Renowned dance artist and instructor Samantha Emanuel already inspired us in 2016 with her creative style, profound teaching, longtime experience and charming character. On 14/15 January and 2/3 September 2017 she returns to Studio Pittoreska with her brand-new Dance Synthesis Intensives© and as part of the Show in September – an exclusive opportunity to develop & refine your dance technique and inspire your dance journey!

*** Due to great demand we are offering Dance Synthesis Intensives© for another group of 10 dancers: 23/24 September 2017 (Part 1) and 13/14 January 2018 (Part 2) ***

>> Events on facebook: 14/15 January and 2/3 September 2017


Synthesis Weekends – Dance Synthesis Intensives© and more

✩ 10h dance per weekend – 20h immersion with Samantha Emanuel in total!
✩ Dance technique at focus, enriched with dance sequences
✩ EXCLUSIVE small groups of maximum 10 attendees
✩ Optimum benefit & lots of personal feedback
✩ Connection between weekends for best possible development & refinement
✩ Kalāidoscopia Hafla, Q&A Tearoom and Group Dinner – Questions, gathering, talks, inspiration, celebration!
✩ Show on 2nd September with selected Line-up for inspiration


About Samantha Emanuel

True to the spirit of American Tribal Style® , Samantha’s work combines technique gleaned from her studies with the creators of the genre in the USA with that of her own self taught background in the UK. Elegant and classic, strong in carriage: Fusing Victorian and Tribal costume aesthetic, hip hop/modern dance movement strangeness, a respectful take on World Folk dances and professional versatility.

UK-born Samantha had a unique introduction to belly dance in 2005 after she quit her job on a building site to practise the art of belly dance at home. Two years later she was spotted by The Bellydance Superstars and toured the world as the troupe’s only British member, featuring on several BDSS DVDs. After four years with the show she decided to go solo and has been crisscrossing the globe full-time ever since, performing and instructing intensive workshops in over 40 countries. Working both solo and collaboratively with artists at the top of the genre. Her dedication to the art form and it’s power to connect people from all continents keep her on the move.

Samantha, AKA Vagabond Princess, is a committed instructor and performer, well known for her fun and engaging style and accessible approach to teaching. Her workshops are designed to inspire all dancers – from total beginners to dance instructors and aspiring professionals.

Samantha is American Tribal Style® Certified and the first Tribal Fusion instructor to receive the FatChanceBellyDance® ATS General Studio Teacher Certification. She is a qualified Level 3 Mat Pilates instructor VTCV City and Guilds. She has also explored Theatre performance skills at The London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA).


Further information about Samantha:




Dance Synthesis Intensives©

Synthesis: Greek, from syntithenai to put together, from syn- + tithenai to put, place.
This intensive is introductory/improver level, and spaces are limited.

To synthesise (fuse) is the theme.

We will work with Pilates, Yoga and Floor Barre exercises to build strength and balance. Tribal Fusion technique is the focus with sequences included to put the technique to practice. Imagery will be used to help assimilate movement. All designed to enhance your dance skill set. There will be improvisation sections included: Listen to your body, move with ease and find freedom in the subtle nuances, inner rhythm and flow. A great opportunity to work deeply in a small group with plenty of one to one attention!

The two weekends will be connected. You will have the opportunity to go away practice homework tasks, then return to further develop your dance ability, receiving feedback from Samantha. Practice progressions to inspire you on your dance journey will be added during the second weekend. It is not obligatory to attend both intensives but it is encouraged! 


Kalāidoscopia Hafla, Q&A Tearoom and Group Dinner

Time to get to know each other, ask questions, exchange experiences and of course also to get comfy and relaxed – we will have earned it!

✩ Kalāidoscopia Hafla at Studio Pittoreska is not a show but a cosy evening to celebrate dance and the community – apéro, musik and dance without a set line-up or stage. Dancers of all levels & styles are welcome to present a piece in a supportive circle, in costume or very casual, choreographed or improvised…be inspired and bring your friends, family or just a wine ;-) 

✩ Q&A Tearoom as a relaxed Apéro at the Studio right after our dance training – Time to ask questions and discuss with Samantha and your fellow dance colleagues

✩ Group Dinner at the Libanese Restaurant – shared time and a delicious buffet (Setting off from the Studio at 7pm or meeting directly at the restaurant shortly after)


Synthesis Show on Saturday, 2nd September 2017

Infos to be announced.


