Teachers for TribaLX 2017

April Rose (USA)

An internationally sought-after teacher and performer, April Rose's 16 year-long bellydance career includes such accomplishments as being a former principal dancer in Bellydance Superstars and UNMATA. April has a Master’s degree in Dance Studies from UCLA and a BA in Dance, for which she was trained in choreographic method, multiple dance techniques, and critical dance theory. A dynamic and encouraging teacher, April uses all these skills in her thoughtful, rigorous, and playful approach to teaching bellydance. She is especially focused on the history of bellydance, its transformative potential, and its malleability for creative innovation. April Rose was the first certified teacher in Amy Sigil’s ITS format, she tours internationally, and runs intensives and regular classes at her dance studio in Austin Texas, Rose Movement Studio (www.rosemovement.com). 

For more info visit: www.aprilrosedance.com.

Mell (FR)

Mell is a French tribal fusion bellydance and fitness instructor. She teaches and directs her own school, Tribal Bounce, in the Marseille area since 2011 and organizes the Tribal Moonlight festival every December.

Passionate about sports and dance since her childhood, she has studied many dance styles, and graduated from the Marseille sport faculty in Human Movement Sciences with a mention in health & fitness.

She discovered tribal fusion in 2007 from a Bellydance superstars DVD while she was practicing bellydance with her first teacher Karima. Since then she has never stopped searching to learn from this beautiful art, having studied with many talented dancers and teachers.

Known for her musicality and eclectic style going from traditional world dance to urban influences, she feels grateful to teach and perform and hopes to meet you on the road!



Cris Aysel

Cris Aysel has danced Ballet, Brazilian and African dances from a young age. Since she discovered Oriental Dance, she never stopped her training and research in that style of dance.  In 2002 she started performing professionally and teaching. She also love fusions and mixing inspirations from other dance styles with oriental dance... and thus her Indie Fusion technique was born, a style where middle eastern dance is the starting point for the interpretation of alternative/indie songs, combining movements and inspirations from other dance styles (tribal fusion, contemporary, jazz, etc). Indie Fusion is a personal exploration with an intense commitment in developing this personal style.

Cris Aysel is involved in several dance projects in Portugal, she was a co-founder of the Mahtab Dance Studio, the founder of the All for Dance studio (her own personal project), she is a co-sponsor of The East Fest International Oriental Dance Festival of Lisbon, and a co-sponsor of TribaLX. She also performs with many different dance groups, and has recently joined the Munique Neith International Ballet.



Piny Orchidaceae

Piny is a dreamer, an art lover, a passionate and intense performer and a dedicated teacher with a special taste for challenges and breaking boundaries. Born in Lisbon she is a non-conventional performer always looking for new approaches and new understandings of movement. At 17 she finished a 3 years course in Drawing, followed by a year of Graphic Design, while she was finishing her BA in Architecture. Later she finished a post-graduation in Scenography and completed a BA in Contemporary Dance and Creation, while working as an Architect. During all this, she kept dancing. She did her first Bellydance class in 2000 but felt deeply in love with Hip Hop in 2003. In 2006, to express her love for breakdance, graffiti and vinyl records, she founded with her friends a female Hip Hop crew called ButterflieSoulflow. In 2009 she integrated the all styles Hip Hop crew Jukebox Project, where they develop work around Popping, Locking, New Style and Breakdance. With her crews she battles and performs. The passionate and relentless search for new approaches and new vocabularies, led her to travel on a national and international level to learn, listen and understand the different styles. Her main areas of work are Breakdance, House Dance, Lofting, Waacking, Contemporary Dance and Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, always as a research lifetime project. As a Contemporary dancer she has choreographed solo and group pieces shown in different national festivals, and has been working as a dancer for several choreographers. In 2012 she founded Orchidaceae Urban Tribal where the Hip Hop background meets Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. It’s a dream project just starting to grow.



Sofia Franco

Sofia Franco has been belly dancing since 2003, taking classes with her mentor and great friend Cris Aysel. Through the years she has had the good fortune of learning with some brilliant dancers and teachers, and is always learning something with her students. Soon her work in several groups and her own research lead her to Tribal Fusion, and to ATS®, where she found herself at home. She is a certified ATS® teacher and Sister Studio to FatChance BellyDance®.

Parallel to oriental dance, she started studying Hula, with Kumu Hula Rich Pedrina, and the Hawaiian culture soon became another great passion. She learned the basics in beautiful Oahu and now takes every chance she gets to learn more with her Kumu or other teachers. She also began to study other Polynesian dances, such as Ori Tahiti, and recently had the chance to perfect her technique with Tahia Cambet. She’s been teaching Hula ‘Auana since late 2007. In December 2016 she’ll fulfill a dream – to study with Kumu Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu founder of the Academy of Hawaiian Arts.

A mother of two girls, and an avid entrepreneur, she is currently mentoring the girls from Altair, an ATS® student troupe, launched Black Dahlia Creations with her "partner in crime" Marisa Gama, opened the Mahtab Dance Studio with her friends Cris Aysel, Silvia Orchidaceae and Veronique Divine and is a co-sponsor of TribaLX with them and Piny Orchidaceae.

