Fusion Freeze 4


The tribal and Fusion Bellydance Festival in Ghent (BE)


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.


This year it's time for the 4th edition of Fusion Freeze, and we will make it a special one! We have a beautiful international teacher team, with guest teachers from the UK, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. We have a varied workshop program for you: from romantic tribal fusion to tribal fusion madness to anatomy and meditation workshops. You will find it all at this years' Fusion Freeze. Next to the workshops we also have a wonderful show on Saturday evening and an opening party on Friday. So a full program this year. Don't miss out!


Alexis Southall (UK)

Alexis Southall is an internationally renowned teacher, choreographer, performer and producer of fusion bellydance - a contemporary and experimental approach blending the cultures and movement styles of the East and West. Alexis has had the privilege to be an invited guest teacher and performer in 21 countries to date, and is known for her precise technique, flawless musicality and her generosity as an instructor. Alexis began studying bellydance in 2006 with Karen Price. Since then, she has studied broadly with some of the most prolific dancers in the field. In recent years, she has focused her studies to train extensively with her most influential teachers: Zoe Jakes, Amy Sigil, and Suhaila Salimpour. She is a qualified Mat Pilates instructor and has dedicated her life to studying movement systems which support her path as a dancer and educator. Alexis is based in Wolverhampton, UK, where she teaches Fusion Bellydance, West Coast Vintage style and Improvisational Tribal Style classes. She is the producer of the annual fusion bellydance festival Infusion Emporium, and was a co-producer of Gothla UK festival from 2013-2016.

Sway Efey (DE)

Dancer, performer, teacher, fantasy geek, Sway E’fey from Germany, is traveling with her fairytales, stories and fantastic creatures worldwide. Her repertoire ranges from Raks Sharki, through Bollywood to ATS and Contemporary Tribal Fusion. Her style can be described as theatrical, romantic and dramatic, drawing the viewer into stories of wonder and amazement. Besides exploring, the different forms of Bellydance Sway is a trained behavioral biologist, certified Polestar Pilates and Barre trainer, dedicated to teaching movement in a healthy and holistic way. Move, Dance, Fly!

Nakari (AT)

Doro & Michaela are Nakari, Vienna's resident Tribal Fusion dancers, dedicating their time to exploring their artistic potential and collaborative spirit, growing the local dance community, connecting the European Tribal Bellydance scene via their Tribal News event calendar and newsletter, and bringing the best of Tribal Bellydance scene to Vienna in their annual Caravanseray Festival! In 2018, Nakari are celebrating ten years of dancing together and their wish as self-employed creative women is to smash sexism by being badass bellydancers! Doro Altenburger cherishes Tribal in all its different forms, from traditional group improvisation to the craziest experimental fusions. In 2016 she graduated her four-year studies of Contemporary Dance Pedagogics at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna with a BA and is bringing her experience and knowledge to her students. She is also a returning participant at ‚Orchidaceae Urban Tribal Dance Intensive', and at Zoe Jakes' ‚Dancecraft Format', certified ‚Key of Spades' (Level 2). She is currently working on her Unmata Level 3 certification. Michaela Mab was found by Bellydance accidentally in 2004. A hobby gradually turned into an obsession and has taken her all over Europe in pursuit of the best teachers and mentors, valuable dance experience and daring collaborations across the board of performance arts. She is studying cultural anthropology at the University of Vienna. She is also a returning participant at Orchidaceae Urban Tribal Dance Intensive' in Lisbon, and at Zoe Jakes' Dancecraft Format', certified Key of Diamonds' (Level 1).

Stefanie Delilah (NL)

Stefanie has been dancing most of her life. Her first steps into the world of dance were in ballet and jazz ballet classes. Later she explored the worlds of salsa dancing and hip hop until she discovered Tribal Fusion Bellydance through Tjarda van Straten. For about 10 years she studied this form of dance intensively, participating in many workshops with some of the greatest teachers in the Tribal Fusion Bellydance scene. She has been part of Tjarda van Straten's Amano Project from the beginning and created dances and performed in many Tribal Fusion Bellydance Festivals in The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Croatia. She performed with her own choreographies in a few editions of the Shimmy Shake Festival and worked as a performance artist at festivals in The Netherlands. She also travelled to Brazil to study Silvestre Technique and Afro-Brazilian dances with Rosangela Silvestre, with whom she continues to study whenever she can. Over the years, her interest in dance has shifted from studying different styles of dance to the study of dance and movement as a healing practice. At the moment Stefanie is completing her studies of Dance and Movement Therapy and is specializing in the use of dance and movement for the prevention and reduction of stress and burn out. She is also a certified Vinyasa Yoga teacher. She teaches dance meditation and yoga in Amsterdam.

Teuta (BE)

Teuta is the founder and organizer of the Fusion Breeze/ Freeze festival, and owner of her own dance school in Ghent since 4 years. She has been dancing since the age of 6, and has been teaching dance since 8 years. Although she loves dance, Teuta's biggest passion actually is to help people move forward. That's why she has started Dancers in Business, a coaching program specifically designed for dance and movement teachers who want to make a living out of their dance. During Fusion Freeze she will be teaching a workshop about Dance Entrepreneurship.


