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

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.

Miriam

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Miriam’s unique fusion style has developed through her formal study of Classic Oriental Dance, ATS (American Tribal Style) and its many offshoots, Turkish dance and many styles of Middle Eastern folkloric dance as well.

She specializes in making this beautiful dance form accessible to many who thought they couldn't enjoy learning it. Her understanding of body mechanics and many types of physical limitations, as well as her long time focus on using the correct muscle groups to generate movements all aide her in suggesting adaptions for many types of students.