We are incredibly honored to be hosting Victoria Teel for our 2017 Pittsburgh Bellydance Festival. Victoria will be teaching her workshops on Sunday, beginning with her signature Fan Veil method. Here is a video of her fan veil performance highlighting her fluidity and grace! Register now to study with this master instructor!
Join us Friday, November 4th, for our opening gala show and meet our Fashion Consultant, Amartia!
“Urban, Greco, Intelligent and Sassy”
In the world of bellydance, Amartia is known for her enthusiasm, her sass, her professionalism and lastly her costuming. From the couture to the urban flair, Amartia has earned herself the title “ The Carrie Bradshaw of Bellydance.” Audience members never know what they are going to get from Amartia, and in the best way possible.
Amartia has always been very specific about what she wants out of her costumes and each is specifically designed with a theme in mind. While they have a theme, her costumes are not Halloween party favors. They must maintain a level of quality and couture that anyone that catches her performances has come to expect. For that purpose, she has decided to collaborate on her own line, exclusively with Maz Couture. Maz understands Amartia’s vision and how important it is to her and the world of dance.
Amartia’s line, debuting in 2016, is the culmination of all of her designs with Maz. Her line not only encompasses her Carrie Bradshaw city CHIC self but also her Greek heritage. Far too often, the Hellenic heritage is borrowed, bartered, and stripped down without paying true homage to its roots. Amartia and Maz want to show the world that Greek style is more than just a Greek key design and a drape.
Amartia’s line with Maz is showcasing Greek culture as it is now: a blend of the past, present and the future.
Sunday’s festival line-up continues to sizzle with an incredible offering of national talent! We have workshops, a lunch lecture, vendors, competitions, and a closing awards ceremony and gala show! Here is a quick guide to what is available! Sign up now and don’t miss out!
10:00 am Rosa Noreen teaching: Delicious Pauses for a drum solo vs. Delicious Pauses for a taqsim, creating stillness in movement.
11:30 am Shopping time with our vendors!
12:15 pm Lunch lecture with Fairuza: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
1:15 pm Recorded Music Competition begins
3:00 pm Awards Ceremony and Stars Gala show begins!
Saturday’s festival line-up packs in the punches with an incredible offering of regional talent! We have workshops, a lunch lecture, vendors, competitions, and a gala show! Here is a quick guide to what is available! Sign up now and don’t miss out!
10:00 am Babette Soleil’s Jazz Fusion choreography and combos
11:30 am Sherena’s Sizzling Cabaret Choreography
1:00 pm Lunch lecture with Sherena
2:00 pm Maria Hamer’s Slow and sultry Tribal Choreography workshop
3:30 pm Ishtar and Fairuza present Dancing with a Live Band
7:00 pm The Live Music competition and Stars Gala show begins!
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!
AVIP 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!
We have two incredible shows with star studded line-ups! Get your tickets in advance and join us for two days of celebration!
2014 Competition highlights!
Pittsburgh Live Belly Off Competition and Showcase of the Stars
Saturday, November 7th, 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm | Admission $15.
Pittsburgh Awards Ceremony and Closing Showcase
Sunday, November 8th, 3 pm | Admission $15
Saturday and Sunday: Join us for an evening and afternoon of live music, nail biting dance competition, and the stars’ performances!
Saturday Night: The Live Music Belly-Off is a competition that focuses on impromptu dancing to a live band. All contestants will receive a short taxim followed by an upbeat tune to finish their mini set. The upbeat tune will be drawn from Ishtar’s repertoire and challengers perform the selected tune on the spot. An internationally renowned panel of judges will determine the winners!
Sunday afternoon: The Recorded Music Belly-Off is a competition similar to So you think you can dance format. Competitors learn a routine and perform it the following day, closing the performance with his/her own choice of music!
2014 Gala Show highlights!
Both events are BYOB! Full festival schedule here!
Pittsburgh Dance Center, 4765 Liberty Avenue, 2nd Floor
Ishtar, playing at Saturday’s gala show for the competitors and stars!
Pittsburgh Samba Group will be performing on Sunday!
Trophies have arrived for our live and recorded music competitions!
Our competitions and workshop series for the 2015 Pittsburgh Bellydance Festival promise to AMAZE! We have both live and recorded music competitions, each with a dynamic twist! 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!
Don’t miss out on the fun and register now for your favorite workshop(s) and competitions. Can’t decide, consider a VIP pass and take them all!