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Zoe Jakes

A versatile and extremely well-rounded performer, Zoe Jakes has developed an instruction style all her own and is a popular touring instructor, her workshops regularly selling out.

Katarina Burda (an original member of Bal-Anat) is her first teacher and influence, and Zoe was a company member of Katarina's troop Aywah! along with the talented Mira Betz and Elizabeth Strong. She went on to perform with Suhaila Salimpour, spent a few years learning how to get in peoples faces in Extra Action Marching Band and immersed in Americana Vaudeville with The Yard Dogs Road Show. A proud Member of The Indigo Belly Dance Company, Zoe holds Mardi Love and Rachel Brice as her teachers and inspiration. Currently, Zoe Jakes is touring with her band Beats Antique, a group that has 6 albums and hundreds of live shows under their belt. Zoe designs and makes many of her own costumes and co-produces tracks with Beats Antique, also adding set designer and stylist to her body of work.

Zoe Jakes has the desire and opportunity to bring belly dance to the masses, having performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonneroo in front of thousands of people that don't know belly dance from an elephant. It is her passion that Belly Dance can get a wider recognition and respect, and her classes reflect that with a focus on strong technique and long term motivation.

Zoe has classes at her home studio, Coven, in Oakland, travels all over the US to teach and perform and has many classes on www.DaturaOnline.com.

In 2015 Zoe launched her own tribal fusion belly dance format, DanceCraftTM. The purpose of this accredited dance program is to provide a structure in which dancers can progress towards

an achievable goal and to provide an opportunity to build a dancer's skills intelligently and clearly. This format applies strong technical training as a framework for artistry and creative expression.

DanceCraft focuses on dance technique, strength and flexibility, musicality, choreography, improvisation, critical thinking, stamina, analysis, teamwork, belly dance history, teaching and creating original work.

http://zoejakes.com/

Moria Chappell

Moria Chappell travels across the globe performing and teaching the exquisite art of tribal fusion bellydance.

 

Beginning her dance career in Atlanta, GA in 2001 with the Tribal Fusion belly dance troupe Awalim Dance Company, Moria moved to San Francisco in 2005 to study with The Suhaila Dance School, and was invited to join The Suhaila Dance Company and Bal Anat, from which she learned the extreme muscle control and isolation fundamental to her current style.

 

That same year she was invited to join The Bellydance Superstars and thus her world travels began.  Moria has headlined more than 100 dance festivals worldwide and continues to tour as a soloist performing and teaching all that she has learned throughout her global travels.

 

In the last 10 years Moria has traveled to Thailand, India, Cambodia, Singapore, China, Hawaii, Tahiti, Easter Island, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and beyond to find the oldest styles of temple and sacred dance to learn and incorporate into her field of study, performances, and workshops.  Because of her eye witness and first hand exposure to the lands and people of the pockets of the Earth that still hold ancient dances intact, her research is unique, genuine, and authentic. www.moriachappell.com

http://www.moriachappell.com/

Kami Liddle

Kami Liddle has been a student of dance since she was 4 years old including ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip hop. After a brief interlude as a musician, Kami reunited with dance when she was 18 years old when she began to study cabaret style belly dance until she found her passion in improvisational belly dance via Fat Chance Belly Dance. Kami holds a B.A. in Art with a Minor in Dance from the University of Nevada, Reno.

 

In 2005, Kami auditioned and was invited to join the Bellydance Superstars (BDSS), a professionally touring belly dance company produced by music industry legend Miles Copeland (manager/producer of bands such as ‘The Police,’ ‘Billy Idol,’ and “The Bangles’). Beginning as a principal dancer, Kami soon became a soloist and contributing choreographer. In 2007, she became the Director of the ‘Tribal Superstars,’ the tribal fusion belly dance ensemble of BDSS, while continuing to develop her solo career traveling internationally to perform and teach workshops. She toured with BDSS internationally for nearly 6 years, performing in 18 countries including performances for the Prince of Monaco and the Consul General of Morocco. 7 of Kami’s internationally touring choreographies have been featured on PBS.

In 2010, Kami decided to leave BDSS in order to pursue her art as a solo artist and work collaboratively with dancer and musician Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique, a musical group that incorporates live dance and performance in their multimedia shows and music videos. Kami toured the U.S. with Beats Antique for 2 years performing at numerous well known venues including Lollapalooza in Chicago, The Staples Center in Los Angeles, Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park and the Fillmore, both in San Francisco. Her dancing is also featured in their music videos “Revival” and “Cat Skillz.”

Kami decided to leave Beats Antique in 2012 to meet the continued request for additional solo performances and workshops worldwide. Since leaving the group, she has been hosted in over 20 countries as a performer and teacher.

In order to fulfill her artistic vision and use her abilities to the fullest, Kami decided to return to her love of group choreography. Selecting five colleagues from an array of the Bay Area’s leading belly dance companies, Kami formed Gold Star Dance Company in early 2013. Together they set out to combine this young and constantly evolving dance style with elements of jazz, modern, hip hop and classical ballet. They have performed on for numerous events including the main stage at the festival Lightning in a Bottle, for Lucas Films at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, and 2 West Coast tours with Bay Area based band Junk Parlor. Gold Star Dance Company and Kami Liddle’s choreography is featured in Junk Parlor’s music video “Si Tu Savais” and Kami is featured on percussion on their latest album “Melusina.”

