Odissi Tribal Fusion Belly Dance






ODISSI TRIBAL FUSION BELLY DANCE offers the dancer a methodology for integrating this rapidly growing art form into her belly dance performances.

As harbinger of this specific style of fusion, Moria was the first to bring these two styles of movement together, and now instructs dancers in the way she learned, created, and now performs this unique combination of esthetics.

Moria at the Mukteshvara Shiva Temple in Bhubaneswar, India

Passed from Guru to student for thousands of years, Odissi Indian Temple dance is one of the oldest classical dance forms on Earth.


Moria spends time annually in Orissa (the homeland of Odissi) intensively studying and performing this exquisite dance, as well as researching and learning weekly from her Indian-born guru in America, Ratna Roy, who was a pupil of the last living Mahari (sacred temple dancer).






Moria's Odissi temple dance fusion workshop is designed for you to learn Odissi’s most fundamental combinations and exercises and how they can be applied to your Tribal Fusion belly dance performances and practice.

In ODISSI TRIBAL FUSION BELLY DANCE you will learn the body isolations, temple stance, Odissi posture, sacred geometry, and mudras of this ancient devotional dance and how these profound elements can be applied to modern music and movement.

Moria with Shashimani, India's last living Mahari in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Moria with her dance guru Dr. Ratna Roy at the International Odissi Dance Festival in Odisha, India


This is an example of Odissi Tribal Fusion Choreography.


The piece is "Yogini" from Moria's show Nocturnal.

The character Moria portrays is Matangi, a wild, tantric forest goddess of music, dance, art, and society's outcasts who especially loves elephants and birds.  This piece was created for the goddess Matangi and the many yoginis who dwell in the trees, forests, and edges of society.


Performers include Moria Chappell, Victoria Teel, Bagoas, Petite Jamilla, Jenna Shear, Koreen Elizabeth, Elena Faye, Jacinta Jayadevi, Francesca Avani, and Setna MacBryan.


All costuming components owned and provided

by Moria Chappell.


"Yogini" choreography copyright 2015 by Moria Chappell.  All rights reserved.


Solo music "Matangi" by M.I.A.

Group music "Bird Machine" by DJ Snake x Alesia

Still Photography: Dahna Koth,

Devansh Jhaveri, Dark Soul Photography







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