Merrybellies Belly Dance

News & Events Archives 


Calendar Listing of Past Events (only public events are listed)

Private performances have been held at: people's homes, restaurants & bars, places of business, hotels and convention centers, parks & museums, churches, and many other locations. Jillanna and her dancers also act, model, and enjoy collaboration in creative projects!

Schedule a public or private performance or workshop by contacting Jillanna.





Oct 29, 2016 ~ Halloween Show at Ziggy's, Chattanooga, TN (Underground Oasis: Primal Dreams)

Oct 22, 2016 ~ Greek Night at Portofino's, East Ridge, GA

Oct 15, 2016 ~ Bentoberfest (private party), Roswell, GA

Sept 29, 2016 ~ Henna at International Festival at UTC, Chattanooga, TN

Sept 24, 2016 ~ Performance at wedding of Jenna and James Lowe, Hixson, TN

Sept 10, 2016 ~ Global Hafla for Humanity: Bellydancers Unite for Yazidi Women and Girls. Master Seo's Martial Arts, Dalton, GA.

August 6, 2016 ~ Henna at the Mixed Up Cup, Ooltewah, TN

August 4, 2016 ~ Belly Dance performance at Garden Plaza, Ooltewah, TN

July 30, 2016 ~ Underground Oasis: Necrodomicon at Ziggy's, Chattanooga, TN

July 29, 2016 ~ Ladies Night at the Georgia Winery, Ringgold, GA (Henna & Belly Dance Workshop)

July 22, 2016 ~ Luau at Seo's Martial Arts, Fort Oglethorpe, GA (Hula & Tahitian Workshop for kids)

June 25, 2016 ~ Luau Wine Fest at Georgia Winery, Ringgold, GA (Hula & Tahitian Performance)

June 21, 2016 ~ Dalton Library Festival, Mack-Gaston Community Center, Dalton, GA (Belly dance workshop for kids)

May 21, 2016 ~ Kish Restaurant, Marietta, GA

April 15, 2016 ~ Performance at Chattanooga Steampunk Expo, Chattanooga Choo Choo.

March 19, 2016 ~ Chattanooga Raqs at the Centennial Theater of the Chattanooga Choo Choo, sponsored by Raqetts and Alexandria. Featured performer/teacher: Aegela.

March 5, 2016 ~ Gems of the Oasis 10th Annual Student Show at Barking Legs Theater, Chattanooga, TN, followed by the 2 hour Underground Oasis: Devil Feature.

February 27, 2016 ~ Greek Night at Portofino's! Live performance to the music of Grecian Echoes. East Ridge, TN. Jillanna was joined by Jenna Littel and Alexandria.

February 12, 2016 ~ Circus themed performance at Gwendolyn's Bleeding Heart Ball, Heritage Park, Chattanooga, TN.

January 29-31, 2016 ~ Chattacon 41 ~ Performance at the Centennial Theater of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Belly Dance workshops with Jillanna.


2014 -15: So busy... Still have not caught up with the updates, but here are a few!


August 9: Steampunk Expo at Chattanooga Choo Choo. We opened for Voltaire! Member of several troupes combined to create a steampunk-themed 45 minute show.

July 18 & 19: Art, Yoga, Belly Dance! at Moon Haven Studio. Workshops included belly dance, drawing, and yoga. The workshops shared a common theme: shapes, lines, space and negative space


July 13: Pygmie Pawlooza benefit for Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care at Davis Cattle Arena. Performances by troupes and solos by Jillanna and Dawn-Marie.

June 28: Hula and Tahitian dance performance at the Georgia Winery for their annual Luau to benefit the Rotary Club.

May 31: Desert Sirens perform at Meaux's grand opening in East Ridge, TN

April 27: Jillanna appears as Revha Baab (Orion dancer) at Trek Trax Atlanta, performing and teaching a belly dance workshop.


