Fusion Breeze

FUSION BREEZE 5

The tribal and Fusion Bellydance Festival in Ghent (BE)

THE FESTIVAL

Fusion Breeze/ Freeze is a small independent tribal fusion bellydance festival in Ghent, Belgium. It was founded in 2015 by Teuta to promote tribal and fusion bellydance in Belgium, and to give dancers of all levels a stage to shine on. Connecting Tribal fusion belly dancers and dance lovers of all ages, nationalities and levels, encouraging diversity and building bridges between different cultures and countries, the Fusion Breeze / Freeze Festival has become a crossroad where national and international dancers, dance lovers, teachers, choreographers and troupes are gathered twice a year . The festival aims to be a cozy, friendly and personal place where everyone feels welcome and knows each others name. Next to connecting dancers, the festival strives to give dancers more body awareness, by programming different movement and bodywork workshops, like yoga and massage workshops.

5TH EDITION

This year it's time for the 5th edition of Fusion Breeze, and we will make it a special one! We have a beautiful international teacher team, with guest teachers from Argentina, France and the Czech Republic. We have a varied workshop program for you: from ATS to Tango Fusion to ITS. You will find it all at this years' Fusion Breeze. Next to the workshops we also have a wonderful show on Saturday evening, and an improvisational party jam on Sunday. So a full program this year. Don't miss out!

TEACHER TEAM 2019

Shedriel (AR)

Shedriel is an Argentinian bellydance teacher who is best known for her focus on precise technique and facial expression. She graduated from Saida’s School in 2013, and since then studied with many teachers such as Erika Gonzalez, Mardi Love, Mira Betz, Ariellah, Lady Fred, Sharon Kihara, Michelle Sorensen, Ashley Lopez and Kami Liddle. Next to tribal, she also studied romany dances with Joana Gea(Spain), flamenco with Valerie Romanin(France), Persian dance with Miriam Peretz (Israel) and Central Asian dances with Simona Jovic (Serbia), and she also studied the lovely Tango Fusion with Shahdana(Argentina). In 2017 and 2018, she travelled to dance, teach and take workshops in Chile with Rachel Brice, Tamarind and Kae Montgomery. Shedriel is a level 1 certified teacher of Kae Montgomerys' "Tribal Style Technique Clinic". In September 2017 she travelled to Indonesia to take part in a Theatrical Dance Play called “Swan Lake” and also she danced and taught workshops. Besides, she continues teaching along her country Argentina and teaching at her School in her local city, Rosario.

Lenka (CZ)

Lenka is a long-time professional dancer from the Czech Republic. A few years ago, she started studying with the Salimpour School under the mentorship of the one and only Suhaila Salimpour. Lenka currently holds Level 3 certificates in both Suhaila and Jamila formats. She participated in all 4 European shows of Bal Anat, the longest running belly dance troupe which gave birth to tribal dance.

Lenka is also a FCBD® Sister Studio, teaching ATS® for over 8 years. She is a proud artistic director of Hurriya tribe, an ATS troupe of 16 beautiful dancers.

She loves sharing through dance and as a very passionate and generous teacher, she holds the philosophy that is teaching is learning.

Moona Khilanã (FR)
Moona discovered Bellydance in 2006, after 12 years of studying music at the conservatory. Thanks to Blandine from the Smoky Eyes company, she comes across Tribal Fusion for the first time in 2008, and a whole new world opens to her then. She multiplies workshops and fusions, working with Ilan and Imajaghan company for a couple of years, travelling to multiple festivals, among the biggest Tribal Fest and Tribal Umrah, expanding her knowledge until she started teaching in 2014. Among her main inspirations, she decided to take the Improvisational Tribal Style Teacher Certification with Unmata, and is now a Level 4 certified teacher. Always happy to share her knowledge, insights and tricks to listen to music, live it and dance it. It will be her very first time in Belgium, as a teacher but also as a traveller 🙂 !

WORKSHOPS

Workshop 1

Shedriel | Belly Boost: From Flutter to Bellyroll

Friday 24 MAY | 20.15 - 22.15 | €45/ €40 | Advanced Level

Location: Planeet Mars, Land van Waaslaan 78, 9040 Gent

Looking to refine and perfect your bellywork? Then definitely come to this advanced belly technique workshop. Shedriel will start off by introducing us to her favorite abb workout, to help you find and condition the muscles used in various types of bellywork. In the technical section of this workshop, we will delve deep into some of the most eye-catching movements in belly dance such as bellyrolls and flutters. In the last section of the workshop it's time to play: Shedriel will introduce us to some advanced layering, combining bellywork with foot patterns, arm patterns and shimmies, all designed to enhance your coordination and deepen your technique.

