Indian fusion has been super popular in Tribal Fusion over the last couple of years - over stateside Moria Chappell and Nagasita have been dedicated Indian Dance students for a good long while, and other dancers like Zoe Jakes have also been falling in love with it.
I personally think Indian Fusion has such an attraction to us Tribal Fusion dancers because not only is it so beautiful and intricate and blingworthy, Classical Indian Dance forms such as Odessi, Kathak and Bharatnatyam are sacred dance forms, where every look, every gesture has meaning and sacred import. I think the Tribal Fusion community on the whole tend to be quite a spiritual hippyish lot, and this kind of thing presses all our buttons. Mmmm beautiful sacred dance.
So here is some indian fusion inspiration from the belly dance world.
1. Zoe Jakes' "Strength" in the House of Tarot show.
I saw this performed at it's debut in person in Las Vegas at the Tribal Massive, and it was awesome. She had all the other dancers drumming when they were not dancing, and it was gorgeous. She taught us the choreography as well during the week long intensive, and it was one of my favourite classes ever. I am literally smack bang in the front row of the audience in this vid. Cool Indian stuff starts at 3.42.
2. Colleena Shakti
Colleena Shakti IS Indian Belly Dance Fusion. She's this swan-like graceful creature who lives in Rajahastan and runs her own classical Indian dance school. She does Indian belly dance fusion for kicks and is renowned the world over for being super awesome at it. Her hands and arms are just sublime. She's got a couple of cool workshops for Indian Fusion Belly Dance on
3. Jaydee Amrita
Our very own Jaydee Amrita from Devon UK is hitting the international scene at the moment with her inspired and bold Indian fusion dance pieces. She's currently out in India training in Odessi dance, and runs an Indian Fusion Belly Dance festival in the summer in Devon called Kamatala. Here is her infamous performance at Tribal Fest from a couple of years back.
SUPER EXCITING NEWS!
This December 5th, Jaydee Amrita will be coming to Cambridge to teach her signature Indian Infusion style! There will be a fabulous Hafla Spectacular in the evening too, with live bands, performances, stalls, mini workshops....
If you want to get in on that action, click here to visit the Events Page and check it out!