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Interviews
"I'M SO EXITED TO BE VISITING
GERMANY!"

Interview with Carolena Nericcio
by Marcel Bieger

Will you lecture or discuss about "Your Statement" from last year  about the state of ATS, "ATS Old School" and "ATS New Style"
to German dancers, who would be eager to hear about it... more...
INTERNATIONAL SUMMER 
BELLYDANCE FESTIVAL 2011

Leiden, NL, August, 5th - 7th
Interview with organizer
Anusch Alawerdian
by Marcel Bieger

Although still young Anusch Alawerdian, based in the Netherlands and with... more...
"WELL, THAT'S IT! I HAVE TO DO IT"
Interview with Wendy Allen
by Marcel Bieger


Would you be so kind to tell us something about your life before FCBD (is there life before?)

I was very shy, and had horrible self-esteem.  I never thought I could really DANCE... more...
"I CONTINUE TO BE HIGHLY INSPIRED
BY THIS DANCE FORM..."

Interview with
Phil Thornton
about his new album
"Tribal Spirit"
a collaboration with FCBD and "Helm"
by Marcel Bieger

Would you care to tell us how this cooperations came about? more...
"ONCE WE ALL DREW MOUSTACHES
ON EACH OTHER"

Interview with
Hilde Cannoodt

by Marcel Bieger

It was in spring when we first saw Hilde Cannoodt on stage –
at Tjarda van Straaten’s „Beyond Bellydance 3“ show. Our first impressions then were confirmed later...
more...
"WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD CONECTION WITH EACH OTHER"
Interview with the
Berill Tribal Bellydance Group
by Marcel Bieger
more...
SAMHAIN/HALLOWEEN
IN THE BLACK FOREST

Interview with
Aepril Schaile
by Marcel Bieger

When you're going to an important festival ... more...
"NO ACTING – NO SHOW"
Interview with Nadia Nikishenko

by Marcel Bieger



Last year we saw her for the first time – at the 18th Oriental Festival of Jeyla Jouvana’s and Roland’s  - Nadia Nikishenko, dancer from Russia.We were stuck from the first moment on...
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BELLYDANCE EVOLUTION, part 2
"THE DARK SIDE OF THE CROWN"
Interview with Jillina
about her new BDE tour

by Marcel Bieger


We don't have many stars who go on world tour with their own troupe, and there is only Jillina, who brings her own fully equipped piece of dance drama... more...
"HEY, I WOULD LOVE TO WORK 
WITH YOU"

Interview with
Olivia Kissel
by Marcel Bieger

US-American and Pittsburgh, PA based Tribal Fusion dancer Olivia Kissel is sought for all over Europe and comes now to Germany, for the first time, can you imagine that.
How it occurred that she volunteered for Germany, how it happened that she became what she did became... more...
"I ALWAYS GET INSPIRED BY
BEAUTIFUL MUSIC"

Interview with Suraiya

by Marcel Bieger

One of the most exiting new Oriental dance artists comes from Poland – Suraiya. Whereever she performs, she will stir up furore. In Germany we could admire her art already at Asmahan el Zein’s “World of Orient”. In November she can be seen -
together with her husband Mansour...
more...
"TRIBAL FUSION IS A FREEDOM
OF EXPRESSION"

Interview with
Mira Betz
by Marcel Bieger


There are a few international dance stars, who have never before been to Germany. The thought of this alone makes you feel sad. One of these first class artists is Tribal Fusion Icon Mira Betz. But now she is coming to us... more...
"SPORTSWOMEN OF THE YEAR" 
Interview with Amirah
by Marcel Bieger


This year 2011 went exceptional well for Belgian dancer Amirah. Before known best as member of the duo “Kokoro”, her 1st place at “Bellydancer of the World” (in 2010) contest fuelled her solo career. She recently absolved the challenging „Level One Certificate“ of Suhaila Salimpour, and this year she herself will be sitting in the jury ...
more...
"TO CREATE GOOD MEMORIES"
Interview with Slovenian group "Ambrosia"
by Marcel Bieger

First came only Nika Mlakar from Slovenia and won seemingly effortlessseveral first prizes, in different categories. Next year she was accompanied by...
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"DON'T MAKE IT HAPPEN,
LET IT HAPPEN"

