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A seasoned performer, inspirational teacher and exotic personality, Sharon Kihara is known the world over for her avante garde and slightly eccentric artistry, as well as for her skillful, graceful and powerful technique.  She comes from a strong background in western dance, beginning with Ballet as a wee tike and continuing to perform with college Modern and Jazz dance companies throughout the nineties.  But her true love came in the form of Bellydance, first witnessed by Sharon as a child in it’s Cabaret form, then as Tribal Style in the mid nineties, and, as her mind had been blown beyond all hope for repair, she decided to pursue this art form with full enthusiasm…it wasn’t even a choice at this point.

Since then, Sharon has joined the Bellydance Superstars, beginning in early 2004, and has been touring internationally full-time ever since.  She has taught and performed in over 30 countries to date with many more on the horizon, has shared stages with acts such as Missy Elliot, the Black Eyed Peas, and co-headlined with the BDSS on the main stage at the prestigious Glastonbury festival, alongside the White Stripes and Coldplay. She has appeared on television and been featured in radio and media in countless countries, as well as several BDSS DVDs, including her very own Tribal Fusion instructional DVD, which debuts Fall 2007.

When she’s not on tour, Sharon Kihara maintains her yoga practice, being incredibly inspired and fed by Anusara (www.anusara.com); sings, but primarily whilst alone; bangs on her piano a bit; models and works on the occasional multi-media project; scratches dogs and cats behind the ears; watches birds and insects closely; and eats and sleeps.  But her favorite pastime is teaching dance and movement, in the form of Tribal Fusion Bellydance workshops and seminars.  Sharon is interested in dance kinetics, and therapeutics and is constantly searching for new ideas and information. Sharon enjoys fusing the healing arts with the performing arts, and more than anything loves bearing witness to the beautiful, transcendental changes that occur in the lives of those who embark on the journey that is Bellydance—it is no less than magic
CAPE TOWN - 3 & 4 October 2009

Available from Hello Again, 44 Bloem Street, Cape Town R120

A showcase not to be missed. Featuring Bellydance Superstar, Sharon Kihara and a selection of Cape Towns finest fusion performance acts, get ready to be bedazzled by this amazing show! Seating very limited!

Sharon Kihara
Soma Fusion Bellydance Company
Hipnotize Bellydance Academy
Tenille of Feminine Divine
Devin the Juggler
Ronan Skillen
Unusual Freestyle Obsession

New Space Theatre 1
44 Long Street
Cape Town
Date: Sunday 4th October, 8pm
Tickets: R 120
Tickets available from
Hello Again
44 Bloem Street, Cape Town

Sundara, 45 2nd Ave, Harfield Village (Entrance on Surrey St)

Workshop package 1:
Includes workshops 1and 2
R 1 100

Workshop package 2:
Includes workshops 1, 2 and 3
R 1 500

Workshop package 3:
Includes workshops 1, 2, 3 and 4
R 1 800

Workshop Descriptions


Workshop 1: 4 hours
Saturday  3rd October 9am – 1pm
Work It, Girl (or Guy)!:
A Day of Technique Building, Body Creativity and Conditioning for the Tribal Fusion Dancer.
Come and enjoy this intense (and fun) workout!  This class is designed for any level of dancer who wishes to push themselves in the realms of strength, flexibility and endurance.  Using a variety of movement methods, we will condition and tone the muscles that we rely on most as bellydancers, emphasizing healthy alignment of the spine and joints.  After a warm-up and mat session, we will then rock out with technique-focused drills that get the rhythm in our bodies and our blood pumping!  This body-warming class will culminate in fresh dance combinations!  Again, all levels are welcome; beginners are particularly welcomed!  Please dress as though you are going to a yoga class; bring a yoga mat or a towel, a hip scarf and water bottle (preferably full).

Workshop 2: 3 hours
Saturday 3rd October 2pm – 5pm
Glass Eating
A Dirty Dance for the Squeaky Clean Dancer.
This is an original choreography designed for the experienced beginner to high intermediate dancer.  Class will begin with a yoga warm-up and drill session, then we will learn this full-length choreography.  Emphasis on gooey undulations and circles, turning technique, shoulder isolation and languid extensions.  Please dress for yoga and bring a notebook and pen.

Workshop 3: 3.5 hours
Sunday 4th October 8:00am – 11:30pm
Weaving it Together:
Technique-Focused Combos.
In this class we will not only work on honing our dance technique, we will put it to good use as we put those moves we have drilled ever so faithfully!  We will learn and create some fun combinations that can be incorporated into your own repertoire, keeping strong muscular skill and alignment well in hand so the creative juices are free to flow!  As we weave our moves into combos, we shall then weave the combos into choreography to take with us!  This class is fun and appropriate for all levels of Tribal-flavored dancer, and those new to Tribal Style are encouraged to give it a try.  Some Bellydance experience is recommended.  Please wear exercise-friendly clothes and bring something to tie around your hips! 

Workshop 4: 3.5 hours
Sunday 4th October 12:30-4pm
Tools of the Trade:
A Breakdown of Advanced Moves for the Experienced Tribal Dancer.
This class is designed for the dedicated Bellydance student, and is suggested for dancers with several years of experience in Tribal Bellydance and/or Suhaila Salimpour’s technique.  Here we will cover more advanced topics such as precise multi-layered movement, footwork, turning technique, floor work and preparation for backbends.  Beginning and ending with a Yoga warm up and cool down, we will stretch and prepare the body, and each student will be encouraged and assisted in creating their own strengthening and conditioning routine to take home and practice each day, in order to help them meet their personal goals as a dancer.  Students should dress for yoga, bring a mat, and a notebook and pen if they like. This class has limited space available in it as it is more advanced than the other workshops.

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