Colleen Wilde is an international bellydance performer, instructor, and event sponsor. Originally from the United States, she is currently located in Seoul, South Korea. Colleen is the owner and director of Seoul Bellydance.
Colleen grew up studying ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap, in addition to voice and theatre. She graduated from the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and went on to tour with Bodiography New York, Ballet Box and Visions Contemporary Dance. She trained with the Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh, Labco Dance, and at Point Park University.
Colleen began bellydancing while studying at University in her home town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has trained extensively in Tribal, Raqs Sharki and folkloric styles of bellydance, taking classes and workshops in the US, Canada, France, Bali, Thailand, Egypt and Korea. She has performed in the US, Canada, France, South Korea, Japan and Egypt.
From 2010-2014, Colleen taught and performed in the bellydance entertainment industry throughout South Korea. She performed in large festivals like the Korea Experimental Arts Festival, the Bucheon International Performance Art Festival, the Samcheonpo International Performance Art Festival, and the Chungju International Performance Art Festival. In 2012, Colleen competed and won in her category at the Tokyo International Bellydance Competition. Throughout 2013, Colleen performed in the monthly Shake Shop series in Seoul, bellydancing with some of the biggest names in Korea’s indie music scene like Jambinai, Harry Big Button, Love X Stereo, Galaxy Express, Modsdive and Apollo 18. In July 2013, Colleen made it through to the finals in the first ever Top Talent Korea, and was invited back to perform as a special guest in the finale showcase.
Colleen regularly travels internationally to further her dance training. She has spent weeks in intense study with local dance masters in Cairo, Egypt, traveling neighbouring countries and immersing herself in Middle Eastern culture. She was personally invited by Madame Raqia Hassan to perform in her celebrated Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival in April 2014. Colleen completed 200 hours of teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Rishikesh, India. In December 2014, she attended the first ever SHRQ Symposium on Middle Eastern Culture in Prague, with celebrated ethnologists, anthropologists, and ethnomusicologists including Farida Fahmy, Sahra C. Kent, Morocco, and Karin Van Nieuwkerk.
Colleen is a 5 time Bellydance Evolution alumni, joining the cast for tours of Alice in Wonderland and Fantasm. She has performed featured roles in both productions. Highlights of her time with Bellydance Evolution include dancing on the stage at City Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center in the prestigious Peridance Showcase and Bookings Dance Festival, performing at the celebrated Ford Theatres in Los Angeles, and performing in the US debut of the new show Fantasm.
In August 2018, Colleen produced Sleeping Beauty, a full length theatrical bellydance drama, featuring Mazagat, Sahra DeRoy, and Kaitlyn Bellydance of North Carolina. The sold out debut attracted interest from producers along the East Coast, touring into the south of the United States.
From 2016 to 2019 Colleen owned and operated her own studio in the United States, where she facilitated regular classes, workshops, and events. It served as the home base of her performance troupe, Mazagat. Her studio regularly facilitated charity driven classes to benefit the Pittsburgh community. She also coproduces a Refugee Benefit Concert with band King Fez. To date they have raised over $4000 for displaced people arriving in Pittsburgh.
In 2019 Colleen returned to Seoul and established Seoul Bellydance. She teaches weekly classes and produces Seoul Bellydance Party, a regular bellydance variety show, in the Haebangchon area of Seoul.