Interview with
Cera Byer

by Marcel Bieger

We are very excited to see Cera Byer, the young dancer from San Francisco, CA, who dances her heart out when on stage. She is still able to trust her instincts, and she mixes all dancing styles, which she likes, as they come. She is to be seen at "Beyond Bellydance IV... more...
RAQS SHARQI - THE LATIN WAY
Interview with Aisa Lafour

by Marcel Bieger


Aisa Lafour is still young in years but already one of the most important new belly dance stars. All around the world she is welcomed, and amidst the Dutch promoters she is in the top position.
Not to forget her biggest artistic success so far, her participation at... more...
BELLYDANCE WITH DJ
Interview with Calamity Sam

by Marcel Bieger


When a bellydancer performs with a tabla drummer this is quite normal. When a bellydancer performs with a live band this is also not unheared of. But when a bellydancer
performs with a DJ this is quite a rarity, or is it? Calamity Sam from California has her own DJ, Amar, and declares ... more...
DANCER OF THE PEOPLE
Interview with Mohamed Shahin
by Marcel Bieger

One of the most important contemporary classical belly dancers is Egypt’s Mohamed Shahin. This year he will be in Germany for the first time...
more...
"I WORK HARD TO TRANSCEND 
STYLIZATION"

Interview with Ruby

by Marcel Bieger


Ruby is based in Los Angeles, CA und fell in love with belly dance in her early years.
She has a bachelor degree in Environmental Chemistry, but has never worked... more...
„FREAKS“ HAS INSPIRED US
Interview with the French group 
„The Smoky Eyes“

by Marcel Bieger

At the Oriental Festival of Leyla Jouvana & Roland last year we saw them perform for the first time, “The Smoky eyes” from Caen in the Normandy, France. They not just danced Tribal, but adorned this with... more...
BDSS IN GERMANY
"We care only what a dancer can do on stage" 
Interview with Miles Copeland
by Marcel Bieger

Meanwhile everybody knows it, the Bellydance Superstars are coming back again! They are up to their next Europe tour. Included are three German cities ... more...
I AM AN ORIENTAL DANCER AT HEART

Interview with the Belge artist
Queenie

by Marcel Bieger

From our neighbours in the West, Belgium, many extraordinary dancers have entered stage. We think of Khalida or Amirah, which we have portrayed and interviewed ...
more...
„ALL WORKING TO MAKE THE SHOW THE BEST“
Interview with Sabah
Director of the Bellydance Superstars
by Marcel Bieger

When you hear the name of the ... more...
"MEET US AT MY HAFLA"
Interview with Anita Blake

by Marcel Bieger

East Meets West” is one hell of an idea! In Eastern and Central Europe belly dance and tribal are spreading like a wildfire and becoming more and more popular. Dancers and troupes from there can by seen on Western festivals quite often, which gives the whole community a whole new flavour. But there is still much...
more...
"I'M A LOT OF THINGS ..."
Interview with Amy Sigil/Unmata

by Marcel Bieger and Konstanze Winkler

August in Dillenburg, Westerwald (in the heart of Germany),
the sun hasn’t its best day, today. We arrive at “Tanzoase” the studio of Gabriella, famous director of “Neas Tribal”.
This weekend Amy Sigil from “Unmata” stopped by and gave workshops. We asked ... more ...
"I'M HAPPY TO BE PART OF SUCH
A COMMUNITY"

Interview with
Khalida
by Marcel Bieger

Allthough a small country, Belgium has one of the most lively and best functioning belly dance and tribal dance scenes
. One of the most active people in this crowd is Khalida, wo meanwhile lives at Würselen, Germany near Aix-de-Chapel. Khalida is organising together with ... more ...
OF COURSE WE ARE VIKINGS
Interview with Dud Muurmand

by Marcel Bieger

There are lot of things going on in Tribal Europe. From the East ever new artists arrive, in France the tribal community is rising with
new strength, even from Austria artists whirl on our stages, and also the North is getting hot and hotter. Dud Muurmand ...
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WHAT PUTS THE “WILD”
INTO “WILDCARD”

Interview with „WildCard Bellydance
by Marcel Bieger

„WildCard Bellydance“ are one of ... more...
PARFUM FOR ALL
Interview with "Les Parfum Tribal"

by Marcel Bieger

In France they have no tribal tribes? What a nonsense! Already last year "Parfum Tribal" delighted the audience ...
more ...
NOT MOONLIGHTING BUT INSPIRATION
Interview with Deb Rubin

by Marcel Bieger

Every once in a while new stars light up and are hot enough to shed their own light. Usually it takes some time until these artists come to Germany. Deb Rubin is such a sun, not only a sparkling dancer but also a brilliant teacher. And now the moment has arrived, Deb will come to Germany in September. But this time not one of the great festivals ...
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"GOTTA GET MY CRAZY ENERGIES
OUT INTO THE WORLD"

