Belly Funk was the beginning of the Rose Empire. Established in 2008 by Cassandra Rose. Belly Funk has become the roots in which the rose bush grew. This was the first creative outlet Cassandra developed on her own at only age 19. She pulled together a group of her peers to dance together as a Tribal Fusion Troupe. At the time the fusion scene was blossoming and Cassandra was deeply inspired, especially by Amy Sigil of Unmata. Cassandra took her experience from Jazz Dance, Hip Hop and Fusion Belly Dance to create her first belly dance troupe. Now, after almost a decade, three of the original members still remain, Cassandra Rose herself, Natalie Mae, Adrianna, and the newest addition, Luna. Their fresh style has taken them all over the West Coast, as far as Hawaii, and most recently Las Vegas. They have won multiple competitions, as a troupe, as well as professional soloist titles. This professional fusion troupe will put the “Belly” in belly dance, the “fun” in the Funk, leaving the audience feeling “Funky Fresh” and cheering for more.
Awards 2010 Emerald Rain 1st Place Troupe 2010 Belly Dancer USA 2nd Place Troupe 2012 La Danse Oriental 1st Place Alternative Troupe 2012 Belly Dancer USA 1st Place Troupe 2014 Belly Dancer of the Year 3rd Place
Bellywood Dance Studio 495 State street, Basement suite Salem OR 97301
*All photos provided courtesy of Scott Degenhardt*