Marina takes fusion to a new level - she studies and teaches many different, but related, styles of dance including Middle-Eastern, Silk-Road, East European Gypsy and Flamenco. The clip below shows a Silk-Road inspired dance, but Tribal dancers will recognise the fans!
Marina is based in Melbourne and her website is appropriately named Dance Explorer.
Interview with Melbourne bellydancer Marina Bistrin
How did you get started with belly dancing?
I had an instinct to shimmy during childbirth, and it helped, plus moving my pelvis around - I thought then, that I had to explore this. It's important. I actually tried to bellydance while i was pregnant on my own... it was the only exercise I could do apart from floating in a pool. I was a bit overweight and quite unfit.
What is your favourite belly dancing style and/or prop?
I love Egyptian style and the Saidi cane-dance. Egyptian style bellydance uses lots of simple, natural movements and body language.
The Saidi beat is so infectious.....it's earthy, boppy, has humour, it can be dramatic, playful - wherever your mood and the music takes you...
Who or what has had the greatest influence on your belly dance style?
Suraya Hilal's style, together with my Australian Egyptian dance teacher, Maria Sangiorgi, and my Alexander Technique teacher Jane Refshauge - all amazing women.
What advice would you offer an aspiring belly dancer?
Well lots.... It's not about ego - it's about your spirit expressing itself. It can take years to figure that important thing out... Don't be shy, connect with your audience on an energetic level, dance for yourself as much as for them and be all you can be. And of course enjoy yourself! It's infectious... I'm a firm believer that enjoyment helps the planet. Make Gaia smile.