Tribal Fusion Teachers Unite


Are you a tribal fusion teacher looking to develop your teaching skills and connect with your colleagues? Welcome to Tribe, the first ever festival for tribal fusion bellydance teachers. A weekend totally dedicated to the further development of your tribal fusion teaching skills. Workshops in different domains like Anatomy, Group dynamics, Advanced Tribal Fusion Techniques, Structuring classes, Marketing, and more. An international expert teacher team. An opening and closing circle in which we can share our thoughts and inspirations. And optional an evening out in the beautiful Medieval city of Ghent.


The first ever edition of Tribe is packed with inspirational workshops for your journey as a tribal fusion teacher. We are beyond excited that for this very first edition of Tribe we have gathered an incredible European teacher line up who are all dance teachers as well as experts in the field they are teaching in. Workshops in marketing, anatomy, advanced tribal fusion techniques, group dynamics, structuring your classes, injury prevention, you will find it all at the very first Tribe festival. Connect with the international community, prepare for the new dance season, and grow as a teacher.


For tribal fusion bellydance teachers worldwide -who want to keep growing and developing as teachers, dancers and persons. -who are always on the lookout for new inspiration for their classes -who want to keep inspiring their students -who want to share and connect with other teachers


The teacher team of Tribe has been carefully selected. Not only are all teachers experienced dance teachers, and familiar with tribal fusion bellydance, they also are experts in the field they are teaching a workshop in. This year we have teachers with a background in marketing, anatomy, advanced tribal fusion techniques, group dynamics, structuring your classes, and injury prevention.

Antonella Sciahina (IT)

Antonella Sciahina is well known for her precise and strong technique and her original and passionate performances. Her unique style is the result of studying different styles of dance and disciplines like modern and contemporary dance, popping, odissi , yoga, drama and different styles of belly dance with the add of an eclectic personal taste, a creative musicality and a spicy personality. As a teacher she is known to be generous, precise and detailed, always focused on pushing the boundaries of her students. Antonella started teaching belly dance in 2002 and she is a certified Pilates Istructor, a Datura Style™ by Rachel Brice certified teacher and an Integrated Dance by Ashley Lopez certified Istructor. She is in process of acquiring the DanceCraft certification by Zoe Jakes.

Amanda Pittoreska (CH)

Amanda works internationally as a tribal fusion bellydance instructor and performer. She has been training tribal fusion since 12 years. Her development as a dancer has taken her across Europe and the US to study with the most prestigious representatives of the scene. In 2014, Amanda opened the Studio Pittoreska in St. Gallen, Switzerland where she teaches regularly, hosts guest instructors and organizes events. In addition to her continuous dance practice, she is concentrating more and more on health promoting movement concepts, in particular Pilates, Spiraldynamik® and Fitness. Amanda is a certified 8 Elements Datura Style™ Teacher, POLESTAR® Pilates Trainer Mat, Dipl. Spiraldynamik® Specialist Level Intermediate, and Group Fitness instructor.

Esther Nederpelt (NL)

Esther Nederpelt has been a passionate dancer and dance teacher for 20 years, working in the dancestyles modern and jazzdance. In the last 10 years she has specialized in observing, supervising and coaching dance teachers. She loves to deepen the quality of movement in expression and meaning of movement. She worked several years as a dance coach at the Shimmy Shake festival, and she worked closely with Tjarda van Straaten and other Fusion Belly dancers. Esther finds great satisfaction in increaseing the current talent in every individual (or group). In her classes, workshops and coaching sessions, dance experience and dance technique come together in a very practical way, in which you can use all the information and insights directly in your working field on the dance floor, as a dancer or in your practice as a teacher.

Siobhan Camille (NZ/NL)

Siobhan Camille has taught and performed fusion and Egyptian belly dance across North America, Australasia and Europe. Siobhan is not only an amazing dancer, but she also has a background in exercise science. She emphasises safe dance technique and teaches students how to ‘find’ and activate muscles to create crisp, clear technique and well-defined movement. Siobhan has conducted scholarly research and published articles relating to injury in belly dance, and writes a quarterly Safe Dance Practice column for the Middle Eastern Dance Association of New Zealand. In addition to being a dance instructor and performer, she has worked as a strength and conditioning coach and rehabilitative exercise specialist for almost a decade. She currently resides in Zuid-Holland, where she directs her dance company, Greenstone Belly Dance.

