Shimmy Shake Talent Search 2020

Join the Shimmy Shake Talent Search, show us your skills and have fun!

Every year Shimmy Shake organizes a nation-wide Talent Search to discover new Fusion Bellydance talent, to help dancers improve their level and to see where the local dancers and teachers stand with their skills. The Talent Search is also a day to simply join in and dance even if you don’t want coaching or feedback, it is all up to you.

You just sign up, present your work and receive feedback (if you want it) from our panel of experts. After the five Talent Search days, 12 dance acts will be chosen for individual coaching and to perform their improved work at the Talent Carnival in June.

The Talent Search goes digital

Because of the coronavirus outbreak and the measures taken by the Dutch Government to contain the outbreak, it is no longer possible to organise the Talent Search the way we are used to. Because of the many enthousiastic sign-ups we received so far this year, we decided to contine the Talent Search digitally.

You can still sign up for the Talent Search and coaching. If you sign up, we will ask you to record your performance and we will sent your video to the expert panel. On the Talent Search date of your choice, you will get a 20 minute session with the expert panel where they provide you with feedback. You can also ask questions during this session! Read more about our digital form in this article (click here).

Last year's Talent Search Talents performing during the Shimmy Shake Festival, left to right: Carmen, Emilia, Mieke & Irea, Nina de Waal. Photos by Ben van Duin.

There are five categories you can join. You can choose the category that best fits your experience level and belly dance skills:


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

Practical information

What you get

For Talent Search and Choosing Fusion - if chosen you will receive 2 individual coaching sessions of 90 minutes in the Studio of the appointed coach. Your film clip and comments are the base for these 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. During this day, you will perform your coached choreography (TWICE!).

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

You must be at least 16 years of age.
Your act, solo or in a group, must be original thought up by yourself (no playback).
Your act should be between 3 to 5 minutes long.
For fusion dancers: there must be a minimum of 30% of belly dance in your choreography mixed with another style.
Choosing Fusion: please state clearly 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 which date you want to digitally meet the expert panel and if you want to be considered for coaching.

Entering the Talent Search program is very easy; Click on the button below for the online registration form.

Costs: € 22,- euros to take part in the Talent Search (same for the digital form) & € 45,- euros for the 2 coaching sessions if you are chosen.


Note: it is not possible to get a restitution for your sign-up because of changes made to the program because of the coronavirus outbreak. The work involved is actually more for the digital version, but we will keep the same sign-up fee. We need this fee to make the Talent Search possible (even in its digital form).


Do you have a question or is something not clear? Ask Sarah for help! You can reach her via or fill in the form on our contact page.