April 26: Greek Night at Portofino's (Jenna performs with Jillanna)


April 26: Carmen competes in the Klingon Beauty Pageant at Trek Trax Atlanta.

March 7: Cheeky Nefertitis and Corpsewax Dollies perform: The Drug Show at Ziggys.

February 21-23: Jillanna and Carmen perform with Moonhoar at Connooga. Jillanna teaches a belly dance workshop for children.

January 2014: Sisters of Seduction (Orion dance troupe) performs a one hour show at Chattacon.



2012-2013 (updates TBA! I'm too busy dancing & teaching to update and will try to catch up later)

Saturday April 27, 2013: Gems of the Oasis 8th Annual Belly Dance Show & Fantastic Fusion Double Feature (performances by 8 Merrybellies troupes, plus solos and duets). 

Friday April 26, 2013: The Georgia Winery Girls Night Out included belly dance workshop by Jillanna and performances by Jillanna and Daphne.

Saturday & Sunday April 21, 2013: Trek Trax Atlanta performances by Sisters of Seduction & their Klingon counterparts. Dance workshop by Revha Baab (Jillanna). 



Saturday December 17, 2011: Dollies Xmas Show at Ziggys.

Wednesday November 23, 2011: Vegas Show at Comedy Catch (with Jerry Harvey).

Saturday November 5, 2011: Cherry Bomb Party and Workshop, Moon Haven Studio.

Saturday October 29, 2011: Greek Night at Portofino's, East Ridge.

Friday October 28, 2011: Troupe performances at Hallowcon, Dalton, GA.

Thursday October 27, 2011: Stallions & Stilettos Variety Show, Images, East Ridge, TN.

Saturday October 15, 2011: Pixie Dust's Alice in Wonderland Extravaganza, Dalton, GA.

Thursday October 6, 2011: Sweet Diversity, East Ridge.

Saturday September 24, 2011: Greek Night at Portofino's, East Ridge.

Friday September 16, 2011: Henna Lounge Party at Moon Haven Studio (performances, henna, workshop).

Sunday September 11, 2011: Henna offered at Hixson Museum of Flight Car, Boat & Motorcycle Show.

Saturday August 13, 2011: Dollies show at Ziggys (with Stoneline & Dynamo)

Saturday August 6, 2011: Greek Night at Portofino's, East Ridge.

Saturday July 16, 2011: Greek Night at Portofino's, East Ridge.

Saturday June 4, 2011: Greek Night at Portofino's, East Ridge.

Friday June 3, 2011: Dollies show at Ziggy's (with Stoneline)


Wednesday May 11, 2011: Hula by Jillanna at BHC (Cleveland, TN)



Tuesday May 10, 2011: Hula by Jillanna at NHC (Georgia)

Saturday March 19, 2011: Greek Night (Jillanna, Carmen, and Rochelle belly dancing to live music by Grecian Echoes at Portofino's (East Ridge)

Saturday February 19, 2011: Hauntsville musical celebrating the revival of Shock Theater (Chattanooga Choo Choo Bicentenniel Auditorium)

Sunday February 13, 2011: Make it over with Music Benefit at The Honest Pint (Chattanooga, TN)

Saturday February 5, 2011: Merrybellies 6th Annual Gems of the Oasis Show and Fantastic Creatures Fusion Belly Dance Extravaganza (Chattanooga, TN)

Saturday January 8, 2011: Ziggy's Benefit (Chattanooga, TN)



Saturday December 11, 2010: Downtown Sound, with Stoneline (Cleveland, TN)

Wednesday November 10, 2010: Nick Bonsanto Show at Comedy Catch (East Ridge, TN)

Friday October 29 & Saturday October 30, 2010: Hallowcon 2010 (Dalton, GA)

Thursday October 7, 2010: Sweet Diversity (East Ridge, TN)

Sunday September 26, 2010: Henna at Culture Fest (Chattanooga, TN)

