Friday, 3 April 2009

April's Tribal Fusion Events and Classes!

Hello lovelies,

Okay, so March was super exciting--South Africa, Italy, a new class and a lot of fabulous events. April's going to keep the pace up, with a new class starting next week at Urdang, a whole new course later on at City Rescue, a day of workshops (with shopping!), a new video and a magazine article! On the downside, I've been very bad about keeping up with my emails, and I'm very sorry about that. I really am trying to keep up with it all more efficiently.

This Sunday is the fabulous Finger in the Pie Cabaret Showcase at Madame Jojo's, which is also the closing party for the Alternative Fringe Festival--do come on down to check it out, it's going to be a lot of fun!! Full information is below, and if you want to see more info on the Alternative Fringe, go to:

The new course at Urdang starts next Thursday!! This month, there's new courses starting at both the Urdang Academy and City Rescue. Regulars to the classes will start to feel them differentiate more and more, with courses at Urdang focusing on technique in choreography and the City Rescue courses focusing on the fundamentals of tribal fusion. Those wanting to dip their toe in both methods are invited to attend the day of workshops on April 18, which will be a good primer for the courses but also self-sufficient as workshops--and there will be goodies around to buy in the break! *Please note, there are no classes on April 21 and April 30 (City Rescue and Urdang, respectively).

Finally, my little article on a brief history of "tribal" is in this month's Nafoura magazine, which you can check out here:

And here's the latest video from my performance in Italy:

So here's what's on in April:

March 17 - April 14 - 5-Week Course @ City Rescue--SOLD OUT!
Tuesday nights, 6:30pm-8:30pm; £50 for 5-week course; £12 drop-in
To kick off this new class, we'll start with an introductory tour of tribal fusion technique throughout the body.
Each night has a special focus and tailored conditioning exercises and drills to build it up. Then, we go on to doing the more complex things and explore combinations to use in dance. We won't forget the rest of the body to focus on one thing--while isolation is important, total isolation is lonely!--but rather we'll draw out the expressive potential of each kind of move in its own special class.
Here's the schedule for the course:
March 17th: Undulations
March 24th: Shoulders, Arms & Hands
March 31st: Hips
April 7th: Circles, Spirals and Figure 8s Throughout the Body
April 14th: Layering and Transferring Movement
For information, email

April 5 - Finger in the Pie Cabaret Showcase - Finale Party for the Alternative Fringe Festival
7:00pm-9:30pm (doors at 6pm); £12, £10 in advance, 2-for-1 Tickets on the door for Student card holders only
Get tickets online at:
Finger in the Pie welcomes you to the finale party for the ALTERNATIVE FRINGE FESTIVAL 2009! Hostess Myra DuBois will host a star studded line-up with a special focus on comedy cabaret acts. Featuring comedy songs from Geoff Cotton, Lady Elvis, Moonfish Rhumba, Frank Sanazi, Vikki Stone, Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen, burlesque from Banbury Cross and Polestars and tribal fusion bellydancing from Kimberly Mackoy.
For information on the Alternative Fringe, click here:

April 9 - May 21* - 6-Week Course @ the Urdang Academy - *No class April 30!!*
Thursday nights, 6:30pm-8:00pm; Course £60, Drop-in £12
Over six weeks we'll build up to a full choreography; the first few classes give a solid introduction, while the last half moves quite quickly. As such, drop-ins should approach the final two weeks in particular with caution, as at that point a great deal of material has already been taught.
Register online at; For information, email

April 18 - Workshops @ Islington Arts Factory
£25 each; £40 if taken together. (Recent classes have been very full, advance registration recommended)
11:00am-1:30pm - Tribal Fusion Elemental Movement (Beginner level and higher)
2:00pm-4:30pm - Isolation, Layering and Transferring Movement in Choreography (Improver/Intermediate level)
These two workshops can be taken together by the adventurous dancer to get a thorough day's workout in tribal fusion movement and composition.
The first must be taken by beginner dancers but will also serve more advanced dancers well; we will go through the fundamental movements of tribal fusion, including arms, figure-8s (maya, taxim, etc) and circles (umi, etc) in both chest and hips, and hipwork (shimmies, etc), as well as introduce concepts such as muscular vs. skeletal movement, proper posture and the muscular origins of movements.
The second workshop is only available to dancers who register for the earlier workshop or have sufficient experience with tribal fusion technique from Kim's previous classes. In this workshop, we will build upon the elemental movements to explore musicality and composition in choreography, paying special attention to use of isolation, contrast, and shifting movement. This workshop will involve level changes and moderate laybacks, but these are not compulsory.
In the break between the workshops there will be a chance to peruse some jewelry and costume items! Bring a yoga mat, water and a snack, and please email if you have any questions.
Register online at; For information, email

April 26 - BellyBliss @ Shish - Tribal Showcase
Doors at 7pm; £12, £10 in advance
Monthly clubnight in Shoreditch, guest starring myself and Kerry Darkstar; for full information, or to book tickets:

April 28-May 26 - 5-Week Course in Tribal Fusion Elemental Movement @ City Rescue Studio
Tuesday nights, 6:30pm-8:00pm; £50 for 5-week course; £12 drop-in*
*Please note: Due to limited space, early registration for the full course is strongly recommended, as these classes are strictly limited to a maximum of 12 people. The previous course at City Rescue was sold-out, and drop-in attendance may not be possible.
Aimed at the beginner or the more advanced dancer wishing to revisit and strengthen elementals, this course goes back to basics: over five weeks, we will become acquainted with the conditioning required to build the body for tribal fusion movement, and also be introduced to drills for building muscle memory of the fundamental movements. By the end of the course, dancers will be acquainted with the basic components of the tribal fusion movement vocabulary, and will also have some practice integrating them into combinations. This class will involve yoga- and pilates-based conditioning, so come dressed to move and bring a bottle of water.
Register online at; For information, email

April 30 - Planet Egypt @ Darbucka
Doors at 7pm, tickets £12 at the door. To reserve a table (strongly advised!!) call 020 7490 8772 and be sure to arrive early.
Featuring performances by myself, Caroline, Emma Chapman, Janai, Ishtar, Dawn Harvey, Phoenïx Alrakkasoon, Julie Clarke and Elif. For full details, visit:

And a little sneak peak at May....

May 9 - Hootenanny, Brixton
£3, Doors 8pm
Superhoot presents magnetic charismatic frontman Cleave, and Rev Chunky returns to Hootananny. Rev Chunky has been performing since he was four, rooted in gospel his band's unique soul blues blend original songs and classics will have you dancing + Big Mamas Door with their brand of Sexy 50's RnB with a whole lot of professionalism and love for the blues.This is an engaging and highly energetic band...the audience was wowed by the sheer personality of Fiona as a performer, and the musical excellence of the rest of the band." Bill Smith, Blues in Britain + The Jetsuns alternative folk blues + Tribal Fusion Bellydancer Kimberly Mackoy + DJ Nico Perez
Get the full scoop at:

That's all for now... Hope to see you very soon!

Peace and beauty,

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