that I could translate my emotions through sensuality, exoticism, passion and nostalgia. I started to learn oriental dance in my early 20's by watching videos of belly dance stars on the internet and due to work and study commitments I couldn't take any classes, until I arrived in London. I studied Oriental dance under Josephine Wise for some time and attended many workshops with master belly dancers. I am now a member of the London Algerian Ballet, a group dance based on folkloric traditional dances of Algeria. My real goal will be to deepen my knowledge about Arabic dance and others forms of dance from all over the world. I want to enjoy learning them at their fullest without limits because dancing and learning means discovering another Aicha.
Violeta is a graduate of the Claudia Cenci School Of Belly Dance (Belly Dance Teacher Training), Nesma's Al-Andalus School Of Dance (AATEC - Al-Andalus Teacher Certificate Program) and the Ana Saeeda School Of Dance (Annual Course For Professional Development). She is also a professional Yoga Teacher and graduate of the International School Of Yoga Madrid. With a lifetime's interest in the Performing Arts, Violeta has trained in Drama, Ballroom, Flamenco, Modern & Contemporary Dance, Acrobatics and Trapeze; culminating in Degree in Music Teaching from UCM (The Complutense University Of Madrid).
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Melissa Belly Dance's Mahira Girls are a group of enigmatic dancers that perform a vibrant and eclectic mix of belly dance and belly dance fusions. They specialise in belly dance theatre. The next public show is The Dark Queen, an enticing and mystical belly dance tale on Sun Dec 8th.
For more details on the show, courses and online classes visit: www.melissabellydance.com
The Bellydance Belles are students of Rosy Summerbell. They have performed together at Halfla's, community events and Festivals over the last 2 years.
They will be performing a cheeky shaabi piece.
Rosy Summerbell is one half of Dunya Belly Dance and the founder of Halfa on the Hill.
Tara Lee & Students
Tara has worked as a professional belly dancer for 13 years. She is an international performer who has worked all over the Middle East. "Dance is my passion and dedication."
Students of Tara's Monday & Wednesday classes will be performing tonight. Some, for the very first time!