Gudrun Herold (DE)

Gudrun is a certified ATS® Bellydance instructor Sister Studio to FatChance BellyDance® 2011, director of Devadasi Caravan, creative member of ATS® Sisters Collective and is constantly taking further training in the SSEC-program.

Gudrun is invited to teach and perform at national and international events (among others Roma Tribal Meeting, Tribal UMRAH, ATS® Homecoming, Back to the Roots Toulouse, TribalFestival Hannover, 360º Oriental, Tribal Convention Nürnberg).

To convey the latest development and a good and healthy dance technique, Gudrun is constantly taking training with the teachers from FatChance BellyDance®, f.e.@ ATS® Homecoming 2015 in San Francisco or the ATS® Black Forest Intensive.

In June 2015 Gudrun did successfully pass certification for Jamila Salimpour Format Level 1 and she studies Tribal Fusion Bellydance with teachers such as Rachel Brice, Ashley Lopez, Alexis Southall a.o.

Gudrun has a profound knowledge of anatomy and movement from being a Shiatsu practitioner and her further training in Yoga. In her workshops and classes she takes extra care of a holistic and healthy dance technique.


Sara Félix (BR)

Sara is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and producer in the field of Oriental Dance and Culture. A graduate from Physical Education by the PUC-PR University (Brasil), she is the director of the Tribal Art Company and she founded the Tribal Art project in 2010, working with producers, DJs, and VJs, and participating in major electronic music festivals in Brasil.

These days, Sara is a resident dancer at Zoomininal, a known party in the south of Brasil. During her career, she has given workshops in and out of Brasil, like in the Opa Fest (ARG) in 2013, and in some major events in her country. Among her new projects are the production of the Fusion Art Festival 2018, and a participation in the Gala Show of the Mini Massive in Tokyo, Japan, in October 2016.

Dynamic and versatile in her performances, Sara sails between different cultures and influences to deepen her studies. She has a solo career faithful to the tribal fusion style, combining technique she acquired in her studies with stars of the genre from the USA. Strong and classic, she introduces a unique aesthetic in her work.


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Silvia Orchidaceae

Silvia discovered the world of Oriental Dance by chance in 2007, when she was looking for something to break her work routine as an architect. Since then, it has been an increasingly intense and profound journey marked by several stages. She began her dance training in Lisbon. In addition to national training, she participated in several international workshops.

In 2008, she joined Mahtab, a group of dancers focused on developing several styles and fusions related to Oriental Dance. Tribal Fusion Bellydance turned out to be her greatest passion. The connection to the dance went beyond Mahtab, and with the opening of Studio Mahtab (2010-2013), Silvia began teaching Oriental Dance and Tribal Fusion. She is also a member of Orchidaceae Urban Tribal and one of the sponsors of TribaLX.


Sofia Abraços

A flamenco and sevillanas dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Sofia has a 15 years experience in Flamenco, Escuela Bolera, Sevillanas and Spanish regional dances with Celia Neves, at the Celia Neves Spanish Classical Ballet in Lisbon (1977-1992). In 1985 she went to the Royal Academy of Dance in London, and in 1993 she graduated in Dance by the Escola Superior de Dança in Lisbon. She has also studied for five years with Carlos Benavides, of the Spanish National Ballet, and with Ana Maria Martinez between 1997 and 2007. She has studied intensively in Lisbon and Sevilla with renowed artists, such as Antonio Perez (also a dancer of the Spanish National Ballet), Natcho Blanco, Rosario Peinado, Costi "El Chato", Maribel "La Zambra", Gracia Diaz, Carmen Mesa and Devla Amaya.
Apart from being a dancer and choreographer in the Pálinka Company, Sofia was part of the Gadjè group, the Al'Hambra Company and a soloist in the André Santos Quintet and the Madeira Dance Company in the show "Flamenco and Zarzuela nights". She currently performs with Serva La Bari and Diego El Gavi, taking Duende to the 4 corners of the country.



Veronique DiVine

Has begun her training in dance when she was 8 years old, with Jazz, followed by Ballet, Modern dance and Tap dance. From 2002 she gets involved in the world of oriental dance, going to workhops by many national and international masters, in Portugal, Barcelons, Sweden, United Kingdom and Cairo. She also gets trained in oriental percussion, musical education, gipsy dances, jazz, floor barre, hula, among others. She’s been teaching oriental dance since 2003. She has also started to develop a passion for more alternative dance and theatre projects. Burlesque, satire and fusions of unconventional dance styles become a constant in her life when she joins the Custom Circus Company in 2008. Looking for a more revivalist project she joins the Cais Sodré Cabaret project, where she acquires technical and choreographic training in the style of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s cabaret dance. As well as innumerous shows and performances, solo and in group, she organizes the La Belle Bombshell workshops with Sara Vargas and Alípio Padilha, and has been all over the country teaching the art of burlesque and the pin up aestethic. She won 2nd place in the international newcomer category ate the London Burlesque Festival in 2012 and the 1st place at new Burlesque Awards London in 2013. Founder of the Mahtab group, founder of Mahtab Studio and a member of the TribaLX organization.




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