Interview with
Keri Lonhard
by Marcel Bieger

Of course, Germany always had a certain attraction, not the least on Americans, who love to stay here: Names like Martha Saunders spring to your mind. Sharon Kihara has lived for several years in Berlin. Not to forget the Canadian Martina Crowe-Hewett. Since a while we have one more: Keri Lonhard... more ...
THE PRINCESS OF THE FEMMES FATALES
Interview with Princess Farhana
by Marcel Bieger

You don’t call Princess Farhana „Hi, Princess“, or „What’s up,
Princess“, you approach her with a curtsy or a big bow and you
address her formally as “Your royal Highness” or “Your Grace”
– and after that you will soon detect that Princess Farhana is wise
and experienced but also witty, gifted with a great big heart and
full of the most funny stories you ever heard ...
more ...
"BELLY DANCE IN INDIA IS VERY,
VERY NEW"

Interview with Payal Gupta

by Marcel Bieger

India has a very old tradition of dances and these have fertilised and affected belly dance and tribal. But how is it the other way round? Belly dance doesn't seem to stand on its own feet on the subcontinent ... more ...
"IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME
TO SEE HAPPY FACES"

Interview with the Hungarian Artist
Mahasti
by Marcel Bieger

Mahasti (means “Daughters of the Moon Light”) started dancing when she was only ... more ...
EAST MEETS WEST
Interview with Anita Blake

by Marcel Bieger

Can you imagine that in one of the most important tribal places in Germany, the Rhineland, there is no modern and timely appropriate tribal festival with international artists? Anita Blake is doing her best to fill this gap. She runs her own dance studio – “Lamia Dance Company”... more ...
FIRST-TIMER - TribalFestBucharest
1st - 3rd November 2013

Interview with Andreea Bonea
by Marcel Bieger

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 ... more ...
"I AM JUST GOING,
WHERE THE WIND TAKES ME"

Interview with Ashley Lopez

by Marcel Bieger

Every year new tribal fusion stars are born in the US of A, some of them are forgotten after two years, already, but others establish themselves, at home and international. We have become focused on Ashley Lopez ... more ...
"SHARING A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT
WITH THE AUDIENCE"
Interview with Mia Sha’uri

by Marcel Bieger

When Mia Sha’uri entered stage at Leyla Jouvana & Roland’s 20th Oriental Festival of Europe last year we didn’t really know what to
do with this name. This changed in seconds ...
more ...

"I WOULD LIKE TO COME BACK IN THE NEAR FUTURE"
Interview with the Japanese dancer Camew
by Marcel Bieger

Japan, do they have bellydance and tribal? Actually they do, you bet. Nobody proves this more impressing than Camew and Tida, who came to Tribal Festival Hanover this year and won first and second places in the prestigious contest “Tribal Star”. Online magazine donates several prizes for this contest ... more ...
"I AM MY OWN BIG BROTHER"
Imterview with Anasma
by Marcel Bieger

To see Anasma is always one of the highlights of a show. You can always expect
something new from her and only very few dancers ...
more ...
"COULDN'T GET ENOUGH OF
THIS DANCE!"

Interview with
Yahna
about her Tribal Fusion Festival in Estonia

by Marcel Bieger

And another white spot on the World Tribal Map is
about to vanish! In Estonia, one of the Baltic republics this year the big international “Infusion Tallinn Festival” will take place in the capital Tallinn. For the first time ...
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TRIBAL FEST BUCHAREST 2013
Interviews with the contest winners
by Marcel Bieger

"TRIBAL FUSION IS FOR SOLOISTS,
TRIBAL FOR GROUPS"

Interview with
Csilla ... more ...

