Past Winners

Sarah-Shahine

SARAH SHAHINE (Italy)

“Joining the BDE  family is a unique and exciting adventure! My cooperation with the company began with their first European tour in 2010, and led me to performe in the theaters around four continents, an experience that has changed my life as a professional bellydancer who gave me the true essence of being part of an international dance company.
In addition to the experience as a dancer, BDE has opened several doors for my career as an international teacher and choreographer, many of the workshops I’ve taught over the past two years traveling around the world are related to connections made from BDE, and in conclusion this collaboration has dramatically increased my popularity in the Bellydance community.”
“Entrare a far parte della famiglia BDE è un’avventura unica ed emozionante! La mia collaborazione con la compagnia è cominciata con il loro primo tour europeo, nel 2010, e mi ha portata a danzare nei teatri di quattro continenti, un’esperienza che mi ha cambiato la vita come danzatrice professionista che mi ha trasmesso la vera essenza dell’essere parte di una compagnia di danza internazionale.
Oltre all’esperienza come danzatrice, BDE ha aperto diverse porte per la mia carriera come insegnante e coreografa internazionale; molti dei workshop che ho tenuto negli ultimi due anni in giro per il mondo sono nati da conoscenze dovute a BDE, ed in generale questa collaborazione ha accresciuto enormemente la mia popolarità nel modo della Danza.”

 

 

BADRIYAH (Czech Republic)

BADRIYAH” Bellydance Evolution changed not only my bellydance life but also my personal life. I learnt a lot about professionality in performing, training and creating choreographies. I started to work harder and after three years of performing with BDE i got a lead role in the show! It was a big challenge and it helped me in my dance career while recieving new invitations to teach and perform. I cannot imagine my life without BDE, best moments of my life. And… my biggest dream came true!”

“Bellydance Evolution změnilo nejen můj “taneční” život, ale i ten soukromý. Naučila jsem se hodně o profesionalitě ve vystupování, trénování a tvorby choreografií. Začala jsem na sobě více pracovat a po třech letech vystupování s BDE jsem dostala i hlavní roli! Byla to pro mě obrovská výzva a pomohlo mi to i v mé taneční kariéře tím, že jsem začala dostávat více tanečních nabídek. Nedokáži si představit svůj život bez BDE, jsou to nejlepší momenty mého života. A navíc… splnil se mi můj největší sen!”

 

 

 

 

JAMILAH (Poland)jamilah

“My cooperation with BDE is not another: “Great adventure with dance”. I don’t want to use this trite definition. This is much more. BDE means challenging choreographic study, which brings a huge satisfaction. This is an opportunity to learn and develope oneself under the supervision of the most experienced dancers, directors, choreographers and musicians. I took the chance to observe their technique and I could derive from them with both hands. It was also an opportunity to use individual and important stage directions. What is more, I could travel around the world: Casablanca, Rome, Milan, Turin, Bari, Athens, Hannover, Berlin, Prague, Holland…  A lot of great memories from different places, scenes, rehearsals. Every turn leaves a trace: not only in the muscles but also deep in the soul. Paradoxically, every return is a return to close friends with whom I share not only the rehearsal room and the stage, but also the joys and sorrows. We travel together and we try to train every move to perfection as well as synchronize as a dance group. Nevertheless, BDE is conductive to individual developement. I played one of the leading roles and it was a chance for emotional growth. I had to understand the character, mantain the personality from the beginning of the plot until the very end. Showing the changes of the character is very difficult and during a normal “oriental routine” – almost impossible. Here I could learn new aspects of dance. My role gives me something more – I am recognizable. New contacts, new friends, new faces, new calling cards.”

“Moja współpraca z BDE to nie kolejna „wspaniała przygoda z tańcem”.  Nie chcę używać tego sztampowego określenia. To coś dużo, dużo więcej. To pogłębione studia choreograficzne, wymagająca i ciężka praca, która jednak owocuje ogromną satysfakcją. To możliwość nauki i rozwoju pod okiem najbardziej doświadczonych tancerzy, reżyserów, choreografów i muzyków. Sposobność obserwacji ich warsztatu i czerpania z nich pełnymi garściami, ale także okazja do wykorzystania licznych i
ważnych wskazówek kierowanych do każdej tancerki indywidualnie. To w końcu możliwość obejrzenia świata. Casablanka, Rzym, Mediolan, Turyn, Bari, Atenu, Hamower, Berlin, Praga… Tyle miejsc, tyle scen, tyle prób, tyle ciepłych i dobrych wspomnień. Każde _tournée po_zostawia ślad: nie tylko w mięśniach J, ale i w duszy. Każdy wyjazd jest paradoksalnie powrotem, powrotem do bliskich przyjaciół, z którymi dzielę nie tylko salę prób i scenę, ale także radości i smutki. Razem podróżujemy, razem staramy się wyćwiczyć każdy ruch do perfekcji, zgrać się jako zespół taneczny. Ale ta wspólnotowość nie przeszkadza w rozwoju indywidualnym. Odgrywając jedną z głównych ról, małam rzadką w tańcu orientalnym możliwość intensywnego rozwoju emocjonalnego.  Zrozumienie postaci, przeprowadzenie jej przez fabułę od początku do końca przedstawienia, utrzymanie jej charakteru, a jednocześnie ukazanie zmian, które w niej zachodzą – w czasie normalnych występów i standardowego „oriental routine” – niemal niemożliwe. Tu uczę się
nowych, bo nieoczywistych dla tancerki orientalnej aspektów tańca.  Moja rola daje mi jeszcze coś – rozpoznawalność. Nowe kontakty, nowe”
 

