Hi everyone, Greenstone Belly Dance director, Siobhan Camille, here!

I am delighted to share that I came 3rd in the Professional category of the Hamilton International Bellydance Competition 2020, and also received a special Judge’s Designation for Excellence in Stage Presence!

“Backstage” in my home studio waiting to perform at the HIBC Online Results & Celebration Show on Saturday night! #assuitallday

I had a fab time dancing at 1am at the results show on Sunday morning !😂 I stayed up until 3:30am Netherlands time enjoying the other dancers’ performances (and a particular shoutout to some of my Montréal dance friends, Leyana and Layal, I was so happy to see you dance again), and by the time I got into bed here at 4:30 the sun was waking up!

A huge thank you to the judges for their considered, constructive feedback. I highly recommend entering the HIBC to anyone seeking thoughtful advice to further their dance journey. And a big, big thank you to Aziza for encouraging me to enter. 

A massive thanks to Eshe Yildiz. What an amazing, hardworking and caring woman this competition organiser is. I have a new favourite (paraphrased) quote thanks to Eshe: Don’t be afraid to sing your own praises, because every time you do, you’re sticking it to the patriarchy! 

You can find the full video of my award-winning performance on the Greenstone Belly Dance YouTube channel. If you’d like to see my performance from last night (and epic 50 second costume change) head over to the Hamilton International Bellydance Competition Facebook page to watch the recording. It won’t be up for too long!

An extra special thank you to my friends in New Zealand, Germany, the United Stated, and Canada who tuned in to watch me perform live at the results show. I truly appreciate your support.

Siobhan Camille and Greenstone Belly Dance are thrilled to announce that Siobhan Camille is a finalist in the Hamilton International Bellydance Competition 2020!

Siobhan Camille had wanted to enter previously as Aziza highly recommended this particular competition due to the fact that the judges provide constructive, helpful feedback. However, it was always a bit much to enter a competition in Canada while working in Europe! Of course, things had to change this year with COVID-19 and Siobhan Camille finally got her chance to enter their online edition. She was certainly not disappointed and is very grateful for the opportunity to receive tips and pointers from dancers she admires.

Siobhan Camille will be performing at the Results & Celebration Online Ceremony this coming weekend at 7pm EST on Saturday the 27th of June (that’s 1am for us in the Netherlands, CEST!). If you’d like to attend the event and see Siobhan Camille (and all the other finalists!) perform, you can find the information on Facebook here.

You can watch Siobhan Camille’s finalist placing original choreography and performance below!

Asiyah is uitgenodigd door Greenstone Bellydance in Rotterdam om op  zaterdag 29 juni een workshop sluierdans te komen geven. Wil je Asiyah beter leren kennen? Hier zijn 6 korte vragen die we haar hebben gesteld!

Want to learn about Asiyah Suad, 2019 Dutch Dance Sports Belly Dance Champion and special guest at our Summer Workshops & Hafla? Click here to read the English version!

Waarom buikdans?

Als tiener trok de hele sfeer van 1001 nacht mij heel erg. Tijdens een vakantie naar Belly Dance Championship 2019Egypte zag ik een optreden van een buikdanseres en vond dit helemaal bij mij passen. Toen ik in het regionale dagblad las dat Majidah les ging geven in de regio twijfelde ik geen seconde en gaf mij op voor de proefles. Ik ben mijn hele leven al bezig met dans, jazzballet, streetdance, stijldansen en salsa dansen.  Maar mijn echte passie had ik gevonden in buikdans.

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We are very excited to announce that Siobhan Camille was named the winner of the 7th edition of the Datura Online Belly Dance with her entry for Zaina!

Watch the video of Siobhan’s entry here:

This choreography was created by Henna, a dancer based in Portland, Oregon, who Siobhan has also been lucky enough to study with in person in the past.

Siobhan is delighted to have been able to take part in this competition, and ecstatic to have been selected as the grand prize winner for “Zaina”!

A special thank you to Darin Young Photography for all his work on filming and editing this piece.