Shimmy Shake Talent Search 2019

Join the Shimmy Shake Talent Search for a great time!

Every year Shimmy Shake organizes a nation-wide Talent Search to discover new Fusion Bellydance talent and to help dancers improve their level. The Talent Search is also a day to simply join in and dance even if you don’t want coaching or feedback, up to you. You sign up, present your work and receive feedback (if you want it) from our panel of experts. After the four Talent Search days 12 dance acts will be chosen for individual coaching and to perform their improved work at the Talent Carnival.

3 categories you can join:

Dancers of all levels are invited to dance at these cozy dance gatherings for a small public of family and friends. Everyone is welcome to dance! To join Talent Search there must be a minimum of 30% Bellydance in your Fusion choreography. Whether you are a beginner or a professional dancer, our expert panel will give you, if you want, encouraging feedback about your dance and you will receive a film clip of your act.

This is your chance to learn Tribal! We invite dancers of all styles who want to learn how to mix this style into their own dance vocabulary to participate in the Talent Search. Interested dancers can try out for a coaching place by dancing their own style. After seeing your dance act (any style) the expert panel will choose 2 dance acts for coaching to develop their dance act into a Fusion Bellydance act.

In 2019 Shimmy Shake will book our dancers for different kinds of performances. We joined an international co-production that will go on tour and be part of the Shimmy Shake festival in Rotterdam. The Talent Search in each city in the Netherlands will function as the audition for dancers who have the ambition to perform more often in a professional setting and in other countries. Dancers need a high level to apply.

Talent Search coaching places are also available for Belgium and German dancers. Coaching takes place in the city of the coach.

What you get

Talent Search and Choosing Fusion - if chosen you will receive 2 individual coaching sessions of 90 minutes in the Studio of the coach. Your film clip and comments are the basis of the lessons. There will be enough time between sessions to practice with the instructions. Last session must be at least 1 week before the Talent Carnival. The Talent Carnival is a day full of meeting friends, the Mystic Garden with a bazaar with all kinds of stands, Open Stage dance demo’s and 2 performances of our Talent Show on the Theater stage. The deadline to register for Zutphen is 10 February, to register for the remaining 3 cities is 10 March.

Our teachers

Our team is made up of carefully selected professional dancers and coaches, covering many techniques and skills, such as Tjarda van Straten, Maya Acid, Nadiya Natali, Piet Rogie, Nargis Coors, Aisa Lafour and Esther Nederpelt.

Entry requirements

  1. You must be at least 16 years of age.
  2. Your act, solo or in a group, must be original thought up by yourself (no playback).
  3. Your act should be between 3 to 5 minutes long.
  4. For fusion dancers: there must be a minimum of 30% of belly dance in your choreography mixed with another style.
  5. For other dance styles: please state clearly on the enrolment form which style you dance.

Sign up for the Talent Search!

To be eligible to join in you must fill in an online registration form, and pay a small registration fee. You tell us in which city you want to perform and if you want to be considered for coaching. You can also just dance for fun or come and look.

Entering the Talent Search program is very easy; there are only a few conditions that apply. Click on the link below for more information and the online registration form.

Costs: € 20,- euros to take part in the Talent Search & € 45,- euros for the 2 coaching sessions if you are chosen.