Bellyllusions Festival (+ blog break)

Bellyllusions festival offers a day full of entertainment – an eclectic mix of workshops, performances and animations from theatre to acrobatics, from live music to dance. I’ll be dancing a solo as well as a duo – for the first time ever! – with my friend Léna Sam.

When: 24th March 2018, from 12:00 until 21:00.

Where: Cultuurhuis Heerlen (Sittardeweg 145, Heerlen, NL)

More info:

See you there!


On a slightly unrelated note, I have spent so much time in front of screens lately that my eyes just won’t stop hurting, so I have decided to give myself and the blog a break. I’ll be back after Easter with some longer posts about dance, the universe and everything.


Festival de danses orientales – Liège, 17.02.2018.

Organised by the  Centre Culturel Arabe en Pays de Liège, this event has a long tradition, celebrating its 13th edition this year. The show will bring together over 200 dancers of different Oriental and fusion styles, making it one of the region’s greatest dance event.

I’ll bring two new dances of mine, one of them first time on stage – preparations are underway, and I’m sure all the other dancers are pouring all their love and dedication into it as well.

Places are limited, so make sure to get your tickets in time!
Order yours by calling (+32) 04 342 78 84 or by emailing (French preferred, I guess 🙂 )

Practical info:

Centre culturel de Seraing, Rue Renaud Strivay, 44 – Seraing
17 February 2018, 19:30
entry fee: 6 euros // 3 euros (for kids under 12) // 1,75 euros (“Art.27”)
click here for the facebook event

See you!

Show with Brenda & Orchestre Nagham Zikrayat (04.02.2018.)

A special recommenation to all my readers in & around Brussels: a show in town!

This show is organised by Salomé Dance, within the framework of a training programme with Brenda, so for those interesed there are some workshops as well ver the weekend. (themes: Khaleege, Tabla solo, Zills, Muwashahat and Samai choreography).
On Sunday, we close with a show accompanied by the amazing Orchestre Nagham Zikrayat live, starring Brenda and guest artists Maëlle, Lou, Valentina and Noémie.

See you there!!

Place: Théâtre Marni, Rue de Vergnies, 25, 1050 Brussels

Time: 4 February 2018, 18:30

Entry fee: 20 euro. Reserve your ticket at


photo by Anna & Michal

Thé à la menthe dansant

If you are in the area of Lille or near enough to take a trip there, and are interested in Oriental dance, come have a mint tea with us on Sunday the 28th of January. It’s worth coming just to see the organiser, Juliette – she’s one of my favourite dancers nearby –, but there is more:
we’ll have

  • an introduction workshop to Oriental dance
  • a dance show
  • some live music
  • an open stage (including a dance from myself)
  • as well as some mint tea and sweets.

Free entry (donations welcome).

Address: Le Dancing, 296 rue de Lille, 59130 Lambersart

Doors open at 3PM.

See you there!

Fusion Freeze

Something a bit different this weekend: Fusion Freeze festival! While I’m generally into traditional styles, this year I decided to expand my horizons, and took up learning Tribal Fusion – and took up other fusion styles once more.

The festival, organised by Teuta, in Gent, offers some exciting workshops (check out if there’s a sport left for you!), and two shows: a theatre show on Saturday and a dinner show on Sunday.

I’ve been selected to perform in both of them: I’ll present (part of) a flamenco-oriental choreography by Salima on Saturday, and a festive salsa-oriental at the dinner show. Both shows offer a wide variety of fusion dances by amazing dancers, so if you’re in or near Gent, make sure to be there!

Book your tickets here for the Saturday show and here for the Sunday dinner show.

Oriental Romance

This weekend we have workshops with Özgen, Mayel and the lovely Lou Pradas – who organises the event –, as well as a great show Saturday night at the heart of Brussels, with some of the best dancers from Belgium and abroad. I have the honour of having been invited, and I'm preparing a completely new dance for the occasion, which means I'm also terribly nervous, but I promise it will be a great night.

One (or maybe both?) of Özgen's workshops is already sold out, but there should be some places left for the others.

For the show, pre-sales closes tomorrow the 7th of November, so if you want to be sure to have a place, contact Lou for your ticket.

See you there!

Dancing September

This September has been quite hectic – and full of dance. And though it's almost the end of the month, the good part is yet to come.

I'm writing this update from a small hotel room in Rimini, where I am taking workshops with the legendary Fifi Abdo (!!), one of my favourite dancers, over the weekend. I am also competing tomorrow – her being on the jury – and the only reason I'm not fizzling with nerves is that I've just spent about 8 hours travelling and I'm simply exhausted. Wish me luck, though.

What's more, next weekend, I'll be in Barcelona for some more workshops, this time with the ever so inspiring Mercedes Nieto. I also have the honour of having been selected to perform as a member of Mercedes' Tarabesque Troupe at the festival gala show. The show has quite an impressive line-up – I hope I'll have the chance to see most if not all of it, even though I participate. For those of you who will be in Barcelona next weekend, you can find more info here if you'd like to come – I can only recommend that you do.

If you cannot, but are in Brussels and would like to learn the dance, join my course starting next Monday!

Or click on the photo below to see all the pictures from last Saturday's Oriental Cocktail Festival.