Formed in 2006, Soma's aim was to integrate the ancient art of Belly Dancing into the present, fusing it with more modern, contemporary elements while keeping the essence of the dance. The result today is a dynamic, innovative style, with beautiful costuming, mesmerising moves and an ensemble of amazing musicians and professional performers to keep you entertained.

Soma Performance Bellydance Troupe has travelled both nationally and internationally to dance at prestigeous events.

Soma has also now expanded to include a Middle Eastern Percussion troupe who accompany the dancers in class environments and on stage. Back to ancient cultural roots of rhythm and dance!


Marissa Cuenoud

Marissa has a background in dance, doing 10 years of ballet and modern dance before starting Belly Dance in 2000, starting with Cabaret styles until turning her focus to Tribal Fusion in 2006.

She is Choreographer, Director and Principal of SOMA performance group and school, has performed with her troupe locally and internationally, as well as with her partner and percussionist "The Steady Tiger" at international festivals and tribal fusion events and regularly with her Middle Eastern band, Ottoman Slap at festivals around South Africa.

Some of the teachers she has attended workshops with include: Rachel Brice, Mardi Love, Heather Stants, Amy Sigil, Mira Betz, Tamlyn Dallal, Sharon Kihara, Donna Mejia, Samantha Emanuel, FCBD, Moria Cambell(BDSS), Bozenka, Kami Liddle (BDSS), Petite Jamilla (BDSS), Sonja (BDSS), Ansuya (BDSS), Maureen (ATS UK), Philippa (Moirai UK), Noelle (East Coast Tribal), Kimberley Mackoy

Nix Spurdens

Regularly making use of her UK privelege & access to touring European and American dancer workshops, Nix began regular training (2007) & teacher apprenticeship (2009-2011) with her Belgian teacher & mentor Hilde Cannoodt in the UK before returning to Cape To.wn permanently in April 2011.

Over 2009 - 2012, she has had ongoing training in Finland, Belgium, the UK & America in both Classic & Modern ATS with Fat Chance Bellydance (FCBD, San Francisco), Megha Gavin of Deyvani Dance Company, Phillipa & Jesse of Moirai and Devi Mamak of Australia.
She has attained FCBD ATS Teacher Training I & II certifications and Sister Studio Status.

Inspired by the ongoing fun, adventure, challenge, friendship, reward of coordination, beauty of learning self expression and the peace found in accepting one's body:
Nix is primarily focused on encouraging unselfish greater good group environments & tapping into unknown potential in both herself and others.

Nix is a Web Developer freelancer by trade and excited to have recently launched a quality craft beer Cape Town brand, Apollo Brewing Company with her husband in 2014


Founder of Soma Fusion Bellydance Company and heads up Soma Performance troupe. She is the main choreographer of Soma's dances

Fiona has been performing with Soma for 6 years, she is co-choreographer and sometimes guest performer with Ottoman Slap Middle Eastern Band. She has a background in Cabaret Bellydance and Hip Hop and bring a joyful and playful energy to the troupe.

Adept in both ATS and Tribal Fusion, Nicola started her performance training back in the UK and since joning Soma in 2011 has performed at many corporate events in and around South Africa representing Soma. She is technically sound and creates dynamic and beautiful aesthetics within the troupe.

Jordan has been performing since she was a child, as her mother is also a dancer. She is the Disney Princess of the Soma troupe, mesmerising audiences with her feminine and luxurious style of dance. She has a thorough background in many other forms of bellydance and also performs solo in Cabaret style.

Yvette has been part of the Soma performance troupe since 2010 and provides a wonderful alternative edge to the troup. An absolute beauty on stage, she exudes a quiet charm and subtle quality that leaves audiences smiling. She has a background in both Cabaret and Fusion styles of bellydance.