Workshop 2

Moona Khilanã | Fusion Finesse: Indian Aesthetics

Saturday 25 MAY | 11.45 - 13.45 | €45 / €40 | Open Level

Location: Planeet Mars, Land van Waaslaan 78, 9040 Gent

 

Ever been struck by the beauty and elegance of Indian dance? Bharata Natyam, Odissi, Khatak, they are all known for their subtle, delicate and elegant movement. The mudras, the arms, the standing poses. Drawing inspiration from several classical Indian forms, in this workshop Moona will highlight posture, movement and hand elements that help create the rich Indian aesthetic. We will start off covering some essential core work. A full body warm-up, flexibility and strengthening exercises will not only give us more stability, but will also help us to achieve the sensation of weigthlessness Indian dance is known for. In the second part of the workshop we will dive into some Classical Indian dance inspired movements, embellishments, and nuances. In the final part of the workshop we will revisit all the elements we learned in a fun and challenging choreography.

Workshop 3

Shedriel | Milongueamos: Belly Tango

Saturday 25 MAY | 14.15 - 16.15 | €45 / €40 | Open Level

Location: Planeet Mars, Land van Waaslaan 78, 9040 Gent

Oh … Tango! No doubt one of the most beautiful dance forms there is. Power, complexity, passion. What if we fuse all this fire with our mysterious tribal fusion vocabulary? Find out in this unique workshop by Argentinan Tribal Fusion dancer Shedriel. We will start of with some Tango fundamentals: arm positions, foot patterns, transitions. And of course ... The walk! No other dance style does so much walking as tango does. In fact: One's walk defines one's tango. But don't be fooled, a walk in Tango is not just a walk: it is all the fundamentals wrapped in one: posture, musicality, balance, stability, flexibility, communication, elegance and harmony. In the second part of the workshop we will have a look at what happens when we mix these Tango fundamentals with our beautiful sinuous tribal fusion bellydance movement.  Awaken the tribal tango goddess in you.

Workshop 4

Lenka | Release the Beast: Breathe Life into your Dance

Saturday 25 MAY | 16.15 - 18.15 | €45 / €40 | Open Level

Location: Planeet Mars, Land van Waaslaan 78, 9040 Gent

Want to truly dance like your authentic self? Freeing your body, feeling the stage with every cell of your being, and letting your uniqueness and personality come through? This workshop will provide you with tools to be able to better express your inner self through dance. Discover how you can feed and power movement through emotions. Let the movement of your feet and hips travel up into your upper body, shoulders and head filling the dance with life and emotions. Don´t limit yourself to some uniform static isolations. Feel the freedom of movement in its full potential, and explore  the limits of your body. This workshop hands you some safe techniques that you can take home and incorporate into your own dance.

Workshop 5

Shedriel | Tribal Fusion Bellydance: An Introduction

Saturday 25 MAY | 18.30 - 20.00 | €35 / €30 | Beginner

Location: Planeet Mars, Land van Waaslaan 78, 9040 Gent

New to Tribal Fusion Bellydance? Then this beginner workshop is for you! Tribal Fusion bellydance fuses traditional bellydance with Ethnic and modern dance styles to create an elegant, powerful style of dance. In this workshop you will learn the core movements and key techniques of this beautiful dance form. Teacher Shedriel will immerse you in the wonderful world of tribal fusion bellydance from head to toe: head slides, arm undulations, bodywave, hip work, just to name a few.  To cement these techniques in your body, you will also learn some fun short combos. And as Shedriel is from Argentina she might even squeeze in a touch of Argentine Tango. This workshop is ideal if you've never bellydanced before, or if you're new to Tribal Fusion bellydance.

Workshop 6

Lenka | ATS® ROOTED AND REBOOTED

Sunday 26 MAY | 13.00 - 15.00 | €45 / €40 | Open Level

Location: Planeet Mars, Land van Waaslaan 78, 9040 Gent

Connect the dance to its roots and learn where the most famous steps in ATS® come from. We´ll cover the history of a few selected steps from Jamila Salilmpour to Carolena Nericcio and use the original versions to inform how we approach the ATS® ones. This workshop is open to all dancers with or without previous ATS® experience as we can all benefit from deeper knowledge of the history, especially in such a modern dance form which we call tribal.

