VIP pass!!!!

vip-join--201606--gl--3up-tout.jpegVIP passes are still available for the entire weekend at the Pittsburgh Bellydance Festival! With this VIP pass you can take every single one of our workshops, join us for the gala show, the competition, and the fashion show! You will have access to 5 sensational instructors including Victoria Teel, our headliner this year!

What are you waiting for? Be that VIP you know you are!


Victoria Teel Sunday!

Victoria ad Victoria Teel will be teaching Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the Pittsburgh Bellydance Festival and we CANNOT wait to host her! From her dynamic drum solos, to her fluid fan veil technique, learning from this instructor is an opportunity not to be missed!

Register now and reserve your spot! You can also catch Victoria performing at our gala show on Saturday night! Tickets are available HERE!

Victoria Teel!

Have you seen her dramatic drum solos? Here is an example of what makes Victoria tick…incredible musicality, flawless technique and dynamic combos!

She will be teaching a drum solo workshop at this year’s festival! Sign up before August 31st to save on the early bird pricing!

Pre-Order Your Competition DVD’s!

Pre-Order Your Competition DVD’s!

Ferencik Films will again be on hand to record each and every competition performance! Capture your performance and those in your category by special ordering your very own DVD.

Click here (belly14) to download the order form or visit her table at the competition!

PBFC 2014 Starts Friday! Get the VIP Treatment!

We are only a few days away and you are still deciding how many workshops or lectures to attend and which show to see? Say no more!


The 2014 VIP Pass includes all Workshop and Lectures, and tickets to watch the Competitions and Shows. The VIP pass is the most economical way to take part in this exciting event. They are only $150 online till Thursday but disappear after that!!!

Get yours today and don’t miss out on this exciting event!!!

5 Days to go! Meet ISHTAR, our competition band!

With only 5 days left to the start of the PBFC 2014, I would like you to meet our competition band: ISHTAR!


Ishtar is Pittsburgh’s BellyRock Band. Ishtar is comprised of Melissa Murphey on clarinet, Jeff Chmielarski on electric bass, Ian Green on percussion, Julian Broughton on darbuka, and Ayleeza Quatrocchi on riq. Playing their own unique interpretation of Vintage Middle Eastern and Mediterranean folk melodies, Ishtar performs songs that were popular in the bellydancing nightclub scene during the mid-20th century. This exceptional fusion of traditional songs with surf rock elements has become: BellyRock. In 2008, Ishtar was voted as Pittsburgh’s Best Underground Band by the readers of the City Paper!

The winner of the Professional Live Music category will be teaching a workshop in conjunction with ISHTAR next year at the PBFC 2015!

Buy your tickets now to the Saturday Gala Show and watch this one of a kind Bellydance Competition to live music!

Meet Maria Hamer! 2014 Guest Instructor at PBFC!



Born & raised in Pittsburgh, Pa, Maria Hamer began training in dance & art at a young age.  She was fortunate enough to be raised in a large family  who spent the majority of their daily activities learning & studying all forms of dance & art. She studied ballet, modern, jazz & tap as a young child & spent most of her teens focusing on fine arts.

In 1992, Maria began her studies in Middle Eastern Dance (bellydance) under her sister Christine Andrews and later formed the troupe Zafira.  In 2007 Zafira won “Troupe of the Year” from Zaghareet magazine readers poll.  Maria has been involved with and spearheaded putting on events, shows & other projects under Zafira and has the fortune to travel to many festivals and events. In 2008 Zafira traveled to teach for the first time overseas and Maria was able to teach & perform in  Barcelona- Spain, hosted by Maria Rosa & Eva Tallada-Boisin. Barcelona enjoyed Zafira so much, they had them back in 2009. Since then Maria has taught & performed with Zafira  in Kiev- Ukraine,  Croatia, Prague & Brno- Czech Republic, & The Netherlands.

In the fall of 2010, Maria had one of her dance dreams come true when she collaborated with her top inspiration since she began dancing, Jill Parker. Through Zafira (Maria, Christine & Olivia) & Jill Parker’s Foxglove Sweethearts (Jill & Tamara Juel),  they collaborated & performed in Tempe- Arizona at Plaza De Anya & again in Pittsburgh when they hosted Jill & Tamara at a sold out show in November 2010.  In February of 2012, Maria  attended Ziah Ali’s Tribal Con in Atlanta, Ga & collaborated & performed with the amazing & inspiring Zoe Jakes! Maria hopes to continue collaborating with Zoe, Foxglove Sweethearts as well as others in the future. 


Maria will be teaching: Layering with Finger Cymbals

Don’t miss out and register now to be part of the fun!!!