Time went so fast! On three equally sunny afternoons in Zutphen, Rotterdam, and Eindhoven, we got to witness a wide variety of fusion (belly)dance acts, a lot of styles and levels of experience! All these dancers had one thing in common: all of them were almost bursting with talent!
Fusion Belly Dance and Us
Welcome to the world of Tribal and Fusion Bellydance, a colorful exciting new dance community where the very essence of women is celebrated! Tribal and Fusion Bellydance is a new style that has been created using the basic steps of Oriental dance, a dance that developed from the shapes and possibilities of a woman’s body, then mixing it with Western dance styles as modern, jazz ballet, hip hop and more. This contemporary, new dance genre appeals to all shapes and sizes, ages and types of women and has quickly spread around the planet. Dancers use its universal language to communicate with each other and with other dancers in one big strong and supportive community that embraces difference. To bring joy through movement, to touch people’s hearts and to ignite the fire of creativity in those who dance it.
The New European Cultural Collaborations Foundation is the organization that brings you the Shimmy Shake, set up by Gail Pilgrim in 2007 as part of the LiteSide Festival which celebrated the meeting of East and Western culture. This talent discovery project quickly developed into a yearlong talent development endeavor, that supports, develops and provides a platform for this new genre with coaching for all levels, workshops, presentations and a national network community. In 2014 we established a Shimmy Shake office in Rotterdam – the fusion city of the Netherlands, and we started up the most successful annual International Fusion and Tribal Bellydance festival.