the teachers

Teaching this year at Tribal Remix 2018 intensive: Jill Parker, Tjarda Van Straten, Lamia Barbara, Alexis Southall

Teachers Tribal Remix 2018

Tribal Remix Intensive: 26 - 28 May 2018

Jill Parker

Jill Parker is the founder of the modern Tribal Fusion belly dance phenomenon, birthed out of San Francisco California in the mid-90's.

With nearly three decades of experience, Jill has trained the top belly dancers in the genre and influenced a generation of belly dancers with her modern innovations, all the while remaining deeply rooted in her connection to the traditional, sensual, and authentic.

Jill's big heart and deep love for this intoxicating form shine through in her generous teaching as well as her knockout performances worldwide.

She's an exceptional teacher with a gift for demystifying this intricate dance, making it accessible for new dancers, and offering insights for refinements and nuance to even the most seasoned professional dancer. Jill uses creative self-expression to promote health, encourage self-care, relieve stress, and build self-esteem.

She fosters an inclusive sense of community and wellness in her classes.

Tjarda Van Straten

Tjarda is a thoughtful and genuine choreographer, dancer, instructor and coach with a broad-minded curiosity towards fusing dance. She is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) in the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System and uses this knowledge as a clear framework in her teaching, where the emphasis lies on the connection between the student’s unique selves and their expression through movement – the intent behind it and the quality it produces, making her a welcome guest throughout Europe, Russia, USA and Asia.

She holds certifications for teaching dance and dance therapy and still studies continuously to broaden her education. Tjarda is well-known for her innovative and meaningful choreographies and creative movement vocabulary. Blurring lines and drawing inspiration from even the most unlikely sources is the opening stance of all her choreographies and classes. Both her teaching and her choreographies have inspired peers and audiences around the globe and her work triggers many in finding their own path.

Lamia Barbara

Lamia Barbara is an internationally touring dancer, yogini and teacher, writer, world traveler based in Palermo, Italy. Passionate researcher in the path of dance and Yoga with over 10 years of extensive training, studying and performing all over the world, Lamia’s vision of dance aims towards grounded practice and soulful expression.

Lamia’s journey into dance and Yoga began as a teenager, exploring several art forms in the ongoing research of the connection between poetry and body expression. Her various training includes oriental dance, ballet, contemporary dance, Butoh theater-dance and Aikido (Japanese martial art). Lamia’s continuous education into Yoga was and still is the red thread that connects all these art forms together in her practice. Lamia’s intensive years of training were supported by a theoretical and philosophical research into Indian artistic tradition and Yoga philosophy that led her to discover Bharatanatyam (classical dance from South India)

Lamia is deeply committed to the study of this dance form and is currently completing her bachelor degree in Bharatanatyam at the Conservatory of Vicenza under the direction of her teacher Nuria Sala Grau. Beside the extensive dance training, her academic formation at the Conservatory also includes Indian music and singing, Sanskrit and many historical, philosophical and theoretical studies. Her dedication also led her to travel to India on a year basis to undergo intensive training with some of India’s greatest masters of this art form and dig deeper into Yoga practice and philosophy. Rooted in her traditional studies, Lamia’s holistic approach to dance explores the history, philosophy, theory and technique of dance and music with an emphasis on the ethic of experimental fused dances. Taking inspiration from her studies in dance and Yoga, Lamia’s unique teaching and performing style blends eastern and western elements, tradition and modern expression, searching for that sacredness of the body that belongs to every dance.

Alexis Southall

Dancer. Instructor. Choreographer. Director. Producer. Alexis Southall is a professional dancer from the UK working internationally, sharing her extensive knowledge of fusion bellydance – a contemporary and experimental approach blending the cultures of the East and West. Alexis has had the privilege to be an invited guest teacher and performer in 21 countries to date, and is known for her precise technique, flawless musicality and her generosity as an instructor.

Since beginning her life in bellydance in 2006 with Karen Price in Wolverhampton, Alexis has studied broadly with some of the most prolific dancers in the field. In recent years, she has focused her studies to train extensively with her most influential teachers: Zoe Jakes, Amy Sigil, and Suhaila Salimpour. In addition to her studies in bellydance, Alexis studies various Street Dance styles and Jazz.

Extra Teachers - Friday 25th May 2018

On the Friday before the Teacher's showcase we have some guest teachers that will teach a 2 hour workshop.


Hilde Cannoodt

Hilde is a dynamic dance specialist renowned for her expertise in fusion dance disciplines. With 15 years of professional experience as a performer and dance instructor, Hilde is a highly skilled and passionate dance practitioner.

Specialist skills include Choreological Practice, Belly Dance technique, Contemporary Dance Technique, Choreographic Practice and Dance Teaching, with a focus on the integration and application of dance theory within her practice.

Her dance training includes Hip Hop, Locking, Popping, Tribal Fusion, ATS, Contemporary Dance, West African Dance, Classical Indian Dance, Egyptian Dance, Rwandan Dance, Ballet and Jazz. She studies, teaches and performs worldwide to broaden her understanding of dance and currently calls herself a transcultural dancer, combining all dance disciplines she has picked up over the years.

Hilde is the founder of the Tribal Remix festival.


Hilton Lijun

Hilton LiJun, a Malaysian dancer and choreographer, started out as a self-learner practicing cabaret style belly dancing in 2005. His passion took a turning point in 2007 when he found himself enchanted by the beauty of tribal fusion style upon watching some spectacular tribal fusion belly dance performances by some world renowned belly dance performers. He took his own initiative to do research on tribal fusion style and learn from some internationally renowned belly dance instructors. He has since devoted himself to tribal fusion style. He fuses other elements such as jazz, broadway, visual kei and theatrical into his performances and choreographies emanating his unique aura and personality.

Iza Lo