Sarina is a tribal fusion dancer known for her quirky musical choices and her vaudeville style infused in her costuming and dance. Whether she is dancing as an Orion slave dancer at Trek Theatre production, a steampunk performance at Fusion Friendly Events, a 1920’s jazz piece, or to her newest favorite soundtrack at a No Shame Eugene, she has a lot of fun with the art form.
Sarina has been belly dancing for about 20 years, taking her first dance class with her mother in a little community center while she was a teenager. From that time she moved on to study tribal in Portland at Gypsy Caravan and Euphoria, and tribal fusion with Severina and Znama Studio, as well as with private instructors. While living in Japan, she studied Turkish style belly dance, break dance and salsa, and taught tribal fusion belly dance. Because she has also studied flamenco, tango and Hawaian hula, these also are infused in her dance. Sarina often draws on moves from other dance styles to meld with belly dance, depending on what feels appropriate with the style of music. Her costuming is often inspired by a theme started by her musical choice, and she makes and sells many of her costumes locally.
Currently Sarina teaches Beginning Tribal Fusion and Intermediate Tribal Fusion at Willamalane in Springfield and Bellylicious Workout on Wednesdays at multiple locations and private lessons in her dance studio.
on Sun, 02 Oct, 2022
A "hair garden" is the term some belly dancers call all the flowers and pretty accessories in their hair. ATS (American transcultural style--formerly called American Tribal Style) and fusion styles of belly dance often adorn our hair with flowers, headbands, feathers, and other accessories. One quick and easy way to accessorize to give a fusion/ATS look is to start with a pretty headband/headpiece/headress and clip flowers to the sides.
Enjoy some inspiration below for ideas on how to create your own. Some of my favorite places to find pieces to add to my headband and costume are
The Red Camel
You can also buy coins, fringe, and decorative elements at Joanne Fabric, Michaels, or second hand stores.
on Mon, 19 Sep, 2022
Fusion Fascination will be performing at a show in October. We will be dancing to a Halloween-inspired set. I have attached my princess crown that I have been working on. It cost less than $5 to create with parts from Dollar Tree. Below is a list of items we will need for this show as well as optional items. If you find any fun Halloween items you want to share with the group, you are welcome to do so.
on Sun, 18 Sep, 2022
So far, I have tried to keep Fusion Fascinations costumes simple, uniform, and professional. In order to do this, we need to use color to create unity and wear some of the same items, whether it is the same style or variations so that we look cohesive. The moves I teach are primarily ATS with some fusion mixed in. (In case you are wondering, ATS is what many call American Tribal Style, which I am calling American Transcultural Style). Cabaret style favors gold and gold coins. ATS and fusion favors silver or tarnished metal. But it is fine if this is your first show and you are collecting items. Some people only have gold.
In case you are interested in performing, here is your basic costume we have been using as well as the most inexpensive deals I could find. Prices are always changing, and old sellers go away and new ones pop up. If a link doesn't work, let me know and I will correct it when I have a chance.
Improve fitness and core strength while working out to great world music and learning the basics of belly dancing. Class emphasizes posture and stretching to avoid injury, muscle isolation for improving strength and repetition for a balanced workout. Sarina teaches classes at Willamalane in Springfield and the Reach Center in Eugene.
Sarina performs her alternative tribal fusion belly dance style at many venues in Eugene and sometimes Portland, Oregon. Whether she is steampunk belly dancing to neo-Victorian music, using her flamenco/burseque fusion fans with a 1920's flair, Andalusian skirt twirling, clowning it up at Cirque du Eugene, or fusing break dance and belly dance to a Star Trek remixed music, she brings creativity and fun to the dance.