How Shimmy Mob Started
The inaugural Shimmy Mob was held May 1st, 2011
Sabeya, also known as Francesca Anastasi, is an international dance instructor, choreographer and performer. Her credits include a long list of appearances in film, theatre and videos. An additional recent credit is her performance in the Hollywood Music Centre DVD production 'The World of Bellydance" and her instructional dance dvd "Learn Belly Dance with Sabeya".
Producer and Director of Shimmy Mob as well as the Artistic Director for Confidance Institute Inc.
A lifelong dancer, Maki teaches and performs internationally, captivating audiences with her style, grace and engaging presence. As a featured performer for the 2010 International Bellydance Conference of Canada, Maki has been invited to return to dance as a special guest in this year's Opening Night Gala.
In addition to being featured in the film "Almost a Turkish Soap Opera", Maki won the world-wide casting competition for Jillina's Bellydance Evolution show in LA, 2011.
Maki teaches regular classes, and is currently the folkloric instructor at Ammara Dance Company for the award-winning Raks Devas advanced/competitive group. For more information on Maki, visit www.makidance.com
Martina is a tribal fusion bellydance, founder and creative director of Bellyfringe Bellydance and the dynamic performance troupe Ginger Blue. Martina is well known for her quality classes, workshops and exciting stage performances.
Her company Bellyfringe Bellydance is responsible for numerous quality productions within the Vancouver community. In the past Martina choreographies have been awarded gold and silver honors in numerous dance competitions in the Vancouver Lower Mainland. Currently Martina resides in Ulm, Germany and frequently travels throughout Europe teaching and performing at dance festivals and events. you can catch her current schedule at www.bellyfringe.ca — (Tribal Choreography)
Tonje fell in love with bellydance 1997, and began teaching in 2002, the first instructor to bring Tribal Style Bellydance to the Lower Mainland; she also teaches workshops around BC and Washington State. She has trained extensively in American Tribal Style Bellydance, with two separate teaching certifications.
Tonje directs Belly Belly Hip Tribal Troupe, who have been performing around the Lower Mainland and beyond for ten years. For more information: www.bellybellyhip.ca — (author: Request for Sponsorship letter)
Lisa is one of Vancouver's most engaging, sought after Belly Dance instructors and performers. Lisa is the Owner and Director of Ammara Dance Co. and a member of Ala Nar Middle Eastern Dance Troupe. Lisa's more recent activities include Omni Televisions "Bellydance Workout", an appearance on Slice TV's "Bulging Brides" as a guest instructor, and Ala Nar's Main Stage performance at the International Belly Dance Congress of Canada 2010 in Toronto. www.rakssharqi.ca, www.ammara.ca, www.alanar.ca — Press Releases
Leona started dancing at an early age with Slovenian Folkoric dance and continued on over the years, moving and grooving to different dance styles. She found Middle Eastern dance in 2001 and she knew she had found her dance form. She captivates audiences and her students with her passion of dance.
She is part of the popular fiery Vancouver dance troupe Ala Nar (www.alanar.ca). She was one of the featured dancers on the Bellydance workout hosted by Omni Television, she performed on the Main Stage with Ala Nar at the International Bellydance Conference of Canada in 2010. www.leonabellydance.com — (research assistant)
Having studied a variety of dance forms, Flamenco and Middle Eastern dance are truly in her blood and she continues her training though regular classes and workshops. Although her foundation is in Egyptian cabaret, Iva also enjoys folkloric and fusion styles of bellydance and draws from a wide range of influences in her styling and choreographies. With a love for world music and travel, Iva has visited Morocco, Egypt and Jordan among other unforgettable places. www.alanar.ca — (author: Invitation letter of participation to noon bellydance studios )
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