"THERE IS AN ENTIRE UNIVERSE IN US
WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED"

Interview with
Hermina Mayer ... more ...
PEACOCK DANCE
AND PEACOCK SPIRIT

FoxyCatAlice again at Leyla Jouvana’s

Interview by Marcel Bieger

Well, you don’t see that every day: An Artist in a peacock costume, who imitates the movements of this proud bird exactly ...and wraps this in a cute tribal fusion dance. As she will tell us below, she is still perfecting this style ...more ...
"WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY"
Interview with Crystina Wang

by Marcel Bieger

And then there she was, a dancer from the South-East Indian republic of Singapore (sited between Malaysia and Indonesia), attending at Leyla Jouvana’s and Roland’s „Oriental Festival of Europe“, joining the contest „Bellydancer of the World“ and
made 2nd place ...
more ...
"I SAW THE PERFORMANCE
OF „UNMATA“ … AND I WANTED
TO CREATE MY OWN "ITS"

Interview with Polina Shandarina
by Marcel Bieger

We had this feeling for a long time, in the East not only the sun rises, there is also a flood of dance talent ... more ...
"IT FEELS GOOD
TO GROW AND CHANGE"

Interview with
Aepril Schaile
by Marcel Bieger

Meanwhile Aepril Schaile has performed in Germany quite often ...
more ...
"I SHOW MYSELF COMPLETELY OPEN
ON THE STAGE"

Interview with
Anna Borisova
by Marcel Bieger

Egyptian belly dance is worldwide known as the most emotional and elegant variant of the Middle Eastern dances; but it is not reserved for Egyptians only. Quite a few Europeans ... more ...
"I AM VALIZAN AIRLINES,
COME FLY WITH ME"

Interview with Valizan
by Marcel Bieger

Tribal, Tribal Fusion or Belly Dance ... more ...
WOW! YOU CAN DO DARK AND SCARY
WITH BELLYDANCE!

Interview with
Bex
by Latifah Abdel

During the “Proserpina Nacht festival” in Dresden, Germany organized by Una Shamaa, I had the chance of meeting the
British ..
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"IN THAT MOMENT I TRULY COME
INTO ANOTHER WORLD"

Interview with
Nika Mlakar
by Marcel Bieger

We see ourselves as regulars at the Oriental Festival Europe in Duisburg, perfectly organised by Leyla and Roland Jouvana.
About as long
as we are coming, Nika Mlakar from Slovenia is ...
more ...
"I WANT THEM TO LEAVE MY WORKSHOPS
WITH THEIR HEARTS ON FIRE"

Interview with BDSS Sabrina Fox

by Marcel Bieger

Sabrina Fox is one of the big names in international
Tribal Fusion. But instead of ...
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"THE ROAD WAS ROUGH"
Interview with Martha Saunders

by Marcel Bieger

Gosh! What a sensation it was, when Martha Saunders came to Germany in 2009 and decided to stay. A real FCBD artist in our ...
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"I'M A DIRECTOR OF ONE OF THE
LARGEST BELLY DANCE SCHOOLS
IN AUSTRALIA"

Interview with
Nerissa

by Marcel Bieger

Nerissa, of Greek heritage, is a high profile belly dance artist ...
more ...
“I HAVE A BUNCH
OF NICE FUTURE PLANS”

Interview with
Aisa Lafour

by Marcel Bieger

Aisa Lafour has been and still is one of the Dutch star belly dance artists over years ...
more ...
AT LAST –
OSCAR FLORES IN GERMANY
Interview with Oscar Flores (Argentinia)

by Marcel Bieger

The Argentine dance star Oscar Flores has made himself a name in the whole world ...
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"YOU CAN EXPECT 100 % OF ME"
Interview with Horus Mozarabe (Portugal)

by Latifah Abdel & Marcel Bieger

„Horus Mozarabe“ is a new star at Tribal Fusion heaven. This year at Tribal Festival Hanover he will ...
more ...
THE VIKINGS, THEY ARE C-C-COMING!
Interview with Dud Muurmand
and Lisa Bugel Jørgensen
about the Tribal Festival 2015 in Hanover
by Marcel Bieger

Interview with Dud Muurmand ...
Interview with
Lisa Bugel Jørgensen ...
"PERFORMING ATS® SOLO"
Interview with Maho Beaumont
by Marcel Bieger

ATS®, the world wide renowned dance fun for groups but also for soloists is enjoying a big renaissance ...
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"「冒険的なおもしろい実験でした」"
インタビュー Junko von Kiefernwäldchen
(ジュンコ・フュォン・キーファンベルチェン)

記者 マーセル・ビーガー

前回でもハガラの特でも言いましたが、今年の六月のハノー ...
more ...
"WE ALL ARE EACH OTHER’S
TEACHERS"

