Meet The Team


Natasha

Shimmy Shows Performer and Shimmy School’s Principal Choreographer

Natasha is a founding member, teacher and choreographer for Shimmy School.
She has been dancing for 12 years and has studied a wide variety of styles in the UK and internationally including whilst working in Cairo for Raqs of Course festival.

Julia

Shimmy Shows Performer and Shimmy School Teacher

Julia is an experienced teacher and performer at Shimmy Shows with 15 years of dance under her shimmy belt!

Dancing as part of Shimmy Shows, Julia performs in restaurants, weddings and other performances as both solo and as part of the troupe enabling her to connect with her audience through energetic and entertaining dance. Her love of Oriental dance has blossomed over the years and she continuously works on developing her dance style and technique through 1-2-1 private sessions, attending workshops and being inspired by other dancers across the globe.

Rebekah

Shimmy Shows Performer

Rebekah Moon has been dancing for just over two years, and working as a dancer for about a year.
Within this time, she discovered a true passion and dedication for it. It has been a source of great healing for her, and she was drawn to how expressive and joyful this dance can be.
She loves belly dance because it is beautiful, challenging and so emotive, and when dancing it is profoundly freeing. Having studied other creative paths, such as art, music, and writing, Rebekah feels that dance is truly something she was always meant to do.

Nat

Shimmy School Teacher and Head of Administration

Nat began belly dancing for fitness in 2016, she had always loved dance and used to enjoy social Salsa and Ballroom dancing in Woodseats. She fell in love with Belly dance and since then she has joined the Shimmy School community dance troupe and began performing with them in 2018. Nat says “Being on the bigger side, I’ve never felt like I fit dance ideals. Belly dancing and Shimmy School have helped immensely in building my confidence, after all you need a belly to belly dance!” Nat loves the confidence that Belly Dancing gives her and wants to help other people feel the same so has recently begun to teach.

Nat is an incredibly important cog of the Shimmy School team and keeps us all in check with her fabulously organised ways.


Helen

Shimmy School Teacher

Helen Caballero’s love of dancing began with her first Salsa class in 2003. She especially enjoyed Cuban style and joined the salsa team ‘Amigos de la Rueda’, with whom she travelled to Havana, Amsterdam and Gothenburg to study and perform. Helen then added Tango to her repertoire whilst working in Buenos Aires in 2007.

Helen moved from Latin dances to bellydance in 2010 and has worked as a professional bellydancer in restaurants for several years. Helen especially loved teaching her own classes and choreographing performances for dance festivals. She has now retired from bellydance performance but is delighted to be able to contribute to Aladdin by writing and performing the script as the Narrator. The highlight of her bellydance career was dancing on the same stage as Didem at Sultana’s in Istanbul!


Lina

Shimmy School Performer

Originally from Lithuania, Lina started belly dancing when she was 18 years old. She started studying Turkish and Egyptian styles and belly dance became part of her life, who she is and she feels happiest when she dances. She has won scholarships to Denmark, competed in Budapest and performed in Art In Motion in Barcelona. Lina regularly performs in restaurants and as a Shimmy Shows performer. Lina recently began teaching belly dance to Cardiff University Students and loves every minute of it. Lina takes her dance education very seriously regularly travelling the world to better her art and having one-on-one sessions with some of the biggest belly dance names in the world.