Shimmy Shakti Troupe Info

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Shimmy Shakti Troupe

Under the direction of Belly Dance Instructor and choreographer Karla Marie, Shimmy Shakti has been performing for 6 years (locally and nationally) and has grown to over 20 members strong. Karla Marie who is classically trained in Ballet and Jazz, began her belly dance studies in 2005 in South Beach. Twelve years later, she continues teaching, performing, and sharing the passion of her teachers and Middle Eastern dance with her students and troupe. Shimmy Shakti Troupe is a sisterhood of strong, creative, talented women who enjoy sharing the joy of dance while celebrating diversity!

New Season Begins August 10th
  • Applications will be accepted from August 1- September 1
  • Application Deadline: September 1, 2017
  • Applications for dancers will be considered after deadline
  • Troupe Photo: Tentative- September 8, 2017 
There is no application fee. However, there are two required workshop dates for all troupe members (fees apply):
  • Retreat: Saturday, October 21, 2017 (9am-3:45pm)  Register by Oct 1
  • Workshops: Full Day- Sunday, December 10, 2017 (9am-2:00pm) Shimmy Soul*
         * For the experience and training, consider doing the full weekend. Discounts for Troupe will                apply. I will share all the details at the October 21st Retreat.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Shimmy Shakti Troupe member and Shimmy Shakta! It’s the beginning of exciting times and experiences available to you through this beautiful dance and amazing tribe of goddesses!

If you are interested in going from “student” to “performer,” and enjoy the idea of a sisterhood of strong, gorgeous, encouraging, supportive belly dancing goddesses, you may be interested in joining our Shimmy Shakti Troupe.

Belly Dance Goddess Hour Student Troupe- there will be opportunities to perform as a Belly Dance Goddess Hour Student Troupe for students interested who are not members of Shimmy Shakti.

Commitment/Dedication for Shimmy Shakti Troupe
Steps are easy to learn. Technique and Musicality can be taught. Footwork comes with time and practice. Skill level improves with practice and effort. Emotion and ability to connect to the audience will come with deeper understanding, education and practice. Arm positions, expression with your hands and eyes will begin to happen as you become more familiar with the dance, practice technique, and attend regular classes with your instructor. However, one thing that cannot be taught and cannot be forced is the deeper connection within your troupe. These connections happen organically and through experiences together as a group. Participation becomes an integral part of this process. Membership to our troupe is an invitation to share with a beautiful circle of women who choose to be positive, supportive, dedicated to learning and experiencing Middle Eastern and North African cultures through this amazing dance. My commitment to you is that I will devote my time and energy to bring to you the most authentic, natural, and genuine experience through this dance while inviting you to deepen your connection within yourself through inspiring practices and techniques that awaken your inner goddess. As creative director, I will devote time and energy researching and selecting only the most inspirational pieces to work with. As a troupe leader, I will seek out the most exciting and professional experiences so you can practice this art form on the stage and provide the appropriate number of classes and practices so you are prepared for those experiences. As your instructor, I will dedicate/invest my time and money in ensuring I am receiving high quality instruction and education directly from the source… from master teachers of this beautiful dance form throughout the country by continuing my education on a regular basis to bring to you the most current, genuine, heartfelt, authentic instruction available. I will require that you dedicate time and energy to give to your practice and to improve your skill. I will challenge you to push yourself beyond your comfort zone and go deeper into discovering this dance and art form each practice. As a Shimmy Shakti Goddess mama, I will guide you through the challenges and help you through the obstacles… time, costumes, attendance, budgets, etc. to ensure you are where you need to be without being burdened with any stress related to this practice. As a friend, I will celebrate and support you outside of this belly dance space and am available for anything you may need that is within my ability to provide. As a woman, I thank you for sharing your dance, space, and energy with me and our group. As a Latina and Artist, I thank you for entrusting me with the teachings of this dance and culture and for allowing me to take you on this journey of culture, language, and art with trust and commitment. love, light, and happy shimmies beautiful goddesses!

Troupe Membership
  1. Complete the application
  2. Commit to attending the two scheduled workshop days
  3. Commit to perform December 9, 2017 at Shimmy Soul Show
  4. Commit to purchasing costume (to have by November 11th- Diwali)
  5. Purchase zills

Performing with Shimmy Shakti
  1. New members
    1. Complete at least 10 regular classes
    2. Complete at least 8 Troupe-Only practices
    3. Attend two scheduled workshop days
    4. Know 100% of the choreography footwork being performed during active cycle and at least basic knowledge of a minimum of 2 additional choreographies from our repertoire
    5. Have 2017-18 Shimmy Shakti official photo taken
    6. Complete the required minimum number of Troupe classes for each scheduled performance. (Typically 4-6)
    7. Complete your bio for publication
    8. Commit to perform regularly with the troupe

  1. Existing members
    1. Attend at least 50% of ALL regular classes during the preceding 6-8 week session
    2. Attend at least 50% of all troupe practices or 1 private lesson per 2 troupe classes missed
    3. Attend the required minimum number of Troupe classes for each scheduled performance. (Typically 4-6)
    4. Attend the mandatory show rehearsal in order to be eligible to perform at an upcoming show.
    5. Know 100% of the choreography footwork being performed during that cycle and a minimum of 2 additional choreographies from our “repertoire
    6. Commit to practice outside of class
    7. Commit to perform regularly with the troupe

Here are some things to consider:

Regular class attendance
What is considered “Regular class attendance”?
At least 50% of Regular class attendance is expected during each 4, 6, or 8 week sessions
At least 50% attendance to all Troupe classes is expected


There is no membership fee or cost to apply.