Teuta (NL/BE)

Teuta is a Dutch tribal fusion bellydance teacher and ambassador currently residing in Belgium. She has been dancing tribal fusion for more than 10 years, and has found her passion in connecting the worldwide tribal family, by organizing various festivals and shows. She is the founder and organizer of the Fusion Breeze/ Freeze festival and Tribe festival, and owner of her own dance school in Ghent since 4 years. Next to dancing and organizing, Teuta is also coach and founder of Dancers in Business, an organization that helps dancers become better business (wo)men by offering different coaching programs and intensives.


Sat 13 July | 10.00 - 11.00

Opening Circle | Welcome

One of the main strengths of tribal fusion bellydance is the community spirit. Let's take the time to get to know the tribal fusion sisters we will spending this inspirational weekend with.

Sat 13 July | 11.00-13.00

Teuta | Marketing Your Dance Classes


Concerned about finding new dance students? Nervous about your competition? As a tribal fusion teacher you live and breathe tribal fusion. But how do you share this passion with your potential students? It’s easy to think that a great dance class will sell itself, but that is rarely the case. Marketing is actually an essential part of being a dance teacher, and it’s important to invest in building a strong brand to help you stand out from the crowd. What a lot of people don't realise is that marketing starts way before making a flyer or a facebook add. In this workshop we will explore some essential marketing techniques. It will be packed with ideas and inspiration to help you grow and develop your business.

SAT 13 JULY | 14.00-16.00

Esther Nederpelt | Group Dynamics

In this workshop we look at group dynamics and how important it is to first of all ‘see’ the dynamics that arise in a group and second of all ‘influence the dynamics positively’ by your actions as a dance teacher. The dynamics of a group can ‘make’ or ‘break’ your class, and are essential for the learning environment of the dancers in your class and your own teaching pleasure. If the group you are working with is dynamically in balance, you can and will work very efficiently and effectively. We will use skills like ‘pre-exercises’, ‘interaction exercises’ (of you with the group as well within the group itself) and… there is much more to explore! As dancing is so connected to the way we ‘feel’ and experience ourselves and others around us, a harmonious atmosphere in your dance class is indispensable. When you consciously make use of the group dynamics as a teacher, pleasure and learning-speed goes up, hand in hand!

SAT 13 JULY | 16.15-18.15

Amanda Pittoreska | Inside Out: An Anatomical Exploration

A rediscovery of our well-known belly dance technique and our tool – the body. Let's connect the dots! We explore aspects like muscle groups, joints, their functions, body mechanics, anatomical planes, alignment and gravitational force. A deeper understanding of our body structures and mechanics (even in its basics) along with some fresh inputs for a more structured, anatomically founded approach to movement will make a difference in your practice as well as your teaching – breaking down and building up moves effectively, conceptualize training sessions purposefully, guide students responsibly, as well as explaining movement in specific but understandable language is made easy!

SAT 13 JULY | 20.00-22.00

Dinner in town (optional, own cost)

Let's head into the beautiful medieval city of Ghent to have dinner together, and who knows a drink and a dance afterward.

SUN 14 JULY | 10.00-12.00

Siobhan Camille | Safe Dance Practice: Injury Prevention

Belly dance allows us an outlet to express ourselves whilst keeping active at the same time. To keep up with our graceful, strong, and athletic movements, it is very important to maintain the condition of our bodies. As dance teachers, we want to ensure that we can perform our job to the best of our ability and as safely as possible. Additionally, when coaching our students, we want to be confident that we are providing a space for them to push their physical limits safely.

In this workshop, we’ll be covering:
-What we know about injury in (belly) dance according to current scientific research
-How to structure warm-ups and, cool-downs and general classes for optimal performance and injury prevention
-A selection of specific strengthening, conditioning and mobility exercises for you and your students to help compensate for the athletic requirements of our dance form
-Technique “yellow flags” and pointers; what technique aspects may need immediate addressing to help keep our students safe
-If time allows, Q&A / discussion time

Please bring: A yoga mat if you are uncomfortable sitting/lying on the floor, water bottle, pen and paper for notes

SUN 14 JULY | 13.00-15.00

Antonella Sciahina | Advanced Tribal Fusion Techniques

As a tribal fusion bellydance teacher it's important to keep your technical level up to standard. This workshop is designed to expand your movement vocabulary and push your ability to the max. We will focus on techniques for improving the quality and range of your movement. Topics include advanced polyrhythmic layerings containing isolations, arms and foot patterns executed at progressively increasing speed, and advanced experimental unique combos that merge and fuse vocabulary of different genres.

