Liz Malcom

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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).

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

Basma

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Blessed with an energetic spirit and inviting presence, Basma has been dancing for most of her life. As a child, she studied ballet, tap and jazz dance before shifting to various forms of underground dance during her teen years. While pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Women's Studies, Basma discovered a love for teaching and performing as well as a fervor for improving women's lives through female empowerment. Combining these passions brought her to the world of Middle Eastern dance. Basma studied with some of the best instructors in her area and built upon this training by studying with international bellydance stars such as Amar Gamal, Ansuya, Aziza of Montreal, Jill Parker, Mira Betz, Petite Jamilla, Ruby Beh, Sadie and Sedona. Most recently, Basma completed a weeklong dance intensive with international superstar Aziza of Montreal in Asheville, NC. Middle Eastern dance is a rare art form that is not only mesmerizingly beautiful to watch; it also has the power to heal and nourish a woman's mind, body and soul. Basma invites you to experience the splendor of Middle Eastern dance!

Aziza

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Aziza has taught and perfomed Egyptian Classic Middle Eastern Belly Dance for more than 40 years in and around the Birmingham, Alabama USA area. During this time, she traveled to Egypt to study under the legendary Nagwa Fouad. While in Cairo, Egypt, Aziza participated in the first belly dance contest held for non-Egyptian dancers which was judged by Ms. Fouad as well as her fellow Egyptian dance superstar, Sohair Zaki, and Aziza won first place. The tour of Egypt and contest which featured performers from the United States was featured in a segment of ABC’s “20/20″.

She also performed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL for Prince Fahad of Saudi Arabia at a banquet he held for dignitaries at the base before his return to Saudi Arabia.

She also traveled and performed with the Birmingham-based Greek band, The Spartans, who entertained Greek audiences in the Southeast.

Aziza has also studied with American dance legends Dahlena, Cassandra, Dalilah, and Ibrahim Farrah as well as Egyptian masters Mahmoud Reda, Raqia Hassan and Mohamad Khalil. She has performed throughout the southeast for both American, Greek and Middle Eastern sponsored events.

Aziza has been featured many times in Dance Publications around the U.S. Read the History as told by Aziza, Middle East in the South East from Caravan Dance Magazine, and Dancer Spotlight from “Joy of Belly Dancing.”

Arianna

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With her unique style and incredible talent, Arianna's performances are mesmerizing. Her fluid movement and precise technique stems from over a decade of study of numerous belly dance styles. Arianna is an instructor and performer is the founder and director of Village Plains Tribal Fusion in Auburn, AL. As one of the first instructors and performers in the Auburn area, she is a trailblazer for the dance in her community. Arianna strives to share this art form with everyone and continues to learn every day. Her dance is an expression of her passion of her art and her own spiritual journey.

Oreet

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Oreet, a native New Yorker, is the founder of SharQui – The bellydance workout®. She is a dance and fitness presenter as well as an award-winning performer. Her dance specialty is Modern Egyptian, which is a contemporary and innovative twist on the traditional Egyptian style. It fuses modern dance, ballet and her Yemenite/Israeli roots to create her high energy bellydance style. As a performer and teacher Oreet combines passion, grace, athleticism and hip precision in order to give a refined performance.

Along with teaching, Oreet certifies dancers and fitness professionals in the SharQui format nationally and internationally. She holds the titles Bellydancer of the Year 2007, Entertainer of the Year 2006, Jewel of the Nile 2006, Bellydance Diva 2005 and is the reigning Middle Eastern Dance Champion of North America. For more info on where Oreet is teaching, please go to www.sharqui.com. Oreet now resides in the Greater Philadelphia area.

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!