In 1995, Liz began her journey into belly dance on a whim by walking into a class with a friend. The empowering spirit of the dance and fellowship hooked her immediately and it wasn’t long before she co-founded a Middle Eastern dance company with fellow dance sisters. Zivah Saphirah specialized in studying and performing Egyptian cabaret and folkloric dances.
Liz loved the way she felt when she danced but found self-confidence a constant challenge. Upon discovering American Tribal Style (ATS)® she was drawn to the strong and powerful aesthetic of the format but there were no classes available in the city. Not to be thwarted, Liz spent several years studying all the ATS® videos and materials she could get her hands on. In 1999 Liz’s prayers were answered when Megha returned to Birmingham. Liz began taking classes with Megha and her love for the dance blossomed. Her experience leading a dance company and dedication to ATS® led to an invitation to join Devyani Dance Company in 2004. Since then, she has had the pleasure of teaching and performing ATS®throughout the United States.
Through the dance Liz found a conduit for self-confidence and she set out to share it with as many people as she could. She received her American Tribal Style® General Skills and Teacher Certification in April 2007 followed by her Teacher Training 2 (TT2) Certification in 2009. She was honored to be accepted into the first Advanced Teacher Training in San Francisco and completed the two-week intensive in June 2015.
Currently Liz is sharing the gift of ATS®and the remarkable community it fosters by teaching weekly classes in Birmingham, Alabama as an ATS® belly dance Sister Studio CE(?) (SSCE) instructor and by lending her knowledge and skills to the position of assistant director of Devyani Dance Company and Dala (a local collective).
Director Shay Moore has been teaching and performing bellydance in Seattle and around the nation for over ten years. She was the first instructor to receive dual teaching certifications in both the Gypsy Caravan and ATS® formats, which combined with her background in cabaret and folkloric styles, allowed her to develop a signature blended style of tribal fusion which she continues to build upon today. She has directed multiple nationally acclaimed performance troupes, and teaches popular weekly classes in the Seattle area. Shay has had the honor of being hosted as a featured instructor and performer at some of the largest tribal bellydance festivals in the world, including Tribal Fest, Tribal Revolution,Tribal Quest Northwest, and 3rd Coast Tribal. In 2007, her work was internationally recognized when Shay was nominated Instructor of the Year in the Zaghareet Magazine people’s choice awards, alongside Carolena Nericcio.
American Cabaret | 98406
The talented Kat is a belly dance professional of many talents. She dances, teaches, and produces belly dance shows in Tacoma, WA. She is known for her lovely stage presence, where she dances with humor, style, and grace. Audiences are especially delighted when she dances with her very talented dance partner Antonio, the famous belly dancing boa.
Kat has trained intensively for over 6 years with Washington State’s finest dancers. She strives for excellence in technique and precision, and is well known for her dramatic showmanship. Kat’s dedication has been recognized by many in her audiences as well as judges at regional belly dance competition. She is honored to have accumulated a remarkable list of titles at competitions such as Belly Dancer USA, La Danse Orientale’, and International Ambassador of Belly Dance Competition.
Kat also produces multiple belly dance shows. Her monthly hafla, the Tacoma Belly Dance Revue, showcases dancers from the Pacific Northwest and is now into a successful 2nd year. She has also hosted “Homes for the Holiday’s” an animal rescue benefit and “Fables”, an extraordinary collection of fairytales represented by belly dancers.
In addition to dance, Kat hosts a podcast called, “Shut Up! and Shimmy!” It is a free interview show dedicated to belly dance education and advice. Through this effort Kat is able to honor and memorialize the dancing careers of local dancers each week. And you can listen to the podcast at http://www.suaspodcast.com
Egyptian | 20852
Leilah began teaching bellydance in the winter of 2013/2014. As a teacher, she develops a curriculum that conditions the body for dance before delving into the multifaceted cultural aspects, movement technique, and vocabulary. She offers classes at Rendezvous at the Beginner and Intermediate level.
Technique class format includes: (1) beginning with stretching to awaken and activate muscles and improve flexibility (2) drills and conditioning of the legs, arms, and abdominal muscles to prep them for movement, and to improve physical fitness and toning of the body, (3) Breakdown technique of select movements as well as body alignment and posture, often including choreography or combos to enhance memory and to apply movements learned. (4) Cool down stretches are where flexibility can be increased and muscles can begin to recover.
Leilah’s Bellydance Cardio Class is designed to get blood flowing with movements inspired by several different styles of bellydance. The focus is conditioning the body for bellydance through full body strengthening, low impact cardio, and feminine movement; most of the class is spent in constant movement similar to Zumba or other dance-cardio formats. No experience required!
American Cabaret | 17257
Deborah teaches weekly classes, private lessons and specialty workshops in her studio in Shippensburg. She is available to teach workshops at your location. Deborah continues her own education through intensive study programs, preferably ones that involve travel! Learn the art of belly dance in a friendly and supportive environment.
Need help putting together a flirty Arabic pop number or a knock ’em dead drum solo? Need a few ideas to finish a choreography? Want to add to your combination “recipe book”? Are you wondering what should I do with this cane? Deborah is available for choreography, combinations and inspiration. Deborah has experience with veils, fan veils, canes and swords.
Vikki Gale has been a professional tribal style belly dancer since 2000. She is drawn to tribal style because she enjoys the spontaneity of the dance along with the camaraderie that is shared between dancers. She is currently co-director of Hipnosis, director of student troupe Daughters of the Hip, owner of Tribal Bellies Dance Studio where she teaches improv tribal and tribal fusion classes, and can be seen dancing regularly at Samarkand Restaurant in Feasterville, PA.