VIP PASSES still available for PBFC15!

bellydance show 060 The PGH Bellydance Festival Competition registration is closed but you can still sign up for our workshops, lectures and gala shows! Save money with a VIP pass and do it all or register a la carte or any of our events! There is something for everyone here!

A VIP pass gives you access to all 5 of our workshops, our 2 lunch lectures, and all of our competition and gala shows! For only $130 you can enjoy the entire weekend with your fellow dance enthusiasts. Sign up now and be part of the magic!PBFC Workshops

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2015 PBFC Workshop Series!

Our workshop series for the 2015 Pittsburgh Bellydance Festival promises to AMAZE! We have choreography workshops in cabaret, tribal fusion and jazz fusion styles,  an exciting workshop learning to dance with a live band, and chance to experience Rosa Noreen’s signature Delicious Pauses!

PBFC WorkshopsDon’t miss out on the fun and register now for your favorite workshop(s). Can’t decide, consider a VIP pass and take them all!

SATURDAY, 10:00 -11:15 am

Babette will be teaching: Jazz/Bellydance fusion

Learn a sassy and fun choreography incorporating Bellydance and jazz moves to a smooth Lana Del Ray song. Babette will lead students through a long warmup, and after that we’ll dive straight into choreography so we have as much time as possible to dance! Students should know that the choreography does include floor work, however Babette is prepared to offer modification to those who need it. Get ready to strut your stuff!

SATURDAY, 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Sherena will be teaching: A high energy, fast paced Cabaret Choreography as part of the Recorded Music Competition! Non-competitors are welcome to take the workshop and learn some of Sherena’s sizzling shimmies and moves!

SATURDAY, 2:00 – 3:15 pm

Maria will be teaching: A Tribal Choreography as part of the Recorded Music Competition! Non-competitors are welcome to take the workshop and experience first hand Maria’s slow and juicy signature moves!

SATURDAY, 3:30 – 4:45 pm 

Fairuza will be teaching: Dancing with a Live Band, working closely with Ishtar, our competition band, Fairuza will lead you through the challenges and opportunities of performing to live music! This is a rare opportunity to Dance with a Live Band, so don’t miss out on the fun!

SUNDAY, 10:00 – 11:15 am

Rosa will be teaching:

Delicious Pauses for a drum solo vs. Delicious Pauses for a taqsim, creating stillness in movement. Learn the technique that has made Rosa a name in modern bellydance!

LECTURES

Saturday BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) Lecture

Sherena will also be leading a lecture on establishing your own personal practice: Learn ways to improve your personal practice and to set goals toward becoming the best dancer you can be!

Sunday BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) Lecture

Fairuza will also be leading a lecture called Silhouettes: Techniques you need to perfect your unique silhouette. This lecture will include the techniques you’ll need to create a character, embody the music and perfect your unique silhouette. I will work individually with all the participants and give them advice on how to make their own costumes or help them find costumes that will look amazing on them.

Updated Festival Schedule and VIP Passes!

10403652_10152386753232105_4477653289674306281_nIf you haven’t registered to compete in our live or recorded categories, to perform in our gala shows, to learn exciting new bellydance repertoire in our workshops and lectures or watch the gala shows and competitions at this year’s festival, now is the time to register!

Your best bet is to purchase a VIP Pass! We have consolidated our festival to Saturday through Sunday and your VIP pass now includes the following:

  • 5 workshops with our incredible teachers
  • 2 informative and interesting lunch lectures
  • 1 entry to our Saturday gala show
  • 1 entry to each of our competitions on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon
  • all our thanks for registering!

PBFC WorkshopsNot enough time for you to attend it all? You can also register for any of our workshops, lectures or shows a la carte!

Want to compete in our live music competition or our recorded music tribal or cabaret competition? It is not too late to join in to win and become our star teacher in 2016!

We are a small festival and because of this we can offer you a cozy experience chock full of learning and socializing with your bellydance peers from afar. In order to keep bringing this level of talent and event size to Pittsburgh, we need your support! Please join us this year and see what Pittsburgh Bellydance has to offer!

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Meet Babette Soleil!

Babette SoleilMeet Babette Soleil  (the 2015 Sherena’s Shakedown Winner)
BIO: Babette has been dancing almost as long as she could walk. She has studied ballet, jazz and bellydance for 15 years and tap for 5 years. As a young dancer she was accepted into the prestigious Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet where she danced for 2 years and performed in their ballets “The Nutcracker” and “Snow White”. As a young teen she was awarded a full scholarship based on ability to the University of Akron’s Dance Institute where she studied for a year. She soon after moved to Love 2 Dance Studio in Fairlawn, Ohio. It was at Love 2 Dance that Babi met Andrea Love (the owner and director of Love 2 Dance) who saw her natural abilities and quickly took her on as a protege. Babi worked closely alongside with Andrea for 3 years, assisting her in class, helping around the studio and participating in her competitive dance company. As Babi began to develop her skills as an assistant teacher she found that she not only loves being in the dance studio, she also loves and excels in working with children. In 2012 Babi took the title “Princess of Raks” in the Rising Star division of the Cincinnatti Bellydance Competition and in 2013 she took 3rd place in the “So You Think You Can Bellydance” competition in Las Vegas, NV (where she was the only dancer under 18 years old). In 2014 Babi returned to the “So You Think You Can Bellydance” competition and took second place. She also recently placed 1st in the Professional category at “Sherena’s Shakedown” 2015! Babi spent her senior year in high school concentrating on bellydance as an instructor and a student at Dance du Soleil. Babette is known for her grace and balletic style that comes through in her bellydancing as well as her stage presence. She is very excited to be an instructor, judge, and performer at the Pittsburgh Bellydance Festival 2015!

Babette will be teaching: Jazz/Bellydance fusion

Learn a sassy and fun choreography incorporating Bellydance and jazz moves to a smooth Lana Del Ray song. Babette will lead students through a long warmup, and after that we’ll dive straight into choreography so we have as much time as possible to dance! Students should know that the choreography does include floor work, however Babette is prepared to offer modification to those who need it. Get ready to strut your stuff!

See Babette in action!

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