Discover the Funky Foyer on Saturday and Sunday

Published on 3 November 2019 at 07:28

The Funky Foyer is the beating heart of the Shimmy Shake Festival, open on Saturday October 9th and Sunday the 10th. It is lively, colourful and best of all, free to enter! Whether you visiting our festival for the first time, or visited many times before, your festival experience starts here! In this article, you will read everything there is to discover in the Funky Foyer!

Big bazaar

A traditional part of the Funky Foyer is the bazaar. Here you can shop the bellydance clothing and jewellery you need (of just really really like to have) and other cute trinkets to brighten up your house and dance experience. This year’s market is bigger then ever and covers both floors of the foyer!

Downstairs you can do your shopping. Fill up your jewelry collection with the beautiful nature stone creations by Sunna Kind Sieraden, shop your Morrocan houseware at the MyMedina stand or get a dazzling henna done by Hand of Fatima Henna Academy.

This year, there are plenty of (belly)dance clothing stands to choose from! Mar Gonzalez is back with her multi shape designs, perfect for dancing and yoga, and an absolute favorite among Shimmy Shake Festival visitors every year. Get your original costumes from Scarabella who makes the most beautiful bellydance clothing. Mata Hari Tribal is a new webshop with gorgeous bellydance clothing. Shimmy Shake Festival is the first place where your can get these costumes, exciting! And last but not least, you get a lot of choices at the stand from Ardaround, who sells not just handmade clothing, but also prints and design, illustrations, accessories and decorations.

Gotten hungry from all of that shopping? Go to the Veggie Galore café on the first floor of the Foyer! A quiet place above all the festival action. Raimunda will have plenty delicious options to fill your stomach in your little break.

Be sure to bring enough cash for the bazaar! Not all of the traders offer the option to pay with card.

Open stage

Speaking about taking a break. When you are a little tired of shopping or participating in one of the festival workshops, you can enjoy performances on the Open Stage in the middle of the foyer. The Open Stage offers a mix of different fusion styles, and dancers of different levels. Be amazed by the diversity of Tribal Fusion Bellydance!

Do you want to know who performs when? Check out the Open Stage schedule below. (this line up is subject to changes).

Saturday Line Up

12:30 – 13:30

Madaloka Dance Studio with a Indonesian fusion duet

Dina Matskevich with a Tribal fusion solo

Zaahirah with an Oriental Bellydance solo

Ghatiedja Khadje with a Belly and hip-hop fusion solo

Vocal Shines, a Caribbean fusion group with acapella singing

Saskia & Ilse in a Tribal fusion duet

Spaghetti Monster with a Tribal fusion solo


15:00 – 16:00

Aruna Nalini in a Belly solo

Cassandra & Toni with a Tango fusion duet with live bandoneon

Laudanum in a Dark fusion solo

Marianne Leyfeldt in a Middle Javanese (Indonesia) solo

Zaahirah and four of her students in an Oriental group performance

Vocal Shines with a Dominican Bachata group performance


17:30 – 18:30

Šárka in a Contemporary and traditional Balinese dance solo

Leana with a Bellydance solo

Senta Moves with a surprising Karate fusion

MounaMay Group in a Belly group performance

Dansacademie Natraj with Rajni Ghiraw performing an Indian solo

Dea Boom with a fun theatre bellydance solo

Claudia Karapanou performing a Flamenco fusion duet with live guitar

This block of performances will be followed by the Bellydance Fashion Show!

Sunday Line Up

Different performances between 13:30 and 15:30

Mercedes with a solo bellydance performance

Myfanwy Liddle in a tribal sword dance solo

Nargis Dance Lab performing an oriental duet

Deirdre Zoë in a tribal fusion solo

Navrang performing a Rajasthani folk duet

Contramestre Lisette from Capoeira School Semente performing a surprising capoeira fusion

Queens of the Dam with an ATS group performance

Join a workshop and pay what you want

New to (belly)dance and not ready for a paid workshop? Or are you an experienced dancer and do you want to dance even more? You can also follow workshops in the Funky Foyer! These workshop work with a Pay What You Want principle: just join and pay what you want or what you can afford. No obligations whatsoever.

(want to start your Festival weekend exploring the amazing city of Rotterdam? Join Rotterdam Rocks! Click here for more information about this free activity)

We start of the Saturday morning relaxed with a yoga session by Sulayca Soijo! Sulayca is a yoga instructor, but also teaches tribal fusion bellydance and performs with her group. The perfect teacher for the Shimmy Shake Saturday Morning Yoga Session. The yoga session starts at 11 o’clock.

On Saturday at 14:00, Adrijana Beumer from bellydance school Bellyssima (Rotterdam) teaches a Balkan Folklore meets Oriental workshop. Gypsy vibes, togetherness, energy, footwork, pleasure and burning calories without you noticing, are all central to the folklore dances of the Balkans. An interesting fusion that will sure make your belly move!

Last workshop on Saturday will be taught by Leana who will travel all the way from Groningen to introduce us to the world of Bellyfit! Strong, Sexy, Sacred. Bellyfit is one of the hottest fitness trends this moment. Work on your condition, strength and flexibility with belly dance, fitness and yoga. The amazing Leana will lead you through this exciting workout, starting at 16:30.

On Sunday, we will open the Bazaar with a really special workshop by Mena Leila, who will take us on a Journey through Gypsy Dance. In this workshop/lecture Mena Leila takes you on a journey through India, via Andalusia, the Ottoman Empire ending up with a tambourine by a Romanian campfire. She will show you the basic dance steps and hand movements of the diverse styles and illustrate the history with a film projection. Join us for this special workshop at 12 o’clock.

And the very last workshop of the Shimmy Shake Festival will be the annual introduction to bellydance workshop at 15:45. Always wanted to try belly dance and didn’t dare? In this workshop you can discreetly join in and try out the moves at your own pace. This year, Siobhan from Greenstone Belly Dance will guide you through.

The Shimmy Shake Festival offers a lot of activities you can join for free, but there are a lot more activities to develop your dance skills or to let you be amazed by the diversity and skills of Tribal Fusion Dancers. Click here to check the entire festival program!