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About Us

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Barefoot, under its original name of Qetesh, was formed in 1999 by dance teacher Steffi Colbert and her husband Richard. Steffi and some of her more advanced students decided to set up a dance performance group.

Richard, a dancer with Grand Union Morris and fellow Morris dancer Chris Turner set up a band of local musicians and percussionists who worked hard to develop their own original sound made up of a fusion of western and Arabic influences.

When we began in 1999 Barefoot were the only tribal belly dance troupe performing with their own live band anywhere in the UK.
 


Each peformer has created their own bright and colourful costume which takes inspiration from many cultures, ancient and modern from around the world. Impressive headdresses, jewelery and individual tribal make-up create a strong, vibrant and striking look.

Barefoot Bellydance performs using a number of traditional props which include finger cymbals (zils), veils and the tulwar (an eastern style sabre). The result is that no two shows are ever the same.

Barefoot Bellydance at Upton Folk Festival 2013
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Video of Barefoot and Band dancing at Upton Upon Severn Folk Festival 2017

 

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Tribal style enables women to dance together communicating within the dance to create strong and powerful performances which are constantly changing.The energy created through the dance is something very special, and is simply not experienced through solo performance.

Barefoot Bellydance is on the lookout for new Tribal Belly Dancers, so if you are a Tribal Dancer and want to find out more about Barefoot Bellydance, email us through our "Contact Us" page.

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National Music Festival Performances have included

Local events in the Aylesbury area have included

Wiggleit Workshops and Hafla, Clacton on Sea 2006
Banbury Folk & Hobby Horse Festival 2016
Acoustic Festival of Great Britain 2014, 2015, 2016
Holmfirth Folk Festival, Yorkshire  2005
Upton Upon Severn Folk Festival 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. 2015, 2016, 2017
Chippenham Folk Festival  2004, 2006, 2007
Norwich Golden Star Festival  2001
Rochester Sweeps Festival  2002
Swanage Folk and Dance Festival: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007
Ely Dance and Music Festival 2002
Warwick Folk Festival 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Middlewich Canal Festival 2002
Caversham Charity Festival 2002
Halifax Conference, NEC Birmingham 2003
Stow-on-the-Wold Day of Dance 2003
Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2008
Tribal Pura, Glastonbury 2008
Oxford Folk Weekend 2013, 2015
 
Tribal Vibe 2007, 2008, 2009
Mayor's Charity Ball
The White Lion, Marsworth
Student Summer Showcase, Limelight Theatre, Aylesbury: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
The Boot, Sarratt
Private party, Chinnor
Private party, Kingsey
Festival of Wellbeing, Aylesbury Civic Centre
Barefoot Studios Christmas Party - 2005, 2006
Kings Head Public House, Aylesbury - June 2005, August 2005
John Hampden School, Thame - June 2005
Three Horseshoes, Towersey - July 2005, July 2007
The Russell Arms, Butlers Cross - August 2005, 2007
Parklife Festival, Aylesbury - September 2005
Yolanda's Birthday Party - November 2005
 
The Hop Pole, Aylesbury - December 2005
Haddenham Ceilidh - New Years Eve - 2005
Dancing the Dawn, The Red Lion Coleshill - May 2005, 2006
The Guttman Centre, Stoke Mandeville - February 2004
The Full Moon Public House, Cholesbury - 2004
The Half Moon Public House, Wilstone - 2007
Bledlow Festival - 2004
The Coffee Tree Coffee House, first year trading celebration - Easter 2002
Aylesbury Street Entertainment Day - August 2002
Champney’s Health Farm dance week - July 2001
Haddenham New Year Ceilidh - December 2001
Aylesbury Arts 2000 Festival - July 2000
Golden Jubilee Celebrations, Market Square, Aylesbury
Golden Jubilee Celebrations, Old Town Residents Association