Shimmy Shake

Shimmy Shake is founded and produced by LiteSide.

LiteSide

LiteSide, a project of the not-for-profit foundation New European Cultural Collaborations, started in 2006 and is based in Amsterdam. LiteSide presents and promotes innovative, fusion arts and culture focussing on crossing the boundaries of art forms within a wide range of disciplines. LiteSide organises various  events and projects that showcase, support and develop the new art that is being created thanks to the influence of the current Diaspora from (Middle) Eastern lands to the West. LiteSide activities include cross-cultural cooperation, talent development, events, productions and festivals. The most wellknown of our projects is the Amsterdam based LiteSide Festival.

More of Liteside on www.liteside.nl

Our History

In 2007 Shimmy Shake began as a competition for amateur cross-over belly dancers. Inspired by Shakira (pop singer) the aim was to discover which dancers were experimenting with crossing belly dance with their own personal style. The response was overwhelming making the Shimmy Shake Cross-over belly dance competition a yearly event for amateurs and professionals. The interest continued to grow and so has the concept developing into a yearlong multi-layered Dance Development program including, coaching at various levels, workshops and master classes, festivals and events, career management, artistic exchanges touring and producing shows.

Our Future

Interest continues to grow and so will our concept; developing into a yearlong Dance Development program including: a coaching program, workshops and master classes, festivals and events, career management, artistic exchanges, touring and producing shows.

Management

Our board and management members are:

Finance

Our financial team consists of:

Artistic Advice

The following talents are part of our artistic advice group:

Tjarda van Straten

Tjarda van Straten Her dance background includes modern, flamenco and tango through to improvised movement and advises on programming. As a pioneer of Tribal Fusion she is internationally well/known and has been a major inspiration for all new developments.

Jihane El Fahidi

Jihane El Fahidi is an actress, dancer, show host and presenter, with a background in Salsa and Belly dance. She has performed in many of our shows, and although now concentrating on her acting career, she is still closely involved.

Aisa Lafour

Aisa Lafour is a professional belly dancer, also specialized in Latin/Brazilian dance her own dance school and successful company: Deyy el Amar Ensemble. She advises on programming and some commercial aspects of the work. 

Nargis Coors

Nargis Coors is a Bellydancer, teacher and choreographer with her Nargis Bellydance school and is a qualified teacher and performer of Bharata Natyam, from which she developed Bellynatyam. Also a coach she gives artistic and organisational advice.

Maya Acid

Maya Acid (Renate Bakker) is a tribal and fusion belly dancer known for her exceptional stage presence, after working for many years with Tjarda, she now has her own school and focuses on her  solo dancing. Renate is supporting  us in developing  our base in Rotterdam. 

Arya

Arya has developed her own style of Belly and Fusion dance inspired by Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour, from whom she learnt to work with zills, for which she has now set up an educational web shop. Also a coach Arya gives artistic and organisational advice.

Sheila Zeebregts

Fifteen years ago Sheila started teaching oriental dance, and she has become internationally well known as a dancer, gives workshops, and has her owns school for Oriental and Indian dance. She is helping develop our base in Eastern Holland.   

Sulayca Soijo

Schooled in martial arts and classic bellydance, Sulayca started teaching and performing Dark Fusion several years ago, starting up her own dance company called Holy Pie. Sulayca inspires many starting dancers to continue. 

Yamila

Yamila set up the Dance of the Dawn Foundation (1997) for promoting the art of oriental and Fusion dancing including Belly Break which she developed. Activities include  a dance school in Eindhoven, Luik and Heerlen, and an International Festival (Factor CO will join in 2014).  

Photography

Photography by multiple photographers, including Ronnos, Bert Verleur, Sujata Muhander, Marscha van Druuten (Odiza Fotografie). All photos an this site are either owned by LiteSide, the photographer or are provided by one of the participants. Contact us for details if you would like to reuse an image.

Our Skills

Talent Scouting, Coaching and Training, Workshops and Master Classes, Presentations, Productions and Touring, Artistic Advice and Programming, Exchanges, International Network

Breaking news

Shimmy Shake Festival Program!

We are happy to announce the timetable of the Shimmy Shake Festival 2017!

Check out all the workshops and shows you cannot miss and make your own schedule for the festival.

Hope to see you all on the 11th and 12th of November at Maaspodium Rotterdam!

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Pop up Spectacle - Beyond the Fear!

This colorful spectacle consists of 5 musicians, 30 dancers, and 2 actors. Turkish music as you never heard before with dance that you have never seen!
Don't miss this entertaining and astonishing performance!

Director George Isherwood, Choreographer Renate Bakker / Maya Acid, Musical coordination Megan Davis.

Time: 14:00 & 15:00

The spectacle lasts only 15 minutes so be on time!

Click here for the Facebook event and let us know you join us!

Complete Program Now Online!

The complete program of the fourth edition of the Shimmy Shake Festival is online!

Read all about the workshops, shows and much more fun activities via this link!

Buy your tickets for the workshops and shows directly via this link!

Shimmy Shake Festival 2017

The fourth edition of Shimmy Shake Festival with an amazing international line up of top dancers will take place on 11 & 12 November in the Maaspodium Rotterdam. We will present many wonderful shows and workshops full of surprises. You will experience a variety of fusion dance styles and enjoy lots of new discoveries including the most important developments of Tribal and Fusion bellydance.

Come and see headliners like Ashley Lopez from San Francisco, Samantha Emmanuel/Vagabond Princess from France, Nakari Tribe from Austria, and of course our very own Tjarda van Straten.

 

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