Shimmy Shake Dutch Tribal and Fusion Network

A nation-wide collective of Tribal and Fusion dancers!

Dancers and teachers of the Tribal and Fusion Bellydance style are spread throughout the Netherlands. In 2015 Shimmy Shake started up a National network to unite and strengthen the scene by organizing regular regional meetings where the various active key people could meet up and discuss their work. We divided the Netherlands into 5 sections – North, South, East, West, Middle, with in each of these areas very motivated and active choreographer/teacher/dancers. They were working mostly alone. The Network with regular meetings brought them together and they started exchanging experiences, passing work onto one another, jointly organizing events and visiting each other’s workshops. As a nation-wide group we all come together at least once a year during the National Network Meeting which is part of the Shimmy Shake Festival. Then we talk about our joint goals, ambitions, problems and work related issues. The network creates a solidarity and cooperation among the dancers.

How do I become a member?

This network is open to dancers who are very passionate about the Tribal and Fusion Bellydance genre and want to work to advance it. You must be a teacher and/or perform regularly. The network is for people actively involved in this profession.

What are my duties?

As a member of the Network you are required to attend the meetings in your part of the Netherlands and actively contribute. When there is a Shimmy Shake activity in your region you are required to help to promote it, including getting people to sign up for the Talent Search and encouraging their friends and family to come and see them. You could help out the person who organizes the Talent Search event in your area with things like ticket sales, decorating the studio, getting snacks for the expert panel, etc. Each member supports the others and Shimmy Shake in what we do. Each member promotes the Tribal and Fusion Genre toward recognition and always higher levels.

What do I get?

You become part of the Shimmy Shake National Tribal and Fusion Network which makes you one of active group of highly motivated dancers who work to contribute to the promotion of this wonderful dance genre. You are informed of the most recent developments and possibilities immediately; you are part of of decision making on important subjects. You represent the wider community!

You make new friends and get new colleagues who support and help each other, invite each other to dance at events and join in special workshops. Your photo and information is posted on our website, on the honour site for active Network members. You get advance knowledge of any special classes, including masterclasses, and the opportunity to sign up, well ahead of other dancers and the general public. We are available to coach you in various aspects of this work.

Interested? Write an email including your dance experience and what your motivation is, to gail@liteside.nl . You may be selected to join. 

Shimmy Shake World-Wide Community

Having started in 2007 Shimmy Shake is now a well-known organization in the Netherlands and abroad. Starting as a competition our work has constantly organically expanded and now features a yearlong teaching and coaching trajectory growing from the needs of the dancers. In the Netherlands we work with many Fusion and Bellydance schools and co-operate with dancers from other genres. Since 2014 we organize an annual International Festival for Tribal and Fusion bellydance that attracts a wide public and puts this new dance genre firmly on the map.

Thanks to our 12 years of existence we have contact with quite a large community. We work constantly with enthusiastic dancers and teachers from all over the world who, like us, are extremely motivated and driven to achieve for Tribal and Fusion Belly Dance the success and recognition that it deserves

INTERNATIONAL Community

A selection of the international teachers and dancers who we have worked with in the last 5 years include:
Sharon Kihara, Kari from Unmata, Kami Liddle and Ashley Lopez from the USA, Piny and Leo Orchidacae from Portugal, Anasma, Samantha Emmanuel/Vagabond Princess and Haza from France, Caterina Grimaldi from Italy and Morgana and Mar Gonzalvez from Spain, Alexis Southall and Hilde Canoodt from the UK, Olga Meos from Kazakhstan, Natasha Korotkina from the Ukraine, Eliana Hofmann, Swey Efe, Diana Dance, The Glass Eaters and Mareike Dance from Germany and Nakari Tribe from Austria.