as it got to a point where I could no longer carry all the possessions I wanted and needed to create art.
(By then I was travelling with a didgeridoo, a drum, a flute, Irish whistles, my guitar, camera, painting things, bellydance costumes, fire dancing and juggling equipment, my songbooks, a sewing machine, a kitchen, a roll up bed, an altar full of crystals and sacred objects…etc…)
I wanted to form my own band and I was super excited to bring this Tribal Fusion style back to Israel , where I felt that bellydance was mostly known as a party gimmick at weddings or purely fun dance classes for older women. There was not very much inspiration and technique being taught that would interest younger women.
In 2009 I participated in Eilat Festival and as the judges didn’t know how to compare my style with more classic oriental styles, they decided to create a whole new competition genre and gave me First Prize!
During those early years it was my mission to “spoon feed” tribal fusion to people. The Israelis were definitely not ready for hard core black electronic pop and lock. And most were offended if they didn’t hear arabic music and darboukas, so I would perform and teach softer bellydance moves that they were familiar with but in a more muscular fashion with lots more added layers of movement which would slowly hypnotise them over time and not scare them away from this more modern evolution of fusion bellydance.