Group 1 – Part I: 14/15 January 2017 * AUSVERKAUFT *

Group 1 – Part II: 2/3 September 2017 * AUSVERKAUFT *

Saturday, 2 September 2017

 1030 — 1300 Dance training: Dance Synthesis Intensives©
1300 — 1400 Lunch break
1400 — 1630 Dance training: Dance Synthesis Intensives©
TBA Show

Sunday, 3 September 2017

 1100 — 1330 Dance training: Dance Synthesis Intensives©
1330 — 1430 Lunch break
1430 — 1700 Dance training: Dance Synthesis Intensives©


Group 2 – Part I: 23/24 September 2017

Saturday, 23 September 2017

 1030 — 1300 Dance training: Dance Synthesis Intensives©
1300 — 1400 Lunch break
1400 — 1630 Dance training: Dance Synthesis Intensives©
From 1900 Kalāidoscopia Hafla

Sunday, 24 September 2017

 1100 — 1330 Dance training: Dance Synthesis Intensives©
1330 — 1430 Lunch break
1430 — 1700 Dance training: Dance Synthesis Intensives©


Group 2 – Part II: 13/14 January 2018

Saturday, 13 January 2018

 1030 — 1300 Dance training: Dance Synthesis Intensives©
1300 — 1400 Lunch break
1400 — 1630 Dance training: Dance Synthesis Intensives©
1630 — 1900 Q&A Tearoom
1900 Group Dinner

Sunday, 14 January 2018

0930 — 1200 Dance training: Dance Synthesis Intensives©
1200 — 1230 Lunch break
1230 — 1500 Dance training: Dance Synthesis Intensives©



Earlybird (fee per weekend) for registration & payment until 01.07.2017 CHF 320.-
Regular (fee per weekend) for registration & payment from 02.07.2017 CHF 370.-
Group Dinner (Libanese buffet and drinks at your own expense, from CHF 25.-) individual
Showticket for Saturday, 2nd September 2017 TBA


About Studio Pittoreska

Linsebühlstrasse 41, 9000 St. Gallen (in the basement – please ring the bell)
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Spaces are limited to 10 attendees to provide an optimum and immersed training with an exclusively small group – therefore, an early registration is worthwhile.

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Previous workshops at Studio Pittoreska:

  • Fusion Finesse with Kami Liddle (USA) – A Fusion Bellydance Immersion: 10h+ workshops, group dinner, hafla from 19-21 May 2017
  • 6-Week courses with Elenita Queiróz (BRA): Brazilian Beat Dance & Contemporary Dance in January/February 2017
  • Dance Synthesis Intensives© Level I with Samantha Emanuel (GB/F) on 14/15 January 2017
  • Dancehall Fusion Bellydance with Melli Sarina (D) on 17 Dezember 2016
  • Burlesque Dance with Mirabelle Chococoo (ZH) on 19 November 2016
  • Workshop and 6-week course ‘Experience the Beat of Brazilian Dance’ with Elenita Queiróz (BRA) on 16 July and 21 Juli – 25 August 2016
  • Drill&Grill 2016 with Amanda Pittoreska and Melli Sarina (D): 2 Weekends, 10 Workshops, 20+ hrs of dance & technique from head to toe on 9/10 July and 21/21 August 2016
  • Burlesque Dance with Mirabelle Chococoo (ZH) on 4 November 2016
  • Anniversay workshops Fusion Bellydance Introduction & Spring Polishing with Amanda Pittoreska on 30 April 2016
  • Workshop weekend with Samantha Emanuel (GB/FR) – 3 days, 6 workshops, 12 hours of dance from 18–20 March 2016
  • Introductory workshop “Feel the Beat of Brazilian Dance” with Elenita Queiróz (Brasilien) on 20 February 2016
  • Indian Fusion Intensive “RUBIN – Mūlādhāra Chakra” with Josefine Wandel (D) on 9/10 January 2016
  • Tribal & Indian Fusion with Josefine Wandel (D) on Saturday, 12 September 2015
  • Drill&Grill 2015 with Amanda: three Saturdays, 9 workshops, 15 hours of dance & technique from head to toe on 25 July, 8 August and 22 August 2015
  • Introductory workshop with Amanda on Saturday, 10 May 2014
  • Introductory workshop with Amanda on Saturday, 3 May 2014
  • Introductory workshop with Amanda on Saturday, 26 April 2014