Saturday September 10 & 11, 2010: OutsideCon 2010 (Montgomery Bell State Park, TN)

Saturday August 28, 2010: All Day Workshops with Jillanna with vending by Faye (Atlanta)

Saturday July 24, 2010: Filming of Jillanna's part (as demonic dancer) in Peripheral by Ken Calloway (Tupelo, MS)

Friday July 23, 2010: Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind Show at 412 Market (Chattanooga)

Thursday July 22, 2010: Show at Greek wine event, Cleveland Country Club (Cleveland, TN)

Sunday July 18, 2010: JJ's Bohemia benefit show (Chattanooga)

Saturday July 17, 2010: Purple Parrot show, with Stoneline (Chattanooga) 

Saturday March 20, 2010: Fantascicon (East Ridge, TN)

Friday March 19, 2010: Fantascicon (East Ridge, TN)

Saturday March 9, 2010: Hi-Ho Lounge, New Orleans

Friday March 8, 2010: Allways Lounge, New Orleans

Friday February 5, 2010: Carnivale of Black Hearts at Flicker Theater, Athens, GA

Sunday January 17, 2010: Miss Chattanooga Pageant with Miss Victoria St. James at Images (Chattanooga, TN)

Saturday January 16, 2010: Merrybellies 5th Annual Belly Dance Showcase (Barking Legs Theater, Chattanooga, TN)



Friday October 30, 2009: Devils Night (Knoxville, TN)

Thursday October 29, 2009: Performance with Danielle Delong at The Jungle (Atlanta, GA)

Friday October 16, 2009: Carnivale of the Black Hearts at Flicker Theater (Athens, GA)

Saturday, September 19, 2009: Space Rock Con 2009 (Jillanna performed with Dark Night of the Soul; Unus Mundus; and Rat Babies) Vision Studios, Atlanta, GA

July 20 & 28, 2009: Turkish Karsilama Performance and Workshop for Creative Discovery Museum Camps, Hixson, TN

Monday, June 29, 2009: Ladies Evening at the Jewish Federation (Belly Dance performance and workshop; also presenting my mother, artist Sandra Babb) Chattanooga, TN

Sunday, June 28, 2009: MSTN Pageant performance with Danielle Delong, Nashville, TN

Saturday, June 6, 2009: Merrybellies Summer Oasis (7pm to 9pm) & Underground Oasis Dollies performance, Chattanooga, TN

May 2009: Performance at Miss USofA Pageant with Danielle Delong, Dallas, TX.

Saturday, April 25, 2009: Underground Oasis: Danse Macabre 7pm until... Dollies performance featuring a Gothic Dance Party with DJ Aeros (co-sponsored by Chattanooga Gothic Projekt) Chattanooga

Monday April 20, 2009: Jillanna & members of Merrybellies troupes perform at Alternative Visions Hair Academy's first annual "Angel Hair Challenge" to benefit local cancer centers (Pulse, 5709 Lee Hwy, Chattanooga, TN)

Saturday March 28, 2009: Dollies perform at Imagicon, Birmingham, AL

Friday & Saturday March 20 & 21, 2009: Jillanna and members of her troupes perform at FANTASCICON East Ridge, TN

March 12, 2009: Jillanna performs and teaches workshop at International Night (representing Jordan), Montessori World of Children, Chattanooga

March 9, 2009: Jillanna teaches Debke workshop at Montessori World of Children, Chattanooga

March 7, 2009: Workshops & Hafla featuring Mahsati Janan at Old Green Eyes, Ringgold

February 24, 2009: Mardi Gras at Aretha Frankensteins, Tremont Street, Chattanooga (Dollies show)

February 21, 2009: Chattanooga Choo Choo Bicentennial Auditorium and Finley Station (Mermaids; Beginner Belly Dance; Advanced Belly Dance workshops with Jillanna; dancing by Jillanna & Dollies)

January 2009: Chattacon 34 at Chattanooga Choo Choo (Belly Dance workshop & performances by Jillanna; Gems of the Oasis; Desert Sirens; and Dollies)



December 13, 2008: Holiday Hafla at Old Green Eyes, Ringgold, GA

November 15th, 2008: Merrybellies 4th Annual Gems of the Oasis Student Show

October 30th: Sweet Diversity (desserts, music, and dance), Big Ridge Elementary School, Hixson (Chattanooga).

