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DrumDance is a Tribal Bellydance & Music performance troupe from Toowoomba, Queensland. Founding members Madonna & Peter have been performing together since 1993 & formed DrumDance in 1995.
DrumDance is a versatile troupe of bellydancers
& musicians who combine the hypnotic rhythms and melodies of the
Middle East and
in love with Bellydance when
her children were very young & 'impressionable'. They
grew up with their mother being a dedicated bellydancer & were
subjected to relentless Middle Eastern Music which they now recognise
all the time & enjoy at least some of the time! Madonna
performed early in her ‘career’
was often accompanied on the drum by her partner Peter Van
Vuuren (& father to their kids, Damon & Nina). Madonna
Bellydance in 1996 & has studied many
styles over the years including Egyptian Dance with Denis Enan,
Mo Gedawi, Sarah Hamilton, Maria Sangiorgi and various
other talented & giving dancers. In
1997 Madonna discovered the 'FatChanceBellyDance®' (FCBD®) Live video
it inspired her to follow her American Tribal Style® Bellydance (ATS®)
As Carolena Nericcio, Director & creator of ATS® says " Allow yourself to see the whole picture: women working together in cooperation; a group focussed on presenting the dance as one entity"
Madonna has continued to further her ATS® knowledge through workshops with Carolena Nericcio, Megha Gavin & Devi Mamak. She gained her ATS General Skills Certification in 2007 and the ATS® Teacher Training Certification in 2009. DrumDance Bellydance is now a Sister Studio to FatChanceBellyDance®.
Madonna has also been a dedicated yoga student since 1991 & is a qualified Pilates matwork instructor.
Peter started drumming when his partner started bellydancing,
about 15 years ago. Mostly self taught but over the years has had
lessons with Hossam Ramzy, Jamahl Zraika, Fuat Sazimanoski, Epizo
Bangoura & Sam Okoth to name a few. He has taught Middle Eastern
& West African rhythms & general percussion skills for about 10
Peter & Madonna are often joined by fellow
Shaun, Phillipa & Nina on percussion & dancers Melissa,
Natalie, Lisa, Barb, Andrea, Shirley, Sheree, Beau ....