RIN AJNA (USA)Rin Ajna

“Touring with Bellydance Evolution (BDE) has brought some of my hugest dreams to fruition and allowed me to share the stage with some of my hugest inspirations in dance. I have had the honor of touring on multiple continents, including Europe for BDE’s 5-week tour in the Netherlands! I have also had the grand opportunity to create choreography for their newest show, Alice in Wonderland. It truly is an enriching experience and Jillina has everyone in mind, with a good eye for what works in her dynamic production.

Appropriately named, Bellydance Evolution has accelerated my own evolution as a person. I continue develop strong positive relationships with cast members, learn about new cultures through touring, and learn to collaborate with dancers of different styles and backgrounds. I highly recommend the Bellydance Evolution experience. You can expect to be challenged from beginning to end and to grow tremendously as a professional dancer.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAKURA (Japan)Sakura

“I won a Belly Dance Evolution competition Japan, New York, Washington DC and Mexico.  I was very nervous my first time overseas performaning bellydance.

But Jillina supported me every time.  The main dancers of BDE are wonderful and I met so many amazing “competition winner” dancers.  Nothing can compare to the wonderful time with my BDE family!”

 

私は日本、アメリカ(NY•DC)、メキシコ公演に参加しました。
ベリーダンスの海外公演は初めでしたがジリーナがいつもサポートしてくれました。
メインダンサーもとても優しく気さくで、世界中から集まったダンサーはハイレベルダンサーでした。
今でもとっても仲良しです。
たくさん大切な事を教えてくれたBDEに感謝し、この経験を活かして頑張りたいです。

 

 

Paula BDE 2PAULA (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)

“BDE is a dream come true ¡Magic for my soul! I perform next to artists I admire and I train with Jillina, a person I look up to and someone who has guided and supported me in my career. I’ve also met significant friends. BDE inspires me to be innovative in my studio and dance company. I’ve done it twice and I would do it again and again :) ”

 

“BDE es un sueño hecho realidad ¡es magia para mi alma! bailo junto a artistas que admiro y entreno con mi ejemplo a seguir, Jillina, y quien me ha apoyado y guiado. También, he hecho amigas que han marcado vida. BDE me inspira querer trabajar de manera innovadora en mi estudio y mi compañía de danza. He participado dos veces, y lo haría de nuevo :) “

 

 

 

 

ASHMINA (MEXICO)Ashmina 2013

“This experience enriched my discipline, dedication, responsibility and interaction.  The diversity of languages and nationalities are not a barrier, as we all speak the same language…”Baile”

By working with BDEI learned to work professionally with dancers of great experience and expertise, in each trial feeding me and giving me comments to improve my projection on stage.

I have been fortunate to participate in 3 tours of BDE (Los Angeles CA, Washington DC, New York, Mexico City/Guadalajara).  On two of the tours I’ve been invited as part of the main cast, this has increased my experience while making each rehearsal and performance a unique and memorable one.

After participating in BDE I have received wonderful opportunities to teach in workshops in New York, which increased my recognition as a dancer, teacher, work opportunities and gained me recognition and respect in my country.

 

I am infinitely grateful to Jillina for inviting me to be part of the cast, for their advice and support, and to Heather for her excellent directing skills.

I look forward to participating in the future as I enjoy working under pressure, making new friends, getting worldwide exposure, learning important details of how to direct, but most of all enjoying myself immensely.  There is much more to see from Bellydance Evolution”

 

“Esta experiencia enriquece mi disciplina, la dedicación, la responsabilidad y la interacción. La diversidad de las lenguas y nacionalidades no son una barrera, ya que todos hablamos el mismo idioma … “Dance”
Al trabajar con BDE aprendí a trabajar profesionalmente con bailarines de gran trayectoria y experiencia, en cada ensayo me alimenta y me da comentarios para mejorar mi proyección en el escenario.
He tenido la suerte de participar en 3 giras de BDE (Los Angeles CA, Washington DC / Nueva York, Ciudad de México / Guadalajara).  En dos de las giras ha sido invitada como parte del elenco principal, esto ha aumentado mi experiencia al hacer cada ensayo y el rendimiento sea única e inolvidable.
Después de participar en BDE he recibido maravillosas oportunidades para enseñar en talleres en Nueva York, lo que aumentó mi reconocimiento como bailarín, profesor, oportunidades de trabajo y me ganó el reconocimiento y el respeto en mi país.
Estoy infinitamente agradecida a Jillina por invitarme a ser parte del elenco, por su asesoramiento y apoyo, y para Heather por sus excelentes habilidades de dirección.
Espero poder participar en el futuro por que me gusta trabajar bajo presión, hacer nuevos amigos, conseguir la exposición en todo el mundo, aprendiendo los detalles importantes de la forma de dirigir, pero sobre todo divirtiendo me muchísimo. Hay mucho más para ver de Bellydance Evolution”