About the Artists

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California based Helm have been a major contributor to Middle Eastern music and a huge influence and inspiration to many great dancers around the world. Founded by Ling Shien and Mark Bell and voted “Favourite Musicians of the Year” by the readers of Zaghareet! Magazine, their repertoire is far reaching and diverse, providing a rich platform for expression…

Helm’s close association with Carolena Nericcio of FCBD® and creator of American Tribal Style® dance, helps keeps them attuned to the world of dance.

Ling Shien is the primary composer of Helm’s original music and lead vocalist. Her music studies began on piano at the age of five. She has since studied the nai; the mizmar, zumara, kawala, and the accordion.

Mark Bell started playing Middle Eastern percussion in 1972 and starting performing with Bal Anat that same year. He has performed regularly in nightclubs and Renaissance Faires in California, and travelled extensively throughout the Arab world studying percussion. Mark plays Arabic tabla, toumbak/zarb, tabla beladi/davul, and various instruments of the tambourine/frame drum family. He also won a Grammy in 2005 for his tracks on Beautiful Dreamer.

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Hannah Mi Anis is one London’s first Tribal Fusion teachers and performers and an integral part of the London belly dance scene. She has a wealth of eclectic dance experience ranging from extensive touring and collaborations with live musicians (Helm, The Prinz Achmed Ensemble, Oojami, Dajjah), modern dancers (The Jacky Lansley company) and London artist collectives (The Circus Space and Shunt), as well as teaching around the UK and at her mother studio in Tokyo (the Devadasi studio) where she does a residency once a year. Hannah is co-director and creator of The FireWater Collective with ATS troupe Moirai; and the Tribal Fusion belly dance troupe La Zingara. She performs and teaches Tribal blended with Sacred Earth belly dance; a dance with respect for nature and the elements, woman’s innate knowledge, the language of archetypes and spiritual depth.

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