Crystal Simpson

Crystal has been dancing for 12 years and is very well known in the industry.

Inspiration struck after seeing a performance at a hen party and she immediately started classes the very next week. Her love for this dance and passion for teaching this ancient art outweighed the joy of her job and she took the plunge 6 years ago to quit her job at Deloite Forensic Division and danced her way to success.

Her passion lies in the ability of this dance to allow ladies to value and appreciate their bodies and bring out their inner diva. Through belly dance, she has come into contact with many women from varying walks of life, different shapes, sizes, ages all joining for their own personal reasons but discovering something that has enriched their lives forever! “I consider myself truly blessed knowing that I can help women on this journey of discovering their true strength”, she says.

Crystal always aims to provide opportunities for her +/- 60 students to share their confidence and love for dance by performing at events and parties all across the county. Growing up in Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats she also firmly believes in giving back to the community. She shares her passion by performing at various charity organisations as well as hosting various drives and fundraisers, one of them was a food drive in which enough resources were collected to provide a much needed sandwiches every Thursday to the children of St Augustine for the next 3 months. Some of her most exciting performances to date include  Expresso show SABC 1’s Selematunzi Arabian Night’s party (Jay Z's 2nd party in CT which was attended by Lil Wayne, Virgin Airlines CEO to name but a few), Kuier Magazine Annual Women's day Gala Dinner, The V&A waterfront’s International Oriental Festival, International Kite Festival, Annual Community Chest Carnival, Cape Town Carnival 2012, 2013 & 2014 parade as well as performing for the Prince of Saudi Arabia on his visit to South Africa

'We as woman lead very demanding lives and I wanted to create a place where woman can come and reconnect with themselves. i started this school because of my believe in the power of this dance, it heals it builds it restores. This is more than just a job to me this is my life;  and Hip Fusion is a place where friendships are formed, confidence restored and support and love felt. Besides there is nothing more fulfilling seeing my students transform into a self-assured confident woman….. From a shy student to a phenomenal fabulous confident diva!” i love to perform, i come alive when i hear that first drum beat and that note hits me; but what i feel when i teach that hits me straight in the heart and soul of who i am. To be able to share and connect with women by giving them the power of this dance that is the core of who i am!! I want to be able to touch and change as many lives one hip drop at a time.'

Crystal Simpson is living proof that finding a job you love can lead to both professional and personal fulfilment.. live the job you love…

Articles about the Teacher

Cape Town Weekend Argus - Journalist who wrote about her experience at one of Hip Fusions classes 

Spice for Life article on Woman who inspire


 Health 24 article about a journalist who attended the classes herself to write about her first hand experience

 Training and workshops

Various Other Training and workshops attended with local and international performers/teachers:  Tenille Lindique (Feminine Divine), Natasha Van der merwe (Hip Circle),  Ava Van Aarde (Akasha), Rania  (Belly Dance Superstar) USA, Tamalyn Dallal and various 


Intensive Internationally recognised Teacher Training
Level 1 & 2 with world renowned Master Teacher Hadia

2 day Tribal Fusion workshop with amazing Sharon Kihara. This was truly an honor as she is one of my dance icons

2 day Tribal Fusion workshop with Kimberley Mackoy (UK)

6months Hip Hop & African Contemporary classes with Bheki Ndlovo

LATRINA BOLGER was in Cape Town on tour with Rihanna as one of her lead dancers and i had the amazing opportunity to do a Hip Hop workshop with her some credits include: Rihanna, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Will Smith, Ne-Yo, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Basement Jaxx, Nick Cannon and many more.

2 Day ATS Workshop with Heather from Tribal Angels a Certified Fat Chance Belly Dance Sister Studio

1 Day Tribal Fusion Workshop

Master class for teachers with International star Danisa Argentina

Martha Nicholas was in Cape Town on tour with Rihanna as a lead dancer and i had an amazing opportunity to do a Contemporary workshop with her some credits include: Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Kylie Minogue, Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Jessie J, SYTYCD Season 2, Criss Angel (Believe) and many more.

Training in Egypt

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