Interview with Kelsey S. Suedmeyer

by Freddie Kaz

A smart idea and a new concept: Claudia Dufner, promoter of
the legendary "Black Forest Festival" ...
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"THEY HAD THE SAME FIRE IN THEIR EYES AS ME"
Interview with Iza Logonowicz
by Marcel Bieger

We here at „Hagalla’s“ like to take a look at what’s going on in Eastern Europe and ...
more ...

and here the original interview in polish language ...
"BELLY DANCE IS HEALING"
Interview with Mahasti
by Marcel Bieger

The first times she stroke our attention only indirectly; we didn’t see her but her students, who traveled to Leyla Jouvana’s competition ...
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BOLLYWOOD &
ORIENTAL FUSION

Interview with
Payal Gupta
by Marcel Bieger
Leyla and Roland Jouvana’s „Oriental ... more ...
THE PEACOCK FROM HONG KONG
Interview with FoxyCat Alice

by Marcel Bieger

Several years ago from the far Hong Kong a certain Foxycat Alice came travelling to us and performed at the “OFE” festival of Leyla and Roland Jouvana. Like you can await from an artist from an exotic place she ... more ...
"VIVA LA REVOLUCION"
Interview with
Hermanas Chiappero Revolucion
by Marcel Bieger
How to write an introduction for an interview with a trio from ... more ...
"I BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE, WHO
YOU MEET, CAN MAKE US EVEN
MORE UNIQUE"

Interview with
Sarasvati

by Marcel Bieger

That’s the way of fairy tales: You come from the land
of fays ...
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"SMOOTH AS A SNAKE AND POWERFUL AS A SOLDIER"
Interview with
Do Thi Hong Hanh
by Marcel Bieger

Do Thi Hong Hanh is the first ... more ...
"THE BODY IS A UNIVERSAL INSTRUMENT"
Interview with Isis Zahar

by Marcel Bieger

A Brasilian, who prefers bellydance over Samba? This made us curious ... more ...
"OUT OF THE ‘USUAL BOX OF MOVEMENTS’ FOR DRUM SOLO"
Interview with
Iana Komarnytska
by Marcel Bieger

This young woman ...
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"THE EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL THING THAN THE DANCE ..."
Interview with
YolandaYaten Kou
by Marcel Bieger ... more ...
„EXPRESS WITHOUT ALWAYS AIMING TO IMPRESS!“
Interview with
Michelle Sorensen
by Marcel Bieger
more ...
“IT WAS THE PIVOTAL POINT
IN MY DANCE JOURNEY!”

Interview with
Philippa Moirai
by Marcel Bieger
more ...
"BEST WAY IS TO COME OUT
AND SEE!"

Interview with
Mat Jacob
by Marcel Bieger

Tribal Fusion is a very fast paced art form ...
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“ … WHERE YOU WILL NEED NO WORDS TO TALK.”
Interview with
Elizabeth Medina
by Marcel Bieger

Spain is not the first country that springs to your mind, when it comes to Indian Fusion ... more ...
"TO MEET PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD"
Interview with the Nakari duo
by Marcel Bieger

Doro and Michaela travel to many ... more ...
"EVERY YEAR WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO IT AFRESH"
Interview with
Leyla and Roland Jouvana

by Marcel Bieger (also translation)

Since 24 years, Leyla and Roland Jouvana invite to Duisburg ...
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IN SEARCH OF THE PRIMAL DANCE
Interview with Moria Chappell
by Marcel Bieger

Moria Chappell hadn’t finished her dance training proper, when she was ...
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ELEGANCE AND CHARISMA
Interview with Chloé Schwartz

by Marcel Bieger

As we saw Chloé for the first time on stage, back in 2014, she was a shy young mademoiselle from France, who seemed a
little ...
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"WHEN YOU DANCE WITH YOUR SOUL THERE IS MAGIC"
Interview with
Chanel Arobas
by Marcel Bieger

For the first time at Leyla and Roland Jouvana’s Oriental Dance Festival of Europe ...
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„SO WE WILL HAVE FUN!“
Interview with Helene Skaugen
by Marcel Bieger

Norway is high in the North and has a small, but mighty belly dance community. One of its most prominent members is Helene Skaugen, who we may welcome for the first time ...
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"I GET MY INSPIRATIONS FROM MANY THINGS"
Interview with Katerina Joumana
by Marcel Bieger

Katerina Joumana is from Moscow, but lives in Vienna these days to complete her education. With much work and devotion for dance she climbed up to the world’s leading ...
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