SUN 14 JULY | 15.15-17.15

Esther Nederpelt | Inspirational Toolkit: Keep your classes interesting

Make your class a rich experience, for your dance students as well as for yourself as a dance teacher! In this workshop Esther will hand you some effective tools like alternating approaches technical, reproductive, creative, choreographical and receptive/theoretical) and ways of using different methods & work-form. You might use some of the approaches, methods and work-forms already with or without consciously knowing, but in this workshop we will give them a deeper meaning and build skills around them for you to give yourself a clear vision on your goals in class and how to reach them. Inspire your students and yourself as a teacher with alternating approaches, methods and work-forms: you will see that your goal in class will arrive sooner than you think! And more important: the pleasure of dancing will break free in it. Give a surprising twist to your classes.

SUN 14 JULY | 17.15-18.15

Closing Circle | Insight sharing

What do we take away from this weekend?


Ghent is a wonderful city to spend your summer holiday. The old picturesque city center is known for its medieval architecture such as the beautiful 12th-century Gravensteen castle. Ghent is also a cultural hub, and most of all a friendly city where people enjoy life. Here are some tips for what you can do in Ghent before or after your visit to the Tribe Festival

Dancers in Business Summer Intensive

A Program filled with eye opening insights for your Dance Business
15 - 18 JULY | 09.30 - 17.00
Lousbergvilla, Ferdinand Lousbergkaai 32, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

An intensive summer program, specifically designed for dance and movement teachers who want to make a living out of their dance. Each day of the intensive we will work on a specific topic. In the morning you will follow a workshop in group, and in the afternoon you get a homework assignment. We will delve deep into the DNA of your dance business, your talents as a dance entrepreneur, your USP, your client, your price, your marketing, your time and much more.

And good news: as a Tribe participant you get a € 100 discount on the Dancers in Business Summer Intensive! Use the code TRBDIB19 when you subscribe.


More info

Ghent Festival

One of the biggest cultural festivals in Europe
19 - 28 JULY | All day & night
All over Ghent

The Ghent Festival (Gentse feesten in Dutch) is a sparkling cultural popular festival that takes place every year in july for 10 days. There are numerous performances of various national and international artists. It’s an unique event in Europe, thanks to the varied and free offer of (music) performances, (street)theatre, exhibitions, fairs, parades and so much more! For 10 days the city goes wild 😉

More info

MiraMiro - Miracles Matter

Festival for circus, theatre, dance, performance
19 - 23 JULY | 14.00-23.00
Coyendanspark, Ghent

Miramiro, festival for circus, theatre, dance, performance ... infiltrates into Ghent's urban fabric, bringing people together in a state of common marvel. Because Miracles Matter

More info

Gravensteen Castle

Medieval Castle
All year long
Sint-Veerleplein 11, Ghent

Located in the city center, 'Het Gravensteen' is a must see in Ghent. The sight of the castle is wonderful to see. The castle now is a museum which you can visit.

Adoration of the Mystic Lamb

Masterpiece of European art
All year long
St Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent

The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb  is a very large and complex 15th-century polyptych altarpiece in St Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent. The altarpiece is considered a masterpiece of European art and one of the world's treasures.



Saturday July 13 & Sunday July 14 2019

For dance teachers who want to delve into their business skills, Teuta is also organizing the Dancers in Business Summer Intensive from July 15 to July 18.


Planeet Mars, Land van Waaslaan 78, 9040 Ghent, Belgium.

Walking distance from train station Ghent Dampoort


Come early, it's not always easy to find a parking spot.
The Land van Waaslaan is located in the yellow zone: Between 09.00 and 19.00 you can park for a maximum of 5 hours (maximum rate of 7,50 euro for 5 hours). After 19.00 parking is free, and you can park longer than 5 hours. There is a big paid parking at Oktrooiplein (7 minute walking distance).

Public Transport

Planeet Mars is located at walking distance from station Ghent Dampoort.
From the city center 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.


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


Get your ticket here!

There are only limited spots

Please note that Teuta's terms & conditions for workshops apply.


Tribe is organized by Teuta, tribal fusion bellydance teacher, founder of the Fusion Breeze and Fusion Freeze Festival, and business coach at Dancers in Business.



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