Feel like more? Sunday at 17.00 after the last Fusion Breeze workshop, there will be an improvisational jam party, where you can put all your ATS and ITS moves to use. Come and play along!

Workshop 7

Moona Khilanã | Sunday Funday: Let's play ITS

Sunday 26 MAY | 15.00 - 17.00 | €45 / €40 | Open Level

Location: Planeet Mars, Land van Waaslaan 78, 9040 Gent

Looking for the most fun form of bellydance? ​Jump into the crazy world of Unmata style ITS. With influences from street style dance, hula dance and other various dance styles, this energetic dance form is guaranteed to make you smile. Known for their dynamic combos and super fast movements, Unmata bring a completely fresh outlook to Improvised Tribal. ITS is all about teamwork, having fun and being actively engaged in the moment. Moona is a Level 4 certified teacher and has 4 pooches full of fun stuff to do in ITS. Today, YOU get to decide what you want to dance! Combos, Stall movements, concepts... Which one will you pick ? Spoiler alert: they are all fun 😉

Feel like more? Directly after the workshop, there will be an improvisational jam party, where you can put all your ATS and ITS moves to use. Come and play along!

SHOW

Tribal Impro Jam

INFO ARTISTS

Performer application for the 5th edition of Fusion Breeze is open from March 1 to March 17!

INFO VENDORS

So, you want to apply to vend at the Fusion Breeze V Show? That's great! The show will take place at Saturday May 25th from 20.30 to 22.30. Everyone is welcome to sell (tribal fusion) bellydance related goods or services. We love smaller vendors who sell hand made, unique, or specialty items. But also second hand goods are very welcome. Or services: henna, massages, or anything dance related. Read all about it by clicking the button below.
Registration workshops

There are only limited spots for the workshops.

For all workshops, Teuta's terms & conditions for workshops apply.

Get your ticket here!

Performers

Applications are open from March 1 until March 17!

Apply here

Vendors

Are you a vendor designing or selling tribal fusion/ bellydance costumes, jewelry or attributes? Or are you a henna artist who wants to embellish the dancers and audience with a henna tattoo? It's all possible at the bazaar of the Fusion Breeze Show.

All info & applications

Volunteers

Without volunteers the festival wouldn't be the same. We always need enthusiastic volunteers that can help us during the weekend: From helping with setting up chairs and stage for the show, to filming the event. From photography to sound and light. From presenting the show to helping with vending or production. It's all possible. We appreciate all the help we get from volunteers. As a thank you, we can offer free entrance to the show. And of course a lot of fun! Want to volunteer? Then send an email to dance@teuta.be for more information.

Accommodation

Ghent is a beautiful city, and if you are visitingthe festival you might want to consider booking an extra day to see all the ancient beauty this city has to offer. If you are looking for an accommodation, here are some suggestions. The closest accommodation to the event venue is B&B A Place to Be. There are 2 hostels within 20 minute walking distance from the venue: Hostel 47 and KaBa Hostel. Ghent has a quite active couchsurfing community and there are some beautiful AirBNB's to be found in or near the city. Want to meet some new dancer friends? Then post in the Fuson Breeze Facebook event to see if there are any dancers in Ghent offering accommodation.

Tickets Show

Presale ends Saturday May 25 at 18:00.

There will also be tickets available at the door (€15)

Please note that there is no refunding of online ticket sales. The tickets purchased online cannot be exchanged or refunded.

Get your ticket here!

Contact

dance@teuta.be

Location

Planeet Mars, Land van Waaslaan 78, 9040 Ghent (BE)

Walking distance from train station Ghent Dampoort

PARKING

Paid parking at Land van Waaslaan from 09.00 until 19.00 (except Sunday). Big paid parking at Oktrooiplein (7 minute walking distance)

For more parking info and prices, click here

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

From the city center (Stadhuis, Korenmarkt, Sint-Jacobs ...) take bus 3, 17, 18, 38 to Dampoort.

From Gent Zuid (Woodrow Wilsonplein) take bus 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 77 en 78 to Dampoort.

Past editions

Fusion Breeze II Esther

teuta flyer FUSION BREEZE FINAL