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 four Talent Search days, 12 dance acts will be chosen for individual coaching and to perform their improved work at the Talent Carnival in June.

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:




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.



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.


This edition of the Shimmy Shake Talent Search, we encourage dance schools to sign up! Make a fantastic group performance with your students, or ask you dance teacher to make an energetic choregraphy for you (and your fellow students). Just as individual dancers, groups will receive encouraging feedback and are eligable for coaching. So gather your students and participate!


Never been on a stage? Do you want to show your skills, but do you think you are not ready to perform on a stage yet? This year it is also posible to join the Talent Search for fun. Just show us what you learned and perform on your own pace. You will not receive feedback (unless you do want it, just tell the panel) but you do receive an applause! The Talent Search is an safe envoirement to experiement.

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.
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; Click on the button below for the online registration form.

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


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.