Kali

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Kali is a dancer and teacher of Improvisational Tribal Style and Tribal Fusion belly dance. She is founder and Co-director of Tribal Desires, a Tribal Fusion/ Tribal Improv troupe. She is also founder and director of Tribal Dreams, a Tribal Style/Folkloric student troupe. Both troupes are based in Charleston, WV.

Although Kali began belly dance classes in 1995, she began her "tribal" dance lessons in 1997 with a 10-day trip to California to take classes from Carolena Nericcio, world-renowned director of FatChanceBellyDance and the creator of the style known as American Tribal Style. Once formally introduced to the tribal style of dance, Kali knew that it was to become her passion.

Upon returning to West Virginia she was able to continue her pursuit of the tribal format by studying ethnic/folkloric dance with Ami Lamborn, and by traveling to dance workshops in nearby states. Later, Kali became a student of Narah, a Tribal Fusion Style teacher, and had the honor of dancing in her student troupe, Tribe of Fires.

Kali's unique approach to this beautiful style of dance is the result of her many influences through workshops and classes. Kali has attended classes/workshops of world-renowned instructors such as Morocco (of New York), Princess Farhana (of California), Conchi (of Ohio), Aegela (of Ohio--awarded the coveted Lifetime Performer’s license by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, an honor held by only 11 foreigners), Arish Lam (of Puerto Rico) and Amaya (of New Mexico), as well as from widely acclaimed and highly honored instructors such as Jill Parker, director of Ultra Gypsy (CA), Zi’ah Ali director of Awalim Dance Company (GA), the Urban Tribal Dance Company (CA), Teresa Tomb, director of Radkadu Gypsy (KY), Neefa and Safa of Khafiff (PA), Shakira (OH), Phyllidia (KY), Maja, the Girl from the Nile, director of Gypsy Tribe (FL), Taletha (KY), Jim Boz and Eyesah (a former Miss America of Belly Dance). Related dance training includes instruction in Congolese and West African dance.

Kali is honored to have been a student of Narah bint Durr and to have taken workshops and classes from the various instructors named above

Amira Nagi

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Samadhi is a performance dance troupe in the Charleston - Huntington area of West Virginia. Their main performance art is tribal fusion belly dance but they also have fire performers, knife twirlers, hula hoopers and Hawaiian hula dancers!

While performing belly dance, the dancers are entertaining themselves as much as they are entertaining the audience. They do a mix of choreographed and improvisational pieces. You'll hear them making “yip” sounds to signal changes. They will also zaghareet to one another to express their enthusiasm and excitement. They'll even laugh and smile if one of the dancers misses a cue - which is always a possibility with improv!

As you can tell, they don't take themselves very seriously. Since these dancers are all about the having fun themselves and making sure the audience is having fun, too, they'll frequently invite the audience to dance with them. They form a circle, designate one dancer as the leader of the chorus (the dancers in the circle), then each dancer rotates into the middle of the circle to dance.

Samadhi was formed in 2004 and is based in South Charleston. Their costuming is an eclectic mix of modern and ethnic pieces from many regions of the world. Much of their jewelry originates from the Kuchi tribe of Afghanistan. For more information on tribal dance or to schedule a performance, please contact Amira

Shay Moore

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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.

Sherrilyn

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Sherrilyn's lengthy history of dance training and performance began with jazz, tap, and modern. Then she added fusion bellydance to the mix, melding her background in other dance styles with her newer training in American, Egyptian, and Turkish bellydance technique. This was followed by training in west African and hip-hop, all while maintaining her interest in jazz, tap, modern, and bellydance.

Now Sherrilyn is a true fusion dancer, performing and teaching a mix of bellydance, tap, jazz, modern, west African, and hip-hop. In additional to solo and duet work with Krista Sassani, she is a Core Facilitation Team member in PURE Philadelphia.

Jeni

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My obsession with belly dance began at seven years old when I was taken to a Moroccan restaurant and adoringly glared at the “sparkly” dancer. I was gifted with a private lesson and the love affair with the dance genre was born. I then made my own costumes, putting on shows for family, and promised myself I would someday become a belly dancer. After only several classes with a belly dance instructor while in college, I was asked to train professionally. After studying traditional styles of the Middle East, I have now adapted my own personal style to reflect the tradition juxtaposed with many years of formal Western dance training. I teach many classes within the Philadelphia area and perform as much as possible. Enjoy my unique fusion of belly dance!

Kat

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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

Deborah Colley

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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.

www.bellydancebydeborah.com

Vikki Gale

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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.