Need inspiration for your New Year’s Resolutions?

Published on 27 December 2019 at 12:29

With Christmas behind us, it is almost time or New Year! A time for reflection, to look back on all the amazing things you have done and achieved this past year. For Shimmy Shake, 2019 was an amazing year in which we had to pleasure of meeting a lot of new and exciting dancers!

But New Year is also the time to make resolutions and plans to better yourself in 2020. Dance more? Take your skills to the next level? Want to take the plunge and make your dancing passion into a career? Or do you want to take your skills to the stage for the first time next year?

In 2020 Shimmy Shake will organize a range of activities that may help you reach your goal. Let’s have a look at some of the things happening in 2020:

1. Beat the Blue(s) Hafla

Have you ever been to a Hafla? Hafla is the Arabic word for a party, and that is exactly what a hafla is. A coming together of friends en like-minded with music, wine, games and of course a lot of dancing. You can come and dance along, or sign up and take the spotlight with your performance!

On January 18th at 3 o’clock, Shimmy Shake organizes the first Hafla ever. With the help of Siobhan from Greenstone Belly Dance we will throw a party like no other. Our hafla takes place on the Saturday before Blue Monday, by many claimes the most depressing day of the year. But together we can Beat the Blue(s).

Do not forget to sign up before January 1st if you want to perform during the hafla. Click here to go to the sign-up page. You do not need to buy a ticket, but we ask you to bring along something nice to eat (little snacks to share with other dancers).

The Hafla is a perfect, low key place to perform. What if something goes wrong? Doesn’t matter, it’s a Hafla! ;)

2. Talent Search 2020

In 2020 the nationwide Talent Search is back! This year we will visit an extra city. You can show us your skills in Zutphen, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Amsterdam or Groningen!

We also added extra categories for you to join. You can join because you want to develop your skills with the help of a coach, or because you are a dancer in another genre wanting to incorporate bellydance into your repertoire. This is for dancers of all levels. For the experienced and professional dancers, we have the dancers audition, show us your skills and maybe we ask you for a Shimmy Shake project. New this year is room for Dance Schools to perform, and even be coached as a group! Or join just for fun on the Try Out Stage and gain experience performing before a (small) group.

Want to join the Talent Search? YAY! You simply sign up here, present your work in one of the cities and receive feedback (if you want it) from our panel of experts. After the 5 Talent Search days, 12 dance acts will be chosen for coaching and to perform their work at the Talent Carnival on June 7th.

Dancers Dealings Business Program

Photo by Ryan Adams

Do you want to take your passion for dance to the next level next year? Or do you want to freshen up on the business side of your dance career in 2020? Join Dancers Dealings on February 9th!

Dancers Dealings is a business program, put together especially for dancers. In five workshops we work on skills and disciplines, needed to make your dance business into a great success! We work on entrepreneurship and business skills. Learning how to finance your work, and start developing a strategy to find an audience and reach them off- and online.

Want to know more? Click here to get to know more about the Dancers Dealings Business Program.