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Not only is the Common Market furthering the European idea Tribal does this as well and even better. Last example is Romania, where Tribal and Tribal Fusion played a very small role for a long time. But then came Andreea Bonea and everything changed. First she took in everything she could in the US, then she came peeping at the Tribal Festival Hanover, Germany and in November she (together with Hermina) will launch the “TribalFestBucharest”.

We will keep our fingers crossed and are delighted that German dance star “Sway”, one of the “New Young Wild Ones” will be there, too and will hold her eyes and ears wide open for us.
FIRST-TIMER - "TribalFestBucharest"
1st - 3rd November 2013
Interview with Andreea Bonea
by Marcel Bieger
How and why did Tribal dance attract your intention, and why do you still stick to it?

I started my dance journey in the San Francisco Bay Area, 6 years ago (2007). At first with Classical Egyptian but soon after I moved towards a more modern approach fusing different styles of movement together.  

My first teacher and mentor is Sandra, who encouraged me to always move forward. Besides the gift of dance, she gave me a crucial insight: that our opportunities are endless.

Bay Area is the 'Mecca' of belly dance and I was fortunate enough to train with a myriad of great dancers such as  Ashley Lopez, Miriam Peretz, Jill Parker Nanna Candelaria, Auberon Shull, Kami Liddle, and Zoe Jakes, who have been a huge help and inspiration.

How is the belly dance and tribal situation in Romania today (and how was it, when you started)?
She was super welcoming and introduced me to all her fellow dancers and students.  
Most Romanian belly dancers seemed eager and curious to learn a bit more about Tribal Fusion. It was then when I've realized that there is a huge need to evangelize this dance style (Tribal Fusion/ Fusion) and that there are a lot of opportunities to bring these trends to Romania. This big gap is what prompted me to start thinking about “TribalFestBucharest!
How did the "Bucharest Tribal Fest" evolve?

“TribalFestBucharest” is organized by dancers, for dancers and dance lovers. This event is a personal initiative, and it's financed by me & my dance partner Hermina, as a way to contribute to the Romanian contemporary dance scene. This is basically our way to show our love and dedication for this art form and help other dancers see it's magic.

You have been in the United States for several years, what experiences did you make there?

I've worked as a Project Manager for Google and Yahoo for 8 years. In my spare time I was studying belly dance and was hanging out with my friends at various dance festivals. I am a US and EU citizen, and my plan is to float between these two worlds, and have dance be the silver lining.

Will this be the first event of its kind in Romania or are there other belly dance/tribal festivals?

This is the first Tribal Fusion festival in Romania. It is a challenging yet an exciting task to present the differences between Tribal and Egyptian styles and to make people curious about it. In preparation for this festival, Hermina and I started organizing different small soirees where we would perform Tribal/Tribal Fusion pieces. We also participated at various Romanian dance events, to further promote this dance style. In most cases, the crowds were warm and welcoming

What makes your festival special or different? What are you planning to do?

It's special because it is the first initiative of this kind in Romania. Even though this style is considered mainstream in the Bay Area and Western Europe, it is very unique and exotic in this part of the world. All the dancers that are going to be part of this festival will be pioneers, contributing to making this style more accessible in Romania, and to opening the gates to innovation.

Also, the Fusion Dance Competition is the first-ever competition of this kind in Romania and is about innovation and the future of
the art of movement. Professional, semi-professional dancers as well as newcomers are encouraged to let their creative juices flow.

In addition, we offer 9 workshops with world renowned teachers. We are bringing Ashley Lopez to teach for the first time in Europe.

The Gala Show is going to be really special. Besides our instructors (Ashley, Tjarda, and Manca) we invited Alexis Southall, Sway and also some well known local Electronica DJs to keep the audience entertained. Lots of surprises in store for this show. The venue is lush and elegant and the participants are highly skilled. This will be a great showcase for our dancers and a great tool to evangelize this dance - and expose the unfamiliar public to this art form.

We'll also have a well stocked Tribal Bazaar and a tea house, and some yum goodies to keep our fest guests well fed and hydrated.

The coolest thing is our website, where we had the chance to nerd out and create an easy process for dancers to sign up and read all the necessary info about our fest. You should def check out tribalfestbucharest.com (my personal labor of love:)

What are your plans for the future, will we see you perform in Germany, or where else to will you be travelling?

My family and I are floating between US and Europe, so you'll never know when we'll be in your corner.

More info about my teaching:

www.andreeabellydance.com

Photos: Publication with kindly permission of Andreea Bonea
Graphics/Web Design: Konstanze Winkler
Andreea Bonea
Hermina and Andreea, die Veranstalterinnen des "TribalFestBucharest"
I am not a Tribal dancer nor a Tribal Fusion one. I would say the most accurate description would be simply: I aspire to be a Fusion artist. I am taking classes in different dance styles such as Persian Dance, Gypsy Fusion, Salsa and Flamenco, Tribal Fusion - and I try to blend subtle elements of these styles into my dance.
I lived in the US for the past 8 years, and I recently moved back to my home country, Romania. I was surprised to see that the 'Tribal/Tribal Fusion' scene was almost non existent. My current dance partner, Hermina del Najah, was the only 'Tribal' teacher in Romania. She discovered the Tribal movement on You tube and furthered her training in Western Europe, as Romania didn't offer any possibilities. I've found a very warm and talented belly dance community, but the emphasis was on Middle Eastern styles. Kamilla, a Romanian belly dancer, instructed in raqs-sharqi, is the one who jump-started this art form in Romania and who slowly laid the groundwork for today's belly dance community.