The Free Spirit Fusion Festival was the brainchild of one of our Committee members, who held the inaugural event in 2012 at the Betsy Watkins Studio in the South Fremantle High School, which involved workshops with local teachers and a Community Dinner.
We were back at the same venue in 2013 with workshops and masterclasses over two big days, and in 2014, we moved to the Perth Waldorf School and held a stage show in the evening, this time featuring Aradia from Spellbound Bellydance as our first interstate artist and sponsored by the City of Cockburn.
We took a break and the Committee decided we would hold the festival bi-annually, to swap the Fusion Fun between ourselves on the odd years and the Tribal Trance Festival in Sydney on the even years.
We held another fantastic Free Spirit Fusion Festival in September of 2017, again with the support from the City of Cockburn, featuring workshops with Becky from Albany teaching Gypsy Caravan, the amazing Rose teaching biomechanics of dance, Raven from Tribal Spirit teaching slow ATS, Tabetha from Raqs Zahara with a superhero choreography class and Vetala with a makeup workhop.
The night event for 2017 was the Myths and Legends Hafla, where we explored several of the stories that capture our imagination, through dance.
The FSDC Committee has now decided to retire the Free Spirit Fusion Festival concept, as we are now co-owners of the WAMED Festival (check out our WAMED page for more info!), which will serve the needs of all the dancers who can get to a Perth-based festival. We will now turn our attention to those dancers who can't get to WAMED, or to Perth teachers and bring bellydance to the regions! ROADTRIPS!
We are currently planning a series of annual excursions into regional and remote WA to bring bellydance to the people! This will support local teachers and provide enrichment to local communities. If you're interested in having us visit a town near you, email FreeSpiritDanceCommunity@gmail.com!