Workshop 1

Teuta | The Business of Dance - Embrace your Superpower

Saturday 8 DEC | 10.00 - 11.30 | €35/ €30 | Open Level

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

The best dancers in the world are not always the most successful dancers in the world. Ever wondered why?

Business skills don't come naturally for most dancers. Learning how to tell your story is an essential component to running your own dance busines. In this workshop we will delve into your 'why'. Learn to identify your unique selling point, get your story right and start sharing your superpower with the world.

(if you are subscribing for Teuta's Dancers in Business Program 2019, you get a full refund of this workshop in the form of a discount on the program)

Workshop 2

Alexis Southall | Fluid & Strong - Back to the Core

Saturday 8 DEC | 12.00 - 14.00 | €45 / €40 | Open Level

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


Going back to the core of Tribal Fusion – literally. We will work on training our muscles to attain the liquid effect of sinuous and fluid tribal fusion movements. Working on developing the core through Pilates-based conditioning and strengthening, we will drill some of the classics from the fluid repertoire of bellydance movements and finish off with a liquefied combination or two. Please bring a yoga mat for the conditioning section of class.

Workshop 3

Sway Efey | Romantic Emotional Tribal Fusion - Stay soft

Saturday 8 DEC | 14.30 - 16.30 | €45 / €40 | Open Level

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

Graceful, theatrical, contemporary Tribal Fusion filled with your emotions. Graceful like a butterfly, light as a feather, delicate as silk. Elegant, with unique feminine charisma and stage presence? I would like to invite you to discover the emotional/romantic side of Tribal Fusion with me. You will learn graceful combinations, create your own and fill them with emotions. Take your stories on to the next level by increasing the essence of your dance by joining movements with purpose, awareness and emotions.

Workshop 4

Doro Nakari | Tribal Anatomy – Key to Shoulders

Saturday 8 DEC | 16.30 - 18.00 | €35 / €30 | Open Level

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

As dancers, our bodies are our tools to express ourselves and interpret the world around us. It is immensely helpful to learn the theoretical and practical aspects of how our anatomy is built, envision the way our joints work, how our muscle chains connect together. Using her experiences from dance university studies and education by a physiotherapist, Doro will shed light on burning topics such as: the myths of the shoulder girdle; anatomically correct posture; and more! With great knowledge comes great responsibility...

Workshop 5

Michaela Nakari | Oh Shit! Shimmy!

Sunday 9 DEC | 12.00 - 14.00 | €45 / €40 | Open Level

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

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle ... shake it like a Polaroid picture! Shimmies can stand alone, but are even more exciting with added layers and traveling steps. Conquer the wiggle and let it run like a washing machine programme while you get creative with your feet, arms, upper and lower body. Probability of brainmelts and sweatrivers. Shake it off!

Workshop 6

Alexis Southall | Crazy Layers & Killer Combos!

Sunday 9 DEC | 14.30 - 16.30 | €45 / €40 | Open Level

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

After a 10 minute warm up, we are going to spend almost two hours drilling and dancing through some brand new combos. This high energy class will see us layering multiple parts of the body - chest, hips, feet, arms and hands... whatever you can think of, we're gonna try it out! And we'll throw it all together with some fun combinations at the end of class. Sweating and lots of laughter are all par for the course 😉 Expect to be both physically and intellectually challenged in this workshop.

Workshop 7

Stefanie Delilah | Dance Meditation

Sunday 9 DEC | 16.30 - 18.00 | €35 / €30 | Open Level

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

Think less, experience more and surrender to the wisdom of your body in this active meditation workshop. Dance meditation is an exercise in becoming silent and witnessing yourself, the thoughts, emotions, experiences, of everything inside you.  The aim of this workshop is to give you new tools to explore yourself and your movement. You will be guided into a meditative state, where you will turn your focus inward and open up to the movements that exist naturally in your body. Discover the ways that your body wants to move in the moment. A space will be created where you will feel safe and free to explore your body and movement capacity and to discover and express yourself in new ways, through movement, dance and breathwork. New tools will be handed to you, that you can use as a morning practice, to connect to yourself, but you can also use them as an exploration of movement, for example in the process of creating a new choreography.




Presale ends Thursday December 6 at 23:59!


Performer application for the 4th edition of Fusion Freeze is open from August 21 to October 1st


So, you want to apply to vend at the Fusion Freeze IV Show? That's great! The show will take place at Saturday December 8th 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. Make sure to register in time!

Register here


Applications are open from August 21st until October 1st

Apply here


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 Freeze Show.

All info & applications


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.


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 Freeze Facebook event to see if there are any dancers in Ghent offering accommodation.

Tickets Show

You can get your presale tickets (€10)  here until Thursday December 6 at 23:59.

There will also be tickets available at the door (€14)





Café het Volkshuis, Sleepstraat 33, 9000 Ghent 



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

Walking distance from train station Ghent Dampoort


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


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