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Alisa Gurova combines jazz with the art of the dance
(Published: October 27, 2017)

One of the top tribal dance performers in the world, Ms. Alisa Gurova combines tribal fusion, belly dance, and contemporary dance with ballet. She has won competitions such as "The Challenge" in the Ukrainian International Competition for Contemporary Jazz in 2015 and 2016, and Miss Belly Dance Ukraine in 2010. Gurova has performed internationally, in the Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, Russia, and several other locations around the world where her work has been recognized as setting the standard.

Q: When you won "The Challenge" in the Ukrainian International Competition for Contemporary Jazz in 2015 and 2016, were you able to select the jazz music you were dancing to? What was that experience like for you?

A: My choreography was in jazz style. The famous Ukrainian choreographer Kristina Shyshkarova created it especially for me. The music that we chose was a fusion between jazz and oriental for this piece.

Q: How do you fit your dancing style with jazz music?

A: I love jazz music and I absolutely love to dance tribal fusion style with it. Tribal fusion has this freedom where you are not bound to a specific genre of music, and you have the freedom to explore and combine styles that you might not think would naturally go together.

Q: Are you a fan of jazz?

A: Yes!

Q: You do costuming as well. Which one are you most passionate about, dancing or costuming?

A: I love to do both. They are both a very important part of my process as an artist. I love to design my costumes and think about how it will affect my character in general, but also how it will affect the emotion connection with the audience to the overall presentation.

Q: You're experienced in ballet as well. Did you perform ballet before belly dancing?

A: No! And its funny because a lot of people think that I started with ballet, as that's the more traditional route. My first dance style was belly dance. But when I start to learn ballet, I became very dedicated to this art form and found a love for it.

Q: When is your next competition, and what are your goals for the future?

A: Right now I have a goal to create my own style where jazz, contemporary, ballet, belly dance, and tribal fusion are going to be mixed. As far as competitions, I will see what speaks to me and will encourage me to challenge myself and grow as a dancer and performer.

More Information: https://www.instagram.com/gurovaalisa/

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