There are 2 workshop days required. One workshop Day will be October 21st, the other Sunday, December 10th. Fees apply. Choreography will be taught at these workshops.

Class Card Purchases
There are anywhere between 10-15 classes scheduled during each 6 week session. Thursdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 10:30am
Troupe practices are scheduled around performances or sporadic during regular sessions. Days will vary depending on performance schedule.


~Shimmy Shakti Practice Tank (gray) 25.00
~Shimmy Shakti belly dance bag 25.00
~Body Stocking (mesh, skin tone) 52.00

~ New Costume for 2017: Slit Weave Cat suit or top and bottom- Costume must be purchased and received by all troupe members by November 11th. Must place your shimmy skirt order separately

  • This costume will be used for Darbuka Drum Solo and Ojos Asi for Shimmy Soul

~Bedlah & Skirt (Purple Beaded Bra, Belt, Satin Skirt) $80-120 (depending on size)
  • Two piece option
  • Need a Purple Satin Skirt and a black chiffon skirt
  • This costume is used for Habibi Ya Omri, Ojos Asi, Warda Warda
~Zills (Finger cymbals, zagats) $25 or purchase your own
  • For Class and Performance (starting November 1st)
~Tribal Costume- Purchase your own or make your own
~All Black (Purchase your own)
  • Please also purchase red hip scarf (fringe or coin) and red hair flower
  • Can be dress or two piece
Suggested items:
~Belly Dance Lycra Yoga Pera Pants (Black)- $37.98 (or purchase your own)
~Toe-kinis, Lyrical Paw Pads, Dance Pads (skin tone)- $10.99 (or purchase your own)

When can I join the Shimmy Shakti Troupe?

Active Member of the Shimmy Shakti Performance Troupe: This is the goal of your participation in our troupe. Attend at least half of the classes and troupe practices available during each 6-8 week session, and/or private lessons, and regularly perform at shows.

Choreography repertoire:

  • New Choreo 2017-18: Darbuka Drum Solo
  • Coming in 2018: Yearning
  • Ojos Asi
  • Mini Drum Solo
  • Despacito (Latin Fusion)
  • Warda Warda
  • Habibi Ya Omri (Egyptian Belly Dance)
  • Ya Habibi Yallah
  • Tribal Fusion (Bounce, Brooklyn Baladi, Awaken the Goddess)


What if I have to miss up to 6 weeks or 10+ classes?
Member of the Shimmy Shakti Troupe (ineligible to perform, eligible to attend Troupe Practice): Regular attendance is required in order to be eligible to perform with the troupe. You will be considered ineligible to perform in the upcoming shows until you pick up regular attendance for a period of 6 weeks/10 classes. However, you are still considered to be a member of the troupe and welcome at Troupe practice.

What if I have missed 3+ months or 20+ classes?
Honorary member of the Troupe: If you have missed up to 3 months of class and practice attendance, please contact me about your interest in continuing as part of the troupe. Troupe members remain as part of the troupe as long as they are a card carrying student of Belly Dance Goddess Hour by Karla Marie. You will remain an honorary member of the troupe, even without class attendance, for up to 1 year ending on July 30th each year. Members during 2015-16 who have missed 3+ months will remain as honorary members until July 30, 2016.

What if I would like to become an Active member of the Shimmy Shakti Performance Troupe after taking a break?

To rejoin as an Active Member of the Shimmy Shakti Performance Troupe, you must:
Attend at least 6 regular practices within a session
Attend 4 Troupe practices
Attend 1-2 private lessons to get up to speed and learn the basics of the new material
Purchase any new costume items required for performance

What if I am an Active Member of the Shimmy Shakti Performance Troupe and I would like to be considered for paid gigs?
Paid gigs will be handled separately/differently.
These will be highly based on attendance and skill level. I will first consider the Troupe members with the highest level of overall attendance and troupe practice. Clients usually determine the number of performers, the number of performers will depend on client/troupe director decision based on attendance, skill level, and specific client requests. When paid performances come up, I will contact individuals directly via email with details.

What if a friend/contact/individual asks me about Shimmy Shakti Troupe participation in an event or activity?
Refer all requests and inquiries to All performances/participation/activities by Shimmy Shakti Troupe or Belly Dance Goddess Hour should be confirmed through Karla Marie Cochran, Creative Director and Troupe Leader.

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