October 25th: Performance at Blood Moon Rising (sponsored by Showleh) in Greenville, NC

October 24th: HallowCon (East Ridge, TN)

September 18th: Sweet Diversity (desserts, music, and dance), Heritage Hall, East Brainerd (Chattanooga).

August 22nd: Hafla! Old Green Eyes, Ringgold starting off the weekend of Leyla Jouvana & Roland workshops: potluck dinner, henna, dancing, drumming, & shopping with our vendors Originales by Faye, Beledi Boutique, and Eye Kandy

August 23rd: Leyla Jouvana & Roland SHOW at Old Green Eyes, Ringgold, GA (also featured an array of dancers and troupes from the southeast & beyond) 

August: Jillanna teaches workshops at Girl Scouts Twilight Camp, Chattanooga, TN

June 8: Jillanna and Gems of the Oasis at East Meets West at Chattanooga Market 

May 18: GIVE3 Benefit, Barking Legs Theater, Chattanooga, TN

May 16: performance at Bradley Health Care, Cleveland, TN

April 5: Molly Maguires Benefit at the LOCAL Performance Hall, Chattanooga, TN

March 29th: Workshop with Mahsati Janan (Asheville) & APRIL FOOLS DADA CABARET

March 21st & 22nd: FantaSciCon 2008 (Merrybellies dancers appear as Orion Slave Dancers)

February 23rd: Dollies big debut show at Bicentennial Auditorium, Chattanooga Choo Choo (Plus bellydance workshop with Jillanna)

January 25th to 27th: ChattaCon 33 at Bicentennial Auditorium Chattanooga Choo Choo (plus belly dance workshop with Jillanna)



December 15th: Merrybellies Holiday Hafla & 2007 Student Awards, Old Green Eyes Art Gallery, Ringgold. 

November 20th: Educational Belly Dance Show by Jillanna at Jewish Cultural Center (Noon), East Ridge, TN

November 17th: Merrybellies Gems of the Oasis 3rd Annual Student Show (7 pm); Merrybellies Underground Oasis Performance Art & Experimental Belly Dance Fusion Show (9:30 pm) at Barking Legs Theater, Chattanooga, TN 

November 10th: Jillanna & Desert Sirens at Greenlife Grocery (Whole Foods) Grand Opening (2 pm), Chattanooga, TN

November 4: Jillanna (workshop, performance, henna) at Middle Eastern Day for Women at Jewish Cultural Center, East Ridge, TN 

October 26 to 28: Gems of the Oasis & Jillanna at HallowCon 2007

October 6: Gems of the Oasis, Mermaids, & Jillanna at Grape Stomp 2007 (Georgia Winery, Ringgold)

September 23: Gems of the Oasis & Jillanna at Warner Park Zoo (Wedding)

July 6, 7 & 8: Merrybellies Summer Oasis, featuring Leyla Jouvana & Roland from Germany

June 10: Gems of the Oasis at East Meets West, Chattanooga Market

April 28: Gems of the Oasis at MoonHaven Studio 1st year anniversary hafla

March 30 to April 1: Merrybellies April Fools Dada Cabaret

April 7: Hunter Museum & ARC Multi-Cultural Fair at GPS (belly dance workshop with Jillanna)

March 15: Partnership for Families, Children, & Adults (belly dance workshop with Jillanna)

February 28: Figure 8 Workshop with Jilllanna at Madia's Studio, Chattanooga




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