When I started out almost two years ago, I could have never imagined that I will have the honor to host two great Tribal Fusion Belly Dance teachers!
However, after many sleepless nights and struggle, I am very happy to announce our very first SOFIA TRIBAL FEST! Very excited to have Melli Sarina and Silvia Orchidaceae teaching in Sofia in the coming October.
Many dancers have great ambition and desire to improve their technique and style. And it is very important to learn from great mentors and teachers with lots of experience.
However, great teachers aren’t easy to find – especially in this part of the world, where the Tribal Fusion community is still very young.
This is exactly why we are organizing Sofia Tribal Fest. We want to bring Melli and Silvia, two outstanding Tribal Fusion teachers, closer to YOU.
(If you are a fellow dancer, a local tribal fusion teacher, or even just about to get into the charming world of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance – you will not want to miss this)
But first, let’s start with a few essentials about the event itself:-
What is Sofia Tribal Fest?
Sofia Tribal Fest (2019) is the first Tribal Fusion Belly Dance festival in Bulgaria. With this event, our goal is to bring amazing Tribal Fusion dance teachers to the local community. Sharing knowledge is very important, especially for growing movements (like Tribal Fusion in Sofia).
During the Fest, Melli and Silvia will hold their workshops for all interested in Tribal Fusion belly dance. Additionally, we plan to host the Tribal Stage Night, where independent artists from Bulgaria and abroad can showcase their skills.
You can register your performance for the Tribal Stage Night here.
Finally, for all guests that come outside of Sofia, we will have a short tour of some key local sights.
Why Sofia needs its own Tribal Fest
As far as I know, Dominika Suchecka held one Tribal Fusion dance workshop during the oriental belly dance NUR Fest in 2018. My students and I have attended her workshop and were very happy to be a part.
(thank you Dominika – we have learned so much!)
And that is more the reason why we think Sofia tribal community deserves more such esteemed guests and more tribal themed events. If this community is to grow, Tribal Fusion can’t just be a small part of larger umbrella events. Tribal isn’t an afterthought – it is a superior form of belly dance and it should be treated as such.
Sofia Tribal Fest Teachers
Focusing on quality rather than quantity, we invited teachers with a solid foundation and lots of international experience. Melli and Silvia are just absolutely fabulous.
An amazing dancer and a great teacher. Her breathtaking technique will awake your rhythm and get you to move to the beat of the urban groove.
Silvia discovered the world of Oriental Dance by chance in 2007, when she was looking for something to break her work routine as an architect. Since then, it has been an increasingly intense and profound journey marked by several stages.
Silvia began her dance training in Lisbon. In addition to national training, she participated in several international workshops. Ultimately, Tribal Fusion Bellydance turned out to be her greatest passion. In this area, Silvia had the privilege to learn from Rachel Brice, Ashley Lopez, and Samantha Emanuel among others.
Her first oriental dance group was named Mahtab, and with the opening of Studio Mahtab (2010-2013), Silvia began teaching Oriental Dance and Tribal Fusion. She is also one of the sponsors of TribaLX, the only international Tribal Fusion Festival in Portugal, going on its 9th edition, always with participants from all over the world. She joined the group Orchidaceae Urban Tribal in 2013 led by Piny Orchidaceae.
Silvia has won the first place at the Tribal Fusion Competition of the Sommer Festival in Berlin. Shortly after, in 2014, she started giving regular Tribal Fusion classes at the Tanzakademie Cifuentes. She loves fusion dance styles, mostly with urban flair, and enjoys working with other dancers.
Most recently, Silvia worked with Yuri Ferretti (Germany, Italy); Lia Pavlidis (Germany); Haza (France), Iza Lo (Poland), Melli Sarina Baumeister (Germany) and Alice Bloom (Germany).
Melli comes from Augsburg, Germany, with a vast and diverse dancing and tutoring experience. She started in oriental dance. However, once she discovered tribal fusion belly dance she just fell in love with this style.
Melli’s specialty is the Liquid fusion dance technique, which many consider her signature. She frequently travels and holds workshops all over Europe.
Over the past 20 years, Melli Sarina performed different styles of oriental dance.
Once she decided to focus on tribal fusion belly dance, she attended the Tribal Massive professional track in Las Vegas twice already and successfully passed the Level 2 Dancecraft: Key of Spades education with Zoe Jakes in 2017.
Melli constantly improves her dance technique, precision skills, and regularly attends workshops and intensive dance and training sessions. She also runs and manages her dance studio in her hometown.
Sofia Tribal Fest Workshops
For the past couple of months, Melli, Silvia, and I have been preparing the programme for the first edition of Sofia Tribal Fest. As a result, you will find balanced workshops that focus on different aspects of your body, mind, and dance technique. As a whole, these workshops will help dancers of any style enrich their technique and skillset.
Whether you dance oriental belly dance, fusion dance, tribal fusion dance, or some other dance style – you will have lots to learn from both Melli and Silvia 🙂
25 – 27 October 2019
Price, Earlybird discount, Group discount
Earlybird price (until 15-Aug-2019) for each individual workshop is 35 EUR. However, you will get the Full Pack (all 4 workshops) at the bundle price of 125 EUR (11% discount).
But there is more – if you are a group of 5 or more dancers, you can get our Full Pack at the price of 110 EUR per dancer.
Above prices are valid ONLY UNTIL the 15th of August. Likewise, we have a limited number of workshop passes – so make sure to secure your slot with our Earlybird discounts!
After 15-Aug-2019 the price is:
- 38 EUR for each individual workshop;
- 150 EUR for the Full Pack* (4 workshops included).
*If you apply as a group of five (5) dancers or more, each of you can get the Full Pack at the discounted price of 140 EUR per dancer.
Below you will find full workshop information, the registration link, and the link to buy your workshop passes. Please make sure to BOTH fill out the registration form, and to book your slot(s) via PayPal links below, in order to secure your spots!
“Between the Lines”
You will learn:
How to combine innovative hands and arm patterns with belly dance hip technique;
How to transition among poses by switching between strong and clean images, melting organically one to another.
“Explore the beauty of your body. We will work on body poses and lines while focusing on little details that make the big difference.”
’’Liquid Fusion Dance Technique’’
You will learn:
How to make liquid dance movements and transitions.
“In this intermediate level workshop, we will focus on special initiation points. You will test your flexibility, reach your limits, and go beyond. Finally, we will combine those (seemingly effortless) movements into a liquid dance sequence.”
You will learn:
How to combine groove from urban dances with belly dance isolations;
How to boost your dance style with newly discovered freedom and creativity.
“Here we will combine groove from urban dances with belly dance elements. Get ready to challenge your body and mind to layer not only different movements but also different qualities and energies at the same time.”
You will learn:
How to create wonderful combos from Tribal Fusion and Fusion Belly Dance elements;
How to unleash your imagination, and create fluid transitions between different elements.
“In this intermediate level workshop, we will combine various body movements and different dance styles. As a result, we will create wonderful tribal fusion inspired combinations.”
WORKSHOP SPOTS ARE LIMITED - SECURE YOUR SPOT TODAY!
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Looking forward to seeing you soon in sunny Sofia 🙂