http://kamiliddle.com

Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Michelle Sorensen is a professional Belly Dancer with over a decade of dedicated dance training. She began her studies under the direction of Kismet School of Dance (American), Kashmir Dance Company (ATS & Tribal Fusion), Trisha Mcbride (Tribal Fusion and Experimental) and more recently Rachel Brice (8 elements Practitioner Phases 1,2,&3 Initiation, Cultivation, and Culmination Certified) and Stephanie Buranek (Cabaret/Egyptian). She has also sought continued instruction through workshops and other events from some of the most innovative dancers in and out of the belly dance scene. Along with bellydance, she has discovered a love for the Aerial Arts, Exotic Dance, Contemporary Dance and Dancehall/Twerk. “Cross-training” in these genres of dance has helped her with stamina, strength, flexibility and finding her own artistic voice. Her life is also occupied with being a mother of 2 sweet little girls who are a constant inspiration to push boundaries and a reminder to explore! She is available for instruction, private lessons and workshops both locally and internationally.

https://www.michellesbelly.com/

Michelle Sorensen

Nathalie tedrick

Nathalie Tedrick is a SAG actress and professional Belly Dancer native to the San Francisco Bay Area. She toured extensively with The Bellydance Superstars and has more recently performed with Thievery Corporation and Beats Antique. Nathalie's work has been featured on PBS, BBC, ABC, national and international commercials, music videos, and film. She began her performance career as a lead actress with Avalon Players Shakespeare Company, later developing her technique in various Los Angeles studios under the direction of Deb Aquila, Brian Reise, Cliff Osmond, Donna Morong, Erin Cardillo, Jen Dede, Wendy Haines, and locally in the Bay Area with Rachael Adler. As a child, her primary dance instructor was Amee Alioto of Sonoma, CA who taught her Jazz and Tap. As a teenager she studied Belly Dance with Anne Ziemienski of Glen Ellen, CA  and later with Terry DelGiorno of San Rafael, CA. Nathalie attributes much of her growth as a Belly Dancer to the principal dancers of the Bellydance Superstars, with whom she toured internationally from age nineteen to twenty-six. Nathalie loves teaching and performing regularly throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

https://www.nathalietedrick.com/

A professional troupe of Tribal Style belly dancers, teaching and performing in Sonoma County, California and around the world. This powerhouse group of women first bonded through their love of dance and passion for ATS® and have danced together since 2005. In 2008, they created WildCard BellyDance in a desire to explore and expand their creative boundaries. Years of work as a troupe resulted in their own unique and ever-evolving Tribal Style dialect. WildCard Troupe members have all become adept at blending their individual strengths, on and off the dance floor, to keep WildCard BellyDance on the forefront of creativity and innovation.

http://www.wildcardbellydance.com/

Wildcard

terriAnne Gutierrez

TerriAnne Gutierrez, director of award-winning troupe Joweh R.A.W and a lifelong student of dance, has specialized in Modern Egyptian and American Cabaret, with stylistic influences from some of the forerunners of Egyptian Dance, including the great classic performers Samia Gamal and Tahia Karioca. 

 

TerriAnne has been the featured performer at many prestigious San Francisco Clubs and restaurants, made several television appearances, spent years performing for the local Middle Eastern community at their weddings, parties, special events and was selected by the San Francisco Egyptian community to perform for the Egyptian Consulate to the United States on a very special visit to San Francisco.

 

TerriAnne is also a musician and can often be seen performing with the renowned Middle Eastern drummer, Susu Pampanin and the Georges Lammans Ensemble. She plays with local Turkish groups as well. 

 

Her home base is Sebastopol CA where she produces the festival Sirens Fest and runs her own theater, art center and dance studio, called Sirens. 

 

She is the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Sirens Studio for Youth and the Arts. 

 

Her DVD; Zill Drills, 15 MUST KNOW ZILL patterns for belly dancers 

and

CD; Rhythm Drills, 12 Middle Eastern rhythms every belly dancer should know are available on Amazon and Hollywood Music Center.

https://joweh.com/about-us/

Elana  has been performing and teaching Bellydance on the west coast for over 25 years.  She has performed extensively in the greater North Bay area at a variety of events; from local restaurant and community events to renowned festivals and  prestigious theater productions. Elana has incorporated the many different styles of her dance training (Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Brazilian, African and Yoga) into her own integrated understanding of the power of dance medicine. Her performance and presentation of Bellydance is filled with passion, deep emotion and sensuality  She is the owner of the award winning Solstice Dance and Yoga Studio and has been the director/choreographer for Raks Rosa Bellydance Company, Valkyries Bellydance and Troupe Azizam over a span of 15 years. 

           Elana continues to be a creative and dynamic performer, choreographer and instructor in Sonoma County and draws on her deep knowledge of movement and the feminine soul to help weave Arabic dance, music and culture into people’s spirits, hearts and minds.

www.srsolsticestudio.com

Elana Simard

Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Michelle Sorensen is a professional Belly Dancer with over a decade of dedicated dance training. She began her studies under the direction of Kismet School of Dance (American), Kashmir Dance Company (ATS & Tribal Fusion), Trisha Mcbride (Tribal Fusion and Experimental) and more recently Rachel Brice (8 elements Practitioner Phases 1,2,&3 Initiation, Cultivation, and Culmination Certified) and Stephanie Buranek (Cabaret/Egyptian). She has also sought continued instruction through workshops and other events from some of the most innovative dancers in and out of the belly dance scene. Along with bellydance, she has discovered a love for the Aerial Arts, Exotic Dance, Contemporary Dance and Dancehall/Twerk. “Cross-training” in these genres of dance has helped her with stamina, strength, flexibility and finding her own artistic voice. Her life is also occupied with being a mother of 2 sweet little girls who are a constant inspiration to push boundaries and a reminder to explore! She is available for instruction, private lessons and workshops both locally and internationally.