Kylea has several years of training in both Middle Eastern and Tribal Style belly dance, and became South Australia’s first qualified ATS teacher in 2004. However her favourite style of belly dance is her own unique style of Tribal Fusion – which she describes as “blending the fiery strength of Flamenco Gypsy with the earthiness of traditional belly dance”.
Dance teaching is in Kylea’s blood (her mother was also a dance instructor).
Interview with belly dancer Kylea Hartley
How did you get started with belly dancing?
My first teachers were Shamira and Nayima Hassan in 1999
What is your favourite belly dancing style and/or prop?
Definitely Tribal Fusion! I love the evolution and creative freedom it embraces.
I love experimenting with different props depending on what the music tells me to do, my favourites are zills, tambourine and veil/shawl. The Swords not really my thing as I like to move around a lot!
Who or what has had the greatest influence on your belly dance style?
The music is my biggest inspiration! My main influences are Nayima Hassan, Carolena Nericcio, Dalia Carella and Jill Parker
What advice would you offer an aspiring belly dancer?
Dance to music that moves you, Notice how the music makes you feel and express it