Congratulations Brydee - 2016 MEDANZ Student Scholarship Recipient!

Brydee has used her scholarship to make the most of the opportunities available through TribalDiva, attending workshops by Kristine Adams and performance and choreography training. Brydee presented a fluid fusion cheoreography at the last MEDANZ Festival and continues to learn and grow as a dancer with the TribalDiva troupe.

Brydee Gibbins

My name is Brydee Gibbins and I am a 15 year old student from Christchurch.

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I have been dancing for 10 years, starting at the School of Contemporary Belly dance in 2005 until its closure after the 2011 earthquakes.

After dancing at home for leisure, I then joined a Steampunk Fusion Troupe, The Decapod Dolls, in 2013 along with my mum and aunty. The Decapod Dolls performed at many fundraisers, parties, and balls such as the Oamaru Steampunk Festival in 2014.

In late 2014, I started attending Tribal Fusion classes at TribalDiva and have been attending classes ever since.

My preferred dance styles are Tribal Fusion and Oriental although in the last year I have been trying out Gypsy Caravan and other Tribal based styles.

In the next year, I would like to have more involvement with the belly dance community, whether it be attending/performing at different haflas, markets and festivals across the country.

I would also like to experiment with taking different styles of dance such as hip hop or contemporary and fusing them with belly dance to make eclectic and rich choreographies, which I would love to perfect and eventually perform sometime in the future.