Belly dancing ‘goddess’ dazzles on world stages

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Donna Collins

WINDHOEK – Professional Namibian belly dancer Sascha Olivier-Sampson, who won bronze and gold at the 2018 World Performing Arts Championships in Los Angeles, once again proves her ‘hips don’t lie’, with another sparkling program planned for this year.

Take a moment to chat with Entertainment Now! between lectures at the University of Namibia, where she heads the visual and performing arts department, Olivier-Sampson said she was thrilled with her achievement as the level of talent is exceptionally high and she has worked extremely hard to get there.

Olivier-Sampson dazzled the judges and was the only belly dancer selected to represent Namibia. However, although she has qualified to compete at the World Championships again this year, she will not be competing, as she has other major dance projects that she is focusing on instead.

This includes being invited to perform at the International Oriental Dance Show in Mauritius from August 22-24, which is an oriental festival showcasing different styles of oriental dance, with the participation of dancers from all over the world.
Olivier-Sampson is a renowned dancer in Africa and around the world, whose exceptional knowledge in several dance forms, including ballet and contemporary dance, allows her to express herself freely through unique and sublime fusion performances.

“I am so honored to have been invited to play in Mauritius, what an incredible opportunity to have been selected in Namibia,” she said enthusiastically. “It will be an incredible experience,” she added.

She also said she was working as one of three executive producers for a new belly dance company, ‘Nova New’, which toured with an opening show in Johannesburg last year and debuted in February this year with a show in Durban.
“The company has been in the planning stages for years, with the idea of ​​touring and recruiting talent from across southern Africa, with the next show in Windhoek later this year. It will be a huge theatrical production that will will be held at the NTN, with a cast of around 20 top dancers from countries like South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe, to name a few, ”he said. she continued.

Auditions are still open and the selection process is starting soon. This would include choosing the best Namibian belly dancers, said Olivier Sampson.

Olivier-Sampson started belly dancing professionally over 12 years ago, when she established her “Moon Goddess Dance Studio” in Windhoek, and since then she has wowed audiences with her grace, sparkle and dazzling costumes.

She works tirelessly to bring belly dancing to the forefront of the entertainment calendar. One of her major accomplishments to date – the annual belly dancing extravaganza “Shimmy for Shelter” celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, and preparations for the upcoming shows in Windhoek and Swakopmund on May 10 and 11 have started.

This wonderful family show coincides with the celebration of World Belly Dancing Day in May and raises funds for various animal causes. Last year, proceeds of N $ 20,000 from performances in Windhoek and Swakopmund were donated to Intelligence Service Against Poaching and the Desert Lion Project.

She claims her belly dancing extravaganza has become so popular that she has repeatedly requested to host the show internationally. This year, animal welfare organizations were invited to send him their proposals, explaining why they are worth receiving the generous Shimmy for Shelter donation.

“I’m super excited that we’ve done a whole decade and I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who supported the show, and thanks to the audience members we were able to make these donations to such worthy animal causes,” Olivier concluded. -Sampson.

2019-04-12 Staff report 2

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