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NZ Belly Dancers win international casting contest

Press Release – Phoenix Belly Dance

3 NZ Belly Dancers win international casting contest for American theatre show Kiwi dancers, Candice Frankland, Vanessa Castro, and Eloise Le Bout of Phoenix Belly Dance, Auckland have been chosen to perform in a world-class theatrical show coming to Sydney …3 NZ Belly Dancers win international casting contest for American theatre show
Kiwi dancers, Candice Frankland, Vanessa Castro, and Eloise Le Bout of Phoenix Belly Dance, Auckland have been chosen to perform in a world-class theatrical show coming to Sydney direct from Los Angeles with dancers from around the globe.

Belly Dance Evolution is an international belly dance troupe made up of some of the top artists in the industry worldwide. For every country they tour, they hold a casting contest for their supporting and feature cast. Candice, Vanessa, and Eloise are the only New Zealand dancers selected to join the international cast made up of dancers from USA, Mexico, Latvia, Australia, Singapore, Argentina, El Salvador, and South Africa. The Phoenix Troupe have also been invited by the producer to perform at the Red Carpet Night.

Belly Dance Evolution: “Fantasm – 1001 Nights” – (Running 2017-2019)
The timeless tales of Scheherazade and the heroes of Arabian folklore will be reimagined for the stage as we follow Sinbad on his voyages across imaginative worlds. More than 20 dancers will pull from a variety of Middle Eastern and contemporary folkloric dance styles to bring these mythical characters to life, set to an original score by Paul Dinletir, Audiomachine’s owner and head composer.

This innovative theatre show fuses belly dance with hip hop, world fusion and tribal dance to tell a story of intrigue, murder and love.
Location: The Concourse Theatre, Chatswood, Sydney
Dates: 3-11 March 2019
Facebook event info: https://www.facebook.com/BDEinOZ/
Website: https://bellydanceevolution.com.au

About Phoenix Belly Dance – www.phoenixbellydance.co.nz
Phoenix Belly Dance are the winners of the Viva Eclectika Asia Vision Cup, Best Nationwide Entertainment Company Award at the Corporate Events People’s Choice Awards, and Candice, the Director and Principal Dancer has previously won the Belly Dance Evolution casting contest on its 2014 tour, is the recipient of the Trained by the Stars Award in Istanbul, and has been invited to teach and perform in Samoa, Turkey, Fiji, Australia, South Africa, and across NZ. These multi-award-winning performers are made up of women of various different training and backgrounds, and their aim is to share the rich cultural experience and entertainment of Middle Eastern dance. They have been invited to perform at events ranging from SkyCity Breakers Games, Breakfast News TV show, Rugby World Cup 2011, Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park 2012-2018, NZ Pie Awards, as well as for high profile clients such as Joseph Parker, Julian Savea, Vince Harder, Tamati Coffey, Atif Aslam, Len Brown, and Marley Sola.

About Bellydance Evolution
Bellydance Evolution explores, celebrates and re-imagines Middle Eastern and Western dance for the 21st century. The mission – to provide a cultural exchange through dance – unfolds in the works of the company and its Education and Residency programs. Together, these initiatives celebrate the dynamic aesthetics of world fusion dance, culture and creativity. In so doing, Bellydance Evolution shares the joy of dance with all communities.
Created in August 2009 by World Renowned Choreographer Jillina Carlano, the company takes a revolutionary approach to the art of dance; presenting theatrical dance shows with a storyline, much like a ballet. Bellydance Evolution has performed to sold out crowds in over twenty different countries spanning North & South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. The company was featured at the 2012 Mawazine festival in Morocco, performing for the Queen of Morocco.
“Bellydance Evolution was one of the best producing teams we worked with…and they pull together beautiful performances!”
~Sasha Shahidi, Ford Theatres
Featuring top artists in the fields of Middle Eastern dance & music, Tahitian dance, free-style, contemporary, tribal-fusion and ballet; each bringing their own unique vision to the production.
With the success of their residency program, they have established ensemble company members in the USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America, which allows this large-scale production to perform all over the globe. Bellydance Evolution takes you on a spectacular journey that will excite both mainstream audiences and dance enthusiasts.

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